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More Handmade for the Holidays

November 22, 2014
Posted by: Pam

A few more projects to preview before we get our Handmade for the Holidays event started next week …

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… bags made with the Lined Drawstring Bag pattern from In Color Order using twill tape for a quick drawstring finish

Pretty Potent Pillows

… use a jelly roll to make these pillows (matchstick quilting lines give a lovely texture and didn’t take too long on these 18″ squares)

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… a Betty Draper moment for Kaisa featuring Hadley in a retro-look apron

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… a rainbow of unicorn pillowcases (1.25 yards of fabric to make a 21″ x 32″ case to fit a standard pillow)

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… we’ve decorated the mantle with a simple fabric garland inspired by a post on Cluck Cluck Sew.

The sewing is just about finished, so now we’ll get these kits wrapped up and posted so you can make your own Handmade Holidays!

 

 

WIP Wednesday – Kaisa Quilts

November 19, 2014
Posted by: Kaisa

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein.

My motto this month was certainly ‘try new things, make mistakes, and learn a lot’.

 

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Sharyn very generously offered to teach me how to use her Gammill quilting machine. I layered some Snow Flannel, batting, and a Holidays Panel (now on sale) to make a simple project that doubles as a shop sample. Initially, I pinned it all down too loosely, clamped the backing with too much bunching, and wound the roller too tightly. After all that was sorted out, we got the machine going on a sophisticated snowflake pattern that I think complements the panel nicely.

 

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Unfortunately, I made a big mistake when it came time to roll the quilt to cover the second half. Too eager, I un-clamped and rolled the quilt before ‘registering’ the next starting point. As a result, there is a big bunch in part of the quilt. With a few tumbles in the washing machine it may become less noticeable… right?

 

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My wrinkly quilt coming off the Gammill.

I then learned how to make binding. Ohhh my, what a process.
I had to unpick or cut and re-sew numerous times – even after checking that the angle directions were correct. Thanks to Mum for all her patience during that lesson.

 

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All in all, I tried a few things, made a LOT of mistakes, and learned a bit in the process.

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In other project news…

Mom had a fabulous idea for scarves: mix our plaid flannel with floral Regent Street lawn. Look at how well these match!

 

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Mm-mmmm, so fresh and cozy.

So, I cashed in on my learned knowledge from last month. Remember when it took me 5-6 hours to make my first infinity scarf? This blue one took me only two hours from start to finish. I’m really proud of my improved speed, and I love my new flannel scarf. Once washed, the lawn and flannel are super soft.

 

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Feeling inspired? Pam liked the scarves so much that we’re making exclusive Mad About Patchwork infinity scarf KITS! They’ll be released in time for our special event,
Handmade for the Holidays, on November 29th.

Stay warm out there,
Kaisa

Handmade for the Holidays Preview

November 15, 2014
Posted by: Pam

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Only 2 weeks to go until our special day, and we’ve all been busy sewing samples of some handmade gift ideas for you. I have a few previews, but the kits won’t be available until closer to the event.

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All of our hand-crafted items should be able to be made in under 3 hours, and some a lot less than that. Which means there will still be plenty of time to get those project done in December.

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Which brings me to … Need to find a time and place to sew?  Need help with your project?  Join Laura and Pam for our daytime Handmade for the Holidays series and get inspiration and all of the help you could need to make this Christmas the best one yet. Choose a kit from the shop, or bring your own pattern or tutorial. Workshops will run from 10-12 on Friday mornings in December, with both Laura and Pam there to assist. Tools (and treats!) will be provided. Sign up is now available online at Waffle Kisses Studio.

And a reminder that both Laura (Waffle Kisses) and Katy (Lethargic Lass) will be bringing their pop-up shops out on the 29th, so you might be able to cross a few more handmade items off your list.

There will be special discounts and giveaways on the day of the event for all visitors, online and in-person. Stay tuned!

WIP Wednesday – Laura’s Sureau Dress

November 12, 2014

It’s been a busy fall and the crisp chill that’s settled into the nooks of our house has me sipping hot drinks all day long.  Fall is my favourite season, both fashion and weather wise, and I tend to be a sucker for both.  When I first saw Anna Maria Horner’s Primrose in Golden come into the shop, I knew I had to wear that print.  The golds, teals and somewhat retro pattern that reminded me of my grandmother’s orange shag carpet were going to be mine and I was going to make them into a dress.  The tricky part was deciding on which one.

Pretty Potent: Primrose in Golden

Off I went to Pinterest and Flickr to scour dress patterns.  There really are so many fabulous modern indie and mainstream designers out there, it can be overwhelming.  I settled on the Deer and Doe Sureau Dress (yes, the same designer as the Plantain shirt that Pam and I both made).  When I purchase a pattern, I never like to cut right into it.  I always trace my pattern onto paper so that if I ever want to go back and make another size, I don’t need to buy the entire thing again.  This time I decided to try a different route and traced my pieces onto Freezer paper, which meant ironing my pattern pieces directly onto my fabric without pins.  It was glorious.  I can now also use those same pattern pieces for other versions of the dress by simply ironing them onto new fabric.  I’ve heard this can be done effectively up to 10 times.  I guess I have a lot of Sureau Dresses ahead of me, then!

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The dress came together quite easily and total sewing time was around 3 hours.  Not too bad for a dress that looks deceivingly difficult.  The placket is actually a mock placket, which means no buttonholes!  I made myself some fabric covered buttons out of leftover fabric scraps and went to town sewing them on by hand.  In the end, I did have to make a few alterations like shortening the length of skirt and the sleeves (which are a little wide), but I can’t complain when I was too excited to take the time to make a muslin version first.  If you’re looking for a relatively easy dress that gives big bang for the buck, I highly recommend this one!

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Handmade for the Holidays

November 7, 2014
Posted by: Pam

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Save the date! We’re planning a special event for all our online and local customers with lots of ideas and inspiration for those handmade gifts you want to get done in time for the holidays. The shop will be open on Saturday November 29th from 10 — 4 with kits and supplies for your not-quite-last-moment sewing needs ON SALE. Of course the same deals will be available online for those of you too far away to join us in person.

We’ve invited our friends Laura from Waffle Kisses and Katy from Lethargic Lass to bring some of their lovely handmade items for holiday shopping, and there will be a stack of Mad About Patchwork sample quilts available to purchase as well.

We’ll share more details as we get closer to the date. In the meantime, be sure to check out Sew Mama Sew daily in November for their Handmade Holidays series with lots of amazing gift ideas all month long. With daily deals and giveaways too (look for the Mad About Patchwork deal coming on November 11).

Sewing up a storm

November 5, 2014
Posted by: Pam

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I managed to fit  lots of sewing time into October. This is the stack of blocks that I finished for the Color Therapy sample I’m putting together for the shop. I like the way they look all stacked up like this! My goal is to get the sashing done so I can hand it over to Sharyn for quilting before the end of the month.

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I was also working on a number of smaller projects. Some finished, some in progress, and some waiting to begin. You’ll see these in more detail as the month progresses.

No progress on my City Sampler blocks; still languishing, waiting for sashing. (That’s my stretch goal for  the end of the year!)

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Anna carved a Mario pumpkin for Halloween. Home from school at 3:00 on Friday, she sat down and whittled out Mario in little over an hour. I was admiring her work, and her ability to turn an idea into reality without hesitation. Her response, “Mario was in the pumpkin, I just had to find him.” That got me to thinking about this little quilt that came back from Whitehorse last week.

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It’s my String X quilt from fellow bee members in the Canadians Quilt bee. Machine quilted by Joanne Love.

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As someone who struggles with the simplest quilting decisions, I am in awe of Joanne’s vision and execution of the free motion quilting. Like Anna and the pumpkin, Joanne must have “found the quilting” in this one … now I can’t imagine it quilted any other way. It’s on display in the loft until I get around to the binding, and then it will find a home on the wall in my sewing room.

En Provence

November 3, 2014
Posted by: Pam

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This week’s Monday Mosaic was inspired by a Provence palette from Design Seeds which just happened to be Sheila’s choice for the Canadians Quilt Bee in October. I needed to get the blocks made this weekend, and by happy circumstance I also needed a curated bundle for the coming week.

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Sunny yellows and cool blues reflect the fields and sky; the purple blossom on the crop proved hard to pin down and in the end I left it out. I chose mostly small scale prints and a Grunge basic, and rounded out the bundle with a nice low volume print from Botanics as Sheila had requested a scrappy low volume background for her block.

Here are the Arrow blocks I made this past weekend (just a few days late!)

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I followed the tutorial that Sheila suggested here with a few more low volume prints for some scrappy interest. The bundle is available at 20% off until next Monday in case you want to play with this Provence palette.

This November, Get Cozy in Waffle Kisses Studio

October 30, 2014
Posted by: Laura

The colder weather is here and thoughts of Christmas making and gifting aren’t far behind.  Waffle Kisses Studio is busy putting the final touches on December workshops that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.  In the meantime, November registration is in full swing and, with many workshops already filling up, now is the time to sign up and reserve your spot.

If it looks like November’s schedule is a bit sparser than past months, you’re absolutely right.  That’s because a lovely group of ladies have reserved Wednesday evenings for a private group class.  Did you know you can do that? Grab your friends, colleagues, team, children, etc. and get in touch.  Waffle Kisses Studio can come up with private classes and workshops, group or individual, to suit your needs and teach you just about anything sewing related.

So what’s left in November?  Glad you asked.

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Free-Motion Cutlery Table Runner – Thursday, November 6th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm – All Levels

Whether you’re new to free-motion quilting or just want to improve your skills, the Free-Motion Cutlery Table Runner workshop is for you.  Practice your thread painting and take home a unique handmade table runner that can be used all year round.  Fabric and thread is not included, but batting is provided.

French Seams Pillow Case – Tuesday, November 11th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm – All Levels

Tired of boring department store pillowcases?  Want a cozy place to lay your head this winter? Join in on the pillowcase fun while you learn the art of french seams.  In this workshop, you’ll make one pillowcase and take home the skills you need to make many, many more.  Fabric not included.  White thread provided.

***New*** The Great Christmas Finish-A-Long

Need a place to do your Christmas sewing in secret?  Need help?  Join in on The Great Christmas Finish-A-Long fun and enjoy music, treats and prizes while you work on your projects with a little extra help. Sign up for classes individually or register for all 4 (November 27th, December 4th, December 11th and December 18th) and save $20 with code XMAS20.  Be sure to bring your own projects.  Need ideas? Check out Mad About Patchwork‘s Handmade Holidays kits available in store and debuting at the Handmade Holidays in-shop event November 29th.

KIDS – MOTHER DAUTHER (AGES 9-12 WITH ADULT)

Mother/Daughter French Seams Pillow Case – (Ages 9-12 + Adult) – Sunday, November 23rd, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm – All Levels

Tired of boring department store pillowcases?  Want a cozy place to lay your head this winter? Join in on the pillowcase fun while you learn the art of french seams.  In this workshop, you’ll make one pillowcase and take home the skills you need to make many, many more.  Fabric not included.  White thread provided. Choose “2” at checkout for each mother/daughter pair. Each mom and daughter will make their own pillow case and each will need their own set of materials.

KIDS – SEW WITH ME (AGES 5-8 WITH ADULT)

Sew With Me Infinity Scarf (Ages 5-8 with Adult) – Sunday, November 23rd, 9:30 to 11:30 am – All Levels

Time flies when you’re having fun

October 29, 2014
Posted by: Sharyn

Where has October gone? The Wednesday blog is supposed to be about sharing what we’re working on. I think I’m working on bits and pieces of too many quilting/sewing projects. I spent an afternoon sewing a very important Hallowe’en costume for my 6 year old granddaughter. She wanted Ana’s sparkly blue dress from the movie Frozen and was so happy with how the dress turned out. Unfortunately I forget to take a photo to share here but will do that on Friday.

I am in awe of all the beautiful fabric lines that have arrived in the shop over the last several weeks. If you haven’t done so take a peek at the new arrivals on the website. As I cut fat quarters of Cotton + Steel, temptation won out and I cut extra FQs for myself — not the whole collection but quite a few. Pam’s got an eye catching quilt hanging in the shop at the moment and kindly lent me the pattern. (Made in Cherry, a free pattern from Lecien) I scaled it down to a lap size and added a couple of Feather River organics, a fun print from Tula Pink’s Moon Shine line and voila! Here it is laid out on my floor. My photographic skills leave a lot to be desired, sunshine streaming in the window doesn’t help.

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Now what color would you use to surround the star? Next month I’ll show you the finished product with the color that Pam suggested, definitely not what I would have chosen on my own but I can hardly wait to see how it’s going to look. With these fun fabrics it is going to be an ‘I Spy’ quilt for my grandson when he comes to visit.

And last of all, my Gammill long arm machine arrived on Thanksgiving weekend. What a beast!

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I hope to share in next month’s blog some samples of what this amazing machine can do.  Until then, happy quilting! Sharyn

Birthday surprises

October 25, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Bonnie and Kaisa surprised me with an early birthday gift this week … this is the card that Bonnie made to go with. How lovely!

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You’d think at my age (54 today) I might be tired of celebrating birthdays. Another year older … yay? Yay! Every day is a gift and every year a celebration of those gifts. At this stage in life my needs are simple — family and friends to love and be loved; work that inspires and enriches my life. And time enough to enjoy it all.

And so I thought I’d share my celebration with you in a couple of ways. First, a little gift to send with all orders over $40 received today or tomorrow.

Persimmon-minis

(Mini charm packs of Persimmon by Basic Grey while they last; when they’re gone I’ll find something else to include.)

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And a giveaway with a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Persimmon in the colours shown. Mulled cider and Marionberry pie … sounds as scrumptious as it looks. (For those of you, like me, wondering what the heck is a Marionberry, wiki tells me it’s a blackberry cultivar common in Oregon.)

Leave a comment telling me how you like to celebrate birthdays at your house. I’ll pick a winner at random later this week.

Giveaway closed November 3 @ 12:00 pm. Thanks to all who left comments … the winner is #39 Gayle.

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