Category Sewing

Teacher totes finished

Well, it was 11 PM on the night before the last day of school but I finished the tote bags for my daughter’s teachers. Each has a back and handles made from a toile canvas, with the inside edges finished with a zigzag stitch. Because the canvas was 56″ wide, the handles were just one […]

Digital reduction

I’m trying something new. Between work and home, I always feel that I’m fighting information overload. Thousands of emails clutter my multiple email inboxes. Files are here there and everywhere–dropbox, google drive, onedrive, hard drive. I’m sure this dilemma is common. And all I want to do is play with pretty fabric. So that’s what […]

Clothing Trials

I really wanted to make this tunic (Late Lunch Tunic by Oliver +S), despite the fact that I know that my short and curvy shape is not generally good with tunics. I finally got this cut out on a hot day last July when i didn’t feel like sewing, and decided to focus on it […]

Denim ring sling

When I saw the January pattern for the Bag of the Month club, I immediately felt it had to be made in denim. I found a 1/2 metre of this soft light blue in my stash of garment fabrics and got started. For the pocket print, the bright colours of this Tula Pink print from […]

Purses and pieces

I had imagined I would have time to finish some projects while on shift, yet I feel with the period half over I haven’t accomplished as much as I should. Despite working on many projects. My daughter asked for a bag to carry her new clarinet, and we picked the Sew Sturdy messenger bag from […]

A Gift for Lisa (TGIFF)

I tried to resist jumping in with another swap, but I rationalized that it wouldn’t take too much time. On Instagram #saturdaynightcraftalong is a fun group around the globe (starting in Australia) who share their crafty endeavours. This is the second year for a little gift swap at the end of the calendar year. My […]

Next mystery steps

For the second step in Bonnie Hunter’s mystery, we were making half square triangles. As I cut them out I realized that I will have a couple of days away at our shared cottage later in the month, and I could bring my featherweight…so I’m concentrating on just getting each clue cut out and I’ll […]

A not so little finish

I made another pair of Sunny Days shorts (free pattern from Oliver + S) this summer. I selected this lovely Rifle Paper Co fabric from another local quilt shop, Annie’s Quilt Shop in Newcastle, Ontario, knowing I would have scraps to add to my stash. I’ve made this pattern in sizes 5, 6, 8, and […]

Finale to the bag of the month

I didn’t plan on making 5 out of the 6 patterns from the 2018 bag of the month club, but somehow it happened. With the warmer weather, quilts are less appealing as a sewing activity so I pulled out the pieces of the March Stargazer bag. Patterns are never written the way I want to […]

Another new purse

The bag of the month club has been a great investment as a series of tutorials in bag-making but creates a new squirrel every month when the next pattern comes out. I was determined to use piecing for May, since I am a quilter, after all. Once the pattern came out, it didn’t seem suited […]