Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sewing Room Makeover - part one!

Now that I had to move my sewing room upstairs to the spare bedroom, I'm working on making it my "Happy Place" once again!  I even bought a sign for my room!
(bought at Target Canada closing sale for $2)
In my little corner of Canada, the last of the spring flowers are just about done and summer appears to have arrived already!
(Flowering Crabapple)
It is already 22C (72F) in my backyard, and it will get hotter over the next few days! Given that our average summer temperature here on the West Coast is normally around 23 - 25C, it bodes well for a hot summer.
The first thing I set up in my sewing room was my Ikea shelves and mason jars filled with buttons.
Here's the complete wall of shelves:
The shelf holds a mix of practicality and nostalgia. The tin on the third shelf came from my maternal grandmother's sewing collection, and held her buttons.  The tomato sugar and creamer set was my mom's, which she bought at a garage sale because it reminded her of  the ones her mother had. The little flower box on the right-hand end of the third shelf is one my kids brought me back from Cuba, and is carved from wood. 
Just for fun, I also have jars filled with my dog-ears and labeled by year! Sadly, 2014 is only about 1/2 as much, so I'll put them in a smaller jar.  2015 is practically non-existent, so I need to get cracking!
I love mason jars for storage because they are inexpensive (sometimes free!) and see-through - very important for me as I am "visual" when comes to being inspired. 
I plan on posting more pictures as I get each area just the way I want it!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Finally back at the machine! Sunday Stash Report, Week 15!

Wow, it's been 10 weeks since I've been able to post a report!  The move is mostly done, still some totes to go through but I've been able to make a path in my new sewing room and do some sewing.  

My brother and his wife are finally grandparents, so I had to make a quilt for my grand-niece!  Little Eloise is finally here, and this weekend my daughter flew to Calgary to meet her so I had to finish off this quilt for her!

(I wish the picture was better, but it was late at night.)  The quilt police will have a field day but it is made with a mix of poly-cottons and laces and trim from my mother's sewing room, and these are scraps from the dresses and clothes my mom made all her granddaughters.  I backed it with minkee, which is another synthetic material, so it probably be quite durable and hardy for a baby.  I don't care what the "pros" say, the sentimental value of this little quilt is all that matters.

We great-aunties and gramma-friends are all referred to as Gramma ____ (name), so of course I had to use that name when signing the label, with a homage to my mom.  My daughter will explain it to my niece when she gets it to her.

(Still too yellow of a picture, but shows the laces and trim better)

I practiced my barely-adequate free-motion quilting skills and did a meander with a flower loop-de-loop.  Some of them looked like butterflies!

This quilt is my own design and I think I'm going to make a larger version as a summer quilt (maybe for me).

On to the stash report, still no purchases!

Added: 0 metres

Added Year to Date: 0 metres  
Used/Given away: 3.25 metres

 Used/Given away Year to Date: 15.25 metres
Added for 2015: -15.25 metres

Tomorrow, more work in the new Quilt Cave! Here's some gratuitous kidlet pictures! 

Mya, (5 1/2 months) on her first Easter, 

Zoey, (4 in June) and Alex (6 1/2) enjoying the first marshmallows of the year!

Linking with Judy's Stash Report at and Michelle's Let's Make Baby Quilts.