Saturday, November 22, 2014

SEW Scrappy Tumbler

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I got the Pfaff back from the Spa yesterday…and need something to practice on before I tackle the special secret ‘stuff’!  If she is going to misbehave, let it be on something that I am going to keep.

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I have the backing all ready to roll and need to give this top one more press before I pin it onto the frame!

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This is the pattern that I modelled this quilt after…The magazine, ‘Sew Scrappy’ by Better Home and Gardens came out about 3 or 4 years ago.  I loved it then and I love it now! 

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There were lots of great quilts in this issue but this one is still my favourite!  There is nothing like a scrap happy quilt!!

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My fingers are crossed that a week at the Spa did the trick!! 

Have a Super Stitching Saturday and thanks for stopping by!~P

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meet MC…

Oh man, I am weak!

I was in Canadian Tire yesterday…if you are a Canadian then you know what I mean when I say that this store has EVERYTHING!  Now that Christmas is right around the corner, it’s like Santa’s workshop and MORE in there!!  I have never seen so many rows of Christmas lights and the ornaments are displayed by colour so there were purple sections, turquoise sections, green sections etc…like going to Disneyland for Christmas!  So what came home with me?

Taaah Dah!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!!

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I know…not very Christmasy but she is a beauty none the less!!  Throw a bow and a bell on her and she will be right in there with the those glitzy Christmas trees!

I have wanted one of these for a LONG time…Every year while at The Sands RV Park I head off to the Clubhouse for Quilting…and even though the Clubhouse is within walking distance I drive the truck!  It takes me half an hour and six trips to the truck to unload everything…and then right in the middle of sewing I will realize that I forgot something…so I walk back to the RV to retrieve it….and it’s at this time that I REALLY think of owning one of these babies!!

I mean really… just LOOK at the storage…here are the top two compartments…

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…and the side panel pops off with extra storage!

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And in both compartments they have these storage trays…

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And underneath..two huge storage areas.  Alas…not big enough for the Janome but…enough room for my project and pattern/book!

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There are three wheels for rolling and there is a pop up handle…

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…and LOOK, guaranteed for a full year!  Canadian Tire is really good at honouring this…so if she doesn’t perform, she is going back! 

Her name has been shortened to MC…(Material Carrier, Mama Crafter, Motoring Cruiser…anything but Mastercraft…care to add YOUR own handle?)

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I think she was designed by a quilter…

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…yup, she has that look about her!  I hope we make some beautiful quilts together…!  I will keep you posted!! 

This morning I am off on an adventure…it includes a Craft Fair and Thrift Shops…many Thrift Shops!  Dorothy is driving, so I am at her beck and call! :o}}} She loves a good Thrift Store, so I have a feeling we will hit every single one between here and Nanaimo!  Yeehaw!

Have a thrilling Thursday and happy Thrifting…errr… I mean stitching!~P

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Woolie Wednesday…

The hive at Heritage Quilt Guild is always buzzing with chatter and laughter..and of course everyone is busy hand stitching something…whether it be hand quilting, embroidery work, cross stitching, stitching down binding…whatever keeps our hands busy while we visit…and talk quilting!  We are SEW good at that!

We also have a growing number of wool workers at Heritage…which is amazing as hardly any of the quilt shops carry wool!  Several of the ladies order wool kits and others haunt the thrift shops looking for wool blazers, coats and skirts!  Heck, one quilter whipped the pants right off of her husband’s hiney!  They were gorgeous…heavy hunting pants with little flecks of green and red…perfect for the backing of her Christmas penny!  In all fairness, hubby hadn’t hunted in years and didn’t miss his pants…but a girl’s got to do, what a girl’s got to do… to get her wool!

I thought you’d like to see what the Woolies at Heritage are working on…

Greer continues to work on her Warm Winter Blessings by Primitive Gatherings…the perfect project to bring to Heritage!

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She is experimenting with various ways of marking lettering on dark fabric/wool so that she can embroider words…she has tried pens but they don’t seem to work on the dark fabric…so she heard about a food wrap that clings to fabric. You can write the letters on the food wrap, stick it on the fabric and then easily  hand embroider through the wrap and then it just rips off.  She is using it on a test piece of fabric before she uses it on her beloved quilt!  I will keep you posted!  I am hoping that if it works (and it looks like it will), Greer will bring the roll to our next meeting so that we can do a photo op of it!  Then we won’t end up buying aluminum foil instead of this seal and stick stuff. (I wrote the name of the product down…but misplaced the paper!!  The story of my life!)

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Glynis is working on her HOUSES, HOUSES, HOUSES Quilt…a BOM from Primitive Gatherings.  Drop dead gorgeous!

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Beautiful wools and lovely yarn dyed Diamond Textiles fabric!

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Sandy is stitching this wee mat…also a Primitive Gather pattern and words do not do it justice when I say it is sweet!

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Glynis is almost finished THIS sweet mat by Bonnie Sullivan…OMGosh…CUTE!!  This is a kit from Dorr Wool…and I just might HAVE to order this kit!  The wool is PERFECT…I guess that’s what happens when you have a MILL at your disposal!  Can’t you just IMAGINE what that would be like?!

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Delores is working on her Christmas sheep…this one is on my TO DO LIST!!  After seeing Delores’ lamb it just got bumped to the top of that list…so many projects, so little time!  This is called ‘Cozy Fleece’ and it’s by Threads That Bind.  Delores will have to share pictures after the pennies go around it.  She has them all cut out and ready to stitch!!

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And this is my project…this has become my Heritage project as I have everything in my tote, needles and threads all ready to go…just grab and run!  Seriously some days are like that!  This retirement gig is so hectic…haha…and so much fun!!

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This penny came as a kit…and was a gift from a special friend.  She bought it as a kit and there was enough wool to cut out TWO mats!  Imagine that!!  I received it all cut out and labeled!  I LOVE IT!!  It’s called ‘Under the Stars’ by Piece of Work!

Wasn’t that a nice way to begin a Woolie Wednesday…looking at all these lovely wool projects!  There is something about stitching on wool that is so satisfying…I bet it lowers blood pressure and relieves stress!!  I think someone ‘out there’ needs to do a study on it…I’d bet a penny on it!!  :o)  Get it?  That’s wool humour…I know lame…

Have a wild and woolie Wednesday and happy stitching!~P