{ Happy Sewing } … Quiet Time Little Backpacks

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Quiet Time | 2 Comments

little backpacks

I recently whipped up a set of these little bags for a friend’s trio of daughters. What young girl doesn’t need another bag for toting a favourite stuffed friend, book or change of clothes for a sleepover, or set of gym clothes for school? And hopefully there are a lot of little girls out there who can find a likeness of themselves in the main fabrics of my Quiet Time collection, so they feel they have an item personalized just for them.

little backpacks detail

I co-ordinated different colourways of Floating Blossoms to use as the lining for each one.
quiet time fabric pairings

If you would like to create a similar bag for a young girl in your life, you can find the very easy tutorial here. Happy sewing!

Quiet Time Wallhanging

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Blog, Quiet Time | 3 Comments

quiet time wallhanging

A sweet wallhanging made by Brooke Sellman that graced a wall of my Quilt Market booth last fall.

quiet time wallhanging detail

I love how her choice of small strips of fabrics echo the stack of books hanging from the tree branch. Brooke used a variety of fabrics from my Quiet Time collection, along with Gem (for the binding) and Budding from Helen’s Garden. I deliberately coloured these two collections to co-ordinate well together, so as to give you sewers out there many options of pattern combinations.

Brooke has graciously written a tutorial for this piece. Head on over to her blog to see how she so expertly managed to keep those tree trunks intact with all that cutting, and to get an insight into her choice of quilting motif.

Quiet Time is Shipping!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog, Quiet Time | 9 Comments

Coming to a store near you, a little collection for the girls in your life.

quiet time banner

There are two focal prints in the collection (Princess & the Pea, which comes in two colour ways, and Quiet Time), a stripe, a floral …

quiet time stack & crown

… and a dot, named “Freckled”.

freckled stack

While full of bright, happy colour, Quiet Time was designed to inspire calm moments in the often over-stimulated lives of our girls.

Here are a few of my favourite little vignettes in the Quiet Time print: Stacks of books; freckles; carving in the tree trunk & squirrel, the avid reader.

quiet time crop2

quiet time crops

And in Princess and the Pea: Polar bear best friend & bunny slippers.

princess & the pea crops

I have a few posts lined up to share ideas and tutorials for sewing with this line, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are some images of sweet items I had in my Quilt Market booth to get those creative juices flowing.

quiet time pj's2

quiet time dress2

princess & the pea bed

Learning to Quilt

I have been feeling a bit like a fish out of water at Quilt Market … like a fraud waiting to be called out as such. While I started my first quilt many years ago, until this past year I have only made a quilt for each of my children. By no means prolific, I would not even consider giving myself the label of “quilter”. So at Quilt Market, surrounded by so much talent, I wait for someone to walk by and laugh at the few quilts I have produced and point out that I have no clue what I am doing.

In the desire to by educated, I went on an online search a few months ago in hopes of finding a group of local modern quilters who were not all francophone (while I can get by bilingually after many years of struggling with a second language, I am still far more comfortable, and certainly absorb and contribute more in my native tongue). I was so thrilled to discover the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild, a branch of the Modern Quilt Guild. Sign me up! I went to my first meeting in November and found myself surrounded by a group of very talented women who have a similar love of fabric and of the hand made as I do.

So now I am being educated on the art and the craft of the quilt, my eyes are being opened to new-to-me techniques and approaches, and I am definitely being inspired by the work of these creative women. Bi-monthly sewing challenges are sure to get me to try things I would not otherwise and to see things differently … always a good thing. My first project:

quilted name badge front

Front and back of a quilted name badge for a fellow member (size: approx. 4″x5″). My first attempt at random cutting & piecing and sewing curves.

quilted name badge back

Here’s to never wanting to stop learning, and to being inspired by the abundance of talent out there, even so close to home. And to developing new relationships with those that share a passion.

Keeping the Hands Busy

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Hand Stitching, Holidays | No Comments

Happy New Year! I hope you all have had a festive and relaxing holiday time.

A sampling of a few projects that have been keeping these hands busy:

patchwork long pillow
A looooong body pillow to put against the chilly exterior wall along my girlie’s loft bed.

decorated stockings2
Updated stockings that were “too plain, Mummy”.

fabric & sequins

felt & sequins

My kids love The Nutcracker. They have been to the production put on by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and their little heads are full of dancing magical images. My talented Greg made them each a figurine for the Christmas tree this season out of modelling clay. I was up late painting them to have them wrapped under the tree Christmas morning.

greg costa clara nutcracker model

greg costa drosselmeyer nutcracker model
… and Uncle Drosselmeyer

And I have been doing more. More sewing that I will post on in the coming weeks, working on a new fabric collection that I am crossing my fingers and toes will be produced, baking, baking, baking & not cooking much (Christmas dinner was non-traditional and actually really fun and relaxed … sushi … and to my surprise, it was actually just as festive as turkey), sledding with the kids, and generally trying to keep warm.

I wish you all a year of creativity, trying new things, and not taking matters too seriously!