A fresh pair of spring pyjama pants (I know, it’s only February, but a girl can dream) for my little monsters in cheery colours and patterns.
I followed this tutorial. The only adjustment I would make, especially for a boy with no hips, is to use elastic in the waist instead of the cute drawstring tie.
I asked them both to choose their fabrics. For Em it was Freckled in Coral & Sky from my Quiet Time collection, and Max opted for Monsieur Blocks in Sky & Tire Treads in Wave from Les Monsieurs.
So easy to make, I made a few for nieces, too.
All fabrics in these two are from Quiet Time. There’s Princess & the Pea in Robin’s Egg paired with Freckled in Lilac and Quiet Time with Sweet Dreams in Orange.
Sending love & thoughts of Spring (it’s right around the corner, dear friends … I know it is) to you all.
As a child I loved this tale, but not for the princess aspect, but rather for the mental image of all those mattresses stacked up high (patterned mattresses, of course), and in my mind, her bed was in a magical pea garden, lush with greenery, hidden nooks & colourful blossoms. I think that is well captured in this sweet hanging for a little girl’s room.
The back is quite delightful as well, with long strips of colourful patterns, echoing the stacks of mattresses.
Brooke walks us through her creative process today with a tutorial on her blog. Enjoy!
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.
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!
A sweet wallhanging made by Brooke Sellman that graced a wall of my Quilt Market booth last fall.
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.
Coming to a store near you, a little collection for the girls in your life.
… and a dot, named “Freckled”.
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.
And in Princess and the Pea: Polar bear best friend & bunny slippers.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
Searching for an idea for last minute teachers’ gifts, hostess gifts or stocking stuffers for a loved one?
I was doing just that yesterday when I came upon this lovely post for scented sachets. Alas, I had no easy access to a bushel of lavender on a cold snowy day, but I had the idea of making them into hand warmers … exactly what one wants on such a day. In place of lavender buds, I filled mine with rice (I started with sushi rice, and am now onto basmati, as I have gone overboard with stacks of these pretty little packets.
A simple, quick, pretty gift idea that uses fabric scraps you have lying around your studio. A wonderful plus is that they can also be stuck in the freezer to be used as eye packs to refresh tired peepers. Should you feel the urge to whip up a few of your own, read on:
What I used:
- For each warmer you will need 2 pieces of 4″ x 4″ fabric. I chose a number of co-ordinating patterned fabrics from Flight Patterns and Helen’s Garden for the tops and more simple, yet colourful, fabrics for the backs (Parterre in all its colour options worked wonderfully)!
- ¼ cup rice.
- co-ordinazting thread for stitching together & for the little tuck in the centre of each warmer.
What I did:
As I made a gazillion of them, I did it production-style. A Match your fronts to backs, right sides together. With a ¼” seam allowance, sew along one edge and, without raising your machine’s presser foot, continue onto the next warmer, and the next until they all have one edge sewn. Clip all those extra chains of sewing between each & start again with another side, then another. You should now have 3 edges sewn shut on each warmer. B For the final edge, start sewing about 1″, then backstitch to secure your sewing. Raise the presser foot, skip about 1½”, lower foot and sew to the end (remember to backstitch both ends so your stitches don’t get pulled out when turning your warmer right side out).
C Clip all your corners diagonally, being careful not to clip any stitching. Turn warmers right side out, using a pin to get the corners as sharp as possible.
Use a funnel to fill with rice. Using a slip stitch, close your opening, then make a knot right at the fabric surface, insert needle just beside the knot & exit about ½” further along. Gently pull your thread until the knot pops through to the inside of your warmer, thus nicely hiding it. Cut your thread where it exits from the fabric.
Last step is the stitched tuck in the centre. Measure or eyeball the centre of the square. Starting on the back side, insert needle with unknotted thread through to the front, leaving an end 3″ or 4″ long at the back. Make a stitch about 1/8″ long, and bring your thread through to the back. Repeat this stitch 3 or 4 times. Pull both ends of the thread taut, then make a double knot. Insert both loose ends into the warmer with a needle, coming out ½” away. Clip ends at fabric surface.
I even made a little instruction card to go with them that you can download to print here:
I chose to go with sets of 6 that co-ordinate well together. Place your instruction card at the bottom, stack 6 lovely warmers atop each other, tie with a pretty ribbon, and voila! Pretty present to go!
Helen’s Garden has started shipping to stores!!!
To provide an initial bit of sewing inspiration, I wanted to feature these gorgeous bags that Jennifer Ladd so creatively whipped up for me for my Quilt Market booth.
Helen’s Garden offers so many colour and pattern matching possibilities, that with just a few fat quarters of fabric, some stiff fabric interfacing, and some lovely wooden handles (a Google search brings up many possibilities), one could create a stylish gift.
With some careful cutting, patterns can almost seamlessly align as above. Or one could go all out featuring one eye-catching print like the Dahlia Medallion (I could not come to part with this one, so it is an early Christmas present to myself).
The interiors of Jennifer’s bags are as artfully done as the exteriors. She uses a contrasting fabric as lining, in this case Enchanted in cream, and even a little pocket in yet another fabric, Pollen.
If you are loving these pretty purses as much as I am, and are not quite so craftily inclined as to try creating one for yourself, Jennifer should soon have these and possibly others made of Helen’s Garden fabrics available in her Etsy shop.