October 12, 2015

Jingle by Kate Spain

Hello, hello!

Look what came home with me from quilt guild:

This was the first time I've seen any quilt shops here in Sweden selling Moda scrap bags and how excited was I to find this one bag with fabric scraps from Kate Spain's gorgeous Jingle collection?  Squee!

Honestly, I couldn't wait to get home to break into these beautiful fabrics and start some Christmas sewing.  Hello, Pinterest - find me some inspiration!  And then I found this and completely fell in love:

Snow Kissed Star Pattern

If you're interested, this pattern is featured in the November/December 2011 issue of McCall's Quilting magazine and I was able to purchase a digital copy of the publication online.  Christmas sewing is officially underway!

October 10, 2015

That Cat! Wallhanging

Hello and welcome back!

Today I'm thrilled to share with you my most recently finished project - my That Cat wallhanging (pattern featured in McCall's Quick Quilts).

This project went together so quickly and easily, even despite the half inch wide black grid requiring precis piecing.  It's very striking (please ignore the hideous wallpaper from the previous owners) and I love the rich oranges - it makes me happy every time I look at it.

I put my own little twist on the project with the cat's collar.  In the original project, it's an orange fabric strip but I decided I wanted something a bit more witch-y so I used a metallic silver ribbon and then sewed on a silver and rhinestone star-shaped pendant for a little sparkle and bling.

I shared this project recently at my guild's show and tell and it was very popular and well received.  I've sent a photo off to McCall's Quick Quilts and fingers crossed it might be featured in a future magazine - we'll see.

September 30, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Hello, hello!

Whew!  What a busy few weeks.  I meant to share my latest updates on my That Cat wallhanging last week but it was simply not meant to be.  However, despite the busy work and life events, I have been managing to fit in a sewing day most Sundays, which has been blissful to resetting that work/life balance.

Nearing the end now, I finally have all of the quilting done.  I straight stitch quilted around each of the orange boxes and around the cat.  I also straight stitch quilted in the borders with a 1/4 inch spacing, like in the original featured in the magazine.

Please excuse the cat hair (ironic, right?)

On to the binding - my favourite part!  So looking forward to seeing this project done!

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September 09, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Welcome back!

I've been making progress on my That Cat wallhanging this week.  The applique is on and has been stitched down and it's been sandwiched and basted, ready for quilting.

I decided to swap out the fabric fused collar for a silver metallic ribbon (which is showing up a weird blue in the photo) and once finished, I'm going to sew on a little Hallowe'en-themed silver charm.

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September 06, 2015

Roskilde Quilt Exhibition Part II

Hello, hello!

Last week I shared with you some photos from a recent quilt exhibition I attended in Roskilde, Denmark.  If you missed those photos, be sure to follow the link and check them out, they were really lovely.

In addition to the traditional patchwork quilts and art quilts on display, there was also a themed challenge exhibition in which quilt guilds from all over Europe participated.  This year's challenge theme was music and the entries spanned every imaginable possibility.  Here is a selection of my favourites:

"Square Dance"

After enjoying the exhibition displays, it's on to the shopping!  Probably the most popular items this year were a series of Christmas fabrics in black with metallic bronze, silver or gold - the bronze was super popular and also came in a white and bronze variation.

I, however, fell in love with a very different Christmas fabric and I couldn't resist this cute little candy pack of Valentine's prints, either.  I also picked up a new thimble to try out.  I have a pretty strong dislike of thimbles.  I prefer to stitch without them and simply build up a callous but sometimes necessity dictates the need but I've yet to find a thimble I like.  Could this be the one?  I'll keep you posted on what I think.

Great day out and already looking forward to next year's exhibition.

September 02, 2015

WIP Wednesday

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Whew!  School is back in full swing (and I have an awesome class this year, might I add) but I've been finding a bit of time here and there to squeak in a little sewing.

I started my Hallowe'en-themed That Cat wallhanging from McCall's Quick Quilts and the background is now finished.

It's ready to have the cat applique added and after that, it should go quite quickly to finish up.  I love the oranges - my favourite colour - and can't wait to see it on the wall!  I'll keep you posted on the progress.

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August 31, 2015

Roskilde Quilt Exhibition

Welcome back!

This weekend was the annual Danish quilt guilds' exhibition in Roskilde, Denmark.  I've been really looking forward to going - having a sewing machine that can actually finish projects now really motivates a person when it comes to projects.

The exhibition featured a lot of art quilts but some traditional quilts and some with modern palettes.  I snapped a variety of photos to share.

My favourites of the day include 'Fireworks' (the yellow, pink, orange, red & striped quilt) and the spectrum star above.

Check out Part II for some photos from the music challenge exhibition and the shopping goodies.

August 21, 2015

Kiva - August 2015

Hello again!  I'm excited to share that this month's Kiva loan has been 100% funded by returned investments - yeah!

Parveen (Pakistan)

A loan of $200 helps Parveen increase her tailoring business.

Parveen is 46 years old woman, she lives in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, with her 4 children. Her husband has been working in the public sector organization for many years. Parveen is also providing sewing services and earn the income to contribute with her husband to manage the household.

She is needs different kinds of goods e.g needles, threads, pieces of cloth, machine oil etc for her business purpose, but due to insufficient financial means she is unable to purchase these accessories. Therefore she has applied for Kiva loan from its field partner BRAC Pakistan. This loan will enable her to purchase these above accessories and also helpful for her to increase monthly sales and profit by providing better sewing services.

At the time of this post, Parveen's loan is 37% funded.  Kiva is also currently giving out free trials to new Kiva members, which means you get a free $25 USD sum to donate as you see fit if you join now.

August 19, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Welcome back!

Quick post today (such a busy week!)  It came to my attention that it's been some time since I last shared an update on my Nice People, Nice Things embroidery quilt.  I'm currently working on the final month's set of blocks but it's been slow going (but going).

How adorable is that little ladybird family?

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August 17, 2015

TpT More Love for Back to School SALE!

Hello, hello, fellow teachers!

Have you heard the news?  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a *second* back to school sale and it's this Wednesday, August 19!


I've been busy working on product re-designs of my geometry and Oxford Reading Tree worksheets.  If you've downloaded any of them in the past, you should have received notification to re-download them and if you haven't done so yet, I would highly encourage you to do so.

Here's a taste of the updates thus far.  For full previews and to download any to use in your classrooms, please check out my TpT store.

Each worksheet has been re-designed to provide clear instructions, visual examples and/or helpful tips and age-appropriate workspaces for writing, drawing and sorting.  They also all include answer sheets.  The maths worksheets use an inquiry-based approach and some may include exit tickets to check for student comprehension.

If your school uses the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, you'll also want to check out my ORT close reading worksheets.  Newly re-designed worksheets include Stage 1 Kipper's Diary and Stage 2 Naughty Children.  Again, clear instructions with a variety of language activities and age-appropriate workspaces for writing and drawing.  Again, answer sheets provided.