Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red Bento Blocks for Canada Day!

Surprise! I've got another bento block quilt in the works, which coincidentally, is in the colours of my country's flag. Great timing, right? ;o)
  It seems I just didn't get the craving for these blocks (tutorial, here) out of my system, despite having sewn them for everything from placemats (here), pillows (here), a quilt (here)... oh, and for recovering the seats of our kitchen chairs (here).  Now that's either being smitten with a design or just plain crazy, right? ;o)  Either way, here's where I'm at.
Blocks are awaiting the final layout and then I can sew the quilt top together!  I even have a backing fabric picked out and waiting.
There's enough blocks for a new quilt, made and placed on the design wall for some layout tweaking. The fun thing about making these blocks scrappy is that each quilt will be unique.  Yes, some fabrics appear in both versions, but there's lots of new, fun prints in this version (less creams this time around and more variety in low volume white prints - especially love those wee ladybugs and the tiny toadstools that found their way into this version).

I'm actually planning this to be a cozy lap quilt for winter, as my first choice for the backing is flannel.  Don't even want to dwell on that at the moment though as this is July and time to enjoy the warmth and beauty of summer time. ;o)

Hoping your first day of July is something to celebrate! 
Happy Canada Day!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Keeping the surprise

I've wrapped up some secret sewing and have been so pleased with the results that I had to share a couple of sneak peeks with you.
Fabric stamps and sweet labels added that special final touch to each - totally inspired by Amy Morinaka at Chick Chick Sewing and found in her book Zakka Handmades.

This was one of those eleventh hour ideas... meaning that I had to hit the ground running with scissors in hand (metaphorically speaking of course, because running with scissors is something you're never to do ;o), trying to meet a deadline.  Thankfully, I've got leeway with the recipients because it took me a bit longer with puzzling things out and then tweaking each successive prototype. 

Hopefully, my slight tardiness with be forgotten when they open the package and find these awaiting them.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Make a Butterfly Block Tutorial

There's been some interest in the measurements for making the butterfly blocks I showed a couple of days ago, so I've put together a short tutorial on one version of the blocks I've been making. I love that you can choose to make the butterfly scrappy (shown in this tutorial) or in one fabric. 

Butterfly Block
- finished size 12 1/2" (12" when sewn together)
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