Thursday, July 31, 2014

Red hot!

Temperatures here have been around the 30 degree Celsius (about 86 F) for a few days, making for a warmer summer than I remember for the ones I've lived here.  Thankfully, because our nights are cool, if I leave windows open until early morning, then keep them closed for the rest of the day, our house doesn't become too unbearably hot. 
 

Maybe our weather explains why my taste in fabric has also lately been running towards "warm" on the colour spectrum?  I'm still working on skirts in oranges and pinks, but that wasn't enough.  I couldn't resist adding this lovely "reds" bundle into my stash.  Bring on those hot colours! ;o)

 
You can find this lovely bundle (on sale!) at Mad About Patchwork if you're also hankering after some hot colour for your stash.   Okay, I think it's time for an icy glass of lemonade! ;o)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blue or green?

One of my projects awaiting a finish is made up from a collection of blue and green scraps that I randomly pieced together.  The patchwork pieces are pinned to my design wall waiting for me to decide how I want to proceed.
 

One of the decisions  concerns background fabrics. I've decided that using white would be too easy, so I pulled out a couple of Kona FQs to help me decide.  Funny how a blue background makes the blue scraps stand out more and then a green background does the same for the green scraps.  Either would work, I think.  I'm leaning towards the green (as blue would be the next easy default colour for me to use after white ;o).   Which do you like?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I've got mine. Did you get yours?

Look what I found in my mailbox!
 
 
 I was one of 100 lucky international peeps, that scooped up the deal (for free shipping) allowing me to get my grabby hands on the first issue of Katy Jones'  Quilt Now magazine.
 
 
What a lovely magazine it is!

 
There are gorgeous photos throughout and projects (like the one above) that have me wanting to drop what I'm doing and sew, sew, sew.

 
There's even a couple of sweet bonuses included with the magazine (besides the clever idea to have all templates and patterns printed full size on a separate large fold-out sheet of paper - much appreciated, Katy!).  Check out the strawberry pincushion kit (above) and the handy reference booklet for  quilting (below).

 
Congratulations to Katy and to all those working behind the scenes to make Quilt Now a success!  Issue 1 is a beauty!
 
Want to get your our copy?
Go online to  www.moremags.com  or for those of us not in the U.K., go to  Pink Castle Fabrics .

Monday, July 28, 2014

Patchwork isn't just for quilts

Remember the fabrics from this quilt?
 
Love these colours together!
 
Some of the leftovers are being used for another project - but it's not a quilting project.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sew Canadian - July 27

Hello and welcome! I am excited to be a part of the  Sew Canadian sewing room tour.  Every Sunday, throughout the summer, the Mad About Patchwork blog features the sewing studios of two Canadian bloggers (click here to see the full schedule).

 This is the fourth Sunday of the tour (wow, July went so fast!). I've been enjoying all the stops on this tour.  I love getting a peek at other sewists' creative spaces!  Today, I'm delighted to be sharing the day with Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork..

 Did you know that YOU can join the fun, by sharing pictures showing where you sew?  I hear that Pam has also generously offered to do two giveaways, both for an Ombre Sewing Studio Kit by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts!  So please, make sure you add your pictures to the Sew Canadian Flickr group to have a chance to win (don't you think your sewing studio would love to have a Ombre Sewing Studio quilt adorning it? yes, it would ;o).


On with the tour! I couldn't resist adding a few more photos to the ones I shared along with the questionnaire on Mad About Patchwork today, in hopes that maybe my set-up or my ideas for storage will help or encourage others.

With only 2 walls for storage possibility, I chose tall cabinets to make the most of the space with narrow bookcases flanking the units holding my fabrics and interfacing supplies.
 
 First off, let me say, that the set-up I enjoy today, did not happen overnight (here's a look back) and it is still a work in progress (note my cutting table is actually a dining table ;o).  Although I've been sewing for most of my life, it's only in recent times that I've had a room exclusively set up for sewing. 
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