Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sarah's Birthday Gift

handmade birthday club

foldover clutch with leather

foldover clutch with leather

The second Handmade Birthday Club gift that I sent out this month has been received by the lovely Sarah of Stitching and Bacon. Sarah's job requires her to be outside, a lot, so I thought this Timber and Leaf fold over clutch would be a nice dress up change from her work boots but still incorporate the outdoors. The shiny silver leather gives it the bling I was hoping for, to jazz up a simple clutch. Lined with a print from Bijou by Bari J and a metal zipper, this pouch finishes at approximately 11" square.
I also made her a cat pin cushion and added some little extras like chalk board stickers, cute little clothespins, and an American Quilting and Patchwork magazine, etc.

A fun fact about Sarah...her job requires her to be in a hotel a lot, so she takes her sewing machine and quilt projects with her. Now that's a dedicated quilter!

Monday, July 21, 2014

July Birthday Gifts

A few weeks ago my friend, Angela, {Cut to Pieces}, posted a photo on Instagram and said her birthday was coming up in July. She loves birthday gifts almost as much as me and she was envious of all the Handmade Birthday Club posts going through Instagram, so I asked her if she wanted to do a private swap. She said YES, and also started her own birthday club. July is the month of Me and Angela, so here is what I sent off to her.

Her main gift was a Date Night Clutch, made with my pattern available on Craftsy. I made her clutch exactly like one I have made myself. I love the matchstick quilting on the denim and the Juggling Summer lining. It's amazing how well this clutch goes with everything.

I know that another gift has been received but Sarah is out of town for work so hasn't opened it yet. 
Meanwhile, my gifts have started to arrive, but I think I will wait and do a seperate post about all the lovely things I have been receiving.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bees, Baptisms and Birthdays

I'm doing a really quick catch up post here. We are off again this weekend to visit our family in Arizona. Our grandson will be celebrating his eighth birthday and getting baptized in the LDS church. I made him a tie for part of his baptism gift. I followed this tutorial from the Purl Bee blog. It's almost all finished by hand. I did sew the little lining bits by machine. For the next one, I am going to try sewing the entire tie by machine. I used to make ties many moons ago and I think there was a certain interfacing that I used instead of just a "sew in" interfacing as suggested in the tutorial. A certain son has requested some handmade ties, now that he knows mom can make them. I'll have to look up what that interfacing was that I used to use. 

little boy's tie
The Modern Stitching Bee only has a few months left and July is Sarah's month. She requested "that blocks", a tutorial by Mary that you can see here. They are really easy to stitch up once you get the strips sorted and cut. I used the glue basting technique to achieve more accurate piecing and I am sold on glue basting now. This is a great bee block because they are time consuming to make. If your bee mates make them it really helps to achieve a beautiful result with lots of different fabrics in each block and the work is divided up so you don't go crazy.

that block

that block
Next up is Katy in the Stitch Tease Bee. Katy has something big up her sleeve but was not able to get permission to share a pattern with us so she made it very easy on her bee mates this month and asked for simple nine patch blocks. Each block has a navy blue center and low volume squares with a combination of fuchsia, lime green, yellow and teal corners. We each had an assigned combination. I wonder how she will be using these blocks.

I'll be back next week to share more birthday gifts. I sent off two Handmade Birthday Club gifts today. As soon as they are received I can show you what I made.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Perfect Day

My cactus bloomed! That was a nice surprise.

My granddaughter spent the night earlier this week. I was looking forward to this time with her for several reasons. A few weeks ago she took an interest in the socks I was knitting, so I told her they could be hers. I finished them while on vacation so I was excited to give them to her. She makes the perfect model.
The socks match the cactus garden so perfectly, we had to use it as a backdrop for the photo shoot.

I love spending one on one time with the grand kids. We get to talk and catch up with what is going on in their lives. Makenzie will soon be twelve and going to junior high school. I worry about all the changes that are going to happen in her life and get a little teary when I see her turning into such a lovely young lady. Why do kids have to grow up so fast? But on the other hand, I love talking with her and learning about her hopes and dreams. She wants to be an architect. How cool is that? 
We had a fun swim workout with Papa before we set down to do what she really came over to do...SEW!

We have been working on her first quilt for two years now. Between her schedule and mine we never remember to make it a priority. But this is the summer we will finish this quilt. 
I taught her my new favorite short cut...glue basting. It really made sense to her and she didn't have to fiddle with each pair of squares as she was chain piecing her border fabrics.
This is as far as we got this day. Next week we will sash the larger squares and get this quilt top finished.

Sock Stats:
Pattern: A plain stockinette stitch with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Jawbreaker hand dyed fingering weight yarn from Susannah Kate 
Needles:Addi Turbo Sock Rockets, 40" circular, US Size 1 (2.5mm)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Finish-a-Long Q3

The reality that we are half-way through 2014 is exciting and scary all at the same time. Exciting, because it means we are closer to our youngest two son's weddings {September and November}; scary because that means that another year is flying by way faster than I can keep up with.
I hope to finish 4 projects by October. They are:
1. My selvage block quilt. This is a carry over from the last quarter. Only 12 more blocks to go, but I keep putting it aside for other projects.
2. The Single Girl quilt. Two block are finished, 10 more to go. They are all cut and ready to sew. I am paper piecing this project.
3. I started the Monkey Socks in Vancouver last week. I am using the Wonder Sock yarn in Graffiti and Asphalt colorway from Gale's Art on Etsy. I am not a fan of patterned socks. I love the way they look but find I make too many mistakes when knitting them. I am over half-way finished with one sock so far.
4. Quilt the Pack Patch Mini from Chase's QAL. It's all ready for basting and quilting.

With the upcoming weddings and a bridal shower for a friend's daughter {I am helping with}, I think this is more than enough. Three bees and the Handmade Birthday Club makes will add plenty to my to-do list, too.

Another thank you to Katy for hosting and running this fun linky party. I still have not visited all the finishes from the last quarter. I better get organized.
Finish Along 2014