Monday, December 28, 2020

Testing again

This is another quilt pattern I tested. It's called Bluebird Song by Phoebe Moon Designs but I don't know if she has released the pattern yet.

It was a fun block because I just chose fabrics from my scraps. They just had to be dark or light.

Some of the measurements didn't work out as you can see from the point of the ruler.

The point gets cut off but that's about the only thing that didn't work out in the pattern.

As you can see, once you put the blocks together, they make a sort of trellis. It was a fun project and the block didn't take long at all. It finishes at 18.5." I would like to go back and make more blocks but I don't have that much time right now.

Friday, December 25, 2020


 I hope you all have a very Merry safe Christmas.

Please, take care.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Testing a pattern

I am a pattern tester for a few designers. It's interesting and my forte is editing for clarity and comprehension. In November I tested a pattern called Morning Sun by Melanie Traylor of Southern Charm Quilts. She has had a few quilt alongs and I have been working on one on and off for a while now. Morning Sun was released as a pattern on November 20th and Melanie wanted to make sure that there were no errors and that all her calculations worked out. 

This was my starting point. These are actually the outer corners.

I then added the quarter Dresden plates. My colour palette is very much different than the original.

This is the centre of the quilt.

I thought this photo would show the fabrics better. There is no central circle to cover the middle because each petal has been sewn into a point at both ends.

Here's the whole quilt put together with the border. The directions were very good and the measurements all worked out. If you want a different kind of quilt, then check out Morning Sun by Southern Charm Quilts. Check out this link to see Melanie's version. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

More handmade


I finished this hat and sent it off to British Columbia. It matches the fingerless mitts I made. The string of lights is a new tablecloth that I bought.

These holiday pajamas were made with a little boy in mind but I realized that once I got the measurements from all the grandchildren, these fit his cousin. I could have added some of the solid lime green fabric to the sleeves and the pants hem but since there was a smaller cousin who could wear them the way they are, I gave them to her.

I then made these in the right size and sent them off to England.

I made this years ago for my youngest daughter. The pattern is called Emma's Tree. My daughter picked out the colours. I would like to make more in different colours but there are so many other things on my list.

Next week is Christmas. Stay safe, wear your mask, wash your hands and keep your distance.

I'm linking up with the Needle and Thread Network where you can see what other creative Canadians are up to this past week.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Getting ready for Christmas

Since shopping in stores is not allowed because of Covid-19 and I'm not much of a fan of online shopping, I decided to make a few things for the grandchildren.

I thought I would make my grandsons, who live in British Columbia, some fingerless mitts. Luc, the eldest, already has a burgundy and gold scarf that I made him and so I bought some more burgundy yarn. The pattern is called Easy Fingerless Mitts and it's by Calypso Knits (Maggie Smith.) You can find it on Ravelry.

This is Lion Brand Wool Ease and it has 20% wool content. 

I made some navy blue ones for his brother Patric.

Here's the hat to go with the scarf and fingerless gloves.

I also managed to sew up some pillowcases. These are for the boys.

And these are for the little girls.

I'm now making pajamas for most of them. Hopefully. I can get everything finished before Christmas.

I did manage to sew up a quilt top. It didn't take long. The colours are a bit off but they are purples/mauves and greens.