Sunday, February 26, 2023

Hearts to applique

I have so many projects that I could work on and I don't need to start something else - but I did. Appliquing a heart a week. The blocks I am using are 6.5 unfinished. I gave the link to the site in my previous post in case anyone else wants to sew along.

These are the first two weeks of this sew along.
I noticed that the pdf that is provided isn't always true to size so a little bit of fiddling around with scale is needed. It's not a big thing and I saw that not everyone used the heart that was provided. It's all personal choice but it is a small thing to make each week. A new heart is posted every Friday. These were just some fabrics that were in my sewing room that I picked up randomly. I am hoping to sew one each week and keep up with all the others.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Working on a couple of UFOs

Instead of starting another new quilt, I decided I would sort of finish off some UFOs.

This is a big one. It was described as a modern sampler quilt called Anthologie and was a quilt along with Southern Charm quilts. She has revamped the pattern and it's now for sale. I just went with fabric that I had and it's basically peaches and greens with other fabrics and colours thrown in. I guess I should take a better photo. Perhaps an outside photo but at the moment it's -6C outside with snow on the ground.

This is the other UFO I have been working on. I added a row or two more just to make it a bit bigger. I had thought that I would just go with how many blocks I had but it seemed a bit on the small size. The blocks are 7 inches finished and they are 3D bowties. I just need to lay them out again and sew them all together. If you have never made a 3D bowtie, all you need is 5 squares of equal size. Two squares for the background and 3 for the bowtie. I cut these at 4 inches and all the blocks are made from floral fabric with no repeats.

There is a sew along on Facebook where every Friday we can obtain a heart pattern a week. The blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished. So far, it's only been week 2. Here's the link in case anyone wants to join in. It may take some fiddling with printer settings to get the blocks to the correct size but then again, close is good enough.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Valentine's Day

I remember when my own children were going to school, I made felt hearts for them. I think I made some for their teachers too.

I just finished sewing 10 Valentine hearts for my grandchildren.

I added pins so that they can be worn on Tuesday.

I think the ones I made for teachers were a tad bigger. This year, I didn't make any for anyone else - no time.

My little grandsons just gave me pink marshmallow hearts - my favourite candy. Their mom bought me a bag of red, candy coated marshmallow hearts. There aren't any left at the store so I couldn't buy anymore. I remember my mom used to buy cinnamon hearts in a small, heart-shaped box. To this day, I still don't like the spicy hot cinnamon heart candies.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Flannel pajamas

I did make my little twin grandsons pajamas for Christmas but I didn't totally finish them. I had to make buttonholes and sew the buttons on.

In order to use up my flannel pieces, I combined a solid red with a red print.

The red print had little dinosaurs on it. Perfect for two year old Otis.

This was made for his brother Archer, whose favourite colour is orange.

Sorry for the bad colour. The previous photo was closer to the original. I ended up making all the buttonholes by hand.
These were fun to make. 

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Flannel nightgowns

Nightgowns. I didn't get a chance to finish all of my sewing before Christmas so I am catching up now.

This is my youngest granddaughter modelling her new nightgown. I found the fabric in Fabricland just before Christmas. I was there looking to stock up on elastic and just happened to check out the sales table. There was about one metre left on the bolt and I just couldn't leave it there. The flannel has unicorns on it. To say the nightgown is a hit is an understatement. My son told me she cried when he suggested other pajamas one night. 

Here's one of two identical nightgowns I made that were Christmas gifts. Both recipients were born in May of 2017 - exactly two weeks apart. As you can see from both photos, I had to incorporate another fabric in order to complete the nightgowns. Luckily, I had all the fabric for these two green ones and didn't have to purchase anything. I have one or two more nightgowns to make and then I have some pajamas to sew. 

I am also trying to work on my quilt UFOs that are in bins and, in addition to all that sewing, I have two blocks to make for one of my twin granddaughter's quilts.

So, I have lots and lots to keep me busy for next several months.

Sunday, January 1, 2023


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