Non-quilt sewing

Nine years ago I started doing something that is now a tradition in my family; each year I make my daughters a dress for their birthdays. I give them a short list of patterns to choose from and I allow them considerable veto power over fabric choice and decisions.

This year B wanted overall-shorts but I re-directed her to just shorts.


These are longer than hotpants if you can believe it.


I personally wouldn’t have chosen sparkly stretch denim, but then I’m about 30 years too old for that to be my favourite.


And if you’re working with sparkly stretch denim then sparkly rainbow metallic thread is a good choice too.

I’ve never done that style of pocket before. Nor that kind of fly zipper. Last night was a steep learning curve, but a quick one. Start to finish was less than three hours. And B is tickled to death with these.

Sunday Stash, with lots and lots of variety

Well if you’re going to buy fabric you should probably go big or go home.

First up is the fabulous stripe Cheryl picked out for me for my mighty lucky challenge. I’ve cut into it already and things are looking up. Edited to add: it’s done! check it out here.



Next up is fabric for the belated 5th birthday dress for W. I totally guessed on amounts but I’m sure there’s enough for a sundress at least. The solid is Kona pansy.



Then we strayed away from “necessary for an in-process project” into “I like this lots”.



Back into necessary fabric territory is this high-vis netting. Husband wants me to modify his fabric-and-reflective cycling vest into a mesh-and-reflective cycling vest. It’s 72″ wide. I predict I will have leftovers for years.


And there we go! 4.3m fabric in, 30.21$ out. And when the linkup opens, I’ll join up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

Day 321

The trick to getting lots of sewing time with two kids underfoot seems to be saying YES to screen time. We don’t have a tv at our house and we’re pretty up-tight about how much the kids watch/poke the ipad, but this afternoon was YES. (This is also week two of daily swim lessons and yesterday was a seven hour on-foot expedition wandering around downtown so our physical activity has been pretty high recently. And yes, I am justifying my parenting to strangers on the internet.)


Today was the first day of the #crosscutquiltalong hosted by Debbie @A Quilter’s Table. I’ll share pictures of this later. Or you can check out my instagram feed if you can’t wait.



I also sewed more test blocks for the polaroid shadow/sashing. Go here for the first round, aka the FAIL round of blocks.

From left to right we have: medium grey/essex blend, sketch crosshatch/medium grey, and light grey/essex blend.

The middle one was my friend Netta’s idea from a couple of days ago; she suggested I switch the sketch with the grey. And she blogs too, check hers out.

For fun I made a few collages. Check these out!

med grey : essex

..sketch : med grey grey : essex

I’m open to feedback so let me know your favourite: purple octopus, green octopus, or starfish!

And since this continues to be a work in progress I’m linking up with:


Day 304

I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer with my friend Natalie. She joined the guild a year ago and volunteered in March to be our librarian. (“What’s geekier than being in a quilt guild? Being the librarian for a quilt guild!” is what her husband said when she volunteered.)

Anyway, her daughter is six months older than my B and they’re both into crafts. B fell in love with the pompom maker craft kit she saw at Natalie’s house and was desperate to buy a skein of yarn to populate our house with fuzzy things. I fobbed her off with promises of a secret yarn stash downstairs.

I bought all this when we lived in Nova Scotia in 2009-2010. Guess I liked rainbows back then too.