Hat making time: round 2

After making a hat for Thing 1, Things 2 & 3 wanted one too.  I measured Thing 2’s head, and it was too big for the pattern, so his will take a little longer while I figure out how to resize the pattern to make one large enough for his head.  Thing 3’s head fit the large pattern, so I got started on hers right away.  It went very quickly, and once again, no photos were taken of the process.  Maybe the third time will be the charm?

Juliet hat 3

I made one side in the same fabric at the first hat, but in green instead of pink.  The other side is a frog/paisley print.

Juliet hat 1

She was a very willing model, and wore the hat for most of the afternoon. It was sunny when I made it, but it’s been raining since, so she hasn’t really had a chance to wear it for a more practical reason.  Though I don’t think practicality is really her primary reason for choosing to do things.

Juliet hat 2

She likes the frog side better, but I’m not sure which one I like better.  I like the way it turned out though, and how easy it was to put together.  There will probably be more hats like this in my future, especially if I can figure out how to resize  the pattern!


Road Trip QAL – Ohio

So the Road Trip QAL is chugging along here.  I’ve got the Ohio blocks done.  It was a nice change of pace to make a little bit of a simpler block.  The Ohio block is such a classic, but I don’t think that I’ve ever made one before.  It was probably the fastest block that I’ve made so far.  That was also really nice, since I’m going out of town with Things 1, 2, and 3 on Wednesday, and I’ve got plenty of stuff to do before I leave.

QAL Ohio

Once again, a light and a dark block.  I’m fairly certain at this point that I’ll continue making a dark and light block for every state.  I am loving how the blocks can look so completely different simply by changing around the placements of the fabrics I use.  And that orange fabric might be one of my new favourites.  Orange is such a cheerful colour!

QAL dark 1-4

QAL light 1-4

This is what I’ve got done so far.  You can join in on the QAL at Sewing by Moonlight.  I can’t wait to see what’s next!

It’s hat making time!

This past week, my oldest had a picnic for the last day of school.  We searched high and low for her hat, so she could take it along, but it was nowhere to be found.  She ended up taking one of my hats, a ball cap, but it was too big for her.  So what’s an easier solution than simply finding her hat?  Making her a new one, of course!

I searched online, and found a pattern for a free bucket had at Oliver + S.  It was a nice pattern because it was reversible.  So I asked Thing 1 what colours she wanted in her hat, and she said, “Purple.  And Yellow.  No, Green.  Purple and green.”  Armed with that information, I went downstairs to my stash and pulled some possibilities.

She ended up choosing a purple Tweety bird fabric, and a pink dot for the other side.  I realized only as I was typing up this post that I forgot to take pictures of the process, but I have to make another one yet for Thing 3, so hopefully I’ll remember to do that then.

She is thrilled with the finished hat.  While I was making it, she didn’t really understand how the pieces I cut would turn into a hat, but it was really nice to see when the understanding dawned.  She very willingly modelled it for me outside, where the light is so much nicer.

Eliana hat 1

Eliana hat 2

And if she loses this one too, then I have enough fabric to make another.  Yay!  For now I’ll just enjoy her happiness and toothy grin.  Those front teeth are growing back as fast as they can.

Eliana hat 3

More past projects: baby quilts

I have been blessed in my life to have lots of little babies to make quilts for.  Some of them have been for my own children, some for my nieces and nephews, and some for my friend’s babies.  I’ll show a few of the ones I’ve made over the years.

This first one I made for my son.  I had a train panel that I’d purchased a few years before, and I decided to use it finally.  Yay for making a stash project!  I added the piano key border and the grey cornerstones, and quilted it with a diamond pattern.  It was finished very quickly, and adopted by my daughter, though now, a few years later, it is more of a communal, family blanket, and lives by the couch.


This one, entitled so originally, “Diamonds’, was made for my nephew.  My sister requested a quilt in black and white, because regardless of whether she was having a boy or a girl, those were the colours that she wanted.  I didn’t have loads of black fabric at the time, so I used anything from grey, to black, to a very deep navy blue.  It was a great project for practising my half-square triangles, since I made this 4 years ago, when I’d only been quilting for two years.  I love the finished result.  This is another one of those out-of town quilts that I should make a label for one of these days.


I just have time to share one more before it’s time to make dinner.  This may actually be the only baby quilt that I started and completed after the baby was already born.  The others have all been made before, and because of that, I didn’t know the genders of the children receiving them.  But this one I knew was for a wonderful, sweet, little girl, my niece.  I broke out the pink, and I broke it out hard.  I may have gone a little overboard, so I used a much more traditional block, Jacob’s Ladder, to try and make it not seem too babyish.  This was made around the same time as Diamonds, and I realized after it was finished that it has the same overall look.  I love the added touch of the sawtooth border.


That’s my oldest, who was about 3.5 at the time.  It always makes me smile to look back through these pictures every now and then and she how  much she’s grown.  She’s still a wonderful helper and a very giving child.  One of my many, many blessings in life.

WIP Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Last week I did WIP Wednesday on Thursday.  This week, I’m doing it a day early, on Tuesday.  Maybe someday I’ll learn how to read a calendar properly.

I have so many different projects on the go right now that I could probably write about a different one every week for two months and still not have covered them all.  I’m really, really good at making quilt tops, it’s just the converting of the top into a quilt that I lack at a little.  This week I’m going to share my Urban Nine Patch (U9P) made with the Quick Curve Ruler, designed by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful.  This ruler is amazing and makes sewing curves so simple.  I sewed all these curves without a single pin!  And they were the first curved quilt blocks that I ever attempted!

U9P 1

I started with the blocks just straight on, and then I tried them on point.

U9P 3

U9P 2

Here are the blocks on point.  I’ve made five altogether so far, and have the fabric cut for at least ten more, so I’ve got a bit of work to do on this one yet.  I think, I like them better on point, but no firm decision on that is likely to be made for awhile.  I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of quilter, so what strikes my fancy on one day might be thoroughly rejected a week later.  Or a month later, as is more often the case.

Now, I really will actually link this to The Needle and Thread Network.  I promise I’m not too late this time.  The other Canadian bloggers, much more organized than me, I’m sure will do this much more efficiently.  But I can chalk this all up to being a new blogger, right?

Road Trip QAL – Pennsylvania

Yesterday I felt like sewing but I wasn’t really in the mood for quilting the mystery quilt.  I have started it, and I’m about half way.  I just wanted to work on something that I could start and finish quickly, so I made the latest block for the Road Trip QAL.  Once again, I made a dark and light version of the block.

Here is the Pennsylvania block, dark on the left, light on the right.  I alternated the red and the white, and then used different shades of orange.  I like how the dark orange looks like flames.  I made a mistake as I was making these blocks, because I made stars in the centre with the flying geese in the middle row.  I caught my mistake before I finished the second block though, so I only had to fix one.

Here are all the light block and all the dark blocks together.  I love how completely different  they look, and I’m very interested to see how the finished quilts will look when the QAL is finished.

Here’s one final shot of all the completed blocks so far.  You can join the quilt along at Sewing by Moonlight.  Come on, and join in on the fun!

A finish!

I tried to make some time this past week to do a little quilting every day.  For the most part  I was successful.  There was one day where nothing got done, but 5 out of 6 days is pretty good.  I don’t count Sunday because that day is usually quite busy with church, so I usually only sew on Sundays if I need to do some handstitching, since it’s more easy to put down at any given time.

Yesterday, I put the final stitches in my daughter’s little doll quilt.  She has decided to call it The Lost Butterfly.  There is a bit of a story behind this one.  After we added the borders to  the top, we discovered a little hole in the fabric near the seam.  We didn’t have enough fabric left to redo that section of border, and it was too far from the seam to hide it inside.  So we decided to cover the little hole with a ladybug.  The ladybug became a butterfly because I had a piece of fabric that I could fussy cut a butterfly from, but I didn’t have any suitable ladybug fabric.  The butterfly is lost because it is the only one on the quilt.

I took some pictures outside today after we got home from church.  I didn’t want to waste any time since there were storm clouds rolling in and the sun was shining so beautifully at the time.  The quilt finished at 21″ square.  I don’t know what she wants to do for her next project yet, but she has a bright, creative mind, and I’m sure she’ll come up with something wonderful.