Sew Canadian

So today is my day on the Sew Canadian tour, and I’m featured on the Mad About Patchwork blog.  And I had intended to write this post a week ago and schedule it, but that didn’t happen.  Sewing happened instead.  🙂  Story of my life it, seems, if I didn’t do something, I was probably sewing instead.  If it was sewing I was supposed to do, I was probably sewing something else.

Sewing area

This is my sewing area. Since this picture was taken, I have put a bulletin board on the wall where all the papers are, to organize it a little more.  The kite made by Thing 1 a few years ago at school is still there.  I have the kids’ artwork all over the house.

Cutting and design wall

This is my design wall, in the kitchen, across the room from my sewing corner, which is a dining area nook. The blocks up on it are from the Stash Bee, as I was queen in June. It’s called Scrappy Mountains and I used Bonnie Hunter’s tutorial. My design wall is just the back of a camping table cloth taped to the wall.

Scrap storage

These are my scraps. I store them sorted by colour into plastic bins that I got at Home Depot for 87 cents a piece. There is a separate scrap bin for solids since I like to work with those on their own.

Ironing station

This is my mini ironing station, also a repurposed kitchen counter. I made the ironing board from a piece of plywood, some leftover batting and some denim. I used a staple gun to attach it to the back after pulling it tight. It is so, so handy! I make my own starch as well. I stir 2 cups hot water into anywhere from 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp of cornstarch (which has been dissolved in a little cold water), depending on how strong I want it. Then I boil it on the stove, let it cool a bit, and add 1/4 cup vodka for shelf life stability.

And that’s about it!  I have lots of fabric, but it’s stored down in the basement and the lighting sucks for taking pictures.  I hope you enjoyed your tour!  Back to sewing for me, after I wash some dishes first.


Catch-up time

I’ve been doing plenty of sewing lately, despite the summer heat.  What I haven’t been doing is blogging about it.  So this is kind of a kitchen-sink catch-all kind of post.

I’ve worked on 2 more quilts for the Canadian Travelling Quilts group.  First Julie’s which was a lot of fun and very eclectic, and then Laura’s with its wonderful colour scheme.  I can only show sneak peeks here, in case they read my blog.  I am so, so glad I joined this group. It has stretched my creativity and I’m amazed at the incredible places that every in the group is taking these quilts.

Canadian Travelling Quilt

Canadian Traveling Quilts

I made a skirt for Thing 3 with the Pitch it to Win it contest hosted by Mad About Patchwork. My project was actually featured about 2 weeks ago already, but here are some photos of her modeling it. She wants me to make her lots of skirts now, and declared that it was her ‘most beautifulist skirt ever!’ so I’m pretty sure it was well received.

Front of skirt

Back of skirt

I’ve been sewing lots and lots of hexies. I’m up to about 18 flowers now and I have loads more hexagons waiting in the wings. It’s a great thing to sew when it’s too hot to iron and I want to sit outside and enjoy the cool evening breezes. Yesterday was one month exactly until my hysterectomy, so I’ll have had lots of practice making these by then!

Hexie progress


Thing 1 and I also worked together to make a table runner for my mom, but no pictures were taken.  It went together very well and she is really getting the hang of sewing on her own now.  It’s a wonderful thing to see.

Sew Canadian

I meant to blog about this sometime last week, but I plum forgot.  Awhile ago, Mad About Patchwork contacted me to see if I was interested in taking part of a blog tour they were hosting about the sewing spaces of several Canadian bloggers.  I said yes, of course.  And then I started cleaning up before I took some pictures to send them.  🙂

Sewing area


Here’s a sneak peek of my tiny, main sewing area, after I cleaned it up.  And it still looks slightly untidy.  Maybe I’ll just say that I need the mess to be creative.  That’s legitimate, right?  Thing 1 made that kite a couple of years ago, in grade 2, I think.  She also loves colour, as evidenced by the letters.

Here’s the schedule.  I’m set to launch on July 27.

July 6th – Patti @Retired to Quilt and Krista @Poppyprint
July 13th – Dominique @The Running Thimble and Cinzia @Deux Petites Souris
July 20th – Anita @Daydreams of Quilts and Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts
July 27th – Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork and Katherine @Sew Me Something Good
August 3rd – Felicity @Felicity Quilts and Josee @The Charming Needle
August 10th – Janet @What Comes Next and M-R @Quilt Matters
August 17th – Erica @Happy Fabric and Jacqui @Treadle Quilts
August 24th – Leanne @She Can Quilt and Jaclyn @Jaclyn Quilts
August 31st – Pam @Mad About Patchwork and Laura @Waffle Kisses