Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Camp Wilderness"

The pattern for "Camp Wilderness"...more affectionately referred to as my 'man quilt'...is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

The pattern is 27 pages in length and includes detailed instructions, illustrations, tips, full sized line drawings and 7 color, close up photos.  The finished size of the quilt is 102" x 92" which translates to a very generous queen or king.

What am I going to do with all my free time now?  Ya, right!!!

And just a reminder that this Friday, the 5th of September, is the First Friday of September when I'll be releasing my final First Friday Freebie.  I've designed something with an Autumn theme which I think you're going to like.  Oh, and I also have a little giveaway planned.

So enjoy the rest of the week and we'll see you on Friday!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sewing Machine Mat/Caddy Tutorial

I'm sure that there are a gazillion tutorials on how to make a sewing machine mat/caddy out there and perhaps you've already made one.  Maybe I was just waiting for the PERFECT fabric to make mine so when my friend Lucie came to visit a couple of weeks ago, she gifted me with just that...the PERFECT fabric!

Remember these gorgeous sewing-themed fabrics?

I used some of them to make one for Lucie and one for me.

Here's what I did.

I cut a 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" square out of two different fabrics, one for the front and one for the back.  I also cut a 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" piece of low loft batting to sandwich between the two layers and used 505 quilt basting spray to hold the three layers together.

Using my long 1 1/2" ruler as a guide to establish a cross-hatch pattern, I marked the sewing lines on the lighter of the two fabrics with my Frixion pen and then sewed along the lines in both directions.

To make the sleeve for the pockets, I cut two pieces of a different fabric and another piece of batting at 5 1/2" by 20 1/2" and sandwiched them together in the same manner as above.

I prepped enough binding not only to attach to the upper edge of the pocket sleeve but also to go around the entire mat which I sewed on in the same way we would to bind a quilt.

I trimmed the pocket sleeve along the bottom edge, making sure that it was square. 

I then marked the lines with my Frixion pen for where I wanted the pockets to be.

I aligned the pocket sleeve with the bottom edge of the mat and pinned it in place... 

then sewed along the lines making sure to secure my stitches at both ends so that they wouldn't come undone.

I trimmed around the mat to make sure that it was square and then sewed on the binding in the same way as I would to bind a quilt.  

Here it is, all finished and ready to put to use!

And voila!  BIG Bernie and I are very happy campers...oops, I mean sewers!  

All of my "go to" tools in one place and easy to find.

Now how easy was that!!!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Guess where we were this morning?

It's that time of year again...fresh fruits and veggies from the local farmers who tend their crops in the fertile Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia!

Not only do we have some of the finest seafood in the world but the locally grown fruits and veggies are flavorful beyond description.

Guess what we're having for dinner?

I can hardly wait!

Happy stitching...between mouthfuls, i.e.!

Friday, August 22, 2014

My "man quilt"!

Look what's coming home!

My friend Alice has finished quilting my "man quilt" and as of yesterday, it's in the hopefully capable hands of the Canadian postal system.  I can't wait to see it in person!  She also sent me these photos which I'm sharing with you.

What a difference great quilting does for a quilt, huh?  Thank you sooooo much, Alice!

The binding is already prepped so you'll know what I'll be doing as soon as I pick it up from the post office and bring it home.

I'm also hoping to have the pattern ready for purchase in the next week or so.

Now I have to come up with a title from all the suggestions that were made some time ago.  I've saved each and every one of them.  What I'll do is narrow them down to my favorite four or five and then let you all choose which one you like the best.  The person who suggested the winning title will receive a copy of my pattern.

Can you tell I'm excited?  Mr. Painted Quilt is too!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pincushion/Scissor Holder

I took a little antique green depression glass vase that I had on a shelf looking pretty and collecting dust, propped a tomato pincushion that I made a couple of years ago into the throat opening then added some scissors from my collection to suspend from the holes in the lacy edge and now look...a really cute, multi-functional scissor holder/pincushion!

I don't know if I'll use it because I'm afraid that I'll knock it over and break it but it sure looks good sitting on top of my fabric cupboard with my other dust collectors collectibles.

Happy stitching!