February 28, 2011 0 comments

Test Pattern

Ta da!!!

I can't believe it's the last day of February and I'm only now posting my first finish of 2011!  Sheesh!

On the other hand, evern if I do say so myself - it was worth the wait! 
February 23, 2011 11 comments

I have two new friends to introduce you to!

The first is Reuben.


Isn't he sweet?

I had the pleasure this week of pattern testing this little guy for Jodie Carleton at Ric Rac  There are a couple of differences  - hers is Rueben instead of Reuben (as we spell it - my oldest son's middle name is Reuben); and of course, hers is much more beautifully constructed.

But I think he's very expressive for my first time making a stuffie:

He also came with a pattern for a completely adorable jacket and satchel.  Unfortunately I didnt follow the instructions EXACTLY he ate a little too much and outgrew his jacket on the long trip from Australia to Canada!

But I wanted you to see how completely adorable it is - that Jodie has a lot of talent! Could you even begin to think of making something so cute?!

I liked Reuben so much I decided that he should be Diva Quilt's mascot - and ought to oversee all that happens in the sewing room.  But then I thought, he might be lonely - so I decided to make him a little friend to keep him company.
Which is where Maddie came in!

I  may have mentioned in the past, how much I adore elephants - so his friend had to be an elephant. At first I was going to make a boy elephant, but then was tempted by the idea of cute dresses and bows.  And er... cute dresses won.  :)

And you know how great Jodie's pattern is? This is how great it is:

with my vast experience making stuffies (after all, I'd made ONE); her pattern writing was so easy to follow that  I was able to riff off  hers to make an a: slightly smaller stuffy with a slightly larger belly (she is an ELEPHANT after all); and franknpattern an elephant head out of a donkey


I mean check out that cute nose!

And so, now Reuben has a friend to hang out with. (Don't worry Reuben, I shall make you some new clothes too)

Don't they look happy together?

And be sure to watch check out Jodie's blog, (which is incredibly entertaining); (seriously, if nothing else, click on those last two links to read her amazing stories) and keep an eye out for Rueben's availability as a pattern!

Next week - a finished quilt.  I promise!  :)
February 21, 2011 8 comments

Early days yet,

but I'm working on something new,

and I'm pretty excited!  You can't possibly see what I have in mind for this from this - but I think it's gonna be wayyyyyyyy cool.

*claps hands excitedly*

Also, as you can see, I was able to get into the sewing room this weekend - for a couple of hours yesterday, and a couple of hours again today.  This is, of course, practically no time at all for me, who usually spends 30 hours or so per week in my sewing room; but between life stuff and being sick; it's the first time I've been able to do anything since the beginning of February.

Life is good, no?

So what are you up to?

February 16, 2011 4 comments

Better late than never...

Here's my Wednesday post!

I'm currently laid up in bed, cuz the throat infection I had last week became a sinus infection over the weekend which became a chest infection this week (oh joy!) So meds and bed rest are all that is in store for me, but hey, speaking of joy, look, just LOOK at these lovelies that came to me from over the sea today!

These stunningly beautiful hand-dyed lengths of scrim came to me, for no reason other than that I mentioned I had gotten Nif, from the generous (and clearly, fabulous) Deborah O'Hare.  She has a lovely blog called The Blue Hare

I first became aware of Deborah just about two years ago.  I was clicking through blog links and came across this:

and was totally gobsmacked.  (I especially loved her incorporation of actual stones and pebbles!) I started following her blog right away, and was later inspired to make my own grey quilt

Which though not at all like hers, had some similar quilting motifs. (clicky to see)

But back to Deborah:

In addition to making lovely scrims such as these.

she also has beautiful hand dyed and hand painted fabrics for sale as well as art quilts and templates for sale at her shop called Quilt Routes (on Folksy).  (click there too!) For example:

I mean, how beautiful is that !?

She also has a website called Quilt Routes, where, if you should be lucky enough to live near her, you can find information about booking Deborah for workhops, talks, or find a link to her Flickr, where you can see even more of her amazing work.

And as for what she so kindly sent me,

Oh, I have plans for this!!

Until then, go visit Deborah and enjoy what she has to offer. 

Thank you Deborah! You have definitely brightened my day!

February 10, 2011 8 comments

I'm due for a little levity

and this made me laugh out loud.

And yet, he retains his dignity. 

Have a great weekend everyone!
February 8, 2011 10 comments


I'm having a very hard time this year finding my groove.  I feel disjointed and untethered, unable to focus and planless.

Hand dyed fabric by Vicki Welsh

This is a highly unusual mode of being for me. In fact, one might even say, it's an extraordinary mode of being for me. Ordinarily, I'm super organized, efficient, and NEVER without a plan (or twelve).

It's been a tumultuous 2011 so far: illness, a shocking death in our family, drama (and I abhor drama!), constant tension and constant change.  I feel like I can't put a foot down for fear the ground will shift under my feet.

knitted pouch by Stegart 

Oh, and did I mention, we're renovating in the midst of all of this? *laughs*

Amazingly beautiful journal by Terri Stegmiller

All of that to say that yet again, I have nothing to show you.

Excpt of course, for this lovely gift package I won from 3 Creative Studios - whose contents were made by combined talents of Terri Stegmiller and Vicki Welsh. Thank you ladies!

And as for the rest of you ladies (and gents) - I am hoping - more than you could know (!) that I will be back to some semblance of routine very soon, and that I will have something (anything!) to show you. 

February 4, 2011 0 comments

Friday Flickr Faves

A (very) random selection of quilts I came across on Flickr this morning.

From the subtle to the bright and saturated!

1. Simple Insanity, 2. Lattice Baby Quilt, 3. Hankie Quilt, 4. Art Quilt Modern Wall Hanging
February 2, 2011 6 comments

I got something special on Monday...

I've been planning to buy one of these for quite awhile.  I did a lot of research, and decided that for my purposes, the Janome FM725 was the right one for me.  At a $300 price point, I decided to get one for myself for Christmas - and so, just before Christmas, having safely purchased all my Christmas presents for everyone else, I started looking for a Christams present for me. 

My regular dealer told me that Janome had discontinued the model, and though he assured me that they would continue to support it if I found one in the city; I didn't feel 100% comfortable about it

My second choice, the Babylock Embellisher, was more than twice the price at $699 and since I was also shopping for a new laptop, I decided the needle felter would have to wait until March or April (personal quirk, I never, I mean never pay for anything on credit. Cash only for everything except my house!)

That said, on Monday morning, I got a bee in my bonnet that I should start looking for one.  I went online to Kiiji and Craigslist and found one for $375.  I was fully prepared to buy it, and then thought I would just check in with the local Babylock distributors to compare prices. 

The second one I called said that they were on sale for the month of January at $399.  I said, "But that means it ends today!"  "Yes," the dealer replied. "Tomorrow it goes back up to $699".

No pressure though!

However, with no extra shipping costs, a guarantee and service included (which I wouldn't get with  my online international sale), it was a no brainer.  I went off to the bank, withdrew the cash, and $455 later, I had a brand spanking new embellisher!

I experimented with her a bit tonight as above - and am excited by the results! Explanation and process at Coneflowers In Leslieville as usual.

Isn't she pretty?

Her name is Niffer Fliffer Floffer. "Niffer" short for Jennifer, and Fliffer Floffer because that's what BSP kept calling needle felters when I was first researching them.  :)