Far Far Away Baby Quilt

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How happy I was to discover that I had enough fabric scraps from Abby’s quilt to make this sweet baby quilt! I used the same wonky log cabin design that I used for Nell’s book of colours. This technique is so addicting, that I may use it for a quilt for Sophie. The original quilt I made for her many years ago is in rough shape (it was my first attempt at quilting) and she could really do with a new one.

The quilt is going to a couple who is expecting their first baby (a girl!). They have had an exciting year so far-a wedding, a pregnancy, a new job and a move to a different city. Congratulations Bobby and Ronnie!

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Far Far Away Quilt

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There is nothing like a fresh stack of fabric to get the sewing juices flowing! A couple of weekends ago I had a brief, but lovely visit with a good friend of mine. We visited our favourite fabric shop in Guelph, called the Greenwood Quiltery. They carry a beautiful selection of fabric and yarn. While there, I bought some fat quarters of the Far Far Away Heather Ross fabric line that I have been eyeing for years. The quilt design is the Yellow Brick Road pattern. It is a quick and easy pattern that I have sewn a couple of times before. I did not buy enough fabric, so I had to dig into my fabric stash, and also make a mid sewing emergency trip to our local quilting store for more! When the quilt is done it will be for our sweet 6 year old Abby.

Nell’s Book of Colours

A fabric book for Nell has been on my list for quite some time. I spied a cute one on the Made by Rae website last year. I started sorting my fabrics right away, and noticed something interesting. I have lots of blue, pink and red scraps, but hardly any orange or green! My friend Elizabeth came to my rescue and gave me some really great scraps.

I started sewing the book a couple of days before Christmas. Yup, only last minute crafting for me. Oh the pressure! Things were going swimmingly, until I closed the book and took a good look at it. D’oh! I had sewn the front panel on upside down. Noooooooo! I calmly laid the book aside and went upstairs for Christmas Eve dinner. Okay, so maybe I wasn’t calm. There may have been a temper tantrum thrown. But food has an amazing satiating quality, and after dinner I set about unpicking hundreds of stitches. I flipped everything the right way and sewed it back up. It was wrapped and under the tree by 7pm!

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Sewing note: I used this very helpful tutorial for sewing the wonky log cabin squares.

Anthro Inspired Pillow

Tufted Double Bloom Pillow from Anthropologie. $498
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A few weeks ago I was inspired to give our room a Boho makeover. The challenge was to not purchase any new items, and to not paint the walls. I shopped the house for items with an eclectic feel and riffled through my fabric stash for pillow fabric. The vintage wool needlepoint has been gathering dust for years, just waiting for the perfect time to be transformed into a pillow. The handmade Anthropologie pillow was my inspiration, and I set to work creating a pillow using my favourite faded rose fabric (a Fabricland remnant from years ago. I wish I knew the company name and pattern!) and decked out with vintage buttons (thanks to my Nanas button collection) and pom poms. I just happened to have yarn in the right colours for the pom poms. Everything came together and I’m so pleased with our new space!

Source notes: Sheepskin from Winners, April Cornell floral bedspread from Value Village, Vintage dresser free from neighbours porch, knobs on top drawers from Anthropologie, feather pillow inserts from JYSK (so cheap!), painting of Louise Brooks by my husband, vintage curtain panel on closet door and faded cream rose fabric on large pillow from my lovely friend Elizabeth. Isn’t it nice to have friends who share their stash?

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Quick Change Trousers

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I managed to fit in a bit of sewing and whipped up a couple of scrappy quick change trousers for Nell. The versatile pattern comes from the AMH Handmade Beginnings book. A lack of fabric required me to make only the 6 month and the nine month size, but it was a great way to use up some of those pesky scraps that seem to hang around. I’m trying to be good and sew only from my stash. This big girl is already 18 pounds, and so will not be wearing the 6 month size pants for very long!