Happy Halloween!

>> Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bradley outdid himself this year, with a very simple but spooky jack-o-lantern!
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I think the secret was spending more time on the sketch phase. Then he whipped it up in no time! We're ready for the trick-or-treaters now.
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Update: we have had hardly any trick-or treaters. I have been FORCED to eat a bunch of candy myself.

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Zippered wristlets!

>> Monday, October 25, 2010

I've finally figured out how to adapt my wristlets to include a zipper. A couple of people have told me they wished my wristlets had zippers at craft shows and I thought it was a good idea too (see? I do listen to you!).
I just had to figure out how to add the zipper with the front flap there as well. I have a few ready now and I've started putting them in my shop. I love the pink and purple floral fabric on this one. Have a look!

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Yellow log cabin quilt

>> Thursday, October 14, 2010

I've been wanting to make a yellow quilt forever. So just in time for the rainy days we've been having, I've finally gathered up the yellow prints I had on hand. I've never sewn a log cabin quilt square before, but I've read online that it's addictive. Now that I've made my first one I can confirm that it's true! I decided to do my cutting freehand, just making strips as I went along and not worrying about having them all be the same width.

I like the result. At the end I will true up each square using a cardboard template and then when I join all the squares my quilt won't be too wonky! At the end when I have a stack of squares I can arrange them before joining them together and make sure the quilt is balanced. I'm not sure yet whether I'll add sashing (extra strips between the squares).

As usual I have hoarded tiny scraps of my favourite prints, so it's been very nice to finally be able to use even the smallest pieces. Things have been busy lately so this quilt could go very slowly, but I've decided I'd rather just do a square at a time, and not cut it all out beforehand, and maybe even not do any chain piecing. I've found it very relaxing to just choose and cut a piece at a time and put it all together.
This square went together very quickly so I think you could whip up a quilt top this way in no time. For the quilt back I think I'll just keep an eye out for a vintage sheet with some yellow. My quilt is going to be so cheerful!

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