Birdie’s Dress


Wow, it only took me 8 months to finish it. Not because it is so difficult to do, quite the opposite. I started it when Ronny began developing the basement. Then summer came and we were so busy with everything….basement…fence…garden..enjoying the sun.

Well, today I sorted my enormous fabric-stash and found this dress again. The only thing that had to be done was to hem it.

I am serious. The hem.

Since I always have to fiddle around with my designs I just had to add the border. I got it from Value Village in a gigantic bag and finally I knew what to do with it. Hmm, great, ignore the thread that is hanging out, it has been removed haha.


I am quite happy with the dress and truly love the fabric.


I can only hope that Birdie still fits in it :-)


Mandy’s Tasche

I finally finished the bag I promised Mandy months ago….

She wanted the colours beige, grey and or blue. I really liked this fabric and just added a bit of brown at the bottom. I really need to take better pictures. I literally had a couple of hours before Oma and Opa had to leave for the airport.


The batting was a thick sheet I got from Oma a while back. I thought it very fitting to use it in this project.


The lining is a cute beige star fabric and since Tante Mandy has a star tattoo on her foot it was what I chose. I got this fabric from Connecting Threads and love it. I am very tempted to make one for myself. Mandy said she would use it to store her yarn in. She is great at crocheting and knitting. It all looks so effortless. I tried to crochet a scarf and it was so screwed up that Birdie’s plush dog got it haha. And that was the second attempt. Sometimes three-year-old’s are the best.

Happy Labour Day!


Fox Quilt

My little sister Clarissa’s totem is the silver fox and when I found this grey fabric with little swirls in it, I knew it was and still is perfect. It was my first attempt at Applique with a sewing machine! I had no idea that maybe choosing a thread that fits the background or the colour of the object would have been better, I chose pink. It didn’t turn out super perfect but I still love that little fox.

Then I gathered pink/red and black fabric from my small stash that I had at that time. My stash has grown since then but back thenI still had to order fabric for a project.

I did not want this to turn into black and pink only so I added a bit of soft teal to it.

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Clarissa told me that she puts it on her bed every day and when we went to Germany the last time I could see that it as true :-) Magically it also fits exactly onto her bed even though I had not exactly measured the whole quilt when I made it. I am bad that way!

Big hug to my little sis! We miss you and hope to see you soon!

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Irish Theme at the Modern Quilt Gilde

This was quite some time ago but I finally found a minute or two to upload pictures and write something. The summer has been somewhat crazy in a good and bad way. Today we are expecting 32C in Edmonton so I like to look at pictures in which I am wearing a hoodie :-). I am not complaining but my body is not made for 32C. I am perfectly happy when the temperature is around 20C.

Back to the topic at hand. We had picked the Irish Theme at our Modern Quilt Gild Meeting and this is what I made. I found this wonderful and cute little bag online on the Spoonful of Sugar  website and I loved it. I made one trial bag that got immediately snatched away by my daughter. I later found it stuffed to the brim with My Little Pony items. I am ok with that because it gets used.

See the little tag in rainbow colours? Yes. It is the end of the rainbow and inside the bag I hid some gold coins aka chocolate coins.

The recipient loved it by the way.

The mug rug itself was inspired by Jacquelynene Steves and I could not stop making them. I made Valentine versions in red and cream. I gave several away…and forgot to take pictures of course. Some days I am glad that my head is attached to my shoulders….



On my way to the Gild Meeting already running late my husband shot one more picture. Birdie playing in the background with the trial bag and wearing a ponytail. A rare occassion and worth a picture.

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Ta-ra..I am on the hunt for the gold pot at the end of the rainbow. See you soon.


Mug Rugs

I am either waaaaay behind or waaay early- I let you decide. These are the mug rugs I made for Valentine’s Day. One in small and one slightly bigger. It was nice to finally use my red fabric haha.

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What I am working on

I have a couple….ok..various…ok ok a lot of things that I started. There are days when I have hardly time to go into my sewing room and sew and there are days when I do have time. So I started a couple of quilt tops and for the busy days I started some smaller projects. I made a handful of Easter baskets that I still have to show and upload the pictures. I also have 3 quilt tops I am working on for my little Bird. This one will very likely be mine :-)

The Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild had a swap last time and the theme was “Irish”.  What could be closer than the Irish Chain for a Quilt? I knew I would never get this done, basted and quilted in a month. I made a triangle pouch and a mug rug in white, green and orange. The pictures are on my husband’s Iphone and I will try and download them for the next update.

Here is the first layout of the cut out blocks which still need to be sown together. Then I have to decide if I want borders around it, which colour to chose or should I use triangles? So many decissions to make. I wanted to make the quilt top one block wider but ran out of fabric. I had chosen a fabric that is called “Once upon a time” in white and green instead of going for the traditional solid white. Now I am paying the price. Let’s see if I can still make it work.



Ronny Comic’s Quilt

It took me almost a year to finish this quilt. Not because it is so very difficult but more because I started it and then did’t quite like it. I had to open seams and was too lazy to actually do it so I put it away for a while. Then I wanted to do a course at the Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton and I needed to finish a quilt. Perfect timing! I had to finish it for the longarm quilting course.

The night before the course….


I had a blast and love the fact that I don’t have to baste my quilt-whoo hoo! Our instructors were super helpful and very nice. Now I know that I don’t have to be intimidated by the big machines. They picked a really easy design the loops and it fit my theme perfectly. I also love the red thread that we picked- I call it the Superman Red! Here is a picture so that you can see the thread.


I have Superman, Batman, Star Treck and The Marvel Avengers in the mix and it worked out pretty well.


I actually wanted the backing to be just one fabric. I had picked the dark blue fabric wiht the comic “bubbles” but what I had not taken into account was that I added the triangle border to the quilt. I ran out of fabric!!! It was Friday 11:30am and I had to pick up Birdie at 2:30pm. I did’t have much time to drive to the store and get more fabric. To make matters worse was that the fabric was no longer in stock. I couldn’t find a fabric that really matched either. I hung my head and was close to do something completely different. I picked a blue plaid fabric and drove home. Almost there I decided to check in on the other store in Millwoods that was about to close down their business and was super lucky. I found the fabric for the sides (barb wire, funny “manly slogans” etc.) that was part of the same fabric line. YAY. Day saved I raced home to finish the back.


The quilting gives the Dude a really muscular look, don’t you think? My hubby likes his new Quilt and Birdie wanted to know who the grumpy blue guy was, haha.



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