Happy Thursday everyone!
Yesterday I had the honour of visiting a new quilt/sewing/needlework shop (at least new to me). One of my local guild members recommended that I contact Stitch-It Central in London, Ontario about teaching and so I did and met with two lovely ladies Cindy and Maria yesterday. I have to say I am very impressed and of course I am going to tell you all about it. Who does not love another resource for our stitchery passions!
Stitch-It Central was located in Ingersoll for several years and recently re-located a few KM east off of Highbury Avenue in London. They specialize in Cross Stitch, Knitting, Crochet, Quilting, Tatting and lots of notions, decorative thread, beads, online sales and more. It is a big store as boutique style stitchery stores go including a large retail space and a large classroom. They also stock over 3000 bolds of luscious quality quilting fabric and an extensive line of Superior Threads, including King Tut (my personal favourite for free motion and thread painting). They also are wonderful with customer service and I witnessed Maria and Cindy in action and have very positive online reviews.
If you cannot make it to London? Purchase items from them online --***Enjoy Free ground shipping on orders of $150 or more before taxes within Canada*** Check out their website here .
Gallery of Photos From Stitch-It Central
Getting back to my title, New Teaching at a New Location, yes I will be teaching at Stitch- It Central!
I am very excited to be teaching:
I will show you my new samples as soon as they are ready on this blog.
Hoping for the end of August, now I need to get to work!
In the meantime, if any of my Southern Ontario friends from LaSalle, Windsor and Essex County (you know who you are) want to go on a shop hop this summer and meet me in London for a visit at Stitch-It Central?
I am happy to do this and we can do lunch!
I hope you have enjoyed this lovely day ❤️
Need some thread to get those quilting projects done this summer?
I know we are all in summer and holiday mode but this is a great time to get what we are low on as the price is right! With online shopping it is so easy to enjoy our vacations and shop without effort.
Wouldn't it be nice to come back from holiday with a colourful package of thread in the mail?
Threads are on sale at Connecting Threads 100% cotton see details below:
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and enjoy a safe and happy summer vacation!
A Domestic Engineer is the one who executes household chores; they are a member of the family that does this as a part of their responsibility. A Domestic Engineer can carry out anything from cleaning to doing everyday jobs for the family. (Source: www.bestjobdescriptions.com)
Yesterday, I had to take a break from my quilting/teaching/blogging/pattern designing jobs to be a domestic engineer! But this time the "household chore" was jam making. I am sharing this with you because I can and because it was a fun diversion :)
I have made lots of jam in the past and it was like getting back on a familiar bicycle. But wow, does it ever take a lot of sugar! I actually cut down a bit on the sugar and gave it more time to boil and gel set.
This time of the year gets busy with holiday plans, family visits and our garden and we have tons of black raspberries. See a pic of some of them below:
Enjoy all the fruits of your labour today and give yourself credit for all the work you do for your family whatever it may be!
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Happy friday and have a great weekend! ❤️
Happy first wednesday of the month and wow where did June go? My month of June went to long arm quilting, family visits, teaching and of course domestic engineering!
It is time for a monthly mini quilt and today I will talk about 2 of my recent minis. These minis are different but also similar. I am featuring 2 mini quilts this month because of their similarities, they are free motion outline quilted and coloured but with 2 different types of colouring tools. The first of the two quilts is a sun flower coloured with my "Crayon Appliqué" technique. Check out this technique here . The second of the two quilts was an experiment to wrap my mind around and practise what I call "zen doodle quilting" . I am not sure if it called something else but it was "Zen" to draw it, outline it and colour it, so hence the name.
Have I got your curiosity?
Check out the pictures below:
Mini Quilt #1 -Sunflower with Crayon Appliqué
Supplies Used for the Sunflower Mini Quilt:
Connecting Threads Essential Thread in Black (outlining of sunflower) FYI- on sale now!
Connecting Threads Essential Thread in White (background stippling) FYI- on sale now!
Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Batting FYI 30% off sale now!
Sunflower design -a free stock design
Sunflower fabric for binding and backing was from my stash :)
I also used the crayons below and heat set them with an iron see the technique in this blog here
Mini Quilt #2-Mason Jar Vase & "Zen Doodling" with Fabric Fun Markers
Supplies Used for the Mason Jar Vase Mini Quilt:
Black Thread from WonderFil 12 wt
Mason Jar Vase- free stock design
Fabric Markers- see below:
When you colour with the fabric markers, please follow the package instructions for use and heat setting
These projects were quick to do and a fun way to explore colour marking options.
The sky is the limit with what you can do if you can free motion outline a design!
Special thanks to my friend Marg for helping me wrap my mind around this technique and spending a day exploring it with me!
Stay tuned to see more about "Zen Doodling" in the near future on this blog, a sneak peak photo of some upcoming work on zen doodling is below:
Happy Wednesday, Stay Cool ❤️
I have been busy lately with long arm work and visitors! My daughter (Katie) and son in law (Chad) and my baby new grandson (Eli) were just here from BC. There was a family baby shower for them that I assisted with and of course I made some cookies. Who doesn't love cookies!! I just thought decorated ones would be fun and add to the baby shower theme. The recipe is the same as my "Quilt Cookies" blog post and the recipe is available here . Check out the baby faces below:
So to decorate these cookies, I first outlined and then flooded the cookies with 1/3 with blue royal icing and 2/3 peach (I used copper Wilton Colour mixed with white for the face). I then used Wilton edible markers for the black details on the face. I dry brushed a bit of pink colour Wilton gel colour for the blush on the cheeks. I used a writing tip to add the curls of white on the hat. Really the easiest decorated cookies I have ever made.
To find the Wilton supplies I used, click on the link below:
Really these cookies are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination!!!! The recipe for the cookies is good, a not so sweet sugar cookie recipe that makes the added icing enjoyable to eat .
I think it's important in life not to overlook small details and make an effort for those you love! I had a lot of fun making these and I hope you do too!! Share a picture if you make some by contacting us please, we are always happy to share.
Happy Monday ❤️
The Quilter's Magic Wand is a tool/ruler for quilters to mark 1/2 square triangles, flying geese blocks, connecter corners and more. Depending on what you are piecing this is a very helpful tool measures in at 1/2" wide by 12" long it comes in 8 different colors – Lime, Hot Pink, Beige/Champagne, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Plum/Light Pink, and Dark Violet. It has a registration line down the centre and that means there is 1/4" on either side.
Hmmmmm what is quiltings' universal measurement?? 1/4" This tool is so handy!
See how I have been using it below:
This tool is wonderful because you can place and mark accurate sew lines for 1/4". A simple concept and a fantastic, inexpensive tool that makes this process easier. Any process that is easier makes for fun projects as we all know. :)
Where to get this? Check out Deb Tuckers website here or watch the you tube video below
If you are in the Barrie area, Hummingbird Sewing carries these Quilters Magic Wand as well as Deb Tucker rulers.
That's my tool tip for this thursday, I hope it is as helpful for you as it is for me.
Have a Happy Monday:)
On the Wednesday before Fathers Day, my youngest daughter and I decided we would embark on a project for my husband who is an avid gardener and claims the garden for him is the best place on earth. We decided to make these stepping stones as a Fathers Day gift.
I read a lot of tutorials and decided on a method. The picture tutorial below explains what we did.
The result of our first DIY stepping stones?
Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but my hubbs loved them ( I think just because we made them lol)
The first pour was the best, the star flower and the moon and stars, the second pour was a bit too thick resulting in the pebbles moving and therefore the designs are not as distinct. We are not deterred though! Next time we are going to try and pour the cement first, place wire, second pour of cement and then pebbles on top and see if that works better. It will added some sun reflection and sparkle to our garden.
Stay tuned! We will perfect this! If at first we do not succeed...... try and try again!!
Happy Fathers Day to all those daddy's out there ❤️❤️
I have decided that as my Sew Easy Baby Gift series is complete and I am gearing up to decorate more of the slant walls in my studio, I would start making mini quilts.
What am I calling a miniature quilt? My blog = my rules, I am saying equal to or less than 30" square is what I am terming a "miniature quilt".' I realize that at some quilt shows < 24" square is the standard. I am trying to cut myself some slack. I may or may not share the pattern depending on time or may share the pattern in the future. The purpose of this series is mostly to inspire others by sharing what I am working on.
Starting with June as we have just gotten it underway.
The June monthly mini "Canning on the Shelf" is shown below:
Canning on the Shelf was completed last month actually and is a miniature version of 3 large (double sized) canning jar quilts that my sister and I worked on about 3 years ago. I have not even made a dent in my food based fabric collection LOL! This quilt was one of my UFO's but now it's done Yay!
Check out the blocks below aren't they adorable?
Not too much of a challenge these blocks finished at about 3" x 5" and were fun to simply piece with strip piecing and connecter corners. Not rocket science, I am starting out by going easy on this challenge. I may share the pattern in the near future as I drafted it up after working on the 3 larger quilts.
Need More Mini Quilt Inspiration?
Check out some great inspiration at Craftsy.com on miniatures.
Take a class ...... Fabric Play: Sewing Mojo Minis or check out a fantastic blog post: Mini Quilts 10 Fresh Ideas to Inspire
Stay tuned in and check out this series in the first wednesday of each month, I will let you know when patterns are posted.
Do you have a mini quilt you would love to share with us and inspire others? Please use the contact tab above and I will be happy to share your work on this blog. Why not challenge yourself to a mini quilt and share your work with us?
Happy Wednesday! ☀️
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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