December 11, 2017

Brown Christmas & Tula Pink

While eastern Canada looks like winter is settling in, here in Calgary it looks like we may have a brown Christmas. Now before you groan or become jealous or go on about climate change, in my 60+ years I have seen a few brown Christmases only to have a major blizzard on New Year's Eve and then turn very cold and snow like the dickens until June 1.

This year as my deck sits in limbo until the spring, we've put the bird feeder up on the makeshift railings. This picture shows how much of the bird seed the birds pick out and spit on the ground. Now I've figured out that this is so that their fellow bird friends can also eat at the same time and then they can all fly away home in a group. Unfortunately the rabbits are not getting as much seed as they usually would.

We have a different surprise for you this week. I'm slowly becoming a Tula Pink fan, i.e. I'm not in love completely with all her fabrics in her lines of fabric, but I love her new rotary cutter and black mat. And, we have some in stock for you. Well ok, we purchased for me but I'm willing to provide some of her new hardware to you. Check out our notions page.

As for the fabric specials we added a couple more pieces that had been hiding in the back room to the $5.00/m section. I must have had great plans for them but now I don't remember.


December 4, 2017

More Geese - Specials

Oh Oh! Something is going on. Is it the Super Moon? 
This week flying geese are on the paper piecing winds. My guild is challenging us to create a 4"x6" piece of our choice out of complementary colours. Mine is purple and orange. 
The first one: easy to make the geese in a curve and oh, I'll just piece the top and bottom curves. As an old seamstress, nothing to it. Right? Well, the top piece went well but the bottom piece was not so much. The curve was so tight it had to be hand stitched then sewn together on the machine. Let's put it this way a lot of steam and pressing the heck out of it does wonders.

Ok, so let's try to paper piece the whole thing. Oops, didn't plan the lines very well and ended up splitting it into half so it would work. Also, way to many smaller pieces so I added a big chunk in the lower right and a big chunk in the upper part of the smaller left piece.

Let's try this again, and add larger pieces instead of all these small ones. Feeling a little cocky now. I've made so many of these now they can be made with my eyes closed. NOT!
Mmmm they don't seem to go together when one side is pieced on the wrong side of the paper and the other side is pieced on the right side of the paper.

Ah this is better. Because both the project and the pieces are so little I used the Add an Eighth ruler instead of Add a Quarter ruler. 
Voila, it looks awesome.

If you want to try these flying geese here is the 4"x6" flying geese pattern. Note the first goose is not a whole one as the part of it goes into the 1/4" seam allowance.

p.s. In 3 weeks it'll be Boxing Day.

p.p.s. We are clearing fabric see specials for $5/m

November 27, 2017

Triple Geese

For those of you that preordered the 150 Canadian Women CD, they are in the mail. I hope you are as excited to get yours as I am to get mine. CDs are still available. 

Now for the Triple Geese block. (Papa goose, mama goose and baby goose) I've been experimenting with some blocks and think this block is so cute.

For those of you that know me, if there is a way to eliminate seams I will figure out a way to do it. And because I'm now in love with the smaller blocks this block is 6" square finished. It'll look great in multi colours or scrappy one colour. You could even use it as an extra block in your 150 Canadian Women quilt.
Here goes.

Purple: 1 - 3.25" x 6"
Orange: 1 - 2.5" x 4.5"
Yellow: 1 - 1.75" x 3"
2 - 3.25" x 3.75"
2 - 2.5" x 3.75"
2 - 1.75" x 3.75"

Step 1 - Layout each rectangle as shown. The background rectangle shorter measurement  should be at the top.