Monday, 31 July 2017


My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for July was to finish a shirt I started in an Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) Continuing Education class in June.  I’m happy so say I finished it yesterday.  I’m wearing it here with one long-sleeve and the other turned up, I guess the Winter look and the warmer season look.

Re-fashioned from two men’s shirts (found at Value Village) the front still looks much like the original shirt, however I did a lot of altering to make it fit my female body, and I completely remade the back, with the front of the second man’s shirt and a complementary piece of fabric from my stash.

I’m happy with the results and look forward to wearing it, after it returns from the wash to remove all the chalk marks.

Another project I worked on was re-modelling one of my husband’s T-shirts into a work-out shirt for me.  I just couldn’t bear to get rid of the Montreal Jazz Festival T-shirt from 1998, so I saved the front and added a couple of sporty fabrics, a turquoise bamboo fleece and a red mesh, to the back for fun.  I also added red mesh cap sleeves.  Again I had to do some altering to make it fit my figure,  Once my husband saw the re-do, he wanted it back – too late.

The last item I re-did was a dress into a skirt.  I should have taken a before picture.  The dress was very dated, with shoulder pads and some beading on the top, it was also too short through the torso for me, however I loved the georgette material and I can always use a new skirt for my Alberta Ballet evenings.

I’m glad I took this class, although I can rework or sew anything I needed the discipline of being in a class to work on these projects and actually complete them.  At home on my own I’ll always defer to quilting, and the mending and altering pile just grows.

This morning there were 50 finishes at Elm Street Quilts, where I am linking up to post my July finish, drop by and have a look at some of the other projects, perhaps consider joining us for August.

It’s not about what it is – it’s about what it can become! ~ Dr. Seuss

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Where’s Jovie

This fun little fox quilt was made my Linda for a colleague’s expected baby.  A little girl to be named Jovie.

An interesting tidbit, Linda found out later that her colleague’s mom’s maiden name was Fox.

Linda found a great coordinating fabric with so many colours from the little foxes for the backing.

Where’s Jovie was quilted with the whimsical Popcorn pantograph by Jodi Beamish and a Cool Grey thread by Glide.

Each Child is a Unique and Unrepeated Miracle. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Blue Scraps

A few scrappy little High Five blocks for July’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge and the colour blue.

The High Five pattern is by Amanda Jean Nyberg and can be found in the book Sunday Morning Quilts.  I realized after I took the picture of these blocks that I had made my June/Yellow blocks way more scrappy, oh well, this gives me some creative license with the rest of the colours and months of  scraps that I get to add to this quilt.

A few more leaders and enders to add to the postage stamp stash.  I might have to take stock soon to see how many I have, how many more I might need and what size of a quilt I’ll be making.

Sad to say good-bye to blue, my favourtie colour.  I could sew blue scraps forever - and I have enough of them as well, however I'm looking forward to next week to see what colour Angela at Soscrappy will pick for August and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and I'll dig into a new bag of scraps.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Saturday, 22 July 2017

My favourite colour

What a treat when I saw that the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour for this month is blue, my favourite colour and I’ll take it as a special birthday present as well, since this is my birth month.

My first little project in blue is two birch tree quilt blocks by Amanda Jean Nyberg who blogs at CrazyMom Quilts, the hand-dyed background fabric is Colorways by Vicki Welsh.  I also snuck a few leaders and enders in blue for a future scrappy postage stamp quilt.

Now I just have two orange birch tree blocks waiting for a month of orange and all the blocks for this little quilt top will be complete, you can see the orange peeking through under the blue blocks.

On a blue theme, I began to prewash some Star Trek and Star Wars fabric for a couple of TV cuddle quilts, I have to get moving on this project – wedding gifts for my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law – hopefully I’ll be posting these finished by the end of August!!

You can enjoy and view many other blue scrappy projects at Angela’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge Saturday post on her Soscrappy blog.

Do doot doot do do do, do doot do do do do - Don't worry - be scrappy.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

My goal for July

Is a little different, it’s not a quilt, it’s a shirt.  I enrolled in a Re-Fashion your clothing class through Continuing Education at Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), and competed a couple of items (I’ll show them at the end of the month), however I started this shirt and did not finish it in class and if I don’t make it a goal with a deadline I’m afraid it will hang in the closet untouched.
It is re-fashioned with a couple of shirts that I picked up from a thrift store and a piece of blue floral fabric that I had in my stash.
I need to sew the sleeves on, and I still have a little work to do to get them to fit correctly, a logical place from me to just put this project on the shelf, but I want to wear this shirt, so it’s my July goal.

I’m thankful that Kathy at Elm Street quilts hosts the OMG, this is helping me to complete some UFO’s.

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you set it in has left you.