Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Spring 2014

It's that time of year again....Bloggers' Quilt Festival!  I always find it very inspiring to see everyone's submissions:)  The quilt I'm submitting is the one I made for my stepson, Nick.

I've made a quilt for each man in the family including my husband and stepson, Christian....and this time it was Nick's turn.
Nick was very much a part of selecting both the design and colours ... at age 16 I was very impressed that he knew exactly what he wanted......something linear, exact lines, and bright bold colours.  Immediately I thought of the City Shops Quilt from Cherry House's book, City Quilts.

It started out like this:

I'm really happy with how it turned out.  This was my first time quilting organic lines which was so freeing!   It gave the quilt loads of texture!

The back of the quilt is nice and soft as I decided to use flannel.  Sadly, I didn't capture it in a pic.  Nick chose a fun skull print in navy and teal blues which matched the solids really well.  I did use Kona Cotton for all of my solids as it usually is my go to fabric.  I chose Kona Coal for the binding.

Needless to say, while Nick was with us over Christmas this quilt got a lot of love and use:)  I loved making it for him!

I've submitted this quilt for the ROYGBIV category.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Instagram and Blogging

Now that I have an IPad it has become so much easier to take pictures of my projects and life and instantly share them on Instagram.  I will still blog from time to time but if you want to have an idea of want I'm working on, you can find me as "blueberrygabs".
I enjoy blogging but I didn't always like having to upload from my camera just to blog something quick.  Using my IPad has become fun actually for all of us. Even my five and two year old wander around the house at times and snap's so cute!  I laugh now when I didn't think we'd necessarily get a lot of use out of it....boy, was I wrong!!!  The girls play games, watch movies, color....
Hope you're having a great Sunday!


Ham! by BlueberryGabs
Ham!, a photo by BlueberryGabs on Flickr.

All pieced!

All pieced! by BlueberryGabs
All pieced!, a photo by BlueberryGabs on Flickr.

Here she is!!!

City shops quilt

City shops quilt by BlueberryGabs
City shops quilt, a photo by BlueberryGabs on Flickr.
Playing with colours and layout

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Afternoon Sewing

I haven't spent any time sewing for a while now so I was eager to get back at it with a small project today.  My stepson has been spending time with us this summer and has been wanting his own personal pillowcase.  Life with two little ones as you know can be very busy so I wanted to make sure I made this for him today while he's on an overnight trip with Dad.  They've gone hiking :).
My 5 year old had to get in on the action while my 2 year old was napping.

Complete with French seams and a nice solid flannel border...this is going to be nice and cozy when they return home:)
I talked about how I make pillowcases in this post:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Newborn Flapper Hat

Lots of little girls being born lately so I made two of these little flappers this spring and summer.  I've been in my knitting mood lately so haven't really been at the sewing machine.  We've went away on vacation to the East Coast (Peggy's Cove) recently so I brought along some knitting/crochet projects.  I don't know what it is about making baby hats but I'm always drawn to them.  Instant satisfaction in completing a project and instant baby cuteness --- a great combination for sure!!

I love using cotton for those spring and summer wee ones.  Nice and soft against the skin.  If you're interested in making your own there are tons of crochet patterns on Ravelry and Etsy.  I've simply adapted my own and made this "flapper" style which I think adds feminine, vintage touch!  Love it!  I don't typically use variegated yarn but these colours were so soft, I couldn't resist!
I believe I picked up this flower at JoAnn's in the U.S. - it couldn't be more perfect....matches perfectly and really adds that finishing touch!
I'm linking up to Clover and Violet's Season by Hand which finishes tomorrow night.  Hurry up and go and post your project!!!
Here are a few pics of this summer...