Monday, 14 September 2020

Moda Blockheads

I somehow came across a free block-of-the-week along from Moda Fabrics - Moda Blockheads 3. I don't know why I hadn't heard of this event earlier.

This is their third series, featuring both difficult and easy blocks.

I started off with the easy squares, block #35, which had just been released:

It was a fun and easy block to make. I'm still kind of figuring out my colour scheme, and I'm not sure if the blue will be used in any of my other blocks. I do love the purple and green combination, though and have enough of it to complete several more blocks.

There are several ways to make this block stand out. I am a part of the Moda Blockheads Facebook group and some of the blocks posted are spectacular.

The second block was another easy one. I had to make some adjustments as mine didn't quite line up with the suggested cutting dimensions. Here is my alternate block #18:

I love this easy design and am pondering the possibility of making a whole row of these for a bed runner.

The Blockheads II (2018) patterns are available from Bear Creek Quilting Company.

The patterns for Blockheads I (2017) have now been removed for free access. They have been published together in a book for purchase by Moda.

Happy crafting!

Friday, 29 May 2020

Snail mail and little surprises

Gone are the days of waiting for a letter to arrive, that's why it's even more special when someone takes a bit of time out of their day to put something special in the mail just for you.

My long-time friend and I have been mailing cards to each other each month for a while. These are well-received little pick-me-ups because it's especially nice to know that someone is thinking of you. And, let's face it, this isolation thing has been difficult. Even more so for my friend who's living alone.

For June I wanted to include a little something extra in the card. It had to be small and virtually weightless as the cost of mailing something has gone up.

Through a Pintrest search I found Crafty Staci's Quick Fabric Corner Bookmark. It's small, it's quick, it takes very little material and it will fit nicely in the envelope with the card.

Of course, just one wouldn't do!

Happy crafting! :)

Sunday, 5 April 2020


I've been holding off on sewing a mask.

Sewing of masks has been a controversial topic on sewing forums. My conclusion is that having one is better than not having one.

These masks are NOT intended to replace high-filter masks that block 98% of germs via the COVID-19 virus. However, along with strict adherence to social distancing of at least 2 metres, these masks could prove worthy of wearing.

This pattern is from Craft Passion:

The top pattern was from two 6 x 9" pieces of fabric and 25" of binding used for each of the ties (original pattern calls for 40" in total). The tutorial from The Missouri Star Quilt Company is available to watch on YouTube.

For both patterns, I used cotton on the outside and fleece on the inside.

Happy crafting! :)

Friday, 3 April 2020

Charity bears

I'm trying to find small projects to keep me busy during this time of self-quarantine.

I've seen this little, free bear project and decided to make a few.

Using a short-matt fabric that I stole from a second-hand stuffed animal kit that I bought a while ago, I started with this little guy:

The locking eyes and applique need to be done first, before sewing and stuffing the bear. I think that Jake turned out quite cute!

Next, came Fred:

Fred is extremely soft. He's made out a polyester blanket that I bought a while ago at the dollar-plus store for $4.00 (Canadian). He turned out very cute, but cutting out the fabric was messy as the fibres went everywhere in my sewing room. After being sewn up, though, he no longer sheds. I also have a lot of the blanket left to make more, when my patience resumes.

My teen son has claimed Fred. He was also the one to name him...

The pattern for Warren the Charity Bear comes from Shiny Happy World.

For using the pattern, we will be making a donation to our local food bank in this (greater) time of need.

Happy crafting!

What Day is it?

It's day 19 of self-quarantining and I feel like all of the days are merging.

Last week I sewed a mug mat. It was a quick project, made with two fat quarters.

It was with an idea from the Crafty For Home blog.

I found a bird on Pintrest and traced it to make my applique (only glued on with heavy-duty fusing, not sewn). The quirky legs were made free-hand and very fussy.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

How a Mug Mat Turned into a Pillow

Today is day 9 of self-isolation. It really hasn't been too bad, especially since I have a stash of crafting supplies.

I've been eyeing a pattern for a free orange slice mug mat from Fort Worth Fabric Studio for a while. Yesterday I pulled out my array of orange fabrics and began my mug mat.

It was my first time trying applique, and I am enthralled by the possibilities that it opened up!

I followed directions, but knew that I wouldn't be able to achieve the proper quilting of the segments because I hadn't spaced by orange segments symmetrically as per instructions given. Thus began my change from an orange slice to a flower, from looking at it, I decided that it needed to be a pillow and not a mug mat!

I added strips of fabric on all four sides of the pillow front, and used matching fabric on the back to make the envelope pillow cover. Finished cover fits 16" square pillow form (that I've had for quite a while, and bought cheap at a thrift store).

Happy sewing, and stay HOME! :)

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Other small sewing projects

I love making small projects. The results are fast.

I made this Toddler Pillow and Case a few years ago. I've used it as a travel pillow on flights.

The pattern includes instruction on how to make the little pillow and the pillowcase.

My son loves the pillow so much that he shared the pillow during the flight...

The pattern is from Schoolhouse Patterns.

Pintrest has a lot of free patterns if you search for pincushions. I made this one a few years ago.

I'm not quite sure which pattern I used on this one. I will post when I find the source.

Happy crafting!

Val :)