Thursday, October 28, 2010

What's on my bookshelf? Creative ideas for kids

Today, no post on quilting, yes I know what a surprise! I have been borrowing a few books at the library for children craft (I love, but really love my library). And I am going to talk to you, briefly (I wouldn't know how to do a book review, and I am sure you can find great ones on amazon or on Google) about two of them. I found these books really nice, both of them are from the same author Emma Hardy

Sewing for Children
Green Crafts for Children
Some of the ideas can be found on internet like:

Play dough (more recipes than the book)

What I really like with both books is that you can, at least I could, make the things with what you have at home, like using old T-shirts, wooden spoons and corks.... and they seem simple enough to do with young and not so young kids. If you can I would check them out at the library. 
Good reading

Monday, October 25, 2010

What took you so long?

before (top) and after (bottom)
changes for 4 of my wonky log cabin blocks
Yes, I know, it took me a while to finish the quilt top, well almost since I am still missing the borders but that should be quick.

Well, I don't know if you noticed but in the las post, I saw, after posting that there seem to be something wrong with a few of my last block, then I realized, I had forgotten to put another touch of color in them. And since I was redoing 3 I might as well correct the mistake on the fourth one.

I'm happy with the way they look together, I tried to assemble them so there would be no symmetry in the overall layout, that's why I decided to put in  one row 3 wonky log cabin and in another row, 2 wonky circles.

Even if the dimension are the ones that where planned, I am a bit disappointed with the size, I thought it would look be bigger (I have no notion of inches I guess) so I am going to make a quick top for the class since this one doesn't seem to be a challenge for the sandwiching. I have an idea, but have to finalize it on paper (because of course, I don't want to use a pattern, not that I don't want to, but I could not find one).

wonky playing along quilt, assembled top with missing border

Monday, October 18, 2010

Skinny leg Boopsie

I know I'm bad, I should have finished my quilt top this weekend, but when I was looking for another sewing project, I stumbled on this and simply could not resist and here is the result. I probably made a couple of mistakes (at least 8 since I made the legs smaller than planned, forgot to read a step in the tutorial. Oops), but it was a fun project. I will need a little someone to have her adopted, but I think I know just the one, and I hope she will like it. I added a rattle inside (a homemade rattle of course) and I hope it washes well.

Skinny leg Boospie, a friend of Oopsie's the Octupus
The turorial is very nice, the pattern is perfect, but I will do some things differently next time (I will have to make more since it was quick to make and the result  is really nice- despite my no so good pictures).
The way the legs are attached in the tutorial is a bit too complicated, not too complicated, but lets say I think there is a more simple way that would make it quicker and easier than the original tutorial. If you stuff the legs and attached two of them to each body pieces then attach each body pieces together I think the result would be the same, but of course quicker. I will keep you posted in the comments when I decide to make another one.

Check out the moda bake shop blog, a lot of tutorials and links to really cool web sites.

Don't Peek


I know that you have all been waiting for this post impatiently, yes don't deny it I know it's true. I have been waiting to show you what I did, it took a lot of will power for me not to show you before, but the force was with me, that and I wanted you to keep on checking my posts (if someone, apart from my husband is reading them of course, I can't know since I don't get feed back... hint hint) and I also wanted you to get the surprise at the same time as Florian. Today he is turning 2 and guess what he had for his birthday? A car caddy you will tell me, well that's not all, remember I told you I had made that project from scraps from another project, well, it was for this big surprise. And it's a, don't look at the pictures I told you, not yet, read on.... Yes, I know you peeked you ruined the surprise, well it's a car playmat quilt. I found the idea here and adapted it so it would fit on my coffee table.

front (top) and back (bottom) of the car playmat quilt

Just so you know, it's my first finished quilt (I tried another one, but it's still a work in progress... I really need that quilting class) So it's far from being perfect, but it's made with love...  The quilting didn't turn out as bad I thought it would, and I was very tense when I started to quilt it by machine. I even told my husband before I went up that I might be in a bad mood when I got down from my sewing room, luckily for him it didn't turn out bad.

 I might show you pictures later at how I made the quilt, but I'm not sure if I want to write a post on that since I didn't take pictures of all the steps, but if you are interested, please let me know.

I hope my son will like it, at least it looks good in my dining room -that's why I didn't add yellow ribbon on the roads. I originally wanted to make the road black, but could not find a fabric (on sale of course) without little flowers on them, but the brown looks good too. I made it kind of reversible, but considering my quilting abilities, I think it will stay on one side only.
When I saw the original model, I thought it would be a good idea to put little pockets for the car, but since I wanted to be able to put it on my coffee table, I decided to make the car caddy instead, I don't know if you remember, but I put ribbon instead of velcro to close the caddy, and chose to put a long ribbon, well that was to be able to wrap the caddy around the quilt and be able to travel with it if we wanted to.

Playmat on the coffee table (left) - and now it's ready to go  (right)

I really hopes he likes it and plays with it.

Friday, October 15, 2010

All done, well almost

wonky playing along quilt all 9 blocks
     Yay, I made my 9 blocks. Now I just need to assemble them and wait for my class, unless I decide to make a bigger one, but at least I have this one to use.
The circles where the fastest to make, and the wonky log cabin where not too difficult, the only difficulty was to make the final square, and I had to start again for a few blocks.

    As you can see, I am not going to use the first block I made.

For the order in which I am going to assemble them I am not sure. I will probably do that this weekend and show you the results in the next post, unless I have something else to show you Monday...

Have a good weekend.

Version française

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

If I keep on like that, I can make a queen size quilt for my class ;p

Wonky playing along baby quilt in progress
I made a couple more blocks yesterday and today. I am probably not going to use  the first block I made - last one on the picture. I need to make another yellow one and 3 green ones (one round and two wonky log cabins) and then, I'm done.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I have register at my first quilt making class

Well, it's not exactly quilt making, the tittle is, well I don't remember exactly, but basically it's for me to learn how to do quilt sandwiching (yes, for those who don't know anything about quilt making that's what it's called, it's when you add your different layers together). I am able to learn the rest on my own, but I have made several attempts with that part and was very not successful. I should maybe have shown you, but I was so frustrated that I undid the sandwich every time.  I did read a lot of theory, some of them explain very well what you are supposed to do, but when it comes to practice, well, let's just say that I need a class.

You might be wondering why I am talking to you about a class, well it just means that I am going to have to make a quilt - not a big one, but big enough to make the sandwiching part a challenge. And of course, I am going to keep you up to date on the quilt making.

I have a month to make the quilt and I am going to do a 3x4  9 inch squares, and I started the first one last night, after debating with myself what I was going to do, and I decided that I was going to do something inspired by playing along quilt  from the book seams to me by Anna Maria Horner. For the quilt I am making, you can find the instructions here

my first wonky log cabin block
Of course since it's going to be a small quilt it's not going to look like that exactly, well, not really, since I already made the first modification with the first block. I decided to go with wonky log cabin design instead of using regular log cabin they instruct you to use, and of course my blocks are going to be smaller. I found the instruction of the wonky log cabin design  on this blog. It make amazing quilts just using that technique, who knows that's maybe how my quilt will end up. If you decide to try the tutorial by yourself, you need to be careful, with the last step, she uses strips that are larger than 1 1/2 inches, so I got it wrong the first time (because of course I didn't read it all the way through), and I had to start over. And do you like the result? I do, and since it's my first log cabin (well almost, since I started a project a zillion years ago that is still at my mother's house and of course it's not finish, I think I didn't get past the first block on that project). I will keep you posted on the next blocks (if I like the results of course).
Happy Thanksgiving weekend for those who live in Canada.

Version Française

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

And now an ENGLISH and a FRENCH version

I will try to maintain both at the same time until I get tired of it

J'essayerai de maintenir les deux en même temps

Monday, October 4, 2010

Quilted car caddy

Quilted car caddy
Ok, I'm bad, I don't know how to wait, or I know how to wait, but didn't really want to since I will have something else to show you soon. It's a "car caddy" -for those of you that read the title it's not really a surprise is it? I found a tutorial here. Of course the pockets should contain cars but I didn't have them near me when I took the pictures.

As I told you in my previous post, I did some modifications on the pattern. I used some left over fabric from another project and quilted it instead of using a 2 big pieces of fabric.  I didn't want to use Velcro to hold it together, since if you need to wash it it usually clings to your cloths and ruins them and that's definitely not a good idea, so I added a ribbon instead. I also wanted to personalizes it with an appliqué of a old French car, which some of you will recognize (et oui c'est une 2CV) rather than use the one that was available in the tutorial. I added an elastic to make sure the cars would not escape (you never know when one of them might take a run for it). I was not sure I wanted to add something in the middle of the road, but I happened to have that yellow ribbon handy, and I thought it would look nice. And of course, the dimensions are not exactly the same as the tutorial, but it wouldn't be fun if I followed instructions all the way, would it?
en français

Friday, October 1, 2010


Since I am impatient, and as usual, happy with what I have done, here is a preview of what my son is going to have for his birthday. I will show you the whole thing after he gets to play with it a little, so you have to be patient. And just a hint the car and the dinosaur are not part of the gift. I did it with scraps of fabric from another project and will try to do a post about that one too, I did have a pattern, at least an idea of what I wanted to do, but of course I had to modify it as usual. I will give you all the info  but you will have to wait for the 18th to find out. In the mean time you can try to guess what it  is.

en français