Thursday, October 20, 2016

I found an OSCAR!

An Oscar de la Renta that is.

I was at a local rummage sale and looking for some wool to shrink and found 4 wool jackets
top jacket is Oscar
Green jacket looks felted already :0)

 and when i looked closer I found that one was a well known designer. It will be a shame to take it apart and shrink but I am looking forward to studying the workmanship that went into making the jacket. One of the other jackets has pick stitch details which was fun to find as I like doing this on some of the formal dresses I make for the zipper.
I am now hopeful to get my first wool project done. Sheila from Sheila's Quilt World gave me a lovely little pattern and some wool to get me started in the world of wool work. It is just waiting for me to shrink up one of these jackets and then I can hang it on my wall. Thanks Sheila for putting  me on such a fun journey in wool.
wall hanging in waiting and
 cute little pouch from my good friend Sheila

yours in stitches

Monday, October 10, 2016


Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving...... here in Canada.
We are enjoying a little bit a everything weather wise rain and now snow at the moment.
Enjoy your loved ones and travel safe.
In stitches

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sample dress

With a wedding coming up I wanted to test out a pattern.This will be an option for 3 young ladies . I will be tweaking the pattern some to make it just what the bride and groom have in mind.
 I had some fabric left over from sewing up a grad gown for our daughter, sew this was the perfect way to use some for that up. I thought it turned out cute and some one will have a pretty party dress.

Now to wait and see what sizes to make and shop for the perfect fabric. And of course what tweaking is needed to do to the pattern.
In stitches

Thursday, September 15, 2016

a few stitches to give away

This week I hosted our church ladies bible study, after the study I shared a couple of items that I had sewn from patterns found on the Canadian Lutheran World Relief page (under We Care Kits), these will be included with the We Care kits that we will put together and send off in November.
Britches for boys a printable pattern ( size T2 - T3)........
lil' britches
there is also a pattern from Nancy's Notions for shorts made from t shirts.
a cute little
 summer dress
trimmed with lace

 and a pillow case dress. I had no pillow case but I do have fabric sew of course I just sewed one up. I used a narrow bias tape and after it was all done decided that the next one I would use one that is at least 1/2 -3/4 inch wide just for comfort.
It is a great joy to be able to share what you enjoy doing.

in stitches

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pillows.... for the season

Getting ready for a upcoming class later this fall
Using the EZ Dresden ruler we will be creating a fun pillow / pillow cover  using seasonal fabrics. 2 sides .... 2 looks
The Dresden Plate block

and the flip side

We will be doing this up with machine applique and some simple machine quilting.
should be a fun class. I do plan on making up a couple more samples for the students. The classes will be this November at the Carlton Trail Regional College here in Watrous.
I have done this style of pillow for a while and have a few made up in different sizes and for different times of the year.
In stitches


the last few stitches of the summer

Well summer sure has sped by once again this year. I have kept busy with some fishing at the lake and a little sewing.
 I also have gotten a good start on some mittens for our daughters class.
for warm and cozy little hands this winter

We picked some apples at a friends farm and DH and I made up some apple pies 10 in all sew that should last into the winter.
fresh pies and buns

 With the summer winding up the garden has been producing a good sum of tomatoes .... canned , stewed and salsa and more to come.

cottages by the water

I was apart of a post card swap and feel bad about not getting this lovely little card posted.
I swapped with Pauline from England, the theme was what you love about summer.
Thanks to Shelia from Sheila's Quilt World for hosting the swap. It takes a fair bit of time to get it all organized and we all appreciate all she does.
sunflowers and dragonflys
some of the things I love about summer
 I have been very slowly working on the Splendid Sampler blocks... here is the last on I worked on.

The skies are turning grey at the moment with a little rain coming, not what the farmers are wanting but that's what happens in the fall...... oh there I  said it that 4 letter "f" word that I have been trying to avoid at least until the 21st of September.

Have a great day out there and stay in  touch and  have some fun stitching something....
in stitches

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Flip Flops

On the Splendid Sampler there is a challenge going on with a cute block that was posted a few days ago.  A perfect little block for the summer .... flip flops. I have mine on the shore and have beaded my little flowers.  stop by the site and check out the other blocks and all the different looks.
Here's my block

In stitches