Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Little Bit of an Improvement

 
My passion for English Paper Piecing has officially been renewed.
 
 
I love laying out all the little pieces.
 
 
Stitching them together.
 
 
Basting them up.
 
 
And arranging them....
although I am trying so very hard to be randomly spontaneous in the process,
not my strong point to say the least!
 
 
Bit by bit  I can see a new table runner coming together.
 
 
The one thing I wasn't in love with. however, was my choice of sewing supply storage.
 
 
 
Then, this past weekend, I popped in to a road side farm sale
and found this little treasure.
 
 
Later in the day, a nearby quilt store restocked my supply of cheery fabrics
for a new Pick-a-Lily.
While they looked cute enough in my new little drawer.....
 
 
...these goodies proved a much better fit.
 
 
A sweet row of color,
 
 
a tidy tuck away drawer,
 
 
and ample space for a mini fabric stash,
 
 
makes this English Paper Piecer very happy indeed!
 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Little Bit of Fun


For more weeks than I care to say these fabric strips lay awaiting their stitches.


Today, however, it's a whole different story! 
Not only were the stitches finally put in, but the patchwork piece was trimmed up, given a batting, and attatched to a backing.


Pockets were made.


Pencils were added.


And before long I had in my hands not one, but two of the pencil rolls I had so often drooled over!


The pattern came from Joelle Hoverson's book Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts.
 One not too distant Christmas, I made up the little birds ornaments featured on the cover and gave them away to most everyone I could think of.  I'd always wanted to make the pencil roll project but never quite knew who to make it for...


 ...until now!
My preschool friends asked for homemade donations and knowing that we had some pretty creative little souls there I thought who better to gift it to. But, if your going to head out with a pencil roll in hand I figured a sketch book to go with it would be very much needed.


So, an added pair of patchy pocket on the front flaps and they were good to go.


It was great fun to make up a long wished for project.
So much so in fact I decided to try another...
the Miss Camilla Doll Pattern


I had just enough  yellow felt to give her a sunshine shade of hair.


And who wouldn't want a polka dotted dress?


The directions in the tutorial were spot on and so assembling the little dear was a breeze.
Thank you Shelly!


I even had time to whip up a little quilt to keep her cozy.


My favorite, favorite, favorite detail are the little Mary Jane shoes!
I thought those would be more of a challenge but again...
EASY BREEZY!!!


But best of all...
so 
much 
fun!

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Little Taste of Spring


Remember back when I decided to create a Lily a month for the year ahead? January and February fell into my plan well enough but March.....well March was a different story this year. Usually it's a hopeful month with melting snow and the promise of blossoms to come but this time around it was downright stagnant. Winter held on even though my calendar said it was time to say goodbye.


These past few days, however, things have looked a bit brighter and a rise in the temp warmed me up to my Lily work again. Quicker than I might have guessed the Lilies for March and April came into being right before my eyes! Delighted as I was to finally meet with them I must say I was a bit sorry to discover the wicked weather had left its mark on these two spring dearies. Lily Red Riding Hood is perhaps the more appropriate of the two for at least I can justify her cape by the fact that the deep dark woods can harbor a bit of a chill even in the warmest of months.


This pour soul on the other hand had best pretend to live in the north pole. There is no denying she is a winter wanderer and as such I had no choice but to name her Lily Snow.


On the bright side, she does sport a basket of flowers. 
I'd tell you to use your imagination as to what snow bank she plucked them from except for the fact that their true origins are too delicious not to share. It began with a search around and about Etsy way for some teeny tiny baskets. A shop called Chocolate Letters had several listing that fit the bill but they also had so very much more. If you don't believe me just pop on over and have a look for yourself....it's truly a world of perpetual springtime!


Thus inspired I tucked the girls away, changed up my background picture,
 and began dreaming of my May Lily to come. 


Monday, March 30, 2015

A Little Bit of Anticipation


It snowed AGAIN today...

  While I'm very much looking ahead to some brighter and warmer days in April
this little "Lily in the making" is simply hoping to get some hair!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Little Bit of Comfort Found in Familiar Stitches


Without reliving the gritty details of March's monotonous busyness let me just say I will be more than a little delighted to welcome April's arrival next week. In the meantime, there seems to be nothing more restorative to the frazzled mind than putting in a few stitches when you can.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Little Bit of a Round About Tour

 In the sewing basket.

 
 On the work table.

 
 Awaiting some stitches.

 
 Upon the page.

 
 Alongside my teacup...yum!

 
 Under the iron.

 
 Up in the nook.

 
 And on the "magic of tidying up" front...
the ongoing conversion of this,

 
 ...to this!
 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Little Bit More in the Castle Department

 
I had the most exciting surprise in the mail today....
another "Castle" to create!!!
 
It was gifted my way by a dear friend and expert English Paper Piecing artist and teacher.
I was lucky enough to be one of her students and continue to receive her words of wisdom at The Quilted Crow's EPP club
 
 
Considering the wonderful assortment of "bricks" I'll be putting into this new castle walls I should have plenty of work to take along with me to our next meeting.
So much fun to look forward to!!!
 
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Little Bit of a Toast

 
Cheers to the completion of the Castle!
 
 
It's got banquet halls to feast in...
 

 
 ...and secret stairwells to explore.
 

 
One of them will even lead you to a pretty princess in the tower room!
 

 
There's treasure to be counted...
 

 
...and even some knights to keep it safe.
 
 
What there isn't, however, are small hands to play with it.
Well not yet at least....
 
 
Tomorrow, after a brief but epic journey to the preschool, the real adventures will truly begin.
Twelve little pairs of hands and unlimited imaginations are going to keep this castle and its cast of characters very busy for sure!