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Friday, 10 June 2016

Times Really Does Fly "fly by that is"


Time Really Does Fly - fly by that is...  We have a Great Nephew, his name is  PRESTON!

He is just so darned cute!  Our Niece and her husband Mike are thrilled with their bundle of JOY, as are we, and the whole family.

I created this little quilt with some fun fabrics for boys..all that wonderful BLUE!  Yahoo, I do love boys...  The design is simple with a few 3-D style blocks  added for fun.

I did the free motion with my  Jenome 7700, and used flannel for the backing (it's soft and cozy flannel (in blue, of course).

Various pictures of the front, along with some close ups of the great little blocks added.
the fun little monkeys, reminded me of, " no more monkeys jumping on the bed."  I just had to incorporate this fabric.

The little blue/white checker fabric is A, B, C blocks.. oh so cute!

A little close up of the quilting done.

A close up of the free motion, wavy lines, swirls and echos

the back, flannel, nice and cozy. 



I played with a variety of free motion ideas in a random way. Various circles, waving lines, swirls and echoing etc.   Our Niece was very thankful and happy to receive this wonderful quilt.
I used a piece of the Monkey fabric and incorporated it in the label.

Go PRESTON Go!

You little monkey...
Love Auntie Debbie and the gang.

Monday, 21 December 2015

CQA 2015 Juried Show - Winner - Excellence For A Group


Starting at the left and moving right: Slice 1: Pat, Slice 2: Penny,
Slice 3: Lana, Slice 4: Carol,
Slice 5: Barbara B, Slice 6: Debbie (me), Slice 7: Nora, Slice 8: Barbara C.
A Slice Of Langley - displayed at the CQA Quilt Show 2015

























































     




Friday, 4 December 2015

A very very cute CLOCK...how could I resist

Happy Friday to all.    

OK, for the longest time I have been saying, "NO CLOCK in the studio."

I keep reiterating that we don't want to have to be aware of the time, we just want to sew, quilt, visit etc.

No keeping track of how long we've been in the Studio...that kind of thing...

 So, in like "forever" there has been no clock....until....NOW!

....drum roll please.... Val (one of the Sugar Shack Sisters (SSS) found this...




Okay, how could I possible resist!  We were up in Revelstoke, BC on route to a quilting retreat when Val found this beauty.   This was most definitely one of those rare  "fab finds."    A must have, and so we now have a clock in the studio.

....the scissors - swing back and forth...oh so cute eh!   It warms my heart when I look at it.
Hugs Deb




Friday, 4 September 2015

Acme Adjustable Dress Form - my "Amazing Amy"

Back in and around the 1950's (don't quote me on the exact year) the Acme Adjustable Form was very practical in the art of dressmaking for the home sewer.  She had all kinds of body sections that could be adjusted (wing nut and sliding rods).  They came in A & B size, I think.....

I had a old one from around the 1960's period that came from Sears Roebuck, but somehow it got lent to someone for something & it never did return.  As they say, life moves on and you get busy doing other things, and you get new hobbies and the rest is history.

I have been wanting to make some summer dresses for some time now, and with this heat wave we have been experiencing, the need was even greater to have something cool to wear.

I was on the hunt to purchase an old style dress form as this was what I had experience with and was quite fine with the old 'wing nut and bar' style of adjustments on these older style dress forms.

Low and behold upon mentioning this, a sweet friend Janie dug one up.  I mean no disrespect when I say, "dug one up."  But... lets face it, you either have had one, or have one and still use it, or have one and don't use it at all, and it's now stored and/or shoved into the back of a closet to lead a very lonely life.  Well for me, she is no longer lonely!  Yes, she's the kind of women I like, she's all about just wing nuts and sliding bars, yahoo, I am doing the happy dance. 


I bartered for her, and am so happy, I call her Amazing Amy - "no" not because of the movie or the books, just because it's an "Acme Adjustable" hence the AA, and the Amazing Amy.  Okay I sometimes give things I own names...maybe it's a possession thing.

So I took to adjusting my Amazing Amy to be as close to my body double as possible. OK, this is no easy task, a few lumps and bumps here and there, and we're good to go!

Obviously as a quilter I always have left over bits and pieces of batting - what a great use for some of them.


She is now adjusted, padded, covered and decorated (neck) with lace and fancy head long arm/hat style pins.


Presenting.... (drum roll please)... " Amazing Amy "    

Acme Adjustable Form - original

Covered in left over left over pieces of quilt batting
View from the back



now covered over the batting, needed some tucks/darts
I used pins to create the tucks/darts until I can sew down









I hand sewed down all the darts/tucks during the power outage last weekend.

I added lace around her neck, and then added for decoration only, but very useable large hat pins in red and white. I added for decoration, but they can be used as well.

She is well padded so these pins could also hold heavier fabric on the form when not using traditional sewing pins.


It was all great fun, and my Amazing Amy is a welcome addition to my creative space.

Thanks for stopping by

Debbie

Friday, 17 July 2015

Aiming for Accuracy II - UPDATE - Denise is all caught up - her blocks are amazing

Denise, is so good, she has all her blocks caught up to and including Lesson 9, yikes! You go girlfriend...Val and I will have to work hard to catch up...

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Aiming For Accuracy II - current blocks done - Val's Blocks so far

Val, is creating her blocks using a variety of various batiks and black as her contrast color.



Looking awesome Val....

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We are only on Lesson 8, check it out!