Monday, February 1, 2016

{Gnome} Urban Scandinavian Sewing

I received a copy of  Urban Scandinavian Sewing  by Kirstyn Cogan for Christmas.  
The book is divided into two parts Winter and Midsommer projects and recipes.  This cute gnome is one of the winter projects and a quick and easy make (ideal for small fabric and felt pieces). 
I recently invested in scalloped fabric shears and tried them out on the felt beard.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are

Through December and January, the Toronto Public Library has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are with a number of special programs including an exhibit of Sendak's illustrations and sketches.  I thought I would share a few photos of our visit.
Max's dinner is still hot.








We found it interesting to learn that Sendak started out as a window dresser for the FAO Schwarz toy store in New York City while he attended art classes. He illustrated the toy catalogs as well!  The exhibit was the perfect size for young readers.

One of my favourite versions of the Nutcracker is illustrated by Sendak.

The seven headed mouse king!


Be still! and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

First Quilt of 2016: Receiving Blanket


I have a number of sewing goals this year. I would like to use up my current fabric stash and improve my quilting (piecing) skills.

A dear friend will be welcoming a baby girl into his home next month so I made this blanket using the tutorial at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I am very pleased how the finished piecing turned out. This is a receiving blanket so it is backed with flannel (Timeless Treasures).

Fabric: The elephant fabric is "Play with me" by Stof; the florals are Amy Butler (Soul Blossoms and others I think); and the hot pink is Denyse Schmidt "Ansonia").

My sewing pal used some of the left over scraps and made a coordinating diaper pouch using Noodlehead's diaper pouch tutorial.


It feels so good to be sewing again and I am well into the next project.

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by!