Dresden

Recently bought a Dresden plate ruler. I’m intrigued by the shapes you can make just by altering the height of the slices.

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Wanted to make a sun shape for a round robin quilt I’m working on. I’m the third person to work on this piece. Wanted to continue the sun theme.

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But I didn’t want to keep the sun whole….

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Still deciding what stitch I’m going to use to sew the shapes down. Also haven’t figured out if I’m going to put a fabric centre or leave the background showing. Maybe one of each.

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Pinwheel experiment

Being sick with a nasty cold does have some pay-off, namely, some time to do some sewing.

Spent more time playing with a charm pack of Neptune and the small Lil Twister tool. Last week I made this block:

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And liked it so much I made three more. Sewed them together, cut some more charm squares in half to create a border and voila! Mini quilt!

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Just needs to be layered, quilted and bound. Just….

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Getting back to quilting

My Mum taught me how to sew. Which means it’s been tough to go into my sewing room of late. Finally managed to spend a couple of hours yesterday playing.

Eventually, I grabbed a charm pack of Neptune and some Kona white scraps, plus my Lil Twister ruler and made a block.

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I love how this turned out. The colours in the Neptune are beautiful and really pop against the white. I’m going to make a few more of these and sew them into a mini quilt.

Glad to have spent some time sewing. It’s therapy.

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Losing my Mum….

On August 13, 2012, I lost the person who was most important to me – my Mum. She was killed in a car accident. Trying to explain the impact her loss has had on my life is impossible. I miss her every day. She gave me my love of fabric and sewing. She taught me how to be independent. I love her so much and I miss having her around to talk to and laugh with. It was a cruel way to lose someone that important and I wasn’t ready to say good-bye; I’m still not.

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Red Carpet Manicure review

I don’t usually talk about nail stuff on my blog but I’m so in love with my new Red Carpet Manicure gel kit that I can’t contain myself. Where have you been all my life? No more trips to the spa to pay too much to have my nails done – now I can do them at home.

It’s super easy. If you can paint your nails, you can do this. It takes a little practice to do thin coats so you get a nice even look but it’s not that tricky.

Getting the polish off is pretty easy. Just buff the nail to remove some if the shine, soak a cotton ball in the Erase remover, put it on the nail and wrap in tin foil. Wait 15 mins and most of it just flakes off. It’s a little rough on your fingers but nothing hand cream afterwards can’t cure.

I got my kit at Rexall but you can order it online from Nail Polish Canada (This is a favourite site of mine. Great prices on polish and cheap or free shipping. Plus it’s Canadian.)

The kit comes with a red polish; I like really dark, short nails so I bought a black. Needed three coats of the polish for good coverage.

You could bypass the polish and just do the base and top gel coats and then paint with regular polish if you wanted.

Love it!

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