Paperpiecing books with cats!

2nd book 001Actually, from a distance they do seem like a pile of books… :).  I like to paperpiece but there is a tedious par  with this pattern.  Maybe someone out there could give me some advice or point me to a tutorial etc.

Here is my problem:

photo 4Where the heck to we place the diagonal between the short and long pieces? For example between 2 (short piece) and 3 (long piece).  I waste so much material in the placement of the diagonal.  I just keep trying and ripping until it works and then I don’t know what I did.  Here are some more pictures:

photo 3photo 1So now I’m psyched to finish this book block tonight…one book block a week and I will have a huge library!

Has anyone else done a book quilt? I can’t wait until the embellishment phase.

I am linking up to the Needle and Thread Network  fibre group.  Always fun to see what is on everyone’s table.

Grow Your Blog 2014 with a fabric postcard giveaway!

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Yes….I am participating in the “Grow Your Blog” event this year.  I so enjoyed visiting blogs last year and I made some friends. Vicki from “2 Bags Full” is graciously hosting the event, so be sure to visit her blog to see the list of all the participants.

Note: click on the image for the generous lady behind this endeavour! Vicki has categorized all 600 blogs, so there is a lot of creative eye candy out there.  The event goes until February 15th.  On February 15th, I will be drawing 3 names to win a fabric postcard.  I will make a postcard and send it in the mail to you.  All you have to do is write a comment here on this post.  If you don’t have a blog, make sure that you leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win. Here is an example of a fabric postcard…of course this one has French connection because I live in “La Belle Province”

IMG_1963The ones I make will be completely different but will be totally fabric.

Now onto my blog and I!

Who am I?  I am Peggy and I am a creative sort! I love to create.  I can see the end product before others; actually it kind of bothers me when I work with people who can’t see what the process will become, so disheartening when they don’t understand.  Hence why I blog.  There are so many crafty blogs out there that it is mindboggling!

I live in Quebec, Canada, in the Chicoutimi area.  It is a cold part of Canada in the winter, but beautiful warm summers.  This blog mainly portrays my crafty side but I do have another “active” side.  I run, swim and cycle; in that order.  In fact, I am on my 108th day of consecutive running.  I started out with just trying to see a run everyday on the calendar, for a month but now I am trying to reach 365 days.  I swim twice a week and cycle in the summer.  I still haven’t gotten up the nerve to do a triathlon, but I do see one in my future.  I run marathons too.  An active body is in sync with an active mind.

marathon medals 002My marathon medals.

peg in actionPeggy in action.  I am not a fast runner but I like to run long.  A 3-hour run really puts life in perspective for me.

As for my crafty side, here is what is on my sewing room floor right now:

sewing 020Scraps, scraps and more scraps.  I am working on a few scrappy projects:

first book block 001My “book” blocks need a lot of scraps!

friendship circle start 004My friendship circle and I received my material today 🙂 Yay!

sewing 021Isn’t this beautiful white.  It is called “sugar pearls” (sorry about that little brown spot, a speck of material)

So many projects, so little time!

Today is a good example of how much my head is spinning with projects.  I received some mail:

sewing 023Books; memories in quilts.  This is what I am striving to make.  I have been trying to put pictures onto fabric with no success because the pictures fade to almost invisible after washing.  I received a few products to play with:

sewing 028Bubble Jet Set and Rinse…I am so going to play with this tomorrow!

sewing 022Lesly Riley’s transfer sheets and book! So eager to try that.  Oh..a ruler too 😉

So yes, I am totally full of ideas and projects.  This year I am trying to work on finishes.  I bought a new sewing machine last summer, so it is time to practice my machine quilting.

I tend to do a lot of quilting but I did start with cross stitch and this is what is on one of my frames:

sewing 027I love to sit and stitch.  I do embroidery too and lately I have joined a needlepoint group on facebok and I have been blown away with what needlepoint can produce.  I found this book on my shelf and have tagged a project in it already! 😉

sewing 026Isn’t it beautiful?

Fibre! I love it! I did try to paint once because I thought it would be neat to combine the two, but alas, painting is so not my forté.  I will stick to fabric and threads and create!

What do you create? Are you like me and have your hands in many crafts or do you stick to one?

So now make a comment to win yourself some interesting mail.  A fabric quilted postcard is much better than a bill!

These are a few postcards that I have received and one that I made.

I love making postcards.

I will leave you with some postcard inspiration; some mine and others I have received.

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Thanks for visiting.

Hexies and Blocks

I have been pulling out my hexies in idle tv time and continued to fill my container:

hexies and freiend 001My little kit is always ready for me, wherever and whenever!

I also have a friend, ALWAYS in my chair. Pye seems to like to be squished next to me.  He also likes to put his chin up on my lap table:

hexies and freiend 002Now, can you guess what this block represents.  It is a test block but I will continue the blocks.  I’ll post them and when someone can guess what I am doing, I will reveal! Thinking caps creative bloggers!

first book block 001By the way, it is a 10 inch perfect block ;), done with paperpieceing.  I love going through my scrap bag.

Any ideas?

I am linking up to The Needlework and Thread Network.  WIPs I have a few and they do!

Matching Susan’s finds and winning!

My blog friend Susan found some crochet afghan blocks at a local second-hand shop.  I did too:

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I don’t crochet so they just sort of stay in my basket of odds and ends for upcoming  creations!

At our guild meeting I won a door prize:

free charm squares 001Some charm squares and in a design that I don’t have. Very nice.

I also bought some stash the other day…thinking postcard fabric here:

free charm squares 002 Blueberry fabric to depict my region and the fleur de lys and birthday fabric.

Tonight I will sewing…I have a craving to work on my hexagons and refill my preparation box!

Later

New Year and New Sewing Room Organization!

 

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My cutting talble used to be in the middle of the floor, lengthwise with my sewing table on the end with the cupboards….I live this set up much better…..the little talbe to the right will be moved…it is a desk which I don’t want to part with because it is very useful for a second sewing table.

Here is the sewing station, for now…I saved the vanity from the bathroom renovations so it will replace this set up..but I really like the placement and space to work:

sewing room 2In the meantime I am going to put a shelf to the left of the table so that I can put my reference holder.

And here is the rocking chair, the place to sit and applique and embroider and hand piece 😉

sewing room 3I am a teacher so behind my rocking chair is my desk for school and such, computer etc.  I am happy with my new little set up…so much more spacious with splitting up the sewing machine and cutting table.

Tonight I have a guild meeting and I hope to be inspired!

I am linking up with the Needle and Thread Network 

I am waiting on my material for the friendship circle:

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New Year, New Project

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Friendship Circles….actually there are many other names but that is the name we found and it reflects my friend Jen’s and our friendship.  They are a take off of the Double Wedding ring, using hexagons, triangles and rectangles.

Here is the pattern and the PLAN!

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The left picture is where we got our inspiration from Q is for Quilting…a woman named Martha who really likes vintage! Check out her site, so many early 20s, 30s etc patterns on her site.

We resized the pattern to make 3-inch hexagons.  We are going to do embroidery inside the hexagons and use scraps…this is what I am going to make my first rectangles from:

friendship circle start 005Yep, that is the plan…Most of it will be handpieced and I am just a beginner….if any of you have any ideas of what order to piece this together please let me know…I am having a major problem with the trangles, set in part…I have one perfect point and the others…well, let’s just say that I need PRACTICE!  My friend Jen has become quite the handpiecer so I will be following in her footsteps!

Cleaning my sewing room…organizing yet again!

Six-Word Memoirs…Autumn 2013

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I am a teacher and I like to know what students think. For the last few semesters I have been collecting their philosophy using the six-word memoir format. My objective is to make some art quilts with these and auction them off for charity for a cause that is important to young people….here is my tin…full of memoirs:

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Do you have six-word memoir that you would like to add to my project? If so I will email you my snailmail address…

Off to run and then CREATE!