Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy New Year everyone!

I wasn't going to blog this morning, but
having had a request from a grand-
daughter who is going back to university
in the next couple of days and since she has a new "notebook" computer, it needed a cover.
When I picked up the notebook, she also presented me with the laptop that needs
a cover too since she is travelling to Florida this winter.
I tell you, since learning to sew straight
lines due to the quilting thing...known
as an addiction in this house...I made
both of these with my walking foot.
Basically, I measured the width and length, added about 1 1/2" to each side of the width, doubled the length, added about 10" for good measure , cut some bindings to finish the project.
Easy to do. I quilted the fabric, then added the binding to the short end (at the pocket) then sewed down one side of the envelope. I then inserted the computer, marked the other side so it was snug, but not too snug to insert computers and sewed this. I put the binding on, sewed by machine...I know, I know, but she's leaving tomorrow, so it had to be finished.
I used little round velcro glue ons to make the closures, but put a few stitches to the velco to secure them as I didn't know if they would stick for good.
It took about an hour to make each from start to finish. A great gift idea and I may make her some more in different colours as a change up.
We had chinese food for New Years' eve, played our favourite games, but try as we might, we had to leave Bob and Mary before midnight as we were so tired from our day of travelling for my sweetie's pre op which is about an hour and a half from our house. Then back home, and New Year celebrations....just too much for us!
So a new year begins. New project ideas will come forth from all of us, some new blog friends will come into our lives to make us just a bit more grateful that we have all connected. I'm happy!
PS...the fabric is from Liz know me I don't remember who is who, but this was from a favourite designer for me, so I remembered her name.

Thursday, December 30, 2010


About four days before Christmas, my friend Mary, where we spent the day,suggested that her daughter Michelle would just love an apron!

We looked a aprons at the stores, we decided that we wanted more funky styles and would make them for the
girls, Kelly, Michelle, and Carolyn who
is my son Martin's significant other!

As you can see, the girls loved the gifts.
They thought we had bought them! Imagine!
Anyway, as I made the aprons, I started to experiment with the pattern, finally making two that are completely reversable and just so cute!
We used retro sheets that Mary found
last summer, some of the little stash
I had and made three . The first one I
just didn't like the look of it so it was
discarded and used as a template of
what I didn't want.
We sadly have no photo of Carolyn (who was deathly ill with the flu) whose apple pie would have completed her June Cleaver look, but we got Courtney to pose for the photo op in the orange apron. Note please the last, the very last of the orange dots!
I tell you this was such fun to do, Mary picked out the fabrics, I sewed with gusto to say the least, but the best part was the girls' reactions.
They love them!

I was reading on Jane's blog that she is redoing her sewing area, well that's what I've been doing too! I made a new ironing board cover. Mine must be about 25 yrs old, but it was like a hot pad and I loved it! I kept it underneath the new one that I made from a sheet...again a goodwill find. My little corner in the basement looks ready for projects.

Happy New Year certainly have been a godsend this year, specially with my recovery from surgery. My leg is still a bit longer than I'd like, but I'm walking pain free!

Thank you all!