Back in September, the members of the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild did a blind swap. We all included 2 key words to give our secret partner some inspiration. “Chemistry 101” was the phrase that I received from Carly. Now conveniently, in my University days I did complete a number of Chemistry classes. (6 to be exact!) Even more conveniently, Professor Google lets you ask any question you want and just tells you the answer!
So I set out to find the molecular structures of wine and dark chocolate. Then I made a bunch of hexies.
Incidentally, hexies are a perfect road trip project! As you can likely tell from the flatness of the scenery, this is Saskatchewan. We drive from Saskatoon to Regina for almost every home game that the Riders play…. Having a road trip project is essential!
After compiling a pile of hexies, I arranged them into their molecular structures, glue basted them onto the background fabric (that is intended to resemble a beaker) and quilted all over to keep them secured.
And if you know Carly, you know her favourite colours are blue and orange. So this was right up her ally!
One of my Good friend’s little sister’s had a baby this fall. I have known her since she was 11 – so for her to have a baby is a little mind blowing for me! Makes me feel a little aged to truthful!
I wanted to make something especially girly for baby Eileen and decided on a flower layout. This is a slight modification of a pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful.
I just love that picture of Eileen enjoying the quilt with her grandma! ❤️
If you are following along on Instagram, you are aware that the Canuck Birthday Club is still going strong. I’ve got a few gifts to catch up with on the blog though!
My good friend Jaclyn’s birthday was in September. Would you believe that she didn’t have a single mini hanging in her sewing room?! No me neither. So I decided to make her one for her birthday.
I didn’t actually take my own photo of the finished product before gifting it to her, so please enjoy the screen shot! Also, that’s her Instagram name and she makes some pretty awesome stuff if you want to follow her there!
I added a few goodies and gave her her gift over breakfast at Jerry’s with our daughters (who are also BFF’s, conveniently!)
Next up in October, was Francine. I know her better as Melrose Cakes, and she lives in Ontario. As you may have guessed, she is a real life professional baker! So I decided that I would make her a reversible apron for her birthday. She expressed to us that her favourite colour is pink – so I made sure to incorporate a lot! Here is a picture of my goofy husband modelling one side!
I also made her a boxed zipper pouch with the cross stitch blocks on the front. Stuffed it with goodies and sent it to Eastern Canada!
Next up was Tarra, another fellow member of the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild and also a good friend of mine. I decided to pull up my big girl socks and attempt a Sew Together Bag for her. I made it almost entirely out of Cotton and Steel, mine and Tarra’s current favourite. I don’t have good photos of the actual bag – but I do have Tarra’s reaction to opening her gift!
We are having so much fun sending birthday gifts across Canada! We took a break for December and January and will reconvene in February for Sonya’s birthday. Stay tuned!!
My cousin welcomed her third bundle of love into the world at the end of July this year. Sawyer Abbot, their first son! She chose a real/yellow/grey colour scheme for his bedroom and her favourite design is chevron. This quilt decision was a no-brainer.
I captured these photos in the fading light of an August evening and I just love how it picks up the crinkle!
In addition to the quilt, I tried my hand at a Noodlehead Divided Basket and absolutely love how it turned out! I had made one earlier this year and had a few kinks to iron out. I am really happy with this one!
I also made a diaper clutch in coordinating fabrics. Not super happy with the finishing of it as directed by the pattern, but my cousin loved it, so she got it too!
Welcome Baby Sawyer!
Imagine 10 quilty/crafty women from all across Canada, making each other birthday gifts and showering everyone with happy mail in the month of her birth (or month after in my case as there are 2 Aprils). How amazing does this sound?! Too good to be true?! Nope! This club exists!!! It’s called the #canuckbdayclub and it is a very active, Instagram based birthday swap!
Now that my new friend in Edmonton has received her gift, I can share it with you all here.
I tested this pattern from Karie and TwoKwikQuilters (awesome pattern! Super easy to follow!) and chose these colours especially for W based on some IG and Pinterest sleuthing. I included some other goodies for her to enjoy – silk bamboo yarn, charms, buttons, tea, and a cross-stitched bookmark (or ultra-mini mini to hang up at the office).
I wrapped it all up with brown paper and twine and sealed it in a Canada Post envelope…. Then realized that the card didn’t make it into the package!!
Not to worry though! My husband proudly affixed a Saskatchewan Roughriders stamp into the envelope and happily sent it on it’s way to Edmonton Eskimo country…. And he got way too big of a kick out of doing that!
I’m so happy that my new friend enjoyed her gift so much!!
Happy Birthday W!!
Back in June, I did a pattern test for Diane, From Blank Pages, for this fantastically versatile block, the Celestial Star. I sat down with my pencil crayons to try to decide on a colour palate and layout.
I decided that I needed to have all of the colours, and pulled some fabric to make a colour wheel version of Diane’s block.
I grabbed my scissors and glue, cut out all my fabric pieces using Diane’s handy templates, and got down to business.
I made the “spokes” of my wheel with relative ease! Phew!
I pieced them all together and was pleasantly surprised to find the Center segments meeting up!
I’m on a quest to perfect my straight line quilting. I quilted this mini with straight lines radiating out from each point of the star. I like to think the lines got straighter as a practiced…
I managed to finish the binding at the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild meeting in early July and snapped a few photo’s in Carly’s yard with my fresh and crisp Celestial Star colour wheel 🙂
Now it lives in my sewing room where I can enjoy it daily! I am thrilled with how this turned out and highly recommend giving this pattern a shot! The possibilities are endless!
I purchased the Divided Basket pattern, by Noodlehead last year sometime and have been meaning to make at least one. I finally made one for my friend’s new baby boy. I know I will be making more of these in the future! Such a fun project!
His mom had chosen fabrics from the Petals and Pinwheels line by Michael Miller for the nursery. So the fabric selection for this basket was easy, but still so fun!