Thursday, September 29, 2011


September 14th Dylan came into the world.  He's so sweet.  Bernie and I went to visit him and his mom and dad last Sunday.  It was a very special day.  Here's Bernie holding Dylan for the first time.  A precious moment.
I got a turn too. 
I made Dylan a quilt but for some reason didn't get a picture of it when it was done so here are some of the quilt in progress.  When I asked Bonnie what colours she would like the quilt to be she told me green and blue.  We all know that there are hundreds of shades of green and blue so I decided that I wanted the quilt to look fresh and I selected colours I thought would work for a little boy.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw his little room all decorated in the same green and blue colours I had made the quilt out of. 
It was so much fun to work on.  I used bamboo batting and a flannel backing. I didn't use any sprays for the basting and instead thread basted it.  Dylan's quilt is chemical free. 

I've been working on samples for classes coming up this fall.  The most recent one is Blooming Baskets.  Here are some photos of  the work in progress.  Yes the sewing room does get a little messy.  
The quilt top is finished and is hanging in Creative Edge in North Vancouver.  Stop by for a visit.  They have a wonderful staff there and beautiful fabrics.  Bernie and I will be there on Saturday teaching our machine quilting class.  

Today I'm working on the TopStitchers bag for the fall classes.  
I'll post photos of the finished bag soon.

Happy Sewing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A New Dickie

Last week my niece Lauren asked me if I could make her a dickie.  Not really knowing what I was getting myself into I of course said yes. The night before I made the new dickie we got together so Lauren could choose the fabrics and buttons she would like.  Then Lauren gave me a hand with the baby quilt that I'm making for our soon to be born grandson. 
 After a bit Lauren, a new sewer, decided to design some tail bags for her horse me his name suits him.  Lauren chose her fabric and after a brief introduction to rotary cutting she cut them to size.  After a brief introduction to Roxanne's glue, she glued the fabric...Brenda doesn't this make your heart sing? 

Then she made her bags.
 The following day I created a pattern and we designed her new dickie together.  Here's me stitching the buttons on while Lauren chanted "I'm so excited".
Here's Lauren looking fabulous in her new dickie and blazer.  Ready for the horse show.

The horse show was held in Langley.  It was the first one I have had the opportunity to attend. 
Lauren enjoying a pita from Pita Pit.

We stopped by to visit with Gonzo.  He proved to be very entertaining.   
Lauren and her friend doing some last minute adjustments. 

Elke giving Gonzo some love. 
Outside of the arena Lauren and Gonzo posed for me.  Gonzo knew I loved that tongue trick of his...

It was a wonderful show.  Lauren and Gonzo are an amazing team.
Happy Sewing