Friday, 21 November 2014

From A - Frog Pond Quilt

This quilt started as part of my September square cutting marathon. After more than 5 weeks away from my sewing machine, I was desperate to start a few new projects and tried to pick some simple ones in the hopes that they wouldn't become long-term WIPs. This strategy was obviously a good one since a little more than 2 months later, I'm proud to say that this little baby quilt is done and off to its new home.

Storytime Squares Quilt

The pattern was really simple and quick to put together. In about a week of leisurely sewing, I had a completed top. I didn't do anything too fancy with the quilting, opting to stick with stitch-in-the-ditch and adding another quilting line in the middle of each round of sashing to highlight the patchwork squares.

Storytime Sqaures Quilt

I backed it using some Lotus Pond yardage I had originally picked up to make a crib sheet and used a AMH voile scrap to make it wide enough. The effect is simple but it adds a bit of interest to an otherwise plain backing. I also like that it adds some extra softness to the quilt. A little gaffer wrapped in this quilt might find a bit of comfort holding this soft strip voile up to his cheek.

Storytime Squares Quilt

The label is a leftover bit from the Red Letter Day quilt we made for my cousin's wedding in July. It's not a perfect match but I like how it echos the coraly pink in the binding.

Finished Quilt Stats:
  • Quilt Name: Frog Pond
  • Finished Size: Crib (45" x 45")
  • Quilting: More Stitch-in-the-Ditch

Storytime Squares Quilt

Linking up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

From K - Blogathon Canada & Giveaway

Welcome to Day 3 of the 2014 Blogathon Canada blog hop, hosted by Sew Sister's Quilt Shop! On today's stop, I am excited to be representing Alberta alongside the incredibly talented Leanne from She Can Quilt.

For new readers to our blog, my name is Kelsey, and I blog here at Everyday Fray with my cousin Amanda (who is really more of a sister/enabler/confidant). Though we are both Canadian, I am currently the only one holding down the fort up here in the Great White North, proudly residing in Calgary, Alberta. While Amanda has sought temporary refuge from the cold down in sunny California, she is undoubtedly Canadian to the core (and we hope to woo her back here one day!). If you'd like to know more about our journey, feel free to read more about us here!

Our blog is a compilation of both of our crafty imaginations, and the content on our blog is written by A (Amanda), K (Kelsey - that's me!), or A&K. While our focus is modern quilting, we strive to challenge ourselves, and often include various other crafts we're working on like sewing, cross stitch, needle work, weaving, knitting etc.

Some of the items we like to share with our readers include:
1. WiPs:
Blogathon Canada 2014 - Collages

2. Finished Quilts:
Blogathon Canada 2014 - Collages

3. Bags and Pillows:
Blogathon Canada 2014 - Collages

4. Dresses:
Blogathon Canada 2014 - Collages

5. Knitting:
Blogathon Canada 2014 - Collages
1. Grace Cardigan (my 1st sweater!)

Now onto the fun part of playing blog hop hostess, let's have a giveaway! Sew Sister's have generously donated a giveaway today for our readers - two charm packs of Tula Pink's newest fabric line Moon Shine, as well as two spools of matching Aurifil thread!

Blogathon Giveaway Moon Shine aurifil Kelsey 1000

For an opportunity to win this coordinated collection, please comment below letting us know your favourite way to use charm squares.

Contest Rules:
  • One entry per person.
  • The contest will stay open until 11:59 pm MST on Sunday November 23rd, 2014.
  • The winner will be announced on our blog on Monday November 24th, 2014.
  • International entries are welcome (you don't have to be Canadian to hop along with us!).

  • If you are a no-reply blogger, a wordpress blogger, or do not have a blog account - please leave your email in your comment so we can contact you if you win!

Interested in seeing what other great Alberta based blogs might have to offer? Check out these blogs to find more great crafting content:
Be sure to swing by the Sew Sisters Blog today as well to check out the full list of blog hop hosts, as well as a chance to win another prize from one of our lovely Blogathon Canada sponsors, Northcott Fabrics!

Monday, 17 November 2014

From A - Infinite Infinity Scarves

Many moons ago, I took a half yard of Liberty tana lawn and a half yard of chambray and made an infinity scarf for a friend.

Infinity Scarf made with Robert Kaufman Dot Chambray and Liberty Tana Lawn in Mauvey

The finished scarf was so elegant and easy that I decided I should make 10 more using various chambrays from my stash and a half yard bundle of Liberty that I had purchased during a slip of the credit card. Possibly a moment where I had taken leave of my senses but I figured I could have them on hand as gifts and maybe set a couple aside for my own wearing pleasure.

Liberty & Chambray Infinity Scarves

Although I had them cut and serged into tubes within days of planning this project they sat unfinished for months afterwards while I distracted myself with life and newer, shinier projects. I picked them up again when the occasion of another friend's birthday demanded that they be finished immediately.

I'm quite happy with how they came out and love how the mix of prints and chambrays gives each one a distinct flavour and personality. Perhaps the best part is having a treasure trove of beautiful handmade gifts on-hand and ready to go. Hopefully this will rehabilitate my reputation as a perpetually late (handmade) gift-giver.