Monday, July 21, 2014

Moral Support for Aneela



Xo

I don't know how to cure cancer, but I sure would if I did!  Just over a month ago,  Aneela Hoey announced on Instagram that she is going to have surgery for breast cancer.  Chelsea over at Pins and Bobbins has started an initiative to sew up a quilt for Aneela, using only the fabrics she has designed, and white.  The blocks are super quick to sew up!  Good thing, because I didn't read about it till a few days ago.  Chelsea's collecting 100 standard or 400 mini blocks for the quilt.
Here are the links needed if you want to send some support her way:

To read more about the quilt Chelsea is making, go on over to Pins and Bobbins  and there you will see her tutorial on how to make the X and O half sized blocks.

You can also use the original Canoe Ridge Creations tutorial to make a full sized block-- which just happens to be easy to do with a layer cake and mini charms.

 



The Fabric Stash has donated beautiful Aneela Hoey fabric for the backing of the quilt and they also have a bonus code till 21 July of hoeyfan20

Any extra blocks will be used in a quilt for Chelsea's local oncology patients.
Thanks for the help!

Lizzie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Not for Lack of Sewing......

I've been sewing up a storm again, and I'm behind on show and tell!

Here's a little taste of what's been going on....


My block for Jan in the Stash Fabulous Bee 

This is the block I made for Jan for her month in the Stash Fabulous Bee. It's an Improv Plus Block. It's my first block to ever draft first and then sew... tricky but so rewarding!

Jan's Block Plan 1

And below are the blocks I made for Lysa for the same bee, different month:

Feathers for Lysa!!


From  chaos  comes Feathers!  

I think it's fabulous to be exposed to new patterns and approaches to quilting when you're in a good bee.  Different color palettes and different ways of describing the blocks are just so inspiring!
I like all the blocks we've had so far so much that I am thinking about making a separate sampler with all of them.


I've also been sewing up some minis for another swap, the Birthday Bandy Swap:

Mailing Station - adapted (made smaller) from a pattern by Ayumi Mills
Mailing Station for Joey, based on a pattern by Ayumi Mills




Sin título
Birthday Banner for Amanda, based on another of Ayumi's patterns

Sneak Peak for Kelli, from a pattern that's getting popular these days...;)
And that's all to show for today! I hope you are all having a fab weekend! Thanks to everyone who sent me some degrees! It's been up to 80 F lately, and that's not too shabby here :) 

Lizzie

















Thursday, July 3, 2014

I had to chuckle...

... when I opened up my luggage back in February, after going home for my grandmother's funeral.  
Among the pictures and sewing notions and her measuring tape that I brought back, were a few kitchen towels she had used for many years.  I brought back a pair I had sent her, bought at IKEA.  


Those are on the top of this pile.  Hers is the one with the pretty red rick-rack sewn on.  She really like to embellish fabric in a simple way.  I'd say she had Zakka style.  

I also brought back a new kitchen towel, from my sister in Brooklyn.


The first thing I did, before I even unpacked my bags, was to look for something to use for sewing on a loop.  I found some twill tape right away.





All better!  Then, I went to hang up the towels I had brought back from my grandmother's kitchen and look what I found:


Grandmother had Taken Away the hanging loops!  Possibly the first thing she did after thanking me.....

I just had to chuckle!


I have been slowly mixing in some of her sewing things with mine.

Her pincushion, which still has some threaded needles of hers, mixed with my flower head pins:  



And her trims themselves....

I sewed a batch of large rick rack onto a tablecloth last night to make a simple curtain for our dining area.  I like to think she'd be happy I'm using what I brought back, rather than letting it sit.  She really knew how to make simple fixes with embellishments too.





I have most of the towels packed away though.  They still smell like her kitchen always did, and that's a comfort to me.

Hugs from Sweden!




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer in Sweden







THIS is what we've been waiting for!  After a month of near freezing temperatures, it's finally summer here in Jämtland county Sweden.  We've been out working on the lawn, drinking coffee on the stoop, and staying up far too late with the long sunlight.  I've been sewing plenty too, but that's to show another day......

I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer/edge of winter!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Swedish Linen Winners!



It's Saturday morning here in Sweden and I pulled the Sew Mama Sew winners just a little while ago.  I let the 5pm PST go by, because I was sleeping!  Here they are:


 

And....

http://bisnonnaproject.blogspot.se/p/about-about-bisnonna-project-begins.html 



Both gals have interesting blogs too!

I'll be contacting them today and hopefully mailing their loot on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by during Sew Mama Sew's blog hop and I hope I see you again!



Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway: Swedish Linen

 


It's giveaway time again!  I'm keeping it simple so you have a chance to look at all the cool stuff at the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Blog Hop, and maybe win too!  
I have two giveaway bundles of Swedish linen:

One yard bundle of coral and white linen,


and one yard bundle of blue and white linen.


That's half a yard of each color!
This stuff is fabulous for sewing up zippy bags, tea towels, and other Zakka inspired handiwork.  I love it!  It is not the finest grain, but a nice and airy medium weave.  Perfect for drying quickly.

Fruit and Tomatoes
Some Zakka style towels I've made with this linen.....


I've held these up so you can see the weave:

Blue Swedish Linen

Coral Swedish Linen
White Swedish Linen


Zakka House Pouch with letters
Zakka House Pouch made with natural Swedish linen


Crinkly Zakka 2
Finer natural linen, and the coarser blue linen in this Zakka style quilt I made

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below!  You can tell me about your favorite summer book, or a fabulous tutorial you love.
Make sure you have an email address in your contact info, or leave one with your comment.
 All followers get a second comment, just let me know how you follow.


The giveaway is open until May 16 at 5 p.m. PST.
There will be two winners, one for each bundle.  I'll choose their numbers with Mr. Random Generator!


Have fun with the hop!

Lizzie in Sweden

PS  That means I am willing to ship anywhere!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday On Hold

Today I've been looking at my secret sewing, but it hasn't come to be.  My extra sewing hasn't either. 

In fact, today was cancelled for me by a nasty cold that won't let me go yet.

I've been outside,  sitting in the stillness, with some hot tea,with Stella. The wind picked up and it began to snow.

I went to bed and looked through my grandmother's Sunbonnet Sue file. Then I was catted and it's all over for now. I'll be back in a few days with plenty of energy I hope!

Happy sewing!