Here’s another version of the Perfect Zip Bag, the pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman. This is based on Style B, but I had to make size modifications so that it would fit my 2013 agenda. I based the colour palette on the agenda, which must be my colours for the year, since my new wallet is somehow matching.
Once I had determined the size for the pieces, I made a few improv patchwork pieces that fit the dimensions. I made a few mistakes with my calculations initially and had to add on a bit here and there, but since it’s all patchwork, you’d never know that. I’ve been missing my Sunday Patchwork routine for a while now, so I’m trying to find a way to get back into the habit.
This year I’m also trying to balance electronic organization with good old fashioned pen & paper. I have a bunch of good apps that I use to make lists (Things & TeuxDeux) and I just added MailTags to my Mail program to help tame my inbox. At the end of the year, it’s nice to have an agenda filled with notes and lists and little bits of memories. I’m making an effort to write things down, especially personal stuff and it feels nice to have that back in my life.
My first totally new quilt project of the year is Johanna’s Mod Blocks pattern. I’ve been wanting to make it for ages and I finally pulled together all my fabrics in January. The quilt top is simple to make. I think the thing that took me the longest was figuring out my final layout and keeping it all organized while I was sewing it together.
Right now it feels like I’m on a kick to start as many new projects as possible. I’m running with this feeling and I’ll worry about finishing them later. I’ve got a few more of Johanna’s patterns lined up, starting with Trapezoids. I have this crazy idea that I want to make 12 quilt tops this year. Let’s see what happens.
It almost didn’t happen, but I’m so happy that our tradition of having a Valentines Trunk show is continuing this year. It’s been 5 years since we first teamed up with City of Craft to host the very first Trunk Show. It’s become a bright spot in the middle of winter to look forward to seeing lots of good friends, treating ourselves to special crafts, scooping up cool vintage finds and eating delicious snacks.
We’ve been sorting through our rummage for the show. We’ve got a new box of vintage patterns to share and all kinds of vintage fabric yardage & remnants. Most of our rummage is priced at $2! There are some serious deals here!
We also have lots of new fabrics & books on our shelves. Take a look here to see what’s new at the workroom.
The Junction Flea is also happening on Sunday from 10-5pm, just down the street from us. So much fun for a wintery day!
Wow. Where on earth did this year go? To celebrate the last few days of 2012 and to get ready for our inventory count on January 2nd, the workroom is having a big sale! We have so much new fabric right now, it’s the perfect chance to replenish your stash after holiday gift making. As a bonus, today is also Quilt Sunday!
I’ve got some fun things up my sleeve for 2013, including getting back to posting here more often. I’ll be sharing some of my holiday projects in the next few days!
Happy Holidays & New Years!!
When is a scrap bundle more than just a scrap bundle? At the workroom, these are more than just leftover fabrics that are stuffed into a bag. They are little time capsules of the workroom’s history.
For the past month we’ve been working on preparing as many scrap bundles as we can for this weekend’s City of Craft show. Elisa has been diligently going through our boxes of colour sorted scraps, cutting them up into sizable pieces. Ayalah, Rosalyn and I have been folding all the scraps into stacks that will surprise you as you peel away each layer to discover the treasures inside. As we’ve been folding, I feel like we are also re-living all the memories associated with different prints. We’ve put a lot of work & love into these bundles and unfortunately there is only a limited quantity. I wish we could have made more, especially since at the Spring City of Craft show we sold out of 100 bags within the first hour.
To sweeten the deal, each bag contains at least one, if not two scraps of Liberty of London. These are scraps we received from a local designer and we’ve never had these prints in the shop. I’ve also reached into my secret stash to divide up a half metre of Heather Ross’ VW Vans print. 8 lucky people will find a piece hidden inside their bundle. Even though this print is blue, it might be hiding in any of the other colour bundles!
We will try to reserve a few of the bundles for Sunday, but the majority will be available, first come, first serve on Saturday. There are only 150. Scrap bundles will be cash only.
We’ll have lots of other great items at our table too! Our wooden cross stitch pendants, fat quarter sets, patterns, floss palettes, needle minders, mini scissors, Soak Boxes, coloured baker’s twine, and more!
This is by far our favourite show of the entire year. We’re super excited that this is our first year having a table. To preview some of what’s in store – take a look at the beautiful look book designed by Arounna here. Can’t wait to see you there!
City of Craft
1087 Queen Street West at Dovercourt
Saturday December 8, 11am-6pm
Sunday December 9, 11am-5pm
Simplicity 2215 Skirt Pattern
nani IRO canvas
photos taken at the NH Excelsior Hotel in Siena, Italy
Our trip to Italy was almost a month ago now and I’ve yet to post any photos from my DSLR. There are SO MANY! I really just need to spend one entire day going through and editing them before too much time passes by. I thought I’d post up some smaller bits to start.
This simplicity skirt pattern is one of my favourites! I have a few other pieces of fabric set aside to make this pattern in again. I just can’t resist the uneven pleats and the pockets.
This fabric might look familiar. Yes, it’s true. I already have a Birdie Sling in this same nani IRO fabric, but I really love it and felt like I also needed to make a piece of clothing with it. I laid out the pattern so that the hem of the skirt is actually the selvedge of the fabric so that I could include all the lovely text and the fringe.
Siena was one of my favourite parts of our trip. I promise more photos of the actual city soon!
Just thought I would break up this grey week with a little fabric love from Liberty. The new quilting weight collection that arrived last week is so pretty & cheery.
I’m pretty excited that the workroom just turned FIVE years old this month. I remember opening the shop with just a couple shelves of fabric and a small wall of notions and wondering if I’d be able to make it to this milestone. It’s really amazing to look back and remember all the wonderful things that have been made – both crafts and friendships within the workroom’s walls. I feel so proud to be surrounded by all of you. You make me excited to find the best fabrics and notions and bring you the best classes possible. We will be celebrating our anniversary on Tuesday November 13th, 6-8pm with our annual party. I hope you can make it. Until then we’ll be surprising you with fun giveaways and sales.
Starting today until October 31st we are having a fabric sale that let’s you choose the fabric to get the discount on. The more you buy, the more you save! We have so many wonderful bolts in the shop right now and just yesterday we received the Liberty of London Bloomsbury collection which is all quilting weight cottons. You can pre-shop by checking out our New Arrivals set on Flickr.
Have you ‘liked’ our Facebook Page? We are having a little contest over there until October 31st, as well. Just post a photo of something you’ve made at the workroom or a memory you have of the workroom and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a class gift card. We’ll be drawing several names next week and we’d love to hear some workroom stories from you!
Thank you for the BEST five years ever. xo
I’m a bit embarrassed. I just looked to see how long ago it was that I made my last Birdie Sling Bag and it was just about two years ago. This is mostly embarrassing if you could see the state that the bag is in right now. The handle has almost disintegrated for starters and it’s rather faded and quite dirty. I use my Birdie Sling every day, I can’t seem to live without it. I’m a little surprised it’s taken me this long to make a replacement Birdie, but I’m rather picky about my fabric choices for this bag.
I have yet to show you, but I made a pretty skirt out of this same nani IRO fabric. The more I looked at it, the more I thought it would be an awesome Birdie Sling. For the last few months I’ve had a piece just waiting to find it’s matching handle & lining fabrics. With all the fabric coming through the doors of the workroom right now, I can’t believe I didn’t find a match sooner.
Sunday afternoon, I had a sewing date with Katherine who announced she was making a Birdie Sling for our upcoming trip to Italy. Drat! I wanted to make one too. I had no choice but to shop my stash at home and find something that would work. I ending up deciding to just use a stripe fabric I got at Sultan’s Fine Fabrics (meant for a dress) as just the bands and using the same nani IRO print for both the body of the bag and the handle. For the lining, I used a Japanese fabric I bought at Fancy Tiger when we went to the Makerie.
I always add an inside zippered pocket to my Birdie Slings. I like to have a secure area. Especially when traveling. Check out our Birdie Sling class photos for more inspiration.
Katherine & I are headed to Italy to go to Squam Italia. We’re going early to tour around since neither of us has been there before. If anyone out there has any favourite places to stay, eat, drink, shop, buy fabric, taste wine or anything we shouldn’t miss – we’d love your suggestions. We’re flying into Rome, then heading North to Siena, then Florence, then over to the east coast to a small town called Morro D’Oro for Squam. We leave on Monday. EEK!!!
When we learned that Angelune was having a baby, a private conversation on Facebook started immediately with the discussion to make a quilt for the baby. A group of friends decided that orange and grey, plus cream would be our colour palette. The block size was to be a 9 inch square finished. Those were the parameters, the rest was up to each individual. That was back in January.
Blocks started being hand & mail delivered to the workroom by April. At the end of June we met up one night to assemble the blocks with sashing for the quilt top and to sew up a pieced backing. Another small meeting to do the basting. The fox block got hand quilting and the rest of the quilt was machine quilted in turns. The binding was sewn on and yesterday, just before we wrapped up the quilt, a little label was hand stitched on.
A gorgeous handmade paper card was made & even a matching pillow to go with the quilt, too!
This is the first time any of us had worked on a group quilt and I think we were all so amazed at how well it all came together. The individual blocks really represent the person who made them and collectively the quilt looks stunning!
Best of all, we gave the quilt yesterday to baby Sebastien and his mom, Angelune & dad, Ian.
Quilt Contributers : Jen Anisef, Debbie Arruda, Rosalyn Faustino, Suzanne French, Amanda Jennings, Becky Johnson, Katrina Kilroy, Michelle Renaud, Jacqueline Sava, Katherine Skene, Karyn Valino
UPDATE : I just posted each of the block individually here.