Saturday, May 20, 2017

Button Bonanza

Years ago, I happened upon a large ziploc bag of buttons at a thrift store, that nearly left me speechless. It was one of those "can this be for real?" moments. The bag was filled to bursting, with cards of buttons in all colours, sizes and styles. There was even multiple cards of some buttons! I eagerly popped that bag of buttons into my shopping cart, knowing that I had scored a major find.

The buttons were originally stock from a local fabric store chain that closed down.  Apparently, some of the unsold inventory was donated and by some sort of lucky timing, I happened to walk into the thrift store housing the button bounty!

All these lovely buttons are kept in a glass gallon jar on a shelf in my sewing room, ready to be sorted through whenever I need buttons for a project.

Love sewing buttons on by machine! I have been doing it for years and long before a specialty foot was designed for the task. These days I'm spoiled because my Janome 8900 comes with a stitch setting specifically for sewing on buttons, as well as this ever so handy foot - to make it easy-peasy!
 This week, I took that jar off the shelf to search for possible candidates to finish a blouse I have been making for myself.  The tricky bit would be finding nine matching buttons in a small size, but I figured it was worth shopping my stash first.

My blouse is McCall's M5522 and the lovely, all cotton fabric, is from Windham Fabrics, designed by Heather Ross (from her Far, Far Away 2 Collection in 2014).

I lucked out! My lovely new blouse is now sporting these fun wood/metal buttons all found in the button jar. Woohoo!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fabric Friday!

Happy Friday! I wanted to share the lovely package that arrived today from Pink Castle Fabrics.
Apparently, I cannot resist a sale (or sweet fabrics! ;o). 

Just in time for some long weekend sewing. ;o)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 16

The Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, is counting down with the last 10 blocks!  This fun online sew along is hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is King's Crown.  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
Block 16, King's Crown for the Sewcial Bee Sampler
My version is scrappy, like all my blocks have been, but this time I couldn't resist a touch of whimsy, so I fussy cut a scrap from a friend, for the center of my block.  I didn't have enough to be able to center the print, but I love it all the more because it meant making use of what I had to hand, which always makes me happy!  I am having the best time sewing my blocks from my scrap stash and playing with all the colours in the rainbow.😀

If you're feeling inspired to join the sew along, you can find all the blocks (and the instructions to make them) on both Sharon's and Maureen's blogs.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fabric Stories

I have mentioned my love of scrappy patchwork, which also means I'm reluctant to part with even the smallest bits of fabrics. They hold magical potential!  Sewing those tiny pieces together to make one of a kind blocks is something I love to do.  I let the scraps lead me in terms of the order I sew them and the design that develops.  I think of it as telling story in fabric!
Part of my fabric storage organization is having containers to place the smallest scraps. This makes it easier for me to sew scrappy blocks whenever the mood strikes. Lately, the container with my low volume fabric scraps has been put to use as leader - enders as I work on other projects (such as my Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks).

Those scrappy bits of patchwork are slowly adding up and are destined to be made into something larger or perhaps even several finishes! My mind is bubbling with ideas to incorporate these into projects, so don't be surprised if you see some of them popping up fairly soon in some of my makes. ;o)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler - Week #15

Time to add a little sunshine to my Sewcial Bee Sampler! Broken Dishes is the block for week 15 of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell (for the free download to make this block, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
 Broken Dishes is Block 15 in the Sewcial Bee Sampler
A simple block to make and a wonderful chance to use a colour that I don't turn to very often. Since this block is small with wide borders, I thought it would be fun to choose low volume fabrics that included a hint of yellow to make the block appear larger.  I'm happy with the result!

Blocks 1-15 in the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along
I look forward to a new block each week and am happy we still have 10 weeks of block making ahead!  The sewalong community is so supportive and inspiring.  No wonder Wednesday is my new favourite day of the week!

Thinking about joining the sew along?  It's not too late!  The blocks are great skill builders and Maureen and Sharon are doing a wonderful job of inspiring and cheering us all on.  You will find lots of  helpful tips, too!  Instructions for each block are well written, so it's beginner friendly and for those of us with a bit of experience, we are certainly free to play a bit with things (as I have been doing by making extra pieces in several of my scrappy block versions ;o). Some participants are even making more than one version of each block, which really is tempting! Sew along at your own pace, so even if the timing isn't the best for joining in and stitching a block a week; know that you can always download the PDF for each block so you have the information when you are ready to start sewing.

 Pop over to Maureen's blog and Sharon's blog  for all the details!
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