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My Button Collection

Finally finished my Summertime Runner using an Apple Core Border with bias binding to manage the contoured edge. I’ve included a little embroidered Red Work for a little interest. Now I’ll have to come up with a pattern for the Fall!

Be sure to follow these instructions prior to beginning your next sewing project so that you can truly enjoy the experience! … I think I’d be too exhaused to take up the needle.

Be sure to follow these instructions prior to beginning your next sewing project so that you can truly enjoy the experience! … I think I’d be too exhaused to take up the needle.

On our last Sew Day at Markham Towne Quilters Guild I picked up the small squares from the stash of donated fabrics for Charity Quilts. I took them home and pieced them together with fabric from my own stash. It came together nicely I think … bright and cheerful. I found a tutorial on Pinterest for the Free Motion Flower Motif used to quilt the project and managed to complete it yesterday using variegated threads … now on to my next project!

Unfortunately there are no small children in this household to model these Smocked Bonnets … fit size Newborn to Year 1 … the satin ribbon gathers in the back of the bonnet and can be loosened to make the Bonnet larger.

I mentioned I have a number of collections … here is the remainder of my Vintage Mother-of-Pearl Buttons (after finishing my Necklace and Bracelet) along with my collection of Vintage Crochet with a few Sock Darners and Pin Cushions thrown in. I quite often try to incorporate vintage trim and/or buttons in my crafts. There are also some Vintage Pins/Broaches mixed in my Button Case that are interesting. My summertime passion is Garage Saleing and poking through others stuff … it is true … someone’s trash is often someone elses treasure!

My Husband thinks I’m a Hoarder … I’m really not … just a Collector of all sorts of things. I’ve been contemplating Button Jewellery for some time now and finally put my mind (and my pliers) to the job. Just finished … my Mother-of-Pearl Button Necklace and Bracelet.

Part of my stragegy to loose weight is to keep busy so I don’t think about food and busy I have been. I haven’t smocked for such a long time … since Sewluvli was a wee girl … and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. This is Angel number 2. Tomorrow I’ll post the 6 Bonnets just now waiting for ribbon. I’ve managed to loose 22 lbs since Christmas so my strategy must be working!!!

Part of my stragegy to loose weight is to keep busy so I don’t think about food and busy I have been. I haven’t smocked for such a long time … since Sewluvli was a wee girl … and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. This is Angel number 2. Tomorrow I’ll post the 6 Bonnets just now waiting for ribbon. I’ve managed to loose 22 lbs since Christmas so my strategy must be working!!!

And here’s the finished article … Markham Towne Quilter’s Guild Challenge Quilt 2013/14. Actually finished with Sleeve for hanging … more appropriate for a Nursery or young child’s room.

And here’s the finished article … Markham Towne Quilter’s Guild Challenge Quilt 2013/14. Actually finished with Sleeve for hanging … more appropriate for a Nursery or young child’s room.

I joined the Markham Towne Quilter’s Guild this past year and they presented a Challenge Quilt … a block a month to be completed in any quilting/sewing technique … the object being to try things we’ve not done before. I have been posting the blocks as completed each month but have just in the past few weeks completed assembling and free motion quilting the piece. Here are some close ups of parts of this quilt. I learned a lot about free montion quilting … even including a frog in the lower right hand corner of the quilt and some small butterflies here and there.

For a some time I have admired the work of a long time friend, Margaret Grandison. I am now the proud owner of one of her original Water Colours that I now display in our Foyer. The painting is of an old home and garden in the Claremont area.

For a some time I have admired the work of a long time friend, Margaret Grandison. I am now the proud owner of one of her original Water Colours that I now display in our Foyer. The painting is of an old home and garden in the Claremont area.

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