auction #9 ~ candy corn bunting

Never too late to start planning next year's decorations! LOL!

Size:  Each triangle is 6.5" x 7".  The length can be adjusted at least 2 feet longer or shorter (my mantle is 78" across).  I attached the orange bows with a bit of mactac.

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Wednesday November 9th.

Click here for auction rules.

That's it for today.  More tomorrow ...


auction #7 ~ pink flower sugar easter basket

Today's items all have a "Decorating for Special Occasions" theme.

This little basket is both decorative and functional. I placed a circle of kraft-tex in the bottom to keep it firm.  It won't hold a bowling ball, but it will hold plenty of little Easter treats! :)

Size: 5" wide x 8 .25" tall (including the handle).

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Wednesday November 9th.

Click here for auction rules.

Still two more items to list today ...


auction #6 ~ hexagon pincushion & stand

I love this sweet little cushion perched on a wee cake stand.  This auction includes BOTH!  And I'll throw in the two heart pins as well. :)

Size:   Pin cushion is 3.5" across x 1.5" tall.  Stand is 3.5" across x 4" tall.

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Tuesday November 8th.

Click here for auction rules.

More coming tomorrow. :)


auction #5 ~ flower sugar christmas pouch

I am definitely suffering from temporary insanity letting go of this one.  Seriously.  Please don't bid on this so I can keep it!  LOL!  (kidding) ;)

Size:  8.75" x 6"

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Tuesday November 8th.

Click here for auction rules.

One more aqua delight coming today ... possibly my favourite.


auction #4 ~ pink & aqua santa hat mini

Today's auctions are all about my love of aqua (and pink).  If you like a shabby chic Christmas colour theme, you're gonna want to own this mini!

Size:  10" x 11.5"

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Tuesday November 8th.

Click here for auction rules.

I'll be posting two more items today!


auction #3 ~ apple farm baby quilt

This quilt needs a cute little owner!  Do you know one?  Fabric is Apple Farm by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose.  A-dorable.

Size:  36" x 42"

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Monday November 7th.

Click here for auction rules.

Good luck! xo k


auction #2 ~ pumpkin coin purse

I know Halloween is over, but there's always Easter, right? ;)  Fabric is Lecien Old/New 30s.

Size: 3 .25" tall x 3" wide

Click here to read the original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Monday November 7th.

Click here for auction rules.

One more listing coming today!


auction #1 ~ toy buckets

This was one of the most fun procrastination projects ever!  I still plan to write up a pattern for these.  Fabric is Lecien Retro 30s Child Smile.

Please note that the removable hanging tags ARE included, but the toys aren't!  My daughter would never forgive me if I sold her bear and ... ok, I admit it ... I'm a Tupperware addict! ;)

Sizes: large is 6" tall x 5.25" wide    small is 4" tall x 4.75" wide

Click here to read original post and see more photos.  To bid, leave your amount in a comment on THIS post.  You can bid multiple times.

This auction ends 8:00 PM MST on Monday November 7th.

Click here for auction rules.

This is the first of 3 items that will be posted today ... :)


AUCTION TIME! (and the first blush winner)

OK, hello everyone!  I'm super excited here because it's been a very long time since I've done a thorough tidying up and proper organizing.  In fact, I've never actually felt totally organized since we moved here 2 1/2 years ago.  (That long? Wowzers!) 

It's also been a few years since my last auction and, well, I've amassed literally dozens of "pretty by hand" projects that are now in want of a new home. (Yes I'm borrowing from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice  ... ;)

In case you weren't around here the last time, here's the deal.  As a blogger (and Instagrammer), I make things.  Lots of things.  Some of them are commissions for magazines and fabric manufacturers, some are for blog hops, some are prototypes, and some are purely for the fun of making. 

I keep a few things that I treasure and I gift many things to family and friends.  (I also let my daughters have first dibs.)  But I still have lots left over.  It's not that I don't love them all ... I DO!  It will be difficult to say goodbye.  But I must be disciplined and let go of these pretties that I don't need.  So in case you're interested in snagging something for yourself or as a Christmas gift for someone special, I'm going to auction them off here over the next few weeks.


  • I'M IN CANADA, but this auction is open worldwide!  I will ship anywhere!
  • I will post a few items each day - in separate posts/lots - for a few weeks.
  • Each item will be open for bidding for THREE days only. 
  • You can place your bid(s) in the comments section. 
  • Auction is in US dollars. 
  • Shipping will be calculated for the winner.  You will only pay exactly what the post office charges.  (I'm happy to combine shipping!)
  • Winners will be invoiced via PayPal. 
  • Each shipment will include a little thank you gift from me. ;)

The auction starts tomorrow.  Hope I see y'all then! :) xo k

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And congratulations Lori M from Ohio!  You won the First Blush FQ bundle!  Enjoy. :)


in the mood for a little christmas yet? 

I made these quite a while ago.  This is the prototype set of my pattern Amy's Pretty Pockets (available here).  I used Flower Sugar in a very deliberate Christmasy palette.  Although I think it's kinda funny that the red gingham reminds me more of a picnic than Santa.

PS:  check back here tomorrow for a little announcement ;)


first blush ~ and a festive seasonal bunting


Hello and welcome to my stop on the First Blush Blog Hop!

When I was invited to participate in this blog hop, I looked at the fabric and thought, "Oh how cute!"  When I opened the bundle a few weeks ago, it was the beginning of October and ... well ... I guess I had Halloween on the brain because I was immediately drawn to the orange, yellow, and white prints.  Next thing I knew I was making a Candy Corn Bunting.

These versatile prints worked so well for this no-sew craft project.  They're super fun to mix and match and are the perfect scale.

I lined each linen triangle with fusible interfacing for body and to support the eyelets.  Then I just used fusible web to adhere the candy corn pieces to each triangle.  I made sure the darkest fabric (orange) is on top so it wouldn't "shadow" through the lighter colours if it was underneath.  And I didn't even bother machine stitching around the edges.  (Shhh, don't tell my mom!)  I suppose I should have, but I figured this bunting isn't going to see any wear.  So I left it raw. ;)

This project required a few trips to the fabric store.  The first time I bought the eyelets, and super skinny ribbon & tulle in orange, yellow and white.

Unfortunately, the skinny ribbon was too skinny.  It just looked super wimpy.  And the tulle?  It is soooooo wispy that I needed way too much volume to make it visible.  So I reluctantly let that element go, and went for a wider ribbon.  It turned out great.  The ribbons really play well with the prints.  And it looks great on my mantle!

Hope my little seasonal make inspires you to be creative with First Blush!  Here are all the other stops on this hop.  

 October 10 – Chris Dodsley, Made by Chrissie D
 October 11 – Sinta at Pincushion (that's me)!
 October 12 -  Fat Quarter Shop
October 13- Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
 October 14- Jennie at Clover and Violet
 October 15- Aurifil- Erin Sampson
 October 16- Tina Egner
 October 17 – Me
 October 18 – Allison Harris
 October 19 – Erin Cox
 October 20 – Angie Wilson Gnome Angel
October 21 – Debbie at happy little cottage
 October 22 – Heidi Staples
October 23 – Leanne Elliott
 October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio
 October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring
 October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton
 October 27 – Lisa Ruble

Now for the super fun part.  For every day of the hop, Windham Fabrics is giving away a First Blush FQ bundle PLUS a small thread box of First Blush from Aurifil!  

To enter today's giveaway, leave me a comment here with yoru favourite Halloween decoration. Contest closes Thursday, October 27th and is open to all. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments posted on blog posts and will be announced Friday, October 28th.

Good luck! xo k


wistful winds

Adorable.  That's the first word that came to my mind when I first laid eyes on Shari of Doohickey Design fame's latest collection "Wistful Winds".  I mean, melt.your.heart adorable!  The sweet little girls?  Love.  The jelly-candy fresh colours?  Yum.

I whipped up this quick little crib/playmat quilt in whatever spare time I could find over the weekend, which wasn't much.  So I pulled off this project off with a few handfuls of squares & rectangles, and then at the last minute I threw in the white stripes between each column.  Love how that white makes everything just pop.

In case you're inspired to make something similar, cut sizes are:

  • 2.5" squares
  • 2.5 x 4.5" rectangles
  • 1" strips

This quilt is so easy!  Standard cuts, no matching seams, nothing fussy at all.  I was working with Long Quarters, which are 9" x WOF (rather than Fat Quarters) so I made probably THE scrappiest binding EVER!  Love it. :)

Today is the first day of this blog tour so here's the lineup:

October   3rd:     Amy Sinibaldi -
              4th:     Amanda Niederhauser -
                         Amy Smart -
              5th:     Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones -
                         Christine Cook -
              6th:     Elea Lutz -
                         Jodie Carleton -
              7th:     Sedef Imer -
                         Jina Barney -
              10th:   Elizabeth Evans -
                         Kimberly Bourne -
              11th:   Jemima Flendt -
                         Nadra Ridgeway -
                         Amy Chappel -
              12th:   Katie Skoog -
                         Amber Johnson -
               13th:  Angie Wilson -
                         Clare Horsman -
                         Deanna Wall -
               14th:  Melissa Mortenson -
                         Jessica Stewart  -
                         Shari Butler -

Looking forward to seeing all the lovely makes with this fabric.  Thank you Shari!  So glad you asked me to play along. :) xo k


playground showcase

I don't need to say anything.  My pictures - and Amy's new fabric, Playground - pretty much sum it all up.

Well, maybe I do need to say something ... now I have a new favourite toss cushion for my favourite chair made with fabric by my favourite designer. :) 

Oh, and one other thing ... "Amy, I heart you girl!!!" xo

I'm the second last stop on this tour.  In case you missed all the other Playground inspiration, here's the roundup.  You seriously need to check them ALL out. You will not be disappointed!  Cross my heart.

SEPT    14: Katie Skoog ~

              15: Michelle Curtis ~

              16: Peta Peace ~

              17: Minki Kim ~

              19: Jemima Flendt ~

              20: Tara J Curtis ~

              21: Alexis Wright ~

              22: Melissa LeRay ~

              23: Ali Brorsen ~

              24: Angie Wilson ~

              26: Rachel McCormack ~

              27: Stacy Olson ~

              28: Shannon Fraser ~

              29: Cristi Cooper ~

              30: Guiseppe Ribaudo ~

OCT        3: Amy Sinibaldi ~


sew illustrated book tour


  • Floral is Lecien Child Smile Fall 2016 (available soon!)
  • Green is Lecien Child Smile from a few years ago
  • Linen is Kaufman Essex Natural.

I've long admired Minki Kim's unique talent and love everything she makes.  I am in total and utter amazement at her creativity and skill.  But doing thread illustration myself?  Uh.  The thought of it scared me and - quite frankly - stressed me out!  LOL!

When Minki and Kristin Esser invited me to be part of this tour, I kinda sorta accidentally said yes because Minki has become a good friend of mine and I hate disappointing people.  But then I had many MANY moments of panic when I realized that now I was commited to MAKING something.  I stalled, procrastinated, cleaned the house, went on a holiday, and did almost everything else on my to-do list.  Seeing all the cute and adorable things that people were making from this book and got even more scared.


But even though it's been a while since I put myself this far outside of my comfort zone, I wasn't going to back out.  Not without at least trying.  So I pulled up my big girl pants and got down to it. 

Now I'm not usually one to practice things.  Never really have.  Ask my piano teacher. ;)  If I want to make something, I just do.  If it turns out, great.  If it doesn't, I'll pout for a few minutes and then move on.  It has to be something really special (or a commitment) that inspires me to learn a new skill.  (That sounds dreadfully immature as I read that back to myself ... )

The first task was to choose a project from the book. in this book is adorable and I love ALL of them!  But I eventually settled on the typewriter tote for a few reasons.  One, I'm a technical writer and I like that it's an (old-fashioned) tool of my trade.  Two, I have an English degree so I'm fond of most things "writing" related.  Three, my mom had a typewriter very much like this one and I used to play with it as a kid.  (Does anyone else remember how heavy the "shift" key was?!) 

My practice consisted of two partial executions of this pattern.  First time I didn't use interfacing ('cause I'm terrible about reading instructions, I'm embarrassed to confess).  And I tried out a few different feet on my machine that were recommended in the book to see which one worked better for me.  And then I just worked on getting used to the rhythm of free-motion drawing.  Not gonna lie ... as you can see in the photo above, I wasn't 100% confident that I was going to get the hang of it.  But I went on to the second practice, which was noticeably better.  Interfacing on the back really helped make my lines neater, and my confidence was growing.

After maybe about 20 minutes of practice I got impatient, as I tend to do when I just want to get on with something.  So I cut a large chunk of linen, drew the complete design, and went to work.

And that's it.  Honestly.  No smoke and mirrors required.  That's all it took to make my very first thread-illustrated design.  And I could not be prouder of myself or more grateful to Minki and Kristin for teaching me something new.

Thank you Ladies! xoxo

Now I need to go somewhere with my pretty, new tote.  I was thinking maybe the Apple store ... LOL!  Wouldn't it be fun to pull your laptop or iPad out of this bag?

If you're even remotely thinking about trying your hand at thread illustration, do yourself a favour and give it a whirl.  In no time you'll be wanting to replicate ... I dunno ... the Sistine Chapel ceiling or the Mona Lisa.  Or even American Gothic!  LOL!  Dive into your stash and start having fun.  (This book is available as an ebook from C&T Publishing so you can download it in a matter of minutes and be drawing within the hour.) Whatcha waitin' for! :) xo


sweet orchard tour

(I deliberately fussy cut the flap so the strawberry would be right where the snap goes.  And then I absolutely HAD to make a special trip to the fabric store just to get a package of white "O" snaps so I could frame the little strawberry on the print rather than covering it up.)

Hello!  So glad you stopped by to see what I made with Sweet Orchard by Sedef (of Down Grapevine Lane fame) for Riley Blake.

This is her first (of hopefully many more) fabric collection and it features soft and pretty shades of pink and blue, brighter colours of green and yellow, and then a few kisses of red and gray.  And it has THE sweetest motifs!

As soon as this fabric arrived in my mailbox, I was flooded with inspiration.  Soooo many cute things I want to make with it!  But I had to start somewhere so I went to this sweet little pouch - definitely one of my favourites.  (You can find the pattern on my Pinterest board here.) I think it shows of a few off the prints so well.

You can find all the other stops on this tour below ... believe me, you want to check them ALL out!

Congratulations Sedef!  xo k

15 August Nadra
15 August Sarah
16 August Jemima
16 August Anorina
17 August Lisa
17 August Minki
18 August Kimberly
18 August Keera
19 August Cassie
19 August Liz & Elizabeth
22 August Samantha
22 August Xanthe
23 August Peta
23 August Stacy
24 August Sharon
24 August Amy
25 August Sarah
25 August Kristyne
26 August Jennie
26 August Megan

apple farm tour

Oh Elea, you did it again.  Seriously.  Your sweet retro/vintage/child-themed fabric collections are truly amazing in all their adorable-ness!

The colours are vintage 30s style so anything made with it instantly has that warm, nostalgic feel.  And all the super cute motifs?  Agh!  Can't hardly stand it!  LOL!

Apple Farm.  Love it.  Get it.  Make something adorable with it.  You, and that sweet little child in your life, will be very happy. :)

Melissa at Oh How Sweet is up tomorrow so remember to check her out! 

xo k


posy garden tour

Hello again! (I know, twice in one week?! LOL!)

I was pretty excited when Carina Gardner invited me to be part of her tour to show you her beautiful new fabric collection "Posy Garden" with Riley Blake.

This collection is bright, fun, and pretty - a lovely style combination of traditional and modern. Navy, aqua, claret, and pink.  It was the pinks that stole my heart. :)

I needed to make a little "because you are special" gift for a friend and decided to use the pinks for a quick and practical gift.  I used my own Amy's Pretty Pockets pattern to make this coordinating set of zippered pouches.

Now I want to make a set in every colourway! (One can never have too many handmade gifts in the closet for those last-minute emergency gift-giving situations ...)

Here are all the stops on this tour.

Monday, August 1st: My Sewing Haven with Carla Peicheff
Tuesday, August 2nd Happy Little Cottage with Debbie Homick
Tuesday, August 2nd The Family Hearth with Bridgette McNay
Wednesday, August 3rd Fort Worth Fabric Studio with Lindsey Weight
Wednesday, August 3rd Happy Quilting Melissa with Melissa Corry
Thursday, August 4th Pretty By Hand with Kristyne Czepuryk
Thursday, August 4th Out of the Blue with Sondra Davison
Friday, August 5th Samelia’s Mom with Anorina Morris
Friday, August 5th Free Time Frolics with Adrienne Woods
Monday, August 8th Flamingo Toes with Bev McCullough 
Monday, August 8th Silly Mama Quilts with Brooke Sellmann
Tuesday, August 9th Snickerdoodle Stew with Jessica Stewart
Tuesday, August 9th A Little Patchwork with Ange Hamilton
Wednesday, August 10th Ameroonie Designs with Amy Chappell
Thursday, August 11th One Little Pooh with Tina
Thursday, August 11th Jedi Craft Girl with Amanda Neiderhauser
Friday, August 12th Stitching Revival with Christine Cook

pretty playtime blog tour

Hi there!  Welcome to my stop on the Pretty Playtime Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop.  I'm so excited about this book.  It's the first - of hopefully many more - by Elea Lutz.  She designs the CUTEST fabrics for Riley Blake and this collection called Strawberry Biscuit is no exception.  And to see an entire book of quilts filled with designs custom made for this fabric?!  Do.die.for.

I literally whipped up this Basket Block in about an hour because the instructions are so easy to follow (especially if you have a package of Alphabitties!)

Here are all the other lovely ladies on this tour.  So many pretty things to see!

Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum
Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Me
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Congratulations my dear sweet Elea! Looking forward to your next book. :)


splendid sampler ~ block 35

Have you been following this amazing Splendid Sampler quilt-a-long? There's something for everyone, that's for sure.  I still shrug my shoulders when I try to figure out how I was lucky enough to be invited to design a block for this epic venture by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.  Well done, ladies!  My hat is off to you.

I was asked to design a block for the "embroidery" category.  Perfect.  I love any excuse to pull out my boxes of floss.  But I was mindful that not everyone will be embroidering their blocks.  So I came up with something that would look equally nice with or without stitchery.  (How about using an interesting stripe to replace the embroidery?)

My "splendid" thing is a wishful garden.  If you've followed me for a while, you'll know that the few times I've mentioned gardening are usually to lament over my disappointing failures in the horticulture department.  I live in Zone 3.  If you're not familiar with climate zones, 0 is the arctic circle, so I'm not very far south from that!  LOL!  Anyhow, my beloved English cottage garden is pretty much impossible here.  I was getting sorta good at growing things for a little while, but then I became a mom and ... well ... gardening will forever take a back seat to my family and sewing ;).

However, I can stitch up rows of flowers in no time that will forever be in bloom (and will never need to be weeded)!  I went a little old school here with some traditional crazy quilt stitching, but I like how they look less crazy, more orderly in four straight rows.  And what a lovely thought to have a strawberry patch at the end of every garden path.

I hope you enjoy making this block, with or without embroidery.

You can find the free pattern for this and all Splendid Sampler blocks here. Also, find both piecing and embroidery tutorials on YouTube by Penguin and Fish here!  xo k


garden path slim case ~ a little summer project


They just never get old, do they.  Especially when they're Engish paper pieced. ;)  Here's my latest pattern featuring a mere 33 hexagons and measuring in at just 1/2" each. 

If you're intimidated by little, please don't be!  I hear that comment so often from quilters.  For some reason, many very skilled sewists and quilters shy away from smaller sizes because ... well, I'm not exactly sure why.  I suppose for cutting and machine piecing, accuracy is more important - or rather - smaller pieces are less forgiving.  I understand that. 

But when it comes to EPP, the technique is indential to larget pieces.  And as far as I'm concerned, smaller seams are faster!  LOL!  (Although yes you have more of them in a larger project she said speaking from experience. ;)

Anyhow, I made this case last summer when I was on a holiday in Palm Springs.  It was published in Love Patchwork & Quilting (Issue 28) last December and now it's finally available in my shop here. (PDF only)

I designed it to fit pencils, but I deliberately didn't call it the "Garden Path Pencil Case" because it can be used for so much more ... makeup brushes, sewing notions like scissors, rulers, etc., lunch utensils for the office ...

When I was deciding on prints for the feature hexagon path, I found the prettiest FQ cheater panel in my stash by Atsuko Matsuyama.  It was the easiest thing to cut out a few hexagons that looked scrappy by coordinated perfectly.  Love that.

I couldn't NOT add a few embroidered knots, but you don't have to if you don't want to.  Totally optional.

The closure? Easy peasy lemon squeezy - a simple snap.  No zippers, no magnets, no button holes ... just the most basic, utilitarian snap. 

Oh, and by the way, this little case would make a great teacher gift. ;)