Well...imagine my surprise to learn that my blog is at capacity, and I either need to stop writing so much, or delete some old posts to continue. I am opting for the latter, so please be patient while I work away at getting my house in order! In the meantime, please visit me on Facebook (@sewkarenlycreated) and Instagram (@sewkarenly). Hope to see you back here soon! :) ~Karen
Wednesday, 15 March 2023
Tuesday, 22 November 2022
Poinsettia Stitchery Kits
With snow on the ground and the neighbourhood decorations going up, it's starting to feel like it's time we get serious with our gift lists. If you are like me, you want to include something hand made... or hand-makeable. These small stitcheries work up very quickly, by hand or machine. (Mine are all done on the sewing machine).
A simple poinsettia shape is outline stitched in 12 weight Aurifil thread. You trace the design onto your fabric and layer with batting and backing as you would a quilt.
Set your regular sewing machine up as for free motion quilting, and use either 40 or 50 weight thread in your bobbin. For the needle, choose a size 100/16 TOPSTITCH needle, and thread your machine with the 12 weight thread. It's always good to do a tension test before beginning; you may need to lower your top tension just a smidge to accommodate the thicker thread. Then just colour on the lines with your thread. It's that simple!
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Thursday, 29 September 2022
Quilter's World: Poinsettia Centrepiece
Sometimes life circles back on itself...
When I started designing quilts professionally, my first submission (back in...cough...1989) was to Quick & Easy Quilting magazine. The pattern was for a set of placemats using Seminole piecing. Then editor Sandra Hatch accepted the design for publication and contacted me again to ask would I be interested in doing a regular column on that technique? Writing that column (pre-internet, and on my typewriter with hand-drawn piecing diagrams) spanned the next 12 years, and was a wonderful, wonderful learning experience. Eventually, three sister publications merged into a new and revised format, called Quilter's World. One of my designs appeared in the very first issue of Quilter's World, and made the cover for the second issue of the magazine, in Feb 2003.
"Merry Quilted Christmas".
Monday, 26 September 2022
Monday, 29 August 2022
Carol's Endangered Species
Saturday, 6 August 2022
For the final day of this year's Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival I've filled the line with socks!There is nothing that feels better on your feet than a pair of homemade wool socks! Here are some beauties made mostly by others, but some by me (I've given away most of the ones I've made!). On the left, these fancy colourful socks were knitted by Beth Munroe of Mrs Pugsley's Emporium Inc, a woman of many talents! The next two pairs were made by Lou Harrington, who is seldom without a pair of needles in her hands. The red ones with the tulip embroidered on the heels are the best socks I've ever worn, and sadly they are showing how much I've enjoyed them. Next to Lou's teal pair are a trio made for hubby by family members. His sister Fay did the variegated spiral socks, and his Mom made him (and everyone!) a pair of fine wool cable socks every Christmas. If you zoom in you can see where he has darned the heels and toes on one pair. (Imagine: a man who darns his own socks!!) The next 4 pairs were knitted by my Mom, the smaller ones for the boys and the red toed ones for me. When she finally had to hang up her needles, I knit her the natural coloured ones to wear in bed to keep her feet warm. The final 3 pairs on the right are also made by me, the heavy wool socks for hubby's curling shoes. And yes...there are needles sticking out of the pair on the right as they are NOT QUITE finished yet! (Second sock syndrome is real.)
Friday, 5 August 2022
It was fun to hang out these miniature quilts as part of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival "Hang Out" days.
L-R, a mini heart log cabin, and a daffodil stitched as a test block for a larger quilt. Third from the left is a miniature version of Maritime Beauty, the class I am teaching today. I think the blocks are 2". The colourful one is made from silk shirts purchased at Frenchy's, and the red and white is a mini version of X and O. The Amish nine-patch is from my early days, as it's hand quilted. The beauty on the right is an exquisite piece made by my exchange partner Terry McCloskey in 2018. We took part in an International Miniature Quilt Exchange organized by The Quilt Show. Terry's quilt is all hand-pieced and quilted with tiny stitches, and features the most perfect mitred corners I've seen. I admire Terry's workmanship a great deal.
Thursday, 4 August 2022
I love how makers share their special talents and there's always a story connected to each piece.
Wednesday, 3 August 2022
I Hung Out My Aprons For The Festival!
My clothesline today features hand made aprons...which you can see are all well loved and well used!From left to right in the top picture is one given to me by Diane Shink .It was made in Ghana, and is lined with a flour sack.
The blue and pink aprons were both gifted to me on my first Christmas as a married woman (the blue one was made by Mom, who preferred a half-apron, and the pink over-the-head one by my mother-in-law Myrna. I guess both of them figured (correctly, as it turns out) that I would be a messy cook.) The next two were made by my sons in their Grade 7 Home Economics classes. Peter's features a Sponge Bob Square Pants print, and Patrick's plain green one has his name written boldly with marker across the pocket. I don't know how either of them passed this class!
The white apron on the far right is a real treasure which my Mom entrusted to me. It was made by my great-grandmother (Mrs Davie (Christina) Patterson) in her church sewing circle and the fine threads and fabric mean it was her "dress" apron.The apron was passed to my Gram, and I remember Gram showing it to me when I was little, along with the picture of the Ladies Aid. She said that her mother was wearing the apron at the time of the picture, but the photographer made the women in the front row remove their aprons. You can see some in the back row still wearing theirs.
As much as I would have loved her to be wearing the apron in this photo, at least it gives the date of 1912 so I know it's at least that old.
Tuesday, 2 August 2022
The First Day of the Festival!
It's the first day of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival and we are "hanging out" with the rest of the town to show off our fibre arts. This Global Warming quilt is so big it had a bit of a conflict clearing hubby's tomatoes (!). You can see my helper Polly supervising from the deck.
My clothesline isn't really visible from the street, so I decided to add a few quilts out front as well.
The Festival is encouraging everyone in Amherst to get involved and show off their fibre art - mittens, socks, tea towels - anything hand made.