"Faites que le reve devore votre vie afin que la vie ne devore pas votre reve"
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Thursday, June 22, 2017

a few bookmarks for summer reading

Summer is here, no more school,
no more homework...
Oh wait, scratch that, there is still summer reading....
Well it is more pleasure than homework!

To help everybody feels more engaged in their reading,
I made some cute fabric bookmarks,
mixing fabric, ribbon and stamping,
even faster than machine embroidery!

For Miss C., I made her two versions:

with stamped horses and charms,

it totally helps with the reading!
She finally decided to read Harry Potter, 
and already more than halfway through the second one....

For Brick Master, I revisited the robotic collection that I used for 
his rock climbing bag, but instead of blue,
I used the orange/black version.

just layers of fabric, no stamping or charms,
he does not need these things, of course!

And I also made one for myself in linen, my favorite!

I stamped the background and the old stamp,
and used a Hawaiian label from some Tim Holtz fabric,
the same one I used some my wet bags,
here and here.

Of course, now I dream of reading on the beach.....

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

a sweet little strawberry patchwork block

After working on a very modern quilt for Brick Master,
I felt the need to go back to some very classic patchwork.

And nothing beats playing with 1 1/2 inch squares.

I received this cute book "Farm Girl Vintage" for Mother's day,
and wanted to try a block, they are so many and they are quite easy.

The non easy part: finding more than 20 different pinks!
I think I will try again but with more red....
but it still turned out really cute:

I am not sure what I will do with my unripe strawberry.....

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

a modern quilt for a teen

It is almost the end of the school year, just one more week to go
before summer freedom!
So it is the perfect time for a school photoshoot...on the football field.

Brick Master does not play but enjoys going to the games with his friends.
And this quilt looks perfect there!
It was quite unintentional but black and orange are his school colors!

The pattern from this quilt is V and Co houndstooth.
It is supposed to be 2 colors, but I went with 4,
it is a little trickier but not much.

It is quite a bold and modern quilt, quite different from the ones I usually make,
but just right for my cool 16 year old almost junior!

I chose to only use fleece instead of batting and backing,
it is lighter but still quite warm.
I quilted it lightly as I did not want it to distract from the design.
It should hold up just fine as they are only 2 layers together.

I took a short cut with the binding by sewing it by machine, (I usually finished by hand....)
It turned out to be just fine, the corners are good on both sides,
 I just stitched in the ditch all around
on the top side catching the binding on the back side. 
I used black thread which is barely visible on the front.
Quick and very satisfying!

And of course, it is perfect in Brick Master updated bedroom during the One Room Challenge.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

some more delicious macaron mug rugs

Surprised by the title?
Probably not if you have been around for a while,
or even just a short time,
I love making mug rugs
and even more giving them away!

My friends and family have received quite a few,
they get dirty and new ones are needed, of course.

Here are my latest edition:

 tea and biscuit...perfection!

I made them for my sister's first wedding anniversary,
it is good to celebrate every occasion!

And you might remember that she was quite insistent
to get some when I originally made some in January!

Linen and Liberty of London....

This time I did not use the same fabric, I shockingly use regular cotton!
The same sweet print that I used on my latest sewing basket.

The base is still linen, with a cute print for the back, no reason to not enjoy the back too!
And a little running stitch of embroidery thread.

I sent these 2 to my sister, but I could not help myself,
and made 2 extra ones....one for me
and one for a friend!

They are all the same, I just played with the various print.

Time for a drink, may be iced tea today as it is pretty warm,
still definitively with a biscuit or a cookie...

Happy sewing!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

a sew illustrated basket, take II

After spending a good part of early spring fixing Brick Master's bedroom,
it is nice to do some girly sewing:

I sewed a sew illustrated basket for myself!

And it looks perfect with the sweet Liberty of London pin cushions
I made earlier.

For this basket, I use this collections of prints
I found at my local quilt store:

They are regular cotton prints, the collection is Garden Delights,
not Liberty of London, even if their floweriness seems familiar.

And unlike the previous basket I made for my mom,

where I used plain pieces of fabric for the sides,
this time I followed the instructions
and sewed 4 patch  and 2 patch pieces for the sides.

But I took a shortcut by stamping one of the image instead of stitching it!
I also did not add the handles, I think it is just perfect as is.

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

teen boy bedroom {the ORC edition} week six: the big reveal!

Today is the end of the One Room Challenge.
For this challenge, I chose to redo my 16 years old son's bedroom.
His room was never really updated since we moved into this house 6 years ago,
so it was time to do something special, before he goes away to college!

And because he will be leaving in 2 years, I wanted to keep the update
simple and on the cheap, which I did: I spent about $300 on his room.
Not bad for a good paint job, a brick accent wall, and some seriously sturdy shelves.

It all started with a visit to Ikea and this picture:

Brick Master and I really liked the feel of this "room"
and realized we could make something like that happened with his room.

So I repainted the walls white, and then we installed one brick wall,
the feature wall when you enter the room.

All of his art went back on the wall and then some,
Brick Master is a huge Star Wars fan, and he likes to acquire prints when we travel,
like the painting from Paris skyline, the cartoon print from the Tate museum in London,
the airplanes prints from Pearl Harbor, and the Lego"Free Hugs" from DC.
And let's not forget Miss C.'s Star Wars paintings she made for him as presents,
or the boomerang Mon Cheri brought back from Australia.

The next thing we addressed was a cool bedding, he currently likes
his comforter and bed set so we opted to not change anything there,
so instead I finally finished a quilt I had started many years ago....
and it is perfect for the room with its black, white, grey and orange!

don't you love that giant houndstooth?
so bold and graphic!

Finally we took care of displaying Brick Master's many collections:
of airplanes with this little shelf,

and of tanks, and WWII vehicles, and helicopters, and Star Wars with these shelves below:

(and karate trophies, he is now a brown belt, hoping for the black one soon!)

That's what I called some serious shelves!

I made them out of very popular plumbing parts,
it is quite sturdy but expensive, compare to regular shelves.

But it really showcases Brick Master's collection:

perfect view from his bed.

So overall it is a great upgrade of his bedroom for about $300,
with $100 for the 4 brick panels, $120 for the shelves (plumbing parts)
and about $80 of paint, wood and miscellaneous parts.

And the best part, I have a happy teenager!

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