Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The little sewing machine pattern

If you remember about a week ago I started one of my own patterns and it was of the old sewing machine. I have the pattern available on craftsy. Well, I am almost done it finally and I must say it was a bit more fidgety then I had initially expected. I am very pleased with the results so far and will probably finish the last of it this weekend.
So until then....
Here is my progress

The only thing that I am not really happy with is the bobbins of thread. They just don't look as nice as I had hoped. The rest is fine. Even having to piece the bottom together in 3 parts worked out well. You may recall I kinda messed that up in my previous post. 

Back to work tomorrow, so until next time. Have a great rest of the evening.

Old Mill Blair Ontario

Good morning. I have a free pattern for you today. This one I made quite a long time ago but first I will give you some background info.
I grew up in Ontario. When I was younger, my parents moved around a lot and we lived in many areas of Ontario including Cambridge, Kitchener, Brussels and Milverton .  My grand parents had a house in Blair Ontario and we use to spend a lot of time there with them. There was also a little store in Blair that we use to walk to from her house. I can't recall the name of the store (might have been Witmer's Variety) because it has been gone for so many years but they use to sell bulk chocolate and I always loved walking down for that chocolate plus all the other goodies they had there. Blair has a very old cemetary there as well and we use to go up there sometimes to get creeped out lol. I remember there was a really creepy old tree that grew there and being in the cemetary you can well imagine the stories that went with that tree. I have a picture of it somewhere, it was so old and gnarly but a couple years ago, my aunt phoned and told me someone had cut it down. She saw the pieces of it laying on someones porch for firewood, I guess. I almost cried to hear that. If anyone has any more pics of that tree, please email me.
Anyways..... sorry got down memory lane there lol. We use to walk past the old mill in Blair all the time. There was the actual mill on one side of the road and I think it was the power plant on the other. It was a tall building with a water wheel inside it.

This is a pic of what it use to look like. Taken from the internet because I do not know where the heck the photo album with all my pics in could be

and this is it now after being restored by one of the societies(not sure which one) back in Ontario.

Good thing they saved this beauty. I liked the look of it when it was old better then the new look but glad it is still with us. If you are in Ontario or just interested in this area, there is a lot of information available on the internet with its history and many many pictures. 
I recreated the old mill in a pattern that you can use for either punch needle or quilting or even a rug if you wanted. The pattern is in two sizes, I am posting both for you. The smaller one will print out on a page if you are using punch needle. It is here

The larger copy prints out over 6 pages and is about 20 inches square. It is here. 
Please do not re-distribute or offer for sale any of my patterns. You can provide a link back to them please. 

You can use the pics I have posted here to choose your colors for this project. I hope to be able to do this pattern myself in the near future but you know how that goes... LOL.

So I am off to Regina today. Have a great rest of your day....

Monday, May 27, 2013

I had to share this with you. This is a beautiful free pattern that you can get at this blog here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Finally finished the top of the Cheryl Wall quilt from the book "At Home with Country Quilts" I just love her patterns. So, here it is. Now I have to quilt it but I think since it is a smaller quilt, 54 inches by 54 inches, I will attempt it.

Wish me Luck

Loved using the KT fabrics on this one. Now on to the quiltsbydarlene bom. But, I am only into the 2nd blocks with that one so it will be awhile yet.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Vancouver Island Hiking

A friend of mine has a really wonderful blog. If you are planning on travelling to Vancouver Island this summer and want to do some hiking- she has a wealth of information and pictures. I really love seeing her posts and it is always so nice to see all the areas that I have loved for many years now. Miss very much too.

Please check out her site here

She also posts on area attractions available for visitors in the area of Qualicum Beach/Bay and Bowser, Deep Bay and the Horne Lake area. You will love it. Go see for yourself.

Quilt Pattern Free and Non Toxic weed killer for the garden or yard

This is a beautiful pattern that is posted on the Suzi What I like blog free of course. Link is here

Here is also another home made less toxic weed killer since it is garden season.

Homemade Weed Killer
by Rachel Paxton

When I saw this article I knew I had to give this natural weed killer a try. It is very inexpensive, non-toxic, and yes it will kill your weeds.

Here is what you will need:

1 gallon of white vinegar
1/2 cup salt
Liquid dish soap (any brand)
Empty spray bottle

Put salt in the empty spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap.

This solution works best if you use it on a hot day. Spray it on the weeds in the morning, and as it heats up it will do its work.
Well I finished my daughters small african quilt and it turned out not bad. She likes it so that is the main thing. I added some grass and it seemed to help things out a bit.

Also, my sister made me a great pair of socks and I thought I would show those off on here as well.

Wish I could knit as well as she does.

More later.......

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This is so adorable, I had to share with you.

Wild Fox

If you like patriotic patterns and there is also a free pomegranite quilt. You can find them at this site.

Check it out.. And I hope everyone had a great weekend, long weekend here in Canada. I am back to work today so.... Have a great day everyone.

Monday, May 20, 2013

An (almost) finished and a New start

I had intended to finish up a few things today but ended up starting something new instead. Well, I did get my  small basket mini quilt top finished and have to quilt that yet.

I went up to my daughter's house today and she said that she had all the material there for her request. That was to make an African looking wall quilt to frame for in her living room. I knew the colors and putting that together would be a test for me so I did my best but..... 
It still needs the outer borders and they will be small rectangles using all the colors that are in the quilt with the exception of the sand colors and then black. I am hoping that will make it look more finished. I also looked on the internet and there is grass on the deserts in Africa so I think I will add some of that yet.

So, here it is so far. 

Still quite a bit to do before this one is done, but I will keep you posted. 

Have a great rest of the day.

Natural Bug Repellents

Yesterday, we went and took a trip out to the property. My boyfriend has 160 acres of farmland outside of Weyburn, a few old buildings and a barn. There is another farmer who farms the land and it is certified organic. So, I love going out there because it is so peaceful and quiet out of Weyburn. Anyways, while we were out there, I wondered if the ticks were out yet. I hate those nasty little you-know-whats. And of course, I was answered by finding one crawling on me. YUCK!!! Needless to say, we did not stay long after that because we did not have any protection along for the little so and so's. So I have noticed that there are some natural remedies online for all the not so wonderful things that come along with the summer months and thought I would share them with you.

Items needed:
1 cup of water 
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.

Making Your Own Natural Insect Repellent

Herbalist Debra Nuzzi-St. Claire suggests combining the following essential oils to make a natural insect repellent:
1/2 ounce citronella oil
1/4 ounce lavender oil
1/8 ounce pennyroyal oil
1/8 ounce tea tree oil
1/8 ounce jojoba oil
Do not use this blend undiluted on your skin.  Follow these instructions for diluting:
To make an insect repellent oil that can be used on your body, add 16 ounces of jojoba or almond oil to the base oil mixture and blend thoroughly.  For an insect repellent spray, add 16 ounces of vodka to the base oil mixture, pour into a spray bottle, and shake before using.

Vodka? Well maybe if the insects are drunk enough, they will go away and sleep it off.

Here is the link to a homemade wasp trap.

I am working on a couple things today. One being the quiltsbydarlene free pattern and the other is my little sewing machine pattern. 
Will post some pics later on my progress.

Have a great rest of the holiday Monday.....

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Day in Moose Jaw

Today was one of those rare days when everything turns out so perfectly. I headed to Moose Jaw about 10:30 this morning and it was a pretty uneventful trip but the day was beautiful and no rain. I arrived a bit earlier then I had expected and so checked out a few antique shops while I was there.
The first one is on Main street and almost right next door to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw.  I have been through the tunnels before and they are great fun. My favorite is the one about Al Capone. If you are in Saskatchewan this summer you must see this. Here is a link to their site.

And I picked up an old coffee grinder. The grinder still works perfect but the housing is very rough. Doesn't matter to me I love it anyway.

After looking through this store which turned out to be more trinkets then antiques, I headed over to Darlene's house  to pick up my sewing machine, cause you knew I was gonna buy it lol. She was a very nice lady and showed me all the ins and outs of the machine. I was amazed at the condition of the machine, and so many attachments with it. I will never figure them all out. I love all the beautiful decals that are on this and  in such great shape. 

It is dated at 1917 from the serial number (Darlene had done the research) and sews wonderfully. I am absolutely so happy that I have this machine, well worth the time and money to go get it. It took all 3 of us (myself, Darlene and her Husband) to load this in my truck and then I was off on the way home. Got about 5 blocks away and realized that I had forgot the bag of attachments. Good thing I did not get all the way to Weyburn before I realized that. So the 2nd time, on my way home I was looking for the other antique shop on the corner of 9th and Hwy 1. I arrived there to discover that there were approximately 12 buildings of antiques. Heaven!!! I did not purchase very much here except a pair of very politically incorrect salt and pepper shakers. I love those too. 

When I was going through Roleau, I saw that the Corner Gas buildings were open so of course I had to stop in there and have a look. You might not be familiar with Corner Gas but the show ran for quite a few years and made Roleau a must stop at place in Sask. AKA Dog River. If you are unfamiliar with the show. So had a great tour of Ruby's and the gas station. Bought a t-shirt, I was being a tourist in Sask today and loving it. 

Love this staycation one lol.

Then on my way home, I stopped at the local restaurant and if you are in Sask you will know that almost every establishment here has gambling machines. Well, I felt so great today after my wonderful outing that I tried my luck with 20.00 and wouldn't you know it, I won 200.00. All in all it was a very good day. 
 So that was my perfect day today. I love long weekends......

Have a great rest of the day...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pattern Tutorial

I hope everything is going great in your world. The long weekend is near here in Canada and I am so looking forward to having some stitiching time. I am also headed to Moose Jaw to buy a beautiful treadle sewing machine this weekend. I am so looking forward to getting it. Don't know where I will put it yet but will post pics when I have it home.

I have a little tutorial planned for you here, if you would like to partake. This is my newest pattern posted to Craftsy. At first glance it may appear a bit intimidating but if you follow along (and cheat a bit like I did) you will see it is fairly simple. You can purchase pattern here.

This is the picture of the pattern.

When I uploaded this to Craftsy, I did not have the embroidery pattern tested and so it was not included. I do plan to add the machine embroidery pattern to it now that I have had it tested. You could do this in hand embroidery and what is included in the original pattern will work wonderful for that. Or you can cheat and take the .dst file to an embroidery shop like I did and voila, beautiful stitches and at a very reasonable price too. If your sewing machine does embroidery, you may be able to do this on it, if your hoop sizes allow you to go big enough. Mine does not.

 So here it is after it was done at the shop. This was done at my work, Top Line Advertising Products in Weyburn. I took the material in and Shayla, who I work with, was kind enough to do this for me on her lunch.
Now, I needed to get the pattern shape traced on the outside front of the embroidery.
I used a white chalk pencil and placed the print out included with the pattern as my guide.
Here, I have it directly placed over top of the embroidery. Just peak under the edges to make sure that it is fairly centered. Then draw around the outside with the chalk pencil. Remember to add an extra 1/4 inch all around the outside for you to turn under the edges.
Here it is after I have removed the paper template and you can see the outline. Carefully cut around this outline for the top section of the pattern. Don't cut too deep into where the bottom section is because you do need some extra fabric for that section as well. Just let the bottom section sit for now.
It is now ready to turn under the edges. I use water soluble glue for this but you can turn them under in whatever way is your favorite method.

All cut out and ready to turn under the edges.
Here I have it now with the edges turned under and ready to attach the bottom.  When I originally designed this pattern I had intended for the bottom of the machine to be done in two sections but then I changed my mind later and welded them together to have the feet cut out at the same time as the bottom embroidered section.
 .Now as you can see here I turned under the top edge of the bottom embroidery piece at the top and have attached it to the upper piece of embroidery.

 Also, as I mentioned earlier, I had intended for the bottom to be in 2 sections and since I forgot that I changed that, you can see I will have to make it in two sections now because I did not leave enough extra material at the bottom for the feet of the machine. Please refer to the template included in the pattern and allow enough extra for the feet so you can do this all in one. As I have just proved to you and myself, my brain is getting rusty LOL. 

So that is as far as I am for today and will continue on with this on the weekend with more instructions for you. If you purchase the pattern and want the .dst file (or in another format) I can send it to you - just drop me an email

Have a great rest of the day. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

New Pattern and working on a basket mini quilt

I am hoping everyone had a great Mother's Day today. I had a very quiet one, and I loved it. My daughter Brandie and my two grandkids here in Weyburn, Mark and Haley, gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

My Mom on the left, me in center and Haley and Mark sitting on
the picnic table behind me. 
My son Shawn in British Columbia, phoned me to wish me a happy Mother's Day and I could at least hear my other grandkids- Aurora and Lucious in the background. Aurora is too young to gab on the phone but she sometimes tries. She will be 2 this August and full of vinegar, getting into all kinds of mischief.
 Since my mother Ruth lives quite a few hours away from me, I did manage to only get in a phone call in to her.

My Son and Aurora


I spent the rest of the day working on a new pattern which I have uploaded to you will see the link to my Craftsy patterns on the side bar.  I posted a picture of a very sweet little child size antique sewing machine about a week ago or more and I used that to design the new pattern.

This is the original picture I used to design from and as you can see I have changed the graphic on the little sewing machine.

If anyone purchases any of my patterns, I would appreciate it if you would please email me a photo that I can post here on the blog of your finished project. I would love to see them.

Also, I don't know if any of you have noticed but since I follow a huge amount of blogs, this came to my attention. If one prominent person in the quilting industry puts out a pattern then it seems that many follow suit on the blogs with similar patterns. Specifically, this last couple months, there have been a flood of basket quilts, and basket everything posted. I now have so many basket patterns, I cannot think of one variation that isn't covered but I am sure someone will yet. So, out of the flood of baskets, I picked my favorite one, which also happens to be a free bee (you can get it here at McCalls quilting) and am working on a small quilt with that. 

I really love the pattern print of this material. I have no idea which company makes it, I found it in a second hand shop and there had to be about 4 yards of it. I paid 2.00 for it and also the lighter purple/mauve color was there as well but not quite as much, which I also purchased for 1.50. Sometimes, I luck out in the 2nd hand shops. I am a true believer in recycling anything you possibly can. 

As it progresses, I will keep you updated. 

Oh, I almost forgot about posting this for you. You know those adorable little dress potholders that you see all over the place now. Well, I found a free pattern for that as well and the link is right here

And now I plan on watching some TV cause it is back to work again tomorrow. Have a great rest of the day......

Happy Mother's Day to all and also to my mother - Ruth Amaral. Love Ya Mom

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Well, long time no post. I have had a week or so here that things have been very chaotic in my life.
I have added a couple new patterns to my craftsy pattern shop.
Here are the links if you would like to have a look.

                                               My Patterns on Craftsy.

Fall's Bounty

Blue Flowers

Yellow Flowers

Can you believe it. Spring really is here this time. A couple of weeks late cause that nasty old man winter was having a real hissy fit about leaving this year but I love the spring and summer so he can just take a hike.
So how is everyone's quilting been going. Mine has slowed down now with the nicer weather and I am just itching to get out and plant some things, even if it is only in containers. 
I bought some seeds for passion flowers and also moon flowers.
I wanted to try something different this year. The passion flowers look very strange and I can't wait to see them for real. Kinda like nature did not really have a plan for those ones. And the moon flowers only bloom at night it says.

Have you visited my pinterest yet? Here are some of the free patterns pins I have posted lately. The links to the sites are as always attached to the pins to take you to the makers of these beautiful patterns.

Ok, so since it is so beautiful out today, I would like to catch some of the sun. So, I will leave you with this cute little picture I found on facebook. 

Have a great rest of the day.....