A Pouch and a Peek

Whoa ! I just realized it’s Friday the 13th !! You know you’re busy when those kind of things sneak up on you !

Many of you have probably heard of the’ May is for Makers ‘campaign begun by Lindsay at LRStitched. I think it’s a great idea ! I have often said to friends and family that I am amazed at how many truly helpful sewing and quilting tutorials and free patterns there are on the internet. I do appreciate and value the time and effort that goes into these freebies. For my part I always try and remember to link back to the source and I buy patterns from people that I have learned so much from. Tutorials are a great way of sampling how a designer writes and if her teaching style works for you. Allison Harris of CluckCluckSew is a good example of generous information/tutorials on her site and a shop full of great patterns to buy. I  am afraid to count the number of patterns I have purchased from her and of course I bought her book. Anyways, my point is… I do buy patterns from many of these great designers and for some weird reason they get put on the back burner. So today I’m showing you a little pouch I made from one of Svetlana’s patterns I bought.

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This is the small size of her “Little Pyramid Pouch”, cute huh ?

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As you can see I have a few more of her patterns to get going on ! They are well written and fun to sew.

In other news, I am happy to say my Gardenvale quilt has arrived back home.

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They say each quilt has a story and this one is no exception. I had taken it to a long arm quilter the middle of February who said she would have it done in a week. Well looong story short – it wasn’t and I picked it up 2 months later and sent it elsewhere.

There is a long arm rental shop in Edmonton that I have done some long arm quilting at and they have started a “quilt by mail” program.

Here is a review I wrote at their request:

I was extremely pleased to receive my quilt back via Canada Post from Sparrow Studioz through their Quilt By Mail program. The turnaround time on their program was excellent. The quilt was well packaged for shipping and was neatly folded and tied with a ribbon and card that thanked me for my business and requested a review of their QBM program. The intake process on their website is quick and easy, included is a good selection of threads and a nice selection of pantographs. They have added more pantographs since I sent my quilt. Once my quilt arrived at their studio there is a live camera set up and it is possible to watch your quilt being quilted, ( lol, bonus ) ! The quilting itself was very professional and well done. My only negative comment is that my quilt was not squared and trimmed the way I would have done it. In hindsight I would have preferred to do this at home, myself. I have always done this step and took it for granted that everyone did it the same way. There is a box for comments on the intake form and this would be a good place to let your wishes be known. Overall I am very pleased with their program and will be using it again as well as recommending it to my friends. Thank-you to everyone who had a hand in helping me finish my quilt !

Below is a close-up of how the quilt was trimmed

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each point along the edge of the quilt will be lost once I have sewn on the binding. So… you can imagine my disappointment. After submitting my review the owners of the shop contacted me and said that they realize that not all people trim their quilts the same way and are now only trimming quilts when requested.

Oh well, no crying over lost points. The quilt will still be cosy and colourful.

Thanks for having a look.

Linking up with CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday.

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carie
    May 13, 2016 @ 17:33:11

    Your mini pyramid is just so cute!! I must remember to add it to my pattern wish list!!

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  2. Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts
    May 14, 2016 @ 22:43:52

    What a cute little pyramid pouch. I understand your disappointment in the quilt trim. You’re right that it will be warm and cozy (and maybe not too noticeable), but it’s still disappointing. At least the shop has changed its policy. You can be more comfortable about sending them work.

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