Class Alert – Gorgeous Autumn Wallhanging (or Table Topper)

Tumbling Leaves Wall Hanging or Table Topper

Tumbling Leaves Wall Hanging or Table Topper

Grace your Thanksgiving table with this beautiful Tumbling Leaves quilt – shown in a versatile size ready to decorate your wall or your table throughout the season.

2 sessions on 2 consecutive Saturdays from 10 AM until 2 PM

 Part 1 October 18  10-2

Part 2  October 25  10-2

Call Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley today to reserve your spot  805-581-1577

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The Most Exciting Day of the Year – reposted from 2012 with Photos

 

A Windsor Parade Staple

A Windsor Parade Staple  1965                     Photo courtesy of Anne Walsh

I’d have a tough time getting to sleep the night before but when morning came I was wide awake and giddy with anticipation. Labour Day !!! It was always a big day in Windsor, Ontario where I grew up – what with Windsor being the automotive capitol of Canada. The unions were strong and what they did always had rippling repercussions throughout the city.

On this day there was always a huge parade down Ouellette Avenue to start things off in the morning. Brass bands, one after the other, and marchers – Labour’s finest – proclaiming proudly their local’s credentials. Even my Dad took part on occasion – being an active member of the American Federation of Musicians local 566 – established in 1911.

So we’d all get up, get dressed – forget about breakfast for me – I had far too many butterflies to swallow a thing! Then we’d walk a few blocks to the big intersection of Giles and Ouellette – where the Cenotaph proudly stood, find a prime viewing spot and eagerly wait for flag bearers to appear. If we kids needed a better view we took turns on our Dad’s shoulders. At 6 foot 5 he had a perfect vantage point.

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Marching Bands Galore    1965                                       Photo Courtesy of Anne Walsh

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1965 Labor Day Parade, Windsor                                      Photo Courtesy of Anne Walsh

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Vintage Cars  1965                                                                          Photo Courtesy of Anne Walsh

1965 Labor Day Parade, Windsor

1965 Labor Day Parade, Windsor                          Photo Courtesy of Anne Walsh

The parade was fun but that was not the main attraction for me on Labour day…the best was yet to come. Fireman’s Field Day and Carnival!

Immediately after the sounds of the last band faded we quickly headed home, got in our Oldsmobile and drove to Jackson Park. The Carnival – oh I must have sawdust in my veins – how I loved that Carnival. From Labour Day and for the week after – the carnival held me in its thrall. The crowds milling about – who would be there? Chances were we’d run into a bunch of people that we knew. The sounds of the rides, the shrill calls of the guys who wanted to sell you 3 tosses at the bowling pins, the sing song of the vendor with his awesome display of pink cotton candy – all beckoned.

The rides. It was a love/hate relationship – especially with the Ferris Wheel. It held a fascination for me and I loved being at the top and seeing all the way across town. But, you see, in those days I also had a bit of a fear of heights so there was always an edge of danger lurking.

The Carnival always came through and delivered on its promise of fun and excitement. Later I found out that the reason we called it Firemen’s Field Day is that it was sponsored by Windsor Firefighters.

Okay, so far we have a parade, a carnival, wonderful family day – but that’s not all that made this day so special my friends. This was the official last day of summer – next day – school! Now, bear with me. I know that for a lot of you that wasn’t exactly what you wanted to be looking forward to the next day but I was one of the kids who loved school. New pencils sharpened and ready – just could hardly wait to start the new school year.

So Happy Labour Day (or Labor Day) my dear friends and readers. I hope you have even a fraction of the fun that I remember on Labour Day and make some of your own memories. And whether you start school tomorrow or return to work and embark on some entirely new adventure I hope it will energize and delight you.

Photos provided courtesy of Anne Walsh of Windsor Ontario.  They were taken in 1965 by Anne’s husband and his father.  Thank you Anne!

“The Faster I Go The Behinder I Get”

Okay, who said that first?

Anybody remember?

Well, it must’ve been during the last half of December when those words were uttered.  What’s the deal, folks?  It doesn’t seem to matter when I start the preparations, this time comes and there’s so much left:  shopping, cooking, sewing, painting…..Ahhhhh, but I love it all !!!

Speaking of which, I just put these on Etsy.  (Click on ‘shopping’ on my home page OR type in:  honeyquilts.etsy.com

They are mini Fiber Collages mounted on an acid free 5 by 7 inch Strathmore deckled edge card.  The card itself is blank inside so you can write the message of your choice OR just put the card in a frame.  Either way, if it’s a gift it will be sure to be enjoyed for a long time.

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New Workshop Added – Holiday Table Topper (or Treeskirt)

Holiday Table Topper

Isn’t this lovely?

Come and join the gang at Quilty Pleasures Wednedays November 6 and 13 and make this delightful holiday Table Topper.

Or you can fashion your creation to be a Christmas tree skirt – your choice.

The class will be held from 5:30 until 8:30 on 2 consecutive Wednesday evenings.  Call Quilty Pleasures today to reserve your spot.

805-581-1577  for Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley

Learn to “Quilt As You Go” with this Gorgeous Christmas Runner

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Sign up for this class at Quilty Pleasures – Simi Valley –  It is sceduled for Saturday November 2 from 10 AM until 4 PM.

You will make a beautiful piece of Home Decor to use as a table or mantel runner.  It is shown here in festive holiday colors but can be made in the fabric of your choice.

“Quilt As You Go”  so that when you have finished adding the last border you are finished!  Quilting has already been done.

This is going to be a fun class so go ahead and call the shop today to reserve your spot.

805-581-1577     1742 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley

The Most Exciting Day of the Year…

I’d have a tough time getting to sleep the night before but when morning came I was wide awake and giddy with anticipation.  Labour Day !!!  It was always a big day in Windsor, Ontario where I grew up – what with Windsor being the automotive capitol of Canada.  The unions were strong and what they did always had rippling repercussions throughout the city.

On this day there was always a huge parade down Ouellette Avenue to start things off in the morning.  Brass bands, one after the other, and marchers – Labour’s finest – proclaiming proudly their local’s credentials. Even my Dad took part on occasion – being an active member of the American Federation of Musicians local 566 – established in 1911.

So we’d all get up, get dressed – forget about breakfast for me – I had far too many butterflies to swallow a thing!  Then we’d walk a few blocks to the big intersection of Giles and Ouellette – where the Cenotaph proudly stood, find a prime viewing spot and eagerly wait for flag bearers to appear.  If we kids needed a better view we took turns on our Dad’s shoulders. At 6 foot 5 he had a perfect vantage point.

The parade was fun but that was not the main attraction for me on Labour day…the best was yet to come.  Fireman’s Field Day and Carnival!

Immediately after the sounds of the last band faded we quickly headed home,  got in our Oldsmobile and drove to Jackson Park.  The Carnival – oh I must have sawdust in my veins – how I loved that Carnival.  From Labour Day and for the week after – the carnival held me in its thrall.  The crowds milling about – who would be there? Chances were we’d run into a bunch of people that we knew. The sounds of the rides, the shrill calls of the guys who wanted to sell you 3 tosses at the bowling pins, the sing song of the vendor with his awesome display of pink cotton candy – all beckoned.

The rides.  It was a love/hate relationship – especially with the Ferris Wheel. It held a fascination for me and I loved being at the top and seeing all the way across town.  But, you see, in those days I also had a bit of a fear of heights so there was always an edge of danger lurking.

The Carnival always came through and delivered on its promise of fun and excitement. Later I found out that the reason we called it Firemen’s Field Day is that it was sponsored by Windsor Firefighters.

Okay, so far we have a parade, a carnival, wonderful family day – but that’s not all that made this day so special my friends.  This was the official last day of summer – next day – school!  Now, bear with me.  I know that for a lot of you that wasn’t exactly what you wanted to be looking forward to the next day but I was one of the kids who loved school.  New pencils sharpened and ready – just could hardly wait to start the new school year.

So Happy Labour Day (or Labor Day) my dear friends and readers.  I hope you have even a fraction of the fun that I remember on Labour Day and make some of your own memories.  And whether you start school tomorrow or return to work and embark on some entirely new adventure I hope it will energize and delight you.

Cloth Table Napkins – Tutorial

These fabric table napkins are becoming very popular and make a great gift. Here’s a quick tutorial for them.

Cut your fabric the finished size of the napkin plus 1/2 inch. I think that I cut 16 1/2 inch squares for these – 2 squares for each napkin.

Note: You can easily get 4 single thickness or 2 double thickness napkins from a yard of fabric if it’s at least 36 in. wide. Most quilting weight cottons are between 40 and 42 in. wide.

I like to use 100% cotton rather than a poly blend for these; feels good and better absorption.
Consider the weight of the fabric when deciding whether to use single or double weight. Also consider whether you want double faced or single faced napkins.

For Double Thickness Napkins:

Pair 2 squares together RIGHT sides facing and sew around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam. Leave a 2 to 3 inch gap for turning. Turn to the right side – poke out the corners (a chop stick works nicely) and hand stitch the remaining opening.

Press.

At this point you have the option of top stitching around the perimeter – and doing a couple of straight stitch lines across the napkin to better hold the front and back together.

I bundled them together using a leftover scrap of the fabric.

Single Thickness Napkins:

Method 2 – if you have a fabric with enough ‘body’. (look in the home decorating section)

Cut 1 16 to 18 inch square for each napkin.

(I actually used regular cotton for the Thanksgiving napkins. They are pretty but a little flimsy feeling.)

Use a serger to do a rolled hem around all edges.

Holiday Projects – Green Sewing

Our kids in Minneapolis use only cloth napkins and I sewed a set of 6 colorful patchwork napkins for them. I lined them and used a pillowcase finish.  I didn’t think the fabric had enough body to just give them a rolled hem.

Aren’t they pretty?

I love the look of beautifully wrapped gifts but it always gives me a twinge when I see those gorgeous wrappings ripped off and thrown in the garbage.  So I decided to make some reusable gift bags.  I made a few little triangular shaped pouches and several larger drawstring bags.  I expect that the bags will be put to good use – even if it’s just to pass along with a gift to someone else.  I did some with holiday themed fabric and some that weren’t.  Then they can be used year round.

I saw the pattern for this online a few months back and haven’t been able to find it again. If I do I’ll be sure to give proper attribution.
I hope that my little great niece will like this bag as much as the gift inside

I have no particular pattern for these – pretty much custom made them to size considering the gift that was to go inside.