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FNSI Results

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Ours was a busy one.

Saturday morning, I did a bit of fabric shopping at the wonderful quilt shop Sew Sisters.  I don’t know how the owner does it, but her prices are so close to US prices on many of the items that this will be my go to quilt shop for as long as we’re living in this area.

Saturday afternoon, Dave and I went to see Avenue Q at the Lower Ossington Theatre in downtown Toronto.  Our daughter gifted us with the tickets a while ago; letting us choose the date.  If you’re in the GTA or planning a visit, this would be a hilarious way to spend an evening or weekend afternoon.   In fact, it’s so popular that they have extended the run to October.

A word of warning though, this play is not intended for children and if you are at all offended by adult language and adult themes you’ll want to choose something else.

That said, I can’t remember a time when Dave and I laughed so much.  And I can’t praise the actors enough. They were fabulous!

Then Sunday afternoon, Dave and I, our middle daughter and our son went bowling.  Honestly, bowling must be the only sport in the world where you can be absolutely terrible at it and still have a blast.   Any serious bowler would cringe at our scores and we were bowling with the bumper guards up.

As a result of all that fun, I didn’t get a chance to take photos of what I accomplished during Friday Night Sew In until this morning.

First I sewed all the blocks for my 4th of July picnic quilt into four block rows and then sewed the five rows together.

I am so pleased with how it’s coming out.

I had more than enough time to get the borders sewn on too, but after laying one of the borders up against the top, I wasn’t liking how the blocks that are sashed with the blue feature fabric lose their definition next to the feature fabric border.  So I decided that I needed to add a narrow border of white between the quilt top and the border in the feature fabric.

That decision prompted the fabric shopping trip I mentioned earlier. I chose Kona Snow and hope to have the two borders added in the next two days at which time I’ll be sure to post photos of the finished quilt top.

The rest of FNSI was spent sewing this little sewing kit.

I still need to add the snap closure and one final seam to the sewing companion (instructions and pattern.)  I also want to add a red button to the center of the red work pincushion.

The outside of the sewing companion, zippered bag and underside of the pincushion were cut from a fat quarter I purchased recently, but I only had a 14” square plus some 3” strips of the red. I ended up having to piece it to have enough to line the zippered bag, so as a way to disguise that I added a pocket to the inside.


I like how it turned out so much I plan on adding pockets to all future sewing kits.  Since 2 fat quarters will be more than enough to complete each kit (without having to do any piecing,) this will be a great way to use up some of those fat quarters I’ve collected on our travels over the past few months.




  • wendy
    July 17, 2012 5:59 am

    The picnic blanket is looking great. Those sewing kits are so lovely! What a great idea to add the pocket, I think it really adds to it!

  • April
    July 17, 2012 10:21 am

    Super cute quilt and I love your fabric choice for the sewing kit! The theater sounds like a lot of fun. We have several of those type of shows in this area, but my husband and I haven’t had a chance to check them out yet. -April

  • maria
    July 17, 2012 10:01 am

    Great work, the sewing kits are a great idea.

  • Nancy
    July 17, 2012 2:53 pm

    Those projects are looking lovely! So happy you are having a nice visit with the family.

  • Jami at freckled laundry
    August 2, 2012 6:31 pm

    Your picnic quilt is coming along nicely (probably finished by now!). Great pattern/design. LOVE the little sewing kit too. Thank you so much for sharing with air your laundry friday! xo Jami

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