Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate?

Flea Market Fancy Dresden Plate

Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate pillow created with Flea Market Fancy? I love the Dresden Plate, it’s so easy to whip up and the results are satisfying. I’m working on a blue version to go with our new duvet cover from Ikea. The pillow above is backed with the same blue floral print as is in the centre of the plate with a simple envelope closure for easy washing. The feather cushion was purchased at Ikea for $6 and measures 20″ square.

Dresden Plate

New hair cut, sorry about the crappy pic.

New Ikea Duvet Cover

DH picked out this fresh, spring floral duvet cover which came with matching pillow cases, we selected two more in navy blue. While we were there, I grabbed two feather accent cushions with the intension of making covers for them. When we got home, I went through my stash looking for fabric to match, here’s what I came up with (click on photos for larger view):

Flea Market Fancy   Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung      Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung   Flea Market Fancy

I think all these fabrics go well with the Ikea print but for me, the two fabrics that really stand out in the crowd are #1 and #2 although the blue floral print, #3, really echos the blue flowers in the print. Now I have to find a pattern or make something up. 😀

In just 27 days we’ll be on a flight to Germany. We’ll be spending a week in Bremen with my Mother-in-Law then flying to Munich and driving into the alps to Austria and perhaps Switzerland. While there, I’ll be blogging with my iPad and bringing you along. This vacation can’t come soon enough!

Happy Saturday!!

Bear Paw.v2

Let’s try this again. Being the eager person that I am, I missed the part where it says “correction” in the instructions. You’re supposed to cut the little squares for the half square triangle 1 & 7/8″, not 2″ and trust me when I tell you that this makes a huge difference! I tried shaving the little HSTs down to size but it just didn’t work so I scrapped the whole block and busied myself with easy and cute little Granny Square blocks.

So here I am again attempting the Bear Paw. Wish me luck, I’ll see you tomorrow with the results. This is part of Why Not Sew’s Hand Pieced Quilt Along.

W.I.P. Wednesday #3:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWorks in Progress:


  1. Japanese Linen iPad cover
  2. Flea Market Fancy skirt

New Projects: None?.. Yet.

Flea Market Fancy Skirt

I know it doesn’t look like much on a hanger but this is my tried and true super simple, super fast draw string skirt. I used New Look 6494 for the pattern and added a 2″ border on the bottom.

For the main skirt piece, I used Flea Market Fancy Eyelet in Grey and for the border, Posie in grey. I thought about appliqueing a big raw edged flower off centre but changed my mind and kept this one simple and formal enough to wear to work.

I’d like to make a patch work skirt as well, perhaps using Granny Squares blocks? I love how these are turning out and completely understand the fasination that’s going on with them right now.

Sew Happy Geek

Yesterday was a huge traffic day here at Bending Pins, being featured in Craftsy’s Newsletter gave me a huge boost but many were looking for a tutorial on my Japanese Linen iPad case. Sadly I didn’t have one prepared because I didn’t know it was going to become so popular! I worked on a tutorial all day yesterday but wasn’t able to get it finished. I will endeavor to get one done for next Sunday since it’ll be a long weekend, YAY!!

Almost forgot, I’m linking up with Manic Monday today!


Jacob’s Ladder

Although there are twenty tiny 1 & 1/2 inch squares in this block, I enjoyed stitching it together and am really pleased with the way it turned out. I like the contrast between fabrics and colours.

The Ohio Star is next on the list which I’ll work on this evening but for now, I’m going to start on an iPad cover for myself and Mother-in-Law using this tutorial from the Polka Dot Chair and was thinking of mixing a little Flea Market Fancy with Hideaway.

Have a great Saturday!



Keeping up with the Joneses

I can’t, I just don’t have that much spare time and am away from home 11 hours a day. I’m dropping out of SewCalGal’s Free Motion Quilting Challenge, I missed February completely and March is more than half over with nothing to show for it. I will follow the tutorials when I can but I just can’t compete, especially when we’re having such beautiful weather.

I also won’t be participating in any more creative swaps — fabric swaps are easier and I’m considering the Charm About You’s Stale Stash Swap, I have some Joel Dewberry which needs rehoming.

Here’s the little mug rug I broke a needle on last weekend, I have one Microtex needle left, good thing Fabricland is having a birthday sale soon, I’ll be stocking up on thread as well.

I received my purchase of Flea Market Fancy Eyelet in grey, two yards as it’s an excellent basic, my first purchase of this line, I missed the first round.

BTW, this is my first post composed entirely on my new iPad (yeah, the new one that just came out) using Blogsy(I love it!), you can use it for Worpress or Blogger, comes with instructional videos built in so if you need help, it’s right there but everything is intuitive imo. I even took these photos with my new iPad!

This is going to be awesome for our trip to Germany in May!