PennyDog Vlog #10 – August 14th 2017 – Where’d I go this weekend?

Here is my vlog, again, I’m late, getting good at that, but I have a really good excuse, I promise.


On Saturday we bought a house! My day was taken up with viewings and realtor stuff, I managed a bit of cutting out for my first project from Windy City Bags by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness as I mention in the video. My plan is to make every bag in this awesome book! I have never liked every project in a book before now, so I’m very excited about that. I’ll show you how great it is in the video too so check it out.

Then I was working most of Sunday, plus a bit of furniture window shopping as we own next to nothing, we are starting again from scratch pretty much. The house is empty, so we are aiming for a September 1st moving in date. At the moment our rented house is furnished, we have some sewing room furniture, a mattress and a few bits of crockery and that’s mostly it. I’m sure it will be fun as well as very irritating at the same time!

The house has two main rooms in the basement along with a laundry room – there’s a sewing room for me, and a room for Alex to play board games and paint. Two perfectly sized rooms- and I can have a bigger design wall! Then there’s three bedrooms upstairs, a dining kitchen, a wood fireplace in the living room and a double garage with lots of extra space inside, plus most importantly, Hank will finally have a garden to play ball in. There’s one fewer bathroom than my current house, which I don’t mind. Less cleaning = more sewing time! There’s a little bit of work to do to make the kitchen how I want, but it won’t be a huge job, just new counters and I’d like to add an island, maybe change out some appliances. I’ll be sure to give you a tour once we are in.

Thank you for the encouragement on my last post- I’ve not reopened my Etsy shop- yet – but I will do soon, and of course I need to finish my Bear in the Log Cabin quilt FINALLY!

Something a bit silly… this is Tabbytha

I made this – for a reason – and it was deemed, well I guess a bit crazy without using that word! I think it’s kind of cool still though!

This is Tabbytha…

I am aware that she needs a bigger cushion sham inside, I will have to go out and buy one since I shipped my one that fit inside a different cushion. It took a while for me to figure out how I was going to make it look like the cat was coming through the flap, but I made her as an applique plushy stuffed with tiny fabric scraps, hand stitched onto an applique cat flap backing. This is all done in my machine turned edge applique technique, but instead of quilting it like crazy, I stitched all the pieces together with a small zig zag stitch.

So is this cute or an abomination?!

I think I may reopen my Etsy shop and fill it with my pictorial projects, things made from my own design fabric and also some of my finished bags. It seems sad that this stuff usually ends up in my cupboard.

PennyDog Vlog #9 – August 7th 2017

I was making videos for my class this weekend, so this is one of FOUR I made. It was a bank holiday yesterday too so it meant I delayed this one a day while I sorted the class ones out. I finished making two bags and they’re pretty! Come and see!

The foxy Blanche Barrel Bag is one of my Finish Along finishes!

Don’t forget, the first 200 subscribers to my channel will have the chance to win a precut of their choice from this video:

A Finish: Antique Shop Floor

Sometimes I can be forgetful. In my hurry to get my quilt finished and in my suitcase when we flew back to the UK at the start of June, I neglected to photograph it! It’s going to be at least a year before I get it back because I don’t have another flight planned just yet, so I’m borrowing this photo from Popular Patchwork (I hope it will be OK) as it will be a pattern in their September issue out later this month… Go get it!

I’ve not got any projects planned after this, which is a bit worrying as I rely on this income to pay my student loan so I don’t have to send myself money to my UK bank account from here in Canada. I’m thinking about pitching to some US magazines too, maybe with my Bear in the Log Cabin quilt. Do you think Quilty would be a good fit? It’s been about 3 years since I sent them anything!

Size – 51″ square
Number of blocks – 16
Time to make – About 12 hours
Fabric – A crossweave by Another Point of View, a green print that I can’t remember the name of, plus a Kona purple and white. The sashing is more of the crossweave and the cornerstones are a scrap of a dark green Kona. The back is a Lonnie Rossi simple beige and white print with a touch of gold in it.
Binding Fabric – More Kona purple (eggplant?)
Threads – Quilted with Isacord in red and purple, pieced with Wonderfil Konfetti.
Batting – 80/20 Hobbs
Quilting- Grid – Red straight lines in one direction and purple in the other, spaced about 1 1/2″ apart to mimic the crossweave.

PennyDog Vlog #8 – July 30th 2017

I made two videos this weekend, one on interfacing and what the differences are between different types (and there was some filming I did around the shop, but the video was corrupted) which is here:

And I also did my weekly vlog. I’ve been working on a few things, mostly for classes so it’s a bit of a WIP show!

Don’t forget, the first 200 subscribers to my channel will have the chance to win a precut of their choice from this video:


I got notes back from the Stampede show, I’m pretty pleased with them and will enter again next year for sure. Next year too, I will wash the quilt before taking it along if it’s been to another show as I noticed dirt in the corner from when it was at the Heritage Park Festival of Quilts show, and unfortunately so did the judges…

Pretty good though, eh?

PennyDog Vlog #7 – July 22nd 2017

I’ve finished all the blocks on the Bear in the Log Cabin quilt, and I give you an honest look at sewing the sashing, why I decided I needed to use pins for this top, my choices for backing and batting and thread. Hank makes a guest appearance and a reminder…

If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you go into a draw to win either a jelly roll, layer cake or 3x charm packs! Link to the video showing those goodies is here:


Isn’t shopping your stash great? I’m making this Nora bag by Swoon Patterns with supplies I already had – minus the interfacing and stabiliser that I had to buy. And the boning I bought a few weeks back.

The bird fabric I bought at least 2 years ago, probably more than 3 years ago. It doesn’t fit my usual tastes at all but there was something about it that I really liked and I’ve hung onto it since. I actually still have about half a yard of it left.

The vinyl I bought from Fabric Depot along with a couple of others and some piping. I knew it would be for bags but I didn’t have this pattern yet.

The lining was picked by my husband from my stash too. He originally picked a cream Basic Grey print but there was only a FQ and I needed at least half a yard, this one I bought sometime in the last year was very similar. It’s nice to clear a little more shelf room! I also used a small scrap of this as a cover for the boning on the side panels since mine came without casing. I’m going to swap out the lock and the rectangle rings for copper, and I just ordered those this evening from Emmaline Bags. Hopefully I’ll have a finish to show you soon.

PennyDog Vlog #6 – July 16th 2017

I thought this would be a good time to talk about bag making. I’m a bit scared because the week after this one I have to teach Blanche to a full class! Scary! I also talk about a couple of bag patterns I have, one of them is free!

Other things I talk about with links below…

Growing my Tutorials and Patterns

In addition to my weekly vlogs, I’ve been recording tutorial videos for my YouTube Channel (I’m getting better at filming, please subscribe). So far I have one on chain piecing and also I put one online today to demonstrate making flying geese.

Apologies- I only just found widescreen on my new (to me, sadly not HD) video camera so the video is cropped, but it is set up ready for next time. Let me know if you have any ideas for things you want me to demonstrate!

I’ve also added my Kananaskis Quilt to my pattern shop for $5 USD if you’re looking for a quick and easy sew:

Next on my radar is increasing my fabrics on Spoonflower, I have a bunch waiting for release, I just need to order proofs before I can do so.

I’ll leave you with this picture of a block I made this week from prairie points, I think I will offer it as a class in the winter time!

See you tomorrow with my weekend vlog – this time I’ll be talking about sewing bags…