Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stippling Video & What I've Been Making...

Hi Everyone!

Christmas is quickly approaching and I've been hard at work making Christmas gifts of my own, as well as filling orders and helping my students finish off their special projects! We have just one day of sewing classes left before Christmas (this Saturday December 20th) and then we will break until the new year! :)

While I was working on a personal project last night I thought I would share a little snippet in a video. I was making some decorative pillows (photos below) and while I was stippling the fabric, I thought it might be a good idea to share a couple tips with you. To view the video, follow the link:

Here are photos of the completed items:

Here is a close-up photo of the quilting that I was doing during the video (link posted above). I'm so thrilled about how they turned out. They are going to be a Christmas gift (hopefully the recipient doesn't see this post! haha) but I may make another set for myself, as I am a huge Charlie Brown fan :)

I also made some adorable Santa Christmas cupcakes last was so much fun :)

I've also been using up some leftover vintage-inspired Christmas prints, along with a white tone-on-tone fabric, to create these Scottie-dog quilt blocks. How adorable are these? I'm going to use them to make a lap-size Christmas quilt. I drew the pattern myself, and one of the units is paper pieced, which I also drew free-hand. When I have the quilt top done I will likely post a video tutorial about it. 

Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to finish this sample earlier in the fall, before Christmas, so this is going to be one of my upcoming samples for my classes in the new year. My students love Christmas fabric all year long anyways :)

Wishing everyone good luck as you finish off your Christmas gifts!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Photo Transfers & December Update!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday!

I had a very busy weekend, teaching classes Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Lots of awesome projects were worked on and a few students even finished some projects!

My students have been loving playing with photo transfers! Great way to make custom and easy Christmas gifts

 photo transfers are also an easy way to personalize a project if you don't have an embroidery machine.

To learn more about photo transfers, you can watch this YouTube video that I made a while back

My last custom orders were picked up over the weekend :) I am no longer accepting any custom orders until the new year. Now I will be focusing my time on finishing up the remainder of my classes (which end on December 20th, until the new year), and also beginning to prepare samples for the next term of classes. 

On Sunday afternoon, once all my classes were done for the weekend, I jumped back into a cake decorating class at my local Michaels store. Those of you who know me well know that I thoroughly enjoy cake decorating and baking in my spare time. 
The theme of the class yesterday was a penguin cookie class. These little guys are definitely one of the cutest baked goods I've ever created :) Anyone else love penguins? 

Are you working on any special holiday projects? 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

#Giving Tuesday

Hi Everyone,

Those of you avid users of social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram may have noticed that the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCA is trending.

What is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is a global day, designed to raise awareness about your local non-profit businesses, charities and other organizations. It is a day designed to remind everyone to give back.

I recently made a blog post that featured ten of my favourite small businesses/independent consultants. Today, in honour of Giving Tuesday, I'd like to feature some awesome charities/organizations to keep in mind throughout the holidays.

I enjoy finding organizations or ways that I can help my community that do not specifically involve making a monetary donation. ALL organizations seems to constantly be asking for monetary donations, but its important to remember to share what we have already been blessed with.

1. Angel Hair for Kids (A Children's Voice Foundation)

Angel Hair for Kids is an organization that means a lot to me. I have donated my hair three times in the past few years to this amazing cause and each time it brings a smile to my face. The hair donations are used to make wigs for children. Giving a child the gift of confidence is incredible.
Here's a photo of my most recent cut, which happened just last night! So this Giving Tuesday, is actually my Transformation Tuesday, and boy does it feel good!

I also purchased my T-shirt from the organization as well. Even if you are uninterested or unable to donate your hair, you can rock one of these awesome T-shirts and raise awareness! Its a great way to inspire others to help out!

Check out their website to view the hair donation requirements and read more about this awesome organization!

2. Canadian Blood Services

Visit their website to see how you can participate on December 2nd, as part of their Giving Tuesday campaign.
Donating blood is a great thing to do during the holiday season, you could even make it an outing with a group of co-workers, family members or friends!

3. Your Local Animal Shelter

There are an abundant ways that you can help your local furry friends in need this winter!
-If you are searching for a new family pet, PLEASE adopt before making a purchase

-Animal shelters are often looking for volunteers, or temporary homes if the shelters become full

-Gather your local sewing or knitting group and make blankets to be donated to a shelter of your choice. Two weekends ago I had a group of students make fleece patchwork blankets for an organization local to me, called Cuddly Cats Rescue and Sanctuary. In just two hours we made nine blankets! (remember to use good quality materials so your blankets can be loved and used long-term)

-Donate supplies, food and other goodies!

-One of my local shelters are having pet photos with Santa, with the proceeds from the photos going to the shelter. Take your fur-babies in for this fun festive activity and help a great cause at the same time!

4. World Wildlife Fund

While we're on the topic of saving our furry friends, don't forget about WWF!
If you visit their website they have a variety of awesome products and clothing that you can purchase that would make great Christmas gifts.

My favourite thing on their website is their adoption program. You can choose from a wide variety of plush animals to "adopt", with proceeds from your purchase going towards the organization and animals in need. Your purchase even includes an adoption certificate! This would be an awesome gift idea for any age group.

5. Give what you have, where it is needed most
 I already touched on the fact that many organizations are in dire need of monetary donations.
Many people constantly feel overwhelmed, no one has enough spare money during the holidays to help out to each organization who requests a donation. So here's an idea for you

-Clean out your closets: Take a look at all the used clothing, shoes, mittens, etc, that are either outgrown or are no longer worn. Find a local women's shelter, teenage refuge organization or homeless shelter to donate your items to. They will help keep someone warm this winter, and that thought just warms my heart.

-Sort through the play room/toy bins: If your children are no longer playing with certain toys, or if your children have just out grown an abundance of toys and books, there are many things you can do to eliminate the clutter from your home. You can drop toys off at local day care or take the used books to libraries or elementary schools. Those books and toys will be loved once again.

-De-clutter your house: Old blankets and sheets can be used at animal shelters. Unwanted non-perishable food in your pantry can be given to food drives or food kitchens. Unwanted items can be dropped off at a local Salvation Army or Bibles for Mission shops (where the items are then sold in the stores and the money reaches various organizations). If you happen upon yarn or fabrics that you no longer have a use for, there are definitely groups in your neighbourhood who knit or sew items for charities. Refrain as much as possible from throwing items to the curb.

Giving what you have is an awesome way to simplify your life and give back to your community.

I hope my list sparks some ideas of ways you can give back to your community this holiday season.

If you use Instagram, please follow me! @quilters.workshop

Happy Giving Tuesday!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Students of Quilter's Workshop...

I have been teaching so many classes lately and a few of my students completed projects this past weekend. Some of which are Christmas gifts. All my students have been working hard and have been busy little sewers, hoping to finish all their projects before Christmas!

Here are some photos taken over this past weekend. All of these projects have been completed by my adult students.

Kelli worked on sewing her rows together in class this weekend. This rag quilt is going to be a Christmas gift for her daughter. Finished size will be a double-bed. Great job Kelli, almost there!

This adorable baby quilt is complete! Great job to Amanda. She has been sewing for about a year and this is her very first baby quilt. Quilted and bound herself as well!

Cheryl made this awesome "Beatles" themed "man-bag" for her husband! I'm sure it'll be used and loved! Awesome job Cheryl. Isn't it fun being able to create custom gifts?

These two throw pillows (featuring Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe) were completed by Wendy, to be given as Christmas gifts. I'm sure the recipient of these pillows will be delighted! 

This coming weekend will be a busy one for me again! Classes happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday !

To keep up to date, "Like" Quilter's Workshop on Facebook or follow me on Instagram @quilters.workshop ! :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Results

This past weekend was a busy one for me!

Friday evening was a project class, teaching students how to use photo transfers to embellish stockings.

Here are pictures of all four ladies with their brand new stockings!

On Saturday, I spent the day at All Saints High School in Whitby, in support of the Cuddly Cats Rescue and Sanctuary. The show was a great success for all. I had a fabulous time meeting new "vendor friends" as well! I love having the opportunity to network with other crafters.

This week I am busy busy busy working away at custom orders for Christmas as well as organizing upcoming classes! 

Its a wild and wonderful time of the year! To help boost that holiday spirit, here's a festive photo of my guinea pig :) Isn't he just the cutest? 

Happy Crafting!
Love, Tiffany xo

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shop "Small Biz" This Holiday Season!

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would mix things up today and spend a little time sharing a few of my favourite local SMALL businesses.
It's important to support small businesses in your community, and with the holiday season quickly approaching, I thought I would share some businesses and give everyone a nice little guide for gift ideas!

If you do live in Durham Region or surrounding areas, some of these businesses will actually be at a craft show this coming Saturday November 22nd 2014. The entrance and parking for the show is free and there will be fun activities for the kiddos!

Now let's get started with that list!

1. Athena's Diaper Cakes : Don't be fooled by the name! This creative lady does not limit herself to diaper cakes. Although diaper cakes are quite a unique item to bring as a gift to baby showers, she sells a variety of other products including but not limited to: baby and adult headbands, hair bows, unique winter hats, hair clip holders, bottle cap necklaces, and other creative baby gift ideas! She also does custom diaper cakes if you are looking for a particular theme. You can visit her Facebook page by searching "Athena's Diaper Cakes" and check out some awesome photos of her work below!

2. Jenna's Cakes: A talented lady who makes stunning fondant covered cookies, cakes, cupcakes and cake pops! She is present at some local bazaars and also accepts custom orders!
You can find her on Facebook by searching "Jenna's Cakes" or by clicking the link below!
I've chosen some of my favourite pictures of her work to showcase:

3. Horses on Simcoe: Although this isn't a "homemade" item, it falls under my list of "favourite local services". Horses on Simcoe is a local horse riding school, lessons taught by Joe MacKay. He focuses on teaching his students horsemanship skills, proper grooming techniques and learning how to build a healthy relationship with your horse, before you get in the saddle. Gift certificates are available! Would make a great gift for the horse-lover on your list, or for those wishing to try out riding lessons! You can find his Facebook page by searching "Horses on Simcoe" or by using the link below:

4. Quilter's Connection Magazine: Need a gift idea for a quilter on your list? How about a subscription to a CANADIAN quilting magazine!
I realize this isn't a "homemade" item, but it is still important to support Canadian magazines, especially when the American ones are so popular already. Heather creates an excellent magazine filled with interesting articles and projects! 

5. Paper Kreations by Jackie: A small business operated by a very talented woman with expertise in paper crafting! Homemade cards? check! Cute ready-to-fill scrapbooks? check! Custom invitations? check check check! Below are some awesome photos of her work! Check her out on Facebook too to find out what shows she will be participating in next!

6. Stuttering John's Smokehouse: Local restaurant that also provides catering services! A variety of delicious foods to try out on their menu! A great place to meet up with friends for a holiday get-together to try something new! A cozy atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food...what more could you ask for? Located on Highway 2 in Courtice!

7. More Than Materials: A lovely local business that creates a variety of home decor items! Perfect for Christmas gifts or for adding to your own collection of Christmas decorations. Here are a few of my favourite things from their Facebook page!

8. Coeur De L'Hiver: I hear people raving all the time about how wonderful and cozy her mittens are! Check out her facebook page to find out where she will be next, so you can purchase a pair for yourself! Going to a holiday party? Her handmade soy wax candles would also make excellent hostess gift!

9. The Pink Squirrel: A variety of creative and unique gift ideas! Including earrings, coasters, necklaces and more! She is present at several shows year-round! Follow her on Facebook to see where she will be next!

10. Lastly, I'd like to spread the word about a couple independent consultants that I know of! I'd like to specifically mention Jennifer's Pampered Kitchen (The Pampered Chef). If you are interested in hosting a party or taking part in any of the special events, please visit her Facebook page!

Second, for the beauty lover on your list, Jamberry Nails make great products. To see more designs of nail wraps or for information on hosting a party, please visit her Facebook page.

These are a few of my favourite wraps!

I know there are many many more wonderful small businesses growing out there. If you have a few favourites please feel free to leave links to their websites or Facebook pages in the comments below! Please remember to shop local this holiday season and share this blog post so others can read it too!

Happy Shopping! ;)
Tiffany xo