I finished hemming my Wiksten tank, with plans to wear it to a family barbecue this past weekend, but sadly when I went to get dressed, a problem became apparent.

neckline sadness

See how the left shoulder in the photo is a bit higher than the other? Especially with my smallish shoulders, this translated to a really gape-y section.

neckline sadness

It really sticks up. I think I like this top enough to unpick the neckline binding and try it again, but it’s discouraging. Gotta keep practising, right?

skirt in progress

I do have another garment project on the go – a simple A-line skirt with elastic waistband, in a cotton/linen blend that’s been in my stash for ages. Skirts are one project that I’ve successfully made in the past, they’re mostly easy and easier to fit. I haven’t decided whether to do a casing for elastic, or a jersey/”yoga” waistband. No pattern, I just traced around a skirt I like!

new fabrics

I did receive some awesome fabrics from Tonic Living that I ordered last week! They mostly carry heavier home decor fabrics but have some great quilting cottons and organic jersey as well. I couldn’t resist the top print, “Ragg Tagg” by Daisy Janie. It’s organic and a bit on the stiffer side – it’ll probably end up as a quilt, I think.

The rest of the stack is Painters Canvas by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller. The Lime on the bottom will be the binding for the chevron quilt.

State of the Garden, July 19


The very first tomatoes are starting to ripen. There’s quite a bit of fruit on the plants! Most of them are healthy, but the tigerellas (above) were attacked pretty severely by flea beetles. They seem to have gone now (maybe burned up in the heat, ha) so maybe the plant will come back? At any rate, it has some nice fruit on there that we can always pick and ripen inside.


Knobbly tomatoes are getting bigger.


Tiny cherry tomatoes, about the size of a small gum ball. Shouldn’t be too long now before we can harvest a few.

scarlet runners

Scarlet runners.

royal burgundy beans

Royal burgundy beans are coming up nicely.

tiny eggplant

Small round eggplants – I left this plant in the tiny cell from the garden center for over a month and though it hasn’t grown, it has survived! So when I took out the spinach I planted it. I don’t have high hopes that it’ll produce, but it’s just nice to have plants rather than dirt.

tiny squash

The teeny tiniest little squash that I started last week – the other zucchini plant is doing pretty well, though no flowers yet.

So, the tomatoes seem to be doing quite well – I’m trying to feed the soil with eggshells, coffee grinds, kelp meal, and other assorted hippie-type stuff. It’s such a short growing season here and I find that things just don’t do as well in containers as in the magical ground, but it’s okay. I’m a bit jealous of people who are harvesting stuff! In the future I hope to have a garden that can produce enough to put by for winter treats, but this year I’d be happy with just a tomato sandwich.

Heat Wave

It’s really, really freaking hot out there this week – here in Toronto it’s always terribly humid in the summer, and the highs with the humidex this week are over 40C/104F! Luckily I’ve got lots of iced coffee and AC at home (mostly; it’s a long story) so it’s not too bad. I’ve also got some super secret deadline knitting to do, so I’m trying to keep my sewing-for-me to the evenings.

quilt sandwich-ing

The extra fabric to finish off Dale’s quilt arrived yesterday, so I was able to put together the last solid strip and get it all sandwiched up. Can’t wait to start quilting it!

wiksten #2 in progress

My Wiksten tank is coming along – still needs its armhole facings and a hem.

Finally washing some fabrics from the textile museum sale.

Finally got around to washing some fabrics from the Textile museum sale – the quilting cottons had obviously been washed before, but I put them through anyway since who knows how long they were stored.

I’ve recently learned that the Toronto Public Library has free issues of some awesome current magazines available for download to digital devices with no time limit! You need an account, but since I set it up I’ve downloaded and read lots, including some fashion-y ones, cooking magazines and quilting magazines! I read a tip in “American Patchwork & Quilting” about organizing sewing stuff in a cutlery tray, and it just so happened that I had an extra one and a need for more sewing organization.

some sewing organization

some sewing organization

I finally cleaned up some of my sewing stuff and now I can actually see what colours of thread and such I have! For someone who hasn’t sewn much in the last few years I sure have a lot of thread and notions. I have a LOT of zippers (most of which I put away in a clear box). Next up is tidying my fabric scraps into strips and small squares – I have a couple of nice big jars to put them in.