Monday, 2 March 2015

Hand sewing week-end

I didn't managed to get to my sewing machine this week-end but I did take some time out of the sorting, shopping, cleaning, planning etc for a little hand sewing. And that was a good start for the month as I finished my late flowers for January for Simone

and also my hexie block for January for Susan with some gorgeous Liberty

3 blocks for this month 350-blocks project, that's a good start but I doubt I will be keeping up the pace!

Linking to Design Wall Monday as these blocks have finally come down to be sent off.

Celine

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February in review, goals for March

Another month has whizzed by and also it was a short month, it has been a very very busy month, what with all the birthday celebrations for the children and my attempt at dressmaking in between all the baking. I don't feel I have done much sewing (I think there was simply not time) and I am behind on lots of my bee blocks so March will be about catching up with those. I suppose the swap addiction has kept me busy as well as there were a few due this month. Let's have a look at what I can cross of my list.

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced - no progress
2. Star Plus no progress
3. Downton Swap - started - this was be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes finished and sent
4. Skirt Sew Along  no progress
5. Frozen dresses - both finished on time for the birthdays
6. IG Secret Pal swap - finished and sent


Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (January and February) - January still in progress, February not started
2. Block Lotto blocks  - 0
3. I love Lucy international block (January and February) - January sent, February in progress

4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January and February) - January and February in progress
5. Get Your Hexie On - (January and February) - January in progress, February not started
6. Bee Europa (February) - finished and sent


7. Book Bee (February) - finished and sent

8. Flying geese Bee (February) - not started


WIP
1. Midnight in the Oasis - no progress
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks no progress
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes - no progress
4. Finish Maud's bag no progress
5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November no progress
6. Make a few blocks for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quiltno progress
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocksno progress
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-alongno progress
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday no progress
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler no progress
11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October  no progress
12. Triangle quilt for my Mum no progress
13. Quilty Fun Christmas  no progress
14. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for Februaryno progress

New Project
1. UK mini swap  no progress
2. Liberty Swap - finished and sent

3. Sugar and Sweet Easter Swap - no progress
4. Custom cushionno progress
5. Quilt for Mno progress
6. Elephant Parade - 2 elephants


I don't have to commute to work any more and as a result, I find that I have a lot less time for hand sewing or cross-stitching these days...

Now March has 3 more days than February so will I be able to achieve more. I certainly need to catch up with blocks before I am too far behind.

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Sugar and Sweet Easter Swap 
2. Star Plus 
3. Kawaii swap - this will be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes
4. Skirt Sew Along  
5. IG Secret Pal swap 

Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (January and February)
2. Block Lotto blocks 
3. I love Lucy international block (February and March) 
4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January, February and March) 
5. Get Your Hexie On - (January, February and March) 
6. Bee Europa (March)
7. Book Bee (March) 
8. Flying geese Bee (February and March) 
9. Bee Hive Europe (February and March)


WIP
1. Midnight in the Oasis 
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks 
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes
4. Finish Maud's bag 
5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November
6. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday 
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 
11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October  
12. Triangle quilt for my Mum 
13. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday
14. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February
15. Elephant Parade 

New Project
1. UK mini swap 
2.Custom cushion
3. Quilt for M

Again the list is far too long for just one month, but let's try and tick off as many as possible!
Celine

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Just in time

Today was the deadline to send the Liberty swap #lolswapround2 and this is another one that got finished just in time. I had started cutting my pieces some time last week but there were so many deadlines in the last week or so that I didn't finished piecing my block until last night. My partner showed a glance of her mini wall on IG and I noticed that she had a few with stars so I thought a swoon block could work well with those. I picked 3 pink Liberty, a larger print with owls for the centre star, an allover pink for the outside and pink and green floral for the accents. And I love the block I must admit. I even thought that a quilt made of Liberty swoon blocks would be so nice... maybe, one day (I can dream lol)


I started the quilting last night but didn't manage to finish it before bed time. So I got back to it this morning when I got up.


I used a white binding so it doesn't show. I added the binding entirely by hand because I was so late but it worked quite well actually.
I really like finishing a swap with something that I'd love to keep for myself and almost find hard to send on.

Mini stats:
Machine pieced swoon block with Liberty of London prints and Kona white, all from my stash
Machine quilted and bound
Finished size 16'
Started and finished in February 2015

I also made a tiny, teeny pincushion with the off cuts from my block.


And this is what I sent to my partner.

Between the 3 trips to town for the girls' dance classes this morning, I managed to post my parcel to my partner, just in time!

This week has been all about finishing stuff and a deadline does get me focused, but sometimes I really wonder why I have to wait that late to really get going and get the last-minute stress.
I can add 2 blocks to the 350-blocks challenge but that only takes me to 9, way behind the target of 30...

Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday, OPAM, Q1 Finish Along.

Celine


Friday, 27 February 2015

And more blocks

After the challenge of THE dress and before commencing THE dress number 2, I tried to catch up with some bee blocks last week-end for some easy sewing with little free time.
I finished my blocks for Gina for Bee Europa which were easy "scrap vomit" type blocks


I also finished my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the cross block for Alex (although I forgot to take a picture when it was finished!)

So that's 3 more blocks for the 350-blocks challenge taking me to only 7 blocks this month
I am very much behind on my bee blocks, so that will be my first task for March, catch up time.

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Thursday, 26 February 2015

More finishes

There are been another stream of birthday parties and cooking/baking for the kiddies and last week was half term so the kids were on holidays while my Mum spent the week with us so I must admit I didn't spend much time sewing. I caught up this week as there were quite a few deadlines looming. First there was the Downton Swap that was due on Tuesday. I finished the mug rug on Monday night. I had pieced the block earlier this month and it waited until the last minute to finish it. This was my A lovely Year of Finishes challenge for February!


I also made a sewing kit with my favorite pattern, using some cute heels fabrics

and I also tried my hand at making a scissor fob.



Next was my second Frozen dress for my little princess! I was dreading sewing it because the first one was so troublesome but I made it, just in time. She was thrilled with it and wore it as soon as she saw it.

I made the girls some new pillowcases as well for their birthdays and they loved them!


And we also had a birthday cake for her "official" birthday.


Next on the list was the IG Secret Pals swap that I sent this morning. Another sewing kit and another scissor fob for my partner.

I still have the Liberty of London swap to finish by Saturday, but then there is tomorrow night :-) Queen of last minute, swap addict, moi?

So that gives a few more OPAMs for February, as well as some finishes for my Q1 Finish-Along party and I have finished one of my Sewing Goals for this year.
Celine

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Some blocks too!

I had such a hard time making the Frozen dress that I needed to keep it real and take a break from the difficult sewing to have some easy sewing time. So I concentrated on some blocks that I wanted to make and also some I had to make. 2 paper-pieced blocks and 2 pieced blocks.

 I made an umbrella for my Downton Swap mug rug, using some fabric that I feel are very Downton. I hope my partner feels the same. Just need to quilt it and finish it.

I also made my Book Bee block and sent it off.

And I started on my Elephant Parade quilt with 2 big elephants


That's a slow start but that makes 4 blocks for February, I better get a move and make plenty more quickly!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Some little hearts for Valentine

The theme for the Tuesday Archive this week is obviously Hearts and Love, what else?

I have made this mini a long time ago (12 years exactly) with some lovely hearts for my cousin's 18th birthday but of course that was pre-blog time. I had hardly started to quilt at the time but I had a lovely pattern and used some fusible to applique the hearts, all in different fabrics (including organza). All the hearts were machine applique, some with metallic threads, and then I tried free-motion quilting around the hearts, how daring for a beginner!

Linking to Tuesday Archive.

Celine

Friday, 13 February 2015

A finish and a good one too!

Where does the time disappear, I am sure the days have shrunk in length, I can't believe it is nearly 2 weeks since my last block post. Admittedly we have been quite busy, we have reached this time of year where we celebrate the kids' birthdays, all 3 over about a few weeks. The festivities started last week with a trip back to France to celebrate all 3 birthdays at once with family and friends (also known as extended family!)

So of course, I have been busy baking and baking again. And then this week my eldest princess turned 6, so more baking has been and will be involved (one more cake to make tomorrow)!

And then stupidly enough I thought it would be such a good idea to make her a Frozen dress for her birthday. Yes such a good idea when you have no experience of sewing clothes. My original plan was to make my skirt with the sew-along in January and then to tackle Frozen but that didn't quite work out. And Frozen dress is so simple with a bodice in 4 parts, a yoke and long sleeves, a zip in the back.

And of course, it is made of beginner-friendly fabrics: satin, sequined knit, tulle and organza... easy-peasy - not! And while I was at it I thought I might as well try to start using the overlocker I received as a birthday present. Why keep it simple after all? (There was a lot of chocolate involved I must say)

Well you know what? The construction of the dress has been a disaster, from start to finish. I have sewn the wrong pieces together, the wrong sides together, didn't match the side seams, you name it, I did it! About every day I made one or more mistakes while working on the dress. But progress was regularly checked on by miss Princess and of course, there was a deadline with her birthday approaching, not that she was counting the days left every morning!

So with great great support from lovely friends online, I actually did it. The dress was finished for her birthday (well just after midnight the evening leading to her birthday).

I was so happy to have it finished for her in time. And I think this is her favorite present, which makes me so happy and proud!

And now, I need to start again from step 1 and make another one for the little princess in the house. Lucky that my third is a boy! And no, I am not making him an Olaf costume!

So this ticks quite a few items on the 2015 Sewing  Bucket list, I have crossed 5, 8, 9 and 16 all in one go!
sewing bucket list 2015
And this is half of one of my Finish Along list for Q1 and half of one of my Sewing Goals!
And this is my first OPAM for February.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January in review

January is over already, time to look back at my to-do list and what I can cross off

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced - my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes - no progress so I failed the challenge!

2. Star Plus - needs quilting and finishing - no progress

Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (January) - in progress
2. Block Lotto blocks - I made 9 this month and I love them!

3. I love Lucy international block (September and January) - finally finished September and started January

4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (December and January) December finished

5. Get Your Hexie On - (January) 
6. Snowdrop block - done

7. Bee Europa (January) - 2 wonky log cabins


8. Book Bee (January)

9. Flying geese Bee (January)




WIP
1. Midnight in the Oasis 
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks 
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 
4. Finish Maud's bag 
5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November 
6. Make a few blocks for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday 
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 
11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October  
12. Triangle quilt for my Mum 
13. Quilty Fun Christmas  
14. Little Forest quilt - my Lazy Bums challenge for January - FINISHED, YES!

New Project
1. UK mini swap  
2. Skirt Sew Along  - I have cut the pattern and the pieces!
3. Frozen dress - I have cut the pattern, some of the pieces are cut and sewn together 

Now for the  February list

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced 
2. Star Plus 
3. Downton Swap - started - this will be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes
4. Skirt Sew Along  
5. Frozen dress 
6. IG Secret Pal swap

Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (January and February) 
2. Block Lotto blocks  
3. I love Lucy international block (January and February) 
4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January and February) 
5. Get Your Hexie On - (January and February) 
6. Bee Europa (February
7. Book Bee (February)
8. Flying geese Bee (February)


WIP
1. Midnight in the Oasis 
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks 
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 
4. Finish Maud's bag 
5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November 
6. Make a few blocks for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday 
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 
11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October  
12. Triangle quilt for my Mum 
13. Quilty Fun Christmas  
14. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February

New Project
1. UK mini swap  
2. Liberty Swap
3. Sugar and Sweet Easter Swap
4. Custom cushion
5. Quilt for M
6. Elephant Parade

And I think I will stop there because my list is already far too long :-)

Linking to A lovely Year of Finishes, Fresh Sewing Day.
Celine

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