Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Some blocks

In the middle of my stars for my friends quilt, I finished a few bee blocks (some were overdue...)
I finished my September bubble in blue

my August Patchwork of the Cross block in muted colours

and the September one too in 30s fabrics (not my forte...)

I also made a low-volume 9-patch for Lucy's #therearenowords quilt

And finally I made my 4th block for the Farmer's Wife 1930 sew-along, meet #14 Betty

5 more blocks for the 350-blocks challenge taking me to 20!

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday, WIP Wednesday, Farmer's Wife.


Friday, 9 October 2015

Finish Along Q4

Time for another list! Last quarter of the year and a few "must be finished" items to tick and of course some I have dragged... for a while!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

1. #charmpions quilt for my friends' 40th

2. M new quilt - blocks are ready to be put together in a quilt

3. Farmer's girl vintage quilt for Soo's retirement - lots of blocks needed

4.  Star Plus quilt - needs quilting and binding

5. September in the Hexagons - need binding

6. Cat bag as a Christmas present similar to the one I made 2 years ago

7.  X string quilt - 2 blocks needed to finish the top

8. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks were pieced. Some progress, quilted, it needs embroidery and finishing

9. Custom cushions x 2 

10. Elephant quilt - only 2 blocks done

11. Quilt for A - not started

12. Advent wreath - need quilting and binding

13. A very merry Christmas town sampler

14. Mod Mod Along - more blocks are needed

15. Work bag for myself - started years ago but stopped because of a zip fear! - this one is on my list since the beginning of last year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  

I will even stop at 15 this time as the next few weeks are very very busy for us so I am not sure how much sewing I will actually get done.

Linking to Finish Along Q4 goals

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Advent wall hanging

Last month, I have tested one of Jen's beautiful pattern so there was some secret sewing going on. I like the Advent time and the custom at mass of lighting one additional candle every Sunday so this wall hanging will be a perfect way for me to light a candle at home, in the safest way as possible.

The pattern that Jen has designed is beautiful and covers a range of technique. There is some paper piecing for the candle flame, "normal" piecing for the candles and blocks and also some applique for the leaves and words. A perfect pattern to brush off your skill on a manageable size project. And if you hop over to her blog, you can win a copy of the pattern until tomorrow.

Now I have been naughty as I didn't follow the layout that Jen had given us but I wanted to make it fit my wall space. Especially at Christmas when we have lots of wall hanging and extra decorations. And a table runner in our house is a risky addition (especially with a light background) plus I already have one that I made a few years back!

So the first step is the paper piecing of the flame, all 10 of them, which gives you lovely diamonds.
Next step is to piece the 4 block and applique the words and leaves (I used fusible!)

and then to assemble the top. I didn't follow the pattern at this point because I wanted a vertical banner and also I used different sashing because I didn't want to have to piece it.

and this is it, ready for quilting and binding. Next on the frame I hope!
Linking to Sew Cute.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015


This week-end has been like a sewing marathon for me but it has been so much fun and so good! Sewing is really the best relaxation ever. With my lovely group of IG friends we decided a while ago to make a quilt using charm packs. The deal was that we would use all our choice of fabric to make a common pattern and general vote picked the Castles on the Horizon pattern shared by Michele on the Moda Bake Shop site.

When we first discussed the idea in the Spring, I didn't read the pattern with enough attention to notice that 4 charm packs were needed for the quilt. It was only when I started to gather supplies early September that I realised that oh! shopping would have to be involved :-) And this is also when I decided that I would do the quilt for my friends' 40th birthday, giving myself a deadline for the quilt to be finished by 11 October, yes this week-end.

I was planning to get started earlier but, if you read me regularly, you will know by now that I am the queen of last minute. So I started sewing the HST last week. Using a layer cake rather than charm packs meant that I could sew 8 HST at a time :-)

I finally pieced my first star last Thursday. I used my "extreme paper-piecing" method and by Saturday night, all 12 stars were done

and the centre of the top was assembled too!

And it took me the whole of my sewing time on Sunday to finish the top as I needed more HST for the outside borders.
So 520 HST later, the quilt is on the frame ready for free-motion quilting and I am a little bit nervous about the quilting phase I must admit! Hoping to have it all done by Saturday morning though, wish me luck :-)

Michele has found out about our QAL and she wrote a little feature about our group on her blog here, if you want to check it out!

I can add 12 blocks to this month 350-blocks challenge to take me to 15 already, wow!

Linking to WIP Wednesday, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Farmer's wife 1930 Quilt Along

The Farmer's Wife quilt along has kicked off earlier this week on Angie's blog and it has gone viral! Hundreds of followers, well done Angie! I wonder how many quilts that will make in a year's time?

Anyway, I received my book in time so I had no excuse not to partake. And I am happy to report that I duly made the first block:
#12 Becky

the second block
#16 Bonnie
and the third block
#8 Aunt

in time.

I haven't bought special fabric for this quilt (maybe I need to!) and decided I will stick to my stash as much as possible. To be honest I don't like 30s fabric so I knew I wasn't going to go that route. I just want a happy cheery quilt. Let's see how far I will go from my stash.... My middle daughter is dreaming of having a poney farm when she grows up so maybe she will be a Farmer's Wife.

In a moment of complete madness, I even went to check if I had already made blocks #12 and #16 of the original Farmer's wife quilt (that I started... a few years back) and you know what? I had.

I was almost disappointed!
I haven't made block #8 so hopefully I will find time for this one soon (lots of fiddly pieces and some Y seams that I am thinking of changing...)
Maybe the new Farmer's Wife will help the old Farmer's Wife to progress. Watch this space!
3 blocks for this month 350-blocks challenge.
Linking to Gnome Angel


Friday, 2 October 2015

Finish Along Q3 recap

Wow, 75% of this year has already disappeared, time seems to fly quicker and quicker. And as usual I had a long wish list for my sewing, (well limited to 20 for my sanity), interrupted of course by summer holidays and numerous trips. But I am glad to report that I did cross off a few items, 8 of them in fact including 2 UFOs started last year. My best score this year!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

1. M new quilt - no progress

2. It so Kawai swap - open wide pouch + cross stitch

3. Teachers' gifts - open wide pouch

4. One-hour basket for swap 

5. Hand pieced mini swap 

6. Quilt for my friend's 40th - Started!

7. Make myself a skirt with the Skirt Sew Along - cut and ready to be sewn 

8. Work bag for myself - started years ago but stopped because of a zip fear! - this one is on my list since the beginning of last year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  

9. Zodiac swap - sent on time

10. Star Plus quilt - needs quilting and binding

11. Cat bag as a Christmas present similar to the one I made 2 years ago  

12. Triangle Quilt take #2  - done

13. Paris swap - done

14. X string quilt - 2 blocks needed to finish the top

15. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks were pieced. Some progress, quilted, it needs embroidery and finishing

16. Custom cushions x 2 

17. Quilt for A 

18. Elephant quilt 

19. You've got mail wall hanging - finished!.

20. Mod Mod Along

Linking to Finish Along Q3 finishes

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Goals for October

October already... I know my sewing time will be reduced... but of course, not even that will make my list shorter this month :-)

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Castle on the Horizon - quilt for my friends' 40th. This will be my goal for A lovely year of Finishes

2. Secret sewing for Christmas
3. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (August, September and October)
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (September and October) 
3. Book Bee (September and October
4. Flying geese Bee 
5. Fat Stash Bee (October) 
6. Bee Hive (August and October) 
7. Block Lotto blocks - 
10. Bubble Bee (September and October

1.  Quilt for M 
2. September in the Hexagon 
3. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October is to make 10 blocks
4. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
5. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 
6. A very merry Christmas town 
7. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL
8. Tokyo Subway map 

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Quilt for A



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