Saturday, 21 March 2015

A good week for finishing...

This week has been good to finish some WIP. The deadline for the Sweet and Salty Easter Swap was approaching fast so I concentrated on my Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead, a very good pattern that I will for sure use again.

I also made my favorite sewing kit with a cute little sheep fabric that I have had in my stash forever!

And I collected a few goodies for my partner too!

I received my pouch from Sue, it's lovely and bright.

And she had filled it with so many gorgeous goodies, my youngest already had her eye on the chocolate rabbit!

While I was making a sewing kit, I thought I could make another one for my 2015 IG Secret Pal partner. I had this cute babuchka fabric in my stash that I paired with a lovely turquoise.


I also finished a pillow case for Big Boy. It was supposed to be for his birthday and I tried to finish it for his birthday, but I get doing it wrong... so I unpicked a few times and finally finished it this week.
And earlier in the month I had made 2 Little Red Riding Hood capes for the girls for World Book Day



All these make 6 OPAM so far this month! Hopefully a few more soon as I have the Kawaii swap to finish too!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday

Celine

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A new quilt

So this month, I am trying to make a new quilt, which is also my goal for the Lazy Bums. It is a new quilt but from an old UFO. I have these 25 blocks that I collected over a few bees over 2013. The blocks were all stashed away to be made into a quilt for my son but I never started it so this month I finally got the pile of blocks out.

I will frame my blocks with the blue and then use probably the printed as sashing between all the blocks.

That's the plan anyway. Let see how long it will take to finish this quilt.
Linking to WIP Wednesday.

Celine

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Catching up with blocks

I was very behind with my Bee blocks in February so I thought I would start this month trying to finally catch up. And I have made some progress and sent a few blocks to their new owners.

There was more hand sewing with these hexagons for Cathy for February

and this Lucy Bee block for Uschy for Feburary

I also finished my arrow blocks for Rosanne for Little Blog Bee for January


And then I made a block for Siobhan for Bee Hive but I didn't follow the instructions correctly so I made another with the right size triangles

And I also made an improv block for Colette for Bee Europa 

And finally a paper pieced book for Tracy for #thebookbee

A total of 9 blocks taking my total this month to 12 so far for the 350-blocks challenge.


Celine


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

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