Friday, 10 February 2017

A new project - hand sewing

On a wet and miserable Monday morning while I was inundated with work, I received this lovely message from Karen asking me if I would like to try her new quilt Mischief. I looked at the picture on her IG feed and of course I was converted and the name is so good too! And this week, I received Karen's package, which I must say is fantastic. It includes the pattern with its 4 design options, colouring pages, all the paper templates for a full size quilt as well as acrylic templates. How amazing is that?

Of course, I couldn't wait to get started, the first step was to choose which design I was going to go for. I picked variation 2. And because I had taxi duty for the kids, I was able to prepare a few shapes. I can see this quilt becoming addictive somehow!
My first block for February, hopefully not the last!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

30 days of the 100-day Challenge

A month has passed already since I joined Jen for the 100 day challenge and decided to focus on 3 projects to progress (hmmm.....)

The 3 projects I selected were:
1. Hello Kitty quilt for my niece - squares all cut - no pogress at all on this one...

2. Farmer's Wife blocks -I had 30 blocks already and was planning to make 30 more by April. Well I am happy to report that I have made 15 bocks so far!

3. Project 48 -  I had 17 blocks already and I was planning to finish all 48 blocks by April,. I made 5 more, still a lot to do!

But of course, I have diverted my attention and worked on a lot of other projects too. Good time to refocus I guess!

Linking to 100 days project check in


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Toaster sweater 2

The last few weeks have disappeared so quickly.... work has been crazy busy so there hasn't been much sewing time. The birthday season has also started so I have been baking this week-end.

I had cut my Toaster Sweater 2 in January but I never had time to start sewing it but finally this week-end. The sweater is easy to make there are only 4 parts: front, back and the 2 sleeves.

The vent has mitered corners but if you have made any bags where you square the bottom, well it is the same technique.

I really like the look of the sweater and the fabric I have picked for it from Fabric Galore. But I must admit, I find the body of the sweater just a little baggy and I think I didn't sew the sleeves perfectly. Never mind, this is only my second piece of dressmaking and I am still a beginner and after a good press it looks good anyway!
It is wearable and the fabric is lovely. But if I were to make a Toaster again, maybe I would go back to version 1!
Anyway, this is my first finish for February and one OPAM for February as well as one of my Finish Along for Q1.

Linking to Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday,Whoop Whoop Friday.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Few blocks

Life has been quite crazy lately and it has been very hard to fit some sewing time but I have managed to finish one Dear Jane block

and 2 Ice-Cream Soda blocks, I love those!

My last 3 blocks of January taking my total to 36
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February goals

A short month and 2 birthday parties, it is going to be hard to cross a lot off the list!

Hoping for finish
1. Wanta Fanta will be my One Monthly Goal
2. Elephant parade
3. Toaster sweater 2 - cut

Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (Febuary
2. Block lotto 

1. Farmer's wife, let's try for another 10 blocks
2. Solstice challenge - 4 blocks behind already....

3. HST modern sampler quilt - half way
4. Project 48 - 5 more blocks this month?

5. Pumpkin Passport  

6. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Zodiac BOM 
3. Long Time Gone QAL
4. Flora Sew Along
5. Saunio Cardigan
6. Moneta Dress
7. Mischief blocks


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January in review

First month is over already and I am happy that I have a few finish and progress on some WIPs too!

Hoping for finish
1. Bean Bag - finished

2. Toaster Sweater for #SewMyStyle - this will be my choice for the One Monthly Goal

3. Medaillon quilt - finished

Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January) - done

2. I love Lucy International (November, bonus block) - done

3. Block lotto - none

1. Wanta Fanta - need 1 more block - top finished

2. Elephant Parade - 6 more blocks before the top can be put together 

3. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL and original FW - 15 blocks this month but once has disappeared before the photo shoot!

4. Postcards from the World - no progress
5. 365 challenge quilt no progress

6. Town and Country quilt - I am so progress
7. HST modern sampler quilt - 12 blocks behind, catch up timeno progress
8. Project 48 - 5 blocks this month

9. Pumpkin Passport  - some progress (and some unpicking too) - I have been trying to stitch one thread a day but it hasn't worked every day... at least some progress though

10. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks -2 blocks completed

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Zodiac BOM 
3. Gipsy Wife QAL
4. 182 days Solstice challenge with Pat Sloan  - 3 blocks


Monday, 30 January 2017

Medaillon quilt - long standing UFO

So I had this quilt top in my cupboard for .... 10 years and it has been waiting to be quilted for that long, I am ashamed to say.... I made the central snowflake from a pattern by Paula Nadelstern 
I can't remember if I paper pieced it or use template, I think it was the latter but I remember I had trouble having it flat...
I send it for a Round Robin to all my partners and after 6 rounds it came back like this

And then seeing the lovely work and the huge size of it (it is about 75' square), I got scared of quilting it so I put it away for later. Later never arrived until at the end of last year I thought it would be so good to tackle it.
And it has been a learning experience.... I have changed threads during the quilting (which I have not done before)
I have quilted the quilt on the frame "by row" and then turned it 90 degrees to finish it off... there are a few puckers on the back but I can live with those.
And I have practiced lots of motifs like flowers and feathers etc. They are not perfect of course but I am glad I tried.
I have used black batting for the first time since the top is mostly dark and the back is black.

And I used a lovely dark batik for the binding.

One less UFO and one more OPAM for January, and one of my Q1 FAL list as well as my APQ UFO challenge item.

Quilt stats:
Top pieced in 2006
Quilted in 2017
Quilted with Aurifil 5014 and Superior Threads King Tut 902, 903, 918 and 938
Size: 75' square

Linking to Sew Cute Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop Whoop Friday.


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wanta Fanta

Another quilt top, ready for some free-motion quilting! Most of the blocks were made by 2 bee groups in the last 2 years and because I wanted a larger top, I made a few blocks myself. My daughter picked the border fabric since it will be a quilt for her big bed.
I love the design of this one and can't wait to have some time to quilt it.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Blocks, blocks, blocks

A few more blocks I made earlier this week...
Only one more Farmer's wife block:
64 - [Peace & Plenty]

4 blocks for my Elephant Parade quilt but the turtle's leg is the wrong way:-(

and my hexies for January too!

6 blocks that take my monthly total to 33!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.



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