Thursday, 9 April 2015

More hand piecing

Last week has been all about hand sewing or cross stitching as I was away from my sewing machine. It was a great way of catching up with some late blocks and also get started on new blocks. I made a second flower for my partner for March


My 1 block for the 350-blocks project challenge for April.
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Finish Along Q2 - goals

So the first quarter is over and we are going towards Spring and Summer here. Let's hope the longer days help me finish more projects than the 5 I crossed off my previous list!

Still following our cheerleader in the lovely Adrianne who lives at the other end of the world from me and who will be celebrating her 30th birthday during the year!
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

1. M new quilt

2. UK mini swap -  working on some hexagons now

3. Basket for my friend's birthday

4. One-hour basket for swap

5. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday

6. Quilt for my friend's 40th

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. Bag for Maud -started 5 years ago...  - 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...  

10. Star Plus quilt 

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

12. Triangle Quilt take #2  - all the triangles are cut 

13. My Auntie's purple quilt - UFO from 5 years ago - 

14. Spools and bobbins - 

15. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced

16. Custom cushions x 2

17. Quilt for A

18. Elephant quilt

19. You've got mail wall hanging

20. Mod Mod Along
The list could go on and on and on I think so I will once again stop at 20 projects and see if I can finish more than 5 this quarter!

Linking to Finish Along Q2
Celine

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Finish Along Q1

Quarter 1 is over already, time to check how many finishes I can cross of my list from January and how many I will yet again, push to next quarter(s).


1. Work bag for myself - started years ago but stopped because of a zip fear! - this one is on my list since the beginning of the year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  - no progress

2. Bag for Maud -started 5 years ago... no progress

3. Star Plus quilt - top ready for quilting no progress

4. Cat bag as a Christmas present similar to the one I made 2 years ago no progress

5. Triangle Quilt take #2  - all the triangles are cut no progress

6. My Auntie's purple quilt - UFO from 5 years ago - no progress

7. Spools and bobbins - to be finished promptly so I can gift it to my Grand-Mum for her 90th birthday no progress

8. Finish my Little Forest with quilting and binding - Finished and on our bedroom wall

9. Make myself a skirt with the Skirt Sew Along no progress

10. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced no progress

11. UK mini swap -  no progress


12. Liberty of London swap - finished on time

13. Frozen dresses for the girls - both finished


14. Valentine's swap - 25 cards done 

15. Custom cushions x 2 no progress

16. Downton swap - finished on time

17. Mr Cars new quilt - all blocks done - I have planned the design and started sashing the blocks

18. Miss Baby quilt -no progress

19. Miss Strawberry Shortcake quilt - 2 block so far

20. Mod Mod Along no progress

Only 5 crossed off my list out of 20, that doesn't look very good I guess, Some were very challenging (like the Frozen dresses) and I am glad they are finished, and there were other finishes which were not on this original list like more swaps (Kawaii, Easter open wide pouch for examples), some pillow cases for the kids and a lot of birthday parties to prepare, organise and bake for. A new job to get used to (including returning to full time 5 days a week work rather than part-time 4 days a week) since January as well to add to the equation so I guess it has been quite a busy quarter really. Time to plan for the next one which will, I hope, will bring renewed energy with the arrival of Spring.
Linking to Finish Along Q1.
Celine

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

March in review

So March is over and the first quarter of the year as well. We started the month with the last (but not least of course) of the kids birthday celebrations and of course more baking. I am not going to hide that I am pleased that the "birthday season" is over for another year!

I had a lot on my list again this month and especially lots of catch up I was hoping to do and I must say it worked pretty well. Let's have a look now and plan next month!

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Sugar and Sweet Easter Swap - finished and sent on time


2. Star Plus - no progress
3. Kawaii swap - this will be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes - finished and sent on time


4. Skirt Sew Along - no progress
5. IG Secret Pal swap - finished and sent on time


Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (January and February) - January sent, February in progress

2. Block Lotto blocks - 9 done

3. I love Lucy international block (February and March) - February and March done

4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January, February and March) - January and February sent, March in progress


5. Get Your Hexie On - (January, February) - January sent, February finished and this bee is now finished (round 2)

6. Bee Europa (March)sent

7. Book Bee (March) - sent

8. Flying geese Bee (February and March) - no progress

9. Bee Hive Europe (February and March) - February and March sent




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. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced - no progress
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks - no progress
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along - no progress
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday - no progress
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler - little progress at least the border is now finished since I last posted in December

11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October  - no progress
12. Triangle quilt for my Mum - no progress
13. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday- no progress
14. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - no progress
15. Elephant Parade - no progress

New Project
1. UK mini swap - no progress
2.Custom cushion- no progress
3. Quilt for M - my Lazy Bums challenge for March- I have a plan, I have the blocks, and I have started sashing my blocks but nowhere near finished really

I made a total of 28 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge in March, still behind the target of 30 but so much better than the 9 of February...

And now what should I focus on in April?


Hoping for Finishes!
1. UK mini swap this will be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes
2. Quilt for M
3. Star Plus 
4. Skirt Sew Along 
5. IG Secret Pal swap 

Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (February) 
2. Block Lotto blocks 
3. I love Lucy international block (May) (I am Queen Bee in April)
4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (March and April) 
5. Bee Europa (April)
6. Book Bee (April) + 2 books for Helen
7. Flying geese Bee (February, March and April)
8. Bee Hive Europe (April) 

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. Custom cushions
2. Quilt for A

Linking to A lovely Year of Finishes and Fresh Sewing Day

Celine

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

One more block

Yes I did finish one more block this month, the last of the Get Your Hexie On block which was made of "big" (1.5') hexie all in low volume. I used an assortment from my stash to make Shirley's block

This bee is over now, this was our second round (year-long), let's see if we will do a round 3.
This block takes my March blocks total to 27.

And I am still playing with English Paper Piecing today, trying to finish my hexie flowers for March, but at the moment, this is still a WIP.

Miracle, after month in its bag, I found an hour to work on my Once Upon a Time sampler, little progress of course, but at least it is some progress! This one is a very very long term WIP

Linking to WIP Wednesday.
Celine

Monday, 30 March 2015

Blocks galore

In between rushing to finish my swaps on time, I have also tried to catch up with blocks and most particularly bee blocks after being so slack last month. And I had quite some time for hand-sewing as I did spend quite a lot of time watching TV too (catching up with some shows or the Great British Sewing Bee!)
First there were 2 #flowersforeleni, my modest contribution to this love quilt for Eleni's family

This month I was on time for the Bee Hive block for Britta who had picked the Wanta Fanta block - when you put plenty of those together it looks like an orange peel quilt, very effective
Another advantage (or not) of organising my stash is that I have been forced to realise that I have a LOT of fabric so I should really not hesitate to CUT into it, rather than save it all for THAT perfect project which will probably never happen. So I made a bonus block for Britta, a trip around the world block in green that she is currently collecting
Next on the list, and again in an effort to sew my stash was to make some Sping Flower blocks for the Block Lotto - 9 of them. These had got me to dive into my stash of batiks and rediscover their vibrant colors. I know they are usually shunned in these days of modern quilting but I must admit, I like their colors and the effect they give
And finally I also finished my March Lucy Boston Block yesterday, ready to go!

It feels so good to have (almost) caught up with my Bee Blocks this month. A couple still to finish but I am slowly getting there. And these 14 blocks take my total for March to 26, still 4 short for the 30 needed for the 350-blocks challenge but then there is one day left ;-)

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.
Celine

Sunday, 29 March 2015

And another swap is ready

I sent my last swap for this month, which was the It's so Kawaii swap. For once, this wasn't a secret swap and Mara asked me to make items for her 4-year old daughter. I like the Open Wide Pouch I made for the Sweet and Salty Easter swap so I decided to make one with some mini charm Kawaii squares that I had in my stash

and I paired with a lovely emerald happy bee fabric that I bought years ago because it was happy and fun :-)

One good thing about re-organising my sewing room and my ever-growing stash (an on-going project since January) is that I rediscover fabrics that I had completely forgotten about. Some are nice surprises, some not so nice ;-)
Next I made a little hand-bag from a pattern by Rachel called the friendship bag with again some Kawaii fabric pieces I had in my stash and some yummy strawberries
Nice, fun and easy mini handbag perfect for a little girl, which made me think that I really ought to make one for my mini girl too... maybe one day!
And finally I made a circle pouch from Erin's free pattern but for this one, I worked production-line style and made 5 at once: one for the swap, one for my baby girl (for when she needs to take money into school - meant to be done months ago), one for Big Boy for his guitar spectrums with fabric he choose himself last week-end (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), one for me (meant to be done years ago, with special Japanese London fabric from Diane), and one Star Wars for hubby:

And of course I sent a few Kawaii goodies too

Another 7 OPAMs to had to my March list, not bad going! And this was also my challenge for March for A lovely Year of Finishes. Also linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine





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