Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August in review

Busy busy month, work, holidays and a lot of travelling but it has been a good month as well with 2 new bags for myself! Travelling handmade this year!

Hoping for finish
1. Scrappy X block quilt - only need quilting -  this will be my choice for August for the One Monthly Goal with Heidi - quilted, needs binding now


2. Maker's Tote - finished

3. Rock Star bag - finished


Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (August) - finished


2. Bee Hive (July, August) - finished


3. Bubble Bee (June, August) - one done

4. I love Lucy International (August) - September started


5. Scandi Bee (June, July, August) - June finished

6. Fat Stash Bee (July) 

WIP
1. Wanta Fanta - need 8 more blocks - no progress
2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks - no progress
3. A very merry Christmas town - some progress

4. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL - I am so behind... no progress
5. Postcards from the World no progress
6. 365 challenge quilt - let's try not to fall behind too much and maybe make the corners to sew the central medallion completely? no progress
7. Town and Country quilt - I am so behind.... no progress
8. HST modern sampler quilt - 4 blocks behindno progress
9. Project 48 - let's try to catch up no progress

10. Pumpkin Passport - good progress, nearly caught up


11. Summer Solstice Sew Along no progress
12. Sashiko Along 


New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Zodiac BOM not started
3. Gipsy Wife QALnot started

2 OPAMs this month, one nearly finished UFO and 7 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge.

Celine

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

One step forward

I had planned to finish this long standing UFO this month, but it won't be.

The binding is still missing. I am not sure why it took me nearly a whole week to quilt it on the frame, but anyway. quilting is done now.

And of course, all it needs now is a scrappy binding, hopefully for September.
This was my goal for August so this is a fail :-(

Linking to Sew Cute Tuesday and Let's Bee Social.
Celine

Monday, 29 August 2016

Two little flowers

Just a little slow stitching while it is so hot to complete my 2 Inchy Hexie Flowers for August

2 more blocks taking my total to a small 7!

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Maker's Tote

I have also finished another bag. still for me this month with my new Maker's Tote (pattern by Noodle Head)

I used all fabric from my stash, which again is a good feeling! and for the first time ever, I used some of my selvages to make a pocket.
First time using FlexFoam which gives a lovely body to the bag but not easy to sew through by hand for the binding
Adding the side panels wasn't the easiest and mine are not perfect but never mind!
I made the bigger size and the bag is huge and very roomy, perfect for taking my craft supplies on holidays!

I love the shape of the bag and all the internal pockets as well as the outside zip pockets to keep the important pieces safe!

I must admit I am almost tempted to make a smaller one now.

And this is another OPAM for August as well as another item of my Q3 FAL list.
Celine

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A few blocks

I seem to have swapped the heavy block making for the quilts/bag making days at the moment, my block production has fallen a lot, so much that I have been behind in a few bees for a little while and that I have completely stalled in the quilt-along, sew-along. I am sure I will eventually get back to them! (well at least I hope so, I surely don't need any more UFOs...)

Anyway, this month, I made a Bubble for Alicia

2 Diamonds for Betti - which have caused me lots of trouble....

An Abacus block for Chris

and a Quatre-foil block for Sarah - not my usual palette I must admit but I love her choice, very Mediterraneen
That makes 5 blocks (only) for the 350-blocks challenge and I doubt I will complete many more this month...
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Friday, 19 August 2016

Rock Star

That's how I should feel now! This week I made myself a Rock Star bag using Sara at Sew Sweetness pattern.



And there were a lot of first with this new bag:
first time using one of Sara's pattern which I found well written and easy to follow
first time using Flexform which is lovely and give a great drape to my outer fabric

first time sewing with vinyl (glitter vinyl even to be more rock!) - and that went a lot better than I expected, the teflon foot was useful there

first time with bag feets - I love them

first time with a firm bottom (the bag not me!) and again I love it

The bag went together relatively quickly, it took me 2 evenings to assemble it and I redid the zipped pocket on the outside because the vinyl made it bulky and the sides/corners were wonky.

I learnt a lot from making this bag and using vinyl. I guess one of the most important point I learned was that when using vinyl, it is not necessarily a good time to plan to sew on the wrong side and turn out. Vinyl doesn't fray so it the sides can be kept raw. On the other end, it is bulky and quite unflexible to turn. I realised that quickly when making the handle extenders and the strap.

So of course my bag is not perfect, but I love it. I am glad I made it and made it quickly and I love the look of it. The outer fabric came from my stash from a few years back and good hardware makes it look very professional I think!


This one of my FAL list and one OPAM for August!

Linking to Whoop Whoop FridaySew Cute Tuesday and Let's Bee Social.

Celine

Monday, 1 August 2016

August goals

This month will be a mix of work and holidays for us so I am not sure how much time I will spend behind my machine but maybe I can catch up with my bee blocks and work on a few other projects. Anyway, I have a long list as always!

Hoping for finish
1. Scrappy X block quilt - only need quilting -  this will be my choice for August for the One Monthly Goal with Heidi
2. Maker's Tote - almost all cut
3. Rock Star bag - fabric selected but not started

Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (August
2. Bee Hive (July, August
3. Bubble Bee (June, August
4. I love Lucy International (June) 
5. Scandi Bee (June, July, August) 
6. Fat Stash Bee (July) 

WIP
1. Wanta Fanta - need 8 more blocks 
2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks 
3. A very merry Christmas town 
4. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL - I am so behind...
5. Postcards from the World 
6. 365 challenge quilt - let's try not to fall behind too much and maybe make the corners to sew the central medallion completely? 
7. Town and Country quilt - I am so behind.... 
8. HST modern sampler quilt - 2 blocks behind
9. Project 48 - let's try to catch up 

10. Pumpkin Passport 
11. Summer Solstice Sew Along
12. Sashiko Along 

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Zodiac BOM not started
3. Gipsy Wife QALnot started

Linking to Red Letter Quilts one monthly goal.
Celine

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