14 April, 2014

FAL Quarter 2

It's the last day of the Finish along sign ups for Quarter 2,

I've been trying to get sorted in my head what is actually achievable.


The most important thing for this quarter is to get the Euro Siblings Together quilt blocks into a flimsy and then into a finished quilt and hopefully even sent off by June.

I'm also tagging on the unfinished items from Q1,
So i've got to get the

Flower hexi wall hanging, quilted and bound

The selvedge star turned into a cushion or a wall hanging for my new frame room

And last but not least my lozanges needs to be finished into a cushion....

So 4 WIPS to try and get crossed off my list this quarter....
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05 April, 2014

ohhh how well did I do

Finish Along 2014
You know how in January I posted my finish along first quarters WIP's,
well incase you can't be bothered looking back, I put 6 WIP's up,
They included 3 quilts, a bolster pillow, a wall hanging and my selvedge star to do something with.
I can't admit to a complete success, I've been naughty and started new stuff without finishing my wip's but I don't think 50% finished is sooooo bad, is it ???

First up was the Economy block along quilt
It was only a few blocks in early January but was a completed quilt by the end of the month :)

A Valentines day finish for the triangle quilt here

Then finally there was the starburst quilt, it was already pieced but needed quilting and binding, that was a February finish and is being enjoyed on DS's bed

I'm sure you'll see the other wip's that I failed to finish may well appear in the next quarter along with some new ones lol....

Have a great weekend :)
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01 April, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

Lily's Quilts

Well I am really surprised to be honest, I have it appears made stuff and not blogged about it, well that's a kick up the bum !!!!

I've made my scrappy bag, my sew along pouch, three pairs of fancy washing up gloves, a quick 10 minute make flower brooch, a really cute cross bee block, a hexi postcard for my mum, the bee in love hexi cushion, a clip purse, a new ironing pad and a matching pin cushion :)

So not huge finishes but a good variety.  Linking up as always to Lynnes Fresh sewing day at Lilysquilts
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Bad Blogger

Wow, two weeks since I last blogged, I do find Instagram seems to be taking over alot of our blogging posts, my blog reading list is much smaller than it used to be, I think it's because instagram is instant and you get likes or comments rapidly, plus it's soooo much quicker just to post a picture lol...

I have to say, there hasn't actually been much sewing done around here, You'll see just how little there was tomorrow when I try and get my March makes posted. I've struggled to find time with decorating DS's bedroom, travelling 600km's round trip twice in 8 days to pick up and return cars, pick up another one. There's been stress, lots of running around and my sewing mojo has once again deserted me. I need to get a shift on with some quilts but really can't be naffed. Let's hope April is better for that.

I did however fancy the challenge of the Sew together sew along, the very talented Quilt Barn hosted a sew along, I watched all 5 parts appearing and decided it was do-able just. You know how I hate zippers, well this has 4 of the things EEEEKKK
 If I had just bought the pattern, I would have given up on stage 1, for me it most certainly wasn't the clearest instructions I've seen and if bags are that complicated, i'll be sticking to Sara@sewsweetness because I have nooooooooooo talent in pattern reading it appears.

But I followed the fab tutorial from quilt barn and step by step. Within 30 minutes of choosing the fabric i'd managed day one, Day two started on Tuesday with zippers eeek but I finished the whole thing by Tuesday evening. 
I think if your ok with zippers you'll be fine, if you can machine bind it'll be quicker, I'm absolutely crap so I hand stitched my binding on one side and if your slightly more accurate than me with your pouches you'll be fine. 
It just scrapes through as a march finish, a mirror dot marvel and even though Ds and dd want one each, not sure an experience I'll repeat #perhaps #sewtogethersewalong

I love all the mirror dots and am going to order more zippers, DS and DD want one but I'm thinking they might have to fight for them.... I *think* they might be great teacher gifts for end of term so I'm reckoning on getting two made by July :)

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17 March, 2014

Me Me Me Monday

I've had to keep this fairly secret as I made a pair for my mum, it was her birthday yesterday and she didn't realise they were home made she thought i'd bought them :)
I bought the sensationail led nail kit to try and get my nails to grow better and look nicer and after a week they all chipped while I was washing up :( they are *supposed* to last 14 days but friends and sensationail told me it was advisory to wear gloves while washing up or doing housework. I didn't want ordinary marigolds :)

You know how u told me to wear gloves for washing up well I've customised some, gonna send a set to my mum for mothers day :) @sensationailuk @imagingermonkey

I knew exactly what I wanted to do and literally made 3 pairs in like an hour, measured the gloves, cut out a 6" wide strip, ironed it in half and then gathered the rough edges to the glove size, sewed it into a circle and then just stitched it onto the gloves. Easy as pie :) and don't they look lovely, it's actually a pleasure to wash up now.

Mum and I both have the donut's but I had to try some zig zag sketch too :)
And a pink zig zag sketch pair, 3 pairs an hour. Never again will I have boring marigolds :)

DD want's a pair now but I need to buy her small size gloves so perhaps she'll get a pair next week :)

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16 March, 2014

Fat Quarterly Friendship bag

It's been a busy week and with a sick daughter, lots of researching car insurance and trying to catch up after half term, I haven't had much time to sew BUT I've made a bag :)

I added bag feet and a piece of cardboard in base and didn't use zip pocket as I never actually put anything in pockets lol @sewsweetness @fatquarterly #friendshipbag

It's from the scrap issue of Fat Quarterly, designed by my favourite bag maker Sara from Sewsweetness. I loved this from the beginning and wanted to use up some more scraps. I spent some time sorting through my browns/oranges/teal/green and blue. I used green mirror dots for the lining and adapted the pattern slightly, didn't put in the zippered pocket as I don't use them much at all and tend to just shove everything in.

@fatquarterly @sewsweetness friendship bag finish from scrap issue.... All scraps and stash #stashbusting

I'm not sure what it is but I always have very baggy lining, I always tend to cut it about 1/2 an inch smaller anyway. I added some cute little bag feet because my bags get hard wear and it needed a bit of cardboard in the base to stiffen it up a bit more.
It's a scrummy bag reminds me of spring and I can't wait to use it tomorrow :) I can see some more of these in my future
Thanks Sara for another fab pattern

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10 March, 2014

Primary Bee Bento Box block

It's that time when I hand my blog over to Amelia for her to tell you all about this month's primary bee block.

This month we had to make a bento box with bright pink, light pink and purple.  I chose a pink sketch and a hot pink sketch with purple rain (see the girl has taste like her mum and we're sketch girlies all the way)

Dd's #primarybee bento box block, two pink sketches and purple rain. So #proud of her

One afternoon we cut the fabric into strips and sewed some of them together.  Mum cut them with the rotary cutter but I was allowed to use the Bernina to sew.
Then this afternoon I've sewed the two halves together and then to make it into the block.
It was the 2nd hardest block so far I think.  I like it lots and might choose it for my turn in August.
Mum's sending it tomorrow (It's gone in the post today)  and it should be in America by Friday, hope the girl likes it.