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December goals

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  I have no doubt December will be ultra busy, what with the festive period and everything else we have to deal with currently... but I'm so hoping to carve out just a little time for some sewing here and there. Maybe this is just wishful thinking of maybe that will help to keep me sane somehow...  Qui lting 1.  Dear Jane - hoping to finish row E, would be nice to finish it by the end of the year... all the blocks are cut now. 2. Farmer's Wife - will I finally make a few blocks on this one? Dressmaking 1 .  Undies 2. Winter coat (started 2 years ago) 3. Reusable kitchen towels 4. Reusable make up pads Bags 1.  Town bag by Grainline - cut and started but not progressing, really hoping to finish this one too... 3.  Scrappy baskets 4. Corkordion Wallet 5. Sac filet 6. Bag for the girls - these will be my  One monthly goal 7. Zippered pocket for my friend 8. Pillow card holder Cross-stitch 1. Nutcracker stitch along Céline

November furtle

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A busy month, a difficult month, a month with difficult memories but also a few happier moments. Lots to progress this month still for all of us and not necessarily enough energy or time to sew as much as I had planned/ wished. A few makes this month that I'm happy to have finished! 2 pairs of PJ, one for each girl even if the elephant one is in the recycling bag as the fabric was damaged after all... A collection of pillow card holder, even though I forgot to take a picture, with more in the making at the moment.  And the biggest one, my Impromptu is fully finished now. I'm so happy I can cross this one off my list! Linking to  November Furtle Céline 

Finally finished!

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  10 years since I started this quilt and last night I finally added the last stitches! It was originally a quilt-along on Flickr (!) (one of so many I joined) that started in 2013. I managed most of the basic blocks and when there were some additional cuts to do, I froze and put it aside... for a very long time!  I finally got the bag out in June 2021 and finished the quilt top just before our international move to get it quilted before we left the UK but I had an adventure with my parcel that got sent to the wrong address but eventually (luckily) came back to me. By that time it was too late to get it quilted in the UK... Last year I contacted Kim in France to quilt it for me but the parcel sat for nearly another year before I got everything out, ironed the top and the backing to send it on its way. And finally this spring I sent it to Kim who quilted it beautifully.  All that was left was for the binding to be added. I wasn't sure what solid I used for the top (since it had be

One more PJ

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  I seem to concentrate on the easy and fast to sew at the moment. Maybe it is the satisfaction of achieving something even when I have limited time and energy... Anyway whatever the reason, about a week or so after I cut it all up, I finished a new PJ for my eldest daughter. She seems to be growing overnight so everything gets too short too quickly. I bought this bright and colourful poppy fabric over a year ago at a local fabric market but hadn't got around to use it yet. I thought I had enough for a full PJ but I could only cut the top so I digged into my stash of plain jersey and found a lovely black one for the PJ bottom. Once again, this was a quick make as all is assembled on my overlocker. And once again I used the 11th hour gear pattern by Pattern Niche , all in size 16. Another finish for November! Linking to  Wednesday Wait Loss ,  Brag about your Beauties ,     Patchwork and Quilt . Céline

Pillow card holders

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I heard this week that my daughter's school were planning to sell small objects during the parents-teachers meetings to fund raise for the final years' school trips abroad. I was trying to think about what I could contribute that would be fast and easy to make but would still sell. They hadn't asked for any contributions but I figure I could help maybe. Looking through my patterns stash I remembered the Pillow Card Holder pattern from Sewing Seeds of Love which actually doesn't require any sewing at all. I had this one on my to-do list for a while and then dropped it. All it required really is cutting with the Cricut and then inserting 2 snaps. And that exactly what had stopped me so far... using my Cricut to cut the piece... so I finally got it out and of course it was much easier than anything I feared.  The pattern comes with the svg file so it just needs uploading onto the DS software and it is ready to go! I used faux leather from my massive stash for them, select

PJ time

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Weather is awful, life is difficult so I could easily hibernate... making PJ is almost hibernating I guess, but at least something come out of it.  This week I picked up the pieces I had cut in October from my scrap box to make a new pair of PJ for my youngest, with leftovers from a PJ made to her sister a few years back. Another game of a Tetris to fit as many pieces as possible on the leftover piece of elephant fabric. Only the back of the PJ top was cut out from a piece of black leftover fabric.  Again I used my tried and trusted  11th hour gear pattern by Pattern Niche   in size 10. Another one finished with self made labels too. Linking to D esign Wall Monday ,  Midweek Makers ,  Wednesday Wait Loss ,  Happy Needle and Threa d ,  Put your foot down ,  Brag about your Beauties ,   Off the wall Friday ,  Can I get a Whoop Whoop ,  Peacock Party ,  Patchwork and Quilt . Céline 

November goals

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At least I carved out a little bit of time for sewing in October but much less than I was hoping for. Although November is my birthday month, it will be a difficult month with some painful anniversaries. Maybe I will find some sewing time to make the memories less painful... Christmas is around the corner too so maybe I will try and make a few gifts? Qui lting 1 .  Impromptu quilt - Finally the binding is on and need to be sewn by hand so I will keep it as  my   One monthly goal 2.  Dear Jane - hoping to finish row E, all the blocks are cut now. 3. Farmer's Wife - will I finally make a few blocks on this one? Dressmaking 1 .  PJ for M 2. PJ for A (cut) 3. PJ for C 4. Peppermint Belle Shirt 5. Undies 6. Nightdress for me 7. Winter coat (started 2 years ago) Bags 1.  Moonwake bag 2.  Town bag by Grainline - cut and started but not progressing, really hoping to finish this one too... 3.  Scrappy baskets 4. Corkordion Wallet 5. Sac filet Cross-stitch 1. Nutcracker stitch along Céline