Thursday, 28 May 2015

A little chick

Last week before our trip to France, I also finished a little cushion for my Grand-Mum who is in hospital after she broke her leg. I used one of the blocks I had made for the Farm Vintage Along: the little chick.

I was going to quilt it with chicken wire but time was limited so I decided to go for some worms instead!

And a cute little baby chick turned into a soft cushion that I gifted to Grand-Ma over the week-end.
Another OPAM for May.


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A very good finish - Carte postale du Treport

Nothing better than a deadline to keep me focused. Sometimes, it seems that I can only accomplish something if a deadline is looming, I seem to need the last-minute stress. Anyway, last Saturday was my cousin's 30th birthday and I was determined to finish her quilt before her birthday party or to bin it (I didn't want to stash it away until her 40th :-) ). And I hate binning fabric that I have bought and spent time working with. The reason I was so determined to finish it this year was because this is one of my oldest UFO. I initially started that quilt for her 20th birthday (yes I know, that's 10 years ago...) and when it didn't get anywhere near finish, I stashed it away for later. My cousin has always liked lighthouses so this pattern from Magic Patch at the time had seemed perfect for her....

Later had finally arrived earlier this month when I pulled the bag out and discovered that there was so much more to do than I remembered as I had only completed 2 sections of the sky.

Anyway, I spread everything on the floor, changed the technique I was using 10 years ago (without thinking of reversing the pattern...) and decided too get going, one section at a time to avoid getting too confused. A lot of paper piecing later, the background was starting to take shape finally.

(I must say even with the deadline looming I did find it hard to work on it, probably because I wasn't sure how I was going to work on the lighthouse as I decided not to follow the pattern by then). I was sure I wanted to take inspiration from the lighthouse in Le Treport where I spent a lot of my beach holiday as a kid and was the place where our common great-grand parents lived but I wasn't entirely sure how to make it!

So I redrafted the pattern on paper and hoped for the best!

I must say it worked quite well, if I say so myself!

And of course over the last 10 years, I had managed to find the perfect backing fabric!

And with just 2 evenings left before we had to leave for the party, I started quilting: clouds and some seagulls for the sky, waves for the sea and 2 boats.

I felt the white in the lighthouse needed some quilting too as it looked too much "in your face otherwise" so I went for some easy loops.

And what better for the path to the lighthouse than pebbles? Nothing really considering the beach there is covered in pebbles - but that's not the best choice on a tight deadline!

I love the texture the quilting brought to the quilt, quilting brings such a new dimension to the fabric, I love it.

Of course, the hand sewing of the binding kept me occupied on the way back to France and also all morning before the party. But then, I did it, the quilt is a UFO-no more and I am very proud of this particular finish. It wasn't an easy one, it was quite a time consuming exercise but I grew more found of the quilt as it took shape and ended up loving the finished item.

Fabric: various blues from my stash collected over the years, Kona white, green  and meadow flowers
Size: about 36' by 75'
Paper pieced background, lighthouse pieced with the top applique.
Free-motion quilting on my home machine.
Started in 2005 and finished in 2015!

So this is my first OPAM this month but this also my Lazy Bums challenge for May and my Lovely Year of Finishes challenge and finally one of my Q2 Finish Along.

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


Monday, 18 May 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival

spring 2015 BQF Button

I love the Blogger's Quilt Festival that Amy organises as there is always such a diversity of stunning quilt that I would otherwise never discover. I like the opportunity for "anonymous quilters" like me to exhibit one or more quilt and drive traffic to my little blog for a few days!

It is always difficult to choose ONE quilt for the festival but this year I have been in so many swaps that I have picked one of the mini quilt I have made not that long ago. I picked the mini I made before Christmas for the IG mini swap. I picked a pattern from Diane called Celestial Star which is all paper-pieced and I picked a colour scheme which is not a common one for me, so this was quite challenging!

And with 12 of these, you get a lovely star floatting inside a ring, magical!

a close up of the echo-quilting

and a blue binding to frame it

I think my partner liked her quilt. I must say I would have gladly kept it by the time it was finished, which is always a good sign!

Quilt stats:
15' square
Pattern: Celestial Star by from blank page
Fabric from my stash
Paper-pieced and machine quilted
Made in November 2014

Linking to Amy's blog in the Mini Category, really crossing my fingers that I will patterns by Sassafrass Lane Designs that are so wonderful!


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Quilt-along, are you tempted?

I must admit I shouldn't but I am really tempted...

The first one I have just found is the Hillside Houses QAL which is already half way through and is offered in 3 finished sizes... a mini anyone?
Pretty Little Quilts Hillside Houses QAL

And the second one is the #mysmallworldqal from a pattern by Jen Kingwell, I even have the pattern... so why not? can't think of a good reason and that would use some of my stash surely....
My Small World QAL
Maybe I have too many project on-going already but sewing in company of others is always nice isn't it?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A paper piecing marathon

This month, my UFO challenge is to finish a quilt I started 10 years ago and I need it finished by 23 May to gift it to my cousin for her 30th birthday (it was originally going to be for her 20th).

And also I have a deadline and this long standing UFO wasn't very advanced, I haven't been able to keep at it so much... I kind of didn't like it anymore but felt I had to finish it. Anyway, I did spend some time on it last week-end to try and progress it as much as possible.
 I must say that now that it is getting closer to finishing, I like it more and more. Of course, I have changed method half way through which has lead to some mistakes when I forgot to reverse the pattern...
And I have also decided not to strictly follow the pattern (you can see my scribbles), to be closer to my inspiration so I am not sure how this will work at this stage....

 And then I realised that I am not making my life easier as I will have a lovely Y seam there....
Anyway, this project has gone from a UFO status to a WIP very much in progress. I am still hoping to finish on time for the birthday party and I am glad I picked it up again.

Now when I sew I love to chain piece and I did exactly that with this project too but I was so worried that I would get mixed up if I worked on several sections at a time that I decided to chain piece other paper pieced blocks. So this week-end I also caught up on all my #bookbee blocks, 2 for Hannah (I was late sending so decided to send an extra!)

2 for Helen for a private swap

and one for Kath
After these books, I picked up another UFO (started last year) and made 2 more envelopes for mz You've Got Mail wall-hanging from another pattern by Ayumills
2 more envelopes and I will be able to put these blocks together, I am on a UFO roll... finally!

And then yesterday I couldn't resist trying out one of the Farm Girl Friday block for this week and made this little chick who still needs his legs...

And finally, I also managed to finish my Patchwork of the Cross block for May, all in pink.
and my second hexie flower for April!

So that's another 10 blocks this month, not a bad start for this month as these take me to 15 so far... Let's hope it continues!

Linking to Building Blocks TuesdayWIP WednesdayNeedle and Thread ThursdayScraptastic Tuesday and Let's Bee Social.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Time to catch up

My count of blocks for April has been so low that I am of course behind on some of my bee blocks. So I have been working on those mainly this week to try and catch up so I can also work on other projects. 
First block I finished this month was the Tic Tac Toe for Kerstin for Bee Hive Europe

then I made Pippa's block for Bee Europa. This was a quick and easy block to make! I love the dramatic effect of the black and white.

And I made a little hexie flower to go with my mini basket for Natalie my April #2015IGsecretpals partner

I have also managed to get started on the new Farm Girl Vintage quilt-along on the same week it started! I am planning to use the blocks to make a quilt for my childminder who has sadly decided to retire at the end of the year.
I made a 12' block for the quilt 

and a 6' block to make a pincushion for my #2015IGsecretpals partner

I have also picked up my #bookbee blocks while I started working on my cousin's quilt for her 30th birthday (in 2 weeks...) a UFO that I started 10 years ago. 

There is still lots to be done on this one so please wish me luck...

For once a good start of the month with 5 blocks completed so far for the 350-blocks project.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Goals for May

Another month, another list...and I doubt this will be a short one. Let's hope I can cross a few big items this month...

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday - this will have to be my choice A lovely year of finishes as her birthday party is in May....wish me luck

2. Star Plus 

3. Skirt Sew Along 

4. IG Secret Pal swap 

Bee Blocks 

1. I love Lucy international block (May)

2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (April and May) 

3.  Bee Europa (May)

4. Book Bee (May)

5.  Flying geese Bee

6. Block Lotto blocks

1. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 

2. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November

3. Mr Snowmen cushion 

4. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 

5. Triangle quilt for my Mum 

6.  Quilt for M 

7. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February 

8. Elephant Parade

9. Scrappy X block quilt 

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2

2. Quilt for A 

3. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along - I have a plan for this one!

Linking to A lovely year of finishes,



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