Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Blocks seem to be a common theme weeks after weeks on my blog at the moment. And in a way this week is not very different: blocks, blocks, blocks everywhere!

I finished my Bee Hive block for Esther and this is not a catch up as she is Queen Bee for May! How good is that?

And I also made a start on my Stems and Stones quilt for my friend. I needed 25 snwoball blocks and I got so carried away in the cutting and sewing that I didn't realised until I lined them up that I completed 28!

Never mind, I'll probably run out of little white squares for the next blocks, but that only if I counted right during the cutting phase!
With less than 4 weeks to complete this quilt, I better get going!

And all these little blocks bring my total for May to 69 blocks so far!
Linking to Building Blocks TuesdayNeedle and Thread Thursday.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Working on new projects

Along with catching up on my blocks, I have also started 2 (oops!) new projects.

I decided to join the The Stitching Pixie Barrel bag sew along. I have a rather large stash (I know, what a surprise!) of heavier fabrics that I bought to make bags that have never been made so I went through it and picked this Toile de Jouy piece that I bought years ago to make a quilt that I will never make. 

I caught up as much as I could as I hadn't ordered the hardware or gros-grain yet. 

It all arrived yesterday so I should be able to catch up and continue with the sew-along, 

It's not too late to join and I have thoroughly enjoyed making this bag... well at least so far!
And I have already learned new things, for the first time I have cut binding on the bias and made piping.

And I have also finished all the cutting for the birthday quilt
Stems and Stones Quilt Pattern

Now the sewing can start, eventually!

 And if you need more temptation, Rosa has left a comment on my previous post to let me know about the Hexathon that Barbara Brackman has just started... now I can't resist hexagons.... let's see how long I try....
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Playing catch up

The last week or so, I have been trying to play catch up on a few projects.

First on the Project 48 Quilt , for which I haven't made a block since February and since there are 4 blocks released per month, I was about 10 blocks behind... I have managed to make 5 so I am half way through the catch up! I have made all the April blocks (based on cross) and the first May block (pinwheel). 5 more to do before new blocks get released that is!

I have also finished my Patchwork of the Cross block for Karen
Hello Kitty has been getting a few more blocks too, only 8 more blocks to go now...  and I have over 2/3 of the quilt pieced now.

The Scandi Bee blocks for April are done too all with their lovely curves!

and I have made a 12 more blocks for my 365 Quilt Challenge, some from February, some from March, some from April and some from May!

Those 26 blocks (wow!) take my May total to 40 blocks for the 350-blocks project. Not bad a week!
Linking to Sew Cute TuesdayBuilding Blocks TuesdayLet's Bee Social


Saturday, 14 May 2016

New quilt-alongs

Just in case you are looking for something for the summer, I have come accross a number of quilt-alongs and other projects that are starting over the next few weeks/months.
I am not sure which one I will join - if any but it is nice to share (tempt others :-) ), right?

This one has already started, just so it would be easy to jump on now. The Stitching Pixie is organising a sew-along to make a Barrel bag and hers is really nice in denim, go and check it out!

And then there is also the Meadow Mystery Quilt-Along starting on 7 July, plenty of time to get ready!
Have fun!


Friday, 13 May 2016

A new project

Milestone birthday for one of my friend so what better gift than a hand-made one?
Stems and Stones Quilt Pattern
I picked the Stems and Stones pattern from Kelly Young for her and I am planning to use Kaffe Fassett fabric for it. So far, I have only started the cutting of the background. I will be using Kona White. Only about 100 or so little squares to cut and I will have all the background fabric ready.

Now of course, I have a deadline for this quilt, so let's see if I can make it in under 6 weeks. Wish me luck!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Birthday time

Today is sweet and sour here, I have made a birthday cake but there is no-one to blew the candles, well the kids could do it for their grand-pa but sadly he is no longer with us to savor this moment or any others.

My beloved Dad would have turned 65 today and I am really sad that he has left us so young. Yet he wasn't a sad person and would like us happy so with a yummy cake to celebrate him I try to portray happy memories to my children that he would so much have loved to have the chance to meet

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Modern HST quilt along

I am always so tempted by all the quilt-along, challenges etc that I am sure that with a 48-hour day, I would still not be able to keep up! Anyway, one that I have been able to caught up with recently is the Modern HST sampler that Alyce is running.
The Modern HST Sampler QAL
The pace on this one is good with 2 blocks per month, but I had still managed to fall behind last month, well until next block is revealed, I am on track.

I completed block 8
 and 9 this last week or so

And these are my 9 blocks together, pretty?

Of course, that's another 2 blocks taking my total to 14 for May so far.
Linking to Sew Cute Tuesday.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Blocks again?

It seems all I am producing at the moment is blocks! But then with lots of blocks, one day I'll have some quilts (I hope) :-)

I am so happy that I have finally finished my belated bubble for Wyna, those blocks are beautiful but so time consuming!

I also finished my 2 Scandi Bee blocks for Rebecca, love her choice!

So in the last week or so, I have tried to catch up with the 365 Challenge but I am still over 40 blocks behind. It is so hard to keep up with a block a day and the 6' blocks take a lot more time to make than the 3' ones! Anyway, I managed to make 9 blocks since the beginning of the month, 6 big 6' blocks from April and May and 3 tiny 3' blocks from February.

And all of these blocks give me a total of 12 blocks to start my 350-blocks challenge for May, not bad!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday, Let's Bee Social.


Sunday, 1 May 2016

May goals

May! Spring, warmer days, and some birthdays in the family... hopefully some down time so I can sit and sew too.

Hoping for finish
1. Quilt for M - needs quilting and binding
2. Quilt for A - HK QAL but I need my assistant to prepare my blocks!

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

1. Wanta Fanta - need 2 more blocks
2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks  
3. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress - my Lazy Bums challenge for November 
4. A very merry Christmas town 

5. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL - I am so behind....
6. Postcards from the World 
8. 365 challenge quilt - let's try not to fall behind too much and maybe to finish February
9. Town and Country quilt - I am so behind....
10. HST modern sampler quilt - let's try to catch up
11. Project 48 - let's try to catch up
12. Pumpkin Passport 

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Zodiac BOM 
3. Gipsy Wife QAL
4. Quilt for A for 40th
5. Quilt for C for 40th


Saturday, 30 April 2016

April recap

So April is finished in a few hours. I am not sure we can say that Spring has arrived, a few days ago we were back in winter! The month has been busy as usual but I almost feel I have done quite a bit, so that's good. Let's have a look at the list to check!

Bee Blocks 
1.Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (April) - done

2. Fat Stash Bee (April)  - no block this month!
3. Bee Hive (March, April) - March and April done
4. Bubble Bee (March, April) - in progress
5. I love Lucy International (March, April) - March finished, April started
6. Scandi Bee (March, April) - March done, April started

1.  Quilt for M  - I made some progress! I have a quilt top and I am very happy with it! Next step quilting

2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks  - no progress
3. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress - my Lazy Bums challenge for November no progress
4. A very merry Christmas town no progress

5. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL no progress
6. Tokyo Subway map no progress
7. Postcards from the World no progress on April

8. 365 challenge quilt - finished January, made one more block for Feburary and 19 for April

9. Town and Country quilt no progress
10. HST modern sampler quilt - block 7

11. Quilt for A - HK QAL - 22 blocks

12. Project 48 no progress
13. Pumpkin Passport - caught up with March and April in progres

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Zodiac BOM 
3. Gipsy Wife QAL

No OPAM again this month but a total of 42 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Working on a quilt top and more blocks

So my April challenge for the Lazy Bums is to make a quilt top for my son with blocks I received a few years ago (about 2013...) from various swaps and bees (to be honest this has been on my to-do list for a while actually)
and I had even devised a plan using sashing around each blocks and made a start last year but didn't go very far.

So I got my pile of blocks out at the week-end and of course I had been clever enough not to keep my scribbles that were my plan with the blocks and fabric so I have now idea where it has disappeared! And I decided that the best thing to do was to lay out the blocks and start again. I had 25 blocks altogether that I collected but decided that it wouldn't be enough, ideally I needed 30.
I found another 3 that I had made for other purposes but that hadn't been used yet and were the right colour scheme but slightly smaller, a tiny border and I could throw them into the mix and was left with 2 holes to fill!
Easy to add 2 blocks and because I had no particular ideas of each blocks to make, I decided to enlarge the last 2 6' blocks from the 365 Quilt Challenge, making little sister and big brother combinations and using some of my son favorite themes. I love to see how different the blocks look using different fabrics!

And a day or so later, I had a quilt top (and I must admit, I love how it has turned out)
- nearly it just needs its borders now (but I have a couple of days left until the end of the month)!
And in addition to these blocks, I have made more for the 365 Quilt Challenge, keeping up with the daily assignment! 3 more 3' blocks and 2 more 6' blocks

I also finished my 2 flowers for the Inchy Hexie Swaps in reproduction fabric

And I made block 7 for the Modern HST sampler, one more to catch up with before the next one is released!

More blocks in production of course, including some bee blocks that I am hoping to send out very soon!
That takes my total of blocks this month to 40 blocks so far!

Linking to Building Blocks TuesdayLet's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday.


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