Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Very Important WIP

As I mentioned yesterday, I am trying to catch the train again for some of the quilt-along I started, although for this particular one, the train has already reached its destination without me in October. Anyway, back in the Spring I started the Farm Girl Vintage quilt-along from Lori Holt with the idea of making a quilt for my kids childminder who will retire at Christmas. Plenty of blocks but plenty of time, starting that early. Apart that I completely fell off track in July and didn't touch it at all since then, even though I had a few blocks already prepared. So another one where I have decided to play catch up! I am trying to make blocks about one every day in the hope that the quilt will be finished on time to be gifted... Wish me luck...

So in the last few days, I have managed to finish 3 more blocks released in May and June!

Chicken Foot

Cool Threads

Corn and Tomatoes

So I now have 9 blocks for this quilt, I think there are 45 in total but I am not going to need/make them all.

3 more blocks this month, taking my total to 13!
Linking to Sew Cute TuesdayWIP Wednesday, Needle and Thread Thursday.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Catching up

It has been a looong time. Life has been busy, very busy and I haven't had time for anything really. There has been a lot of travelling as a family and alone, for leisure and for work. There has been important milestones with Hubby and I turning 40 the same week-end.

There has been great sadness at watching the world go mad, especially in my home country with the attacks on Paris. There has been a lot of work and little time to do anything else. There has been an awful bug last week-end which has sent us all but hubby to bed and made me faint a couple of times. But finally, I have had special time with my sewing machine again after so long. Of course, with such a busy time in the last few months, I have fallen behind in a lot of my projects (not that my list is never over-stretched in the first place anyway!) but little by little I have been catching up. I have of course starting with blocks for bees as I owed quite a few. And of course, because I never travel without a needle, I have been able to cram a fair amount of hand sewing.

So I finished my last Patchwork of the Cross block for the I love Lucy International bee. This was the second round and I believe Jan will organise a third next year.

I made more flowers for the Inchy Hexie Swap

I also caught up with the #bookbee and made 3 blocks. I love this pattern by Ayumills. One more to finish and this bee will be over.

One bubble for Jan from last month

An easy Bee Hive block for Francis as well

And of course, I have fallen behind with all the sew-along, quilt-along etc! So here again I am trying to at least catch the moving train again. I made one block for the Farmer's Wife 1930 quilt-along after a few weeks off. Meet Prudence
So for a start, that gives me 10 blocks this month for the 350-blocks project.

Linking to Building Blocks TuesdayLet's Bee Social

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

November goals

Life is just so crazy busy at the moment that I haven't posted my goals for November yet, already lost nearly 4 days! I am finally back home for more than one night. I haven't slept in my own bed for more than 2 nights in a row since mid October... Anyway, let's have a look at what I could/need/want to make in November.

Hoping for Finishes!
1.   Advent Wreath - top made, now need quilting and binding. This will be my goal for A lovely year of Finishes

2. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing - no progress

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (November) 
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (October and November) 
3. Book Bee (September, October, and November
4. Flying geese Bee 
5. Fat Stash Bee (October) 
6. Bee Hive (October and November
7. Bubble Bee (October and November
8. Bee Europa (November)

1.  Quilt for M 
2. September in the Hexagon 
3. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks
4. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress - my Lazy Bums challenge for November
5. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 
6. A very merry Christmas town 
7. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL 
8. Tokyo Subway map 

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Quilt for A

Linking to A lovely year of Finishes


Saturday, 31 October 2015

October recap

October is over and has been super mega busy with 2 weeks away from home and my sewing machine! Anyway, I got a few things crossed off my list.

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Castle on the Horizon - quilt for my friends' 40th. This will be my goal for A lovely year of Finishes - finished and gifted

2. Secret sewing for Christmas - Advent Wreath - top made, now need quilting and binding

3. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing - no progress

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (August, September and October) - August, September and October finished

2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (September and October) - September finished, October started

3. Book Bee (September and October) - none
4. Flying geese Bee - 5 blocks completed

5. Fat Stash Bee (October) - no progress
6. Bee Hive (August and October) - August finished

7. Block Lotto blocks - none
10. Bubble Bee (September and October) - September finished

1.  Quilt for M 
2. September in the Hexagon 
3. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October is to make 10 blocks
4. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
5. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 
6. A very merry Christmas town - some progress
7. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL - 7 blocks made so far

8. Tokyo Subway map - more squares cut, plenty still needed

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Quilt for A


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Busy bee

More blocks for my bees as I was and still am behind.... I have caught up with a few though, which feels very good! More work to do but this is what I have for now.

First up are my September Inchy Hexie Flowers for Lyn, this is my 50th month in this swap!
Next is my Bee Hive block for Sarah that is late from August

then some Geese blocks... this one is a swap with the Lazy Bums ladies, we decided on the swap last year in November, each one of us picked a design made of geese. I finally got started on those blocks which weren't paper-pieced.
For Kathinca

for Gi

for Rachel

for Jen

I also squeezed in some Farmer's Wife blocks
#13 Belle, which is finished... but not perfect, those Y-seams were difficult

#20 Caroline, I love this block even if I didn't follow the exact fabric placement

#24 Coral

And while away from my machine, I finished my Patchwork of the Cross block for Shirley. One more to do next month for Jan and this bee will be over.

and I also finished one of my two hexie flower for October

All these blocks are taking my total of blocks for this month to 33 for the 350-blocks challenge. First month this year that I reach the challenge, even pass it!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Blogger's quilt festival - Carte postale du Treport

The blogger's quilt festival has launched on Friday and also I had decided when I finished my oldest UFO back in May that I would enter it for the festival, I haven't been able to write my post up until now.
Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2015
If you are new visiting my blog, warm welcome and I hope you enjoy your visit today. The quilt I have picked is as I mentioned before my oldest UFO. I started it in 2004 or 2005 for my cousin's 20th birthday.
I saw this quilt in Magic Patch that featured a lighthouse and knowing this was something she really likes and collected, I thought that would be perfect for her.
The lighthouse below, in Le Treport has a significant meaning as this where our great-grand-parents lived and our grand-mum used to go very often, so the lighthouse of the quilt had to match this one to be more personnel to both of us!
The making of a UFO
As I mentioned before I started working on this quilt in 2004/2005 but didn't go that far before she actually turned 20. I found the pattern quite difficult to make actually. I photocopied it in real size and used tissue paper (!) to paper piece the section. That was a big mistake actually, tissue paper is far too thin and not stable enough. Anyway because I was nowhere near finshed by her birthday, I stashed away my sections and lots of blue and grey fabric for later.... I briefly thought about finishing it for her 25th birthday but never got the bag out. I also thought about throwing it away thinking I would never finished it! I wasn't sure I still liked it to be honest and knew there was a lot left to be done...
WIP and Change of plan
When I received an invitation to my cousin's 30th birthday party, I decided that I would either finish her quilt by then or throw it away. After all it had been stashed away for 10 years by then... I got the pattern, the photocopies, the section and all the fabric out to work out a plan. I decided to re-draft the pattern for the bottom part of the light house and to make it more like the one in Le Treport, so I amended the paper pattern
While doing so, I forgot that I would have to reverse the paper pattern but never mind, I did work it out somehow. I also continued with the paper piecing but this time using paper, not tissue paper and also working on very small sections. It soon grew bigger and started to look like it was getting somewhere
Of course with a change of plan and change of pattern half way through, there were a few hiccups to fix, but never mind, by this stage of having an almost complete top, I was happy with how this was coming along.
At this point, I must say I was quite proud of my quilt top, ready and scared of the quilting!
Free motion quilting
I used a variety of patterns, waves for the sea
a few boats and seagulls
Some leaves on the light house wall
and some pebbles on the path

Finished quilt
I finished my quilt, in time for the surprise birthday party, gifted it to my cousin, who said she loved it. Well worth the wait for her, and well worth the effort for me!
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!

Linking to Blogger's Festival - Art Quilts.


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