Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September goals

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Zodiac swap mini
2. Paris swap

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (August and September)
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (August and September) 
3.  Bee Europa (September)
4. Book Bee (September
5.  Flying geese Bee - no progress
6. Fat Stash Bee (September) 
7. Bee Hive (July and August) 
8. Block Lotto blocks 
9. Bubble Bee (August and September

WIP
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing 
2.  Quilt for M - no progress 
3. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - only needs binding now
4. Elephant Parade 
5. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
6. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 
7. A very merry Christmas town


New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Quilt for A
3.  My Small World quilt-along 
4. Pencil roll for M
5. School bag for C - this will be A lovely year of Finishes challenge for September
6. Farmer's Wife 1930
7. Tokyo Subway map

The list is too long as usual but I suppose I am always over optimistic on the time I will have to work on my projects.

Celine

Monday, 31 August 2015

August recap

It has been a busy month again, but also I have been away on a very lovely holidays for half of the month. It was so nice to sit on the beach, enjoy the sun and the waves and do little for a lit bit over a week. We went in the Landes area (south West of France just north of Spain) where there are kilometers of unspoilt beaches and we had a great time.


I crammed quite a lot of sewing before I went and did just a little while I was away! Let's have a look:

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Zodiac swap mini - my hexies are all ready to be applique on the background.
2. Paris swap - I started my paper-pieced Eiffel Tower but this one needs a bit more work.
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - This was my A lovely year of Finishes challenge for August and I am so pleased that it is finished!


4. IG Secret Pal swap June item due and sent!
5. Skirt Sew Along - no progress

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (July and August) July is sent and August in progress
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (August) 
3.  Bee Europa (August)


4. Book Bee (August) - sent

5.  Flying geese Bee - no progress
6. Fat Stash Bee (August) - sent 

7. Bee Hive (July and August) - due
8. Block Lotto blocks - no progress
9. Bubble Bee (July and August) July is sent and August in progress

 10. Plus blocks - 9 blocks sent

WIP
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing - no progress
2.  Quilt for M - no progress - no progress
3. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - needs finishing - no progress
4. Elephant Parade - no progress
5. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress - no progress
6. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along - no progress

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Quilt for A - not started
3.  My Small World quilt-along - not started
4. Pencil roll for M - not started
5. School bag for C -  not started
6 . A very merry Christmas town - this wasn't on my original list but I have started this cute new cross-stitch.

That's it for August, the summer is nearly over now, kids have a few more days before starting back at school!

Celine

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Quilt-along and new ideas/projects

I am not sure I REALLY need new projects, but temptation is so high and I am so weak :-)

In case you have missed these, Nina is hosting a Tokyo subway map quilt-along based on Elizabeth Hartman's pattern made of 1600 squares of fabric! This one has been on my wish list since we went to Tokyo years ago so I will try to join in.
Tokyo Subway Map QAL - Button 2015-08-05 500px


and Angie is hosting a quilt-along based on the New Farmer's Wife book out this year. I must confess I ordered the book to join her :-)
GnomeAngel.com
This one will start on 28 September, plenty of time to gather supplies and get the book which is sold out in plenty of places actually. There is also a quilt-along on Kerry's blog for the same book too.
verykerryberry
This one will start on 14 September so I supposed it is possible to follow both quilt-alongs to get even more productive!

And finally while at the Festival of Quilts, I signed up for the Susan Claire from the Gourmet Quilter Block of the Day Town and Country Quilt starting on 1 January 2016. Maybe that will make a dent in my batik stash!

Go and check out the details on their blog if you want to play.

Celine

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

New project - Working towards Christmas!

I tried very very hard to resist, but then I have no will power and Instagram doesn't help! So I caved in and joined the Christmas fun proposed by The Frosted Pumpkin for the A Very Merry Christmas Town mystery stitchery.

I ordered some custom dyed linen fabric from Jodyri designs which is gorgeous and got started while we were driving to our holiday destination. Although I stitched for several hours, it doesn't look like I have done that much! But then I made quite a few mistakes and had to umpick quite a lot :-(


Anyway, I love how this is turning out. The second chart is already available and I haven't finished the first one yet but never mind, let's hope I can have it finished by this Christmas! Wish me luck...


Linking to Let's Bee Social.

Celine

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Busy bee

Yes I have been a busy bee back in my sewing room and I have caught up with a few bee blocks.

One more bubble finished, this time for Bettina

one book for Janine

one Patchwork of the Cross block for
One silver Birch block for Hannah

9 Plus Blocks


That makes my total of blocks this month for the 350-projects to 14!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Monday, 24 August 2015

Festival of quilts - Birmingham

I had a brilliant time in Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts. Lots of gorgeous quilts to be seen and also the joy or meeting 2 close friends I have met on Instagram over the last few months. It was so nice to be able to meet in person with Cathy and Esther.

And now for a few pictures of my favorite quilts. Enjoy the tour!











Celine

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

One block this month

This week-end I managed to make my block for Sandra for Bee Europa. I love the fabric and design she chose and I can't wait to see her quilt.
That's my first block for August for the 350-blocks project
Linking to Tuesday Building Blocks.

Celine

Monday, 3 August 2015

A finish!

2 days late to be able to claim it as my Lazy Bums finish for July but last night I finished hand sewing the binding on my You've Got Mail wall-hanging from a fantastic pattern by Ayumi in Patchwork Please.

I started piecing the envelopes in March 2014. I made about 4 or 5 at the time and then cast the project aside, moving to another one...as I so often do. And of course I wasn't planning for this small but labour intensive project (there are quite a few pieces in each envelope!) to take well over a year.

 Anyway, I picked up the envelopes again a few weeks ago and finally made the last few blocks I needed.

And then I took advantage of having the quilting frame out in June to quilt a panel using this fantastic Lines and Spirals Tutorial by Lori Kennedy at the Inbox Jaunt, and I love the final effect on this panel.
I used Superior Thread King Tut #996 and also YLI Quilting Thread Ecru #002  on the top of my panel and Gutterman Sulky #4017 (variegated lime green and yellow) in the bobbin to match my bright backing.



Finally at the week-end, I am the strips for the pockets and attached them to the background,

 found the perfect black and white grid fabric in my stash for the binding (regretting not having bought more than half a yard)

and finished hand sewing the binding last night!

And today, hubby has hanged it on the wall for me. I am so happy this is finished and I must say, I love it!

My first OPAM for August as well as my challenge for A Lovely Year of Finishes and also item #19 on my Q3 Finish Along list. I am on a roll!
Linking to Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Tursday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine

Saturday, 1 August 2015

August goals

Time to sit down and think about what I can possibly try to make/finish in August, with the Festival of Quilts in Birmigham around the corner, the kids off school and also the holidays coming up. Maybe I should have a more focused list this month? Is it possible for me though?

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Zodiac swap mini
2. Paris swap
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - I will pick this one for my A lovely year of Finishes challenge for August
4. IG Secret Pal swap June item due
5. Skirt Sew Along - no progress

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (July and August) 
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (August) 
3.  Bee Europa (August)
4. Book Bee (August)
5.  Flying geese Bee 
6. Fat Stash Bee (August) 
7. Bee Hive (July and August) 
8. Block Lotto blocks 
9. Bubble Bee (July and August)
10. Plus blocks 

WIP
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing
2.  Quilt for M - no progress
3. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - needs finishing
4. Elephant Parade - no progress
5. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
6. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Quilt for A - not started
3.  My Small World quilt-along - not started
4. Pencil roll for M
5. School bag for C

Of course this more than enough as I won't be able to cross all of those off but let's hope I can make a few and keep up with all the blocks.
Linking to A lovely Year of Finishes.

Celine

Friday, 31 July 2015

July recap

July has been very very busy. End of school year, lots of travelling back and forth to France with lots of delays on the road, lots of swap commitments coming up and lots of blocks to catch up with! So it looks like it has been quite a productive month actually despite all this.


Hoping for Finishes!
1. Triangle quilt for Mum's birthday -  Nearly nearly there. All that's left now is to sew the binding by hand. I want to gift it to Mum next time I see her! done and gifted!


2. One-hour basket for swap - due this month - Done


3. Kawaii swap items - due this month - Done

4. Teachers' gifts due this month - A Lovely Year of Finishes - Done

5. Skirt Sew Along - no progress
6. IG Secret Pal swap June item due
7. Wedding present for one of the teacher - not done
8. Hand made mini swap - due this month - Done



Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (June and July) - June finished, July in progress


2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (June and July) - June and July finished


3.  Bee Europa (July) - Done

4. Book Bee (July) - Done

5.  Flying geese Bee - no progress
6. Fat Stash Bee (June and July) - Both done


7. Bee Hive (July) no progress
8. Block Lotto blocks no progress
9. Bubble Bee - one block done and one in progress

10. Plus blocks no progress
11. Linus block - Done


WIP
1. You've got Mail wall hanging - I made the last 2 enveloppes and quilted the piece for the background

2. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November - no progress
3. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing
4.  Quilt for M - no progress
5. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - needs finishing
6. Elephant Parade - no progress
7. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
8. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 


New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Quilt for A - not started
3.  My Small World quilt-along - not started
4. Pencil case for M - Done

And this makes my total of blocks to 11 for July.
Linking to Q3 Finish Along as I have covered items # 2,3, 4 and 5.
Celine

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