Saturday, 16 March 2019

Back to Harry Potter

I finally finished Hagrid, I had started and cut the block last week and got bored of all the strips! But here he is, ready to meet the others!
I also finally ordered my background fabric for the quilt which means that I can start to assemble the blocks while I continue to try to catch up! 
5 blocks out of 9 for now....
Linking to Harry Potter quilt along link-up 2

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Constellations PJ

As is often the case, I had planned/hoped for lots of sewing at the weekend. But of course, real life means very little happened.... between baking birthday cakes (again), playing taxis for the kids and the rest of it, I barely sat at my sewing machine BUT I did some batch cutting!
And I hadn't realised how much cutting I had done over the week-end until I started adding it all up yesterday to count more than 50 pieces! I cut 3 pairs of pyjamas, one Berlin tee, one Givre tee and part of a Blackwood cardigan. Plenty of choices of what to sew first, right? All the pieces are jersey fabric so perfect to whip through the overlocker quickly but sadly mine is still not fixed.

I recently bought a lovely Jersey called Cassiopee by Stof, perfect for a stargazer and  I really wanted to gift a new pair of pyjamas to my eldest daughter as a late birthday present so I started with that one first.
I added white ribbing for the cuffs and waistband
 And about one hour and a half after I started sewing, all on my sewing maching, I had a lovely new pair of pyjamas all finished.  Top
 And bottom
 Ready to be worn and loved!
 Pattern is once more the tried and trusted 11th Hour Gear by New Horizons Design.
And one more off my Q1 FAL. Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


Thursday, 7 March 2019

Threadology Shooting Squares

In an effort not to fall behind, if at all possible, I made the last 5 blocks for the Threadology Quilt-Along. Block 3 was released last Friday and again 5 blocks are needed: 4 small ones and 1 big one. The new block is a Shooting Squares block as a larger version
and 4 of the smaller version
for 5 finished blocks
I now have 6 blocks for March. 

Linking  Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread ThursdayWednesday Wait LossMidweek Makers


Monday, 4 March 2019

Working on Dear Jane

Off we go! After a 2 years pause, following a 5 years pause one (!), I have finally made a block for my Dear Jane. Block A1 Pinwheel Gone Awry
 I also joined a few blocks together: 
C12 with C13
And D8 added to D6/D7 and D9/D10
One more block and Row A will be complete, I would be so happy to finish it this month!

Linking to Monday Making


Sunday, 3 March 2019

Dear Jane sew along

It's funny how things go sometimes. I haven't touched my Dear Jane for such a long time but decided to get all the blocks out early February to touch base with it, in the hope to rekindle my love and finish it... one day. And I think it worked! Once I laid out all the blocks I was in love again! Not that I have done any sewing on it since! And then a Dear Jane quilt-along came up on Instagram, starting in March. What a coincidence really, I can't let that opportunity to work on such an old UFO go, surely?

So for now here are what I am starting from, made years and years ago... I started my Dear Jane in 2004 and everything so far has been hand sewn. I have 122 of the 169 blocks necessary, only 7 triangles, and none of the corner
Row A is only missing A1 and A2
Row B is less advanced with only 9 blocks out of 13
Row C has only 8 out of 13 blocks
Row D  11 out of 13
Row E 9 out of 13
Row F with 10 out 13
Row G is one of the least advanced one with only 7 blocks
Row H 9 out of 13
Row I is the least advanced with just 6 blocks
Row J is only missing 2 blocks
Row K has 10 out 13 blocks
Row L has 10 out of 13 blocks too
Row M has 11 out of 13 
Top Row - only 2 out of 13
Right Side - 3 triangles
Bottom Row - only 2
Left Side - 0!

Still some work to do of course but I was pleased to see that I have actually already done a lot.


Saturday, 2 March 2019

Elephants PJ

My middle daughter is growing so fast that most of her clothes get too small so quickly... She really needs new pyjamas at the moment and I had bought a stash of jersey a little while ago (like about 18 months....) just for that purpose but had not yet used it. I finally got a few of them out for her to choose and she picked this lovely bright orange with elephants. 
Making a pair of pyjamas is easy and fast, especially with a good pattern (which I have, I think this pj is my 8th one with this pattern!) and an overlocker (which I normally have but is ill at the moment). I debated whether to wait until said overlocker was fixed or not and once the pieces were cut, I just couldn't wait to make her this cheerful new pyjamas. 
So off I went to my sewing machine and assembled all the pieces over 2 evenings. I used a lovely rainbow ribbing that I bought online and that she picked for the waistband and cuffings. 
She hates any kind of labels against her skin as she finds them itchy so I picked 2 words from the jersey fabric to make labels with, just for her!
A happy girl with a new pair of pyjama that fits her and a happy mum who has used some of her stash and finished one more project in February (too late to blog!). One more of my Q1 FAL list too.


Friday, 1 March 2019

March goals

Hopefully there should be more sewing time this month than last one, so let's see where this will take me! Hopefully I won't be tempted by yet another new project.... but with the Trinket Along about to start, I really can't promise....

1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along and keep up the pace, if possible. I am still 2 (soon to be 3) to do to be back on track. 
2. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed to be able to finish the top 
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few 
4. Dear Jane - Blocks A1 and A2 are the plan for this month! I will make completing Row A my One monthly goal 
5. HST modern sampler quilt - make the last block and finish the top 
6. Kingfisher Sew Along - prepare more blocks for sew on the go 
7. Threadology quilt-along - make March blocks
8. Vintage Kitchen - catch up and continue to make the blocks 
9. Gipsy Wife - make more blocks 
10. FW 1920 - make more blocks 
11. FW 1930 - make more blocks 
12. Granny Blocks -  this is my APQS challenge for March

1. Blackwood cardigan
2. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn 
3. Puff Shirt or another office top
4. Linden or Toaster sweater in navy  
5. Salida skirt  
6. Another Givre T or Mandy boat T
7. PJ for C  
8. PJ top for hubby  
9. Lingerie  

1. Carrier Conquest Handbag 


Thursday, 28 February 2019

February in review

February is a short month and we were away for a full week. That combined with 2 birthdays and 5 or 6 birthday cakes I baked left little time for sewing! But I did manage a little and a few finish so I am quite pleased with that :-)

1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along and keep up the pace, if possible. I managed to complete 3  blocks to catch up this month, still 2 to do to be back on track. 
2. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed to be able to finish the top - no progress
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few no progress
4. Dear Jane - BOW and TOW, is that possible? no progress but I have a plan....
5. HST modern sampler quilt - make the last block and finish the top no progress
6. Kingfisher Sew Along - prepare more blocks for sew on the go no progress
7. Strips blocks for Moda Sew along  - this is my February APQ challenge! I managed to piece the top this month!

8. Vintage Kitchen - continue to make the blocks no progress
9. Gipsy Wife - make more blocks no progress
10. FW 1920 - make more blocks no progress
11. FW 1930 - make more blocks no progress


1. Hepburn pants - finish it - This will be my One monthly goal  - finished and enjoyed already!
2. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn no progress
3. Givre tee - finished and enjoyed already!
4. Linden or Toaster sweater in navy  no progress
5. Salida skirt  no progress
6. Yoga pants  no progress
7. PJ for C  - cut but my overlocker is out of action, finished just in time!
8. PJ top for hubby  no progress
9. Lingerie  no progress

1. Carrier Conquest Handbag - no progress

Linking to February Furtle



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