Sunday, 14 January 2018

Toaster sweater v2.0

About a year ago, I made my first Toaster Sweater, and although it came out a little short, I really liked it and planned to make some more. It is an easy pattern and it is a nice wear: 4 pieces for the body and the collar and cuffs.

This time, I made it with my overlocker entirely.

I can't believe how fast it was, I made the whole sweater in one evening, cutting and sewing.

And I have worn it so much already. it is so nice and snuggly. It is so comfortable to wear, not sure why I waited so long to make this second one. And I think I should make another one soon!

My first finish of the year and the first off my Q1 FAL.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Farmer's Wife 1930, a revival

About 2 years ago, I joined Angie's sew along (probably my first one with her) to make the Farmer's Wife 1930 quilt (with the secret hope/utopia) to finish both this one and the previous one. Well, of course, that didn't go according to plan and I ended up with yet another UFO. I made a grand total of 14 blocks (!) out of the 99 required for the full quilt....

Angie is running the sew-along again (mainly on Facebook) this year (started this week), with 2 blocks a week made in numerical order. Easy enough to follow really. So I picked up my pile of blocks again and decided it was now or ?

I can proudly present you #1 Addie

and #2 Aimee

And that gives me 2 more blocks for January taking my total to 5 so far! Let's hope I can keep the pace!


Friday, 5 January 2018


It's time to write the crazy long list again! And since a New Year has just started, I have no doubt it will be a crazily long list once more... Maybe I should say this is my annual list but even that is probably not achievable. Never mind, the more the merrier really :-)

1. HK quilt for E (all cut) 

2. Modern HST triangles (half of the blocks are done)

3. Super Mario quilt (half of the blocks done, a real UFO)

4. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) 

5. Impromptu quilt (a real UFO) 

6. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....) 

7. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 14 blocks done

8. Bubble blocks quilt

9. Cadence Court quilt - no started

10. Gipsy Wife (in progress) 

11. 365 challenge quilt (about 25% of the blocks done) 
12. Zodiac BOM - hardly started

Bags etc:
1 Blanche Bag for A - fabric picked

2. Blanche Bag for C - fabric picked 
3. Floral Supply Case - not started 
4. Power trip bag - not started 
5. Passport cover (up, up and away) for me
6. Handbag for me 
7. Toothbrush pouches x 2

1. Lizzie Skirt - kit awaiting 
2. Faux leather jacket / fabric picked
3. Imagine dress
4. Ginger jeans (sparkly blue)
5. Kaneel motto jacket
6. Lander trousers (silver)
7. Demoiselle dress for A 
8. Demoiselle dress for me 
9. Colette Myrtle dress
10. CaliFaye Valley Blouse blue
11. Megan Nielsen Matilda dress
12. CaliFaye Valley Blouse black 
13. Colette violet
14. Swingset skirt A 
15. Swingset skirt C 
16. Jenna cardi black 
17. Jenna cardi white
18. Bubble dress by Blank Slate Pattern
19. Kyoto top
20. Blackwood cardigan blue 
21.Toaster sweater blue
22. Pyjama M
23. Pyjama A 

24. Nightdress C
25. Nightdress for me
26. Pyjama for hubby
27. Uvita top
28. Cape
29. Moneta black and blue 
30. Moneta white and gold
31. Mayberry dress by Jennifer Laurel 
32. Brasov top
33. Barkcloth dress Marbella 
34. Daphne day dress barkcloth 
35. Belladone dress barkcloth 
36. North Point trousers
37. Acacia underwear
38. Dropje Sweater#
39. Voltaire top
40. Christmas toaster sweater

Linking to Q1 FAL

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Making blocks again

The routine is almost back to normal here and I am so happy to be reacquainted with my sewing machine after a far too long break! It is so nice to be able to sew some (simple) blocks again. Of course, the temptation to start a new project was very high and there are a few new projects on my wish list, some of them I already have the supplies for, I thought it would be better to progress some "parked" projects before they fall in the UFO trap. So with that in mind, I have been happily playing with my Gipsy Wife project. I guess the finish of the Long Time Gone has given me energy to progres this one too! I fell off the sew along path some time in October or November when I started quilting some of my top and tried to make some clothes too.

So of course, I have plenty of blocks left to do, some bigger blocks and also lots of filler blocks. But instead of making all the blocks and leaving the construction for the end, I have picked the blocks I already have and started to build some tiny little sections with the stripes.So far, I have made 3 extra filler blocks.

And I have started adding a few strips already.

So these are my first 3 blocks for 2018! Let's hope there will be many more and I'll see this beautiful quilt completed!

Linking to Let's Bee Social.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Q4 FAL in review

Another year gone by? Really? How is that possible? Time just seems to go faster and faster. I really don't know where November and December disappeared but I know I had very very little time to sew unfortunately. And of course with a crazy long list, it was obvious there would be lots left to do for next year! I had the quilting frame out and managed to quilt 4 tops, 3 of which were on this list so that wasn't too bad! A few items of clothing but not as many as I planned/wished for...

1. HK quilt for E (all cut) - no progress

2. Modern HST triangles (half of the blocks are done) - no progress

3. Super Mario quilt (half of the blocks done, a real UFO) - no progress

4. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) - no progress

5. Impromptu quilt (a real UFO) - little progress here!

6. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....) - no progress

7. Pink Bee blocks quilt 1 - finished

8. Pink Bee blocks quilt 2 -  finished

9. Long Time Gone (top ready for quilting) - finished

10. Gipsy Wife (in progress) - little progress

11. 365 challenge quilt (about 25% of the blocks done) - no progress

Bags etc:
1 Blanche Bag for A - fabric picked - no progress

2. Blanche Bag for C - fabric picked - no progress
3. Floral Supply Case - not started - no progress
4. Power trip bag - not started - no progress
5. Passport cover (up, up and away) for me - no progress
6. Handbag for me - no progress
7. Make up pouch for Christmas x 3 - all done
8. Toothbrush pouches for Christmas x 2? - no progress

1. Lizzie Skirt - kit awaiting - no progress
2. Faux leather jacket / fabric picked - no progress
3. Imagine dress - no progress
4. Ginger jeans (sparkly blue) - no progress
5. Lander trousers (green) - finished

6. Lander trousers (silver) - no progress
7. Demoiselle dress for A - no progress
8. Demoiselle dress for me - no progress
9. Sorbetto top (crepe) - finished

10. CaliFaye Valley Blouse blue - no progress
11. Megan Nielsen Matilda dress - no progress
12. CaliFaye Valley Blouse black - no progress
13. Colette violet - no progress
14. Swingset skirt A - no progress
15. Swingset skirt C - no progress
16. Jenna cardi black - no progress
17. Jenna cardi white - no progress
18. Jenna cardi panda- finished

19. Blackwood cardigan lavender - finished

20. Blackwood cardigan blue - no progress
21..Toaster sweater peach - no progress
22. Pyjama M - no progress
23. Pyjama A - 
no progress
24. Nightdress C - no progress
25. Nightdress for me - no progress
26. Pyjama for hubby - no progress
27. Winter coat Named Clothing - well this one has become a raw edge Maker's Atelier coat instead but it's finished!

28. Cape - no progress
29. Moneta black and blue - no progress
30. Moneta white and gold - no progress
31. Mayberry dress by Jennifer Laurel - no progress
32. Cigarette pants by Maker's Atelier - finished

33. Barkcloth dress Marbella - no progress
34. Daphne day dress barkcloth - no progress
35. Belladone dress barkcloth - no progress


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

January goals

A new year, a new month and of course lots of lovely projects to tempt me. But of course I would really like to finish some old projects too. I am sure I'll be tempted by a few challenges along the way too.

Hoping for finish
1. Dance bag for A - have gone as far as cutting the fabric
2. Dance bag for C - not started but it would be good to finish it at the same time as the other one more or less
3. Colour Companions cushions - I have all I need to finish these ones! This will be my One monthly goal again

1. Farmer's wife 
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here 
3. Postcards of the world - 3 more postcards to draw and 1 to finish
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - I have 14 blocks made so far and there is a new sew-along starting organised by Angie.

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - half way  
2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks  
3. Mischief blocks  
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice  
5. Super Mario quilt 
6. Impromptu quilt
7. Bubbles quilt
8. Zodiac BOM

New Projects
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black
4. Colette blouse 
5. Demoiselle dress for A
6. Imagine dress  
7. Kenda dress for me
8. Bubble dress for A
9. Faux leather jacket 
10. Trapezette dress for C
11. Lander trousers (silver) 
12. Passport wallet for me 
13. Gotham cape
14. Pyjamas/Nightdress for all the family 
15. Toaster sweater x 2
16. Portia Party Dress
17. Swingset skirt A 
18. Swingset skirt C 
19. Kyoto top
20. Pyjama M 
21. Pyjama A 
22. Nightdress C
23. Nightdress for me
24. Pyjama for hubby
25. Uvita top
26. Brasov top
27. Acacia underwear
28. Cadence court



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