Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Swap galore and teachers' gifts too

There was lots on my list this month. First the children were breaking up for school on 17 July so I made some teachers' gifts. And even if every year I promise myself I will be organised and won't finish them just the night before....well it always end up being a mad rush the night before. So I made 3 open wide pouch from Noodle Head pattern and tutorial that the kiddies gifted to their teachers:
This was my choice for A lovely Year of finishes

I also made a pencil case to Big Boy who needed one for his roll-over day to Middle School. I used a pattern by Ayumills in her Patchwork Please book and lovely Diary of a Wimpy Kid fabric. He loved it!

And then there were the swaps. Yes plural because I am a swap addict :-) and ended signing up for (too) many. The first to go out was the round 2 of It's so Kawaii swap. I don't know if my partner has received yet but I hope she liked it. I made a little embroidery from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, which I loved and could have easily kept
and a Disney pouch because she likes Disney


Next swap on the list was the one-hour basket from Kelly's tutorial swap that I made for Allison with a little open wide pouch too

And finally the hand-pieced mini swap. This one of course was very slow to get to completion because of the hand sewing but it was the perfect project for on the go sewing during our long car journey. I used a pattern by Jen Kingwell from her book Quilt Lovely
Although I did all the piecing by hand, I quilted on my machine because it would have taken me forever to hand quilt as much as I wanted to and also it works better for me!
And this post covers a grand total of 9 OPAMs, a productive month indeed!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday and Q3 Finish Along as I have covered items # 2,3, 4 and 5.
Celine

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Busy bee

Yes I know I am part of many swaps and bees and occasionally I fall behind one month. So this month in between many other things, I have made a point to try and catch up, even more so as I have signed up for 2 more bees recently.

I first finished an Hazel block for Jane after having trouble with her hair-do. I had nearly finished her when I realised her spikes were not all in the same directions :-( After much unpicking.... Hazel has gone

The second block I have done for the stash bee was a pothole block for Nikki. I had trouble working out the instructions, getting confused between the lining and the linen but I finally made it!

I also caught up with my hexie flowers, 2 yellow flowers for Simone for June 

and also 2 ice cream flowers for Penny for July

I finished my June Patchwork of the Cross block for the I love Lucy International bee

I sent a little book to Liz
 and a giant Charn Dash to Julie (I love her fabric choices)


I also made a 6' Linus block

That takes my total of blocks to 10 so far this month. I am now working on my Bubbles that I am hoping to finish very soon.

Celine

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A very happy finish

So I was nearly there last month to meet my deadline, and then I ran out of thread half way through the quilting.
So I ordered another spool of thread and finished the quilting but it was too late for the gift giving.
So I finished the quilting and added the binding by machine. There was a few hundred centimeters of binding to be hand sewn.... which I left for a few weeks. But then we were going home twice where there was a good occasion to finally gift my quilt to Mum so last week, over the course of 2 evenings, I sat down with my huge triangle quilt to finally bind it and give it away this week-end.
So 322 triangles later, the quilt is finished, no longer a UFO and an OPAM for July.

Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday and that's my item 12 on Q3 Finish Along.
Celine

Friday, 10 July 2015

Finish Along Q3

It is time to make a new list for the next 3 months as half of the year has already disappeared. There is also the summer holidays coming up so I don't think this will help me finish much but a girl can dream :-)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

1. M new quilt 

2. It so Kawai swap - open wide pouch + cross stitch

3. Teachers' gifts - open wide pouch

4. One-hour basket for swap 

5. Hand pieced mini swap 

6. Quilt for my friend's 40th 

7. Make myself a skirt with the Skirt Sew Along - cut and ready to be sewn 

8. Work bag for myself - started years ago but stopped because of a zip fear! - this one is on my list since the beginning of last year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  

9. Zodiac swap

10. Star Plus quilt - needs quilting and binding

11. Cat bag as a Christmas present similar to the one I made 2 years ago  

12. Triangle Quilt take #2  - all the triangles were cut, nearly there, it just needs sewing the binding by hand

13. Paris swap 

14. X string quilt - 2 blocks needed to finish the top

15. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks were pieced. Some progress, quilted, it needs embroidery and finishing

16. Custom cushions x 2

17. Quilt for A 

18. Elephant quilt 

19. You've got mail wall hanging - all blocks are made and the panel is quilted, just needs finishing.

20. Mod Mod Along

Linking to Adrienne for Q3 Finish Along

Celine

Friday, 3 July 2015

Finish Along Q2 in review

Half way though the year, this is going fast! Did I manage to cross off more than 5 this time? Time to check and link back to our cheerleader  Adrianne 
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

1. M new quilt - no progress

2. UK mini swap -  done!


3. Basket for my friend's birthday - done!

4. One-hour basket for swap - no progress

5. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday - done

6. Quilt for my friend's 40th - no progress

7. Make myself a skirt with the Skirt Sew Along - cut and ready to be sewn - no progress


8. Work bag for myself - started years ago but stopped because of a zip fear! - this one is on my list since the beginning of last year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  - no progress

9. Bag for Maud -started 5 years ago...  - done  

10. Star Plus quilt - no progress

11. Cat bag as a Christmas present similar to the one I made 2 years ago  - no progress

12. Triangle Quilt take #2  - all the triangles were cut, nearly there, it just needs sewing the binding by hand

13. My Auntie's purple quilt - UFO from 5 years ago - no progress

14. Spools and bobbins - no progress

15. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks were pieced. Some progress, quilted, it needs embroidery and finishing

16. Custom cushions x 2 - no progress

17. Quilt for A - no progress

18. Elephant quilt - no progress

19. You've got mail wall hanging - all blocks are made and the panel is quilted, just needs finishing.

20. Mod Mod Along - no progress

Linking to 
Celine

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July goals

Another month is starting and with it will come the summer break for the kids (two and half more weeks). Most our week-ends will be busy so it is probably better I don't plan too much, you know me! :-)

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!
2. One-hour basket for swap - due this month
3. Kawaii swap items - due this month
4. Teachers' gifts due this month - A Lovely Year of Finishes
5. Skirt Sew Along - no progress
6. IG Secret Pal swap June item due
7. Wedding present for one of the teacher
8. Hand made mini swap - due this month

Bee Blocks 

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


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
6. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - needs finishing
7. Elephant Parade - no progress
8. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
9. 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

Linking to A Lovely Year of Finishes,

Celine

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June in review

So June is over (or nearly) and I have made some progress!

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.

2. Star Plus - I nearly quilted this one but this will be put away once more
3. Skirt Sew Along - no progress
4. IG Secret Pal swap - May done (pincushion)

Bee Blocks 

1. I love Lucy international block (June) - in progress
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (May and June) 

3.  Bee Europa (June)

4. Book Bee (June) 

5.  Flying geese Bee - no progress
6. Fat Stash Bee (May and June) - May done, June in progress


7. Block Lotto blocks - no block
8. Bee Hive



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. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler and finish it?
IT IS FINISHED and I am so happy!

5. Hand made mini swap - some progress
6.  Quilt for M - no progress
7. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - quilted, needs finishing

8. Elephant Parade - no progress
9. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
10. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along - 2 more blocks made but I am far behind



New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Quilt for A - not started
3.  My Small World quilt-along - not started
4. One-hour basket for swap - not started
5. Kawaii swap items - started a new cross stitch
6. Teachers' gifts - not started

Only 11 blocks this month for the 350-blocks project. I am so far behind that I'll never be able to catch up!

Celine

Monday, 29 June 2015

Making more blocks

The last few weeks have not been very productive in terms of sewing, I didn't find much time to sew in the evenings. Anyway, I made a few blocks to catch up with my bees.

First I finished my hexagons for May


And then I made my Bee Hive block for my good friend Esther


I also finally made my block for the Fat Stash Bee for May, the block was a wonky house and I am not very good with wonky, maybe that's why it took me so long to make it.

 Next one was a little book for Grace

and also one more block for my Farm Vintage quilt, although I am far behind on the quilt-along.

And finally I finished my last 2 envelopes for my "You've got Mail"

That gives me 8 more blocks for my 350-blocks project.

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine



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