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

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!


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.


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Free motion quilting marathon

Before the frame got dismantled until my next quilt is ready for free-motion quilting, I wanted to go through a few UFO that have been waiting in the cupboard.

First I quilted my "September in the hexagon" that was quilted a few years ago. I choose a motif from  Lori at The Inbox Jaunt, called the Oyster Shell.

I wanted a curved pattern to contrast with the hexagons. I quilted with Aurifil variegated thread and a variegated red Superior Thread in the bobbin. I used some fabric I bought years ago for the backing.
So now this one only needs binding. Let's see how long this will take.

Next on my list was the panel for my You've got mail wall-hanging. I choose a linen fabric I had in my stash and a quite ugly lime green for the backing from my stash too. And I quilted with another pattern from Lori, called Lines and Spirals. Although this one was quite small I broke a needle and also  finished 2 thread spools that I had in my stash.

Now the panel is ready, I need to finish this wall hanging I started last year.

For this one, I started with a Superior Thread variegated beige thread, continued with some YLI threads, first a variegated cream and then a beige thread. And I used a variegated green Gutterman thread in the bobbin.
Now I need to finish the wall-hanging and have it on the wall before the end of the year for example!

And finally, I quilted my Snowmen cushion panel with feathers with a variegated Superior Thread in the spool and variegated grey in the bobbin. My feathers are not perfect but at least it is quilted. Now this one needs to be embroidered and then finished into a cushion, hopefully by next Christmas.

Next on the frame will be my Star Plus quilt. And then I will stash the frame away until I have another top ready to be quilted.
Linking to Monday Makers and Let's Bee Social.


Monday, 22 June 2015

I want to make some bubbles, do you want to play with me?

Ever since I have seen Aylin's bubbles on Instagram, I have wanted to make some too.

After all the bubbles are made of Log cabins and I love Log Cabins. Aylin started a bee on Flicker and I was too slow and missed the sign up unfortunately :-( I am not sure how it happened but anyway I woke up too late to join her group. So after reposting on Instagram, I agreed to run another bee to make bubbles too.

Now the consensus for the new bee is not to start right now (everyone seem over-committed with bees and swaps etc) so I have proposed a starting date of January 2016. I know this sounds very far but I don't think anyone will be interested/have time to start too close to Christmas. And if people want to start sewing earlier, there is nothing to stop them really!

Anyway I have opened a new Flicker group for the bee and prepared a sign up form. So if you would like to play along, please join me (I can't do a bee by myself :-) )


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Work (still) in progress

Last year I cut 285 triangles to make a Triangle quilt for my Mum after she saw the one I made for my friend's birthday and asked for the same one.

But then the enthusiasm to do the same quilt again wore out and I stashed away my pile of triangles for later, hoping it would be done by last Christmas.

Before the dust settled too much, I decided to make it for her birthdays and got the pile out earlier this month, banking on a 2-weeks turnaround to finish the quilt. Overambitious, me?

Of course, I changed my plans (twice) while I started sewing my triangles, which meant that I had to cut more triangles (twice) to get to a grand total of 322 and a 14 x 23 arrangement. I was planning to have the top pieced the first week of June ready for quilting at the week-end but of course, I just didn't keep up and the top wasn't ready until early last week.

By which time my backing fabric that I ordered at the last minute hadn't turned up. When it finally arrived, it took an evening to set up the frame. I went to bed Wednesday night with just 2 rows quilted.

Never mind, I had all of Thursday night to finish the quilting and attach the binding. And it was all going very well,

until.... I ran out of thread.

I had crossed the middle line and was happily quilting away. At first I thought the thread was broken until I saw the empty spool. I raided my thread stash to find nothing at all, no blue thread to continue and finish the quilting.... So that was to be it, no present to hand to Mum last week-end, she will have to wait until the next time I see her (I told her there had been a technical issue with the delivery of her present!). In the meantime, I ordered more of the same thread which arrived on Monday and I happily finished the quilting on Monday night.

For the quilting, I used this fantastic Flower Power tutorial from Lori Kennedy as an all-over design and I must say, I absolutely love it. I am glad this is going to my Mum as I'll be able to enjoy it now and then!

Now the quilt needs to be squared off (or rather triangled off) and binding needs to be made and attached. All by the end of this month as this is my A lovely year of Finishes project as well as my Lazy Bums challenge for June. So although I was hoping for a finish last week-end, this is still a WIP at the moment and I am working towards the finishing line!

Linking to WIP Wednesday, Needle and Thread Thursday, Let's Bee Social.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Guest blogger - Building Blocks Tuesday

Today, I have the honor to be guest blogger for Jen at Quilter in the Closet for her Building Blocks Tuesday. Welcome if you are new here and coming from Jen's blog. Jen started the linky party while I was in a swap with her, a little while back. I love the idea of a block linky party because I am not industrious and able to produce a quilt every other week! And also because I am in so many swaps, bees etc, I make quite a lot of blocks that are just blocks, i.e. I will never make them in a finished quilt but just send them on for someone else to enjoy.
Quilter in the Closet

Let me show you the blocks I made recently to catch up and then why not linking yours in the linky party below?

This week, I made 2 more Farm Vintage Blocks, I am still behind but slowly trying to catch up

and also made a bee block for Muriel for Bee Europa. Muriel sent her fabric for the Tic Tac Toe block. I love her choice and can't wait to see the finished quilt!
My first 3 blocks this month for the 350-blocks challenge.

Your turn now:


1) Please link up only to the page in your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!


    An InLinkz Link-up


Sunday, 7 June 2015

A very sweet finish

This one has been a labour of love!
I started my Once upon a Time sampler about 15 months ago in February 2014.

The first pattern was revealed in January but I didn't gather my supply until the end of the month as I ordered a gorgeous hand-dyed linen for the sampler. So of course, starting late, I tried to play catch up the entire time. Because I started late, I worked by colour rather than month and finished Snow White square in July!
Over the last year my cross-stich had become my morning commute companion and grew gradually over the months with the Princess and the Frog
the 3 Little Pigs
Godilocks and the 3 Bears
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Princess and the Pea
The Musicians of Bremen
So this was my commute work:
 But then I changed job at Christmas and my new job no longer involves a commute (which is great!) so that meant that there was no longer a dedicated time for my cross-stitch, and it had been a little bit "abandoned" over the first few months of the year.

Then while traveling back from the Easter week-end, I discovered #The100DayProject over on Instagram and choose to take part with my cross-stitch, making mine the #100daysofonethreadaday, hoping this would give the push I needed to finish this gorgeous sampler. Although I missed a few days along the way when I was trying to beat the clock to finish my lighthouse, it worked because the sampler is now finished!
And we now also have Rapunzel

Little Red Riding Hood

Hansel and Gretel
Now all I need is a frame to hang it on the wall.
My first OPAM for June, and this is a sweet one!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


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