Thursday, 31 March 2016

March Recap

Another month has passed and the first quarter of the year is already over. Spring has arrived, at least on the calendar. This month has been busy with birthdays but also with bugs that have kept me in bed :-(

Bee Blocks 
1.Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (March) - finished
2. Flying geese Bee - 8 blocks completed
 3. Fat Stash Bee (January, March) -  done 

4. Bee Hive (March) - not done
5. Bubble Bee (March x 2) - one completed

6. I love Lucy International (February, March) - February completed, March in progress

7. Scandi Bee (March) - not finished
8. Block Lotto - 9 blocks done

1.  Quilt for M  - no progress
2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks no progress  
3. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress - my Lazy Bums challenge for November  no progress

4. A very merry Christmas town - little progress

5. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL - one block only

6. Tokyo Subway map - no progress
7. Postcards from the World - finished February and March

8. 365 challenge quilt - only 8 blocks this month....
9. Town and Country quilt - little progress

10. HST modern sampler quilt - all 6 blocks done
11. Quilt for A - HK QAL - nearly half way
12. Project 48 - no progress
13. Pumpkin Passport - started March

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Zodiac BOM -  not started
3. Gipsy Wife QAL - not started

And I have made 48 blocks in March for the 350-blocks challenge.


Friday, 25 March 2016

Little stitches

Here too I have fallen behind (nothing surprising there I guess!) but I finally finished the February frame for the Postcard Stitch-Along

Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday.


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Modern HST Quilt-Along

One of the few quilt-along that I am so far managing to keep up with! There were 2 more blocks this month all with Half-Square Triangles of course.
First was the Mountain block

and second was Formation, I must admit I didn't use the method described in the tutorial but just the classic method to make 2 HST from a square.

And after one term of sewing along, here are my 6 blocks together. I am loving this and the fabric too!

2 more blocks for the 350-blocks challenge taking my total to 45 for March.
Linking to Alyce's blog.


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

It's been a while...

So over 2 weeks have passed since my last post, and I wished I had kept the same rythm, but I haven't! There has been more cake [after all Big Boy turned 10],

more travelling [a 20th birthday party for my cousin in France and some work meetings] and also unfortunately lots of time in bed... I caught the flu and it has really struck me down badly. I went to bed at 8pm (unheard for me!) for quite a few nights in a row and spent the whole Sunday in bed with temperature. Of course, all that together meant a lot less time in the company of my sewing machine. And this will also mean that I won't complete all my blocks this month, but I have made a few since last time! I have tried to go through the to-do list and add some for fun!
So I have made good progress on my geese blocks, finishing Laurie's Geese in the Forest with 2 more blocks
and also Anneliese's 4 geese blocks
I now have only one set of blocks left for my #100dayschallenge!

I also made my March (and last) bubble for the First Bubble Bee

I made 9 blocks for the Block Lotto. I absolutely love these blocks. We made them before in 2011 and already loved them then. Let's hope I am a lotto winner this time. And if you want to play, there is still time, you have until 31st March to make blocks.

While in the car I also finally finished my February Lucy Boston Bee Block for Shirley

My little assistant had prepared another 2 blocks for the #hkqal so blocks 15 and 17 are now done, nearly half way!

And finally one more block for the 1930 Farmer's wife quilt-along, meet #11 Bea, a cute little basket
And this is for now. I am hoping to squeeze a few more before the end of the month but then Easter is coming!
Another 20 blocks over the last 2 weeks, taking my March total to 43 blocks.
Linking to Building Blocks TuesdaySew Cute TuesdayLet's Bee Social.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Another week of making blocks!

I have some many WIPs and QALs at the moment as well as a few bees that I seem to endlessly making blocks, but you know what? I love it. I love the variety and I love seeing a few more blocks added to my piles regularly. And this week, on top of a Foret Noire, that has caused me quite some trouble....

was no exception with a range of blocks being made.

I finally finished my January (!) block for Fat Stash Bee, a lovely pineapple blocks which isn't paper-pieced. It wasn't difficult at all but somehow I dreaded it so I took forever to get started...

and also made the March block, a nice fast an easy one!

Also one little geese block, I still have quite a few to finish and my goal for March is to have all of those done and out of my house!

More of these tiny blocks for the 365 Quilt Challenge. I am not caught up yet but at least I am not falling further behind too much! 8 more to the pile this week

I also finally got back to the Town and Country Quilt Block a Day. For this one I am very very far behind but I am happy to have finished 6 more blocks! Plenty to catch up with still though...

My daughter is preparing me the #hkqal blocks for me to sew and she is a real slave driver so I pieced 5 blocks this week with more ready for me! Love how this is starting to take shape, even though the girls haven't guessed yet!

And finally Stepping Stones which is block #4 of the Modern HST Sampler run by Alyce.

A nice start with 23 blocks so far in March for the 350-blocks project.

Linking to Building Blocks TuesdaySew Cute TuesdayLet's Bee Social.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Checking in for the 100 Day Challenge

So it is already the second check-in for the 100 day challenge... a little over a month left now. I missed the last check-in point, well I didn't write a blog post for it. So let's recap for now where I am in those 3 projects I picked.

1. Catch up with my bee blocks - I haven't caught up with all the geese blocks yet but I have completed 9 blocks so far, still about the same to do - oops

For the other bee blocks, I am now more or less back on track, yeah!

2. HKQAL - I have finally made a good start on this one, completed 2/3 of it on Saturday, so good progress here but I doubt it will be finished by the end of the 100 days. Maybe the top?

3. A new bag for me - I have a new bag, which was an old UFO. It's not perfect but it works for now. Might need a new one though :-)

Linking to Jen's 100 Day Challenge check-in, will you play along?


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A new bag from an old UFO

So I finished a UFO at the end of February... and of course it feels good. Even if it is a "finished is better than perfect!". And even more so because I need a new bag and this one was nearly finished.

So why, could you ask, did it take me 5 years to finish it? I started this bag in 2011 selecting an outside fabric from IKEA and the lining from my stash

I created my own design based on my specific needs for my train commute, with pockets for my ticket, my work pass and my phone. Well my phone has changed in the mean time, I don't commute on the train anymore and I don't need a work pass anymore... And when I started, I did quite well, I made the outside
and the lining back in February 2011
and then I got stuck.... I wanted to close the bag with a zip but I wanted to give it some " space" so I started to prepare the zip and the 2 panels for the top.... and stashed away the whole think for a while because I wasn't quite sure what and how to do it... I got it out a few times but never really looked into it again until Sunday when I decided that it needed to be finished then and there (partly also because I really need a new bag, mine are all worn out). So I got all the pieces out. looked at the zip idea again and decided against it. Instead I have added a band that goes over the top of the bag.

Not as secured but enough for what I will use it now. And the handle is too long because I didn't have any hardware available but never mind, it is FINISHED and I can use it.... after 5 years in waiting.

Of course, I need another bag "bigger, more secure etc" but I haven't even started it so this one will do in the meantime!

So glad to have a second OPAM for February and to be able to cross one more of my Finish Along Q1 List as well as my Lazy Bums challenge for February!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday, Finish Along Q1.



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