Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January in review

First month is over already and I am happy that I have a few finish and progress on some WIPs too!

Hoping for finish
1. Bean Bag - finished

2. Toaster Sweater for #SewMyStyle - this will be my choice for the One Monthly Goal

3. Medaillon quilt - finished

Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January) - done

2. I love Lucy International (November, bonus block) - done

3. Block lotto - none

1. Wanta Fanta - need 1 more block - top finished

2. Elephant Parade - 6 more blocks before the top can be put together 

3. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL and original FW - 15 blocks this month but once has disappeared before the photo shoot!

4. Postcards from the World - no progress
5. 365 challenge quilt no progress

6. Town and Country quilt - I am so behind....no progress
7. HST modern sampler quilt - 12 blocks behind, catch up timeno progress
8. Project 48 - 5 blocks this month

9. Pumpkin Passport  - some progress (and some unpicking too) - I have been trying to stitch one thread a day but it hasn't worked every day... at least some progress though

10. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks -2 blocks completed

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Zodiac BOM 
3. Gipsy Wife QAL
4. 182 days Solstice challenge with Pat Sloan  - 3 blocks


Monday, 30 January 2017

Medaillon quilt - long standing UFO

So I had this quilt top in my cupboard for .... 10 years and it has been waiting to be quilted for that long, I am ashamed to say.... I made the central snowflake from a pattern by Paula Nadelstern 
I can't remember if I paper pieced it or use template, I think it was the latter but I remember I had trouble having it flat...
I send it for a Round Robin to all my partners and after 6 rounds it came back like this

And then seeing the lovely work and the huge size of it (it is about 75' square), I got scared of quilting it so I put it away for later. Later never arrived until at the end of last year I thought it would be so good to tackle it.
And it has been a learning experience.... I have changed threads during the quilting (which I have not done before)
I have quilted the quilt on the frame "by row" and then turned it 90 degrees to finish it off... there are a few puckers on the back but I can live with those.
And I have practiced lots of motifs like flowers and feathers etc. They are not perfect of course but I am glad I tried.
I have used black batting for the first time since the top is mostly dark and the back is black.

And I used a lovely dark batik for the binding.

One less UFO and one more OPAM for January, and one of my Q1 FAL list as well as my APQ UFO challenge item.

Quilt stats:
Top pieced in 2006
Quilted in 2017
Quilted with Aurifil 5014 and Superior Threads King Tut 902, 903, 918 and 938
Size: 75' square

Linking to Sew Cute Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop Whoop Friday.


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wanta Fanta

Another quilt top, ready for some free-motion quilting! Most of the blocks were made by 2 bee groups in the last 2 years and because I wanted a larger top, I made a few blocks myself. My daughter picked the border fabric since it will be a quilt for her big bed.
I love the design of this one and can't wait to have some time to quilt it.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Blocks, blocks, blocks

A few more blocks I made earlier this week...
Only one more Farmer's wife block:
64 - [Peace & Plenty]

4 blocks for my Elephant Parade quilt but the turtle's leg is the wrong way:-(

and my hexies for January too!

6 blocks that take my monthly total to 33!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.


Monday, 16 January 2017

A few more blocks

In the evenings, sewing time is limited so I find it easier to make one block or two, if I am lucky! I seem to have had a good run in the last week or so.

Project 48 - block 41
One last "bonus" bee block for our Mama Bee Jan
Quite a few more blocks for my Farmer's Wife quilt - I am on a roll with this one but then I have lots of blocks to do so I need to stay focused on it!
3 - [Basket]
5 - [Bat Wing]
8 - [Bouquet]
13 - [Buckwheat]

 14 - [Butterfly at the Crossroads]
15 - [Buzzard's Roost]

25 - [Cups and Saucer]
26 - [Cut Glass Dish]
34 - [Flock]

35 - [Flower Basket]

51 - [Hovering Birds]

54 - [Kitchen Woodbox]

55 - [Linoleum]

One Dear Jane block too after so many years! 
E-10 - Five and Dime - let's hope it won't be the only one this year....

And also the last block for my Wanta Fanta quilt, since I am getting gifted a block too.

An additional 17 blocks this week to take my January total to 27, not bad for the first half of the year!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Toaster sweater 1 is a T-shirt!

After battling with my overlocker last week-end, I finally took the plunge and tried some clothes sewing, with jersey as well! 

I had signed up to #SewMyStyle on Instagram and the first pattern for January is a Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven.I have been willing to try clothes making for a while and I figured that would give me the push I needed to get started.

I had cut the pattern and then the fabric, yes one step at a time as I was quite scared! So on Saturday, I started assembling the pieces. And surprise, it went together quite easily! I got to this stage on Saturday
I tried the twin needle sewing on the seams but it was messy so I gave up before ruining everything.
And on Sunday night, I had my first ever me-made garment! The fabric was on the thin side so it is more a T-Shirt than a sweater, which is good because it is slightly tight on me anyway and suit better  a T-shirt. The fabric is soooo comfortable I really love it. And I think there will be more of these in the future, I am converted!

So I am very happy to have a successful finish and if you are new to dressmaking, it is an easy enough pattern to try! Now I didn't pay enough attention to the #SewMyStyle challenge and cut the Toaster #1 when we are making Toaster #2! So back to the drawing board to make version 2 of the pattern, hoping it will be as successful as the first.
But for now this is another OPAM for January as well as my OMG and also one of my Q1 FAL list!

Linking to Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop Whoop Friday and One Monthly Goal.


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