Friday, 31 March 2017

March in review

Hoping for finish
1. Wanta Fanta will be my One Monthly Goal again - finished

2. Elephant parade - finished

3. Saunio cardigan - cut and started

4. Mabel skirt - finished

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

2. Block lotto - 3 blocks

1. Farmer's wife, let's try for another 10 blocks no progress
2. Solstice challenge - 8 blocks behind already.... - no progress
3. HST modern sampler quilt - half way - no progress
4. Project 48 - 10 more blocks this month and only 2 left for the ones I want to make
5. Pumpkin Passport -  no progress

6. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks - none
7. Long Time Gone - let's try and keep up! - still in the race!

8. Mischief blocks - none

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Flora Sew Along not started

I squeezed 5 more Long Time Gone blocks before the end of the month, so that's 32 this month, yeah!


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Blocks catch up for Project 48 Quilt

Last year I started (a few) quilt along and I fell off the wagon for all of them.... not surprising I know, but that just added to my pile of WIP/UFO. The Project 48 quilt was a block per week and I didn't even do half of them last year. The blocks are available until the end of the month so I knew I needed to get going if I wanted to make them. I could save the tutorials and make them later too.... but why wait and create another UFO, especially when I broke into my precious Lighthearted bundle to make those blocks.

My original plan was to make all 48 blocks but then I decided that I wouldn't. Reassured that the quilt police will not come after me and remembering that this will be MY quilt, I decided to only pick the blocks I like from the project. As soon as I made that decision, pressure was lifted that I wouldn't struggle with blocks I don't really like.

For example, I don't like wonky/improv blocks so much and every month there was one of these so I am missing out the ones I have made yet on that theme. Equally there was a month of applique blocks in the summer, well I won't make them either. Anyway, after picking the remaining blocks to make this month, my list was still quite long but I managed to stay quite focused on those and made almost all the blocks I wanted to make from Project 48 quilt but 1, maybe tonight?

block 21

block 22

block 23
block 24
block 27

block 29

block 30

block 31

block 32

block 37

block 38

And now all the blocks together (some need trimming to size!)

and with the Solstice Challenge blocks

Not quite enough for a quilt but I will mix those up with the blocks I fancy from the Solstice Challenge (I have fallen behind here too!)

And that's 11 blocks for the 350-blocks project for March taking my total to 27 blocks.

Linking to Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread ThursdayWhoop Whoop Friday


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Using up some of my scraps

Not as much progress as I would have wanted but a few more blocks from scraps for the Long Time Gone quilt along: 2 Crosses of the UK (42more are needed!)

as well as 3 blocks for the Block Lotto

With those 5 blocks, I now have 16 blocks this month for 350-blocks challenge.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Saunio cardigan

I started my Saunio cardigan this week-end and everything that go wrong went wrong indeed. I swapped the front pieces and only realised when I had sewn the sleeves on. I tried to unpick and made a hole in the fabric. So in the end I cut on my seams and started again with pieces 1 cm shorter...
Anyway, I got it to the point I could get to before I get the interfacing I need to sew the facing on.

and today was Mother's day in England and I got some lovely present from hubby and the children.

I am really looking forward to using the Maker's Atelier book, there are some very nice pieces in there.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wanta Fanta

A quilt made with the help of my friends!

 It took 2 bees to gather almost enough blocks for this lovely pink quilt for my youngest daughter. I received the blocks in 2015 from my Bee mates but decided I needed a few more and of course... it has taken a long time to make the remaining blocks.

 I finally finished the top earlier this year and let my daughter shop my stash for the border fabric. She went for 2 pale pink fabric to frame it.
 And earlier in March, the quilt finally made it to the frame. I tried something new there by quilting with a ruler. Now I don't have a special ruler or a special foot and I was told after I posted my picture on IG that it was a bad idea to quilt with ruler with a regular quilting foot as I could have damaged my machine badly. I am glad it all went well to be honest. And I really like the effect on the borders.

 I drew some massive flowers in the middle of the white "squares"

 and this is the final quilt off the frame, ready for binding.
and done!

Quiling stats:
Fabric from my stash and my friends' stash!
Pieced from 2015 to 2017
Quilted in March 2017 with Superior Threads King Tut
Finished March 2017

One more OPAM for March, it has been a good month! and also one off my Q1 Finish Along list
Linking to  One Monthly GoalSew Cute TuesdayLet's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread ThursdayWhoop Whoop Friday.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Just a few more blocks

I have been playing with more scraps to make blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt along and I have managed to finish a few more blocks, still trying to stay ahead of the game as the pace will pick up and it will be hard to keep up!
I finished the Square in a Square Star block

2 Crosses of the UK (4 more are needed!)

and 4 pineapple blocks. There are 16 of these in the quilt and I just coudn't envisage doing them all within a week.

And I also made my 2 flowers for the Inchy Hexie Swap
With those 9 blocks, I now have 11 blocks this month for 350-blocks challenge.
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Elephants Parade

Finally, one UFO crossed of my list! My elephant parade quilt is finished and gifted to my daughter!

I started this quilt in February 2015 with Lorna's quilt-along and when I made my first 2 elephant Mummy
They look at me accusingly from my design wall for a while before being moved to a box...
and after a long drought, I picked the box again in October when I cut and sew all the elephants

There was just the "other" blocks left to make at this stage, not much really... Well it wasn't until February this year that I finally finished piecing the top for quilting
And then of course we went away and there was lots to do anyway, so although this was my UFO challenge for February, I didn't start to quilt it until 28th February. It was easy and fast to quilt on the frame actually

And then I took the (stupid) decision to cut my binding 2' wide. Why? I still don't know but it was horrible to sew down by hand, just so narrow.... anyway, I did my last few stitches on Sunday, buried the threads and gave it to my daughter as a late birthday present. Of course she loves it anyway!

Quilt stats:
Fabric from my stash
Pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts
Quilted with YLI and Superior Threads
Started February 2015 - Finished March 2017

And one more OPAM for March as well as one off my Q1 FInish Along list!!
Linking to Sew Cute TuesdayLet's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread ThursdayWhoop Whoop Friday.



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