Sunday, 30 September 2018

September in review

Once again, it has been a busy month... will that ever change? School started back earlier in the month and I traveled 3 times in the last 3 weeks so of course sewing time was rather limited. I was lucky to go on a sewing retreat so although my sewing output has not been very much, I managed to make some outerwear, which is a rather big project!

Hoping for finish
1. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn -This will be my One monthly goal - sadly no progress  
2. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed - sadly no progress
3. Tabor v-neck - cut - sadly no progress
4. Kingfisher sew-along - more blocks needed! - sadly no progress
5. Pencil roll - finished
6. Pencil case - finished

1. Farmer's wife - the sew along has just started, time to get going again - sadly no progress
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here  - sadly no progress
3. Postcards of the world - only one postcard to finish! - little progress here
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to make more blocks in parallel with other FW sadly no progress
5. Seeing Stars quilt-along - little progress with 4 more blocks completed and 3 cut

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - (19 blocks) - this one was my February goal on the APQ UFO challenge, I need a few more blocks to finish this top, it would be good to get there - sadly no progress
2. Project 48 / Summer Solstice - sadly no progress
3. Super Mario quilt - sadly no progress
4. Impromptu quilt - sadly no progress
5. Bubbles quilt - this was my APQ UFO challenge for March, that I progressed from a pile of blocks to a flimsy ready for quilting next time the frame will be coming out. Maybe this month? some progress: quilted and binding sewn on. Need to finish hand sewing it on the back
6. Granny Square - this was my APQ UFO challenge for April, and is currently a pile of blocks - sadly no progress
7. 365 challenge - this one was my August goal on the APQ UFO challenge. I need so many more blocks, can I make a few more this month - 3 tiny blocks made this month

New Projects
1. Lander trousers - navy blue 
2. Passport wallet for me 
3. Kyoto top
4. Pyjama for hubby
5. Uvita top
6. Brasov top
7. Acacia underwear, more!
8. Carita joggers
9. Lander trousers - wine 
10. Lander shorts - green
11. Ostara top
12. Suki dressing gown
13. Suki short cover up
14. Kelly anorak - finished

15. Forester coat
16. Handbag
17. Pyjamas for the kids


Wednesday, 26 September 2018


Slowly very slowly, I am catching up with my stars for the Seeing Stars sew-along. I have made the 4 pinwheel stars from week 3. I cut the fabric out at the begining of the month and it took me until the last weekend to finally finish sewing them together

 And here are the 4 together!
I have also cut all my fabric for the curved stars from week 2.
Now to see how long it takes to sew them. Hopefully I can finish those before the end of the month. The quilt along finishes on 17th October. I wonder if I can finish my top by then... wish me luck. 

And that gives me 6 blocks for September. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Easy sewing

Stash guilt I guess but I made some pillow cases for the kids on Sunday. I had some fabric bought for a project I didn't do and won't be doing so I digged into my stash and used up 3 of my fabric stashed away. The children now have new pillowcases that they are so happy with.

3 OPAMs for September. 


Monday, 24 September 2018

Kelly Anorak

Last week-end, I spent 3 days at Guthrie & Ghani in Birmingham for a sewing outerwear retreat. It was a fab week-end and a fantastic group to work with. We even received a goodie bags with some little treasures and Lauren had organised 2 events for the evening, which was really nice and fun.
I picked the Kelly anorak pattern by Closet Case which I love but always thought would be quite intimidating to try on my own. It was a nice opportunity to try it with some expert guidance from Layla and Lauren. I bought some grey cotton twill for the outside 
and some Liberty for the inside that I quilted over some thinsulate wadding (more in a this post)
I had pre-quilted my lining before the retreat to save some time!
On the first day of the retreat, we cut the pattern, which had a lot of pieces, then the fabric (outside, lining and interfacing), again lots of pieces and finally we got started on the pockets. I know, it doesn't sound like much but the pockets are quite involved actually so they took some time!

The second day was spent building the "body" of the jacket and inserted the zip, with the plackets etc, so again this was quite an involved process. Getting all the pieces in the right place required a lot of concentration!
And on the last day, we added the hood and then the sleeves. I must admit I struggled quite a bit when inserting the sleeves, they had too much ease for the armholes and I kept getting some puckering. Eventually, it worked but took a few tries and a lot of unpicking! I had been a good student and had hand sewn the hem on the Saturday night in my hotel room so I left the retreat with an almost finished coat (only the bias on the inside of the hood/coat junction) was left to be hand sewn. Task I duly completed that evening!
Adding the snaps was quite a challenge too, I didn't enjoy that step much but it gives such a more professional finished look to the coat. I wrecked a few snaps but Lauren helped me to get them on.
Only the body and hood are lined, I didn't line the sleeves at all (I probably couldn't have fitted my arms through if I had!)
I used a contrasting thread to top-stitch to add a little colour. I selected a blue/lavender colour that is also in the Liberty fabric. And although that shows the mistakes or irregular stitching more than a blended colour, I love the overall look of it.
It has turned very cold here already so my Kelly got its first outing at the week-end and I must say I love it!
I loved the sewing retreat and was really pleased to complete the Kelly while I was there. Of the whole group, only one lady didn't make the Kelly but choose another pattern that she managed to complete over 2 days so on the third.... well she cut a different coat! Most people finished or nearly finished their coat while there as well so it was a very good and productive week-end! Oh and of course we shared lots of tips and information about our favorite patterns and designers, best way to make the to-do list grow even longer :-)

One more OPAM for September!


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Free-motion quilting

After months packed away, the quilting frame finally came out earlier this month. And I am almost ashamed to say that it wasn't for a quilt originally but to quilt the lining of a future jacket. Anyway, out and used is good regardless of the project I guess!

I had bought some lovely Liberty fabric to use inside a Kelly Anorak and followed Lauren's path quilting it over some thinsulate fabric for extra warmth. I didn't want to quilt diamonds as I thought that would take forever and be rather boring to do. That's where the frame came very useful. I quilted an allover meander in a variegated King Tut thread. The piece I needed for my coat was done rather quickly.

 Since the frame was out, I took advantage of it to also quilt my bubble quilt that I had finished piecing together in March. Again I used a meander all over the background but not over the bubbles. Again I used King Tut thread for the quilting in a neutral (white?) colour.
With those 2 pieces quilted, the frame was put away... until next time which I hope won't be too far away. I felt nice to be quilting again.


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Back to school with some finishes

School started back today! The summer holidays have disappeared so quickly, I can't believe it's over already. Anyway no big school bags this year but just some accessories. I finally finished my daughter's pencil case. 
All it needed was to neaten the raw edge inside which I did with a little bias binding, I could have just serged them but I thought it would be nicer with some binding.

As for the pencil roll, she started sewing it in the summer but the bobbin ran out and after that she lost interest. 
Anyway she at least made a start on it and I finished it for her, a collaborative work! 
She went in happily this morning and showed her friend her new stuff!

2 OPAMs in the bag for September already and 2 finishes for my Q3 FAL list!

Linking to Q3 FALWednesday Wait LossMidweek Makers. Celine

Monday, 3 September 2018

Back to reality!

Back home for 2 lovely weeks in Corsica, back to work today, back to school this week.... but also back to my sewing machine 😊

And of course there wasn't much time for my sewing machine this weekend but I've managed to make 2 little blocks for the 365 aout challenge, these are the 3' blocks for September 2 and 3.

2 little blocks for September already!
Linking to Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Kaftan challenge

There is a new challenge on IG to make a kaftan from the no-pattern version shared by The Stitch Sisters.  The #sewingsansfrontieres  challenge is open until 4 September so there is still time to join in!

Of course this one was not on my list for August but never mind! I didn't really have the time for it but I knew I had perfecr fabric for it and I would use it straight away for our holidays... so what was I to do? Try and stitch one last-minute, like one the night before we go away? Everyone does that, right?

The pieces are easy to cut being all rectangles, and construction was easy enough too! I managed to wip one up in about 2 hours the day before we left for our holidays and of course I've enjoyed it very much while away! 

Plus you can wear it with the V at the front or at the back...

This was one last OPAM for August that I didn't have time to blog before. 
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday



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