Thursday, 28 February 2019

February in review

February is a short month and we were away for a full week. That combined with 2 birthdays and 5 or 6 birthday cakes I baked left little time for sewing! But I did manage a little and a few finish so I am quite pleased with that :-)

Quilting:
1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along and keep up the pace, if possible. I managed to complete 3  blocks to catch up this month, still 2 to do to be back on track. 
2. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed to be able to finish the top - no progress
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few no progress
4. Dear Jane - BOW and TOW, is that possible? no progress but I have a plan....
5. HST modern sampler quilt - make the last block and finish the top no progress
6. Kingfisher Sew Along - prepare more blocks for sew on the go no progress
7. Strips blocks for Moda Sew along  - this is my February APQ challenge! I managed to piece the top this month!

8. Vintage Kitchen - continue to make the blocks no progress
9. Gipsy Wife - make more blocks no progress
10. FW 1920 - make more blocks no progress
11. FW 1930 - make more blocks no progress

Dressmaking

1. Hepburn pants - finish it - This will be my One monthly goal  - finished and enjoyed already!
2. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn no progress
3. Givre tee - finished and enjoyed already!
4. Linden or Toaster sweater in navy  no progress
5. Salida skirt  no progress
6. Yoga pants  no progress
7. PJ for C  - cut but my overlocker is out of action, finished just in time!
8. PJ top for hubby  no progress
9. Lingerie  no progress


Accessories
1. Carrier Conquest Handbag - no progress

Linking to February Furtle

Celine

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

String blocks UFO

A few years back (about 7...) I joined a swap over on Flicker called mini scrap basket for some string blocks (it feels like a very long time ago that all the fun was on Flicker!) I duly made my blocks and sent them on. I received my swaps back, started to make a few more and that was the end of it, a big pile of blocks, ready for another time.

Well another time came when I saw this post on Moda blog about the string blocks and suddenly remembered that I had some of those too. So I got the blocks out and started peeling the paper (painful when people had used glue all these years ago), squaring them off and preparing them.
And then rather than agonising about colour placement and etc, I decided to just go for it and assemble all the finished blocks I had. I happened to have 56 so that was perfect for a 7x8 setting.

I must confess that I am not mad about the fabric/colours/style of the blocks but I am planning to finish and gift it rather than leaving it to languish for another decade or so.
Now that the top is finished, it will need quilting, next time the frame is out. Not quite finished of course but at least it has moved one step forward!

Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday


Celine

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Harry Potter blocks

The Harry Potter sew-alongs only started last month and I immediately fell behind. I was trying so much to finish my Hepburn pants in January that I never went further than making the first Harry Potter block ... and then of course I started another quilt-along dit good measure. As one of my friend said, I'm beyond help!

Anyway I've just started working on the Harry Potter blocks again recently and have managed to complete 3 more. Meet Hermione
And Ron
And finally Dumbledore.
Just Luna and Hagrid missing to the roll call... for now!

Linking to Let's Bee SocialMonday MakingLinky Tuesday

Celine

Monday, 25 February 2019

Threadology BOM

The Threadology Quilt-Along started this month and I must admit I slipped! Blocks 1 and 2 were released and for each blocks, there are 5 to make: 4 small ones and 1 big one.
I am planning on using my stash only of course for this quilt-along, since I have quite an extensive stash of course.... The first block is a classic Ohio star in small version
and in larger version
for 5 happy Stars
Block 2 is the easy 9-patch blocks, for 4 little ones
and a big one
and 5 finished blocks
All 10 new blocks in total for this week. 

Linking  Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread ThursdayWednesday Wait LossMidweek Makers

Celine

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Givre Tee

The theme of the month for Sew My Style is T-shirt. I picked the Givre Tee by Deer & Doe, I liked the design with the 2 fabrics and of course, I have some fabric in my stash that I could use, I am almost embarrassed to say... I picked a print I bought a while ago and a solid black with it.
Of course, with 2 colours in the t-shirt there is double the amount of pieces to cut but it is still not that many! It would have come together even quicker if my overlocker wasn't ill... 
The construction is not very difficult but the neck band is rather thin and of course that makes it more fiddly.
I finished the T-shirt this morning and wore it today in the beautiful sunshine we had all day.
After spending the week making patchwork blocks, I have a finish over the week-end!
Yes I made it, indeed! just in time for the challenge too.
One more OPAM for February.

Celine


Saturday, 16 February 2019

Fancy pants

I really like a challenge or a sew-along or basically some company to keep me going or even sometimes to get me going. I have been planning to make another pair of jeans all year last year and I never plucked the courage to do it. The #sewfancypants challenge on IG was a perfect excuse to pick a trousers pattern that I had in my stash, the Hepburn pants (this is an affiliate link) and some fabric I had in my stash, to try and make it in a month.

To make sure I had fancy pants, I added some fancy pockets!
and some fancy top-stitching too.
Something else that was fancy, was the welt pockets on the back. I had never tried welt pocket before so I was a little apprehensive. All was going relatively well for the construction and I went all the way to the top-stitching, on both pockets, before I realised that I sewn them shut.... So I had a lovely pocket bag but nowhere to get in or out of it..... And that was because I had misunderstood the instructions and folded back the welt too high....
I was divided about unpicking everything, twice  but in the end decided it would be better. So, off came the seam ripper....
I also added some binding to the waist band for a fancy seam finish!
The waist and trousers are the same fabric but my phone camera obviously didn't think so! 
Next step was to construct the trousers which I, again did wrong (!) Sewing the front in-seams together. Seam ripper again! Before finally getting to addition of the waistband. I really struggled to fit the waistband to the trousers, almost as if the waistband was shorter than the waistline on the trousers. So there was some seam ripping again (lots) before I realised that I had the right/left mixed up.... that was a real motivation dampener to have to not only unpick the waistband but also the binding and to start again! And on top of all that, my overlocker started to play up. I still haven't fixed it....
Anyway I didn't throw it all away or put it away for later,  however tempting that was and unpicked everything. The waistband fitted a lot better then,  I still have one little wrinkle here and there but I left those and decided that my trousers would be perfectly imperfect!
A hem and a very appropriate label for this particular trousers, and I had a new pair of trousers! I didn't finish in time for the #sewfancypants challenge but at least I have a finished pair of trousers that fits me well. 

Linking to One Monthly GoalShow off Saturday
Celine

Sunday, 3 February 2019

January Furtle

Archie the wonder dog has set up a new monthly link up. I loved the monthly link up when Lynne had them as it is such a nice way to look back on the month.

And although I'm not always writing much on my blog I have kept it going and I'm glad. Somehow, although I like Instagram, it is so much more instant that it doesn't allow for the whole story of a project or for links etc.

January has been quite a productive month for me,  which is always good! I finished a few pieces
And started projects/worked on older ones
Let's see what February brings! In the meantime I'm linking to January Furtle and so can you!

Celine

Friday, 1 February 2019

February goals

February in our house is a month of birthday (i.e. lots of baking and organising for me) and half term break. This also usually greatly reduce sewing time for me.... But nothing better than a long list to stay focus and optimistic I think.

Quilting:
1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along and keep up the pace, if possible 
2. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed to be able to finish the top
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few
4. Dear Jane - BOW and TOW, is that possible?
5. HST modern sampler quilt - make the last block and finish the top
6. Kingfisher Sew Along - prepare more blocks for sew on the go
7. Strips blocks for Moda Sew along  - this is my February APQ challenge!
8. Vintage Kitchen - continue to make the blocks
9. Gipsy Wife - make more blocks
10. FW 1920 - make more blocks
11. FW 1930 - make more blocks

Dressmaking

1. Hepburn pants - finish it - This will be my One monthly goal
2. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn 
3. Givre tee
4. Linden or Toaster sweater in navy
5. Salida skirt
6. Yoga pants
7. PJ for C 
8. PJ top for hubby
9. Lingerie


Accessories
1. Carrier Conquest Handbag

Celine

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