Tuesday, 30 April 2019

April furtle and recap

The Spring has come and gone throughout the month, we have had some gorgeous weather and some freezing time too! 2 weeks off from school for Easter and a week spent in France away from my machine so of course the list was unachievable, but who am I fooling really?

1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along and keep up the pace, if possible. I am still 2 to do to be back on track - no progress
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 -  Row B needs to be completed this month for the quilt-along.This will be my One monthly goal  - finished
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. Threadology quilt-along - make March blocks - 5 to do to catch up - no progress
8. Vintage Kitchen - catch up and continue to make the blocks - 2 blocks to catch up - all caught up!
9. Gipsy Wife - make more blocks - no progress
10. FW 1920 - make more blocks - no progress
11. FW 1930 - make more blocks - no progress
12. Granny Blocks -  this was my APQS challenge for March - no progress
13. String blocks - top to be quilted - no progress
14. Project 48 quilts - blocks to be made in a top and quilted - this was my APQS challenge for April - no progress
15. Paper pieced horse from Tartan Kiwi book for my middle daughter - half way
16. Sewing room sign (paper pieced) - not started

1. Blackwood cardigan - finished
2. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn - no progress
3. Puff Shirt or another office top - not started
4. Linden or Toaster sweater in navy  - not started
5. Salida skirt  - not started
6. Jasika Blazer - no progress
7. PJ for C  - no progress
8. Full PJ for hubby  - not started
9. Lingerie  - not started
10. Kobe top - finished
11. Hepburn pants finished

1. Carrier Conquest Handbag - not started 
2. Card wallet not started
And a few additional things that were not on the list.... like my new LBD with pockets,  meet the Karri Dress
Linking to April Furtle


Monday, 29 April 2019

Caught up in the kitchen

I thought I only had one pile of bowls to do for the Vintage Kitchenalia Adventures BOMto be caught up until Marianne posted a picture of her blocks on IG and I noticed I needed 2 piles of bowls.... they came together relatively quickly actually and I was able to complete both blocks last week. 
And with 2 blocks I'm caught up
.. until Wednesday when the new blocks will be released. 

Linking to 
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Friday, 26 April 2019

Karri Dress

Finally! Why finally, because this one has been on my list and in my head for quite a while.... I bought the pattern in October when Karri was the pattern of the month for Megan Nielsen, convinced that I was going to make it there and then. I didn't need to buy fabric as I thought I had the perfect one in my stash. Of course, that didn't happen. I had this idea at the time to maybe use some fancy piping but couldn't find what I wanted so it got nowhere, I didn't even get started. Over the last few months, I got the fabric and pattern out a few times and put it on my goal or joined a challenge with it but it never happened. That was until recently!
I finally dug the pattern out and cut it apart. I checked Megan Nielsen's post about making Karri with knit fabric since my fabric was a knitted/jersey fabric that I bought from Fabworks a while ago and off I went. I cut a straight size M from the pattern because it was a knitted fabric. My measurements fell between the M and L but I thought with the knitted fabric the smaller size would work. I completely omitted to measure the length of the top or skirt before cutting so I just had to hope for the best that it would not end up ridiculously short on me. I had added about 1' to the bottom of the skirt while cutting it.
The blogpost about making Karri with knit fabric advises to omit the invisible zipper and possibly the pockets but what is a dress without pockets, right? So I decided to go for it and keep the pockets.
I loved seeing the top come together with the panels, it was intriguing and interesting to put it together. I tried the dress without a zipper but in the end I thought having a zipper would be much more comfortable to put it on and take it off. Putting the invisible zip in wasn't too complicated and I really like the look of an invisible zip, so elegant!
After all, the dress didn't take so much time to assemble and I really like the look of it. And of course, with the paneling, the combinations are almost endless. 
I like the V-neck in the back which contrasts the rounded neckline at the front. 
My version is not lined so I had to hem the neckline and although it wasn't too bad. I used some tape to hold it in place and went slowly and it all worked out.
A new little black dress that I hope I will continue to enjoy in the weeks to come as the weather turns warmer.

One more OPAM and one of my Q2 FAL list.

Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


Monday, 22 April 2019

Dear Jane - Row B

Second month of the quilt along calls for the second row of the Dear Jane quilt to be completed. Row B is not as advanced as Row A for me since I am missing 4 blocks: B9, B10, B11 and B13 but being away from home and travelling gives me some time for hand sewing...
B13 is most probably the easiest block from the whole quilt and interestingly, it is rather different from the others since it is using more than one fabric and no background fabric. 
I finished this block Sunday last week with its 9 pieces.
And assembled it with block B12.
I then worked on B11, which is a lot more complex with its curved seams and very sharp points. Finished is better than perfect for this one... definitely. This one had 21 pieces!
I finished B9 on our way back yesterday, this one has 13 pieces. 
 I added B9 to my B1-B8 row and noticed that B1 was the wrong way around... so fixed that too!
Now I only need B10 with its mini tiny triangles around the central plus sign to finish Row B!

I am really hoping to complete Row B this month and possibly to sew it to Row A but at the same time, there aren't that many days left in April!

Linking to 
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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Kobe top

I bought the Kobe top pattern from Papercut a while ago and for some reasons I never made it. Not sure why because I loved the design. Anyway i finally picked it up and cut it off to make a top from a lovely Liberty from Shaukat.
By accident I added 2.5' to the top when I cut it off so I added the same to the back too.
The pattern is very well explained and come together rather easily. The first step is to finish the neckline with some bias binding.
Once that's done the fold at the back is constructed. Then the sleeves are added and the top is finished and hemmed. Because I used Liberty fabric,  I used French seams throughout the garment to get a neat finish. And of course I had the perfect label for it!
I'm in love, both with the fabric and the top. The back neckline is so beautiful and effective. I found a simple button to finish it.
The back hem is rounded and longer than the top but it could also be cut straight I'm sure.
One OPAM and my first off my Q2 FAL list.
Linking to Show off Saturday


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Vintage kitchen

Earlier this month I finally picked up the blocks for the Vintage Kitchen quilt-along. I made blocks 1 and 3 on time but was behind with blocks 2, 4 and now 5.
Block 2 was very labour-intensive with all the pieces needed to complete it. And rather fiddly too! It took me a few evenings to finish it but I must admit it was love at first sight once I did!
Not wanting to stop on my way,  I picked block 5 next, which was smaller and more straightforward. This one only took 2 evenings.
I was hoping to catch up altogether but I still have block 4 to do.  I haven't yet picked the fabrics for that one so I'm not sure I'll manage to finish it by the end of the month
 I'll try....
2 lovely blocks for April.
Linking to Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Q2 FAL goals

I am not sure how one quarter of the year can already have disappeared... Spring has been playing hide and seek recently and the temperatures are doing a little yo-yo but let's hope the spring weather will really come to stay soon. So apparently it is time to make another list of makes, or of dreams?

1. Modern HST triangles (19 blocks are done), this one is hopefully also a serious contender for this quarter - only one block left to do now
2. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) 
3. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....) 
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 24 blocks done 
6. Scrappy trip - about half of the blocks done so far 
7. Gipsy Wife (in progress) - I have fallen off the band wagon again....
9. Granny Squares quilt - 60 blocks from 5 years ago
10. Underground railway - most blocks available from years ago 
11. 365-challenge - so many blocks still needed! 
12. Kingfisher quilt - a portable project, as long as I prepare before I go.... 
13. Super Mario quilt
14.  Impromptu quilt - abandoned so long ago... I dream of having the quilt on my bed next summer... 
15. Scrappy strips quilt -  top sewn together, just needs quilting now
16. Blue and purple quilt - this one is for my Auntie and I'd like to gift it this year.... 
17. Harry Potter quilt
18. Horse quilt

Bags etc:
1. Power trip bag 
2. Passport cover (up, up and away) for me 
3. Handbag for me - Carrier's Conquest 
4. Fremont tote bag 
5. Card wallet
6. Pouches for teacher's present
7. Pencil case for teacher
8. Bag for teacher

1. Lander trousers - navy 
2. Hepburn trousers - black and silver
3. Shirt (button up)
4. Kimono (dressing gown)- dusty pink
5. Blouse
6. Kobe top 
7. Ostara or Brasov or Uvita top
8. Salida skirt
9. Summit peak top - cut alredy!
10. Barkcloth dress (Marbella or Daphne or Belladone)
11. Forester jacket with magic fleece 
12. Underwear 
13. Dropje or Malala or Toaster Sweater
14. Fumeterre skirt
15. Yoga long sleeve T-shirt 
16. Pyjama M 
17. Nightdress or summer pyjama C 
18. Pyjama S  
19. Pyjama A
20. Nightdress for me
21. Teahouse dress 
22. Mandy boat or Givre tee 
23. A new pair of jeans 
24. Karri dress 
25. Voltaire top
26. Muumuu dress
27. Jasika Blazer
28. Tee for the girls
29. Seed pattern for the girls
30. Sew Together for Summer jumpsuit

Linking to Q2 FAL 2019



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