Saturday, 1 May 2021

May goals

Let's try again, I doubt it will keep me focused but who knows.... 


1. Super Mario quilt - need binding!

2. Halo quilt sew along - I need to cut the arcs to be able to continue
Boho Heart quilt-along - I am so behind on this one...
4. Snowflake quilt-along - needs binding,  this will be my One monthly goal

5. Modern HST triangles -  I have 23 blocks completed and not enough background fabric to make the 24th block from the pattern. Decide what to do with this 5 year old UFO - I think I have a plan!! Watch this space...
6. 365 challenge - No progress at all in March or April...
7. Fandom in Stitches quilt along - I now have 5 blocks, I need more and there were a few from March and April that I'd like to make.


1. PJ for C NEW
2. PJ for M NEW
3. Morgan Jeans - cut
4. Blouse 
5. Knickers
6. Utility coat
7. Nautilus swimsuit

1. Moonwake handbag 
2. Halo sling 
3. Closet case pouf 
4. Earpod pouch

1. Grimm's Tales stitch along
2. Nutcracker 


Friday, 30 April 2021

April in review

 Another month has come and gone, how is that possible really? I am not sure how much I have to report really, it feels like another month has gone in a flash.

Let's see...

I finally made some bags for my quilting frame parts

And while the quilting frame was out, I quilted 3 tops
one is now completely finished!

I also cut out fabric for a new QAL (I know, I know...)

And I worked on 3 other projects that I haven't manage to finsh: a Persephone purse, a raincoat and a swimming costume.
Linking to April Furtle


Monday, 26 April 2021

A new QAL...

I might have joined a new QAL.... I know, I know, I have badly fallen behind with the 2 I already joined this year but I just couldn't resist the Flabellum pattern.

And the good news is that I have already cut all the 576 pieces of fabric I need for it. Surely that should speed up the process? Watch this space....

Linking to Monday Making, Monday Design Wall


Sunday, 18 April 2021

Sewing Studio

A finish! The Sewing Studio wall-hanging that I quilted last month is now all done! 

I finished sewing the binding yesterday and all that was left for today was to bury the threads. Thankfully there weren't that many for this mini (this is always my least favorite part of the finish...)

I am so pleased with it and happy it is finished.

Paper pieced in 2020
Quilted matchstick style with King Tut #971 in March 2021
Finished in April 2021
Backing fabric - one very old piece from my stash

Another OPAM, one of my Q2 FAL list and my OMG for April too.

Linking to Brag about your Beauties, Off the wall FridayPeacock Party Whoop Whoop Friday, Patchwork and QuiltsMonday Making, Monday Design WallMidweek MakersWednesday Wait LossNeedle and Thread Thursday


Sunday, 11 April 2021

Quilting frame bags

Not exactly exciting sewing today but I am happy I have done it. After finishing my quilting, we took the frame apart but I didn't put it away. I have been meaning to make some bags to keep the parts of the frame together for quite some time but never got around to it. I guess it is quite a boring and easy project so it has not been top priority. 

And I knew that if I put the parts away I would still not make them. So this afternoon, I went into my stash where I found a bed sheet (?) that someone gave me a while ago. I made one bag for the rods from part of it with it

My rods are 7ft long so the bag was very long!

And another one for the side panels and the "tray". 

I went to the trouble of hemming the top correctly 

and also to serge the sides

And now my quilting frames part are stored away in 2 drawstring bags.

First one of my Q2 FAL list and first finishes for April.


Friday, 9 April 2021

Free-motion quilting

The last 2 weeks have been school holidays for the kids and the original plan was to travel back to France. Sadly, with Covid cases on the rise in France, it just hasn't been possible. Regardless, I had a week off just before Easter and lots of plans for hours of sewing. Well, it didn't quite work out on the hours of sewing and cutting, I hardly did any in the end. Thinking about it I am not sure what I did! Anyway, once the Super Mario quilt top was ready for quilting, I got my quilting frame out and set up. Again I was planning to have it put away before Easter but in the end that didn't work out either....

Anyway, the first top on the frame was Super Mario, which is rather big the sashing and borders, and took 11 bobbins to quilt! 

The second one was my snowflake top that I finished last December. I had planned to quilt that one before Christmas but that was when my machine decided to stop working so it had to wait until the next quilting session. This one only took 3 bobbins.

And the last one on the frame was the Sewing Studio banner. Of course this one is much smaller but still used 2 bobbins because of the matchstick quilting I used on it.

Now I have 3 quilts to bind so hopefully some finish soon! And although my frame is taken apart, I haven't put it away yet. I want to make some bags to store the components more safely.


Thursday, 8 April 2021


A new quarter, full of hopes for the spring... hope that some of our freedom will return, hope that the weather will improve and give me some energy, hope that I will finish all the projects on my list, hope that we will finally be able to cross the Channel and visit family? I think this quarter will be very busy too with "life" so I am not sure how much I will get through really but let's try!

1. Modern HST triangles -  I have 23 blocks completed and not enough background fabric to make the 24th block from the pattern. I should decide what to do with these. Either finish the quilt or get rid of it... It is 5 years since I started this BOM so a decision is required.

2. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks - another one started 5 years ago. I don't think I will be making any more blocks so I should either finish it or get rid of it too.

3. Farmer's Wife - my goal with this one is to have a finished quilt in 2022 to gift to my mum. I doubt I will work on it soon as the deadline is quite far away but who knows...  
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 24 blocks done, will this one come out this year?

5. Gipsy Wife - I'd really like to finish this one this year. Another one that has been far too long in the making...

6. Enchanted Stars - this one requires time and concentration so I am not sure when I can pick it up again....
7. 365-challenge - I made about 25 blocks since the beginning of the year, can this quarter be more productive?
8. Kingfisher quilt - a portable project, as long as I prepare before I go.... 
9. Super Mario quilt - this one only need binding now...
10.  Blue and purple quilt - this is a very very old UFO and this one needs serious rethinking so either it moves forward or it disappears I think
11. Harry Potter quilt - I have 8 blocks completed and more to make. I think half of the fabric is cut, should be doable, right?
12. Sewing studio banner - I really want to have this one finished very very soon!
 13. Halo quilt - this one uses my beloved Liberty fabric so I should really finish it!
14. Snowflake - hoping to finish this one this quarter
15. Boho Heart Sew Along - I am seriously behind now but still hoping it won't become a UFO...
16. Impromptu - this one has been put aside for so many years.... I'd really like to finish it soon...
17. New York Beauty - this one needs serious planning. I have some blocks from a bee years ago but I don't even know how many...

Bags, accessories:

1.  Moonwake handbag 
2. Kuori phone pouch  
3. Persephone wallet  
4. Little Mynta wallet 
5. Infinity Cross-Body bag 
6. Closet case pouf
7. Halo swing bag
8. Pouch for school
9. Earpod carrier
10. Bags for my quilting frame pieces


1. Lander trousers - navy 
2. Shirt (button up) 
Belladone wearable toile - nearly finished
4. Barkcloth dress - Belladone - half cut
5. Morgan jeans - cut and basted
6. Voltaire top / puff blouse / Tie details top 
7. Black beauty bra
8. Knickers 
9. PJ for M
10. PJ for C
11. Jasika Blazer - long abandonned....

12. Calvin dress abandoned last year
13. Summer dress
14. Swimsuit

1. Grimm's Tales stitch along
2. The Nutcracker Parade


Monday, 5 April 2021

Q1 FAL - recap

 So a quarter of the year is over already and so far, it hasn't been very different from 2020. We have been in lockdown for most of it, with the kids home schooled until 8 March. We were all happy when they finally returned to school, and the increase daylight was much welcomed too... Of course I haven't crossed as many projects as I was dreaming I would but I have made some progress on a few and finished some too... Quite a lot will be on the next quarter list, unless they finally get dropped by getting some love from someone else...


1. Modern HST triangles - a decision is still required.

2. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks - a decision is still required

3. Farmer's Wife - no progress
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - no progress

5. Gipsy Wife - no progress

6. Enchanted Stars - no progress
7. 365-challenge - I made a few more blocks but not as many as I would have wanted...

8. Kingfisher quilt - no progress
9. Super Mario quilt - finally I have a quilt top, just needs quilting now

10.  Blue and purple quilt - no progress
11. Harry Potter quilt - no progress
12. Sewing studio banner - the quilt top is finished, needs quilting now

13. Halo quilt - no progress
14. Retro Tetro - finished
15. Snowflake - no progress

Bags, accessories:

1. Keyboard bag for school - finished 
2. Guadalupe bag - finished
3. Moonwake handbag 
4. Kuori phone pouch  
5. Persephone wallet  
6. Little Mynta wallet 
7. Infinity Cross-Body bag 
8. Pleated pouch
9. Closet case pouf
10. Halo swing bag
11. 2 in 1 pouch - all 6 finished
12. Earpod carrier


1.Lander trousers - navy 
2. Shirt (button up) 
3. Dressing gown - dusty pink - finished

4. Belladone wearable toile - nearly finished
5. Barkcloth dress - Belladone - half cut
6. Morgan jeans - cut and basted
7. Voltaire top or puff blouse
8. Black beauty bra
9. Knickers 
10. PJ for M
11. PJ for C
12. Jasika Blazer - long abandonned....

1. Grimm's Tales stitch along
2. The Nutcracker Parade



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