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Fettle those Finishes 2023

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  There are so many UFO in the house that I guess I should join Helen for her year long challenge to Fettle those Finishes (or get rid of the ones that will never be finished...) Now let's look at THE list...  1.  Impromptu (started 2013) 2. Farmer's Wife 1920 quilt (started 2011) 3. Farmer's Wife 1930 quilt (started 2015) 4. Enchanted Star (started 2019) 5. Harry Potter (started 2019)  6. Gipsy Wife (started 2017) 7. Project 48 (started 2016) 8. Mini Series blocks (started 2022) 9. Kingfisher Quilt (started 2018) 10. 365 Challenge Quilt (started 2015)  11. Halo Quilt (started 2020) 12. Boho Heart (started 2021) - a few more blocks made in 2022 13. Life is Beautiful Quilt (started 2011)  14. Fandom in Stitches Quilt (started 2021) 15. Mod Mod Along Quilt (started 2014) I am restricting the list to 15 (for quilting) as the REAL list has got much more. Sadly most of them are dormant (and have been for a long while) probably because they still need a lot of work and are not re

February goals

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  February will be busy at work and at home with birthdays and associated parties so maybe I should keep my list quite short and focus on more portable projects? And I haven't made a single block since the beginning of the year so I am not sure whether this month will be any better... Quilting 1. Farmer's Wife quilt - about 30 blocks needed still, can I make a few this month? 2. Dear Jane - let's target 2 blocks or assembling part of the rows 3. Impromptu quilt - needs quilting. It is a very big quilt so I went to get it professionally quilted. Maybe it will get sent this month... or maybe not still 4. Harry Potter  - make more blocks - let's target 5 since this one is my February project picked from the APQS UFO list! Dressmaking 1 . Forester  coat   2. Morgan Jeans - cut a few years ago Bags 1.  Moonwake bag 2. Open Wide Pouch 3. Wallet for A / phone bag for A -   I will pick this one as my   One monthly goal   4. Shamballa bag 5. Pillow card holders Cross-stitch 1. G

January Furtle

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  Wow, this has been a productive month on the sewing front (for a change!)  2 (very) long standing UFOs finished (admittedly, they didn't take very long and could/should have been finished years ago...) 1 cushion repaired (how long for?? 🤔🙂🙃) 2 new tops in my wardrobe and just a little cross-stitching I must admit that joining Kate's challenge of spending at least 15 minutes on sewing related activities 4 times a week has really help to get going! And that allows me to tick 2 (probably the easiest) projects off my PhD in 2023 list . Linking to January Furtle Céline

A second Socks

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  I am not sure I ever been that fast to sew up a fabric after buying it or to sew a pattern for a second time but this week I made myself a second Socks Pullover. I made a slightly different version with a lower collar and the faux buttoning on the shoulder. I cut exactly the same size for this second one and somehow, it came out much tighter, still fine to wear but much more fitted. The fabric is a viscose/polyester jersey that I bought in Lille last Saturday for my first visite to Les Tissus de Lille. I found some lovely buttons in my stash to add to the shoulder. For a neater finish, I decided to add a band over the raw edge of the neckline. I had to sew it by hand first as it was quite fiddly but I am happy with the result as it looks much neater. Of course it didn't take long to make this second version. I assembled everything with my overlocker (same as the first one actually). I managed to finish it on Friday night so I have worn it this week-end. Maybe this is my new favor

Socks Pullover

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  A new IG challenge, how could I resist, especially knowing I had some fabric in my stash that would work and winter is not yet over rather it's come back recently! And this works for 2 IG challenges actually, since January #magamsewalong is #Jumpstart. I discovered this new Socks pullover pattern by Moi Je Couds on IG through the ongoing challenge. The pattern is very versatile and you can make a Socks for all your family as the pack includes kids & men pattern too as a special offer until mid-February. I managed to cut the fabric the previous week-end and sew it over the last week.  I cut between size 42 and 44 for this pattern and added one inch to the overall length. It is quite roomy and I could probably have cut the smaller size (42) but I was worried my fabric might not have been stretchy enough.  I was planning on the option with mitts as my hands are always so cold while I am working at the computer. There is even a video tutorial to make those: https://www.youtube.

Mending

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After some traumatic times, our family grew by one at the end of November when we welcomed a lovely new puppy to try and ease things for all. Of course, we bought all sort of things for our new arrival, including a cushion that was shut by a zip that he duly took time to rip off and chew. Next step for him was to tear the inside cushion to get the fluff out. We took the cushion away so that he wouldn't choke on the fluff and I thought I would try to mend it. Well, this is finally done today. I very roughly cut around the old cushion in some polyester fabric I had at home (used years ago to make the inside of a bean bag) to make a new insert. I then put the insert back into the cushion cover and sew it all shut (I had planned to add velcro originally but decided against it as he might just chew it off and the cover had been ripped when he tore off the zip.) I can't really say it looks like new again but at least it is mended... at least until he gets his teeth into it again! And

Storm (at Sea) is over

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  Another week, another finish. I am sure I won't sustain that rhythm for very long but let's make the most of it while it last! I picked up my mini Storm at Sea top that had been ready for quilting since last January and had re-joined the UFO pile. I had originally started the piecing in 2010 , not sure why it took me so long to finally get back to it really! I found a very nice fabric in my stash, one that had been there for over 15 years for sure.  The quilting is a very straight forward stitch in the ditch, with my favorite King Tut's thread. As for the binding, another fabric from my stash, a batik this time, to keep with the top, that I finished hand sewing yesterday. One less UFO in my pile and one more crossed off my PhD list . And I can happily report that I spent at least 4x15 minutes in the sewing room this week working on this UFO. Linking to  Life in Pieces ,  Brag about your Beauties ,   Off the wall Friday ,  Can I get a Whoop Whoop ,  Peacock Party ,   Pat