Tuesday, 5 October 2021

October goals

My sewing space is still nowhere near ready to be set up and there are still lots to do/set up before there's time to play.... Maybe I will finally find the time (and energy) to move my nearly finished along?

Quilting

1. Snowflake quilt-along - needs binding -  this will (again) be my One monthly goal
2. Flabellum quilt - needs binding
3. Super Mario quilt - needs binding


Dressmaking

1Utility coat - need finishing

Cross-stitch
1. Grimm's Tales stitch along - more stiches maybe???
2. Nutcracker 

Celine

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Septembre in review

Another very busy month here but sadly no sewing or anything remotely crafty... all my sewing supplies are still in the same boxes... 


School has started for all 3 children and we've had to get into a new routine. They seem to have taken to the new rhythm and have made new friends, which is great news really. It wasn't an easy transition for them, having studied in an English system and moving to a French one. Beyond the language it's very different.


With that I didn't do anything remotely creative. I found my snowflake quilt to finish off but I haven't touched it yet. I don't know where my hand sewing needles are so I bought some new ones last week. 

Linking to September Furtle.

Celine

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

September goals

  I really doubt my sewing machine will make it out of her box before the end of the month sadly, my sewing space is nowhere near ready to be set up and there are much bigger priorities to deal with. Maybe I will at least find the time to work on some hand sewing projects, as long as I can locate the necessary supplies....

Quilting

1. Snowflake quilt-along - needs binding -  this will (again) be my One monthly goal
2. Flabellum quilt - needs binding
3. Super Mario quilt - needs binding


Dressmaking

1Utility coat - need finishing

Cross-stitch
1. Grimm's Tales stitch along - more stiches maybe???
2. Nutcracker 

Celine

Monday, 6 September 2021

August in review

 What can I say? For sure it has been a VERY BUSY month! Changing country after 21 years and in time of Covid is not a small feast but we made it.... 


We arrived just over a month ago and time has been busy. Sadly not with any sewing or anything remotely crafty... all my sewing supplies are in boxes... 


and they will probably be for a while to come, at least until the dust has settled and we have more or less made our house a home. 


I do have some little projects I could work on but I have had no time and zero motivation. The only time I held a needle last month was while on the train trip to go on holidays (one precious week on the Mediterranean coast in the sunshine!)

where I did a little (just a little!) cross-stitch.


Let's hope I get some creative energy back at some point in the not so distant future but for now, it feels that there are much bigger projects to tackle.

Linking to August Furtle.

Celine

Sunday, 1 August 2021

August goals

 Does it even make sense to make a list for August? Our house is about to be packed up so ready to cross the Channel and set home in France. I guess my main occupation will be unpacking and setting up everything in our new house. I doubt the sewing corner will the first to be ready but who knows? Anyway, I guess I could have some hand-sewing on the list, as long as I am able to find projects, needle and thread... as well as a little energy!

Quilting

1. Snowflake quilt-along - needs binding -  this will be my One monthly goal
2. Flabellum quilt - needs binding
3. Super Mario quilt - needs binding


Dressmaking

1. PJ/nightdress for C NEW
2. Utility coat - need finishing

Cross-stitch
1. Grimm's Tales stitch along
2. Nutcracker 

Celine

Saturday, 31 July 2021

July in review

 July has been of course very busy with the end of the school year and all the preparation for the big move across the Channel... I did sneak in some sewing, just to keep sane really! And of course, I had all the leaving presents to complete.

I made lots of bags, some pencil cases and some open wide pouches

I also managed to finish piecing my Impromptu Quilt top, which nearly got quilted but instead want on a little trip with Parcel Force....


I didn't finish the Persephone Purse that I started in April and that was my OPAM for July sadly.

I also parted with a few UFO while going through all our stuff. I haven't a chance to blog about them this month, maybe in the next one.

Linking to July Furtle

Celine

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Last few bags

 Only 4 more... I kind of ran out of steam really but wanted to make 4 more to gift to some of the lovely people my children had interacted with in various clubs over the years. 

So with that, here are my last 4 bags. 

2 for the dance teachers

2 for the Scouts leaders (one with upside down birdies...)

And 4 additional finish for July and off my Q3 FAL list. 

Linking to Needle and Thread ThursdayBrag about your Beauties, Off the wall FridayPeacock Party Whoop Whoop Friday, Patchwork and Quilts

Celine

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Impromptu quilt top

 A break from bag making! Some time ago, while I was going through my UFOs etc, I digged out the blocks for my Impromptu Quilt, with the aim to finish the top to send it for quilting. The top finishes at 90'' square so it is too big for my own frame and after sending my Flabellum for quilting, I thought it would be a good idea to send this one too. The only problem was that

1) the top wasn't anywhere near ready to go

2) I am pressed with time with the house move

Anyway, Kerry kindly agreed to squeeze it into her schedule if I sent it by mid-July. So that was my target and I knew I'd have to stick to it. I first finished the 13 disappearing 9-patch blocks over a few evenings.

And after that it was a matter of assembling the 25 squares into one big top, before adding the borders 2 week-ends ago

The backing came from my stash and pressing it during a heatwave wasn't the best time, but never mind, but my parcel was ready to go just in time.

I took it to the post office, excited to get my big quilt top UFO finally quilted, but I ended up sending it recorded delivery to the wrong person and address, thankfully the recipient refused the parcel so it came back to me at the end of last week... Too late to get it quilted in the UK now... so I will have to source a quilter on the continent. If you have any recommendation, please let me know.

Linking to Monday Making, Monday Design WallMidweek MakersWednesday Wait Loss

Celine

Friday, 23 July 2021

Bags

 And that will be 3 more, including 2 rather last minute. I needed one for Brown Owl, to be gifted with the open wide pouches so I finished that one with about one hour to spare.

And I also needed one for school last Friday as the presents have to be quarantined before being handed to the teachers this week. So that was another one to finish off.

This one was with 2 colours as I messed up the cutting of the wave!

And some more OPAM for July. Ideally I need to make 4 more bags but I must admit I seem to have run out of steam a little recently. Fingers crossed I will find the time for the last few ones!

Linking to Brag about your Beauties, Off the wall FridayPeacock Party Whoop Whoop Friday, Patchwork and Quilts

Celine

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Open wide pouches

 It has been long time since I made an open wide pouch (pattern by Noodlehead) so I made 4!

More end of year gifts, this time for the Brownies leaders for my youngest daughter. 

I used faux leather for the outside and cotton for the inside, one with the sports print


and the other 3 with an IKEA print that I rediscovered when I emptied one of my cupboard!


For the zips I had to raid my stash, they are not colour matching but I think they are complimentary


4 more OPAMs and off my Q3 FAL list. 

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Q3 FAL

An unusually very short list from me this quarter because we will be moving house and countries. Lots of packing/unpacking/settling in/admin jobs etc so I doubt I will have time to do very much sadly....

Quilts:
1. Flabellum - needs binding

2. Super Mario quilt - this one only need binding 

3. Snowflake - needs binding

4. Impromptu - this one has been put aside for so many years.... I'd really like to finish it soon... 

Bags, accessories:

1.  Moonwake handbag 
2. Persephone wallet  
3. Infinity Cross-Body bag 
4. Closet case pouf
5. Halo swing bag
6. Bags for end of year gifts
7. Pouch/make up for end of year gifts

Dressmaking:

1. Shirt (button up) 
2. Morgan jeans - cut and basted
3. Voltaire top / puff blouse / Tie details top 
4. PJ for M
5. PJ for C
6. Summer dress
7. Utility coat

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

Celine

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Q2 FAL - recap

 That's it, half of the year is already gone... I feel I have made progress, as well as letting go of unfinished, and probably never to be finished projects so all in all my UFO list has gone a little shorter. Not much dressmaking this quarter because I just hadn't had the time...

Quilts:
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. - finished - I am so happy I can gift it to a good friend before leaving.


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 - nothing done to this one
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...  nothing done to this one
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 24 blocks done, will this one come out this year? nothing done to this one

5. Gipsy Wife - I'd really like to finish this one this year. Another one that has been far too long in the making... nothing done to this one

6. Enchanted Stars - this one requires time and concentration so I am not sure when I can pick it up again.... nothing done to this one
7. 365-challenge - I made about 25 blocks since the beginning of the year, can this quarter be more productive? nothing done to this one
8. Kingfisher quilt - a portable project, as long as I prepare before I go.... nothing done to this one
9. Super Mario quilt - this one only need binding now... nothing done to this one
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 - this one will go hopefully as I can't imagine I will ever finish it...
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? nothing done to this one
12. Sewing studio banner - finished

 13. Halo quilt - this one uses my beloved Liberty fabric so I should really finish it! nothing done to this one
14. Snowflake - hoping to finish this one this quarter - still needs binding
15. Boho Heart Sew Along - I am seriously behind now but still hoping it won't become a UFO... not much progress
16. Impromptu - this one has been put aside for so many years.... I'd really like to finish it soon... this one came out of its box and would need more to get to a finish point....
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... nothing done to this one

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 - ZWWave bags x8 + 3 pencil cases

9. Earpod carrier
10. Bags for my quilting frame pieces - finished

Dressmaking:

1. Lander trousers - navy 
2. Shirt (button up) 
3. 
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 -  finished

13. Summer dress
14. Swimsuit - finished (Nautilus)

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

Celine

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