Saturday, 31 October 2015

October recap

October is over and has been super mega busy with 2 weeks away from home and my sewing machine! Anyway, I got a few things crossed off my list.

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Castle on the Horizon - quilt for my friends' 40th. This will be my goal for A lovely year of Finishes - finished and gifted

2. Secret sewing for Christmas - Advent Wreath - top made, now need quilting and binding

3. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing - no progress

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (August, September and October) - August, September and October finished

2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (September and October) - September finished, October started

3. Book Bee (September and October) - none
4. Flying geese Bee - 5 blocks completed

5. Fat Stash Bee (October) - no progress
6. Bee Hive (August and October) - August finished

7. Block Lotto blocks - none
10. Bubble Bee (September and October) - September finished

1.  Quilt for M 
2. September in the Hexagon 
3. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October is to make 10 blocks
4. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress
5. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 
6. A very merry Christmas town - some progress
7. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL - 7 blocks made so far

8. Tokyo Subway map - more squares cut, plenty still needed

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Quilt for A


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Busy bee

More blocks for my bees as I was and still am behind.... I have caught up with a few though, which feels very good! More work to do but this is what I have for now.

First up are my September Inchy Hexie Flowers for Lyn, this is my 50th month in this swap!
Next is my Bee Hive block for Sarah that is late from August

then some Geese blocks... this one is a swap with the Lazy Bums ladies, we decided on the swap last year in November, each one of us picked a design made of geese. I finally got started on those blocks which weren't paper-pieced.
For Kathinca

for Gi

for Rachel

for Jen

I also squeezed in some Farmer's Wife blocks
#13 Belle, which is finished... but not perfect, those Y-seams were difficult

#20 Caroline, I love this block even if I didn't follow the exact fabric placement

#24 Coral

And while away from my machine, I finished my Patchwork of the Cross block for Shirley. One more to do next month for Jan and this bee will be over.

and I also finished one of my two hexie flower for October

All these blocks are taking my total of blocks for this month to 33 for the 350-blocks challenge. First month this year that I reach the challenge, even pass it!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Blogger's quilt festival - Carte postale du Treport

The blogger's quilt festival has launched on Friday and also I had decided when I finished my oldest UFO back in May that I would enter it for the festival, I haven't been able to write my post up until now.
Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2015
If you are new visiting my blog, warm welcome and I hope you enjoy your visit today. The quilt I have picked is as I mentioned before my oldest UFO. I started it in 2004 or 2005 for my cousin's 20th birthday.
I saw this quilt in Magic Patch that featured a lighthouse and knowing this was something she really likes and collected, I thought that would be perfect for her.
The lighthouse below, in Le Treport has a significant meaning as this where our great-grand-parents lived and our grand-mum used to go very often, so the lighthouse of the quilt had to match this one to be more personnel to both of us!
The making of a UFO
As I mentioned before I started working on this quilt in 2004/2005 but didn't go that far before she actually turned 20. I found the pattern quite difficult to make actually. I photocopied it in real size and used tissue paper (!) to paper piece the section. That was a big mistake actually, tissue paper is far too thin and not stable enough. Anyway because I was nowhere near finshed by her birthday, I stashed away my sections and lots of blue and grey fabric for later.... I briefly thought about finishing it for her 25th birthday but never got the bag out. I also thought about throwing it away thinking I would never finished it! I wasn't sure I still liked it to be honest and knew there was a lot left to be done...
WIP and Change of plan
When I received an invitation to my cousin's 30th birthday party, I decided that I would either finish her quilt by then or throw it away. After all it had been stashed away for 10 years by then... I got the pattern, the photocopies, the section and all the fabric out to work out a plan. I decided to re-draft the pattern for the bottom part of the light house and to make it more like the one in Le Treport, so I amended the paper pattern
While doing so, I forgot that I would have to reverse the paper pattern but never mind, I did work it out somehow. I also continued with the paper piecing but this time using paper, not tissue paper and also working on very small sections. It soon grew bigger and started to look like it was getting somewhere
Of course with a change of plan and change of pattern half way through, there were a few hiccups to fix, but never mind, by this stage of having an almost complete top, I was happy with how this was coming along.
At this point, I must say I was quite proud of my quilt top, ready and scared of the quilting!
Free motion quilting
I used a variety of patterns, waves for the sea
a few boats and seagulls
Some leaves on the light house wall
and some pebbles on the path

Finished quilt
I finished my quilt, in time for the surprise birthday party, gifted it to my cousin, who said she loved it. Well worth the wait for her, and well worth the effort for me!
Fabric: various blues from my stash collected over the years, Kona white, green  and meadow flowers
Size: about 36' by 75'
Paper pieced background, lighthouse pieced with the top applique.
Free-motion quilting on my home machine.
Started in 2005 and finished in 2015!

Linking to Blogger's Festival - Art Quilts.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The birthday quilt is finished and gifted

Sorry it's been a while, life is super busy, super crazy at the moment. First there was a week-end in France for our friends'40th birthday party. Then a week back home with plenty of work and a week away in Philadelphia for work (where I managed to visit a quilt shop - more in a later post, when I'll have time to catch up) and then some more time away for the holidays! Anyway, I am so pleased that I finished my quilt to gift it to my friends just in time for their birthday party! and even more pleased that they both liked it and appreciate the work that goes into such a quilt. So here is my Nautical Castle on the Horizon finished from a pattern by Michele.

It took me a few evenings to quilt it, I used different flower patterns from The Inbox Jaunt tutorials for the low volume squares. I managed to break 2 needles in the process. I used King Tut thread in light grey.

For the backing I had a wide spotty red fabric by Robert Kaufman that worked well.

Some worked better than others or rather were easier and therefore looked better when I attempted them!
I also added the big 40 since this was the occasion and signed the quilt!

I had ordered extra of the stripe fabric to use it for the binding. The binding was on Friday evening and I managed to finish sewing by hand in the car!

This is my one and only OPAM for October.
Linking to Finish Along Q4, A lovely year of finishes, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday and Whoop Whoop Friday.


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