Sunday, 31 July 2016

July review

So we are half way through the summer and the school holidays have finally started! There have been so very busy week-ends for us this month but it has been a great month for finishing items, not so graet for blocks!

Hoping for finish
1. Quilt for C for her 40th - this will be my July goal for the One Monthly Goal with Heidi -  I need to go from these 4 blocks to a finish quilt in about 3 weeks, wish me luck! - finished

2. Teachers gifts - all done

Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (June, July) - done

2. Bee Hive (July) - not done
3. Bubble Bee (June) - nearly there
4. I love Lucy International (June) - not done 
5. Scandi Bee (June, July) not done
6. Fat Stash Bee (July) not done

1. Wanta Fanta - need 8 more blocks - no progress
2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October was to make 10 blocks  no progress
3. Scrappy X block quilt - last blocks in progress - only one more block to finish the top! - top finished

4. A very merry Christmas town - little progress

5. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL - I am so behind.... - no progress
6. Postcards from the World no progress
7. 365 challenge quilt - let's try not to fall behind too much and maybe make the corners to sew the central medallion completely? - no progress
8. Town and Country quilt - I am so behind.... -  no progress
9. HST modern sampler quilt - 2 blocks behing nowno progress
10. Project 48 - let's try to catch up - not caught up but I made some more blocks, I am about 10 blocks behind

11. Pumpkin Passport - some progress

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Zodiac BOM not started
3. Gipsy Wife QALnot started
4. Summer Solstice Sew Along - started

5. Snowflake Sew Along -  I won't join that one after all
6. Maker's Tote - cut
7. Sashiko Along - started

And in total, I have completed (only) 30 blocks this month! The total is lower than previous months but then I have FINISHED lots of items this time!


Friday, 29 July 2016

Laptop bag remake

About 5 years ago I made a laptop bag with fabric from IKEA for the outside and a tea towel for the lining. I didn't use a pattern and used what I had on hand for hardware etc...

 and the trouble was that the strap was soft and narrow and not solid enough for the laptop so it broke quickly...
I have been meaning to fix it for a long while and just couldn't find the energy. Finally, I recently grabbed the bag and took it all apart back to the "shell"... quite an achievement in itself as I hate unpicking.

I cut the flap off (I had tried to make it all in one piece but it didn't quite work) and attached it back to the bag using one of my favorite ribbon to cover the seam
I used velcro for the faastening instead of the hardware that just didn't work there

And finally used a large webbing for the strap that is much more solid and appropriate for the bag.
In addition, while the bag was torn apart I used some Vilene S520 Firm interfacing for the body of the bag and it is so much more rigid now, perfect for a laptop. But because of the stiffness in the bag with the interfacing, I thought it would be hard to turn through an opening so I used some left-over binding from my barrel bag for the top of the bag, perfect recycling project!

I must say I love how this bag has turned out now that it is modified/remade/improved.
And this is my last OPAM for July and one more off my Finish Along Q3 list.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Chop Stick quilt

Finished in time to be gifted!

I started this quilt on 25 June by making the chop stick, all from my stash! and I picked some for their designs specifically for my friend
 Then the strips were chopped off and separated by triangles made of some lovely Modern Background by Zen Chic
 to get the quilt top
 2 borders later
and it was time for quilting

A view of the quilting on the back (where unfortunately I have puckers :-(

Binding in a rare UK heat wave....
And here it is my finished Chop Stick quilt!

Quilt stats:
Started 25 June, finished 22 July
Fabric all from my stash
Quilted with King Tut 937 in the bobbin and 931 for the border, 902 for the inner border and 961 for the main quilt

And this is one more OPAM for July and one more off my Finish Along Q3 list and this was also my goal for July for OMG July

Linking to Let's Bee Social and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

A pencil case

For Miss C's teacher (she loved him!) I made a pencil case, using the pattern in Ayumi's book Patchwork Please. I love the look of this case with the little pencils and thought it would be perfect for a teacher, even in "electronic" times.

The pencils are paper-pieced and they are some very tiny pieces (needle for size...)
With paper-piecing, it is easier to be accurate and I think the panel came out fine
And after sewing so many zips and pouches in the last few days, the pencil case came together quickly, even with the little tabs on the zip!

I must admit, I love it! I hope the teacher will find a use for it!
And one more OPAM for July so far and one item to cross off my Finish Along Q3 list.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday and Sew Cute Tuesday.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

More open wide pouch

And the second batch of medium Open Wide Pouch pattern by Noodlehead is finished! 

4 new pouches all from my stash!

 And with the ones I made previously!

Another 4 OPAMs for this month and another one off my  Finish Along Q3 list. One more gift for tomorrow (in progress!)
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Open wide pouch

School is still on here.... I know it is dragging a little bit but they will finally break up on Friday. In the meantime, I have been busy making teachers' presents. I picked the Open Wide Pouch pattern by Noodlehead this year, and set to make the medium size. I find that pouch very versatile and roomy so I thought the teachers might find a use for it hopefully!
I made the first one last week because one of the teaching assistant was leaving on Friday

 and made 2 more this week.
Now I still need to make 5 teachers' presents by Friday!
3 OPAM for July so far and one item to cross off my Finish Along Q3 list.


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