Monday, 31 October 2016

October recap

It's been a great month for blocks, I am almost caught up with all the bees and I have progressed some UFOs too! Let''s have a look at the (insane) list!

Hoping for finish
1. Summer Solstice Quilt Along -  need quilting and finishing - this will be my choice in October for the One Monthly Goal with Heidi - finished

2. Book bee blocks to make into a wall-hanging -  no progress but I'll keep this one for next year to make more blocks with friends.

Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (October) - done

2. Bee Hive (September, October) -  done

3. Bubble Bee (September,October) - done

4. I love Lucy International (August, September, October) - August and September done

5. Scandi Bee (September,October) - done

6. Fat Stash Bee (July) - done

7. Block lotto - no block this month

1. Wanta Fanta - need 8 more blocks, 3 blocks done

2. Elephant Parade my Lazy Bums challenge for October is to make 10 blocks - Great progress finally as I made all the elephants now: 14 babies and 5 big elephants

3. A very merry Christmas town - no progress

4. Farmer's wife 1930 QAL and original FW - I am so behind...  - no progress
5. Postcards from the World  - no progress
6. 365 challenge quilt - second border sewn on

7. Town and Country quilt - I am so behind.... - no progress
8. HST modern sampler quilt - half way through.... need to catch up from June...
9. Project 48 - let's try to catch up  - no progress

10. Pumpkin Passport -  - little progress

11. Sashiko Along - up to date

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Zodiac BOM 
3. Gipsy Wife QAL
4. Meadow Mystery

And I am happy to report that my total number of blocks for October is 39!


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Last few blocks

And a few more blocks before the month comes to an end. This week has been mainly about hand sewing, because my machine is away from me.
I squeezed one more Wanta Fanta block before the week-end, so I now need 5 more to finish my quilt top.

I also made my October hexie flowers for Carrie. I think it's the first time I am making batik flowers in 5 years + of swapping.

And one Lucy Boston block, I have a few more to make to catch up now...

My total block for October is now 38!

Linking to  Building Blocks Tuesday.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Back to 365

After months lurking in the corner of my sewing room and the medaillon staring accusingly at me from my design wall, I have finally picked this up again. Oh yes, I am months and probably over 100 blocks behind but never mind, eventually I will get there (she says... ever so hopeful!)

I assembled the medaillon and the first border before the summer and haven't touched it much since.

I have the next borders ready but for the 4 corner blocks that were realised in.... April (oops!) I read so many comments about how difficult these were that maybe that put me off! Anyway, I decided to finally give them a try one by one and I must say they weren't as bad as I feared!

Back to fiddly blocks (6') with lots of tiny pieces and even some Y-seams (ooooh).

All ready to finish the second border and grow the medaillon a little.

And here is the center piece!

The next border is made of 2 rows of 3' blocks and I believe (hope) that I have all of those sewn already (we made those at the beginning of the year while I was still more or less sewing along). Hopefully I can add that next border soon as well and then concentrate on all the blocks I have to catch up with (and there's loads!). But in the meantime, I just made one little 3' block just for fun! One with 7/8' squares and HST, bordering insanity...  it didn't come out too bad after all.

Those 4 corner blocks and the tiny 3' block take my total for this month to 34, above the target for the month!
Linking to  Sew Cute TuesdayLet's Bee Social and  Needle and Thread Thursday

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Elephants galore

Finally, an old UFO has come out of the box and I have made some blocks. I am so grateful for the Lazy Bums group to push me (for the second month...) to pick it up again.

I made the 2 first elephants when the quilt-along started in February 2015. They've been waiting for some company ever since!

The blocks come together rather quickly once the pieces are all cut... Not sure why I sat on this project for so long but I have been having fun with these little elephants after all.

I made all the Mummy and Daddy elephants

and also all the babies.

It feels good to have finally made great progress on this UFO/WIP after so many months and to finish all the elephants at once, I didn't think I'll go that far!

These additional 13 blocks make a total of 23 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge.

And then, I wasn't sure whether to only keep elephants in the quilt or do keep to the original pattern. So I decided to ask the recipient and she opted for the original pattern.

So now I only need a few colored blocks to finish the top. I am planning to finish the quilt for her birthday in February.

Linking to Let's Bee Social.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

And more blocks!

Along with the elephants, I also continued to catch up with my bee blocks in the last week or so. And I am so pleased that all the machine sewn ones are now finished, whoop whoop!

I made 2 wonky star for Jackie for Scandi Bee

as well as a bubble for Tori for Bubble Bee 2

I also made 2 Wanta Fanta blocks towards my quilt - 6 more to go!

and also one more Barn Door Block from last month Block Lotto (this will be a bonus block for the winner)

6 more blocks this week, taking my total for the month to 29!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.


Monday, 17 October 2016

A finished summer/autumn cushion

This week-end, I finally finished the Summer Solstice QAL by making a lovely summery/fall-inspired cushion. And what can I saY? Well I love this fluffy new cushion and the lovely warm colors it had to the room.

The single block for the quilt-along finished at 24' with the sashing so perfect for a massive cussion/fllor cushion. I finished the piecing last month just in time for the quilt-along parade on Melissa's blog

 And I was happy to find time earlier in the month to quilt it (without a frame). It made me realised how much harder it is to quilt without a frame!

using different quilting patterns for each of the sections of the block

I have been wanting to try to add pipping to my cushion for a long time so I thought I would take the plonge with the lovely dotty fabric I had for the back. It's not perfect but it turned out OK!
and I inserted a (wonky) zip at the back of the cushion.
2 techniques that I have planned to use for a while but hadn't had a chance! I'll probably use them again as I love the finishing it gives to the cushion, far more professional and neat that the envelope cushion cover.

And this one OPAM and my finished goal for October as well as the first project off my Q4 FAL list.

Linking to Sew Cute Tuesday and  Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop Whoop Friday and One Monthly Goal.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Bee blocks catch up

WIth the summer and being away for holidays and then work, I have fallen behind with my bee blocks in the last few months. So I am steadily working through my list trying to catch up!

I finished a bubble for Michaela

and a star block for Britta

a Tic Tac Toe for Francis
2 sea waves blocks for Anna
and finally a long belated feather for Svea, which was the last block for Fat Stash Bee
And I am now up to date with all the "machine sewn" bee blocks, which feels good.
And I also managed to make 3 Mummy Elephants and 1 Baby Elephants for my Elephant Parade UFO! -  all from my stash

A good start for the month with 10 blocks for the 350-blocks project so far.
Linkung to Linking to  Building Blocks TuesdaySew Cute Tuesday, Let's Bee Social and  Needle and Thread Thursday.



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