Tuesday, 31 October 2017

October in review

Halloween is there, must mean that the month is over.... already! Quite a busy month actually with a few finishes, not necessarily the ones I was anticipating....

Hoping for finish
1. Lander trousers (green) - only the waistband and hem to do now, although it looks finished on this picture ;-)

2. Dance bag for A - this will be my One Monthly Goal - I have gone as far as cutting the fabric and ordering the interfacing....
3. Dance bag for C - not started
4. Jenna cardi (panda) - finished! just in time...

5. Sorbetto top - finished

1. Farmer's wife, let's try for another 10 blocks - no progress
2. Gipsy Wife - my goal is to keep up with that one - 8 blocks... only
3. Postcards of the world - little progress
4. Bee Blocks quilts - make tops x 2 - 2 quilts finished and already in use!

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - half way - no progress
2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks -  no progress
3. Mischief blocks - no progress

New Project
1. Power trip bag - not started
2. Flora case not started
3. Jenna cardi black not started
4. Cigarette trousers - finished

5. Colette blouse not started
6. Demoiselle dress for A not started
7. Imagine dress  not started
8. CaliFaye Valley Blouse not started
9. Megan Nielsen Matilda dress not started
10. Faux leather jacket not started
11. Coat not started 
12. Lander trousers (silver) - not started
13. Passport wallet for me not started
14. Helen's closet cardigan - finished

15. Pyjamas/Nightdress for all the family not started


Monday, 30 October 2017

Bee blocks quilt #2

The second bee blocks quilt is also finished! My eldest daughter picked those blocks for her top

and the "lucky" fabric for the backing of her quilt

I loaded it on my quilting frame on Tuesday night and quilted it on the following days

I used a circuit board pattern with a few horseshoes here and there because she is horse-mad and it was good with the "Lucky" fabric

Just the binding left, which I added at the weekend and here it is, another quilt finished!

 Quilt stats:
Top: Bee blocks from 2013 to 2016 plus filler blocks
Backing: Cotton and Steel from my stash
Binding: Bike track from my stash
Assembled and quilted: Oct 2017
Quilted with Superior Thread, King Tut 956

One more OPAM for October , one less UFO (yeah) and one more of my Q4FAL, another win!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bee blocks pink quilt #1

So this month I got my pile of pink and white bee blocks out as I wrote earlier in the week and asked the girls to "design" their own quilts.

I finished putting the tops together last week and on Saturday night I pieced the backing together.

Well I finally loaded the first top on my quilting frame on Sunday and quilted it on Sunday/Monday nights.

I used an easy meander pattern with a few love hearts here and there because my youngest just loved them.

Just the binding left, which I attached just before the week-end.

 Quilt stats:
Top: Bee blocks from 2013 to 2016 plus filler blocks
Backing: Stoff fabric from my stash
Binding: Bike track from my stash
Assembled and quilted: Oct 2017
Quilted with Superior Thread, King Tut 956

One OPAM for October , one less UFO (yeah) and one of my Q4FAL, an overall win!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Gipsy wife

I have finally moved up from my dressmaking frenzy in the last few weeks to try and catch up with the Gipsy Wife blocks. And I am pleased that I have managed to make quite a few! Still lots to catch up with of course...
Indian Hatchet
Puss in the corner block 1
and 2
Nurses cross

Filler block

and 3 filler strips

That's 8 more blocks for October taking my total to 12 so far!
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Using up Bee Blocks

After participating in various bees and exchanges and asking for the same colour schemes, I had a big pile of blocks that I had planned to use to make a quilt for each of my 2 girls. The blocks have been stashed away since they have been collected (between 2013 and 2016 I think) waiting for THE day.

I got the pile out about 10 days or so ago and gave them to the girls, asking them to design their quilts with them. I wanted to make a 6x6 or 6x5 quilt but I realised I had 56 blocks so that wasn't going to work....

I ended up asking them to pick 28 blocks each and decided to make 4 "filler" blocks for the gaps for each quilt.

I added a strip to each side to make the quilt a little wider and now finally the tops are ready for quilting.

I also got some of my stash of "big pieces" of fabric out so they could pick their backing fabric and I assembled those together (not the most exciting part of the process!)

and now, this is it, the first one is on the frame, ready for quilting. Hopefully it won't wait too long but I seem to have stage fright when I haven't quilted for a while. Watch this space!

My 8 first blocks for October.

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

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Cigarette pants

I know, I know, yet another new project. Last week, I asked hubby if he thought I could make myself a new pair of trousers for my meeting the following week. His (wise) response was that considering I was going to be away for work for a few days, that was quite unlikely... But you know, I like a challenge of course, so on Saturday I got my Maker's Atelier's book out and the lovely seersucker fabric I had bought a little while ago from Fabworks and I decided to get going.

Now the trousers is not difficult, it is only the leg pieces and the inside waist band. I cut it and started assembled most of it on Saturday. Now my fabric was quite stretchy and I measured my waist too big so I had to take it back a little on the front and back. The trousers also have a zip on the side but it was quite easy to insert using the method described in the book.
A first for me, I did the blind hem on my machine too, and that meant that the trousers were ready to wear for my meeting on Wednesday.
It has come out a little loose at the waist, so I will definitely need to cut one size down for the waist but I love the pattern and can see more!

Another one of my  Q4 FAL and another OPAM for October. Also linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.



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