Monday, 31 December 2018

December recap

Last month of the year,  last sewings of the year before picking some new projects for the new year! Oh of course I need some new projects! At least I have finished a few pieces!

Hoping for finishes
1. Seeing Stars Sew Along - all blocks finished, ready for quilting - This will be my One monthly goal as I would really like to gift it this month. Finished and gifted
2. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn   
3. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed 
4. Aveiro cardigan
5. Clare coat - finished 
6. Lingerie
7. Book bag  - finished and gifted

1. Farmer's wife - the sew along has just started, time to get going again - also my October APQ UFO challenge....
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here  
3. Postcards of the world - finished
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to make more blocks in parallel with other FW 
5. Kingfisher sew-along - more blocks needed!
6. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few - 

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - (19 blocks) - this one was my February goal on the APQ UFO challenge, I need a few more blocks to finish this top, it would be good to get there
2. Project 48 / Summer Solstice - I really need to make something with these blocks as I doubt I will ever make more.... this one was my July goal on the APQ UFO challenge
3. Super Mario quilt 
4. Impromptu quilt, I dream of having this quilt on my bed next summer.... this one was my September goal on the APQ UFO challenge
5. Granny Square - this was my APQ UFO challenge for April, and is currently a pile of blocks - sadly no progress

New Projects
1. Lander trousers - navy blue 
2. Passport wallet for me 
3. Kyoto top
4. Pyjama for hubby - bottom done, top nedded
5. Uvita top
6. Brasov top
7. Acacia underwear, more!
8. Linden sweater
9. Lander trousers - wine 
10. Salida skirt
11. Ostara top
12. Suki dressing gown
13. Fremont tote bag
14. Forester coat
15. Handbag
16. Pyjamas for M - done for all 3 kids 
18. Malala sweater
19. Hepburn trousers
20. Blackwood cardigan
21. Mandy boat T
22. Raine dress - finished

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Clare coat

When I booked the sewing outerwear retreat at Guthrie and Ghani, I wasn't sure whether to make the Clare coat or the Kelly anorak. The Kelly looked a lot more difficult so I picked this one for the retreat,  hoping I'd manage the other one, all by myself! I finally decided to get going in November and thought it would be best to take it slowly for such a difficult and involved piece. I took a lot of time cutting the pieces,  fabric and lining. Next step was to fuse the interfacing to the coat fully. I had partially fused interfacing to the entire piece of fabric before cutting the pieces.
I then slowly started to assemble the pieces together, basting the darts before sewing them,  and generally taking my time to sew and to press.
I assembled the lining first because I thought that would be easier to manage.
Finally by the end of November, I had the outside of the coat and the lining.
It was time to add the collar and to make it all into one single piece. I must admit I was dreading that part and I wasn't sure I understood the explanations very well. I had to read quite a few times but that's probably due to my lack of experience in coat making!
Anyway the assembly of the coat to the lining came together a lot easier than I thought. My sewing machine struggled a little with top stitching all the way around the coat because of the number of layers in some places, particularly around the seams.
The final step was to hand sew the fasteners and for some unknown reasons, it took me a few weeks to finally do it.... but since yesterday,  this is all done and even the label has been sewn on!
So my last finish for 2018, a brand new coat that I'm really proud to have managed to make... all by myself!
One last OPAM and one last item of my Q4 FAL list.


Saturday, 29 December 2018

Best of 2018

Maybe it would have been more logical to look back before making plans for the new year? Never mind, maybe I was trying to push to the last minute to add some more makes? 

I had a look at my IG feed and also through my OPAM list for the finishes from this year. I have listed 62 finishes this year,  not a bad number really!

Looking at my list of makes, this year has been heavily orientated towards dressmaking. I have made only 113 blocks altogether and finished 2 quilts, one UFO and one that I started as a quilt-along this year. I have made some cushions from UFOs,  a few bags and pouches too and the rest was all dressmaking. This year I have made some clothes for my children and hubby too, not just for me!

Now picking my best makes is not that easy really, but I have decided to pick these 5 ones:

1.  Bubble Quilt - this is one of my UFO and I am always very happy to finally finish a long-standing forgotten item. With this one,  I had 2 options: either make more blocks for a bigger quilt or leave some out and finish it then and there. I decided to pick my favourite nicks and finish it and I'm glad I did otherwise this one would still be languishing rather than being used and loved.

2. Kelly anorak - this one is a real achievement as it is complex. I made it during a sewing retreat in September so it wasn't all on my own but still I'm very proud of it. I have been wearing it all winter.

3. Fremont tote bag - the bag in itself was quite easy to make but it involved working with leather strips, lots of hardware and some waxed fabric and faux leather. I love the look of it and gifted it to my mum for Christmas.

4. Lingerie - this was new for me and I'm glad it worked well. New as well for me was to follow you tube tutorials to make something and it worked really well. Of course now I want to make more!

5. Blanche bags x2! I don't often make complex items twice but I couldn't make a dance bag for one of my daughter and not the other one! In addition,  although these were not UFOs, I had already bought the pattern and fabric a while ago but never found the energy and time to make the bags.

I think these, for me, are my best of 2018, let's see what 2019's makes will be!

grab button for Meadow Mist Designs


Friday, 28 December 2018

Goals for 2019

As the year draw to a close, it is a good time to start planning for the next year.... and I know that, as much as I plan ahead, there will be lots of opportunities and new projects to catch my eyes and tempt me throughout the year.

There are a number of "big" projects that I would like to try in 2019, some new ones and some long-standing forgotten ones too.

One thing I would really like to manage with my sewing is to achieve a better balance between dressmaking sewing and quilting. I seem to tend more towards dressmaking recently, probably because it is more instant gratification than quilting.

Another big project for me is to take stock of my stash and supplies and start to sort out all my sewing/quilting supplies as well as purge those that I know I'll never use.

Let's start with the more fun, the new projects:
1. Jen Kingwell mystery quilt 2019
2. Harry Potter sew-along organised by Lorna
3. Quilt for my cousin's 40th - not sure which pattern yet...
4. Cadence court quilt

1. New pair of Ginger jeans for me
2. New jersey dresss x 2
3. Shirt for me, Kalle or other patterns?
4. Shirt for hubby
5. PJ for whole family
6. Cardi
7. Lingerie
8. Skirts for me: Salida and Fumeterre? x 2
9. Kyoto top
10. Handbag for me

As for the long forgotten projects, I have lots of UFOs but maybe it is easier if I pick a few selected ones to concentrate on:
1. Scrappy trip quilt for my brother - started in 2018
2. Quilt for my Auntie - started in 2007
3. 365 challenge - started in 2016
4. Gipsy Wife - started in 2017
5. HST modern sampler quilt 
6. Moda string along with string blocks from 2012
7. Impromptu Quilt from 2013
8. Hidden agenda quilt x2 - started in 2018

I am sure that as usual, this is a far more ambitious program that I will have time to cover so I better stop my list here!
Linking to 2019 Goals Setting.


Wednesday, 26 December 2018

The quilt is gifted

Finally just in time, the stars quilt from the Sewing Stars Quilt Along is finished and gifted! And I think she liked it 😊
This was my first time trying quilt as you go. I squared up my 4 big blocks after finishing quilting, and of course it was a little tricky because quilting made the pieces shrink a bit. And in the tutorial on Stitched in colour blog, a 3/8' seam allowance to assemble the blocks is recommended. That meant that I lost some of my points but hopefully it will be more resistant.
At the difference of a quilt that is done at once with this method,  the backing fabric still need to be added once the quilted pieces are assembled.  And the backing fabric needs to be secured to the top. I quilted in the ditch in a few places befire adding the binding fabric, again with a 3/8' seam allowance.
I am not sure I am really sold on this method but it is a good one when the top to be quilted is too big for the frame. I'm not sure if I'll try again or not, I must admit I'm not 100% sold on it. The quilt was so big that it took me quite a few hours to sew the binding by hand on the back.
And of course I finished it with a little label before gifting it to a lovely lady close to my heart.
One more OPAM and one of my Q4 FAL list too. This is also my December One Monthly Goal.


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