Saturday, 31 March 2018

March recap

Yes we had a longer month than the previous one but it just flew by. There was more baking for the birthdays and lots and lots of work so very little sewing time. I managed a few bits and pieces but of course not as much as I had planned/would have liked...

Hoping for finish
1. Dance bag for A - have gone as far as cutting the fabric. This will be my One monthly goal - finished!

2. Dance bag for C - not started but it would be good to finish it at the same time as the other one more or less - not started

1. Farmer's wife - no progress
2. Gipsy Wife - lots of catch up needed here - no progress

3. Postcards of the world - 2 more postcards to draw and 1 to finish - very little progress

4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to keep up more or less - no progress

UFO / Abandoned WIP
1. HST modern sampler quilt - (16 blocks) - this one was my February goal on the APQ UFO challenge, I made 3 more blocks and I still have 5 to make

2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks- no progress
3. Mischief blocks  - no progress
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice - no progress
5. Super Mario quilt - no progress
6. Impromptu quilt - no progress
7. Bubbles quilt - this is my APQ UFO challenge for March, let's see if I can get anywhere! - I am pleased that I got to the stage of a completed top ready for quilting!
8. Zodiac BOM - no progress

New Projects
1. Power trip bag - no progress
2. Flora case - no progress
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black - no progress
4. Colette blouse - no progress
5. Demoiselle dress for A - no progress
6. Imagine dress  - no progress
7. Kenda dress for me -no progress
8. Bubble dress for A -no progress
9. Faux leather jacket - no progress
10. Trapezette dress for C -no progress
11. Lander trousers (silver) - no progress
12. Passport wallet for me - no progress
13. Gotham cape- no progress
14. Swingset skirt A - finished!

15. Swingset skirt C - no progress
16. Kyoto top -no progress
17. Pyjama M - no progress
18. Pyjama A - no progress
19. Nightdress C - no progress
20. Nightdress for me - no progress
21. Pyjama for hubby - no progress
22. Uvita top -no progress
23. Brasov top -no progress
24. Acacia underwear -no progress
25. Cadence court -no progress


Friday, 30 March 2018

Q1 FAL in review

It is that time again when I should look back at the crazy stupid long list and tick off what is finished... Of course not the whole list is finished, that's just not possible.... but at least I have made a few, some more involved than others and I have also progressed some, even if they are not completed. So lots of these will be on my list next quarter, but who knows the list could become shorter... or not ;-)

1. HK quilt for E (all cut) - no progress

2. Modern HST triangles (half of the blocks are done) - some progress, I have now made 19 blocks, 5 or 7 more to get a decent size top

3. Super Mario quilt (half of the blocks done, a real UFO) - no progress

4. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) - no progress

5. Impromptu quilt (a real UFO) - no progress

6. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....) - no progress

7. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 14 blocks done - some progress, I have now completed the first 16 blocks... so I have 24 in total, still a long way to go

8. Bubble blocks quilt - I now have a flimsy ready for the next step!

9. Cadence Court quilt - no started

10. Gipsy Wife - little progress

11. 365 challenge quilt (about 25% of the blocks done) - no progress
12. Zodiac BOM - hardly started - no progress

Bags etc:
1 Blanche Bag for A - finished!

2. Blanche Bag for C - fabric picked - no progress
3. Floral Supply Case - not started - no progress
4. Power trip bag - not started - no progress
5. Passport cover (up, up and away) for me - no progress
6. Handbag for me - no progress
7. Toothbrush pouches x 2 - no progress
8. Colour Companions cushions - done

1. Lizzie Skirt - kit awaiting - no progress
2. Faux leather jacket / fabric picked  no progress
3. Imagine dress  no progress
4. Ginger jeans (sparkly blue)  no progress
5. Kaneel motto jacket  no progress
6. Lander trousers (silver)  no progress
7. Demoiselle dress for A  no progress
8. Demoiselle dress for me  no progress
9. Portia dress  no progress
10. CaliFaye Valley Blouse blue  no progress
11. Megan Nielsen Matilda dress  no progress
12. CaliFaye Valley Blouse black   no progress
13. Colette violet  no progress
14. Swingset skirt A - finished

15. Swingset skirt C  no progress
16. Jenna cardi black  no progress
17. Jenna cardi white no progress
18. Bubble dress by Blank Slate Pattern no progress
19. Kyoto top no progress
20. Blackwood cardigan blue  no progress
21.Toaster sweater blue - finished and worn a lot already!

22. Pyjama M  no progress
23. Pyjama A 
 no progress
24. Nightdress C no progress
25. Nightdress for me no progress
26. Pyjama for hubby no progress 
27. Uvita top no progress
28. Cape no progress
29. Moneta black and blue  no progress 
30. Moneta white and gold  no progress
31. Mayberry dress by Jennifer Laurel  no progress
32. Brasov top  no progress
33. Barkcloth dress Marbella  no progress
34. Daphne day dress barkcloth  no progress
35. Belladone dress barkcloth  no progress
36. North Point trousers no progress
37. Acacia underwear no progress
38. Dropje Sweater no progress
39. Voltaire top no progress
40. Christmas toaster sweater - done


Thursday, 29 March 2018

Little swingset skirt

This little swingset skirt has been on my to-do list for quite a while and miss Baby has been patiently waiting for it.

It is not that it was easy or long to make, more that I didn't have the elastic, I needed to change the colour of the threads on the overlocker or whatever else. I finally cut it (all 4 pieces of it!) this month, and slowly, between other projects), started to work on it.

The sewing part was of course very easy! Assemble the lining, assemble the outside and put together.

Now I had sold it as the twirly dress to my lovely daughter and there was a huge disappointment when she tried to twirl, it wasn't that twirly after all.... maybe we'll have to try a full circle dress next time...

But now that it is finished, she absolutely love it and she is very happy I made HER some cloth. And it was so easy to make that I could easily plan another one.... for later!

Another OPAM and one of my Q1 FAL list, just!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Belle Skirt

I was scrolling through IG a few weeks back when I came across a post from Christina at Wardrobe by Me for people to test her brand new skirt pattern: Belle. I loved the picture so sent my contact details and was almost shocked to had been picked!
The skirt is lovely but of course with all the frills, it needs quite a lot of fabric and I knew I wouldn't have a piece big enough in my stash. So I scrolled the internet, ordered some fabric and waited for it. And then I was so worried it would arrive late that I went to my local shop and bought some... I know, I know. Anyway off I went with my lovely soft and silky fabric (horrible to cut!) ready to try and make that lovely skirt. What I hadn't realised in the shop but quickly noticed while my fabric was drying was how think it was and how see-through my skirt would be.... so I thought I'd be clever and cut 2 of the yokes to cover the top of my legs and that the frills would work on the rest.
 I went along and built the front with a double yoke but it then became obvious that the first tier needed to be doubled to. At which point I started panicking a little because I didn't have that much fabric left-over. So ignoring the grainline and pattern direction completely, I managed to cut another set of first tier! Disaster avoided. Then came the problem of how to build this skirt with double layer on the first 2 level but not the bottom one... bearing in mind I have never made a lined garment before... Maybe a little ambitious?

Anyway I went along building the outside and inside independently and then attaching both to the bottom frill and waist band as well as one the sides. Well let me tell you, this wasn't the best idea as it does get a little baggy in places and the sides are pulling a little.Of course, my skirt is completely wearable but it is far from perfect. So maybe I will take the time to take it apart and build it again.... or maybe not!

Either way, this is a lovely pattern, which gives a very feminine skirt and there are lots of gorgeous versions from the testers. I want to make more... when I have time. The pattern is now on sale and I am very honored to have tested it. There is even a special offer for this lovely skirt with the Tulip Top too but be quick this is until the end of the month only!If you want a lovely summer skirt with a fun frill, look no further than the Belle Skirt!
One more OPAM for March, and of course this one wasn't one my FAL list!


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Dance bag

I was so lucky to have a sewing day last Saturday. 2 local ladies launched an appeal on FB a few weeks ago trying to gage interest for a Saturday of sewing. I signed up for it and I must admit, I wasn't disappointed. Although it was their first time, it was really well organised. 10 of us turned up doing very different projects but I think everyone had fun. Because I had a whole day, I thought it would be a good opportunity to tackle the dance bags I wanted to make for the girls. Of course, I took everything to make both bags (and more!) and of course, as usual that was over-ambitious. I had forgotten how much bags can be fiddly. Anyway, after spending most of the morning cutting the pieces (some of them wrong) I finally started sewing about lunch time. We were served a lovely hand made lunch. And after an afternoon of sewing, I had half a bag made, which wasn't bad really, but nowhere near where I had planned (hoped to be). Never mind, I went home and after the kids went to bed, carried on with my bag to finish the outside shell, yeah!
I also made the lining and followed the pattern to attach the lining to the bag ... but I decided I really didn't like the method or result. So I took it out and decided to hand sew the lining for a much neater finish.
Handles to finish it 
And we had a finished dance bag. Pattern is Blanche Barrel Bag by Swoon Pattern. This was my first Swoon pattern and I must admit I did struggle a few times with it. Hopefully the second one will be easier, because although this one is finish, I need to start all over again for my big girl. But for now, I finished one bag
and my baby girl is in love with it :-) So I am happy!
And this was my  One monthly goal as well as one of my Q1 FAL and of course, one OPAM for March.

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


Monday, 12 March 2018

Bubble top

After checking all the blocks I had and deciding what to do with them, I thought if I wanted a finished quilt anytime soon, the more realistic plan was to use the blocks I had and make something of them without planning for more. As much as I like these blocks they take a very long time to make and there is no way I will have the time or patience to make more in the near future. 

The blocks have already been stashed away for about 2 years so it would be better to just do something with them. With that in mind, I kept 16 blocks to make a square quilt top, which should finish at 60'.

Since I had laid all the blocks down on the living room floor, I figured I should sew them together quickly....

and here is the top ready for quilting. 

It won't be quilted this month as I will not have time to get the frame out for it but hopefully in the not so distant future! And at least it has progressed from a pile of blocks to a quilt top now.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

More baking

Another week with hardly any sewing, and this mainly because of work with birthdays added to the mix.

And of course, birthdays mean cakes too so I was again in the kitchen making cakes...

One black forest cake at the request of the birthday boy, who is growing so fast

and another Paddington Bear cake for the party girl!


Monday, 5 March 2018

Another UFO is out

My APQ UFO challenge for March is to finish my bubble quilt. I made and received those blocks between 2015 and 2016 as part as a bee and as often in bees I think I didn't get all my blocks. I pulled out all my blocks and found 18 of them, including 2 of them that I might not want to include in my final quilt.

So after thinking about making more blocks (I love them but they are soooo time consuming to make), I decided that maybe it would be easier to use what I have already and finish my quilt top with what I have already if I don't want it stashed for another couple of years! This is the final planned layout.
The blocks are (supposed to be) 15' finished so the quilt should end as a 60' square. While starting to assemble them, I noticed some were smaller so I am making them all the correct size.

Really hoping to have a finished quilt top soon now! Watch this space.


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