Monday, 30 April 2018

April recap

I must admit that despite the long list I had written, I didn't have high expectations for sewing time this month with half of it spent travelling in China but I did manage a few things on our return, which feels good!

Hoping for finish
1. 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 . This will be my One monthly goal - finished.... just in time! Better photos in daylight tomorrow (if we get any decent light of course!)

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

3. Postcards of the world - 1 postcard finished, 2 more to do 

4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - let's try to continue to keep up more or less - I would really like to pick this one up again.... -  no progress

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 -  no progress

2. Dear Jane - aiming for 5 blocks - no progress
3. Mischief blocks  - no progress
4. Project 48 / Summer Solstice - 
5. Super Mario quilt - no progress
6. Impromptu quilt - no progress
7. Bubbles quilt - this was my APQ UFO challenge for March, that I progressed from a pile of blocks to a flimsy ready for quilting next time the frame will be coming out. Maybe this month? - no progress
8. Zodiac BOM - no progress
9. Granny Square - this is my APQ UFO challenge for April, and is currently a pile of blocks - I only got as far as squaring about half of the blocks

New Projects
1. Power trip bag 
2. Flora case
3. Jenna or Blackwood cardi black
4. Colette blouse 
5. Demoiselle dress for A
6. Imagine dress  
7. Kenda dress for me
8. Bubble dress for A
9. Faux leather jacket 
10. Trapezette dress for C
11. Lander trousers (silver) 
12. Passport wallet for me 
13. Gotham cape
14. Swingset skirt C 
15. Kyoto top
16. Pyjama M 
17. Pyjama A 
18. Nightdress C
19. Nightdress for me
20. Pyjama for hubby
21. Uvita top
22. Brasov top
23. Acacia underwear
24. Cadence court
25. Orsola dress - nearly finished, I only have the inside waistband to finish sewing by hand


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Orsola dress

When the Orsola dress was released last summer, I fell in love and planned to make one straight away. I bought some lovely bright pink fabric and this is where I stopped.... I know, I know, sounds familiar. So this year, when the #sewtogeherfor summer challenge came up on Instagram to make a wrap dress, this was the obvious project to pick up again! And because I hadn't bought enough fabric for the lining as well, I paired it with a floral cotton lawn I had in my stash
I also managed to cut an Ogden cami in the same fabric too that I finished earlier. I took it more slowly with the Orsola dress but managed to finish the lined bodice the same week-end I cut it off.
Next step was to make the skirt
which I finished with French seams to make it neater inside
And then to add the waistband to the bodice
before attaching the skirt to the top. The inside waistband is finished by hand, which is what I have left to do, hopefully tomorrow
So the month is nearly over but I am still hopeful that I will finish my Orsola dress in April. If only that could bring the sun back....


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Ogden Cami

The sun has arrived here and it almost feel like summer here. We had a relatively quiet week-end so I took advantage to fit some sewing. About a year ago, I bought a lovely cotton and linen fuschia fabric to make an orsola dress that I never got around to make. I have picked that for my #sewtogetherforsummer project. With just 2 meters of fabric it was obvious I wouldn't have enough for the lining as well so I went into my stash to find a lovely cotton lawn that worked so well with it. And while I was laying out all the pieces for the Orsola dress, I thought I might be able to squeeze another Ogden cami so I play puzzles and managed to fit it all in by using both fabric together.

and I cut a dress and a top this week-end. Because I have made the Ogden before I progressed this one quicker and managed to finish it over the week-end.
I did French seams as I have done for the other 2 as well as it is so much neater with thinner fabric.
I love this pattern by True Bias and really hope our early summer will continue so I can enjoy my cami as much as possible.

So this is one OPAM for April and one of my Q2 FAL.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Postcard from New-York

While travelling in the last 2 weeks, there was quite a significant amount of time sat in transport (mainly planes) which gave me some time to finally work on my Postcards from the World cross-stitch again. And I even managed to finish the 10th square: New-York!

I also made a good start on #11, only to realised that I had made a mistake and needed to unpick almost everything so we won't talk about that one just yet :-(


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Adventure in Asia

I have been very quiet in the last few weeks as we were away on an adventure to Hong-Kong and China. My best friend moved to Hong-Kong 2 years ago with her family so we planned a trip to visit them. It was such an experience to travel so far with all the family! And we had a fabulous time, we saw loads and did a lot without any incidents. China is such a different place and is so big and populated, it is almost overwhelming at time. Now we are back to the routine, kids are back a school and work has started again! But we have such great memories of an incredible adventure. I am sharing just a few shots below as of course, we took thousands of pictures!






Wednesday, 4 April 2018


Of course, there are a lot that are here from the previous quarter as I didn't tick that many off, but in a bid to not increase the size of the list (especially the dressmaking one, I have swapped a few items for new ones that I am really hoping to get done).

1. HK quilt for E (all cut) - I would really like to make it as a birthday present so that should be a serious contender for this quarter

2. Modern HST triangles (19 blocks are done), this one is hopefully also a serious contender for this quarter

3. Super Mario quilt (half of the blocks done, a real UFO)

4. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) 

5. Impromptu quilt (a real UFO) 

6. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....) 

7. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 24 blocks done - it would be nice to pick it up again

8. Bubble blocks quilt - I now have a flimsy ready for the next step! so if the frame comes out this quarter I should be able to finish it.

9. Cadence Court quilt - no started

10. Gipsy Wife (in progress), I would really like to pick this one again....

11. 365 challenge quilt (about 25% of the blocks done) - this quarter, I should pick it up again as this is more or less where I left off....
12. Zodiac BOM - hardly started
13. Granny Squares quilt - 60 blocks from 5 years ago
14. Basket weave quilts - blocks from 6 years ago
15. Underground railway - most blocks available from years ago

Bags etc:
1. Blanche Bag for C - fabric picked - I have done her sister's one so now is a good time to make the second one
2. Floral Supply Case - not started 
3. Power trip bag - not started 
4. Passport cover (up, up and away) for me
5. Handbag for me 
6. Toothbrush pouches x 2
7. Pouches for teacher's presents
8. Postcard of the world cross-stitch -  only 2 and a little more postcards to finish

1. Orsola dress - fabric and pattern ready to go! 
2. Faux leather jacket / fabric picked
3. Imagine dress
4. Ginger jeans (sparkly blue)
5. Kaneel motto jacket
6. Lander trousers (silver)
7. Demoiselle dress for A 
8. Demoiselle dress for me 
9. Portia dress
10. CaliFaye Valley Blouse blue
11. Megan Nielsen Matilda dress
12. CaliFaye Valley Blouse black 
13. Colette violet
14. Orsola dress - for #sewtogether for summer 
15. Swingset skirt C 
16. Jenna cardi black 
17. Jenna cardi white
18. Bubble dress by Blank Slate Pattern
19. Kyoto top
20. Blackwood cardigan blue 
21. Kielo dress - for #sewtogether for summer
22. Pyjama M
23. Pyjama A 

24. Nightdress C
25. Nightdress for me
26. Pyjama for hubby
27. Uvita top
28. Cape
29. Moneta black and blue 
30. Moneta white and gold
31. Mayberry dress by Jennifer Laurel 
32. Brasov top
33. Barkcloth dress Marbella 
34. Daphne day dress barkcloth 
35. Belladone dress barkcloth 
36. North Point trousers
37. Acacia underwear
38. Dropje Sweater
39. Voltaire top
40. Ogden cami

Wish me luck! I'll need it, although I only completed 5 items of my previous list, let's see if I can do better this quarter....

Linking to Q2 FAL 2018



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