Tuesday, 31 December 2019

December Furtle

December went in a flash, and the whole year too actually... Anyway time to look at what little sewing time I had in December and the few items I managed to finish

A few items with faux leather that I made as gifts to family, friends and colleagues
A Christmas dress for myself that I finished just in time.
And some reusable gift bags too.

Linking to December Furtle 


Monday, 30 December 2019

Christmas dress

There was really little time to sew before Christmas and of course lots of projects. On my list of selfish sewing, one item I was really hoping to make myself a Christmas dress. I had bought some festive jersey fabric during Black Friday that was ideal for a comfy dress. I wasn't sure which pattern to pick and finally settled on the Moneta dress by Colette Patterns. The Moneta was my first ever dress and I had only planned to make more but never did. I finally got the pattern out and cut my pieces one evening. 
I planned 2h30 as my sewing window to make the dress (which was about the time I had anyway). I constructed the complete dress with my overlocker so it went together quickly. 
I used my machine to shirr the skirt and to hem the neckline, the sleeves and the skirt.
The dress was indeed finished in 2h30, even the label was sewn.
Sewing in a set time has made me thought that maybe I would be more productive if I estimated the time needed for a project before starting. Or maybe that would at least help me to draw some more realistic lists. 
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

This was my last finish for 2019, my last OPAM and my last of my Q4 FAL list.


Sunday, 29 December 2019

2020 Planning party

Time to make some new plans, time to rationalise or time to dream big? Either way I always plan more than I have some time for and I am not sure I'll be able to get better at that in 2020. 
In terms of quilting projects for 2020, I am dreaming of those:
  • New projects:
2. Baby quilt
3. Sewing Studio banner
4. Luminous quilt maybe?
5. Peek Into Batiks maybe?
  • WIP
1. Vintage kitchen quilt along
2. Dear Jane
  • UFO
1. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....)  
2. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 24 blocks done
3. Scrappy strips quilt -  top sewn together, just needs quilting now 
4. Blue and purple quilt - this one is for my Auntie and I'd like to gift it this year....
5. Harry Potter quilt 
6. Horse quilt 
7. Threadology quilt
8. Gipsy Wife (in progress) - I have fallen off the band wagon again.... 
9. Enchanted Stars
10. 365-challenge - so many blocks still needed!
11. Kingfisher quilt - a portable project, as long as I prepare before I go.... 
12. Modern HST triangles - only one block left to do now 
13. Project 48 quilt + few Solstice challenge blocks 
14.  Impromptu quilt - abandoned so long ago... I dream of having the quilt on my bed next summer... 

As for dressmaking projects, I have a few UFO that I would very much like to finish>
1. Quadra jeans for hubby
2. Fumeterre skirt
3. Sirocco jumpsuit
4. Jasika blazer

And some new projects I would really like to make but I am sure this list is ad libitum!, just to list a few:
1. Dress for my daughter's first communion (for me)
2. Shirt for me

3. Work top
4. Trousers for me
5. Hooded outerwear (weaver jacket maybe?)
6. Sweatshirt
7. Jersey dresses

Now I couldn't finish this port before going back to my same post from one year ago to take stock.

In December last year, I wrote down that I was hoping to:
  • achieve a better balance between dressmaking sewing and quilting - Not sure that's really been successful but I finished 4 quilts in 2019 and made blocks for more.
  • 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. - Again I have not really managed that but I have started at least, I haven't added (too much) to my physical stash and I have even purged/sold some stuff... I know I can do much more
My list for 2019 was of course far too ambitious... no surprises there!New projects:
1. Jen Kingwell mystery quilt 2019 - I never started this one and will not do it so this one is off the list now.

2. Harry Potter sew-along organised by Lorna - I have just under half of the blocks made, it needs to be finished and is now on my UFO list.
3. Quilt for my cousin's 40th - not sure which pattern yet...- this one is finished and gifted and used some blocks from swaps/bees I was in years ago!
4. Cadence court quilt - not even started!

1. New pair of Ginger jeans for me - 
not even started!
2. New jersey dresss x 2 - one out of two (Christmas dress)
3. Shirt for me, Kalle or other patterns? none
4. Shirt for hubby 
5. PJ for whole family almost, all but me

6. Cardi one Blackwood done
7. Lingerie a few pieces done
8. Skirts for me: Salida and Fumeterre? x 2 - only cut the Fumeterre
9. Kyoto top finished!

10. Handbag for me 2 completed!

1. Scrappy trip quilt for my brother - started in 2018 - finished and gifted!

2. Quilt for my Auntie - started in 2007 - no progress
3. 365 challenge - started in 2016 - a few more blocks but not many
4. Gipsy Wife - started in 2017 a few more blocks but not many
5. HST modern sampler quilt no progress
6. Moda string along with string blocks from 2012 - blocks assembled into a top, ready for quilting
7. Impromptu Quilt from 2013 no progress
8. Hidden agenda quilt x2 - started in 2018 no progress

Mixed results of course but then I added so many other projects throughout the year...

Linking to 2020 Goals Setting.


Saturday, 28 December 2019

Best of 2019

Picking up the best of the full year is always an interesting but difficult exercise. It is also interesting to see how my makes evolve throughout the year!  I have listed 102 OPAM in the sidebar of my blog, that's not a bad number even though it features a high number of small easy objects. Now my top 5 among those are

1. Jangles Anchor Bag - I love the style of this bag and all the bling on it

2. Hello Kitty quilt - I had cut the squares for this one years ago and never started it. I finally found a recipient for it and managed to complete the full quilt in a few weeks

3. Scrappy Trip Around the World - this one had about half of the blocks done during the quilt-along and was parked away. I am so happy that I finished it in time to gift it to my brother for his birthday

4. Kobe Top - I bought this pattern a while ago and never got around to try and then I bought some Liberty fabric that was perfect for it. I love the style of this top.

5. Sirocco jumpsuit - this one was out of my comfort zone as I didn't think I'd like a jumpsuit. So much so that I made 2 and cut a third one. I love that I managed to make this one in a couple of hours too.

There are many other projects that didn't make the cut and many that I was planning and didn't finish/start/progress. This year has also been extremely busy on the work front both in quantity of work but also in time away as I had to travel to US 7 times between end of June and mid December. Of course, this has taken its toll onto my family, my fitness (jetlag and overnight flying are quite brutal when repeated so often) and my free time (also known as sewing time). Let's see what 2020 has in store for my family and myself, hoping to have some creative time more regularly.

Linking to Best of 2019


Friday, 27 December 2019

New undies

November theme for #magamsewalong was "Neglected November" and I was planning to use some of my jersey scraps to make knickers.  I cut 2 pairs,  one Acacia by Megan Nielsen and one Tippi window brief by Van Jonsson Designs out of the leftover from my last 2 Tees.

I finished my Acacia in November.

For the Tippi I wanted to use some fancy fold-over elastic that I didn't have so I ordered some but delivery was delayed. The half made panties were packed until recently.
The back piece of the Tippi could be made of lace but I didn't have anything suitable so I used plain black.
One more pair with a pattern I hadn't tried before. I've already worn them and they're comfy and a nice cut.
With this I have one more OPAM for December and one more of my Q4 FAL list.


Thursday, 26 December 2019

Hand made Christmas presents

The open wide pouch is such a versatile pattern, I'm not sure how many I have made to date but it's often one of my go-to pattern.
Anyway I needed a few to complete some Christmas presents.

I made 2 that I filled with shaving products

And one for a teenage girl for her make up.

3 more OPAM and one more for my Q4 FAL list
Linking to Wednesday Wait LossMidweek MakersWhoop Whoop Friday


Monday, 23 December 2019

Glasses cases

Last minute little presents for my friends. I was planning more than a simple sunglasses case but in the end, I ran out of time.
4 in similar colour way with different ribbons.
4 OPAM and more for my Q4 FAL list.


Friday, 20 December 2019

Open wide pouch

I'm not sure how this is possible but December it's flying even faster than any other month. I hardly had time to sew. Earlier in the month, between my last 2 trips to the US, I found a little time to squeeze an orb wide pouch that I wanted to gift to one of my work colleague who had shown such an interest in my sewing.
I used Noodlehead's free pattern and some faux leather from my stash.

And just in time to fly to Washington, I had one pouch to gift.

One OPAM for December and one of my Q4 FAL list.

Linking to Wednesday Wait LossMidweek MakersNeedle and Thread ThursdayWhoop Whoop Friday


Tuesday, 17 December 2019

December goals

December is already half way through and only now I am posting my goals. Little need to say that I will not have time for much... Work has been extraordinary busy and tiring. Adding to it the end of year, Christmas preparations frenzy, this is why I am only "back" now. No need to have an ambitious list when I'll have very little time to sew so I will trim it back compare to other months...

1. Dear Jane - finish rows D and E

1Linden sweater in navy  
2. Knickers
3. Christmas dress
4. Comox trunks

1. Christmas Gift Bags
2. Sunglasses cases 
3. Open wide pouches for Christmas


Friday, 6 December 2019

Baby rattles

The girls' dance teacher had a little girl end of October and I had not managed to get a present organised until late last month. Finally just before the class on Saturday morning I made one baby rattle for each of the girl to gift.
I used the same pattern I had used for my nephew to make a cat and a mouse, but in pink of course!
 Et voila, 2 little baby rattles made from Crystal's lovely pattern, complete with scrunched paper in the ears and a little rattle inside their head.

These were my last OPAM for November and one of my Q4 FAL list too.


Saturday, 30 November 2019

November Furtle

I can't believe November is over in about 1 hour.... of course I had great projects and of course I hardly touched any. I had masses of work that heavily impacted my free time and I think the stress and tiredness caught up with me so after a good start earlier in the month I've not done much at all.

A few items with faux leather including my Jangles Anchor bag
A few items of clothing all with the same fabric! Including a partir of Acacia knickers to use up my scraps
Only 2 blocks for my Vintage Kitchen quilt-along
And finally 2 baby rattles that I made this morning
Linking to November Furtle 



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