Sunday, 31 March 2019

March Furtle and recap

Of course, I had great ambitions for March and in the end, I didn't do as much as I had planned! My overlocker is still not working so I haven't sewn as much as I was hoping. I was also away for work a few days so I took advantage of the evenings for some hand sewing.

1. Continue to work on the Harry Potter sew-along and keep up the pace, if possible. I am still 2 to do to be back on track but I have made great progress this month.
2. Scrappy Trip Along - red and green blocks needed to be able to finish the top - no progress
3. 365 challenge, so many more blocks are needed, let's see if I can make a few - no progress
4. Dear Jane -  I will make completing Row A my One monthly goal  - Row A finished
5. HST modern sampler quilt - make the last block and finish the top - no progress
6. Kingfisher Sew Along - prepare more blocks for sew on the go - no progress
7. Threadology quilt-along - make March blocks - 5 blocks made, 5 to do
8. Vintage Kitchen - catch up and continue to make the blocks - one block completed, 2 to do
9. Gipsy Wife - make more blocks no progress
10. FW 1920 - make more blocks no progress
11. FW 1930 - make more blocks no progress
12. Granny Blocks -  this is my APQS challenge for March no progress

1. Blackwood cardigan - Nearly finished 
2. Summit peak top, cut and ready to be sewn 
3. Puff Shirt or another office top
4. Linden or Toaster sweater in navy  
5. Salida skirt  
6. Another Givre T or Mandy boat T - finished
7. PJ for C  - finished
8. PJ top for hubby - finished 
9. Lingerie  

1. Carrier Conquest Handbag 

And a few additional things that were not on the list....
Linking to March Furtle


Saturday, 30 March 2019

Harry again!

I finally made some more progress and so nearly caught up with the Harry Potter quilt along! Cutting all the pieces for the blocks last week took quite some time but proved to be the best way to get the blocks done in the evenings.
First to join the gang was Minerva
Then Snape
Followed by the one we don't say the name 
And finally a rather wonky Luna... I think there will be some unpicking in my future....
I also cut all the sashing last weekend so I started putting the blocks together,  not always very successfully....
The quilt will be massive. I had trouble taking a picture of the first 2 rows!
A new block was published today so I'm 2 behind once more!

4 more blocks for March.


Thursday, 28 March 2019

Vintage kitchen

Would you be surprised if I admitted I underestimated the time it would take to sew those lovely vintage kitchen blocks? Of course not,  I hear you! Paper piecing allows some very intricate blocks but takes forever! After competing the kitchen mixer in month 1, I feel behind in month 2 (I had great intentions of course but little time) and this month 2 blocks were released. I should have 4 completed blocks by now but unfortunately I only have 2.... block 3 was a relatively easy string of hearts
Which are added to the side of the kitchen mixer
and here for the first section
More catch up to do of course so maybe it's not a good idea to admit my weakness and show that foot good measure I added another paper piecing project from this lovely book too....

Not that much advanced but this is a VERY detailed one!
Can you tell what it is yet?

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Row A

I have been travelling for work lately so, of course that had hampered my time with my seeing machine... so instead I have been hand sewing. And I have finished block A2 for my Dear Jane, all 40 pieces of it!
And because I have (thankfully) sashed and assembled my blocks as I made them,  it didn't take long to FINALLY finished my first ever Dear Jane Row. Row A is complete and I'm so happy!
And a few close up of the blocks:
This was my  One monthly goal for March!


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Getting ready for some tailoring

I bought the Jasika Blazer pattern and videos a little while ago and I started to follow the #blazerofglory challenge on IG but I'm scared!
All I've done so far, apart from being the supplies, is to cut the toile... not even sewn it.
In one of the preparation videos, Heather speaks about the importance of ironing well and the tool required for it.  She mentioned a tailoring ham and a tailoring sausage.
I have neither so I set to make both using a tutorial by Tilly and the buttons. Both are now finished, ready for some action.... let's hope that will come soon...
 2 OPAM for this month. 

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Back to Harry Potter

I finally finished Hagrid, I had started and cut the block last week and got bored of all the strips! But here he is, ready to meet the others!
I also finally ordered my background fabric for the quilt which means that I can start to assemble the blocks while I continue to try to catch up! 
5 blocks out of 9 for now....
Linking to Harry Potter quilt along link-up 2

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Constellations PJ

As is often the case, I had planned/hoped for lots of sewing at the weekend. But of course, real life means very little happened.... between baking birthday cakes (again), playing taxis for the kids and the rest of it, I barely sat at my sewing machine BUT I did some batch cutting!
And I hadn't realised how much cutting I had done over the week-end until I started adding it all up yesterday to count more than 50 pieces! I cut 3 pairs of pyjamas, one Berlin tee, one Givre tee and part of a Blackwood cardigan. Plenty of choices of what to sew first, right? All the pieces are jersey fabric so perfect to whip through the overlocker quickly but sadly mine is still not fixed.

I recently bought a lovely Jersey called Cassiopee by Stof, perfect for a stargazer and  I really wanted to gift a new pair of pyjamas to my eldest daughter as a late birthday present so I started with that one first.
I added white ribbing for the cuffs and waistband
 And about one hour and a half after I started sewing, all on my sewing maching, I had a lovely new pair of pyjamas all finished.  Top
 And bottom
 Ready to be worn and loved!
 Pattern is once more the tried and trusted 11th Hour Gear by New Horizons Design.
And one more off my Q1 FAL. Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.


Thursday, 7 March 2019

Threadology Shooting Squares

In an effort not to fall behind, if at all possible, I made the last 5 blocks for the Threadology Quilt-Along. Block 3 was released last Friday and again 5 blocks are needed: 4 small ones and 1 big one. The new block is a Shooting Squares block as a larger version
and 4 of the smaller version
for 5 finished blocks
I now have 6 blocks for March. 

Linking  Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread ThursdayWednesday Wait LossMidweek Makers


Monday, 4 March 2019

Working on Dear Jane

Off we go! After a 2 years pause, following a 5 years pause one (!), I have finally made a block for my Dear Jane. Block A1 Pinwheel Gone Awry
 I also joined a few blocks together: 
C12 with C13
And D8 added to D6/D7 and D9/D10
One more block and Row A will be complete, I would be so happy to finish it this month!

Linking to Monday Making


Sunday, 3 March 2019

Dear Jane sew along

It's funny how things go sometimes. I haven't touched my Dear Jane for such a long time but decided to get all the blocks out early February to touch base with it, in the hope to rekindle my love and finish it... one day. And I think it worked! Once I laid out all the blocks I was in love again! Not that I have done any sewing on it since! And then a Dear Jane quilt-along came up on Instagram, starting in March. What a coincidence really, I can't let that opportunity to work on such an old UFO go, surely?

So for now here are what I am starting from, made years and years ago... I started my Dear Jane in 2004 and everything so far has been hand sewn. I have 122 of the 169 blocks necessary, only 7 triangles, and none of the corner
Row A is only missing A1 and A2
Row B is less advanced with only 9 blocks out of 13
Row C has only 8 out of 13 blocks
Row D  11 out of 13
Row E 9 out of 13
Row F with 10 out 13
Row G is one of the least advanced one with only 7 blocks
Row H 9 out of 13
Row I is the least advanced with just 6 blocks
Row J is only missing 2 blocks
Row K has 10 out 13 blocks
Row L has 10 out of 13 blocks too
Row M has 11 out of 13 
Top Row - only 2 out of 13
Right Side - 3 triangles
Bottom Row - only 2
Left Side - 0!

Still some work to do of course but I was pleased to see that I have actually already done a lot.



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