Sunday, 10 April 2016

Finish-A-Long Quarter 2!

Wow! Isn't time flying by?
I really cannot quite believe we're in quarter 2 of the finish-a-long already! I really hope that those of you who take part managed to bust some WIP's in quarter 1?!

I've got quite a few things on my finish list this quarter, not sure if that's a good or bad thing! Some are complete finishes and others are long term projects that I need mini targets to work towards otherwise they will fall by the wayside!

 So starting top left and moving clockwise here are the projects I hope to get finished this quarter!

1) Finish Sections 1 and 2 of the 'My Small World QAL'
2) Finish the Star Wars quilt for my hubby 
3) Finish the mustard & grey cushions 
4) Finish the Scout Tee I have cut out
5) Make 12 Farmer's Wives Blocks, that's 1 per week
6) Finish the FQS 2012 Mystery BOM quilt (carried over from Q1)
7) Complete Rosettes 3 and 4 of my New Hexagon Millefiore
8) Finish off the Washi dress I'm wearing in the photo!

I also need to finish quilting the EPP cushion from Q1 that I forgot to add into the mosaic!!! So that's number 9 on the list!

I'm linking up with Finish-A-Long via Nicky's blog where you can go see what everyone else plans to work on this quarter!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Finish-A-Long Finish No 3!!

On a roll or what? My Cotton & Steel cushion kit has been lovingly turned into a cushion and the best news was I realised there was enough fabric for 2 cushions!! Woop!

You can also see from my original Finish-A-Long mosaic below that I have completed 3 of the 6 WIP tasks I set myself.

The 3 projects across the bottom of the mosaic have all been completed and are in use. The Spring Carnival EPP that needed hand quilting and turning into a cushion will carry over to the next quarter, as will the 2012 BOM Quilt.

The partially finished rosette from my 2015 'The New Hexagon Millefiore QAL' has been finished, as has rosette 2. This is the target I set myself for the quarter but I did not realise at the time that finishes had to be just that, completed projects. This means they kind of don't count but actually I'm going to keep putting the rosette's in my mosaics as it spurs me on to work on the project!

So how has the first quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long worked out for you? I hope you busted some WIP's!!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Finish-A-Long Finish No2 !!

So without further a do here is my 2nd finish for the Finish-A-Long!

My schoolhouse tunic! Yay!! It fits a little snugly as I cut this pattern out about 3.5y ago, long before Jett was born. I'm using it as a much needed incentive to finally lose the excess baby weight that Hunter and Jett have left me with I've got to say!

Another reminder of my intended finishes can be found in my original Finish-A-Long post back in January.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Finish-A-Long Finish Number 1!

You know I was really hoping by joining in with the 2016 Finish-A-Long that I'd actually work towards crossing some long overdue WIP's off my 'To Do' list! Well you'll be pleased to hear my plan worked!

The link has now opened to record your finishes for the first quarter, so over the next few days I'll be posting daily to show you what I've completed since the beginning of the year.

Here's the mosaic of WIP's that I hoped to finish and the original blog post from January is here if you'd like to go back and take a peek.

My first finish was the Economy Block quilt, I finished the quilting and bound it before sending it off to my friend for her little girl. I'm pleased to report the whole family loved the quilt despite it been very late. My friend Lisa is such a sweetheart, we met online a number of years ago and have been firm friends since, regularly swapping tips and tricks in food, fitness, craft, education and motherhood!

Here are a couple of photo's she sent me of Amelia-Rose enjoying her new quilt! I love seeing my quilts in the wild, it's so lovely:

I feel so pleased this quilt is finally finished and in use! 

I'll be back tomorrow with another finish! 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

A Sewing Catch Up!

I thought I'd been doing so well with my sewing and quilting and I was, until I realised I haven't blogged any of my makes or finishes!! Oh well, you can't have it all can you?!

Here's a little round up of what I've been sewing over the last few weeks:

 I've been working away on a Star Wars Quilt for my hubby!

I joined the Patchwork of the Crosses Block of the Month from my friend Jesse's shop, Sew & Quilt. I'm really enjoying this one and so far I'm keeping up each month!

I sewed up some samples for Dashwood Studio's out of their cute fabrics! This is the Butterfly Blouse pattern from Oliver & S in Nature Trail Geometrics with a Flurry Frill!

I've chain pieced some Flower Garden Mini Charms for a secret project I won't be able to share much more of!

And I finally conquered re-threading my overlocker and finished my Schoolhouse Tunic! Wahoo! I'm very happy with this, can you tell?

I'll be back at the end of the month with a round up of my quarter one finish along finishes!!!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Farmer's Wife QAL - Block 41 Granny

I can't believe we're into week 21 of the Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Along, can you?

This week it's my turn to guest post again and I'm here with block 41, Granny.

This block was a breeze in comparison to some of the recent blocks we've done, just two fabrics and not many seams! 

You may notice that I have changed the colour scheme for my blocks, in fact I've completely started again using a rainbow palette, the 1930's repro palette was just not me and I'm much happier with my brighter blocks! The fabric I chose for this block is Kona Cotton Orange and Carkai Stitches in Petunia

As the weeks have progresed on the QAL I have gotten into a good rhythm prepping and making my blocks. I always colour code my block diagrams and paper pieces so that I don't make any errors in my fabric placement!

I also use an add a quarter ruler to trim all my seams. In the photo below you can see I have used a dab of glue to hold my first fabric in place, I then flip everything over, fold back the template on the sewing line and then butt up the ruler and trim. 

The other thing I do religiously is pin my blocks. Here you can see how I've used a pin to secure the seams where they need to match when the seam is opened. This stops your block moving and helps keep your points and seams perfect!

Here you can see how I've used pins to pin the key points on the final seam in the block.

So all in all a nice simple block! You will get lots of bulk at the centre of the block as you sew it together, as this is where there are the most seams, I just removed some of the paper before I sewed the final seam. Giving the block a really good press also helps the centre to sit nice and flat when the papers are removed too. 

I hope you all have fun making your Granny blocks!

If you head on over to Kerry's blog you'll get to see her tips and tricks for block 42 as well as get a full run down of all the blocks made in the QAL so far!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A couple of finishes at last....

I'm jumping up and down at a couple of little finishes this week - wahoo!

First up is Rosette 1 of my 'The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt'. This is all hand pieced and is a whopping 36" in diameter. I've had great fun with this over the last few months, the whole of my quilt will be in Cotton + Steel fabrics and I'm already well on my way with Rosette 2.

My next finish is this gorgeous Economy Block Quilt, I really love it! It's finally bound and has been laundered and labelled this weekend ready for posting to it's new owner tomorrow.

This one was made entirely from my stash, the blocks are 12" finished and it's quilted in organic lines with a variegated Aurifil thread. It's been a long time in the finishing, I hope my friend loves it still!

I've also managed to sneak some time on my Farmer's Wife Quilt too, I've prepped a couple of blocks that I'm going to sew this evening.

I've found that prepping a couple of blocks ready for sewing in one session, then sewing them in the next session, is the most productive way for me to work on this sampler.

Finally I just wondered whether you'd heard that the sewing retreat I host through my shop Simply Solids is down to the last space??

Click the image to go find out more!
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