Saturday, 18 October 2014

Zippy Pouch [Color Me Retro]

I made a zippy pouch! You may have noticed on my Finish Along list that there were a fair few zippy pouches to complete. I've been making good progress on the embroidery that will be on each of them, but I couldn't find a perfect tutorial online for the right size pouch, so having made approximately three zippy pouches I decided have a go on my own... but no way I was jumping in and ruining some hand embroidery by getting my measurements wrong, so today I had a play. I mostly used this tutorial by Very Berry Hand Made, but I cut rectangles measuring 11.5" x 8.5" instead of using the pattern pieces and just boxed the corners by 1.5".

The fabrics are all Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker - I really love these fabrics, but they don't often feature in my quilts, so this was a great opportunity to use them in a way that I will enjoy them regularly. I also used this project as an opportunity to practice my graffitti quilting. I'm hoping to use this type of quilting on another of the zippy pouches.


It's a shame I picked such busy fabrics in a way because the best view of the quilting is from the back, which is now hidden!


So now for the biggest decision - what shall I use this pouch for?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

WIP Wednesday [embroidery and mix tapes]

Did you see the post on Sew Mama Sew today? It was by Cheryl Arkison and was about why it's good to have a long list of WIPs. It's like she read my mind - this is exactly my mentality and why I have so many different projects on the go - and I love it! I haven't counted my WIPs recently but ther are 35 on my Finish Along List so I'm pretty sure I have more than her...they will all be finished one day. Probably.

But for today I've been working on three WIPs: advent calendars for the bairns - the embroidery is done - now I'm turning the pockets through...an horrifically boring job!


A mini quilt for a friend's birthday

And some mini Mix Tapes for #IGMiniSwap

Also this week I basted the regular sized mix tapes ready for quilting: the front...


...and the back.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday

Monday, 13 October 2014

Baby Quilts: Trellis

As I mentioned in my Quarter 4 Finish Along list, everyone we know seems to be having babies... so I need to be making some baby quilts. I have a couple in the works which are slightly more complex than they probably needed to be, but today I knocked out a whole quilt! It helped that a teething little madam slept for 4 hours!

I picked the fabrics on Saturday, drafted the block, made up a test block and did the cutting yesterday, and pieced the rest of the quilt today. I'm pretty chuffed with myself.

The central fabrics are from Makower, and the rest are Kona solids. In hindsight the colours maybe have too high a contrast, but contrasts are good for babies, so I'm not going to dwell on it for long.

And to finish up the post, Mia playing peekaboo with her quilt!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mix Tape Progress

In September this project finally found a cause. I'm finishing it off as a large-ish lap quilt for my sister-in-law to gift to a 13 year old girl who has just been put on the list for a heart transplant. What was originally a single mix-tape block from Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine has become a 60" x 60" quilt!

I've sized up the front with Kona black and Ikea Britten...
I convinced hubby to help with the holding up!

...And the back is a giant mix tape! I've appliqued "Chloe" and the reels and this morning I've added more Ikea Britten to bring it up to size.

But I decided to crop him out of this one!

I'm hoping to baste and quilt it this week! I'm still tagging this as a "mini quilt" because that was how it started...may need to review that!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Finish Along Q4 [the most ambitious ever]

After the success of "Sleep Deprived Stupidity" I've got to follow it with an even more ridiculous list! I've taken off some of the really unrealistic goals and these will reappear next year. In theory, every single one of the projects in the list below is achievable....ha ha!

Loads of people we know are expecting, or have just had babies, so there are a few baby quilts on my list: first up one with butterflies...

...And one with boats...

...these fabrics will become a quilt I've designed myself... I hope I've worked out the cutting instructions correctly! The royal blue is my background fabric - yummy!


...and these fabrics will become a Preppy the Whale quilt - I love this rainbow of colours.

And then there's these fabrics - I'm hoping to make the prints the star of the show and I'm planning on risking some fussy cutting!

There are a couple of full size quilts I want to finish: The Aspen Glow quilt is part of a quilt along at Cora's quilts. I'm a little bit behind, but I can still catch up...

...and the Vice Versa quilt, other wise known as my husbands Hangover Blankie! This was a BOM and I am very very behind. But just this week I cut all the fabric for the remaining blocks, so I should be able to piece them pretty quickly!...

...and the Essential Sampler Quilt - because I'm just so close!

...and the Joy Jelly Roll quilt: I wanted to finish this quilt in time for last Christmas, but was beaten by my own stupidity i.e. not enough fabric purchased. This has now been solved. I need to rebaste it and quilt it. But I'm using wool wadding and may regret it...
...and the Mix tape Quilt


Years ago when I first started quilting, I took part in a BOM run by our LQS - I made all the blocks but never dd anything with them. I had a biro accident with one of them and not enough fabric to remake it - I've learned my lesson but it left this project stalled. Times move on and we have a baby and a rather hard fireplace. My romatic husband bought me a maternity support pillow last Christmas that was absolutely useless, so we've re-purposed it to sit on the fireplace. But it has a plain white cushion cover - not a good thing in our house, so I'm going to put my favourite blocks together for a giant cushion cover.



And I have some minis to finish because sometimes I can't control myself when I see a pretty one and I have to start it NOW! First up is the Wild Flowers EPP quilt I made on holiday. It's basted and I think I'm going to hand quilt it...

...the Teardrop Mini I made a few weeks back. I don't know how I'm going to quilt this...

...our Slainte Sign to hide the holes in the wall. I've nearly finished the embroidery....

...Preppy the Whale Mini for Mia's room...

... the wedding mini quilt which has been embroidered for a while, but needs to be appliqued...

...The girl with lists is embroidered, but I need to decide how to finish her....

The Instagram Mini Swap... I've made a start

...An Elephant cushion - I started this years ago as a sampler quilt - you can tell from the creased look - and this is as far as I got. I'm going to finish it as a cushion for Mia's room... and yes - I do know where the missing hexagon is.

...In November I'm booked to go on a class with Jennie Rayment. This will be the second time. Last time we made this wall-hanging. I should really finish it before I start new projects with her, shouldn't I? You see the curved edge to the two pink triangles at the bottom? They all need to look like that by rolling the folded bias edge and hand applique to fix it in place. Then quilting and binding. And then working out what the hell to do with it...


... and a birthday present for a friend...

And with it only being a few weeks till Christmas (ha ha) I have some presents to get finished - most involve zips - here are some sneak peaks of nine of them... three sew together bags and 6 zippy pouches

...and this is the embroidery for the tenth - another zippy pouch

There are a couple of Christmas presents which don't involve zips - the Hydrangea Embroidery which is so close to being finished....

...and two advent calendars for my niece and nephew. They still have a way to go before they look like advent calendars - and I need to hope my husband doesn't eat all the sweets I've bought to fill them. The fabric on the left is the backing fabric, basted to the plain white fronts and ready for some cross-hatch quilting. The fabric on the right will be the pockets. There will also be applique and embroidery. Hopefully.


And finally a secret sewing project - all I can show you is the fabric! This one may be the exception to "everything is achievable"...

That's 34 things (if I've counted correctly - I've run out of fingers and toes). Hmmm. But there are quiet a few smaller things on this list - more so than normal.So I think it's manageable. Did I mention I'm going back to work soon? I guess I'd better link up and make this rather daft list public!


Finish Along 2014

ETA - the post has been up just a few hours and it has been pointed out that it's not 34 things, it's 35!

Starting some Christmas Stitching

Last year I had planned to make advent calendars for my niece and nephew, but of course I left it far too late. So this year I started earlier - hunting on Pinterest and Google for advent calendar ideas. I couldn't find anything that really hit the spot. So decided to design my own. But I didn't really like where I was headed either...I subscribe to the UK Magazine "Love Patchwork and Quilting" (which is fantastic). Last month's issue got lost in the post and I had to have a new one sent - I ended up getting it two weeks later than everyone else. And there inside was the perfect advent calendar. Problem solved!

I have white fabric and backing fabric and I have a stack of red and green fabrics for the pockets. I have big red buttons and I have pom pom trim!

I'm making a few tweaks to the pattern, and I'm hoping to include their names (otherwise they'll get mixed up and there'll be hell on!).

Yesterday I did a cross hatch quilting on the background, just to make it a bit sturdier once I've added weight to the pockets and Ellie-Jo has swung off the bottom of it.... I picked polyester wadding to keep the weight as low as possible. I have remembered why I don't like polyester wadding - I've used practically a whole can of spray adhesive and pins and I'm still getting puckers. Luckily now only small and on the back not the front (I unpicked the mega puckers and that's when I added the pins). I've also started embroidering the numbers for the pockets.


I had some help with the embroidery yesterday evening!


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WIP Wednesday [zippy prep]

Did you know there are only 77 days left until Christmas? I know. I apologise. But this requires some thought. Which Christmas presents will be home made and which will be shop bought. And more importantly, what on earth will I buy my husband. Why is my husband always the most difficult?

I'm going to ignore him for the moment and concentrate on some of the ladies in my life: and the order of the day is zippy pouches! I'm not telling you who these are for and I'm only going to show you partial and fuzzy images - some of them might pop in here occassionally - and if you think you know who you are, just pretend to be surprised in 77 days time!

Purple and hexies...

...sewing machine...

...zips and some specialist fabric that is scaring me just a little...


...fabric and thread...

...more purple...

...bright pink...

...trees and shot cotton....

...more shot cotton...

...blue...

...and a bit of lace....

I think today will be a day of tracing embroidery designs!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday