Friday, 12 July 2013

Finish Along [quarter 3 goals]

Well - I'd better put some plans down before the end of the week. What would I like to achieve between now and the end of September? The answer to that question is very different to the answer of the question "what could I actually achieve between now and the end of September?"

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In the spirit of quarter 2, which was quite successful, I'm simply going to list everything, along with a couple of goals which won't eligible for prizes, but accountability is a good thing.

I would love to finally finish my hexie table runner. This was my go to project on holiday in Sidmouth last year and it is nearly Sidmouth-time again - 20 days (not that I'm counting). I need to baste, quilt and bind. Easy.

My Rhubarb and Custard Quilt didn't quite make it in quarter 2. Maybe this time round.....

Neon Stained: I now plan to quilt each square individually with a different free motion design (within reason) - that does mean this will not be a quick finish, but it will be great practice for my free motion quilting.

Three Peaks can back on the list, but not with much optimism.

Poetica Double Wedding Ring is definitely going back on the list and really intend to make some progress on this. I will be happy if I can get the top pieced this quarter, and maybe basted. And then I need to decide between machine quilting (possibly motifs in the centres) or hand quilting....

And my Rock and Romance quilt. Still only one block completed, but I'm hopeful - just a block here and there and it will soon grow.

Indian Summer Baby Quilt: the baby is due in August, so this one really should get finished!

I would love to get the quilt made from my own BOM finished - I have an idea for the centre - I hope I can pull it off!

And finally a more short term goal: I need to finish my three mini quilts for the Fat Quarterly Retreat sample swap. That's the priority for this weekend.

And the non-eligible goals: I would like to finish piecing my Vignette quilt. There is no way I will ever get it finished - there is still loads of embroidery and hand applique to get through, but I have another project in mind for the fabric leftovers (rumours are there are plenty) - but I don't want to cut into them and then run out for the Vignette quilt.

Again, I would like to get up to date with all the BOMs: the Lucky Stars BOM is pretty good: I'm missing April and I haven't made this month's block yet. Skill Builder isn't so great. I haven't finished making all the blocks so far, let along quilting them. And I haven't touched the Sister's BOM since February!

And I hope to keep up with the Tula City Sampler (I'm back on track but haven't blocked my last chunk of blocks yet) and I haven't touched my Dear Jane quilt since March....

And there are a few more baby quilts to make this quarter which I've barely thought about yet.

Are you planning on being as over-ambitious as me?

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Catching up [bees]

In June I got a little bit behind on my bee blocks....

First up this week was the first month in the Siblings Together Bee (2) - we're 12 ladies from the UK aiming to make 12 quilts to donate to Siblings Together next year. You can read much more information about Siblings Together here. Last year I donated a quilt, but this year I just didn't have time, and a bee sounded like a perfect solution for next year.

This was my first ever attempt at wonky stars. I've never been fond of them, but wow - these are so quick and easy to make and I think I really like them. All of the fabric in this block (apart from the white) is from my scrap bins! With more thought I might have made my stars a bit bigger....

And then in Stash Bee we were making Great Granny Squares - I made two blocks ad these were also great fun to make. The background fabric is Kona Butter, which is such a beautiful colour I am already adding more to my stash!

And I'm not sure if I've already shared my June Get Your Hex On Bee...

I really hope I get back on track and July blocks are made... in July!

Finish Along Quarter 2 [summary and a final finish]

Sneaking under the wire I have a final finish to share with you today! Do you remember Steph's quilt - the one I wasn't enjoying (well - one of the two I wasn't enjoying) and which kept appearing on my list at the start of each quarter? Yesterday I finished it!!!

This is a 21st birthday present for my sister-in-law. She will be 23 in October. All of the fabrics are batiks and were bought at the Harrogate quilt show just a month before her 21st birthday, so there was never any way it was going to be finished on time! Except for the sashing fabric, which might even be a Moda batik, but I'm not sure. As always I overbought by about half a meter of each fabric....

By the end of last quarter I had finished piecing the quilt top, and Mum had helped me baste it. It took me another few weeks to get round to quilting it. I even trimmed it. And then it sat on top of the pile, being ignored. I had planned to add another border to the quilt top made up of all of the different batiks, but I was fed up of adding border and the quilt was quite large already so I decided then to do a scrappy binding instead. And because of that decision I just couldn't find the energy to make the binding.

Yesterday I took it to my Local Quilt Shop where they have a fantastic new sewing studio with lots of space, and made myself do the binding. Of course, once I got on with it it only took me three hours. The finished quilt is 84" x 84" and the pattern is from the Moda Bake Shop.

So... what about the other things on my list. You may remember that the list back in April was not short, so inevitably, not all of it got finished, but I am really pleased with what I did manage to get done!

Steph's quilt wasn't the only quilt to be appearing on the list for the fourth time... so was Daniela's. I always associated these quilts with each other because progress on both was the same and I wasn't enjoying either of them. So it is only right that in the same quarter I finished Steph's quilt, I also finished Daniela's mammoth 116" x 116" quilt, and I really like it now it's finished!

When the quarter started I had barely done anything for Debs's quilt - I had sewn about ten seams and was still waiting for the background fabric to arrive. This was my big challenge for the quarter. It had to be finished so Dad could take it to Ireland this weekend. And it was! I even stitched a label for it (which I forgot to photograph)! Not wanting to break the habit of large quilts, this one is 106" x 106".

The cushion I made for the Modern She Made Swap was completed on time! I loved this, and I would love to make a whole quilt like this in the future. For me.

Anna's and Tom's place mats were finished.

Stepping stones was finished!

Ellie-Jo's plus quilt was finished!

Bubbles was finished (my first attempt at pebble quilting) !

And now it goes downhill.....The strings and things quilt fell off the edge. There was just no way I was going to meet my deadline of the end of May for a finished quilt top. I have to confess I haven't even touched it this quarter...

....Rhubarb and Custard has moved forward a little bit (and will reappear next quarter)...

...I haven't touched Three Peaks - partly because I don't know what I'm going to do with it once it's finished - there's no incentive....

....Neon Stained is untouched. This is because I've finally decided how to quilt it. I want to do a different free motion pattern in each square. This quilt is for me, so if it all goes bad it won't matter and it will be excellent practice for me. I just need the time to do it...

...Hexie Table Runner. I was totally prepared to write "I haven't touched this" but when I was thinking last night, I realised that I have. I spent an afternoon removing all of the papers. I've been struggling with how I'm going to quilt this, but I may have had a brainwave last night. I would like to get this finished by the end of July which would mark a year since I started it....

.....Rock and Romance - I really haven't touched this!....

....And Poetica Wedding Ring. This project has progressed but is nowhere near finished. But I think I will put it on the list again

So, out of 15 projects on the original list,  I have finished 8. I am happy with that!

I did have one other aim for the quarter, not eligible for prizes or anything, and that was to get back on track with all of my Block of the \month projects. Well, I am up to date on my own BOM,  still a little bit behind on Lucky Stars, a bit more behind on the Skill Builder, and I haven't touched the Sisters BOM from Gen X. But I did start the Tula Pink City Sampler Along. And I'm behind on it.... can't have everything!

How did you do?

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Saturday, 6 July 2013

Summer has finally arrived [July Block]

Today we hit 27 degrees. Now that may not sound much to those of you who live in anywhere but the UK, but for us that is hot, and tomorrow is due to be even hotter. On the down-side, the pollen count was equally high.... but between sneezes, I have completed my July block for you!

I love orange. My fabrics are Architextures, Nature Elements, Comma, Oval Elements, Floral Elements andsome Kona Solids.

You can find the instructions for the embroidery here, and the embroidery pattern here. And the instructions for piecing the blocks are here and the applique is here. You can find more information on preparing your embroidery here.

As always, I would love to see anything you make using this pattern. There is a Flickr group as well! If you have any questions, just let me know! Happy Summer!

Monday, 1 July 2013


Half way through the year - it's hard to believe really! So what have I achieved this month?

I finished the challenge quilt! Challenge because my Mum reckoned I couldn't make a double bed quilt in the time allowed!

But I did, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

I fell in love with the Tula Pink City Sampler: but I'm behind - I've only made 9 blocks.

I did make the latest Lucky Stars block, but April still waits patiently

I got in on the Zakka Along action and made some Pepper Coasters. I didn't get any further and I believe my book may have been borrowed.....

And I finished two baby quilts: a cross quilt for Ellie-Jo, my beautiful little niece....

.....and this one, which I've called Murmurations, for a work colleague.

I am horrifically behind on bee blocks - if you're reading this and expecting one from me, then I promise I'll get back on track this week!

And we lost a tree! (not as careless as it sounds!)

and made lots of cakes!

I'm linking up with Fresh Sewing Day - what have you been up to?
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