Thursday, 28 December 2017

Seven Owls Quilt [A finish]

I am definitely getting my money's worth out of Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest Pattern. This year I think I've made 6 separate quilts using the pattern or parts of the pattern, and I haven't made the big full size one yet - that's for 2018! This is yet another quilt using the Allie Owl block. Back when I made an Allie Owl baby quilt using just 3 owl blocks, not-so-subtle hints were made by my mother-in-law that she would like one. And then I found the absolute perfect fabric. It's called Feathers and Letters and is by Indigo Fabrics. It's not a make of fabric I'd ever come across before or since, but it was just so perfect that I trusted the shop that was selling it and ordered 3 metres.

In our family, a feather symbolises my late father-in-law, and the colours in this fabric were just so.... Linda! I selected the fabrics for the owls based on the colours in this print. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a bundle of Shot Cottons seemed to match in perfectly. I;m not really a fan of shot cottons - they don't ever seem quite right for my projects, so to find them sitting beautifully in this project made me very happy.

I made up all of the blocks at our North East Modern Quilt Guild retreat in mid-October. I used the living room floor of the cottage we stayed in to wrangle and attempt to pattern match the feathers - isn't it annoying when you finally unfold the piece of fabric to discover that the directionality goes the opposite direction to what you expected. I small tweak of the design and I had a quilt top.

Basting this quilt was hard. I baste all my quilts at a Monday night quilt group, because they have the space. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law goes to the same group. So there was a delay while I waited for her to bugger off on holiday! Luckily she did and I spent an hour grovelling on the floor - she also normally helps me baste, so it was a one-man job this time round. The backing is a bright pink sheet!

I quilted it with an all over stipple: larger scale in the background, smaller scale around the owls.It's bound with a dark purple that wouldn't clash with the border of the owls or the backing! I finished the quilt early in December, but can only show you now that it has been gifted!

This is a finish from my Quarter 4 Finish Along list.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Tree Quilt [A Finish]

This is a quilt that was a year in the making. Last December, improv Christmas Trees were all over Instagram - a tutorial by @diaryofaquilter and I couldn't resist joining in. I made six blocks using the smaller sizes provided. I thought they'd make a nice cushion. Then I made a few more blocks, and then some more and then I had 76 small Christmas Tree blocks. And then it was Christmas. Those 76 blocks helped push me over my target of 1000 blocks in 2016. But once Christmas is over, the last thing I wanted to do was make them into something, so they have sat in my bedroom all year. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them!

In the last few months, I finally got round to ordering the minky I wanted to put on the back - red, of course. I pieced the blocks into a usable panel. And I bought some red for some wide uneven borders. It only took me an hour to get a finished quilt top. Then the fun started.

This was my first time playing with minky and slippy! I chose not to add wadding to this quilt - I didn't want it to be so warm that we couldn't ever use it! So just two layer to baste. But the spray baste wouldn't hold it. Every time you breathed near it, it moved... I resorted to pins (helpfully borrowed from a friend) and together we pinned it so it couldn't move even if it had wanted to! I was expecting the quilting to be a bit of a mare, but I have to admit, it went easily and quickly - no swearing at all. I quilted in the ditch between the Christmas tree blocks, and carried those lines out into the negative space of the border. I also added a couple of extra lines in the widest border - all in bright red thread.

In fact the biggest challenge came with the binding - a green fabric from the same range as the red. I nearly always machine sew the binding to the back of the quilt, then bring it to the front and top stitch it in place. And that's what I did. But here the slippy caused issues - it moved more than regular quilts, and so my top stitching line is not as good as I would have liked. But this is a quilt just for us, for the sofa. And it's already being used and loved! It finishes at 68" x 41" - a bot of an odd size, but that's just how it worked out!

This is a finish from my Quarter 4 Finish Along List


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Jessica's Advent Calendar [A Finish]

There is nothing quite like an impending deadline to get a project finished, and that was certainly the case with this finish. Advent starts on 1st December (in terms of advent calendars, anyway) and Jessica needed an advent calendar. It might have been better if I'd started it earlier... the first challenge was picking out a design. Like Mia's I wanted there to be a central embroidery, surrounded by the pockets, but I could not find an embroidery that fitted the bill. It wasn't until I changed my search to "Christmas Line Drawings" that an absolute gem popped up. It's a Christmas card design and it's perfect. Jessica loves standing on the sofa looking out of the window, and she loves dogs! I needed to make it bigger, so I added some words and then my mother-in-law had a brainwave - I could add the side of a Christmas tree and the final pocket could be a present under it! Perfect!

Challenge number 2 was picking a colour scheme. In the end I went with aquas, pinks, greens and greys, based on a focus fabric that didn't make it into the finished calendar! This colour scheme caused problem number three. I wanted to try a new-to-me technique where instead of solid embroidery, you use colouring pencils to add colour to background items - like the chair and the curtains. I couldn't believe how difficult it was to find a light aqua colouring pencil. My daughters have many packs of crayons...nothing. I ordered a single "aquamarine" pencil from Amazon... too dark. I ordered Stabilo pencils from Amazon that looked ever so promising in the picture... nothing. Time was pressing so in the end I used the dark colour I had and went over it with a lime green - I hadn't banked on colour blending on my first attempt. I'm quite pleased with the result, but I would have like to seat to have been more saturated - I'm very pleased with the curtains.

Not content with one new technique, I was up for a second. I wanted to completely fill the dog and the mouse with embroidery - not flat satin stitch, but long and short stitch that would shows the shape and replicate fur. I think I was holding my breath as I stitched up the dogs head, and when I was done, and held it up and had a good look, I was pretty pleased. The rest of the dog came together very quickly, followed by Mr. Mouse who was tricky because he was smaller. I loved the way the curtains changed as I added the stitching over the colour, and adding the window frames made the whole picture come to life. But the words... I seriously underestimated how long they would take to finish, and it was that section of the project that nearly sank it.

I finished the embroidery on the evening of 30th November, and was very, very glad I had already made the pockets at that point. It came together quite quickly as a quilt top, and I was left to just add the binding on 1st December before the girls came home for the day.

I can happily confirm that Jessica loves it. However, I think that may have more to do with the fact it contains chocolate that the fact that Mummy lovingly embroidered it.  I enjoy looking at the embroidery, and I'm sure she will in years to come as well!

I've added a photo of Mia's advent calendar below. I made a conscious decision not to refer back to Mia's as I was making Jessica's so that they would be different (as my girls are different). It's interesting to see how similar, yet slightly different they are. It wasn't until I hung them side by side that I realised Mia's has no binding! If you'd like to see more of Mia's advent calendar, you can find a blog post here from 2015 when I made it.

This is a finish from my Quarter 4 Finish Along List.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt

So looking back through my blog history, it would seem that I haven't mentioned this project here before, so let me explain. Ever since I saw this quilt, I've wanted to make it, but getting hold of the pattern in the UK seemed impossible. Earlier this year I won a $25 voucher to a Canadian fabric shop, and they had it in stock. They were able to do me a good deal on the postage and so it seemed like a very good use of my voucher. And then @Gnomeangel announced that it would be a quilt along starting in August and ending in December. I decided that this would be the perfect quilt for an Alison Glass rainbow so I started stock-piling fat quarters - such a pretty rainbow!

You can just about see the background print at the bottom there, too.

The quilt along started just before a number of other quilt alongs finished, and just a day before we went on our summer holiday. I worked really hard before the holidays getting a couple of quilts finished, and I came back with a lull in my enthusiasm, so inevitably I fell behind. But the quilt is made up of lots of smaller blocks, sampler style, and in the most part these are quite straightforward, like these dinky log cabins (these weren't even the smallest).

But with some curve blocks snuck in at the end...

I was determined to have a finished quilt by the deadline of 3rd December, and I finally got caught up in mid-November. I spent a couple of hours grovelling round the floor of the hall where we have our Monday sewing group, trying to work out the layout, get all the half square triangles in the right place, and add the right sized piece of background to the right section.

At this point I did doubt the blocks with the white/pale grey in them, but I was confidently reassured that they helped add to the look of fragility of the wing... Then came construction. None of the hated sashing, just lots and lots of sections, without either a design wall or a floor. I had two mammoth piecing sessions on a Saturday night and the following morning, and by lunchtime on 3rd December I had a finished quilt. I added additional 2.5" borders in the background fabric all the way around, so that I don't lose triangle points when I add the binding later. And then the two long borders top and bottom are from Alison's Diving Board range.

This quilt top is huge - here's the uncropped version with Mum and Dad doing the honours to give you an idea!

I've now packed it away until the new year. Whilst this was on my Q4 Finish Along list, there is not way that I will be able to get this quilted by the end of the year. I think I've just added the first thing to my Q1 list! I also still need to pick a backing fabric, though binding is already sorted!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

See-it-All Pouches [Two Finishes]

I'm back with another week of the #stitchedsewingorganizersSAL and this week it's the "See-it-All pouch". This is another of the patterns I was really drawn to in the book so I was quite excited. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and use this pouch as a gift for my Aunt-in-law. About a year ago (I think) I made myself a zippy pouch with the word "Always" embroidered on it, but with the A replaced with the sign of the Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter. Comments were made at the time - very subtle comments - from various family members. So as it's her birthday, Aunty B gets a pouch!

I then read some of the tips on this pouch - the instructions have you make enough binding for two pouches! So I picked out some fabrics for me that would go with the black binding I was going to use for Aunty B's. Yep black binding. This was a mistake - it's a pain in the arse to make and use black bias binding...

I cut all the pieces for two pouches, I embroidered the black one. I made the flipping bias binding (more alchemy - continuous bias binding.....had me flummoxed for a bit). And then I set about making the pouches. I did Aunty B's first and it went quite well. I had to trim away some of the seam allowance to get the binding to go round and cover the stitch line, but it was a neat and tidy finish (don't look at the puckers in the binding as it goes round the corners).

Then I made mine. The zip was a different make. Chunkier. So my zip wasn't attached as close as it should be, so when I came to attach the other side, I had to trim, which meant the stitch line on the back didn't fall right, so it looks scruffy. The bias binding fought back. So again, the back looks untidy... In reality these are minor things and I have a perfectly functional pouch but if I were to do it again, which I probably won't, I would definitely use the same fabric for the binding and the back or at least fabrics where the same thread would blend with both - I did with Aunty B's and it looks so much tidier. And the chunkier zip wouldn't have been an issue if I'd used my zipper foot, which I never use, because I don't actually know where it is... we live and learn!

An "Always" zippy for Aunty Barbara was on my original Finish Along list, which you can find here, so that's another tick!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Boxy Pocket Pouch [A Finish]

I've been joining in with  Tuppence Ha'Penny's sew along making items from the Stitched Sewing Organizers book by Aneela Hoey. This week's project is the Boxy Pocket Pouch and is another of the projects on my original must-make list. However, I decided to complicate matters this time round and use cork fabric for the first time! And those cacti - it was always going to be that fabric for the pocket!

First up, my learnings on cork fabric. It's much thinner than I expected. But it's thicker than regular fabric - always a good plan when you known a project is going to involve turning things through and sewing through multiple layers. It doesn't seem to be as robust as regular fabric, so I was very careful not to be too rough when I turned this pouch through. It's not keen on the iron. I very carefully added some interfacing to it - it warped a tiny bit, but seems to have regained its previous appearance now. The heavier weight meant I probably didn't need that interfacing in the first place.... my overall impression is that it's nice, but not really, in my opinion, nice enough for the extra faff.

The pattern cannot be faulted. Again. I blindly followed the instructions (with a quilt pattern I can read instructions and get a sense of where I'm going, and even pick out steps where something isn't quite right. With bag making I am entirely blind). And after 2 hours of sewing (and an hour of preparing the fabric) I had a boxy pouch with some pretty great pockets! The technique for getting a neat finish on that cactus pocket is just amazing. I made life hard for myself at one point by missing out a step, but fudged my way through, and started ticking off the steps as I did them after that! My only issue with this pouch is that the lining seems a bit baggy - and that could be all about my seams allowances rather than anything else. One point gave me a lot of bother: there are zipper tabs at each end of the zip, and when made from cork and combined with all the other layers at that point, my machine was having none of it. It refused to sew through the layers. In the end I hand-turned it, and when it skipped the stitch I brought the needle down in the same place again and again until it caught. Not ideal, but in the end I had enough stitches for it to all hold together. If I were making it again, I would still add the tabs, as they are a nice finishing touch, but I would do them in the contrast fabric, not cork!

This was the point where I had boxed the corners and was ready to turn it through. My husband made sure to be in the room when I did that - he thought it would be funny and not go right. But the magic worked again and he was disappointed.

I love the look of this pouch - it would make a great gift as it looks really special - and it is very roomy, but I've found that the pouch doesn't open very wide and easily falls back to the closed position even with the zip open. I think this is a "great for carrying stuff and storing stuff" pouch but not a "great for working directly from" pouch. Nevermind - I've already found some excellent projects in the book that fall into that second category! And I still keep looking at this pouch in amazement that I actually made it!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Down the Rabbit Hole

It has been months since we talked about my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt on this blog. There's a very good reason for that - I didn't touch it! This is a block of the month programme from Sarah Fielke and it combines templates, hand applique, bias applique, foundation piecing.... you name it, it has every technique going, and right from the start I knew it was going to be a huge challenge. I got through the first couple of months a little behind, but then in month three, we had to applique, by hand, the tiniest, fiddliest little leaves going... and that's where the wheels came off. I had 24 to add and the first one I did is still the best.

Over the summer I did work ahead a bit, but the next section - 40 tiny houses with paper pieced roofs didn't go quickly either... I knew that the next borders were heavy on the hand applique, so in September I made a decision: If this quilt was ever going to be finished, and I would like to finish it, then hand applique just wasn't the way forward. I switched tactics and committed to machine applique using fusible sticky-stuff and a machine blanket stitch - the fact that my Husqvarna does a very lovely machine blanket stitch definitely helped in this decision! However, I also decided that the leaves I had started appliquing by hand in the centre needed to be finished by hand. With a little help from a friend who took pity on me and stitched a couple, and the new found energy my decision had brought, I finished the applique. I also embroidered the very centre of the centre - I'd had the idea in my head for months but never got round to it.

And I can now confirm that the centre of my medallion, which should have been finished in April, is now finished!

And those little houses? Those are finished too, so hopefully I'll have more progress to share soon!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Fold Up [Sewing Folio [A Finish]

I'm back with another fabulous project from Aneela Hoey's book "Stitched Sewing Organizers". And this project is the reason I bought the book. It's also my first time using vinyl....

It took about an hour to cut and prepare the fabrics, interfacing and wadding. And then another 2 hours to stitch up - I love these quick finishes. This is the first of these projects from the book where I feel that I would like to make it again, and if I did so I would do a better job. I managed to get my interior the wrong way round, so it doesn't quite match the pattern and the pincushion is a bit scruffy I also did my topstitching in two different colours - I had a good reason when I did it, but I think it would have looked better all the same.

The outer fabric is a Dashwood one from a range called Club Tropicana and I just love that green. I also went back to my trademark pink lining on this project. And that vinyl? A breeze. I didn't even have to use the teflon foot, because whenever you sew the vinyl you're actually encasing it in fabric. Such a clever design! I'm really looking forward to using this make - it might just be perfect for one of my EPP projects!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Fabric Trays

I'm back with another make from the Stitched Sewing Organizers book by Aneela Hoey as part of the #stitchedsewingorganizerssal hosted by Tuppen Ha'Penny Quilts. And the more I use this book, the more I love it! Last week was another week I was going to skip: fabric trays. Not very inspiring at first glance, to be honest. Then I started seeing them pop up over on Instagram. On Saturday night, after a rather hrad 24 hours, and with the kids finally in bed, I decided that rather than the many projects I already had on the go, I was going to make these instead.

I cut into my new Comma fabric. I was lucky to get rather a large piece of the black asterisk (?) fabric as part of #getyourquiltywishesgranted3 along with quite a few fat quarters, so I felt I could spare a piece from my quilty plans (still early days...) to use for this project. I matched it up with a couple of prints from Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater. In an ideal world, it would have been nice to use these fabrics for all of it, but the large tray needed more than a fat quarter, and that was all I had. It's a good thing they play so nicely with Comma!

Literally an hour after starting, minimal machine sewing, some time with an iron and interfacing, and I was sitting on the sofa finishing these trays up by hand. And they are perfect for sofa sewing - everything is kept in one place, and everything is accessible. I predict these will become one of my organising staples! And I couldn't resist adding a matching pincushion as well....

The next few weeks of the sew along are for projects I'm desperate to have a go at, including the cover project - the reason I bought the book! So I will be back!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Handy Fold Up Pouch [A Finish]

Have you seen the book "Stitched Sewing Organizers" by Aneela Hoey? It's fantastic. I bought a copy because I liked the cover project, and I can tell you the other projects do not disappoint. Back in October, Tuppence Ha'Penny Quilts started a sew along from the book - a project a week. I love a good sew-along (in case you didn't know) so I'm joining in. But realistically I'm not making every project - just the ones I love. Which it turns out is quite a few.

I started with the Handy Fold Up Pouch - the first project in the book. I made it on a bit of a whim, because it wasn't one I had planned to make. I made the smaller of the two sizes available. It went together in less than an hour and it is the perfect size for my headphones. Add some lovely Rifle Paper fabric with a pink lining and what's not to love! Also, I think magic was involved. I have no idea how the turning through worked, but it did. I shall continue to follow the instructions blindly, because they seem to work!

I've skipped a few weeks since this project, but watch this space, because I just couldn't stay away!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Open Wide Pouch [a Finish]

Back in mid-October we had our long anticipated inaugural North East Modern Quilt Guild Retreat. Five of us spent the weekend in a lovely little cottage on the Northumberland coast. We decided that to commemorate the event, we would have a swap, and we settled on the open wide pouch from Noodlehead.

Of course we decided all of this back in the Spring, and it was the Wednesday before the weekend that I actually finished it! Mostly because I decided to do lots of handwork. The swap was a a secret one, so we knew who we were making for, but not who was making for us - well, one person had worked it out - witchcraft! My partner loves Liberty and Alison Glass - I can't cater to Liberty as I have none, but Alison Glass I can do!

I have long looked at the Stitched fabric from Alison Glass and dreamed of embroidering it. So I did. And it was such fun. I love the result and a hoop of this has been added to the WIP list - and I'll be keeping that one!

For the reverse I decided on Alison Glass hexagons. I had a bit of a whoopsie with this. I ended up stitching them together in a rainbow but long and thin rather than the short and stumpy that I needed. The seam ripper came out. It's sad how easy it is to take apart hand sewing with a seam ripper.... in order to ensure minimal seam ripping, the rainbow isn't quite as good as I had planned. But I'm still pleased with the overall effect.

And here are all the pouches together after we'd opened our packages (front and back views)

And my pouch, made for me by the lovely Jules!

This is a Finish Along finish, You can find my original list here.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Finish Along Q4: Plans

It's #ridiculouslylongfinishalonglist time again! Who will have more, me or @Archiewonderdog ?

1. Superhero doll for my niece - following the success of the dolls I made for Mia and Jess I bought a panel to make one for my neice.

2. Superhero doll for my husband's cousin's son... and the panel comes with two dolls - a girl and a boy superhero. Even boys are allowed dolls! Though his father may not agree!

3. Fancy Forest baby quilt - another one! This is for good friend's whose baby arrived over the summer, and this is such a great pattern that I'm doing it again! I've cut out all the fabrics since I took this photo and I've got a weekend away coming up and I am going to be doing nothing but block, blocks, Blocks!

4. Speaking of that weekend, we're planning a secret swap - we're each making a zippy pouch. Mine's nearly there....but this is all I can show you for the moment!

5. Allie Owl baby quilt - getting the most out of the Fancy Forest pattern, I'm making another owl-only baby quilt, also for friends who had a baby over the summer - the owls are all cut and ready.

6. It's going to be a busy weekend, because I've cut all the pieces for a big owl quilt too - this is Allie Owl goes large!

7. Christmas Tree Quilt. Last December I made over 70 little Christmas tree blocks - it pushed me over 1000 blocks for 2016 - and now I need to do something with them. I have minky and I have a plan! I am also prepared for the house to be covered in red fluff by the time I'm finished!

8. Jessica's advent calendar: Mia has a mummy-made advent calendar, and this year Jess needs one. I've picked out a design I want to embroider and I'm going to try a technique of colouring in sections using colouring pencils for the first time. I really hope it works! This is the design, stolen from a Christmas card.

9. Gypsy Wife quilt: I'm working on this as a quilt along at the moment, and theoretically it could be finished by Christmas. Realistically this is a less likely entry on the list.

10. Tula Pink Butterfly quilt: another quilt along, another theoretical finish!

11. Neon City: these are the quilt blocks I created as part of #100days100blocks 2016 and it's the sashing that's holding me back.

12: My Original City Sampler: I got this out the cupboard the other day to take fresh photo, and found I'd quilted more than I remembered, but there's still a long way to go. I have Friday afternoons free (sometimes) so maybe a few weeks of Friday afternoons and it will feel closer to a finish.

13. Summer Sampler 2016: I only have a few more blocks to make for this quilt, I already have the sashing and the backing and I know how I want to quilt it.

14. Zippy for nail accessories. I have bitten my nails for as long as I can remember, and then this year, suddenly I stopped. And then I discovered Jamberry nail wraps.... so I need a zippy pouch to keep everything together. I'm going to use a dark fabric left over from the Jane Austen sampler quilt I made last year. It's really pretty, with subtle vintage music and postage images, but it's a really funny not-quite-black so I struggle to use it in anything. Here, it doesn't need to match and I get to show it off. I've also picked out some special scraps - Architextures, Comma, Alison Glass and that purple (top left) is one of my favourites but I've no idea what it is.

15. Always zippy. I made a Harry Potter inspired zippy pouch earlier in the year and subtle hints were made by family members... I hope to make two, but I'll count one as a win! Both are cut out....and if you squint hard, you can see the "pattern".

16. Pineapple Farm: because my list needed a bit more Elizabeth Hartman on it! This will be a Christmas present - all of the background and a couple of blocks are cut, now to raid my stash for the rest of the pineapples!

17. Narwhal hoop - a recent magazine had a brilliant little narwhal cushion. My daughters were reading the magazine with me and Mia made it quite clear that this would look nice on her wall...

18. And whilst reading the same magazine, Jessica made it clear that she wanted the dog quilt in it - I've been looking for a really good dog quilt for a few months for her so this was perfect. I'm hoping to make it as a Christmas present - Mia got her cat quilt when she was this age.

19. And if Mia is going to have a hoop (see narwhal above), then so is Jessica. I found a lovely dinosaur who fits the bill perfectly!

20.Moccasin Dresden: I am putting it on the list again, because an evening on the sofa hand-sewing this and it will be done. I don't like it very much, but I'd rather it were finished, than continue to sit there obnoxiously!

21. Fruit and Petals: time for a rethink on this project. I don't like it. I don't like the colours, I don't like the applique. I do love the embroideries. So I'm going to take it apart and find something to do with just the embroideries. I am still waiting for inspiration.

22. On a mission to clear some of the unloved projects from my WIP list (don't faint @Archiewonderdog), I'm also listing this EPP block I made. I had a vision of a whole quilt but that isn't going to happen - if only because I've repurposed half the fabrics for it. I think this will make a nice (large) pincushion don't you? Or maybe a zippy pouch. Again - I don't know what exactly it will be, but it will be finished!

23. Threadfolk embroidery: I need to get this finished, because the latest Threadfolk embroidery has just been released and there is absolutely no question about it - I will be doing it! Go take a peek!

24. Family of Owls: this has sat on my WIP list for a long time, and the reality is it won't be finished as originally planned - a lap quilt. I have four blocks in various stages of completion and I need to do something with them. I need inspiration for this one too! The right-hand owl isn't blond - he will have buttons for eyes....

25. Mini half-hexies: started on a whim, but I know exactly what these will become!

26: #52weekswiththequiltersplanner orange and green quilt: I think I have enough blocks, just make them into something!

27: #52weekswiththequiltersplanner teal and purple - this one needs a couple more blocks but I have all the fabric to complete the quilt top.

28: Row row row cushion: it's Jessica's favourite nursery rhyme, and Mia already has a twinkle, twinkle cushion! I've picked out this mini charm pack for it, and sketched out the words.

29. Baa baa Black sheep cushion: for friends who are about to have a baby girl and have a sheep themed nursery. I picked up this fabric but need to add in some fabrics to you know, make it less dull!

30. Scrunchies for Mia: since Mia started nursery she loves wearing a scrunchie in her hair - it takes me back to when I was little. She calls them flowers, but we only have school coloured ones - dark green. It can't be that hard to make scrunchies so I've pulled out these fabrics. And wouldn't they make great stocking fillers? I'f I get three made I'm counting that as a Finish Along success - if I don't put it here, it'll never happen! The blue floral is a fat quarter she picked herself last time I took her to a fabric shop, and the green on top is leftover from a dress I made when she was tiny.

31: Leftover Garland City Cushion: I have four blocks leftover and loads of scraps so I think a cushion to match the girls Advent quilts is in order!

32: But of course, that will have to be two cushions, not one!

33: And in an effort to get rid of these leftover blocks from Alba's quilt, I'm going to make a little blanket to fit in a child's pram - because that's what we're planning to get Jess for Christmas!

There we go. There are quite a few items on this list which should be quick finishes if I can just make some decision and find a few hours, so I'm hopeful for another successful quarter! My current WIP list stands at a measly 84 - if I get all these done it will be looking very sad indeed.