Friday, December 06, 2019

Scrap bag sampler - sorting your scraps

Do you love a good sewalong but don’t want to commit to another large quilt, spend the £s on a pattern or buy more fabric? Then this is the sewalong for you. We are going to use the scraps that we have accumulated and make small blocks every week to make a panel for a bag. These small blocks are perfect as a leader and ender project and to try out new techniques. Think of it as a spring clean for your scraps.

The sewalong will commence on Friday 10 January, but join us on Instagram today to see how we each organize our scraps (or not).


I have had a simple system for several years which I shared at our Modern Quilt Group. My system was that I stored my scraps by colour in a plastic bag in a basket. I blame Sue (@cotefleurie) who improved on my system by pressing her scraps. Miraculously they take up half the volume when pressed so I had to follow suit. I also have separate baskets for Xmas, Alison Glass, Kona and Tula Pink scraps. For an ongoing project I store all scraps with the project. I am in the process of finishing my HST BOM using an Elizabeth Hartman FQ stack and as they are already together, I am going to use them for this project.



My system was very useful or the recent snowflake sewalong with Modern Handcraft as I could just pick out the bag of turquoise scraps and use my Accuquilt to cut the scraps into squares and triangles.


Monday, December 02, 2019

December goals

I have found it useful over the last few months to set realistic goals at the beginning of each month and also review the success of goals set for the previous month. This month's plan is:


Quilts
I have two BOM WIPs that I don't want to become UFOs. I only have the December blocks to make and then finish the quilts along with about six customer quilts waiting to be long armed.

Quietplay BOM






Perfect HST BOM



Knitting
I made up my own mini skein advent calendar and I am spending about 90 minutes each day knitting the mini skeins into the Habitation throw by Curious Handmade on Ravelry. It's a nice way to spend some time before the activity of the day. My hubby has some follow up appointments over the next two weeks at our local hospital following a partial knee replacement so I think I will take this project along with me to work on.




Cross stitch
I started a small Xmas cross stitch and making hard work of it, but thirty minutes a day and it might be finished by Christmas.


Any spare time and I would like to knit some socks for my hubby and a cowl for my son for Xmas, but that's possibly not realistic!!

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Sunday stash - 1 December 2019

One very modest purchase from a destash this week and my Quilter's Planner 2020 has arrived. The rd spotted fabric is thicker than rgular quilting cotton so I think I'll use it for a bag or cushion back.



I also received the metal sliders missing from a previous order and they are in the bag for the Mr Domestic's cross body bag along with the pattern to work on in 2020. 

Less modest - I have booked for the Modern Quilt Club retreat in May 2020. Last year we were in China so I missed out, but I am now booked and will book my flights this week too. Living on an island you have to book early to get the best price and that is also a bank holiday weekend so it needs to be booked.


Friday, November 29, 2019

Scrap bag sampler coming to this blog in January 2020


Do you love a good sewalong but don’t want to commit to another large quilt, spend the £s on a pattern or buy more fabric? Then this is the sewalong for you. We are going to use the scraps that we have accumulated and make small blocks every week to make a panel for a bag. These small blocks are perfect as a leader and ender project and to try out new techniques. Think of it as a spring clean for your scraps.

You can make a bag of your choice or the bucket bag that @justsewsue has designed for this project which is 8” tall with a diameter of 9.5”. This design needs a panel 30” by 8” (finished) or use your favourite bag pattern and customize it with a patchwork panel. Do you already have some small blocks which are unloved? Incorporate them into your design.

The sewalong will commence on Friday 10 January, but join us on Instagram next Friday to see how we each organize our scraps (or not).


#scrapbagsampler

Friday, November 22, 2019

Homebody socks


I purchased the pack of patterns by Curious Handmade on Ravelry for Knitvent 2019. The first pattern to be released was a shawl for which I didn't have suitable yarn. I tried combining a sport weight and a mohair but it just wasn't knitting up large enough, so I unravelled the project. 

This week pattern 2 is a throw suitable for an advent calendar of mini skeins. I have made up my own yarn advent calendar with two sets of mini skeins from Kate Selene and a destash set of Christmas skeins by Norah George. Then I arranged them in a pleasing rainbow fade and put them into my Opal yarn advent calendar box from a few years ago. The pattern for the throw is printed and ready for 1 December.

Pattern 3 was the homebody socks knit in DK and was exactly what I was hoping for. A cosy pair of socks for cold weekend days or when I'm not planning to leave the house. Too thick to wear with shoes but perfect for staying at home. I couldn't find my new yarn swift to wind up a DK skein so instead crossed my fingers and used a Rowan worsted yarn which worked out beautifully. The thicker yarn makes them a quicker knit than 4 ply or sock yarn.

I need to add my yarn swift to my list of items to find. If I haven't found them by the end of the month, then I have to make a concerted effort to find all of my missing items. This little system works for me as often I come across the items but if I don't then I have to put some effort into finding them. I was looking for a large box but have since remembered the yarn swift was in a slim packet.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

WIP Wednesday - Quietplay BOM

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it …..  I have all of the rows and blocks completed so far with just the December blocks to make. I am hoping they're released early so I can finish this in 2019.



I think my choice of fabrics - Alison Glass on a background of Basic Grey grunge in Onyx has worked well. I just wish Alison would include more true reds in her ranges and include a rainbow stripe just for me. :)

Friday, November 15, 2019

November finish 1

Yes, I know this wasn't on my list, but I saw this hat on Instagram and fell in love with the cables. a rifle through my yarn stash and I found Big Bertha by Dirty Water Dye Works from Fig Tree Yarns. I purchased this yarn for a pair of gloves which were unpicked last year.




This is the third beanie that I have knit in the last month.The pattern is the Manel Hat by Lucia Ruiz de Aguirre. I used 3.5mm needles as per the pattern. I also made a cardboard blocker to make the hat look better as all that ribbing and cables, pulls in the hat. I might cut one out of Perspex at our local library on their laser cutter now that I have worked out the dimensions of the blocker. This will be a Christmas present for my daughter Lizzie.

BOM progress - November

I think that I forgot to share with you the October blocks for the Quietplay Block of the Month that I completed at the Modern Quilt Club retreat in October. I am still waiting for my long arm bobbins to arrive and this pattern arrived a few days earlier than epected, so I decided to get the blocks sewn so that I am up to date.




I think that this feather block might just be my favourite block in the series so far. It is easier than it looks and has just three sections. I love the silver Essex dyed linen that I used for the rachis (yes I had to google the name of the stem of a feather).

I also love the rainbow of flying geese in ths block. I think I should probably have chosen a brighter turquoise for the lettering, but I am not redoing it!


And this is how it looks so far. The top two rows are sewn together and this week I plan to:
1. Stitch rows 2 and 3 together
2. Border the bobbin block
3. Complete row 5
4. Border the LOVE block
5. Stitch rows 5 and 6 together

Then once the December blocks are released, I will be much close to being finished. Can I finish it in 2019, I do hope so. I will have two BOM quilts to finish in December.

To celebrate being up to date, I bought the Christmas Joy wreath by The Crafty Nomad. More about that make next week.