Friday, July 03, 2020

Friday finish - Stitch on banner

Whilst waiting impatiently for my Tattoo quilt from Sew Hot, I decided to make this Stitch On banner, also by @happysewlucky. It turned out very well and highlighted once again what a good pattern designer Berene is. She puts a star next to any points that have to match up which is a feature I haven't seen in other patterns. I used a knitting needle from which to hang my banner. I love the background and fortunately purchased a couple of yards from Gather Here in Boston.

My Tattoo kit did arrive and I have now printed all of the patterns ready to start sewing. However I am going to wait for UK shops to receive their Tula Pink All Stars delivery and add some into the mix with the Kona solids. I have put the patterns in a folder along with the fabric ready to go in a couple of weeks time. The start date of the sewalong has been moved to 1 July, so I should be able to get the first block finished by 1 August in time to sew block 2 with everyone else.

But the best news of last week was our daughter was given permission to fly on a Government repatriation flight from the UK to come home. She was tested at the airport for Covid and we had to self isolate until Saturday afternoon when her negative test result came through within 30 hours. She was then able to enjoy her birthday on Sunday with lunch out, a visit to see her grandparents and a Google Hangout superheroes quiz with her friends. This is her costume that she made with some of my stash for the Red R and covered buttons for earrings to become Jessie of Team Rocket (Pokemon).

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Q3 2020 FAL

I didn't make as much progress in June as in April and May, but I ended the quarter with 11 UFOs instead of 27. I have added four new projects to take me to 15 and I plan to get down to under ten by the end of the quarter. I also made a few diversions for other pretty projects. I have only included projects that I can finish this quarter and so the list doesn't include the Tattoo quilt with @happyewlucky, Chinese Zodiac SAL with @thefrostedpumpkinstitchery nor my Bonnie and Camille stars. 

2. My small world from 2016 which is pieced and partly quilted. 

3. Tate Modern quilt which was our challenge March project which is now ready for quilting.

4. Tula Pink Hex on the beach - about 2/3 of the blocks are finished and all of the blocks are either complete or basted and bagged by unit. I am now concentrating on sewing strips of blocks together.

5. Hoffman Dream Big Panel - I have started this and took it off the machine to work on customer quilts.

6. Bits and bob blanket - pattern by Kay Jones - The I-cord edging is almost finished and then I need to sew in lots and lots of ends.

7. Linen dress

8. Libs Elliott sewalong - quilted and bound but it just needs some ends sewn in.

10. 1985 Prairie Schooler annual Santa

11. The light by Barbara Ana designs

12. 1987 Prairie Schooler Santa

13. Spellville by Barbara Ana
14. Paula Steel's book sewalong

15. Spring sampler by Durene Jones

Disappointingly my Tula Pink Hex on the beach has been chosen as our group's UFO to work on for July and that's probably the one that needs the most work but I have made progress already over the year.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Monday Make - February monthly cross stitch

I have another cross stitch finish to cross off my list. However as it's the February Cottage by Country Cottage Needleworks, it highlights how slow I am to cross stitch.  I am gong to put this aside to finish once I have some more in the series completed.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday - Spellville

By 1 June, which was when the second part of this Halloween pattern was released, I had mostly completed part 1. However as you can see I am not ready for part 2 to be released next week.

Our daughter is coming home on Friday so we will be in isolation together until her Covid test results come back so perhaps I should focus on this project a bit more.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Monday make - Alice in Wonderland

 I have dragged my feet finishing this piece, and even putting it on my to do list every day has seen slow progress. A month ago this was how far I'd progressed. Block 3 to 6 were finished and I just had the corners from part 1 , part 2 in the centre and some of the back stitching to complete.

My favourite block is still the caterpillar with the hookah which seemed quick to finish as it had bigger blocks of colour.

However the piece is now finished and I am going to put it away and will decide on framing options in due course. It is such a relief to be finished.

The pattern is by Satsuma Street and stitched using the called or DMC colours on 28 count Zweigart cashel linen in light blue.

I now want to concentrate on some of my other works in progress and hopefully get a few finished before the end of the quarter. I also want to work on this Spring sampler by Durene Jones so it's ready for 2021

Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday Finish - Foldover stitching case - the Tula edition

You can't say that I didn't warn you that I saw at least one more foldover stitching case in my future. This time I plundered my small stash of Tula Pink with the intention of finding fabric that would go with the turquoise corduroy binding from Beyond Measure.

I am ridiculously pleased with how it came out. I quilted the outside panel with Bosal and a cream fabric from deep stash on my long arm. I wasn't sure about the white fancy bias binding but I do think it works well with the snail print.

The pattern is by @thebobbinjar on Instagram and can be found in here Etsy store here. I used Bosal from empress Mills which gives a lovely firm texture to the bag and the main fabrics are all by Tula Pink.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Rainbow Dreams baby quilt sewalong

It's Wednesday? Really? I am enjoying a day off from swimming with my sister today as the weather forecast wasn't good. Over the last two days we've done the two bays (Portelet and Beauport) that are quite a steep climb back up the footpath to the car. We are so lucky to live on such a beautiful island.

Do you ever buy a book and then make nothing from the book. I bought Paula Steel's book Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts soon after it's release. Rainbows - what's not to like! It has been well read and put on my night stand. Paula recently announced a sewalong starting on 26 June for a simple baby quilt. Just what I need during these unsettling times - a simple project.

I decided to pull out the remainder of my Elizabeth Hartman FQ stack as it has yellow, pink, orange, green, blue and turquoise in it. Though I had forgotten that I had used many of the fabrics in my #Scrapbagsampler project.

I did however find a fat eighth of four Elizabeth Hartman fabrics, though some of them won't be suitable for strip piecing the blocks. The red fabric was from my scrap bags and the other three colours were from my prize from Pink Door fabrics.

Next I needed two background fabrics. I have lots of big scraps of the Carolyn Friedlander grey screen as I have had at least two bolts of the extra wide fabric for backings and the rainbow stars I used in my recent Stitch On banner by @happysewlucky.

 Tempting though it was to start cutting and sewing, the book and fabrics have now been put in a bag and stored ready for the start of the sewalong.