Sunday, December 31, 2017

Stitched sewing organisers

Here is a collage of the nine projects completed from the book by Aneela Hoey in 2017. 

As I am away for two weeks in February I need to get ahead. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

APQ UFO challenge 2018

The challenge has started at My list is written and is shorter than 2017, in that all of my cross stitch UFOs have also been added to the list and my oldest UFO is from 2010. With a bit of application, I could finish most of them by the end of 2018.

Here's my list with photos where possible. I am going to try and photograph all of them over during December.

1. Jan Krentz star from 2010

2. TQS BOM Sedona Star from Jan 2012

3. Lion from 2017
4. Sweet tea and green beans from 2014. Top is pieced and ready to be quilted.

5. Milky Way quilt from January 2017 - again top is pieced and ready to quilt

6. Tula Pink butterfly from October 2017. I need to move a few blocks and then quilt it.

7. Christmas on Gingerbread Lane

8. Christmas Celebration Sampler. I have restarted this one and I am working on it this month as an advent project

9. It's a small world from 2016 2/3 pieced

10. Pretty London

11 Hugs cushion

12. Retreat quilt from January 2017 - two blocks left to quilt.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Christmas Celebration Sampler

I planned to work on this project for an hour each day in December. I made considerable progress and got to the top border. However the more I stitched, the more I became convinced that the fabric was too see through and despite the hours already invested, it hit the bin a week ago. I ordered the even weave in the colour gingerbread from The Makery. The fabric arrived today and I have made some progress and I love the project.

Not bad progress for a few hours. I hope to have the internal frames and numbers done by next week. Then I can start on the fancy border. I am nervous until I get all of the sides joined up as I worry that I will be half a stitch awry. A great advent project. I doubt that I will finish it this year, but my cross stitch UFOs have reduced over 2017 so progress to a finished project will be satisfying.

Friday, December 01, 2017

First day of advent

I haven't bought an advent calendar for myself this year but I have reused an old calendar to make a yarn advent calendar for myself. I am going to use the yarn to knit another pair of Yule Ball socks, which are my own design.

My advent plans are to do something Christmassy every day, cross stitch on my Christmas Celebration Sampler for an hour and knit on my Yule Ball socks every day.

I had done very little on the sampler before today and I am worried that the aida is a bit transparent. I am going to plod on though and try and get the dividers and letters done this week. Then I will start on one of the backs and its section of frame.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Land of sweets cowl

I enjoyed knitting this cowl from the yarn left over from my What the fade shawl.

The yarns are by the following dyers:

Stranded Dyeworks
Kate Selene
Lone star arts
Fondant Fibre
Life in the Long Grass
Devon Sun Yarns

Monday, November 20, 2017

See it all pouch

This was a nice quick make from Aneela Hoey stitched sewing organiser book. I used an old Alison glass text print on the front and I fussy cut another Alison glass fabric for the back.

I used a corduroy bias binding purchased from beyond measure at the Edinburgh Yarm festival. Instead of copying the pattern for the pouch I cut a rectangle the correct size and then used the corner rounder from our rainbow retreat goody bag to round the corners of the two layers of fabric and vinyl.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

12 days of Christmas sampler

After the recent retreat I went on, I returned home a little under the weather, possibly due to the extra brackets added to my brace which irritated my mouth. So instead of ruining a big sewing project I decided to work on a Crosstitch project.

I was so pleased to actually finish the 12 days of Christmas sampler and it is now ready to take to the framers. Are usually choose a simple frame but wonder if something more ornate and painted red might be more suitable.

It's now time to work on the November block for the once upon a time sampler.

Boxy pocket pouch

Thus a project by Aneela Howy from her book "stitched sewing organisers" I thought I had followed the instructions to the letter but apparently not as in the final making up I had to use a 3/4" seam to catch the pockets in the seam allowance.

There is a pincushion with the project so I used some of the crushed wZlnuts and lavender from Carol, which was a gift at a recent retreat.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Knitvent 2017

I get terrible FOMO when I see new knitting or  quilting patterns released. I was determined not to buy the Knitvent pattern collection this year as last year I only knit 1 of the 4/5 patterns in the collection. I resisted until I saw the first pattern release. The land of sweets Cowl by Helen Stewart is designed for a yarn advent calendar with 24 mini skeins of yarn. I immediately decided to do the pattern using the leftover yarn from my what the fade! shawl.

I print the pattern in booklet form which makes it easy to slip into my kniting bag. I then formulated a plan to fade from one colour to the other. However I didn't have as much of the sunset yarn by Kate Selene as I perhaps needed. I've therefore just guessed how much I could get done with that yarn and then striped it into the next yarn. So there will be a little bit more of colour C by Lone Star Arts than I had planned. This is going to be a perfect project to take to my quilting group tomorrow morning. So far I am at 43% complete. I think the newest pattern in the collection may be released today or tomorrow.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Stitched sewing organisers

And it's already week 4 of the sewalong based on Aneela Hoey's book. I have made this box in the same fabric as last week's bag and week 2's tomato pin cushion

Monday, October 30, 2017

Honey badger socks

Hooray I finished my honey badger socks using stranded dye works oasis base in fingering weight in the colour frost bite. Unusually the socks were knit cuff down and when I tried them on I found the cuff a little unyielding. So once I had kitchenerstitched the toes, I unpicked the cast on and did a stretchy bind off.

I am waiting impatiently for a delivery of fabric so that I can cut some blocks ready to take to the simply solids retreat this coming Friday. I am nervous that the delivery won't arrive and I will have to sort out a completely different project to take with me.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Once upon a time sampler – October

The end is in sight for the sampler. I have finished the October block and although there is little work already done on the November block, the December block is half done. I am not sure even what fairytale is the pictured in the mid-November block!

This project will now be put away until next month and I will try and finish my honey badger socks before the end of the month. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Stitched sewing organisers

I love a good sewalong but dithered about joining this one based on the book by Aneela Hoey. My friend Jane offered to purchase the book for my birthday but I decided on another book so I only bought the book just before the sewalong started. There have been two projects to complete so far. The first was the handy fold up pouch and the second which I completed on Sunday was the green tomato pincushion.

I sewed the handy fold up pouch in the fabrics that I used for Lizzie's going to university quilt. I am not sure what she will use it for but it might be useful to pop in to a handbag if she ever used one!

This week's project was the green tomato pincushion. Mine looks more like a flat peach! I used some Tula Pink fabric and a scrap of felt from a felt kit. This project was very fiddly for something so small.

This week's project is the project tote. I have chosen some Essex dyed linen and Alison glass fabric and ordered the interfacing needed from sew hot. My order should have been dispatched on Monday and I have photocopied the pattern ready for when it arrives.

Progress on honey badger socks

I wound a skein of frost bite yarn by stranded dye works' Amy on her oasis base ready for our week in Spain. I had spent the previous week finishing my what the fade!? Shawl.  Unfortunately that has left me with an inflamed bursa in my shoulder. My physiotherapist has advised that I take it easy with my knitting.

I did very little knitting on the socks during our week in Spain but I have made steady progress with them since our return. My plan this week is to do one pattern repeat each day so as not to aggravate my shoulder but hopefully it should be enough to finish the pair of socks this month.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

12 days of Christmas sampler

I'm getting excited to see this sampler finished. I have now finished seven blocks out of 12 and the border is also complete. I should have it finished for Christmas 2017.

I did take this project on holiday to Spain with me, however we went sightseeing for eight or nine hours a day and by the time we got back to the hotels, we were ready for bed. I started block 12 after finishing the border and had most of the hat done. So I worked on this one on Monday.

Block six was also almost complete and I only really had the nest and some details to finish. Now I have finished one block for last week and one for this week, it is being put in storage and I am going to work on the once upon a time sampler block for October next.

Working on one project at a time at the moment and being focused on finishing one item is working for me. It may seem strange to put this sampler away after finishing just two blocks, however I prefer to do a small piece at a time and not get bored with the project I am working on. I am stitching the sampler one block per week and by my calculation I should be finished by the end of November which gives me time to have it framed for Christmas.

Monday, October 09, 2017

What the fade !? Clue five

Happy dance! My huge what the fade shawl is finished. When I say finished I mean I have bound off and will block it on my return from Spain. I have loaned my blocking mats, wires and pins to a friend so I need to get those back first. I'm delighted with the change I made in the colour order and will now have more confidence in choosing yarns for the faded sweater.

I didn't immediately start clue five on Thursday as I was a little unsure about the I cord binding. However I am really pleased with it and happy that I decided to do as the pattern instructed.

Time now to cast on my holiday socks!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Butterfly quilt along

After the disappointment of not getting the Butterfly kit on my birthday due to the incompetence of the shop and their computer system, I have been waiting for the release of Alison Glass's fabric line called diving board. This was released at the end of September and I received a fat quarter stack last week. I dived into the stack and started with some easier blocks as the sew along started on 1 August.

I a, already out of some fabrics as I haven't realised that fat quarters wouldn't suffice. So I have to reorder some fabrics and others I have changed to similar fat quarters from my stash. I hope this gives it an eclectic look rather than a messy look.

Block one called intersection and I included a screen printed fabric from Helen Steele which I purchased at Festival of quilts.

Block 2 is called Chunky cross and I have finished eight of the 10 blocks. Again I need to order some more fabric to finish these blocks.

And finally block 11 called flying geese #1. I love the neon pink on cream background fabric for this block and I am sure I will order more of this one even if I don't need it for this quilt. It comes in a couple of other variations.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

One tree Heel socks

As the end of the month of September approached I decided to focus on finishing one pair of socks this month. I had already cast on the one tree heel socks as a toe up sock. I did five repeats of the tree branches in a yarn by fondant fibre called dook dook dook. It's amazing what you can achieve when you focus on only one project. I used this yarn for my first pair of socks which had sat at the back of a cupboard for a year or two and I decided to rip them back and remake them into a pair of socks but I would use (and fit).

These socks have now been soaked and are blocking on my sock blockers. I think my next job is to choose a pattern for my October socks, ready to take on holiday in a weeks time. Then I am going to spend some one day on the what the fade?! Clue five. I'm not sure about the find of used at the end of crew five so I'm going to wait and see what other peoples sure Space look like.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Q4 Finish along

Just Jude Designs

Well Q3 finishes from this list were sparce and I missed the link up deadline again. Never mind, Q3 is upon us and I am going to list those items that I will definitely work on and should get near to finishing:


1. It's a small world 4 out of six panels are complete apart from some appliqué. This progressed a little in in quarter 3 and I should at least get it pieced this quarter.

2. Lion abstractions quilt - all of the foundation piecing is done, so I need to sew it all together, order some threads and quilt it.

3. The Thread House retreat quilt which is over half way quilted but I need to do some unpicking first.

4. Tula Pink butterfly quilt which I have just started for the sewalong in Alison Glass fabrics.

5. Everything in its place bag for which I have all of the supplies.

6. Retreat tote as we are doing a Sewalong at JMQG in November.


7. October socks which are ready for our holiday in Spain

8. Mini mania scarf which just needs the ends of the rows tidied and the fringe trimmed. This stalled as I had no recipient in mind, but a friend has asked for scarves for shoe boxes for Romania so I will finish it and pass it on.

9. What the Fade shawl which I am on the final clue for and working on it today.

Cross Stitch

10. Once Upon a Time sampler which I am doing one block a month and have three months to go. Once finished I will get out another cross stitch UFO and do the same in 2018.

11. 12 days of Christmas sampler which is progressing well and the border is finished, so again I plan to do one square per week which should see it framed in time for Xmas.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mini quilts

I'm sharing two mini quilts that I finished at Simply Solids retreat back in July. The first was a planned ginger sh and was cut out ready for the retreat. Bjorn Bear by Elizabeth Hartman is a cute pattern which with an extra border to bring it up to 18" square is perfect for the Chez Soi Christmas challenge. Our challenge is to make an incubator quilt for SCBU. As my son was in SCBU almost 22 years ago, it is a challenge that is close to my heart.

The day I left for retreat, a new subscription box dropped through my letter box with this guts pattern. However I was not piecing thin strips of fabric to make the ball of wool so I dove into my stash to find someone me suitable striped fabric and I am pleased with how it turned out.

This is also the right size for the SVBU challenge and also completed on retreat. Time now to list  my UFOs for the next quarter as Q3 had more starts than finishes.

Friday, September 29, 2017

12 days of Christmas border

Again I'd decided to focus on one project or more specifically one part of one project. I have been working on the 12 days of Christmas sampler by the frosted pumpkin stitchery and had got to a stage where I had completed two sides of the border and two half's half sides of the bowl order. I then decided to focus on only the border. I managed to finish it in one day and it matched up once the two sides met! What a relief. Working over two threads of linen it is very easy to be one thread out. But not this time!

I reckon that if I work one block a week between now and the end of November, the sampler can be framed and ready to display for Christmas.

Block six is almost complete so I will work on that first for an easy finish. I already have five blocks complete as well as the border and the bottom title. The borders dividing the blocks are also finished.

Monday, September 25, 2017

What the fade!? Clue four

Clue four was published last Thursday and I got straight on to knitting the clue. I finished half of the clue on the day of release. I was busy on Friday and Saturday so planned to finish the reminder on Sunday. I managed to knit a few extra rows than planned on both Friday and Saturday so only had six rows left too knit on Sunday morning.

The rows are now getting very long with almost 500 stitches in each row. The next clue is released on Thursday with a bonus clue the following week. We are off to Spain the first weekend in October so I would like to finish the shawl before going on holiday. The shawl is a bit big to fit into my hand luggage. I think a pair of socks would be a better holiday knit.

Time to get out my 12 days of Christmas cross stitch again!