Monday, January 23, 2017

100 days 100 blocks

I participated in the #100days100blocks challenge on Instagram. I missed posting my block on one day. The challenge finished in December and someone has another challenge to finish you quilt by 25 January, which I have gone with days to spare. 

I mixed fabrics by Aneela's Hoey for Moda Fabrics with Kona plains from stash. Simply Solids had a 30% off flash sale around Xmas so I worked out how much I needed and bought Essex dyed linen in Steel. 

I quilted it with an all over feather design which worked beautifully until the last row. Once finished I quickly machined a 2" binding to the front of the quilt and spent one day last week just hand stitching the binding down. It is now ready for our local Eisteddfod.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Making progress

I should be working on project 6 on my list but decided to finish my 100 blocks quilt as the sew along finishes next week. It is finished and bound and ready for a full photo, hopefully tomorrow. I also finished all customer quilts before putting my own in the machine.

I finished the hand stitching of the binding in one session, so rewarded myself with a new make. I decided to make a Lola pouch by Sotak Handmade with duplicate blocks from the quilt. Turns out I had six, so four went into making the pouch, with more hand sewn binding.

have also sewn a few more Colorway blocks which is a pattern by Camille Roskelly. I am making a total of 25 and have 17 made so far. They are a combination of various Bonnie & Camille lines to and a jelly roll.

Tomorrow is our Jersey Modern Quilt Guild meeting and I must decide what project to work on and get it ready to go. Preferably a project without hundreds of pieces. Time to make a cake for tonight's game of canasta. Probably lemon drizzle.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Amish star

I was a little nervous when I started quilting this customer quilt as it's made from Oakshott shot cottons and the backing was a light fabric, possibly Kaffe Fassett? The customer chose a medium peach orange and it turned out beautifully.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It's all about the knit

Hooray, my Bertie Bott socks are complete and on Ravelry.

I use my own vanilla sock recipe with the Fish Lips Kiss heel and Hiya Hiya Sharps circular needles. I will now focus on my shawl and then a UFO for the rest of the month, but I have picked out yarn for my February socks so I can wind the skein into two balls at knitting group on Friday.

I am at the halfway stage of my the girl from the grocery store shawl. Most of the Artesano yarns denim colour has been finished but there are two small stripes to add into the latter part of the shawl. I found the repeated garter stitch with an increase in one end of each row and a decrease at the start of the odd numbered rows has been a bit boring. There is more patterning in the next part of the shawlwhich I hope makes it a more interesting knit.

I had hoped to finish my mini mania scoff. I was costing off when I realise that there was a mistake in the last row. So I will try and correct that this week. I'm looking forward to finishing the scarf.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Oops I did it again

Last week I said that I would cast another shawl on only when I had finished another project. Ha ha that didn't happen did it? I cast on the girl from the grocery store shawl by Joji Locatelli. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I cast on the Bertie Botts colourway from London House Yarns and I am participating in the inside number 23 Harry Potter KAL. I have cast on plain vanilla socks and I have already turned the heel. I am trying to knit at least three stripes a day but with three customer quilts yesterday slowed my progress.

Here is the The Girl from The Grocery Store shawl. Knit from stash using Artesano Definition Sock Yarn in the colour denim. This was bought as fire damaged stock and the smell of smoke has gone now. This is paired with C'mon Barbie, Let's Go Party! By Voolenivine Yarns on her Wolke base. This was a gift from Kristin for test knitting the Wildes Meer shawl last year.

I am trying to knit one repeat a day but that is taking longer as the shawl gets wider.

I plan to finish my Mini Mania Scarf tomorrow. However I also need to fit in some sewing and cross stitch. Perhaps I should dedicate a day to each project to finish them, but I am easily distracted. I am happy with a bit of progress on a few items thus far.  Perhaps I will change tack when I want to see more progress at the end of the month and cross some items off my extensive to do lists.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Q1 2017 Finish Along

Just Jude Designs

I didn't get around to joining in the 2016 Finish Along (FAL), but I thought I would join it alongside the UFO Challenge 2017. I have even found all but one project and taken photos. Those that aren't being worked on at the moment are grouped on a shelf in my cupboard in individual bags waiting for some love.

1. Dear Jane - only needs one border added and then quilted.

2. Garden BOM, The blocks for which are complete and I have to unpick my first unsuccessful attempt at the sashing.

3.  Jan Krentz project - this stalled because I didn't like one of the techniques used.

4. 100 blocks - fabric for the sashing was ordered in the Simply Solids sale recntly, so there's no excuse. I have started sashing the blocks this week and have made good progress.

5.  Thimbleblossoms "colourway" sew along - all of the blocks are cut out ready to piece and I have completed 10 blocks. I may take this with me to a retreat at the end of January.

6. It's a small world 3 out of six panels are complete apart from some appliqué.

7. Green tea and sweet beans just needs some extra borders

8. Summer sampler blocks complete and needs to be sashed and quilted

9. TQS BOM has a drawer to itself and needs a lot of work. If I complete the selected project before the end of the month, I will work on this project. There is a lot of work to be done and not even the first month is complete.

10. Xmas hexagons

11. Makers  tote - pattern purchased and I may make this at retreat in either January or March with the following fabrics

12. One hour basket which I am piecing the outside from scraps so will take longer than an hour.

Sewing machine wall hanging to which I want to add a border didn't make my list of twelve.

MilkyWay quilt along

Milky Way Sampler at Blossom Heart Quilts

Kim encouraged the Jersey Modern Quilt Guild to participate in this sewalong, so I was powerless to resist, as always. It's also foundation pieced - perfect and the example uses Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis which I have in stash - score. I asked for some foundation paper for Xmas so I was ready to go. I selected a yard of grey from my stash which I put in a bag along with the printed pattern, set for the off on 1 January. This is a free sewalong, however if you like the bonus star for a different setting, then the pattern is available for purchase from Craftsy.

So here is my block with a slightly paler background than the example but it was in stash. I need to work out how much more I will need to finish the quilt and order it when I see a sale.

And I am piecing the bonus block as I go along as it is a rainbow star incorporating the colours of the other twelve blocks.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Cross stitch progress January 2017 week 1

With the January block complete on my Once Upon a Time sampler, I have also worked the outside border for the July block. I am not very good at counting do have also stitched some of the block to double check my stitch count. 

I am always nervous that the border won't match up when I join the two sides, but I find it boring, so won't be rushing to complete the border yet. It is half complete and the project will now be put away til February when I will finish the February block and the October outside border.

My next project retrieved from storage is the spring sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I have just five blocks to finish. And it will be surprise that I haven't finished the frames for the blocks. Once this sampler is finished, I will need to gave it framed along with the Autumn sampler, merry & bright and the Woodland Sampler.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Quilting progress January 2017 week one

Not a lot of progress is being made this week but I have made a bit of progress on my small world quilt and made one more block for my Colorway quilt.

For the small world quilt, I have made a bit more progress on the third panel of experts. I hope to finish piecing the third panel tomorrow and have the appliqué done on panels 2 and 3 and all three panels sewn together by this time next week. 

I am using my Colorway blocks as leaders and enders so I am making slow progress on this quilt. This is made with a variety of fabric collections by Bonnie & Camille.

Lizzie goes back to Uni on Monday, so I will be able to sew in the mornings again. Lizzie is a typical sleep until noon teenager and your sewing room is next to her bedroom, so I try not to sew when she is sleeping.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

My oldest knitting WIP is finished

This was my list of knitting WIPs at the end of November and as well as finishing my Christmas Eve cast on, I have made progress

1. Juniper socks for Knitvent. Complete
2. White stuff scarf. Complete
3. Afterthought heel socks, just need the heels to be knit
4. Gondola shawl - I need to add some beads to a row that I have already knit and then finish the last clue.
5. Inglis Raven Mitts by Ysolda Teague. Both mitts are half complete
6. Cables down the back socks. Ripped back they were going to be too small
7. Mini mania scarf. Two more minis to add - one from my advent calendar and one in grey to match the cast on row.

And of course I'm getting ready to cast something new on. I think this Bertie Botts colourway from London a house Yarn has plenty of interest in the rapidly changing stripes so I plan to cast on some plain socks. I think a shawl may also be cast on but only once another WIP is complete.