Wednesday, July 17, 2024

WIP Wednesday - Folk Sampler 2024


The third project I worked on at the Modern Quilt Club retreat last weekend was the Folk Sampler by Art East Quilting. I precut three bee blocks and the mouse.

I stitched all four prepped blocks and before I left the retreat, I also cut out two thistle blocks. With the bee blocks finished, I was able to add the first row of blocks around the centre star. Still left to complete now are:
  • Two thistle blocks
  • Two birds
  • Dachshund B
  • Two flying geese fish blocks
I also need to alter the first dachshund block which is a little wonky and stitch another Ohio star block to replace the block in the top right.  Progress has been made and the end is in sight. I have a Jersey Modern Quilt Group all day stitching day on Saturday so perhaps I should try and cut out a couple of blocks ready to stitch.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Monday Make - crafter's tool bag

I returned from the Modern Quilt Club retreat near Leeds late yesterday evening and was very grateful for the lift to the airport as well as my security fast pass as the queues were long. I worked on the Crafter's Tool bag by Kandou Crafts on Friday and finished it early on Saturday morning.

At the retreat there is a buzzer that you press when you finish a project and at the last retreat I didn't get to press it. I did press it before everyone came down in the morning but pressed it again later. It is a great way to attract everyone's attention and then find out what the pattern is!

The tool bag has a few neat additions including this small notions' pouch which can be closed or snapped into place on the bag.

It also has a recessed zipper closure on the top and I had cut all of the correct pieces for the bag prior to the retreat apart from the placket inside the top of the bag but I had just enough spare of the pink fabric as well as some iron on interfacing.

I even remembered to add a small label on the back of the project. I used Decovil light to give body to the project and used denim paired with the Ruby Star sateen wide backing and pink splash print. A satisfying first project completed at the retreat.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Retreat starts today

Instead of flying to Liverpool, I foolishly decided to go via Manchester instead. Unfortunately there was a rail strike so I was forced to take a National Express coach to Leeds.

I have packed three projects plus an emergency spare. I am going to start with the Craft Tote by Kandou Crafts.

I have also packed the Lucky Us cushion from Kimberbell which needs borders to be added, stitch in the ditch and then made into a cushion.

I have also prepped five blocks for the Folk Sampler by Art East Quilting. I hope to pin these blocks this morning, ready to sew.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

WIP Wednesday - Folk Sampler

I love a good sewalong and I am either all caught up or lagging greatly behind. The 2024 Folk Sampler by Art East Quilting, definitely comes into the latter category. I loved the first big block in the middle and the stars, but the fiddly acorns and bees have demotivated me. 

This week I've put the blocks back on my design wall and made one more bee block. I am planning to work from the centre out, trying to balance my colours. I have more blocks completed than I had realised and the thistles and arrows look like straight forward blocks without too many small pieces.

I am taking this project to the retreat this weekend along with two design boards to put the blocks on and carry stitched blocks to the pressing station. I am undecided whether to pack a small cutting mat to cut a couple of blocks tomorrow afternoon as I am arriving the day before the event starts. It is probably better to cut more blocks at home and then pin them tomorrow afternoon ready to stitch over the weekend.

The other decision to be made is what clothes to pack as despite it being July, the weather is decidedly cold and wet today.

Monday, July 08, 2024

Monday Make - The Focus Finder

As you might have guessed, I decided to finish the second Focus Finder by Arabesque Scissors for my daughter. The pattern is available for free here for a short time. 

The outside fabric is a favourite of Lizzie's which I paired with the Tula Pink hexies and neon fish. The graph paper is by Ruby Star Society.

My prep for retreat has progressed slightly. Yesterday I spotted my name badge and got my suitcase out. This morning I've put underwear next to my suitcase. My husband is going into town this morning, so I have asked him to pick up some Decovil Light for one retreat project which I will cut out this afternoon. I managed to put a machine needle through my nail yesterday whilst using my embroidery machine, so I've cancelled my manicure for Wednesday which frees up the day other than a hospital appointment in the morning.


Friday, July 05, 2024

Friday finish - Focus Finder


If you love stationery, then you'll love The Focus Finder by Arabesque Scissors. The pattern is available for free here for a short time. A sewalong has been going on these last two weeks and I finished mine this morning.

My version is using Ruby Star Society fabrics throughout. Fortunately, my local fabric store had the petite D rings and lobster clasps. The only thing I would change is the product I used to firm up the whole project, I should have used something even firmer and iron on.

I have one to finish for my daughter and I'm in a quandary whether to stitch it at home where I have all of the equipment for snaps and rivets to hand or whether to add it to my nonexistent retreat pile for next Thursday. I also need to source some cute notepads.

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

June 2024 achievements

Very few of my finishes this month were on my to do list at the start of the month. What does that say about me? Easily distracted perhaps.

Snap Happy by Pen and Paper Patterns was my largest finish for the month and I love it.

This was my quickest finish as it was an orphan block from someone else's stash which I turned into a mini quilt for SCBU.

A mystery sewalong using my newish embroidery machine to make this Christmas pillow. Patterns by Kimberbell and instructions from Cristin Creates Facebook group.

I finished Halloween Tiny Town which was our Guild's UFO piece for the month. Tomorrow I'm going to take it to the framer as none of the pieces I was thinking of using to finish the piece, quite worked out.

Wrist wraps for my daughter's birthday which she requested. She appreciated the Ruby Star Society canvas that I used.

And I have finished a long standing customer quilt which has troubled me and the original quilting had to be unpicked when the quilt was 60% complete. Hooray.