Monday, May 29, 2023

Monday make - 2022 Prairie Schooler Santa


I started this last week as I thought it would be a quick piece to finish with the large blocks of red and I was pleased to finish it yesterday evening. I replaced the Arctic Lights lettering to an extra string of lights. I think we all know that there are penguins in the Antarctic not Arctic.

The fabric is 32 count Belfast vintage stormy night, and I changed the red to 321 and the green to 699 to brighten the piece. I now have just two Santas left to stitch. 

I think this will be my last finish for this month as I am still waiting for one piece of hardware for my Alpen bag, when I went to check on Ebay whether the item had shipped, I was disappointed to see it was coming from China. It should arrive this week. Though the ferries to the UK have been cancelled for today but hopefully recommence tomorrow. Nick was meant to be leaving on the boat early this morning to visit his brothers in Kent. I was also looking forward to ten days to myself. He is talking about postponing his trip if the ferry is also cancelled tomorrow.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Friday finish - matchstick quilted pouch

I joined in my friend Hele Steele's sewalong this week for the Matchstick quilted pouch. The pattern is free from here. Helen has also been doing daily videos at a nice pace on the Pfaff UK Instagram page.

I used a combination of a Superior King Tut in Cleopatra with an Aurifil turquoise and pink to quilt the panels. I used an open toed foot on my Atelier 7 and then used the side of the foot as a guide for my second line of stitching and then filled in the resulting space with one more line of stitching.

The outside of the pouch is a Robert Kaufman Essex Dyed linen from Sew Hot and the lining is a deep pink from the Phosphor range by Libs Elliott. The candy pink striped zipper finished the pouch off nicely.

I added another of my labels from Kylie and the Machine into the seam of the pouch for that finishing touch.

I am pleased with the finished project but I was hoping the hardware that I had ordered from Ebay for the Alpen bag would have arrived by now. The triangle fittings arrived on Monday, but the slider and lobster claw are still outstanding.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

WIP Wednesday - trinket week 8


This week is week 8 of the Trinket SAL with Alison Glass. The bonus block has been released and I love the opportunity it presented to fussy cut an apple for the centre.

Week 7's blocks were Things 1 to 5 and now they're grouped together there's a lot of orange. I love the purple / pink background to the arrow. This is the latest Halloween collaboration from Ruby Star Society which hits shops next month. I don't really like the tent any more than I did last time I stitched it.

Week 8's blocks are very blue and pink. I love the diamond and its facets and the fussy cut strawberry. The envelope contains two fabrics from a scrap bag from Olive & Flo Handcraft. Week 9 is a bonus week so I should probably start thinking about how I'm going to combine all of these blocks into a quilt.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Monday Make - May basket


I knew where the packs I'd put together for A Year of Celebrations by Hands on Design, but to be honest the packs don't seem to be complete, and they are in complete disarray. A job for another day. The May pattern was over 50% complete and it is small, but it took longer than expected to complete. I am disappointed that there is little difference in colour between the two pinks - Weeks Dye Works Chablis and DMC 605. Though that might be my fault as the called for floss was 3688 not 605.

I hunted down the other months that I had already stitched, and I can tell you that I am completely disappointed that I've only stitched three. Perhaps there are more hiding away that need to be found. I hope so. For now the completed patterns are being stored with the other months waiting to be stitched.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Friday finish - rainbow remix

Once I focus on just one project, I amaze myself that I actually get something finished in two days despite the project having waited to be quilted for several weeks.

This is the Rainbow Remix (pattern by Paula Steel) with a kit from Modern Quilt Club. All of the Alison Glass fabrics for the quilt top and binding were provided in the kit and I have plenty of leftovers which need tidying away.

The quilt is 54" square so rather than buying a 108" backing, I went to Rachl's Textile STudio who sell Guttermann fabric which is 60" wide. I love the cheery golden yellow and it shows of the quilting beautifully which is Circuits by Anne Bright.

Whilst starting to tidy away the kit, I found a sweetie bag with a cute sticker for my planner and a label too. I also added my new label from Ever Emblem which I purchased with a prize voucher from a recent sewalong. I basted two sides of the big label into the binding and then stitched the binding to the front of the quilt.

I hand stitched the binding to the back of the quilt using Aurifil 50 weight thread, Bohin milliners' needles, my clover silicon thimble and binding clips yesterday.


Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Cataloguing your Accuquilt dies

I catalogued most of my dies when I was procrastinating and should have been doing something else. I thought that I would share how I did it. I have also asked local friends to do the same so that I can put together a catalogue of our dies so we can share them.

Go to and Sign up for an account (green button top right) and then sign in. Then go to AQ Circle account and choose Product Library. You can also do the same thing on the Accuquilt app. Then click on the + Register Product.

Both on the app and the website, you then take the five digit code from the end of each die and enter the number, press return and it adds it to your library. I did find some products weren't in their database so I need to go back and report those to Accuquilt. If you have boxed sets each die of the set has a unique product number.

To make a catalogue, I then selected show 100 entries on the website and cut and paste the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

I was very pleased to have gone through this exercise as I found a die I wanted as a single die but which was in one of the boxed sets that I already owned. Another benefit is a much tidier shelf in my cupboard with room for more dies.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Monday Make - cross body bag


I started this bag at the March Modern Quilt Club retreat with my daughter, Lizzie. Lizzie made and finished two versions and I half finished my bag. I wasn't happy with one of the corners of my bag which needed unpicking and restitching. A recent Facebook challenge inspired me to get the project out again and I finished it this morning.

The bag has sat on our couch for at least a week waiting for the lining to be hand stitched around the zip opening and this morning I located the setting tools and rivets to complete the strap. I had intended to use a strip of webbing from Zipper Valley for the strap but the colour wasn't quite the right shade of pink so I made a matching strap with the Ruby Star Society fabric.

Fabric: Ruby Star Society strawberries from Olive & Flo Handcraft
Pleather: Sew Quirky mystery box

I continued the strawberry theme into the choice of fabric for the lining