Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June 2021 achievements

How are we already half way through 2021?? The UFO gods looked down on me and gave me a month off. #7 was drawn and that is my 2020 Prairie School Santa which I completed back in January. As at the end of June I had completed 9 out of my 12 challenge projects for 2021 so I am pleased with that progress. 

So what did I finish this month? Here's a round up.

Barbara Ana design from Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher for #CrossStitchCamp. 

A second minimalist wallet for a friend 

I pattern tested the flexi sewing case for Fabric and Flowers

Month 8 of Christmas Wreath by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Just two more months to go now.

By Annie ultimate travel bag

Mystery Quilt 2021 by Laundry Basket Quilts

1990 Prairie schooler Santa 

Bowl cosies for a guild demo which I have mailed to Lizzie, my daughter for her to gift to friends.

Easy does it Pouch - pattern by Annie Unrein

Piecekeeper - pattern by Annie Unrein

And today I will be stitching down the binding on my Hocus Pocus quilt for my last finish of June .

Monday, June 28, 2021

Monday make - Prairie Schooler Santa

I have finished my tenth  Prairie Schooler Santa from 1990. Since they started in 1984, I have a long way to go to stitch them all. 


Janome UK are celebrating their centenary this year and II received a pack of fabric and comprehensive instructions to make a 15cm square bunting along with tags to sew in so the bunting can be joined. Lovely fabric to use and well thought out.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Friday finish - Christmas Wreath month 8


I can't believe we are already on Month 8 and have just two months to go before we're ready to make this into a cushion which is our month 11 task. I think I have the perfect pink vintage ornament fabric in stash to complete the project which I might pair with some pink pom pom trim which I need to buy.

Month nine releases on 16 July, which is perfect for me as we are heading to the UK ten days later for Festival of Quilts, if it goes ahead, which is looking increasingly doubtful.

This has now been put away ready for next month and I need to focus on some of my many other WIPs.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Monday make - Beresford Street Kitchen

Last Saturday e held our first meeting of Jersey Modern Quilt Group for 2021 and we presented a group quilt made in lockdown to Georgie of Beresford Street Kitchen.  It is to be used as a fundraiser for the charity in September.

We used this free pattern for the bento box block and took the logo of the charity for colour inspiration. Kim pieced the blocks together and bound the quilt which I quilted. I love this simple rounded rectangular design called Circuits by Anne Bright.

It was so lovely to see everyone and I came home feeling totally exhausted. To be honest I just left everything in the car apart from my handbag and phone.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday round up

We have spent four days in London this week and as I have no crafty goodness to share with you, I thought I'd share some photos that might inspire. The London Underground was a little quieter than usual and there was a lot less traffic but more bicycles. There seemed to be a lot of people who didn't wear a mask properly or had it as a chin guard. However we had our Covid test on our return yesterday and as we are double vaccinated, we have a negative result and can go out and about from this morning.

On Monday we decided to shop. we headed to Bond Street as we'd watched a programme on the street last week. No luxury cars in evidence, but lots of inspiring and colourful window displays. Then on to Regent Street and the lower half of Oxford Street. we ate in Pizza Pilgrims in Cranaby Street but I didn't push my luck and didn't ask to visit the mother ship - Liberty of London!! I did stop in Uniqlo and bought two items from their Marimekko collaboration and some sugar free syrup and Sel de Guerande from TK Maxx. we returned to our hotel and headed to Yen Burger for dinner.

Tuesday was about meeting up with quilty friends and I even went for a swim (well bobbed around) in the east London Dock with Jen. Love her swimsuit. We ate a late dinner in an Indian restaruant opposite the hotel. The Premier Inn Southwark is well situated and generally cheaper than the Premier Inn Borough Market.

Wednesday I booked tickets to go to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour. The detail of the rooms and costumes is phenomenal and the methods used to make Hagrid appear larger are genius.

My husband went with me, very reluctantly but thoroughly enjoyed it. I think we need to rewatch all of the films again. All through the trip we were very lucky wit trains arriving just when we wanted them, the only wait was the Hogwarts bus in the blistering heat.

There was a to hour wait for a table at Padellas so we tried out Honest Burger and their rosemary chips were so tasty. But a huge quantity which even defeated Nick. I opted for onion rings instead which were mouthwateringly crispy. we did find not having the NHS app was a nuisance but I do have a new UK SIM for any future UK trips but that is looking increasingly unlikely this year.

On Thursday I had booked us on a Shakespeare themed walking tour which started in Shoreditch with some great painted walls. It seems wrong to describe it as graffiti.

We took a bus direct from Borough to opposite the meeting point and as we were very early we were able to take in the decorated buildings.

We were the only two booked on the tour so we deviated a little from the plan and ventured to Spitalfields from the starting point of Shakespeare's first theatre.

We traversed the City of London and crossed back into Southwark where we finished with a walk along the South Bank past the Golden Hind to The New Globe Theatre where our guide, Canice had worked for ten years.

Time to shop in borough Market for some spices for Lizzie, smoked chicken in a brioche bun for our lunch and some fresh produce, just in case we needed to self isolate for longer than anticipated. I wonder if the security staff thought - who buys bananas to take home???

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

WIP Wednesday - Flexi sewing case


I offered to pattern test the Flexi Sewing Case for Sonia of Fabric and Flowers with the idea that it might be useful to carry my Prairie Schooler Santa for our trip to London this week. I went into it a bit blind as there weren't many internal pictures of the case in the first draft of the pattern. Inspired by the fabrics I used for my minimalist wallet which I also stitched last weekend, I pulled out my stash of Create by Quietplay and a bag of interfacing. I just needed to purchase two zippers and retrieve my box of Km snaps from a friend.

The zipper pocket is very useful and I have stored my flosses and sewing glasses in there. In the vinyl pocket I've put my Prairie Schooler Santa and in the slip pocket it I've put the pattern and colour chart. I added a popper to this pocket and also used a ribbon instead of stitching a lanyard to hold my snips.

My cross stitch project is ready for a trip but I now need to pack. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Monday make - Minimalist Wallet


Now that we are able to meet inside, our Thursday morning canasta games have recommenced. I walk to the venue and usually grab my Minimalist wallet made with fabrics by Quietplay from her Create line for Riley Blake Designs. The minimalist wallet is by Noodlehead.

One of the ladies has been admiring my wallet so I offered to make her one as a gift and the brief was swimming or fish. I hope she thinks that I have fulfilled the brief using these fabrics by Alison Glass featuring a mermaid and shells. The fussy cutting for the back of the wallet has worked pretty well.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Freebie Friday - Attaching a facing

My entry for the Festival of Quilts at the end of July is complete!!! I tried a new technique to me and used a facing to finish the edges of the quilt. I was very nervous but it was straight forward, simple and effective. I also machine stitched the top of my hanging sleeve to the facing, then I hand stitched the facing down and then the bottom of the hanging sleeve.

I followed the instructions on a Youtube tutorial recommended by Krista Hennebury which you can find here.

You will have noticed that I have Grafitti Quilted my entry to within an inch of its life and I have signed up for another class with Karlee Porter which starts in September. The package from Karlee for the class arrived this week along with a few other parcels. Oops.

Karlee is hosting another FREE demonstration of her techniques on Saturday, follow the link to sign up or watch later.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

WIP Wednesday - Hocus Pocus

Do you ever lie to yourself? I only have four UFOs, I only have a small stash or similar!! I have now realised that I have been misleading myself about the hocus pocus quilt by Corinne Sovey which I haven't even listed on my WIPs list for June.

I have been making one or two blocks a week and had even thought I would work on this quilt at retreats in the autumn. Over the weekend I put the locks up on my design wall. Shock horror, I only have two more blocks to complete - the eyeball top left and witchy boots - bottom right.

I think those two blocks need to be finished this month and I could even finish the quilt. I am working on finishing the facing on my entry for the Festival of Quilts and I need to attach a hanging sleeve to my daughter's quilt entry. I did attach the sleeve to Lizzie's quilt but to the bottom, very handy, so I have unpicked it and I will probably try and finish it this evening whilst watching the semi finals of The Great British Sewing Bee. 

The day time quilt group that I attend restarts today so I will take my entry with me and start stitching down the facing and then the hanging sleeve.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Monday make - Spring in my Heart


At the end of May I decided to participate in with CrossstitchCamp with @Coloradostitcher. I heard about this sewalong in @mommalovesyouGB 's recent Flosstube on Youtube. I decided to follow Michelle's lead and chose three designs by Barbara Ana from the Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher Magazine. I bought a digital subscription a few months ago and it came with the four 2020 issues as well. 

I then ordered my threads from Ebay and waited patiently for 1 June. The only rule of the sewalong is you start and finish a new project for June, July and August. I started with the outline but substituted 3766 which is a bolder blue than the called for DMC floss. I also had the floss in stash for the key so started with those two colours.

The remainder of the floss arrived on Thursday and I completed the project the same day. You may realise I was in procrastination mode and avoiding working on my project for Festival of Quilts. It needs to be submitted by 11am today

My next Barbara Ana project is kitted up apart from the linen which I can't find online. Is it discontinued or has the name been changed? I can find basalt but not granite.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Friday finish - Christmas Cheer fabric pull

 At my request my son bought me the Christmas Cheer pattern last Christmas, with a cyber Monday discount code of course :) and I bought myself the Hocus Pocus pattern also by Corinne Sovey.

Each week I am prepping just two blocks from either quilt and then I piece them on a Saturday. Little by little I will make progress with these projects but with no rush. However if either of the two retreats I'm planning to attend in the autumn go ahead, I will be working on these projects.

The pattern shows you the Kona colours used for the quilt with space to add small swatches of your chosen fabrics. This week I've finalised my choices of fabric. Some were from stash and some were purchased from the always reliable Sew Hot.

The only solid I've used is the Kona Sour Apple. 

C1  Lemonni for Figo fabrics 90179 Polar Magic

C2  Alison Glass for Andover 2018 9119 ornament

C3  Deer Christmas by UrbanChks for Moda #31165

C4  Thimbleblossoms for Moda #55094 Miss Kate

C5  Lori Holt for Riley Blake Cozy Christmas C7972

C6  Alison Glass for Andover 2018 9122 holly

C7  Snow Day by Stacy Iest Isu for Moda #20635

C8   Lori Holt for Riley Blake Cozy Christmas C7973

C9  Kona Sour apple

My fabrics are now stored in a labelled repurposed mailing box and the pattern and blocks are in a large zippered bag.

So far all I've done is cut one solid square, make the striped blocks and appliqued the three star blocks. I'll work on the gifts next. I'm avoiding the inset circles at the moment as my brain power needs to be used for other projects.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

June 2021 plans

 I don't feel like I made much progress in May, so I'm hoping for a good few finishes in June.

The UFO gods have looked down on me and given me a month off. #7 was drawn and that is my 2020 Prairie School Santa which I completed back in January. As at the end of May I had completed 8 out of my 12 challenge projects for 2021 so I am pleased with that progress. However I still have two 2020 challenge quilt projects to quilt including my entry for Festival of Quilts - deadline - 7 June.

1. By Annie ultimate travel bag has been started and should be finished in June. 

 2. A new start in May was the Mystery Quilt 2021 by Laundry Basket Quilts. I have the blocks finished  and the rows pieced so I am making progress.

3. Barbara Ana design from Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher for #CrossStitchCamp we need to go to London in June so I will take this as my travel project and I have ordered the threads that I need.

4. June monthly cottage from a Country Cottage Needleworks. I didn't even start the May cottage so I am just going to move on to June.

5. June block for Around the World BOM. I have decided not to stitch all of the blocks as some of the destinations I haven't visited and are not on my bucket list. However someone else made a comment about Dubai and I realised whilst I haven't visited Dubai, I have transited through the airport so perhaps it needs to be made.

6. Month 8 of Christmas Wreath by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. Including this month, there are just three more installments to go. The next clue is released on 18 June.

7. #Summersamplerturns10 sewalong I need to remake one block , order some grey fabric for sashings and put the quilt top together.

8. 1990 Prairie schooler Santa 

9. And last but by no means least I'd like to finish my Tate Modern wall hanging to enter into the Festival of Quilts which needs to be done by 7 June. I have quilted the mauve / white circles, the small arcs in yellow, red and orange and the black arcs so far. This week I need to tackle the grey background. Eek.

I definitely need some finishes this month as I am feeling overwhelmed. Once my Festival of Quilts entry is complete, I probably need to focus on a couple of projects to finish the quilt tops and get them quilted.