My first finish along finish of the quarter

Snappy blog post name, huh? ;)

I’ve finished the unidentified present on my finish along list for my friend, which I will be gifting on Sunday. she does read my blog but I don’t know if she will over the next few days so I’m risking it and sticking this out there.


Yep, my third sew together bag as I’m sure you guessed. I like making these, except the cutting and interfacing bit. My friend Gina is the one who fixed my wedding dress disaster the night before we went away. Whilst I was at her house, I was hand sewing the binding down on the two I made for myself and she commented that she liked them, so I knew what I had to do!

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I may make a few of these for Christmas gifts too- they’re great for toiletries on holiday and I have at least two recipients in mind….

The East Midlands Modern Quilt Group is making these with Di on Saturday but since I’ve made a few, I think I may soldier on with my IG Mini Swap hand sewing instead!

Finish Along 2014

Georgetown on my Mind…

Nicky, Reene and I were all looking at the Jen Kingwell Georgetown on my Mind pattern shortly after the Fat Quarterly Retreat this year. They won the pattern each this year as part of the pub quiz, and I won it the year before and still hadn’t started it. Now I need a new project like a hole in the head, but when there’s two others starting the same project, and the pattern is beautiful, it’s very tempting to have an impromptu sew along!

I’ve not got very far. I am machine stitching mine a block at a time as and when I feel like it, however since this pattern is designed for hand sewing, there are no seam allowances on the templates. I have therefore been making new templates with seam allowances added. A boring, but necessary task. I’ve decided to do it in stages. I’ve started with planning the outer 8 circles.


I think I’m going to use these charm packs of Pedal Pushers, but I’m not sure what colour background to do yet, maybe beige or something like that.


The other two haven’t blogged about it yet, but I’ll link up their latest posts in case anyone is interested as and when I blog about this project.

Here’s Reene’s blog

Here’s Nicky’s blog

Scrappy Day (and a bonus mini giveaway)

There’s a new linky going on down Leanne and Nicky’s way, so I thought I would get in on the action.

I’m working on a long term project to use up my scraps. To be fair I use scraps in almost anything, whether pockets for sew together bags, or as part of appliqué designs, I call on the scrap drawer first before I go to “proper” stash. Sadly, I still seem to make even more scraps than I am using!


These blocks are entirely random, strings plucked out without looking and then checked for length before stitching down. I choose white-ish strings for half of it so I can create a (possibly chevron) pattern once I have enough blocks. It’s a very casual project- in that I haven’t done anything with it for a couple of months, but that’s OK as it’s for me and I don’t need it right away. This is my current progress, and I am aiming for 49 blocks- 7 x 7 12″ blocks- the biggest quilt I will have ever made at 84″ square.


This is my string/ strip collection which I keep separate from the rest of my scraps but all mixed together randomly. I add new ones all the time from various project off cuts, or if I have some scraps in the normal drawers that would benefit from cutting up in order to be more useful. I’m indiscriminate when it comes to their design or colour. This is my new scrap fad, previously it was 2 1/2″ squares for my Bowie quilt.

Maybe I should start taking bets on when this will be completed?! I’m going to go with mid 2016 ;)


My green and blue drawers are especially overflowing with scraps, so maybe you’d like some of them too? I’ve put together a bag of 200g with these two colour groups mixed together. To enter, just tell me what colour scraps you end up with most of, or some other comment if you prefer. Followers get another entry, just leave another comment saying that you do. I’ll draw the winner on Sunday 19th at lunchtime GMT. Open internationally!


English Country Garden BOM – Block 7 – Rose

Sorry for the delay folks, here’s the brand new Rose block. The next one is out on the 3rd November so this pattern is free to download until a week after then (since this one wouldn’t be up for free for long enough with me being away). Previous templates are $1.50 in my Craftsy shop if you missed out.

BOMrosecoverClick here to download

This pattern includes repeat instructions from the last block, and the same instructions as the Daisy block for the background, but with new templates. The instructions are: making bias tape stems, turned edge and raw edge machine applique, piecing the strip background, thread choices and the pattern in standard and mirrored formats depending on which type of applique you opt for.

I’m on the end of an e-mail if you get stuck, just leave a comment or email me.

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Sunday Stash

I decided to treat myself to two purchases this week and the first arrived on Friday! I ordered this little lot from Jo at My Bearpaw

I’d like more of the Hadley prints but they seem quite scarce here at the moment. Lucky me though, I spoke to OH about really wanting Best Day Ever as the next bundle, maybe for my birthday or something. He asked how much as he said that it was a bargain and he would get me it and was there another one I wanted too. I wonder how long this newlywed period lasts? :D

I have the next BOM to release tomorrow but it may be the end of the day as I sort of forgot all about it til this evening. Oops. You’ve been warned!

Molli Sparkles

Finish Along – The Final Quarter

Wow, not long to go til the big C, which is a blessing really as I will be desperate for another break from work by then! Because it is the start of October, I now need to get my Finish Along list out there for the coming months, and since I didn’t finish anything at all last time, it’s going to feel a bit deja-vu-y but there’s some more recent stuff too…

Left Alone Star.

This one I did the tiniest bit of quilting in the ditch, literally just going around the star shape edge (I drew a plan for where I will be going with it next though!) but that’s all in the third quarter, after basting it and getting the top completed in the second quarter, so this is yet to be finished.

Hello Chevron.

No I haven’t done any more on this, stop looking at me like that.

Diospyros Quilt.

Basting with a little bit of hinderance from The Gwendolyn

A newcomer this quarter, it’s basted, another one that needs quilting. I need to get this shipped out promptly as it’s for a magazine and I don’t want the fabric line to be out of date by the time I’ve got my act together or indeed forgotten how I made it. Edit: done!

A present for a friend.


I think this will be the first finish, the pieces are cut out so I just need to interface and “sew it together” (hint hint) and I really want to gift this soon as she really helped me out. edit: DONE!

Instagram Mini Quilt Swap.


At least I know I have to finish this one! I sewed what I have done so far- two blocks out of 16- on my outbound flight to Calgary and then did nothing since, but it needs to go out to the recipient this quarter. I may take this to sewing guild meetings from now on rather than my machine since it is hand piecing. Oh I don’t think hand piecing is for me, I’m tempted to cheat and machine it from hereon in. Has anyone got any experiences- positive or negative- for combining hand with machine piecing in a small project? Do you think it will turn out OK or look weird? DONE!


I’ve omitted two candidates from the last list in an effort to be reasonably realistic, I find too many things mean I finish nothing, rather than give me more opportunities to score a finish. I also have another cushion (which I can’t reveal yet, or indeed until next year I don’t think), a sew along I’ve committed to doing (casually!) with Reene and Nicky and I really must make OH (or should that now be DH?!) a grizzly bear quilt as I keep promising, not forgetting my BOM and I want to start that new pixel quilt…. Anyway I shall be busy whatever I choose to work on!

Linking up!
Finish Along 2014

I’m back

Lots of blogs to read (847 posts according to Bloglovin) and lots of photos to trawl through, but I’m back :)

photo by Pam Doyle photo by Pam Doyle photo by Pam Doyle

And I went shopping too of course.

The Sugar Pine Company in Canmore…

And Along Came Quilting in Calgary…

Sew together bags

I finally finished my sew together bags! My friend Gina kindly (and calmly) fixed my dress for me last night as I had a bit of a disaster involving an iron and then realising it was possibly too big for me now too. While she did that, I sat and hand stitched the binding down on my pouches. I originally machine bound, but it looked so awful I unpicked it and went with hand stitching.


They’re in use already with toiletries in one and my sewing kit in the other. Fabrics are Alison Glass Field Day (from sample packs at my LQS) in one and the reddish one is Malka Dubrawsky’s From Outside In that was a mini charm pack from Simply Solids. The internal fabrics were picked by the future husband man.

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Right, I’m going, see you on the other side!

I caved

I have been trying to stick to 200 pieces of fabric at any one time for so long but it clearly wasn’t working. I have been doing this by only owning 200 comic cards, which I used to store anything from a FQ upwards on two bookcase shelves. Thing is, for well over a year I’ve had a basket of fabrics waiting for cards to come free and as they have been put on the shelves, new purchases have been made and the basket hasn’t got any less full.

So I’ve caved and bought another 100 cards and cleared some shelf space. Now there’s more breathing space for existing fabrics so they will get less crumpled and it will be more appealing to put them back on the shelves without my arm muscles getting a workout. Plus I plan to bring fabric back with me when we go away so I can now see where the “gaps” in my stash are… ;)


In fact, I’ve had a bit of a general sort out of late. All of the other non-sewing craft supplies have been sold or donated to others to allow me to move my scraps out of my scrap drawer and get rid of the drawers blocking the window entirely…


This set of drawers now holds my scraps by colour instead of too-small drawer organisers.


The cupboards are now free to hold WIPs, finished items etc and so my bookcase not only can hold more fabric and stuff, but it looks prettier too! The cutting area can be accessed at the sides now since moving the little drawers not used for scrap, which has been useful already.


The school desk has been cleared out and my wadding and misc fabrics live in there now. Next job is to try and find a solution to my too-thin-design-wall problem- I’m hoping I can grab a couple of metres of waste foamex from the skip at work and get it to butt up against the corner.

Most importantly though, my clock is on the wall after years on the floor!


Next job is to prep templates and hand sewing for the three flights coming up soon- it will be for my partner in the IG mini quilt swap….

Finally, a summer finish reveal

I made two things this summer that I thought would be inconsiderate of me to show when I had actually finished them, but since this magazine is now arriving with subscribers (and in shops Tuesday)…


I can show you my Kantha tote bag :D

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I used some of the Rustique range by Emily Herrick and obnoxiously paired it with brown. The flap took a couple of attempts to make it the right length but I got there. It’s very simple and closes with a magnetic snap. The handle is adjustable and there’s an internal pocket, plus I’ve hand quilted areas in a Kantha style with perle. Yeah I hand stitched something and I liked it!

Here is the proof it’s in print…


And actually, this looks like an excellent edition of Quilt Now. I am going to be honest and say I didn’t really like the second one as much as the first, but this one is definitely on par with issue 1, if not better. There’s at least 2-3 projects I want to make from this magazine and I’ve only had a quick flick through.

There’s one more reveal to come that I’ve not posted on the blog. And the back of it is just about visible on the next issue page…