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 I need to get this shipped out promptly as it’s for a magazine and I don’t want the fabric line to be out of date by the time I’ve got my act together or indeed forgotten how I made it.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.

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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.


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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?

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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.

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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… ;)

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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…

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

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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.

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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!

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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Not much time left!

As some of you will know, I’m working on quite a large project on the computer than needs completing this week (no it’s nothing exciting or quilty in any way) so I can order my holiday spending money, so this is taking priority, BUT…

imageimage2There’s always a little time for sewing isn’t there? I’ve started making two sew together bags which will be made in a batch of two, one for my wedding make up (the Field Day one- totally got inspiration from Sonia on the fabric choice for this) and one for my in-flight hand sewing which shockingly will be for my Instagram Mini swap. Yes you heard right- I am HAND PIECING.

Don’t get used to it!

It’s a shame but the quilting tension on my panels isn’t great, my machine seems to be hiccuping again so I’m going to have to patiently experiment with the tension, etc. Again.

This time next week I will be frantically packing my suitcases and probably forgetting all of the make-up/jewellery/shoes/formal documentation/tickets/general holiday stuff, etc needed. OK now I’m nervous. Tomorrow evening is itinerary-writing-with-Port night, then I will know when I am going to make the trip to Edmonton, when I will have free time between hockey games (Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks) , going to Canmore for a photographer meeting, going to Banff town hall for our wedding license, the helicopter tour and visiting the restaurants I already know I want to go to… it’s not going to be relaxing but we won’t get bored!

I will not be having any FAL finishes this quarter for the first time in three years but I have an excellent reason.

Not your usual WIP plus Hug Hearts

I haven’t actually been sewing at all the last few days, which makes blogging a bit harder. The usual times have been filled with taking Hank to puppy day care, getting shin splints, boring appointments, going out for a carvery and that kind of thing, but I have kind of been working.

I’ll have more photos when I’m finally all done (hopefully this weekend) but the workroom is getting an overhaul and a helluva lot of stuff is being thrown away. In fact, anyone who wants some Sizzix dies for paper and maybe a couple suitable for appliqué, please give me a yell as I have a bunch I was going to put on eBay but I’m not sure I can be bothered. My scraps are moving location and being resorted with the stupidly small bits being chucked, I’m losing an entire piece of furniture and I’m hoping my clock will get put on the wall! WIP pics…

And the always expressionless Hank… thankfully he’s not such an annoying companion in the sewing room anymore. Solution? Give the dog a bone! He’s seven months old now.

Before I forget, I got a surprise in the post yesterday from the ladies on the Popular Patchwork forum (where I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, oops). How sweet of them! I got some “hug hearts” which are heart appliqué blocks usually sent to members who are having a stressful time, etc. I think someone who reads this blog (Margaret?!) may have tipped them off about my imminent wedding, totally unexpected thank you! Love the card too, thanks Katy, it’s gone on my wall :) I really should make some for others, especially now I’ve received some!

Having a doodle

I’ve decided to move onto quilting my neglected Lone Star quilt (btw any suggestions for names?) – it’s been sat on top of my shelves for a couple of months now since I basted it. I printed off a photo of the finished top and had a doodle…

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Other than the bubbles (I hate doing them, so I’m probably going to continue with the little stipple from the applique areas), this is the plan!

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Yeah after winding bobbins, changing needles and cleaning out the fluff, I managed to stitch in the ditch around one diamond today, that’s it!

Diospyros quilt top

I’ve been working with a Basic Grey Persimmon jelly roll lately and have finally finished the top, ready for basting on my favourite extra large floor this weekend (once I have sorted the backing of course). I’ve not yet decided on a quilt pattern, but I’m thinking something nature-y, like maybe some vines and leaves, and an orange peel border.

A happy coincidence is that the flower shapes look like the flowers of the Persimmon (or Sharon Fruit in the UK) plant, part of the Diaspyros genus, hence the name I’ve decided upon for this quilt.

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I’m now getting on with some longer term WIPs!