Thursday, 1 January 2015

i-Spy a Finish

Number 2 on Finish Along 2014 Q4 List
My add link gadget still does not work

i-Spy Baby Boy Quilt

Apologies for the indoor winter photographs and no working links

I Bagged a Finish

Number 1 on Finish Along 2014 Q4 List.

(No link working) Any ideas on how to fix would be great!

Art Student Tote - Anna Maria Horner Pattern

This was only possible with the pattern and bag making talent of Katy - our hostess - and her generous sharing of those skills with me.


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Finish Along 2014 Q4 List

Linking up with Katy at  (sorry my add link will not work)

Finish Along 2014
So here is my Finish Along 2014 Q4 list. I am slightly fed up with making quilts as I do not really have anyone to make them for now.   I suppose it could be that I am fed up with looking at the old ones I have on the go so I have ditched some items off the previous list as I will never fancy finishing them and added a couple of new ones as well as some the same, still at the same stage of non-completion as last time.  To contradict my previous sentence most of the list is quilts!

Number 1:  Making a welcome return from earlier in the year is the AMH Art Student Tote Bag.  Everything bought and help, advice and re-written pattern instructions (not by me!) in place.

Number 2:  A new entry in at Number 2 is an I Spy baby boy quilt

Number 3:  Supernova - on its way

Number 4:  Gypsy Wife - also started

Number 5:  HST Summersville - making a re appearance.

Number 6:  Top - also making a re appearance.

Number 7:  Added as a displacement Activity.  I have decided cutting up 2 1/2 " squares is much easier than tackling the Art Student Tote.  They will be put to good use in a stash busting Scrap Vomit Pattern Quilt - always years behind the band wagon. For some reason my add link does not work but the version I am following is from I Am a Ginger Monkey Blog.

Well that's plenty of Autumn sewing to be getting on with.

Happy Sewing


A Finish but not a loved one!

Number 3 on FAL 2014 Q3 list

I have finished making the duvet cover from the On A Whim pattern with AMH fabric Maybe and I added wide borders in Moda Bella Solids in Sea to make a kingsize.  I am so glad to see this finished  as I really do not like it one bit.  I thought there was an issue with weight so I weighed it and it comes in at 5lb 4oz whereas a shop bought cotton king size cover is 2lb 14oz. Its other vital statistics are W89" X H83" which is in part due to my lets make it up as I go along approach to this.  I knew from very early on I had made a mistake - never again!  I almost slid in a layer of wadding and thought about quilting it. The fabric used on the back was bought in error - I bought lilac instead of blue but used it anyway just to get rid of it.  Anyway here are some photos of the duvet cover -

My Duvet Cover 2280 grams

Shop purchased Scion Duvet Cover 1309grams
AMH on the back needing an iron

That's me all done with duvet covers!
Who knows maybe I will take it apart and turn into a regular quilt.

Happy Sewing

Come in Number 4 Your time is up

My first finish this quarter was my last Marcelle Medallion (ever).   I added a couple of rows of extra borders so this is now huge.  I made it for my husband and have added lots of quirky touches that are relevant to him – rhinos and bears being two of them!  The quilt  measures W 74" X H 76" but it has not been washed and to be honest I never intend to wash it!  I pieced the back from various Fat Quarters I had.  I absolutely love the quilt and every time I look at it I am amazed that it was actually me that made it – and two previously!  I hope this is my last MM - I love it but why oh why did I start three?  This was number 4 on my Finish Along 2014 Q3. 

  Marcelle Medallion number 3 - This is your Life


 I used these fabrics for the simply pieced extra borders

On the machine


Thanks for looking
Happy Sewing

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Finish Along 2014 Q3 List

Well its happened again - some items to carry over from the Q2 list although they are a bit further forward - so here is my Q3 list

Number 1 - Stairway to Heaven - pattern from Geta Grama - I have now cut out two sets and partly pieced them with just the small task of  layering and quilting left!



Number 2 - Half square triangle star quilt - As this is slowly coming together I can see that it will look really good when finished.

Number 3 - On A Whim duvet cover - I am adding the borders which have to be wide to make a king size cover.  This is one of those 'not sure how it is going to turn out' type project.  Making it up as I go along.  I do have a problem in that it seems to be quite heavy for a duvet cover.

Number 4 - This is my last Marcelle Medallion - ever!  This just missed being finished in Q2 so it should be an early finish in Q3- if it is not I will hang my head in shame.  I have sewn this a bit a**e about face.  When I finished FMQ the outer borders I sewed the binding on and then carried on sewing in the middle.  The theory behind this is that if I finish the binding it will stop the flappy edge of wadding annoying me and getting caught up everything- so I need to sew that down then!  Miles and miles of hand sewing...

Number 5 - Supernova Leftovers -This is a paper pieced pattern and I have printed out some papers so no excuses now.  (Also an Australian pattern like below)

Number 6 - Culture Blend - with an attempt at more interesting photos which blend cultures as well - Australian pattern and Chinese Bamboo.  I have even bought a 24" 10 degree wedge ruler.

Number 7 - Skirt, Trousers and Top - I have the patterns and fabric (for skirt and top) just need to muster up the enthusiasm.

I will be making the top

Number 8 - Super Tote - Noodlehead.  I have some laminate Echino  Stag Deer with glasses in pink on its way from Hong Kong so I need to overcome my fear of bag making!  With some bag patterns there is such a long list of items required - I don't know what half of them are - usually starting with the word Pellon. - how many blinking types of Pellon can there be?
So there we have it - a very ambitious list but here's hoping...

Enjoy your summer stitching wherever you are , whatever you are stitching

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Giant Vintage Star Finish

Number 4 on my Finish Along 2014 Q2.
The Giant Vintage Star quilt is now finished and living in Kendal, Cumbria.  Luckily my friend loves it.  I used the free tutorial from  In Color Order

This quilt top was a very quick and easy make but looks great although it is quite large so a bit of a pain to quilt.  I kept it simple as my dodgy FMQ would have shown too much.
Overall I am more than happy with how this turned out and it was a present for a dear friend so all more for the good.
Happy stitching whatever you are making.