Thursday, 3 September 2015

A finish, really finished!

Last year, I got back into cross-stitch with the Once Upon a Time sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, which was a monthly sampler revealed throughout 2014. I didn't quite finish it in 2014 but I did the last few stitches earlier this year. Over the summer, I handed it over to the framer and I finally picked it up last week and here it is in all its glory!
I love how the frame finishes the lovely cross stitch and I am so happy to finally be able to hang this frame up.
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday.
Celine

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September goals

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Zodiac swap mini

2. Paris swap

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (August and September)
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (September) 
3.  Bee Europa (September)
4. Book Bee (September
5.  Flying geese Bee 
6. Fat Stash Bee (September) 
7. Bee Hive (July, August and September) 
8. Block Lotto blocks - lovely tulip blocks
9. Bubble Bee (August and September

WIP
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing 

2.  Quilt for M 
3. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - only needs binding now

4. Elephant Parade 

5. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress

6. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along 
7. A very merry Christmas town


New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Quilt for A
3.  My Small World quilt-along 
4. Pencil roll for M
5. School bag for C - this will be A lovely year of Finishes challenge for September
6. Farmer's Wife 1930
7. Tokyo Subway map

The list is too long as usual but I suppose I am always over optimistic on the time I will have to work on my projects.

Celine

Monday, 31 August 2015

August recap

It has been a busy month again, but also I have been away on a very lovely holidays for half of the month. It was so nice to sit on the beach, enjoy the sun and the waves and do little for a lit bit over a week. We went in the Landes area (south West of France just north of Spain) where there are kilometers of unspoilt beaches and lots and lots of pine trees. We had such a great time! :-)

I crammed quite a lot of sewing before I went and did just a little while I was away! Let's have a look:

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Zodiac swap mini - my hexies are all ready to be applique on the background.

2. Paris swap - I started my paper-pieced Eiffel Tower but this one needs a bit more work.
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - This was my A lovely year of Finishes challenge for August and I am so pleased that it is finished!
4. IG Secret Pal swap June item due and sent!
5. Skirt Sew Along - no progress

Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (July and August) July is sent and August in progress
2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (August) - sent
3.  Bee Europa (August) - sent
4. Book Bee (August) - sent
5.  Flying geese Bee - no progress
6. Fat Stash Bee (August) - sent 


7. Bee Hive (July and August) - due
8. Block Lotto blocks - no progress
9. Bubble Bee (July and August) July is sent and August in progress

 10. Plus blocks - 9 blocks sent


WIP
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing - no progress
2.  Quilt for M - no progress - no progress
3. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - needs finishing - no progress
4. Elephant Parade - no progress
5. Scrappy X block quilt - 2 last blocks in progress - no progress
6. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along, catch up and continue the quilt-along - no progress


New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 - not started
2. Quilt for A - not started
3.  My Small World quilt-along - not started
4. Pencil roll for M - not started
5. School bag for C -  not started
6 . A very merry Christmas town - this wasn't on my original list but I have started this cute new cross-stitch.

That's it for August, a total of 16 blocks for the 350-block challenge.
The summer is nearly over now, kids have a few more days before starting back at school!

Celine

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Quilt-along and new ideas/projects

I am not sure I REALLY need new projects, but temptation is so high and I am so weak :-)

In case you have missed these, Nina is hosting a Tokyo subway map quilt-along based on Elizabeth Hartman's pattern made of 1600 squares of fabric! This one has been on my wish list since we went to Tokyo years ago so I will try to join in.
Tokyo Subway Map QAL - Button 2015-08-05 500px


and Angie is hosting a quilt-along based on the New Farmer's Wife book out this year. I must confess I ordered the book to join her :-)
GnomeAngel.com
This one will start on 28 September, plenty of time to gather supplies and get the book which is sold out in plenty of places actually. There is also a quilt-along on Kerry's blog for the same book too.
verykerryberry
This one will start on 14 September so I supposed it is possible to follow both quilt-alongs to get even more productive!

And finally while at the Festival of Quilts, I signed up for the Susan Claire from the Gourmet Quilter Block of the Day Town and Country Quilt starting on 1 January 2016. Maybe that will make a dent in my batik stash!

Go and check out the details on their blog if you want to play.

Celine

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

New project - Working towards Christmas!

I tried very very hard to resist, but then I have no will power and Instagram doesn't help! So I caved in and joined the Christmas fun proposed by The Frosted Pumpkin for the A Very Merry Christmas Town mystery stitchery.

I ordered some custom dyed linen fabric from Jodyri designs which is gorgeous and got started while we were driving to our holiday destination. Although I stitched for several hours, it doesn't look like I have done that much! But then I made quite a few mistakes and had to umpick quite a lot :-(


Anyway, I love how this is turning out. The second chart is already available and I haven't finished the first one yet but never mind, let's hope I can have it finished by this Christmas! Wish me luck...


Linking to Let's Bee Social.

Celine

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Busy bee

Yes I have been a busy bee back in my sewing room and I have caught up with a few bee blocks.

One more bubble finished, this time for Bettina

one book for Janine

one Patchwork of the Cross block for
One silver Birch block for Hannah

9 Plus Blocks


That makes my total of blocks this month for the 350-projects to 14!
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Monday, 24 August 2015

Festival of quilts - Birmingham

I had a brilliant time in Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts. Lots of gorgeous quilts to be seen and also the joy or meeting 2 close friends I have met on Instagram over the last few months. It was so nice to be able to meet in person with Cathy and Esther.

And now for a few pictures of my favorite quilts. Enjoy the tour!











Celine

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

One block this month

This week-end I managed to make my block for Sandra for Bee Europa. I love the fabric and design she chose and I can't wait to see her quilt.
That's my first block for August for the 350-blocks project
Linking to Tuesday Building Blocks.

Celine

Monday, 3 August 2015

A finish!

2 days late to be able to claim it as my Lazy Bums finish for July but last night I finished hand sewing the binding on my You've Got Mail wall-hanging from a fantastic pattern by Ayumi in Patchwork Please.

I started piecing the envelopes in March 2014. I made about 4 or 5 at the time and then cast the project aside, moving to another one...as I so often do. And of course I wasn't planning for this small but labour intensive project (there are quite a few pieces in each envelope!) to take well over a year.

 Anyway, I picked up the envelopes again a few weeks ago and finally made the last few blocks I needed.

And then I took advantage of having the quilting frame out in June to quilt a panel using this fantastic Lines and Spirals Tutorial by Lori Kennedy at the Inbox Jaunt, and I love the final effect on this panel.
I used Superior Thread King Tut #996 and also YLI Quilting Thread Ecru #002  on the top of my panel and Gutterman Sulky #4017 (variegated lime green and yellow) in the bobbin to match my bright backing.



Finally at the week-end, I am the strips for the pockets and attached them to the background,

 found the perfect black and white grid fabric in my stash for the binding (regretting not having bought more than half a yard)

and finished hand sewing the binding last night!

And today, hubby has hanged it on the wall for me. I am so happy this is finished and I must say, I love it!

My first OPAM for August as well as my challenge for A Lovely Year of Finishes and also item #19 on my Q3 Finish Along list. I am on a roll!
Linking to Let's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Tursday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine

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