Monday, 18 May 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival

spring 2015 BQF Button

I love the Blogger's Quilt Festival that Amy organises as there is always such a diversity of stunning quilt that I would otherwise never discover. I like the opportunity for "anonymous quilters" like me to exhibit one or more quilt and drive traffic to my little blog for a few days!

It is always difficult to choose ONE quilt for the festival but this year I have been in so many swaps that I have picked one of the mini quilt I have made not that long ago. I picked the mini I made before Christmas for the IG mini swap. I picked a pattern from Diane called Celestial Star which is all paper-pieced and I picked a colour scheme which is not a common one for me, so this was quite challenging!

And with 12 of these, you get a lovely star floatting inside a ring, magical!

a close up of the echo-quilting

and a blue binding to frame it

I think my partner liked her quilt. I must say I would have gladly kept it by the time it was finished, which is always a good sign!

Quilt stats:
15' square
Pattern: Celestial Star by from blank page
Fabric from my stash
Paper-pieced and machine quilted
Made in November 2014

Linking to Amy's blog in the Mini Category, really crossing my fingers that I will patterns by Sassafrass Lane Designs that are so wonderful!


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Quilt-along, are you tempted?

I must admit I shouldn't but I am really tempted...

The first one I have just found is the Hillside Houses QAL which is already half way through and is offered in 3 finished sizes... a mini anyone?
Pretty Little Quilts Hillside Houses QAL

And the second one is the #mysmallworldqal from a pattern by Jen Kingwell, I even have the pattern... so why not? can't think of a good reason and that would use some of my stash surely....
My Small World QAL
Maybe I have too many project on-going already but sewing in company of others is always nice isn't it?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A paper piecing marathon

This month, my UFO challenge is to finish a quilt I started 10 years ago and I need it finished by 23 May to gift it to my cousin for her 30th birthday (it was originally going to be for her 20th).

And also I have a deadline and this long standing UFO wasn't very advanced, I haven't been able to keep at it so much... I kind of didn't like it anymore but felt I had to finish it. Anyway, I did spend some time on it last week-end to try and progress it as much as possible.
 I must say that now that it is getting closer to finishing, I like it more and more. Of course, I have changed method half way through which has lead to some mistakes when I forgot to reverse the pattern...
And I have also decided not to strictly follow the pattern (you can see my scribbles), to be closer to my inspiration so I am not sure how this will work at this stage....

 And then I realised that I am not making my life easier as I will have a lovely Y seam there....
Anyway, this project has gone from a UFO status to a WIP very much in progress. I am still hoping to finish on time for the birthday party and I am glad I picked it up again.

Now when I sew I love to chain piece and I did exactly that with this project too but I was so worried that I would get mixed up if I worked on several sections at a time that I decided to chain piece other paper pieced blocks. So this week-end I also caught up on all my #bookbee blocks, 2 for Hannah (I was late sending so decided to send an extra!)

2 for Helen for a private swap

and one for Kath
After these books, I picked up another UFO (started last year) and made 2 more envelopes for mz You've Got Mail wall-hanging from another pattern by Ayumills
2 more envelopes and I will be able to put these blocks together, I am on a UFO roll... finally!

And then yesterday I couldn't resist trying out one of the Farm Girl Friday block for this week and made this little chick who still needs his legs...

And finally, I also managed to finish my Patchwork of the Cross block for May, all in pink.
and my second hexie flower for April!

So that's another 10 blocks this month, not a bad start for this month as these take me to 15 so far... Let's hope it continues!

Linking to Building Blocks TuesdayWIP WednesdayNeedle and Thread ThursdayScraptastic Tuesday and Let's Bee Social.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Time to catch up

My count of blocks for April has been so low that I am of course behind on some of my bee blocks. So I have been working on those mainly this week to try and catch up so I can also work on other projects. 
First block I finished this month was the Tic Tac Toe for Kerstin for Bee Hive Europe

then I made Pippa's block for Bee Europa. This was a quick and easy block to make! I love the dramatic effect of the black and white.

And I made a little hexie flower to go with my mini basket for Natalie my April #2015IGsecretpals partner

I have also managed to get started on the new Farm Girl Vintage quilt-along on the same week it started! I am planning to use the blocks to make a quilt for my childminder who has sadly decided to retire at the end of the year.
I made a 12' block for the quilt 

and a 6' block to make a pincushion for my #2015IGsecretpals partner

I have also picked up my #bookbee blocks while I started working on my cousin's quilt for her 30th birthday (in 2 weeks...) a UFO that I started 10 years ago. 

There is still lots to be done on this one so please wish me luck...

For once a good start of the month with 5 blocks completed so far for the 350-blocks project.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Goals for May

Another month, another list...and I doubt this will be a short one. Let's hope I can cross a few big items this month...

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday - this will have to be my choice A lovely year of finishes as her birthday party is in May....wish me luck

2. Star Plus 

3. Skirt Sew Along 

4. IG Secret Pal swap 

Bee Blocks 

1. I love Lucy international block (May)

2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (April and May) 

3.  Bee Europa (May)

4. Book Bee (May)

5.  Flying geese Bee

6. Block Lotto blocks

1. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 

2. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November

3. Mr Snowmen cushion 

4. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 

5. Triangle quilt for my Mum 

6.  Quilt for M 

7. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February 

8. Elephant Parade

9. Scrappy X block quilt 

New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2

2. Quilt for A 

3. Farm Vintage Quilt-Along - I have a plan for this one!

Linking to A lovely year of finishes,


Friday, 1 May 2015

April in review

So April is over already, it has gone by very quickly once again... We had lovely spring weather which has pushed me to go outside more (not something I do easily) and we have started to really try to reserve some quality family time at week-ends when we do something all together like going for a bike ride or a long walk. Of course, that has eaten even more into "free" time but it is so worth it as the kids absolutely love it and we get to spend some stress free time together when we don't have to rush anyway. We also started the month on holidays and then I spent a few days in Paris for work. A busy month where I didn't get to spend as much time with my sewing machine as I should/would have liked to. Anyway let's have a look at THE list....

Hoping for Finishes!
1. UK mini swap this will be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes - all done and sent on time!

2. Quilt for M - no progress

3. Star Plus - no progress

4. Skirt Sew Along - no progress

5. IG Secret Pal swap - 2 mini baskets

Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (February) - finally done and the bee is now over

2. Block Lotto blocks - I didn't play this month so I won't win ;-)

3. I love Lucy international block (May) (I am Queen Bee in April) - this one is in progress

4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (March and April) - March are gone, April one done, one in progress

5. Bee Europa (April) - selvages block all done

6. Book Bee (April) + 2 books for Helen - I am late....
7. Flying geese Bee (February, March and April) - I am late....
8. Bee Hive Europe (April) - started

1. Midnight in the Oasis - no progress and I will drop this one from my list for now as I am unlikely to pick it up anytime soon

2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks - no progress and I will drop this one from my list for now as I am unlikely to pick it up anytime soon

3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes - no progress but I am hoping to pick this one up again soon

4. Finish Maud's bag - I have started by unpicking the lining to use something more funky than plain old muslin. Macarons are much more fun! And I finished it just before midnight, so proud!

5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November  no progress but who knows that could be the next bag I finish... don't know when though

6. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced and now sewn together!

7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks - no progress and I will drop this one from my list for now as I am unlikely to pick it up anytime soon

8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along- no progress and I will drop this one from my list for now as I am unlikely to pick it up anytime soon

9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday - no progress and I will drop this one from my list for now as I am unlikely to pick it up anytime soon

10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler - I have made fantastic progress on this one, finishing 2 more months (September and October) thanks to #The100DaysChallenge that started on 6 April. My challenge is one thread a day on my sampler.

1 April 2015

1 May 2015

11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October - no progress and I will drop this one from my list for now as I am unlikely to pick it up anytime soon

12. Triangle quilt for my Mum -no progress but I might try for her birthday in June

13. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday - no progress and I would really need this one to get going soon.

14. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - no progress 

15. Elephant Parade- no progress but I don't want to drop this one from my list as I don't want it "forgotten"

New Project
1. Custom cushions - not started 

2. Quilt for A - not started

And for the 350-blocks project, this is a grand total of 5 blocks out of 30...

Linking to Fresh Sewing Day,



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