Monday, 30 June 2014

June in review and goals for July

June has not been a very productive month in the sewing room really. It started with Mr Cars' First Holy Communion which turned out to be a fantastic week-end with friends and family followed a week later by a workshop on chocolate with my friend, which prompted me to spend lots of time playing with chocolate (instead of fabric!). So I tried to redeem myself towards the end of the month and tried to work through some of my list! Here is what I have managed finally to cross off.

1. Make my Siblings Together 2  May and June blocks - all done and the bee is over for this year



2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Beads on a string x 10, Star Cross x 3 and Diagonal Bars x 11 - no progress 
3. Finish off my blocks for the You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes - very little progress, I haven't even finished another block
4. Finish Maud's bag and my work bag - no progress
5. Catch up on my + and x blocks (12) no progress
6. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks no progress
7. Finish central medaillon of my Midnight in the Oasis and make more border blocks no progress
8. I love Lucy international block (May and June) - May done, June just started
9. Stash Bee block (May and June) - May started, June not started
10. Little Blog Bee block (June) - done

11. Bee Europa blocks (May) - started
12. Start another Triangle quilt like the Triangle Quilt Along - my NewFO challenge for June - cutting all done (285 triangles), I have decided that this one will be a Christmas present for Mum so it will needs to be finished by December and will probably be parked for now.
13. Continue working on my Cat Quilt - 4 more cats so that's 11 in the family so far

14. Start working on my Grand-Mum's birthday present with floral blocks - Lazy Bums challenge for June and this is also going to be my pick for June for A lovely Year of Finishes - centre of quilt top done
15. Make my flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap - done
16. Work on my Teacher's gifts - not started
16. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler - steady progress on my morning commute

350-blocks challenge: 31 block, yeah!


1. Mod Mod Along blocks: Beads on a string x 10, Star Cross x 3 and Diagonal Bars x 11, Sunrise Blocks x 3, July blocks
2. Finish off my blocks for the You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 
3. Finish Maud's bag and my work bag 
4. Catch up on my + and x blocks (12) 
5. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks 
6. Finish central medaillon of my Midnight in the Oasis and make more border blocks
7. I love Lucy international block (June and July) 
8. Stash Bee block (May, June and July) 
9. Little Blog Bee block (July) 
10. Bee Europa blocks (May)
11. Continue working on my Cat Quilt - need 19 more blocks
13. Continue working on my Grand-Mum's birthday present with floral blocks Lazy Bums challenge for July (again) and this is also going to be my pick for July (again) for A lovely Year of Finishes
14. Make my flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (July)
15. Make  Teachers' gifts - probably keyring pouch from Heidi's tutorial
16. Make a Wiksten Tank at the FQR
17. Start a Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt at the FQR - one NewFO for July
18. Finish my Siblings Together quilt
19. Make my sample swap items for FQR
20. Get started on the Flowering Snowball quilt-along - one NewFO for July
21. Get started on the Postcard quilt-along - one NewFO for July
22. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 
23. And if there is some time left :-)) dig out my purple blocks for my Auntie to try and finish the quilt I planned to give her 5 years ago... so I could finally gift it to her in August... one can dream

Maybe I should stop here, not sure that leaves me any time for some sleep;-)
Linking to A lovely Year of FinishesNewFO challenge, Fresh Sewing Day.

Celine

Sunday, 29 June 2014

My newFO for June and some lovelies in the post

June is nearly nearly finished and until yesterday I hadn't touched my NewFO challenge. I got all the fabric I needed out of my sewing room last night and spent some time cutting. I had chosen to start another triangle after my Mum hinted not so softly that she really really liked the one I made to my friend in April and that she would really really like the same one. I had lots of leftover of fabric anyway so I got back to the cutting board with the leftovers and a few extras from my stash to cut a grand total of 285 triangles. I cut my first row wrongly (well not according to Paula's instructions) so my finished triangles will be slightly smaller than last time that's why I cut more. I have selected a total of 19 fabrics and I have between 5 and 30 triangles of each fabric and I am planning a 19 x 15 triangles quilt this time.


I initially thought I'd finish the quilt (or try to) before mid August but that's unrealistic with all the other projects I need to finish so I will target December and make it a Christmas present for my Mum. I am hoping I'll keep to that timing.

I also finished my hexies for this month Hexie Inchy Swap during my travelling over the week-end ready to go to Leslie

and I received some lovely stepping stones from Heidi.

And also 3 gorgeous extra New York Beauty blocks from Robin for the Stash Bee, she didn't go for the easiest patterns.

Talking of which I am still working on my May block and haven't yet started the June one, oops... Trying to decide on which arrnagement, although I think I am going to go for the coral centre.


Linking to NewFO challenge, Building Blocks Tuesday.
Celine

Saturday, 28 June 2014

A problem and (hopefully) a solution

My A lovely year of finishes and Lazy Bums challenge for June was to make a quilt for my grand-Mum's 85th birthday (earlier in the month) with some floral blocks I collected a few years (2010-2011) back as part of a swap/BOM. My Grand-Mum doesn't go in the garden much anymore but she had a huge garden with plenty of flowers when she had her garden. She also lost her husband, my Grand-Dad earlier in the year after more than 65 years of marriage. So I am hoping my little quilt will cheer her up a little bit.

I got the blocks out (20 of them, 6.5' squares) and tried to figure out how to use them into a quilt.

Although I wasn't planning on a king-size quilt, I knew 20 x 6.5' squares weren't going to yield a big quilt, more a wall-hanging size. Of course I had scraps of fabric left but I wasn't sure how much. So I put my thinking cap on and decided that putting those blocks on point and finding some fillers would maybe work.

Because time is limited (but not the number of projects ;-)), I thought I had to keep it simple if I hoped to see that quilt finished any time soon.
So for the filler I decided on a box in a box (not sure about the "official" name of that block) using my most colourful fabric until I realised I wouldn't have enough for all the fillers!
So I made my fillers for the centre of the quilt with my most colourful fabric: 12 of them.

and 8 with another fabric for the sides and corners, planning to I then cut in half or quarter depending where the triangles are going

All the blocks together for this top:
So this is not finished of course and won't be by the end of June but I am so glad that I have got my blocks out, found a plan for my quilt and work on it. I am now planning to frame the centre with a narrow white strip before adding a "fancy" border but I need to first sit down and do the maths! My ulitmate goal to finish this is end of July when I should see my Grand-Mum so I'll try to keep at it and not bury it for another couple of years!

So that was another 20 blocks for the 350-blocks projects this month.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday, A lovely year of finishes, WIP Wednesday, Anything Goes Monday, WOW.
Celine


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Finally a few blocks

So as I said in my post yesterday, June is disappearing at the speed of light and I have hardly touched my sewing machine.... I had great plans for the month but I don't think I will cross many things of my list.
Anyway, I finally finished Ana Maria's blocks for the I love Lucy International Bee

I also made a block for Aneela to send to Christa

and I finished my 2 Siblings Together blocks for Sue for May

and the June trip-around the world ones for Teresa



I made a friendship star for the Little Blog bee
I love how the dots meet in some of the seams:

I also made 4 more cat blocks for my quilt: 1 red, 2 yellow and 1 orange.




So that's 11 blocks so far for June for the 350-blocks challenge and only a few days left....

Linking to Anything Goes Monday, Building Blocks Tuesday. Brit Sewing Thursday Linky, Needle and Thread Thursday.
Celine

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Kitchen time taking over my sewing time

Where does the time go? It seems that every month fly by quicker than the previous one. I can't believe that June will soon be over and I have hardly done any sewing at all. The first week-end was our son First Holy Communion, where we spent a fantastic week-end with the family. 17 of us all together for the occasion for the week-end, it was really good but of course, also very busy.
So ahead of the big day, I spent quite a lot of time in the kitchen and preparing for my big boy with little spare time for anything else. And after the event, we had family staying with us so I don't think I found any time near my machine for the first 2 weeks of June.

Last week-end, I went to a chocolate making workshop with my friend.

It was very good and gave me lots of ideas of what to make and I spent most of last Sunday playing with chocolate, quite a pleasant activity... if only there was more hours in the day!

and my first ever chocolates with mint ganache

And of course with the football and the world cup, there is lots going on... All together I haven't been able to spend much time in the sewing room this month. Although this week-end, I have finally been able to have some me time, more about that soon hopefully...
Celine

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Goals for June

Most of my May goals will have to transfer to June because I haven't done much last month. And of course I am not sure about how much I will achieve this month. This coming Sunday is Mr Cars' First Holy Communion so sewing time is greatly reduced! Anyway, let's try as I have plenty of bee blocks to catch up with now.

1. Make my Siblings Together 2  May and June blocks - May started
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Beads on a string x 10, Star Cross x 3 and Diagonal Bars x 11 
3. Finish off my blocks for the You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 
4. Finish Maud's bag and my work bag 
5. Catch up on my + and x blocks (12)
6. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks 
7. Finish central medaillon of my Midnight in the Oasis and make more border blocks
8. I love Lucy international block (May and June) - May started
9. Stash Bee block (May and June) 
10. Little Blog Bee block (June) 
11. Bee Europa blocks (May)
12. Start another Triangle quilt like the Triangle Quilt Along - my NewFO challenge for June
13. Continue working on my Cat Quilt - 7 cats in the family so far
14. Start working on my Grand-Mum's birthday present with floral blocks - Lazy Bums challenge for June and this is also going to be my pick for June for A lovely Year of Finishes
15. Make my flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap
16. Work on my Teacher's gifts
16. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 

And of course I need another 30 blocks fort he 350-blocks challenge so I guess my list is already long enough as it is really! Wish me luck!

Linking to A lovely Year of FinishesNewFO challenge.,

Celine

Sunday, 1 June 2014

May in review

Where is the month gone? I am not sure really! I made a few things but not that many really! I got to yesterday with 20 blocks and 10 more to go to meet the 350-blocks challenge. So I was busy last night finishing my diagonal bars blocks and starting my Cat family which was also my NewFO challenge. Nothing better than a deadline really!

1. Make my Siblings Together 2  May blocks - started
2. Block for the Lotto - 2 blocks
3. Mod Mod Along blocks: Beads on a string x 10, Star Cross x 3 and Diagonal Bars x 12 - 1 Diagonal Bar finished
4. Finish off my blocks for the You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes - no progress
5. Finish my cat quilt -  on  the frame, ready for quilting - I will pick this one as my A lovely Year of Finishes challenge for May - So glad it is finished and in use!
6. Finish Maud's bag and my work bag -no progress
7. Catch up on my + and x blocks (12) - no progress
8. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks - no progress
9. Make my items for the Modern She Made Swap - done and posted on time

10. Finish central medaillon of my Midnight in the Oasis and make more border blocks - no progress
11. I love Lucy international block (May)  - started
12. Stash Bee block (May) - no progress
13. Little Blog Bee block (May) - done

14. Bee Europa blocks (May) - not done
15. Start another Triangle quilt like the Triangle Quilt Along - not started
16. Start this Cat Quilt - my NewFO challenge for May - started - 7 cats in the family so far - this was also my NewFO project for May.

17. Finish my September in the Hexagon quilt - Lazy Bums challenge - no progress
18. Start working on my Grand-Mum's birthday present with floral blocks - no progress
19. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler - steady progress
I guess I finished my last few blocks past midnight last night but I will still count them for my May challenge, giving me exactly 30 blocks this month.

There will be lots of carry over in my list for June because I am behind with most of my bee blocks although I don't expect much progress this week as I am preparing for my son First Holy Communion on Sunday.

Linking to Fresh Sewing Day, NewFO, Building Blocks Tuesday, Whoop Whoop Friday, 350-blocks challenge, Anything Goes Monday.
Celine 

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