Thursday, 30 April 2015

A long-standing UFO no more

I6 years ago (yes 6 ... hanging my head in shame), I started a bag for my cousin's 30th birthday and I got as far as making the bag, the flap, the zip closure, the pocket and the lining. You can check here.

Then I needed to make the handle, seriously how difficult is that? Well it's not but for some reason that was a road block for me. I am not quite sure why, apart from not being able to decide on what to use to make it. Anyway, I didn't make the handle then and the birthday came and went and the bag stayed as a UFO (and has been since then, yes I am ashamed). I have been challenged to finish a few times over the last few months by my fellow Lazy Bums partners. Of course, I couldn't remember how much there was to do so I didn't even got it out to check. But miracle, I finally did last Sunday. And first thing I decided I didn't like the lining I had used: boring plain muslin and decided that needed jazzing up a bit.

So I was brave, really brave and cut into my stash using this lovely macarons fabric (I hope I was planning to keep it for the perfect project LOL!) to remake the lining.

And the very difficult decision of the handle was finally made with using the same fabric as the flap obvisouly!

With a brand new lining and a handle, all that was left was to attach the lining to the bag and turn it over to finish it. Seriously how hard was that?

Anyway, I am so proud that just a few minutes before midnight in my part of the world, I have a finished bag, one less UFO, I have achieved my April Lazy Bum challenge and cut into my stash so I am linking to #SewMyStashBagChallenge and of course this is one more (last minute OPAM) and one more of my Q2 Finish Along list.


Wow, what an achievement with just a messenger bag. And I will see my cousin in May so I can gift her my bag (6 years later...). Better late than never I guess...

Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Baskets

I have signed up for a few more swaps (of course!) and one of them is the one-hour basket that is currently so popular in IG. I thought it would be good to have a practice and it would also make a good present for my friend's birthday.

And my one-hour basket (which has actually taken about a week because I was so slow) was actually easy and fun to make. The instructions are great and it should really take an hour if you keep at it.

I used a deco-weight fabric with Scottie dogs and some Art Gallery jungle for the lining. I really love how it turned out, I hope she does too.

And today I have been trying a mini version to send to my IG swap partner. Someone (and I can't remember who to credit, sorry) posted dimensions on IG so I decided to try it out. The construction is the same as the big basket but starting with pieces 8 x 4.75' and cutting a 1' square of the bottom.



I can see more of these in my future. And that's 3 more OPAMs for April.
Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday and Whoop Whoop Friday and this is the second item of my Q2 Finish Along list.

Celine

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Some blocks

So I had lost my sewjo recently and hardly did any sewing, but at the week-end I managed to make the Bee Europa block for Tsoniki, all made of selvages she had sent us

And I also picked up my Sew Euro Bee an blocks from 2013 (I know that was 2 years ago...) Anyway, I decided to put them together to see what I needed to finish that quilt and realised that I was only needed 2 more blocks. I thought I was missing more so that was a nice surprise. I remember when we did the bee, some people dropped out and not all the blocks were sent back sadly. Anyway, seeing this top nearly completed had really made me want it finished so I have been working on making the scrappy strips at the week-end, hoping I can soon have the 2 missing pieces to my puzzle. Wish me luck, I hope it won't take another 2 years...
And I finish one of my 2 flowers for April - another on the go project

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday, WIP Wednesday.

Celine

Monday, 27 April 2015

UK mini swap

I didn't realised I hadn't blogged for so long but at least I have something to blog about!
The UK mini swap is over which means I have sent mine to my partner and I have also received one back!
I made a rainbow hexies for my partner. I made the hexies when we were on holidays so all was left was to applique them on the background fabric.
 I quilted with a very simple straight line quilting to secure the hexagons. 
I really like how it turned out and could have easily kept it. I also made a tiny scissor fob for my partner

I have collected a few goodies to send her too.

I received this fantastic mini from Heidee, I love everything about it: the design, the fabric, the colours, the quilting.
and the extras too! Heidee made me some lovely pouches and send lots of extra goodies (including eatable ones, yummy!) Thanks Heidee, that was a fantastic swap.

Linking to A lovely Year of Finishes and this is also my first finish for the Q2 Finish Along and 2 little OPAMs for April.


Celine

Thursday, 9 April 2015

More hand piecing

Last week has been all about hand sewing or cross stitching as I was away from my sewing machine. It was a great way of catching up with some late blocks and also get started on new blocks. I made a second flower for my partner for March


My 1 block for the 350-blocks project challenge for April.
Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Finish Along Q2 - goals

So the first quarter is over and we are going towards Spring and Summer here. Let's hope the longer days help me finish more projects than the 5 I crossed off my previous list!

Still following our cheerleader in the lovely Adrianne who lives at the other end of the world from me and who will be celebrating her 30th birthday during the year!
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

1. M new quilt

2. UK mini swap -  working on some hexagons now

3. Basket for my friend's birthday

4. One-hour basket for swap

5. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday

6. Quilt for my friend's 40th

7. Make myself a skirt with the Skirt Sew Along - cut and ready to be sewn


8. Work bag for myself - started years ago but stopped because of a zip fear! - this one is on my list since the beginning of last year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  

9. Bag for Maud -started 5 years ago...  - this one is on my list since the beginning of last year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  

10. Star Plus quilt 

11. Cat bag as a Christmas present similar to the one I made 2 years ago 

12. Triangle Quilt take #2  - all the triangles are cut 

13. My Auntie's purple quilt - UFO from 5 years ago - 

14. Spools and bobbins - 

15. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced

16. Custom cushions x 2

17. Quilt for A

18. Elephant quilt

19. You've got mail wall hanging

20. Mod Mod Along
The list could go on and on and on I think so I will once again stop at 20 projects and see if I can finish more than 5 this quarter!

Linking to Finish Along Q2
Celine

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Finish Along Q1

Quarter 1 is over already, time to check how many finishes I can cross of my list from January and how many I will yet again, push to next quarter(s).


1. Work bag for myself - started years ago but stopped because of a zip fear! - this one is on my list since the beginning of the year so I am really hoping I'll eventually pick it up and finish it...  - no progress

2. Bag for Maud -started 5 years ago... no progress

3. Star Plus quilt - top ready for quilting no progress

4. Cat bag as a Christmas present similar to the one I made 2 years ago no progress

5. Triangle Quilt take #2  - all the triangles are cut no progress

6. My Auntie's purple quilt - UFO from 5 years ago - no progress

7. Spools and bobbins - to be finished promptly so I can gift it to my Grand-Mum for her 90th birthday no progress

8. Finish my Little Forest with quilting and binding - Finished and on our bedroom wall

9. Make myself a skirt with the Skirt Sew Along no progress

10. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced no progress

11. UK mini swap -  no progress


12. Liberty of London swap - finished on time

13. Frozen dresses for the girls - both finished


14. Valentine's swap - 25 cards done 

15. Custom cushions x 2 no progress

16. Downton swap - finished on time

17. Mr Cars new quilt - all blocks done - I have planned the design and started sashing the blocks

18. Miss Baby quilt -no progress

19. Miss Strawberry Shortcake quilt - 2 block so far

20. Mod Mod Along no progress

Only 5 crossed off my list out of 20, that doesn't look very good I guess, Some were very challenging (like the Frozen dresses) and I am glad they are finished, and there were other finishes which were not on this original list like more swaps (Kawaii, Easter open wide pouch for examples), some pillow cases for the kids and a lot of birthday parties to prepare, organise and bake for. A new job to get used to (including returning to full time 5 days a week work rather than part-time 4 days a week) since January as well to add to the equation so I guess it has been quite a busy quarter really. Time to plan for the next one which will, I hope, will bring renewed energy with the arrival of Spring.
Linking to Finish Along Q1.
Celine

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

March in review

So March is over and the first quarter of the year as well. We started the month with the last (but not least of course) of the kids birthday celebrations and of course more baking. I am not going to hide that I am pleased that the "birthday season" is over for another year!

I had a lot on my list again this month and especially lots of catch up I was hoping to do and I must say it worked pretty well. Let's have a look now and plan next month!

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Sugar and Sweet Easter Swap - finished and sent on time


2. Star Plus - no progress
3. Kawaii swap - this will be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes - finished and sent on time


4. Skirt Sew Along - no progress
5. IG Secret Pal swap - finished and sent on time


Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (January and February) - January sent, February in progress

2. Block Lotto blocks - 9 done

3. I love Lucy international block (February and March) - February and March done

4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January, February and March) - January and February sent, March in progress


5. Get Your Hexie On - (January, February) - January sent, February finished and this bee is now finished (round 2)

6. Bee Europa (March)sent

7. Book Bee (March) - sent

8. Flying geese Bee (February and March) - no progress

9. Bee Hive Europe (February and March) - February and March sent




WIP
1. Midnight in the Oasis - no progress
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks - no progress
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes - no progress
4. Finish Maud's bag - no progress
5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November - no progress
6. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced - no progress
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks - no progress
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along - no progress
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday - no progress
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler - little progress at least the border is now finished since I last posted in December

11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October  - no progress
12. Triangle quilt for my Mum - no progress
13. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday- no progress
14. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February - no progress
15. Elephant Parade - no progress

New Project
1. UK mini swap - no progress
2.Custom cushion- no progress
3. Quilt for M - my Lazy Bums challenge for March- I have a plan, I have the blocks, and I have started sashing my blocks but nowhere near finished really

I made a total of 28 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge in March, still behind the target of 30 but so much better than the 9 of February...

And now what should I focus on in April?


Hoping for Finishes!
1. UK mini swap this will be my choice for A lovely Year of Finishes
2. Quilt for M
3. Star Plus 
4. Skirt Sew Along 
5. IG Secret Pal swap 

Bee Blocks 
1. Little Blog Bee block (February) 
2. Block Lotto blocks 
3. I love Lucy international block (May) (I am Queen Bee in April)
4. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (March and April) 
5. Bee Europa (April)
6. Book Bee (April) + 2 books for Helen
7. Flying geese Bee (February, March and April)
8. Bee Hive Europe (April) 

WIP
1. Midnight in the Oasis
2. Mod Mod Along blocks: Sunrise Blocks x 6, Little Window blocks x 11 and Sweet Dreams blocks 
3. You've got Mail wall hanging - need 4 more envelopes 
4. Finish Maud's bag 
5. Finish my work bag - my Lazy Bums challenge for November 
6. Mr Snowmen cushion - all the blocks are pieced 
7. Make more Farmer's Wife blocks 
8. Flowering Snowball quilt-along
9. Quilt for my Grand-Mum's 90th birthday 
10. Continue working on my Once Upon a Time Sampler 
11. Purple quilt for my Auntie - my Lazy Bums challenge for October  

12. Triangle quilt for my Mum 
13. Lighthouse quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday
14. September in the Hexagon - my Lazy Bums challenge for February 
15. Elephant Parade

New Project
1. Custom cushions
2. Quilt for A

Linking to A lovely Year of Finishes and Fresh Sewing Day

Celine

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