Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September recap

So September has come and is nearly gone, Kids are back at school, the days are much shorter but lately the sun has been back a little. I had a lot (too much on my list) but somehow, I feel happy about what I have been able to cross off, and most importantly, my daughter's new school bag that she loves! Let's have a look at the long- too long list.

Hoping for Finishes!
1. Zodiac swap mini - sent

2. Paris swap - sent



Bee Blocks 
1. I love Lucy international block (August and September) - August nearly finished

2. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (September) - one flower

3. Bee Europa (September) - sent


4. Book Bee (September
5. Flying geese Bee 
6. Fat Stash Bee (September) - sent


7. Bee Hive (July, August and September) - July and September sent



8. Block Lotto blocks - lovely tulip blocks - none sadly
9. Bubble Bee (August and September) - August sent



WIP
1. Mr Snowmen cushion - quilted! need embroidery, buttons and finishing - no progress
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 - little progress


New Project
1. Custom cushions  x 2 
2. Quilt for A
3.  My Small World quilt-along 
4. Pencil roll for M - finished just on time!

5. School bag for C - this will be A lovely year of Finishes challenge for September - finished on time!

6. Farmer's Wife 1930 - two first blocks sewn

7. Tokyo Subway map - cutting started

Total of 13 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge
Celine

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Work in progress

Where to start? Of course as usual I have many irons in the fire. This week-end, I started 2 new projects, one which is more in the "secret sewing" domain, but more will be revealed soon and one which is a "I-have-a-deadline-of-2-weeks-to-make-this-quilt". Crazy me? Yes maybe but I only seem to focus if I need to finish tomorrow, otherwise I am a real butterfly.

Anyway, I will show you some of the secret sewing, lovely diamonds in batiks and an old stashed fabric, that I have "rediscovered" when shopping my stash for a background and fell in love with again. So here they are 10 little diamonds.

And now for the quilt for my friends' 40th birthday, well I am making the Castles on the Horizon quilt designed by Michele, as a quilt-along with a group of friends. I bought 2 layer cakes for the quilt so I have spent a while this week-end sewing HST, 8 at a time.

I am nearly there with the triangles, next stop: the quilt top. And I better get going because I now have just 10 days left.


Linking to WIP Wednesday, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday.
Celine

Monday, 28 September 2015

More blocks catch up

As usual at the moment I had lots of bee blocks to catch up with so last week-end, I sat at the machine with a goal to finish a few and post them on, I like ticking things of my to-do list :-)
I first made a log cabin block for the Fat Stash Bee
It is funny that the log cabin is one of the simplest block and also one of my favorite, yet I haven't got a log cabin quilt! I made one for my Grand-Ma over 10 years ago but that's the only time I used that versatile block.
Next on my list was a Great Granny Block for my great friend Betti. Betti's daughter is off to uni soon and Betti is making her a quilt, I am priviledged to have a block in her special quilt :-)

and I also finally finished my bubble for August... I love those blocks but they have lots and lots of pieces! All paper pieced of course! A lovely log cabin inspiration

Nearly caught up with my Bee Hive blocks (July... and September), I still have August to make but didn't have the correct solid. I ordered it on Friday so hopefully this one will be done soon too.

And this very elegant stripe block for Bee Europa
That makes it 6 blocks for the 350-blocks challenge, I am very very far behind this year :-(

Linking to Building Blocks Tuesday.

Celine

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Last swap



I am always amazed and tempted by the variety of swaps available on IG and Flicker, and I sign up for (far too) many! The last one I had to finish was the Zodiac swap that was due this month too. And I have been on swap-diet recently because I end up only having time to sew for swaps or bees. Anyway, I posted my Zodiac mini last week but never had time to post about it until now. My partner for the swap was Cancer so while on holidays, I made about 30 mini hexies (3/4' in size) to draw the Cancer sign. Now some saw other things apparently....
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I found a lovely night blue background for the mini that I quilted with a constellation

And applique the hexies on top.
For the back, I added some music

I hope my partner likes it!
This is another OPAM for September and one more of my Q3 FAL list.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Paris

A long while ago I signed up for the Paris Swap on IG that Deanna was organising. I went to Paris the following month so picked up some goodies then. But of course as usual I left it to the last minute to complete the swap. I started just before I went away on holidays but didn't manage to finish it then. And I had an idea but it was vague and changed over time. Anyway I decided on a paper pieced Eiffel Tower from a pattern by quietplay.

I then decided on some French flags and thought that it would be good to make a tote bag from my blocks.

So I went for the no-pattern tote bag and loved how it turned out (if I can say so myself!)


I sent it off at the week-end to my partner with a few goodies.


\One more OPAM this month as well as one to cross off Q3 Finish Along
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Celine

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Cutting



The Tokyo Subway Map Quilt-Along over at Nina's blog has already started last week but I hadn't
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so last night I grabbed my first basket of scraps (the pink one) and starting cutting.

I have decided to go for 2.5' squares because I can cut them quickly and easily with my Sizzix

so here are my first few squares of pink, all 35 of them, still need a few before moving to the next colour....

I am thinking about all the white and I am not sure whether to cut all the 800+ white squares or whether to cheat and use some bigger squares or reactangles for some of the sections where possible. I wonder if anyone has tried that and what it would look like. I still have time to decide of course.
Linking to WIP Wednesday.

Celine

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Back to school

School started again on Monday in our little town. All 3 kids are back in the routine now, and so are we! Miss C had the same book bag since she started pre-school a few years ago and it was starting to show marks of wear and tear so I had promised her a new bag at the end of last year. Of course, I had bought the fabric a while ago (in March) and picked the pattern in March too but I left it until the end of last week to get started. Not that she didn't pester me to get it done!

She loves horses so of course the new Derby collection from Riley Blake was perfect for her.

For the pattern I used the Camp Fire Messenger bag by Noodlehead which was part of the Bag Club earlier in the year (the only pattern of the 6 I have tried so far I must admit).
And I used Superior Thread King Tut 903 and 926 for the top stitch as well as the construction of the bag.
And for the interfacing I used Decovil which I like to give some body to the bag and make it more sturdy, perfect for school.

The pattern was good and easy to follow, despite the multiple pockets but I had an issue with the gusset. I am not sure why mine was too short by about 5'. Anyway, I added a piece in the middle of the gusset, which is located at the bottom of the bag so not really visible. One of the difficulty I found was that I had to really think about the cutting beforehand as I was using a directional fabric. I didn't want to end up with ponys upside down!

The bag has one zipped pocket and 2 pleated pockets at the front.

There is also an internal pocket and a back pocket so it is perfectly roomy.

And because it is finished with binding at the top, it isn't a case of sewing the exterior and interior bags together and passing it all through to a gap to turn it right side out which is extremely difficult when you are using Decovil or something more rigid for the interfacing. So I was glad of the choice of finishing,


So I finished the bag Sunday night. Miss C had to go to bed before it was finished but it was love at first sight in the morning. First thing she did when she got up was to look for it and then wouldn't take it off for breakfast! She came home from school cuddling her bag so I think it is fair to say this has been a great success!

I also very quickly on Monday morning before school made a pencil roll for her brother with some left-over Diary of a Wimpy Kid fabric from Robert Kaufman that I had bought with him. He was happy to take it to school with him and his teacher has already commented on it!



These are my 2 first OPAM for September. The school bag was also my goal for A lovely year of Finishes.

Linking to Let's Bee Social and Whoop Whoop Friday.
Celine

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

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