Sunday, January 28, 2018

Retreat quilt

I attended the Thread House retreat exactly a year ago. I decided I wanted to put the pieces that I had made in classes together as a retreat QUI LT. I noticed that this year the class samples are being used to make a medallion quilt but I have not gone to the retreat this year.

The blocks from top left to bottom right are as follows:

Appliqué tree was a class with Lynne Goldsworthy

The Just Sew Sue block block is my own design

The improv self-portrait was a class with Jo Avery

On The bottom row the foundation pieced star was a class with Lynne Goldsworthy again

The curved block was from a block of the month in which both Lynne and Karen were designers. So I thought that using up this block along with the final block in the quilt worked well as both Lynne and Karen are owners of the thread house retreat along with Jo.

Finally the appliqué vase of flowers was a class with Jo Avery. I added a button to the centre of several flowers as I was too lazy to appliqué small circles.

I then free machine quoted fee quote on my long arm "machine. And found it in the same fabric as I had used on the reverse of the quote.

This is another UFO finally shed and was my number 12 for the APQ 2018 challenge.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Celebration sampler progress

I have finished my #12 UFO for the January APQS challenge so I have retrieved my Christmas celebration sampler again. I am working on it this morning and have three blocks out of nine to complete. 

One side of the border is still to be stitched too. As you may be able to see from the picture, I am about to run out of the Weeks Dye Works thread in Snowflake. I have just realised that I ordered another skein this morning in icicle and not snowflake. Damn, I hope they see my email when they open again on Monday.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sterntaler socks

They are finished and need blocking before being entered in our local Eisteddfod in March. I am now waiting for the first pattern of the Curious Handmade sock club to be released on 5 February. I hope some yarn hints come before we go on holiday.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Morning Joe II

This quilt may look familiar. The original which I made three years ago has been for sale in a local high end store for about two years. A member of staff purchased it and wanted a matching sister quilt. It's not a match but it is also from a Bonnie & Camille charm pack,

I was also able to use the same quilting pattern and the quilt will be delivered next week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sterntaler socks

When I got my socks out that I had knitted in 2017 for Voolenvine yarns' knitalong to knit 12 pairs of socks in a year, I was very disappointed that I had only knit 11 pairs of socks. Other than the cowl by Curious Handmade I didn't knit much in December. So I have chosen yarn  from Devon Sun yarns and the sterntaler socks by soprano knits which is a free pattern on rivalry and I am ready to go.

I have already got as far as the heel turn. Hopefully I can finish this before the end of the month to participate in the grocery girls' sockalong.

I have signed up for curious handmade's monthly sock pattern so come February I won't have to choose a pattern. I will be away from early February so I hope that the pattern is released early in the month or there is an indication of what yarn will suit the pattern so I can cake up some yarn to pack for my holiday.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tidying up wadding

I am surprised with myself, but I have managed to keep my sewing table clear this week. It isn't that I haven't been sewing, but having a clear desk every morning means that I have been tidying up every evening. 

I'm putting my works in progress in the top of my IKEA cart.

As wadding is bulky, I thought that tidying that element this week would have the greatest impact on my mess. My roll of wadding is kept permanently in the same room as my long arm and usually my bag of wadding scraps is kept in the 

same room.

I store my scraps in a zippered bag in which new bedding is sold. Small scraps get passed to a friend for stuffing, bigger scraps I use to clean the rails of my machine and large scraps are then easily found for bags or small quilts.

All I had to do was unpick some quilting on scraps to liberate the wadding from the backing and the backing has been added to the pile of fabric to be sorted. I think my IKEA cart needs tidying next.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Christmas Celebration Sampler - January

I planned to finish one extra segment of the sampler in January. I have now completed block T as it had a small section of border.

That brings the number of blocks completed song with their borders to three. Though blocks R and A are almost complete too. I will now work on some other UFOs and put thus project away until February when I plan to complete another block. However we are away for two weeks in February so I may take this prject with me and get a more substantial amount complete. It would be great to finish the fancy border but I imagine that will be almost the last thing finshed on this project.