Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What at the fade!? Clue three

After a lovely three days in London including a trip to see loose women at ITV studios and a day at Kirstie's handmade fair, I was keen to get home and finish clue three of this shawl.

I have moved yarn B to yarn D. I think this is a big improvement and will mean that yarn C will now be next to yarn A and both contain orange and pink so should fade together better.

I now plan to work on some cross stitch until clue 4 is released on Thursday.

Monday, September 11, 2017

What the fade!? Clue two

It turns out the clue one of this mystery shawlnwas just a warmup. That was probably just as well as I am a beginner brioche knitter. In clue two we have used all six yarn choices. We have also done a lot of brioche knitting.

I have to confess to doing some unpicking however not as much as for clue one. We have now cut yarn C so it looks like we have some garter stitch in the future. Hooray!

I think yarn C would have been a better chance choice as yaron B however it has not being unpicked. Now it's time to cast on a pair of socks for some travel knitting on Friday.

Monday, September 04, 2017

What the fade clue one

The first clue of this mystery Knit along was released last Thursday. I had chosen my yarns from stash but was never entirely happy with yarn six. This clue uses four of the six yarn choices and I swapped out yarn 6.

This shawl was definitely a learning experience. It included brioche stitch and I started the shawl a total  of 10 times. Hopefully I have learnt a lot and the next clue will be less traumatic. Here is the front of the shawl which took me almost 3 days to complete.

And the reverse. I am hoping that the next clue has garter stitch or stocking stitch to make progress quicker.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What the fade?!

Andrea Mowry's newest pattern is what the fade?! which is being run as a mystery knit along. My so faded sweater also by Andrea is languishing as I made The sections too short so I have run out of colours. It is about to be ripped out.

I have at last chosen my yarns for this mystery fade along and they are as follows:
Lone Star arts arts in an unknown colour
Pinata by stranded dye works
Sun set by Kate Selene
Marie Antoinette by fondant fibre 
Garden party by life in the long grass
I am undecided about colour F which at the moment is purple pop fizzle by Kate Selene

The pattern includes brioche which is new to me and I wonder if that is where the colours transition. More will be revealed on Thursday! And every Thursday thereafter for a couple of months.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Once upon a time August 2017

I realised last month that there was a lot to do on the August block for this Crosstitch sampler. I took it out quite early in the month and this is how it looked.

It's amazing what you can achieve when you focus on only one project. I managed to finish the square in about three days. This block it represents the Bremen town musicians.

The September block represents Rapunzel and is already about 60% complete, so it should be, in theory, a quick finish.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jungle abstractions 3

After a mild panic where I thought I had lost a page of the pattern I photocopied some extra units that have not come out very well. This means that I have now sewn up units 1 to 36. I think it's looking great already. However I am finding Space the solid fabrics to be a little bit boring. So I feel I need to crack on with this otherwise it will become a UFO.

My progress on this might seem a little déjà vu as The unit that I finish this week is the mirror image of the unit of one of the units that I finished last week. I still need to so this weeks unit to last weeks unit and then to the nose. I will do that when I'm completing the blocks next week. I still need to do some photocopying of a few missing units. However I think progress so far is good and you can all ready see that it is a lion.

The finished quilt is 60 in.² and and I am very pleased that it fits on my design wall as there are over 120 individual units is to complete. For the smaller units I will use my portable design boards. So with 36 units completed out of 120+ I am a quarter of the way down.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Jungle abstractions 2

With my daughter away this week I have been able to complete units 16 to 23 and sew them all together. It is starting to come together. This is the largest portion of the quilt which is vaguely divided up into four portions.

And here are two portions of the quilt sewn together.

Next week I will work on blocks 26 to 36 and finish the  mirror image of this block to the side of the lion's mouth. I have found the wonder clips to be very useful when sewing the units together. Next I need to check what parts of the pattern need to be copied again as it is printed on paper which is slightly larger than A3.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Holly Jolly Santa cross stitch

I am not sure quite why I decided to purchase this pattern as I have several other patterns by the frosted pumpkin stitchery still to complete and several of them are Christmas themed too. I suddenly had a desire to work on this pattern and you can see below that I hadn't actually achieved very much up until last week. However I worked on it for several evenings and it is complete.

I'm shocked too and it just shows that with a little application it is easy to finish some of these UFOs. It has now been dropped off at the framers to have a simple frame added in a glossy red colour which will match another Christmas project that was framed by the same business. What to work on next?

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Sew sturdy travel organisers

At the Simply Solids retreat in June there were a lot of everything in its place organisers made for the secret sewer swap. Makers were very generous as it is time heavy and also needs a lot of specialist vinyl, zippers and net. However it did inspire me to have a go myself. I did find out that Craftsy had a class by Annie Unrein which covered both the everything in its place organiser and a cosmetics bag. The cosmetic bag looked like a good place to start though the class started with the organiser.

I also had sufficient Bosal to make the bag. So I loaded the Bosal quilt sandwich onto my machine and quilt two pieces from which to cut the pieces for the bag. I loved the stitch definition of the quilting on the Bosal.

I made a start on this bag at the modern quilt guild sewing weekend. I drove myself bonkers looking for the panel for the zippered lower pocket. I was looking for a cut panel but when I did eventually find it the following day I hadn't yet trimmed the panel to size. So I was looking for the wrong thing. I did get it mostly finished as you can see above apart from the lower pocket and I replaced the middle vnyl pockets with one net pocket which I think was a good choice.

 Having found the quilted panel I completed the lower pocket the following day. My daughter admired the bag and immediately realised it was for her as it used fabric from the quilt I made for her to take to university.

Lizzie soon had the cosmetics bag filled to the brim and ready to take on her next trip. I am off to the Festival of quilts tomorrow and plan to purchase some fabric to make the everything in its place Bach next.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Faded knitting

My find your fade sweater (so faded sweater) has stalled and is about to be ripped back. I have changed the yarn colours too quickly in the three sections that I have knit so far. I found this to be too far out of my comfort zone so I plan to knit a plain sweater with some yarn purchased at Christmas. However I would like to jump on the fade bandwagon and have signed up for the what the fade?! Mystery knit along. I have stash dived and picked out the following yarn. What do you think?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Jungle abstractions 1

This week Lizzie has gone to London to a science fiction convention. Now that Lizzie has gone I can do some early morning stitching as my sewing studio is next door to her bedroom.

It was my birthday on Tuesday and I had planned a day of sewing on the Tula pink butterfly kit that I had specifically requested for my birthday. However it hadn't  turned up and Nick hadn't  chased it. I then chased it only to find that a computer glitch meant it had been marked as sent but not been sent. I cancelled the order as I was not happy as the gnome angel sew along started on 1 August. Instead I have ordered the pattern from Hawthorne threads as they do not charge postage on pattern only purchases. A good deal! Next week I am off to the Festival of quilts so I will plan some fabric purchases for this pattern. The pattern has been dispatched and has got as far as New York. Hopefully it will arrive before I leave on Thursday.

So I had to adjust my sewing plans and have worked on the lion pattern by violet craft. I have finished the first portion of the pattern which is the nose. With Lizzie away I am planning to up my game and sew more pieces each day than the one per day that I had planned.

For once I have been very tidy with my project, the paper pieces are all in a folder and the fabrics are in individual bags in an IKEA box. I have glued the key to the fabrics on the outside of the box for quick reference. I have also glued pieces of each fabric to cards on a ring which is also attached to the box. I'm not sure how often I will actually use the sample cards. I have also cleared the top of my IKEA trolley so that all of the parts of the project are to hand. It's unusual for me to work tidally but I can but try!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Maker pattern

The heart portion of this cute foundation pieced block is a free pattern if you sign up for the newsletter on the designer's website quiet play.com I used up some scraps of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis, black Kona and an unidentified fat quarter with the pennants, which from the feel of the fabric could be by Art Gallery Fabrics. I think this may have come in a monthly bundle from Westwood Acres. I'm not sure what to do with the block next which is 12 inches square so it will be put aside for now.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Future plans

I have had the jungle abstractions quilt:the lion on my Wish List since the pattern was released. Whilst buying the mini pearl bracelets I required to finish the sewcial bee sampler, the kit for this fell into my basket. I have calculated that if I can make one block per day I should be finished by Christmas!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sewcial bee sampler finish

I am very pleased to have finished all of the blocks, the last of which was released last week.

I was surprised how few purple fabrics there are in my stash. I will add purple fabrics to my Festival of Quilts shopping list which is in two weeks time.

I dithered about what to use for binding, but in the end went for a low volume by Carolyn Friedlander.

I went for a circular quilting design to pick up the mini pearl bracelets by Lizzy House which were used to frame each block. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Once upon a time July 2017

Where did another month go? It seems like less than a month ago that I finished the June block. I only had a little of this block stitched when I picked it up again last week. I try to work on this UFO at the start of each month as it takes the longest to make any tangible progress.

However the July block is almost done apart from some blue water. However the August block has only a few stitches done which means it will take longer to complete. Eek.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Q3 Finish along

Just Jude Designs

Well Q2 finishes from this list were sparce. However two projects went with me to the Simply Solids Retreat, so hopefully progress will be made. I have also added two projects to the Q3 list - Bjorn Bear and the Bee Sewcial Sew along which finishes in four weeks time.

1. Bjorn Bear mini quilt for Chez Soi Quilters Christmas Challenge, this is cut out and I should get it mostly finished at retreat.

2.  Jan Krentz project - this stalled because I didn't like one of the techniques used.

3. It's a small world 3 out of six panels are complete apart from some appliqué. This progressed a little in quarter 1 and I am working on panel 4.

4. Green tea and sweet beans just needs some extra borders. This has progressed to needing border on one and a half sides and I am cutting out pinwheel and flying geese units ready to finish the piecing at the Simply Solids retreat.

5. TQS BOM has a drawer to itself and needs a lot of work. If I complete the selected project before the end of the month, I will work on this project. There is a lot of work to be done and I have now finished up until month six. My brother has helped me tape together the big corner units, so I am hoping to work on this one in July. However I used an incorrect fabric and run out of it, so I need to formulate a plan first.

6. Xmas hexagons - this is going to become a bedside table mat for December now instead of a project bag.

7. Makers  tote - pattern purchased. Our modern quilt guild (JMQG) are doing a sewalong with this pattern in July.

8. The Thread House retreat quilt.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 UFO challenge update

So I am participating in the APQ UFO challenge and my list of 12 projects was as follows. I thought I would update the list as we are almost half way through the year.

1. Dear Jane - complete
2. Garden BOM - complete
3.  Jan Krentz project - no progress
4. 100 blocks - complete
5.  Thimbleblossoms "colourway" sew along - complete
6. It's a small world 2 was the January pick for the challenge and although progress was made it's still incomplete.

7. Green tea and sweet beans just needed some extra borders and I now have a plan. I am going to cut lots of flying geese units on my Accuquilt and take them to the retreat I'm going to in June.
8. Summer sampler blocks - complete
9. TQS BOM has a drawer to itself and needs a lot of work. If I complete the selected project before the end of the month, I will work on this project. I have worked on it in May and am making good progress. I have the first five months sewn together.
10. Xmas hexagons
11. Makers  tote - pattern purchased - I will work on this at JMQG in July.
12. One hour basket - complete

The UFO pile sounds as if it is going down but I must finish my Thread House retreat quilt which I will work on at the retreat at the end of the month.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Progress on Sewcial Bee Sampler

I thought I'd share a few of the blocks so far as we are now over halfway through the sew along. I am keeping up but will be away when this week's block is released and I need to source the mini pearl bracelets in peach and aubergine. Someone has promised me some of the aubergine at the Simply Solids retreat at the end of June and I will place an order thereafter as I don't want this project to languish and we only have eight blocks more to sew.

I have gone for a scrappy rainbow look which may not be obvious.

Using mini pearl bracelets to tie the blocks together.

Five of f the blocks have no frame so I have used mini pearl bracelets for the background of each block.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

June cross stitching

June is here and it is time to get out my Once Upon a Time sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin. Unfortunately I haven't done much of this block so I need to focus to get it done. I do have new glasses for close in work so that might improve my focus!

This month's fairy tale is the Princess and the Pea.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Sedona Star

This UFO is from 2012 and faltered because I didn't like that one of the blocks was all appliqué when it could have been pieced. 

I took it out of the cupboard a couple of months ago and have worked on it a lot over the past two weeks, such that the first five months ( this was the TQS BOM for 2012) are now pieced together.

I am now working on the appliqué blocks for months six to eight, most of the appliqué is now cut as I treated myself to an Accuquilt die cutting machine.  However I got two of my fabrics mixed up and couldn't work out why I had run out of one fabric. I need to work out the solution carefully and slowly.

If I work steadily I can get this finished by the end of the year. But I am itching to work on something else now as I do prefer piecing.