Saturday, 25 February 2017

Lack of Sewing Time

Due to a family issue behind the scenes, my time in the sewing room has been so limited it's non existent.
My planned finish of the other UFO Challenge quilt will have to carry forward to next month. As does any working on my cross stitch UFO.

On the plus I did manage to get some time today just to sew two blocks for a sew along through a FB group.

Remember this block from the beginning of the month

The one that should have been 12", I decided to shrink it to 6" but it ended up 4". ( You can read about it HERE). Well thanks to the picking of the Ohio Star block for March I'll manage to incorporate it into the quilt.

I've made it my centre of the 12" block.

I've remade February's block as a 6" square as I wanted to in the first place.

And here are the first three blocks all together

I want to make the blocks as a mix of 6" and 12" squares to make a mixed up quilt.

In other quilty news a couple of months ago I saw some fabric on Instagram that I just had to have. Searching online I found some at EQuilter in the States and bought a load to make a lap quilt for myself.

Isn't it fabulous. It's the same fabric I made my friends yoga mug rug from only it's the yardage I couldn't get over here in the UK.

I also bought this panel

 I know it looks like it's for children but I liked it and may make some tote bags from it.

I also bought a charm pack as the top piece looked like dots. I love and can't resist dotty fabric. It turned out to be strawberries but I'm not complaining as it's a great range of fabrics.

Well that's going to be it for February. I'm hoping for a more productive March.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Twisted Palette

So one of this month's UFO's to finish was the Twisted Palette top. A Quilt Bee quilt dating back to 2014. I know this as I used one of the spare blocks I made as a label.

So even though I've had the cold from hell, thanks to the hubby and daughter plus my sewing machine decided it didn't want to wind any bobbins until I took it apart and gave it a talking to it's all quilted and finished.

I was lucky with this UFO as I'd already sandwiched it and stitched in the ditch. All that needed to be done was the fancy quilting.

The snowball blocks look like wreaths to me so I quilted matchstick lines between them to highlight the wreath.

In the centre of the wreath I quilted an oval with a hexagon inside a hexagon in the centre. I framed the oval and outer hexagon and fmq'd inside. I left the centre hexagon unquilted ( more on that later)

The open spaces where the 12" blocks met provided a weird star shape. I framed that going smaller. I used bubbles in the frames and fmq'd in the centre

I did a simple piano key going through all three borders and a bright stripe for the binding. You'll recognise the backing. Just goes to show much I use this fabric

Right more on those empty hexagons.

As you know I'm not a fan of large unquilted areas. I'm a quilt it to death type of girl. They were starting to bother me but I couldn't decide what to do in them.

Hubby ( AKA assistant designer) mentioned something about putting buttons or embroidery in them. Great idea. I found some large bright buttons and after an hours hand sewing.

Quilt finished,

As this is for Judy's UFO Challenge over at Patchwork Times, I'll be linking up there at the end of the month.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Coffee...I need coffee

It was proved to me today that I really shouldn't sew before I've had my coffee.  Why? Well for 2 reasons.

First up I made this month's block for a sew along via a group on FB. The blocks are 12" finished but I'm doing a mixture of 12" and 6". I cut all my pieces as if I was doing a 6" block. Trimmed my hsts and sewed it all together.

Now spot the not so deliberate mistake when put up against last month's block.

Yep this month's turned out to be 4" as I'd managed to trim the hst's to the finished size and not the unfinished size. Still it's not the end of the world. I'll make it work.

Up next was a Bee block. The Queen, Joanne had asked for a pippi longstocking block as per the tutorial HERE.

This block requires a bit of improv piecing. As you may be aware me and improv piecing is a recipe for disaster. I'm far too much of a control freak for improv. Anyway I pulled up my big girl pants and tackled it.

Yep, another size issue. This time Pippi is slightly thinner than I had envisaged. Still the block is supposed to be improv and I've cleared it with Joanne who's happy with her.

After these two design changes I decided I'd better have a bucket  cup of coffee.

Suitably caffeinated I tackled the next Bee blocks.

Anneliesse asked for any size star block. The only proviso was the background was dark grey and the star was to be bright.

First up is an 18" block

Next up, as this Bee requires two blocks sent per month is a 12" foundation pieced star.

And finally, because I couldn't resist making another one ( I love stars), a 6" foundation pieced.

So that's my Bee and Sew Along blocks all done for the month. I can now concentrate on quilting my UFO challenge quilts. More on them later in the week as Judy's February Quiltathon starts on Wednesday until Saturday. With a bit of luck I can get most of one of the quilts done by the end of the weekend.

Friday, 3 February 2017

February's To Do List

Well the numbers are out for this month's UFO Challenges.

Judy over at Patchwork Times has called Number 9 for February. Looking at the list it's a Bee quilt that needs quilting.

It's been sandwiched and I've Stitched in the Ditch so I just need to do the decorative quilting and bind it to finish.

I'm using Judy's challenge to work on my cross stitch UFO's too and number 9 is the Big Cats

I doubt whether I'll finish this but it'll be nice to progress it.

Anther UFO challenge I'm in, yes I have that many I need two lists is via Facebook. The number they called was number 8

 Yeah maybe I should have warned you about how bright this is.

It's a single bed quilt that needs quilting. I think I'll need to wear my sunglasses for this one.

Anyway that's a heads up of what you will be seeing, hopefully here on the blog during the next month. I'll also have a few Bee blocks just to mix things up a bit too.