Friday, January 19, 2018

10 minutes a day.....

Chookyblue set a goal for 10 minutes a day of sewing to work through projects..... Since I sew almost all day every day I thought it was a bit indulgent for me! haha.... 

During the day I do 'work quilting' (except for my scheduled group sewing times) and at night I do my own hand work whilst watching TV, chatting and even during Facetime calls to family..... (I put it down to having been a smoker and needing something to do with my hands!)

So that is why another 10 minutes of sewing time seems indulgent.... and then I realised this is the time I can set aside just for my UFO's - or other machine sewing of my own...

This last week the time has been spent finishing up using my beach huts blocks (well there are a few left)

I now have a bath mat and two tray mats (binding was machine sewed down so nice and quick) - I even used some huts on the backs -


Scrappy projects done and 3 more UFO finishes!


This next week I am going to use my time to work on my tea cups and pots....


here they are all trimmed and waiting for peepers to be added....



Meanwhile I have finished the January block for Holly Cottage (Michelle Ridgway design) Stitch-a-long.... you can see other peoples versions HERE....


... and I have put these one's into their row.....


Only one more block left for this - then time to put it all together!!!


By the way Sandi, who hosts the No Fuss Stitch-a-long has a new blog and is doing a give away with the most delightful needlebooks and pincushions....  Personally I don't want any body else to put their name in the hat but in the spirit of kindness the post is HERE....  they really are exquisite and perfect for popping into the 'pick up and go' project bag....

Righto, Gotto Go... off to work on those peepers before I start my work quilting for the day .....


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cushion and a Scrappy Beach scene....


My other cushion is now completed .... all they needed was the binding being done so the start of a New Year was a good time for a couple of quick finishes....



I have now made 3 cushions in the same sort of style, using up stitcheries from Rosalie Deckers Scandanavian Rose quilt  and some scraps from a French General range of fabrics...  I did need to purchase a bit of extra red for borders and bindings.... 

I'm very happy with them and they suit our sitting area well....


Last week I feel in love with another of Rosalie's designs.... this one is called Flowerville.  I was lucky enough to be asked by Marion to quilt one and whilst doing it fell in love with it....


The pattern and kit is from The Quilters Angel..... I don't even have to choose the colours etc this time.... 

It's very soft and pretty and a lovely gift to myself..... 


Quite a lot of fiddly quilting in it.... but I think it shows off the stitcheries and the dresdens nicely enough...



I have progressed a bit on my beach hut scene.... by scribbling some 'sand' on the beach....


.. and adding some foam to the edge of the sea.....


Before I overdo things on this I'm going to put it aside until I'm ready to quilt it...... 



Righto, Gotto Go... there's all those little spare huts I'm going to make up ... a bathmat and a couple of tray cloths coming up......


Monday, January 15, 2018

Working on that UFO list......


I found another UFO ..... I did these cup and teapot stitcheries years ago.....  My list is so long....

 I just need to make up a way to put them all together.... overthinking it...


In my defence (if I need one) I did finish this UFO.... just had the binding to do....


I also got half way through the binding of the other cushion - well to be honest I didn't but Kris did....that's what happens if you come to my house with no stitching to do... you do mine!!!  Haha.. we had an afternoon playdate.... 

I also worked on this UFO... 4 more blocks towards my Dutch Treat Quilt.... I've now done 130 of the 196 blocks..... and then there is the border!


I was gifted these beautiful cards this weekend.... a customer who collected her quilt.... I just love handmade cards.... so clever.... 


Some more stitcheries for Living the Dream....


I had quite a pile done so I made up some more strips and added them to my existing lot.... starting to look like a quilt now....


Another UFO is Quilt Block Anthology and us Tuesday girls did these 8 blocks this week....


All that good work deserves a new project doesn't it????


I quilted this one for The Quilters Angel this week (I'll show you what I did next time) and decided I would treat myself to the BOM (I've never done a BOM through a shop before).  Dear Rosie passed away around Christmas and this will make me think of her great talent and sweet nature whilst I stitch.  I am not hurrying on this project and it will be my take and go on Friday nights....

Righto, Gotto Go.... will finish the other half of the binding (thanks Kris for your help with my UFO finishing!!!)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My UFO's........


You may have realised this is my purging of sewing cupboards time and trying to remember projects I once started!!!

UFO's which need working on

Last year I made up a single bed size ripple blanket.  I am using up the left over wools to make a small crib size (I expect I will get a bit of extra yarn and make a border.  I'm about half way I think.


I like something like crochet or knitting in the car, sometimes I don't want to be bothered with watching out for a pattern or changing wool.... so I have this little blanket going... so I have a boy and a girl one available for emergencies...

I like how this yarn makes it's own pattern


Anthology continues to be worked on with the Tuesday girls.... we probably will have all the blocks done in a couple of months.... the other two ladies have been too clever and are doing quilt as you go so I will have a lot of work to do... however I have been adding sashing as I go so that part is done.


 This Christmas wallhanging which I just love needs lots of work... It's so long since I played with it I have no idea where I am up to.  I must do prep work and I think it might be a good one to take on retreat days...


I loved this fabric with birds and hearts on ... I want to sew them up and stuff them with lavender.  Some are sewn .... many aren't.....  This will be another good retreat project


This gorgeous diamond quilt is the one I am working on using my newly gifted treadle... I am at the stage where I need to do a whole lot of cutting before I can do any more....


Gardeners Journal... all the stitcheries are done.....  quite a lot more to do...


No Fuss Stitch-a-long ..... lovely little stitcheries which will be added to Tilda fabrics to make a very pretty quilt.... loving these...


Holly Cottage Stitch-a-long.... on the homeward run now with a couple more blocks to do and then put it all together.... sewing the blocks all up each month will make putting it together nice and quick...


Dutch Treat.... I have quite a lot more... but I'm still further ahead than I thought I would be....  when I've done all the blocks the border is going to be a year's work on it's own....  my longest term project I have done ....


this is the remainder of my beach huts.... I have already worked on these though not yet finished any of the 4 items I made with them....


This panel has been quilted.... it needs binding sewn down  - thats all it needs...


My two cushions need their binding sewn down.... I'm off to get one out right away and do that tonight ...


This big quilt needs it's binding sewn down.. it's simply not going to happen until the weather cools down...


This stitchery needs to be completed...


This stitchery has been finished but I want to make it up into the needlecase it was sewn for....


I have a bunch of these stitcheries.  I decided not to make the quilt but use them in individual projects... well, I still am thinking of what to use them for... so far I have 3 cushions (and there are still some stitcheries that haven't been started)


These mug rug potentials have been around for aaaaaagggggeeeessss... quick and easy for one day


I also have a bunch of stitcheries together, which I don't know what I will do with... though I am hatching a plan for some shopping bags......  Also some other left over bits that I am not ready to throw away but I've left them in the box wanting to keep my list realistic???????? hmmmm not gonna happen but at least this way I keep them in mind.

I am going to have a page for all of these - so it's easy for me to look back and tick off as I make them.

Righto, Gotto Go.. off to fetch that cushion to bind tonight... then I will have a UFO finish!


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