Saturday, 18 February 2017

Retreat Bags

Another quick post to show a couple of retreat bags that I have made. They are also no 1 on my FAL Q1 list ( original post here )
The pattern is a free pattern by Emmaline bags and is a very easy make but gives a fantastic finished result.
I made a trial bag first, of the smaller version of the pattern,  and here is the result:


As you can see, it's a little floppy ( no sniggering at the back please!)


And the inside:


I used a fusible fleece but wanted a more structured look, so I've kept this one for myself and made another one for my swap parner ( @sewbusylizzie). This time I used double fusible bosal and it gives ( imho) a better look.


As you can see, there is a difference in the finished look.

And the inside of this one:


I've nearly exhausted my supply of this Tula Pink's Elizabeth fabric, but I think I'll have to buy some more, so I can make myself the larger version.

I'll be linking up eventually to FAL


Charm About You

Friday, 17 February 2017

Lavender bags

This is just a quick post ( because I haven't yet learned how to link up from IG) to show a FAL finish ( no 2 on my Q1 post here ).
Some time ago now, I bought a huge bag of lavender. It was more economical to buy a big bag than smaller ones ( that's my excuse anyway!) and every now and then I make a batch of lavender bags as small gifts.


They are a great way to use up scraps and the recipients seem to like them. So, here are a few more I made:



The Elizabeth one has already been given to Lizzy of @sewbusylizzie at the Threadhouse retreat, along with a matching tissue cover.


I'll be linking this to both Scraptastic Tuesday and FAL Q1 when it's the appropriate time.

Scraptastic Tuesday



Charm About You

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Finish a long 2017 Q1

Well, another year and another set of goals. I didn't do quite as well as I hoped last quarter because my sewing was affected by developing tennis elbow ( and of course the madness of Christmas and New Year). I may do a 2016 round up ( if I can be bothered!) but that will be another post.
Anyway to launch straight into this year my following list is another fantasy list, but hey- why not !

1)Sewing Retreat Bag


I'm doing the pouch swap for The Thread House Retreat which is only a couple of weeks away, so this is one I will definitely finish!

2)Lavender bags

I need a few of these as gifts, so again this is one I should finish.

3)Ombre Rising Star Quilt

I have the fabric and the pattern but haven't started yet

4)Rug Quilt

This is a rug in my children's house that I want to replicate as a quilt.

5)Scrap quilt
Just something quick I can throw together as light relief ( hence no photo)

6)Ironing Board cover

I desperately need one of these, mine is an absolute disgrace.


The above were all new projects, but now onto those pesky WIP's :

7)Mid Century Modern


I would have finished this last quarter if not for my tennis elbow. Just needs binding

8)Triangle Quilt

I've made a lot of progress on this one, so this is a realistic finish for this quarter.

9)Siblings Together Quilt


Another one I should have finished last quarter

10)Gnome Quilt


I've made very little progress with this one, it needs some focus.

11)Make Your own Magic

Zilch progress on this one

12)Star Quilt


Sadly, no progress on this either

13)It's a wonderful world

Another static project

14)Red and White Quilt

I got bored with this one years ago, but it would be perfect for Siblings Together.

I've also found a few more abandoned projects:

15)Lonestar Quilt


I started this ( many years ago) as the back of a double sided quilt. Then I realised that I'd never finish the quilt, so made it with an ordinary back and this has languished ever since.

16) Mod Mosaic quilt


Similar story with this- it was destined as the back of Grace's quilt, but was taking too much time , so was abandoned. Again, if I pulled my finger it , it would be a great quilt for Siblings Together.

17)Aeroplane Bag

This is so close to finishing, but I twisted one of the straps and it needs to be unpicked, so got abandoned.

Not a very realistic list I know, because I will probably get distracted by some other things as well. It's cathartic to list WIP's though, it helps you realised how much your tastes have changed!I haven't bothered to list any of my knitting WIP's because the list would as long as this one!


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

X marks the impro quilt

This is another bee quilt specifically  destined for  the Siblings Together charity. I received 15 blocks in all and made another equivalent of 6 x12 inch blocks to finish it off.  It has turned out beautifully and was a relatively easy make. It also featured as no 10 in my FALQ4 list ( here)


As I had 3 more blocks than needed for the front, I was able to use a fabulous Zen Chic fabric (that I'd had in my stash awaiting a suitable project) for the back. The extra blocks meant I  just able to stretch the fabric to the right size.


I quilted it with straight lines in different directions on each block but has given it a lovely texture.






Quilt Stats
X marks the Improv block by Debbie of A Quilters Table (tutorial here)
Quilt size :58 x 70 inches
Blocks made by Siblings Together Quilt Bee
Back: Blocks by STQB and Figures in blue by Zen Chic for Moda
Wadding: 100% cotton from roll
Binding : Kona Navy
Quilted using Glide in Magic Mint on top and Wonderfil decobob in mint in bobbin

Linking with FALQ4 at the end of this quarter.


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday ( on Saturday)

Just a quick post to show off a couple of my recent scrappy makes.One of them ( the kindle cover ) is also number 4 on my FAL Q4 list .

Firstly, I made a scrappy pouch for Mary Emmens as a (rather late) pay it forward gift.


I used blue scraps and quilt as you go combined with some blue Essex linen to make the outside








Using the same QAYG method I also made myself a new Kindle cover, but this time using oranges and yellows.



The first one of these I made came out too small, so I've given it to DD as a makeup case and this is my second attempt.

Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday and FALQ4 

Scraptastic Tuesday

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Mountain Majesty Quilt- Ta Da!

I finished this quilt a month ago but have only just got around to posting about it. The blocks were made by myself and the now defunct Together circle of do.good stitches. The bee members were already depleted and then some of them dropped out , so it folded but the remaining members have now joined up with the Comfort circle, so all was not lost. A couple of my friends  ( Jo and Sue) stepped up and helped me out by making more blocks so I could get it finished.


I asked for solids only blocks in bright colours using Bonnie Hunters pattern and I'm delighted with it, it's so cheerful!


I used a extra wide back ( always so much easier) and a plain navy blue Kona cotton for the binding.



I quilted it  with a gold Glide thread in a variation of Angela Walters woodgrain pattern.


I love this quilting pattern, it gives such lovely texture.

This quilt is number 7 on my FAL Q4 list and is destined as another quilt for Siblings Together. 

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Mountain Majesties by Bonnie Hunter
Size: 57 x 68 inches
Blocks made by Together Circle
Back: Riley Blake wideback in turquoise
Wadding : 100% cotton from roll
Binding : Kona midnight
Quilted using Wonderfil decobob in pale yellow in bobbin and Filtec Glide in Military Gold on top





2016 FAL

Monday, 17 October 2016

Maker's Tote

I was very impressed at the Simply Solids retreat by the gorgeous Maker's Totes that a number of people had made. I've made shopping totes before but not anything resembling a 'proper ' bag, so I thought I'd give one ago.  Here is the result:


The only fabric I had enough of was this Cotton and Steel fabric that originally I was going to use for  a Place for everything bag. I still want to make one of these, so I'll have to order some more fabric.
This was the first time I'd inserted this type of zip for the concealed pocket. I found it reasonably straight forward, though tricky to roll the edge inside with the thickness of the Bosal ( some trimming was required). I decided to omit the front pocket as I'd never use it.


 It was also the first time I'd put a top zipper in like this with zipper tapes. Again, it was reasonably straight forward.



The most difficult parts of the construction were inserting the gussets and attaching the binding  round the curves. Somehow I managed it, but it was tricky.
It's a very roomy bag and I'm pleased with it. If I make another one, I'll use a thicker/stiffer interlining in the gusset and also make the handles into shoulder straps. I much prefer to carry bags on my shoulder rather than with handles. I may even change the handles on this one if I can be bothered.
This is my first finish of FAL Q4 ( original list here )




FAL 2016