Thursday, 12 April 2018

Finish A Long Q2

I should probably be hanging my head in shame as I didn't get a single thing on the Q1 list finished! That said I have almost pieced a quilt top from blocks on the last list and started a new baby quilt which is just waiting to be basted properly so I can quilt and bind. So it's not like I've done nothing in what has been a very busy quarter socially. This weekend coming is the first free Saturday I've had in months and that's only free because I've been unwell had had to re-arrange my plans! So onto the list!



Things I'd quite like to get finished. Here goes:

1. Fancy Dr Who Scarf - no optimistic of a finish because I have to generate left overs to add to this!
Finish a long


2. Birdie panel made by the last bee I was in. Wanted to make this into a cushion but I'm not sure it's a suitable shape or whether one of the panels would hold up to being a cushion.
Finish a long

3. X&+ quilt. Totally doable she says bravely. It's about half done top wise.
Finish a long

4. Highland Coo panel to turn into a cushion
Finish a long

5. Hexie flowers to turn into a knitting project bag.
Finish a long

6. Every day place mats - I started cutting at least
Finish a long


7. Panel that needs turning into a cushion
Finish a long

8. Four identical bags, interfacing and snaps in their own plastic bags. Destined to become a little shoulder bag.
Finish a long

9. HST's destined for a table runner!
Finish a long

10. plus blocks destined for a cushion
Finish a long

11. Orphan blocks destined to become a scrappy kitchen sink quilt
Finish a long

12. Never did plan a whole quilt of these. But I did plan a small quilt to use as a table centre piece
Finish a long

13. need to finish hand quilting and turn into a cushion
Finish a long

14. Bag pieces cut out for a fab Noodlehead tote
Finish a long

15.  Liberty Apple Core sewing organiser - (I'd have finished this at the weekend but I can't find my rotary cutter. The one in the picture is an old one and blunt!)
Finish a long

16. PJ Bottoms. I made these in class at the Fat Quarterly retreat. I think they only need length sorting and hemming - presuming they still fit because I think these were from 2013!
Finish a long

17. Scrappy Trip Quilt. I'd got some suitable strips left from making Chiefs quilt and had cut some more and started to sew them together. But then I ran out of steam!
Finish a long

18. My precious large star quilt. About 6 - 7 years ago these large star quilts were every where and I pulled some precious fabric started cutting and even got the back ground fabric in a zingy shade of Klona. But then I couldn't work out how to cut the blocks well given the size would be larger than my cutting mat!
Finish a long

19. Low Volume blocks - had visions of a vintage/modern heritage style quilt in low volume colours with the odd pop of colour. These have now pretty much been sewn into a quilt top. I just need to add a bottom band and finish into a quilt!
Finish a long

20. Baby quilt - the top is pieced and I've cut wadding and backing and sandwiched them together - just not basted. Once I've done this I can get on with quilting.
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A New Year and a new Finish-A-Long Q1 list

Happy New Year! Happy New Finish-A-Long Year. 


I suspect the only thing that motivated me to get anything already started finished was the finish-a-long and whilst I think there were at least three further items I could have probably got finished, I am delighted with the three finishes I did accomplish.  

I also did a fair amount of adding to my Fancy Dr Who Scarf. I didn't actually expect to finish it as it requires left over scraps of yarn from other projects. Although once I'd got back to knitting it (and I did go wrong and need some assistance from Helen in getting back on track!) I discovered I'd got more yarn to add to it than I realised. It may not have been a finish, but if it hadn't been on the list I'd have probably found more excuses to put off getting back to it. Which is a shame as once I'd picked it up again I really enjoyed it!

I am delighted to report this new quarter list has no additions. I have started some embroidery, although I've not decided if I'll frame it when it's finished or add it into a fabric book I cut the leaves out for but didn't actually embellish. If it turns out to be the latter I can see this being a very long term project so I've decided not to include it here. But I might blog about it's progress if I remember! 

This also means my list is under 20 items. I reckon I could easily do at least 3 again this quarter. Wish me luck! 

Things I'd quite like to get finished. Here goes:

1. Fancy Dr Who Scarf - no optimistic of a finish because I have to generate left overs to add to this!
Finish a long


2. Birdie panel made by the last bee I was in. Wanted to make this into a cushion but I'm not sure it's a suitable shape or whether one of the panels would hold up to being a cushion.
Finish a long

3. X&+ quilt. Totally doable she says bravely. It's about half done top wise.
Finish a long

4. Highland Coo panel to turn into a cushion
Finish a long

5. Hexie flowers to turn into a knitting project bag.
Finish a long

6. Every day place mats - I started cutting at least
Finish a long


7. Panel that needs turning into a cushion
Finish a long

8. Four identical bags, interfacing and snaps in their own plastic bags. Destined to become a little shoulder bag.
Finish a long

9. HST's destined for a table runner!
Finish a long

10. plus blocks destined for a cushion
Finish a long

11. Orphan blocks destined to become a scrappy kitchen sink quilt
Finish a long

12. Never did plan a whole quilt of these. But I did plan a small quilt to use as a table centre piece
Finish a long

13. need to finish hand quilting and turn into a cushion
Finish a long

14. Bag pieces cut out for a fab Noodlehead tote
Finish a long

15.  Liberty Apple Core sewing organiser - (I'd have finished this at the weekend but I can't find my rotary cutter. The one in the picture is an old one and blunt!)
Finish a long

16. PJ Bottoms. I made these in class at the Fat Quarterly retreat. I think they only need length sorting and hemming - presuming they still fit because I think these were from 2013!
Finish a long

17. Scrappy Trip Quilt. I'd got some suitable strips left from making Chiefs quilt and had cut some more and started to sew them together. But then I ran out of steam!
Finish a long

18. My precious large star quilt. About 6 - 7 years ago these large star quilts were every where and I pulled some precious fabric started cutting and even got the back ground fabric in a zingy shade of Klona. But then I couldn't work out how to cut the blocks well given the size would be larger than my cutting mat!
Finish a long

19. Low Volume blocks - had visions of a vintage/modern heritage style quilt in low volume colours with the odd pop of colour.
Finish a long





Friday, 5 January 2018

No 21 is a wrap!

I actually started this blog post when I finished this item back in November. But I was waiting to get some decent photos of the wrap ie. me wafting around in it. However, it's taken so long to try and get any pictures of it (decent or otherwise) I'm only slightly exaggerating when I say: it almost took more time to blog about the finish than knit the wrap! That said I have seriously been considering adding the unfinished blog post to the next quarter finish a long list!!! Yes, it's been that bad.

I'm going to blame the weather, poor light and lack of anyone to photograph me in it. I'm hopeless at selfies and I can't even manage in front of mirror shots as the largest mirror is positioned so I can see what I'm wearing but no good for pictures unless you want a lot of other distracting furniture caught in the reflection. And this project does not lend itself to looking good if you're trying to photograph yourself with a hand held device. So excuses made, I'm giving up!

Number 21 on my Finish Along List was really the one I'd wanted to finish first as I'd high hopes of wearing this in Scotland at the end of last October when I went with my Mum. I had visions of wafting around the moors and lochs wrapped up in this. Alas the last few inches seemed to take forever and a day to finish and with all that was going on before the Scotland trip I didn't have chance to add any more to that never ending inch.

I decided to get on with it the other Saturday determined to finish it. (I was nearly derailed when I couldn't remember where I'd put the over sized buttons I needed to fasten it.) There was method in my sudden desire that I had to finish. The day before I'd turned a skein of gifted yarn into two balls with a view to a new project and when I started knitting I had two absolute rules that I've managed to stick by.

Rule No 1: No starting multiple projects. I have one long term project which is my fancy Dr Who Scarf other than that I only start one at a time.

Rule No 2: No hoarding of yarn. To date I have only bought yarn with specific projects in mind. (In the interest of full disclosure; I should mention that I can't remember all the projects I've bought the unused yarn for in my modest stash, which is a tad frustrating when I've bought a certain amount of yarn and can't remember what for!) But compared to fabric I have very little yarn. One and a half bags full at most. I haven't bought any at all this year because this is my first knitting project finish.


Three way Wrap - Two way Version

Oh and it's currently a two way wrap because the spacing in the pattern and the size of buttons didn't work so I had to rejig it and I don't think it now needs that third button.


Three way Wrap - Two way Version


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Now No.22 is finished - even if I did go a little off piste

I'm not only enjoying sewing. I'm enjoying blogging too. I've decided to only blog when I'm making or have made something. I think the pressure of trying to put my whole life on all parts of social media were just too much. It would be nice to document my getting back into creativity and it might spur me on to do a bit more blog reading than I have of late.

Anyway, I've gone and done another finish!

Item No22 on my Finish Along List was some Christmassy place mats. If I told you I bought this fabric (charm squares, some kona and a co-ordinating panel of fabric.) when it first came out, you'll have some idea of just how long this has been in my stash. No wonder it took me a while to re-find it. I'd even started cutting out parts of the panel and matching it to the fabric charms. I couldn't quite remember what I'd intended doing with it. Probably a feature panel with smaller squares around it.

The reason I probably didn't finish this sooner is I sort of fell out of love with some of the fabric. I liked all the colour-ways individually. But together I felt sort of meh about them.

Christmas place mats

Then Lily's Quilts was having a destash. (Yes, I've still not forgotten I intend to have one myself. Lets not think about getting rid of fabric when I was tempted to buy!) I haven't bought any fabric for ages. My fabric purchasing this year has gone right down. But this bundle of 20 10" layer cake squares spoke to me and I snapped it up.

Christmas Table Runner and Place Mats

From the moment it arrived I had a plan. I started cutting that very afternoon. I pulled out all the red and cream fabrics from the charm squares above and then cut all but two duplicated large squares in half and generated some more charm squares by cutting them in half again. 

It was at the cutting point I learned something about pre-cuts. Not all are cut equal. These were a bit shy of 10", which might have been something to do with the large zig zagged edges or just a different manufacturers ideas of what 10" is. I ploughed on because if I could remember to sew I surely could remember a bit of seam fudging. (There was plenty of that and a tonne of pins at some stages!)

I think the two fabric ranges mix in nicely, don't you?  The table runner is made of 5" squares. Some of the fabric has such a lovely bold design I didn't want to lose this by cutting out HST's or something. 

Christmas Table Runner and Place Mats

I cut out 2.5" squares for two place mats. There is only really Mum and I over Christmas and even though I'd originally cut fabric for four mats I thought I'd actually maybe like to do two totally different Christmas mats in the future, so I could mix and match and ring the changes. 

Christmas Table Runner and Place Mats

Christmas table mats and runners
Christmas table mats and runners

So here they are finally finished. Is it just me that's never happy with how binding joins on smaller projects? I always seem to end up with a lot of bulk that I end up wrangling. I tried to join these with two different methods and trimmed lots of excess fabric away but still wasn't happy. Thankfully nobody will be inspecting the backs! 

I tell you what though. I'm itching to get on with some more making! 


Sunday, 12 November 2017

No 7. Is finished - My first finish-a-long target is a tick!

I had really hoped that my 3 way wrap scarf would be finished first as I had high hopes of taking it to Scotland when I holidayed there for a week at the end of October. But life got in the way of all things creative. It's only now I'm back and recovered from the coach-lag (is that really a thing? No, Ok I just made that up.) that I'm back sewing.

Right before Scotland I bumped into the decorator who was going to organise some repairs and paint our kitchen before we went away.  I'd totally put that work to the back of my mind, so when he said he could come at the end of the next week, I said OK fine and then had to frantically clear the kitchen. Even a little kitchen has an awful lot of stuff in it. I found things in the backs of cupboards I'd forgotten I had. It was a good job done. Great to get it decorated, but it meant no time for sewing and no space. I normally sew on the dining room table. Everything was decanted onto the table and around the table and on the chairs. I couldn't get to the sewing machine, let alone use it!

My big motivator to get this project done is so I could send it off to a friend for her birthday.  A couple of birthday's ago she knitted me some lovely hand warmers which come on all my cooler weather trips in Gertie and were packed for Scotland too. I thought as she knits too she might like a knitting project bag. I find these so useful for storing projects safely when I'm not working on them. They'd also be great for storing larger sewing projects when you need to keep bigger bits all up together safely.

So I dug out the precut squares. Actually I'd managed to lose the first lot I photographed and in looking for them I found a second lot! Which did save a lot of work cutting out and meant I could get on with sewing at the weekend.


Knitting/project bag

I've decided that scraps are definitely my favourite way of working. I find working with scraps far more liberating than cutting into virgin fabric - particularly bundles. It takes me forever to decided on a plan for them (Hmm maybe that's why they end up in my stash for so long!) and then I worry about having made the wrong decision. I always feel much happier when I've generated some scraps to play with and of course other peoples scraps are always better.

So anyway, back to the project bag: 

Knitting/project bag

I lined it in *that* number print from Ikea. Apparently they no longer stock it! I love that print for linings and backings. The drawer string on the bag is actually a piece of ribbon that has tape measure markings on it. I thought that would be fun.

Knitting/project bag

So there it is. My first finish-a-long item completed. You can find my original list here.  I am already working on the second finish item. Although it has gone slightly off piste. I'll hopefully blog about that next time!