#ALYoF – Goal for April

This month I need to finish the quilt for my brothers wedding gift, but it is nearly done, just the binding to stitch down and then it needs to be washed and photographed. So that would be a simple goal to meet and will be done by half way through the month so I decided to opt out of that as a goal.

What I will aim to do is to make at least 7 more of these:

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I’m aiming to join in the ALL SHIRT no shoes swap this time round. When the deadline for the last round arrived I only had 3 shirts completed so thought it really wasn’t worth sending them off.

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I now have 13 finished shirts and would love to have more to send off to Lee in June.

my first shirt

So even if I can’t find time during the easter holidays there might still be time once the children are back at school on 23rd April!

Linking up with:

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Siblings Together April Block

Hadley is queen bee this month and chose a St Louis 16 patch using this tutorial.  It’s simple to make, I made 2 using 2 fqs in half an hour.  The fabric is a new line by Gina Martin for Moda called Sewing Box:

April block for #stqb x2

If you have a unused fat quarter bundle of fabric hanging around that you don’t know what to do with, you could quite quickly whip up a quilt with this block.  Then if you fancied you could donate it to Siblings Together, they would be delighted to receive more quilts to distribute at their summer camps.

Thanks very much again to all the sponsors who have made this bee possible:

       
            
    
And the generous folk at Lady Sew and Sew who supplied wadding for the quilts.
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Please take time to think about any contribution you can make to help these children.

March check-in – Fabriholics Anonymous

March has been a good month.

I’ve resisted buying this:
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Can you believe that price? If you buy a yard it is only £3, so I think I get double points for not buying it. But if someone wants to buy me yardage for Mother’s Day on Sunday I really wouldn’t mind it arriving late ;-)

I did buy fabric this week, it arrived yesterday.  But it was an essential purchase for binding the quilt I’m making as a wedding gift for my brother and his wife.

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Windmarks in Mirage from the Tule by Leah Duncan from Backstitch

I’ve bought vintage sheets too but that’s allowed:

Vintage Sheets - March 2014

I’ve also discovered that my local fabric shop has started stocking quilting cottons. Up until now it was great for decor weight, dressmaking and fancy dress type fabrics so never much of a temptation. Now they have some Michael Miller, Windham and Stof fabrics, it’s an interesting selection, here’s a peek of a little of it:

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April looks like being a busy month with school holidays and a trip to London so there may be even less time for fabric window shopping!

I can’t wait to see how others have fared this month, I’m linking up with:

FabAnon

#ALYoF – March goal complete

I set my goal for March to paper piece the text for the back of the wedding quilt.

I took the letters away on our sewing retreat and got them all stitched up.  It was quite intense work, but I stayed focussed and must have found some sort of rhythm as I finished them by the Sunday morning:

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Initially I had planned to use different prints from the Tule range for each letter but then decided that it might look better in one print. I chose one of the darker prints and avoided parts of it where there were big bits of white:

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I hadn’t printed out the numbers to take away on the weekend so I got those done last week.

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These were done in a different colour and I had fun fussy cutting for the punctuation:

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They are all now stitched together ready to be pieced into the back. As you can see from the date the wedding is not too far off now!

Paper pieced letters and numbers

The pattern is by Quiet Play and is available in her Craftsy store.

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Linking up with:

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Sunday Stash #8

Back in January I was fortunate to win a $50 gift certificate from Sew Mama Sew for the Canadian fabric store Mad About Patchwork.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that they stocked Charley Harper fabrics!  To be honest I’d be lusting after them but couldn’t justify buying them even before my fabric fast!

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I’m not sure I have a favourite:

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October Edibles

But I am delighted to have them in my stash and so is my 9yr old!  Maybe the Easter holidays will give us some time to plan a project for them.

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Cardinal Patch

Because I’ve signed up to Fabriholics Anonymous this was all quite exciting for me, but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t spend over the $50, so browsing the site to see what else I could spend my last few dollars on I came across this:

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Amy Butler, Lotus Wallflower in cherry, not sure what I’ll do with it but that doesn’t matter! I love it, I loved it when it came out but didn’t buy any, so as a treat just for me I added it to my basket, spending just under $50 and paying the postage only.

I believe that shipping from Canada to the UK is pretty expensive so to keep costs down Pam offered to send it surface mail which meant it took about 6 weeks to arrive, but it was fun, I’d put it to the back of my mind and it was a wonderful parcel to open in the middle of a fabric drought!

Linking up with:

Molli Sparkles

Which is actually not there but here this week.

A finished quilt

I’m guest posting over at Lily’s Quilts today, head on over to find out more about this beauty:

Finished bee quilt for Siblings Together

Catching up

Wow my blog post writing has slipped, a lot! I’ve been really busy stitching and also cutting fabrics for the shop, it’s been a little bit crazy but I’m not complaining.

So I plan to do some catching up.

Last month my friend Sharon’s husband Rob asked if he could buy something from me for her birthday. I explained that since I’ve stopped selling at craft fairs I don’t have much in stock but would be happy to sew something to order. He popped round one evening and talked about what he wanted, it was lovely to work with someone who had a clear idea of what he wanted.

Sharon has her own business; Soap Daze making the most gorgeous soaps, face oils and hand balm which she sells locally in shops and at craft fairs. Rob said she could do with a pencil case/pouch to put things in for when she’s at fairs, such as scissors, sellotape etc. He said he would like to have the lettering from Sharon’s signage on the case too. I’m not sure if he knew that I had supplied the fabric for the letters but I had enough scraps left to use again:

Pencil case - commission

I made this simple zip pouch and appliqued the letters on as requested, I made sure it was big enough to fit in a large pair of scissors too.

Pencil case - commission, applique detail

I used Essex Linen for the main body of the pouch which allows the letters to stand out clearly. I’ve seen some applique recently where both fabrics were ‘busy’ and it made the letters hard to read which seemed a real shame.

I do love a good zip end:

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It was a fun commission to work on and even nicer to know that the recipient has an appreciation of handmade, unique work and that it will gratefully received.

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There is more to show, just please be patient!

Scrap attack

I have lots of scraps including a big bag full of selvedges.  Over the half term holiday I decided to play with selvedges and ended up with this:

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Aside from the time it took to stitch all the selvedges together it was fairly quick and simple to make, it came out larger than I expected (not sure why really because 15″ is 15″!). I used a light interfacing to give it some shape as with all the stitching it holds up quite well. The lining was from stash as the thought of piecing the lining was too much with 3 children at home.

Not the best photo but I quickly gifted it to a lovely lady who had all 3 of our children so that I could attend a hospital appointment without them.  She’s a lady who enjoys sewing too and immediately said she would use it for sewing bits and pieces.

I’ve made more scraps items but they are awaiting photographs and time so for now I’m linking up with:

FairyFace Designs

Goal for March – #ALYoF

Oh goodness I’m really struggling with what to state as my goal for the month.

I have a small boy at home with chickenpox and so my plans for this week have already gone out of the window!

But I think it will have to be this:

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The patterns are Just My Type by Quiet Play, uppercase, lowercase and punctuation and numbers. They will become paper pieced blocks for the wedding quilt back.  Fabrics are Tule by Leah Duncan which are found on the front of the quilt and the grey is Botanics Widescreen Grey by Carolyn Friedlander (extra wide 108″ so much simpler to work with).

The letters are all ready but as always I need the time and motivation to do it. I will take it away on my sewing retreat this weekend and hope to get at least some of them done!  I need to decide what to do with the date, colours of fabric and format of numbers/letters.  At the moment it is the only project I have planned to take so far but that is more down to not yet having time to think about it yet!

Linking up with:

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#ALYoF February – complete

At the beginning of February I set my goal to stitch 288 small flying geese and 72 large flying geese together into blocks!

It seemed like a huge task, bearing in mind that I had to decide upon a layout first!

My kitchen/dining room floor was just about big enough:

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That is not all of it!

Once I’d decided on a layout I gave up on the idea of just stitching them in to blocks and stitched them straight in to columns:

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I struggled with the quilt top looking symmetrical, so changed the direction of some of the geese, it resulted in a heart or too:

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So at the end of the month I have a completed quilt top, not the blocks I was aiming for but I’m quite happy to have surpassed my expectations!

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Now I have a plan for the back…

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