Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Two-in-One Pouch [A Finish]

Just after Christmas, the #stitchedsewingorganizerssal kicked off again and the first project back was the two-in-one pouch. Whilst I haven't taken part every week, this was one of the projects I wanted to make since the start, but I decided it would make a great gift for my Mother-in-law - we bought her a subscription to the Mandolin quilt for her birthday, so this is a fitting gift to go with it.

This little pouch called for vinyl, double-fold binding, and a magnetic snap. I'm getting the hang of the vinyl. I have developed a deep hatred for double-fold binding, and it was my first time using a magnetic snap. The problem with double fold binding, especially on vinyl, is keeping my seam allowance consistent on the slippy vinyl, which means my corners aren't great... And with this partiucular project, I'd like you all to ignore the fact that the lining fabric is upside down... speaking of fabric, the outside of the pouch is a peacock feather print from Palais Jardin by Robert Kaufman, the lining is Riley Blake and the binding is Lecien.

This was actually my first finish of the quarter for the Finish Along, but I've had to save the blogging until now, because it was a gift. The birthday is now gone, so I can share. You can find my original Finish Along list here.

Marci Girl Designs

Monday, 19 February 2018

Aves [week 4]

So I mentioned something about week 3 being back in the comfort zone.... well week 4 blew that comfort zone out of the water! I have to confess when I first looked at it, it scared me, and it's not often a patchwork block does that. But this innocent looking 6" block came complete with templates, y seams and curves! That's a lot to fit into a small block!

I spent all week wondering how to do it. Do I sew it by machine, or do I make myself some EPP templates, or do I sew it by hand (without papers). Or do I do what some have done and just applique those leaves? On Sunday afternoon I put on my big-girl panties and just got on with it. By machine. And whilst it took me a couple of hours, and a few seams did spend time with the seam ripper, overall I'm quite pleased with it. I'm certainly pleased that it is done. And even more pleased that week 5 looks straightforward!

This block is part of the Aves Quilt - a block of the week pattern designed by Kathy Kerr of Green Avenue Quilts.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Curve Motion Medallion: Month 1

I'm on a bit of an EPP kick this year so far. I've started the Mandolin Quilt and the Tula Nova quilt, I'm still working on Ice Cream Soda and Round We go, and I'm also paper piecing some of my Farmers Wife blocks... but this new EPP project is a bit different.... it's curved EPP.

Doesn't it look smart in its box! This is the Curve Motion Medallionhttps://www.sewmotion.com/sewmotion_shop/prod_6260787-Curve-Motion-Medallion-BOM-Quilt.html designed by Louisa at Sew Motion. Every month she sends templates for curved EPP, some lovely Alison Glass fabric, and for this first month we got a glue pen too. Next month's installment and then ongoing also comes with the background fabric you need and it's perfect for quilt as you go! In 16 months time I'll have a quilt. In theory.

The first month is the centre of the quilt and is made up of two rings: a smaller pinky-purple one...

And a much larger blue one.

This is the first time that I have done much curved EPP (I've done a little for my much-neglected Dear Jane), and I've been using flat-back-stitch instead of whip stitch. I was a little apprehensive when I started but that pink ring went together beautifully - it was far quicker than I expected and the stitch was far easier than I expected. The blue ring, which is the largest in the quilt, inevitably took a lot longer. It did seem to be endless, if I'm honest. But I know next month we're back to the smaller rings!

If you want to sign up, then head over to Sew Motion's website!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Gravity Quilt

Did you know that it's been nearly three years since I last touched this quilt? Dreadful isn't it. I made ten blocks in June 2015 and then put it away and didn't touch it again. In my defence, we had just moved into a new house, and I fell pregnant with Jessica not long after. However, it is still quite embarrassing that I managed to finish the remaining eight required blocks in just one day. And at least part of that was spent trying to find the rulers that went with it!

Time just goes so fast and I have so many yummy projects to work on that all of a sudden a year has passed and I haven't touched something! This is not the only quilt I'm guilty of ignoring for a lengthy period (I'm sure @Archiewonderdog can provide you with a list!)...

But here are the new blocks, 2 each of four different blocks.

I've also cut up all the background fabric and I'm ready to piece a quilt top! This is optimistically on my Finish Along list for this quarter, and while I don't think it's a candidate for a finish - I'm planning some custom free motion quilting which could be a huge success or a disaster.... - I'm really pleased that I've managed to progress it a little.

The pattern is the Gravity Quilt by Jaybird Quilts

Monday, 12 February 2018

Mandolin Quilt [Month 1]

The paper pieces arrived for month 1 of the Mandolin quilt and I confess, they were prepped ready for sewing within the day! I love everything about this quilt - the fabrics are so much fun, and feel beautiful to work with - the needle just slides through them and the design of the block means you can do long seams without have to stop and start your thread! The ultimate relaxing English Paper Piecing. So here they are - Block 2:

And block 3:

I think you are going to need sunglasses when this quilt is finished! I also started on the filler blocks: I picked the new Alison Glass print Diatom in seasalt, which is a lovely white with a delicate pale grey accent, along with Kona silver - the coordinating grey. There's so much colour in the blocks, that I really didn't need to add anything more to the fillers!

I'm all ready for that next little package from Australia to land on my door mat!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Needlebook Plus [A Finish]

I've been joining in with the #stitchedsewingorganizerssal on Instagram - sewing the projects from Aneela Hooey's Stitched Sewing Organizers book - if you only buy one book this year, buy this one - it's so good! We're coming to the end of the sew-along and the penultimate project was the Needlebook Plus - an who doesn't needs a new needle book?

I used some of my new giraffe fabric on the front and on the pincushion, and my favourite - bright pink for the lining.

The leather strap is a trimming from the leather I harvested from our old sofas before they went to the tip!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Totes Amazeballs Tote [A Finish]

It was my birthday last week! My daughters bought me two books: Fantastic Beasts - illustrated version and Angie Wilson's Fussy Cutters Club - which I've been after for a while! 

I was given it on Tuesday evening, on Thursday evening I made two improv panels and before bedtime on Friday I had a finished bag!

Improv piecing is not my comfort zone, and fussy cutting is all new to me. The fabrics I picked were not all fussy-cuttable, but some had nice motifs I was able to include and others were directional and I managed to cut them straight. I picked a selection of navy and coral fabrics. This wasn't my first choice but there's a good reason for it: the pattern calls for a heavier-weight fabric to be used on the base of the bag - vinyl or denim or upholstery weight... I don't have much fabric that isn't quilting cotton, so I raided my wardrobe and picked a paid of jeans. I picked the pair that fit worst, but there's no denying that I could have continued to wear them had I not decided to cut them up! I will definitely be on the look out for some neon pink vinyl so I can still make a bag from the fabrics I had originally picked!

Most of the fabrics are Cotton &Steel with some (fairly old) Tula Pink thrown in and a smattering of Art Gallery and Stoff. The lining is a Sevenberry print I originally bought as a quilt back in a destash, but when it arrived it much heavier in weight that I expected - perfect for a large bag lining - and for this colour scheme! Not perfect for the outside of the bag where I used the jeans because it is white....

I added heavy-weight interfacing to the panels to give the bag structure. But I didn't have any - thank goodness for Amazon Prime... unfortunately the delivery driver didn't get the memo that I finished work at midday and had to get the kids at 5 and really a morning delivery would therefore have been best... as it was, he showed up at 4.30pm. It was quite impatient! I had got as far as I could by 2pm - I'd even added a pocket to the lining which wasn't a part of the pattern!

I had to wait until after bedtime to quilt up the panels and it was at this point I started to realise how big the bag was going to bed - with the added interfacing it was a large piece of fabric that was quite hard work to manhandle through my machine. But final construction was actually a breeze and look at the size of this bag - modelled by Mia for scale! If Jessica wasn't so wriggly, I'm pretty sure she would fit in it!

This is not a Finish Along finish because it was a spur of the moment decision to make it and I don't regret it for a moment!