Monday, January 16, 2017

Fireworks Top 2

And here's the second top, with the same border fabric - looks very similar to the one from Saturday, I know, but I promise there are two of them!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A trip to Farnham Maltings

Almost didn't make my annual trek to the quilter's show and fabric sale in Farnham this year - I just drove to and from Brighton yesterday, I am at the end of a rubbish cold and my friend who I often go with couldn't go this year. But I decided to do it anyway as I really needed backing fabric for a couple of quilts - and I'm glad I did. I picked up backing for the two t-shirt quilts (the stripes at bottom right), for a wedding quilt for later in the year (the elephants) and for a baby quilt I need to do soon (the flamingos). Also picked up a couple of yards of cheap cute fabric for Project Linus, some fat quarters (the spots will be binding for the t-shirt quilts) and a fun half metre piece with a major league baseball theme. Think I might make a cushion from that. Success all around!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fireworks top 1

I don't normally have much time to sew on Saturdays, but Alex's swimming lesson was cancelled this morning, so I had some unexpected space in my weekend - enough to get the border on this centre. I love the firework fabric!  There's another centre waiting for the same fabric as a border, hopefully I will get to it later.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ATC Friday

Here are two more sets of finished ATCs - these are ones where I was th third person to add something, so I didn't have to worry about leaving space.  The oriental card spoke to me straight away - I knew it had to have some of the little Japanese squares. A gold foil flower finished it off.

The seahorse definitely needed something at the bottom of the card, so I cut a fun green tonal paper into freehand seaweed. I think it works!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Linus top with Frogs

This cute frog print went really well with this slightly quirky centre top. The frogs are great!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Another Brown Top

This one very similar to the last, but with slightly different blocks. Same border fabric, though.

Monday, January 09, 2017

A brown quilt top...

Here's my second finished top of the year for donation to Project Linus (or other charity - sometimes my Linus Coordinator works with other charities to house tops more suitable for older children or adults, like Teenage Cancer Trust or hospices, etc).  More to come soon, as I make my way through that stack of tops paired with borders...

Sunday, January 08, 2017

A stack of matched up tops!

In preparation for doing some actual sewing in 2017, I've now got a  stack of Project Linus tops which want borders adding to them. I did do quite a bit of sewing in 2016, just not in the second half of the year. One of those years!

Anyway, I started this process by putting all the top centres which I'd been accumulating out on the floor and then trying to match them up with suitable prints for borders. 

Managed pretty well with most of them, though I think there were one or two which didn't really work. And that's fine - I'll put them aside for later.

Friday, January 06, 2017

ATC Friday

I struggled with these cards when they first came to me, I admit. The central image was quite large and I didn't really know where I wanted to go with them. But after some experimentation, I think they came out pretty well.

These were easier - although they also had quite a large design on them, it was more obvious what they needed  - a touch of piratey text!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Little Wall Quilt

This has been hanging around for ages, quilted and with binding attached but not stitched down. It had no purpose, though, so it never was finished up. Finally, it found a purpose when I needed a quilt for an occasion, so it's done now - I attached some hanging mechanisms as well...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Project Linus in 2016

Looking back at last year, I see that I finished up 23 quilt tops for Project Linus. Entirely in the first part of the year. I did actually make a lot more later in the year, but none of them got quite to the finished stage - which means I have a big pile of tops with no borders hanging about, needing bordering. I know I have one more which has a border fabric set aside for it; I need to spend a little time on the weekend pairing up centres with border fabrics to see what I can finish up.  An aim for 2017 is to work through my block sets, of which I have quite a few.

Here's a look back at all the tops (bordered ones, or ones I've donated without borders) completed in 2016.

April/ May:




Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Pink and Black Linus

First Linus Top of the year - the border on this one is a bit odd as I used a very wide stripey fabric, but I didn't pattern match it, so it meets in a funny way. Never mind, it still kind of works. And it's good to be sewing again.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Block lotto Hearts

Having managed to sneak in at the very very last minute for December's Block Lotto, I decided January would go the opposite way (that and the fact that I actually have one more day of holiday before going back to work, so actually had time to sew again). So, here are four scrappy heart blocks for January's lotto. (If you want to make some of these blocks, either for the Lotto or for yourself, the pattern can be found here...)

I made them using "made fabric"  - the rectangles below are the red "fabric" that I used to make the simple hearts above. The heart pattern itself is very quick and easy, but of course stitching the small scraps together to make the red made fabric takes a bit of time.  Anyway, they are cute, and whether I win or not, it's always fun to take part.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Block Lotto Strings

It's been a while since I had the chance to play in the Block Lotto, but having finished up the two tops from Ben's clothes, I am now able to play a bit more (not that I've had a lot of time for sewing in general this year, with one thing and another). So I took the chance to make a few pieced strings for the block lotto, and to use a handful of strings from my scrap baskets. I've got one more thing I have to do in early January, and then I'm going to try to get through my basket of block sets. It would be nice to get that down to just one or two. We'll see if I have the will power (probably not, knowing me...)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Quilt no 2: Ta da!

It's like London Buses - none for ages then loads come along at once!  But finally, there was a juxtaposition between having free time and not being unwell (I had hoped to work on these at October half term, but had a nasty virus). This is the second quilt top sorted.  Next step will be to acquire backing and binding at the Fabric Sale at Farnham Maltings in January. And I've booked space with the longarmer for these, so it won't be long after that they'll be quilted. I'll still have to bind them but we are getting really close now. Hurrah! Who knows, I might find time for other sewing tomorrow or even Monday, my last day of holiday (we have plans for New Year's Day).

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Getting Ready for Quilt 2

Here are the blocks I've made so far for the second of this pair of quilts - I may move them around a bit, but I wante to get an idea of how many more I needed to fill the space in (answer: quite a few as you can really see my rug through them!).  That's a project for another day, though hopefully it will be sometime this week.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

You better sit down: there's been actual SEWING!

I can't even tell you how long it's been since I stitched anything. I don't want to think about it!  But here we go - the first of these two quilts - long promised and long overdue - is finally together as a top. Woo hoo!  Hopefully the next few days will show a successful second finish as well.