Sunday, August 21, 2022

More ideas and WIPs than you can shake a stick at

Of course it's not fair to be working full time and not have the time to sew and create as much as I want to.  Although this has not stopped me from starting new projects.  Sometimes I am just too easily lead astray ๐Ÿ˜‚.  

First up is a new monthly project I am involved with at my local quilt shop - The Country Yard.  It is a small skillbuilding project that focuses on new piecing techniques (triangle rulers) and putting together fabric combinations.

There is a secondary block pattern going on with the feature fabric forming the large central unit.

On the other design wall I have the It's A Lot Quilt in the second colour way.  This one has been a bit slower coming together but focusing on one block at a time means it does grow rather quickly once you start sewing.

My #apqresolution for August is to piece together my The Scrappy Star Quilt Adventure blocks.  I laid them all out then needed to convert the design floor back into guest bedroom facilities... Watch this space ๐Ÿ˜‚.

I joined the Astra Quilt sew-along and made one block for the first week, part of block 2 for the second week then run out of background.  Some more arrived in the mail this week so there is hope this project will continue - the blocks are large and have simple piecing so there is no reason for it not to plod along in the background of life (well, maybe the hundred other projects might be a hindrance).

My #apqresolution for July was to quilt my Ray Quilt from a sew-along a couple of years ago.  Was this during lockdown 2020?  Anyway I finished the simple straight quilting and got the binding machined on, just need the time to stitch by hand.  One day I might add some more quilting but it is perfectly serviceable as it is.  Love the colours in this ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก.

My monthly rainbow challenge is coming together nicely.  I still need to do the August block.  I decided to use this layout and use a multicolour print in the center.

I just have one block left to piece in the original colour way of the It's A Lot Quilt then I can start on the applique elements.

This will really add another layer of scrappiness as well as depth of design and explains some of the areas that look a bit pale and unexciting.  Just wait for the exciting to arrive ๐Ÿฅฐ.

I started and finished a new cot quilt for a new grandbaby due in Australia later in the year.  These purple blue and soft teal fabrics are so delicate and pretty.

I did finish the last applique block in my variation of Flea Market Flowers.

And got the center of the quilt pieced.  I am going to use the aqua butterfly fabric as a border but need to finalize inner border decisions first - like which fabrics have enough left of them to make it work??

 And that's caught me up to date with the last few months of crafting.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

In a nutshell

 Seems the last post was way back in March!  My April APQ challenge was to sew the backing and baste my Orbiter quilt.

My batting was about 1/2" short on one end so I added an extra strip with a few more pins.

My rainbow challenge has been plugging along with April being the red month.

And progress to date.  I haven't done the May block yet so next month I will need to double up.

I changed my quilting plans for my Amsterdam star quilt, and started some stipple in the background and some freeform feathers and spirals in the border.

I think this highlights the quilt better.

Mays APQ challenge was to add two more applique blocks to my Flea Market Flowers project.


Then I got two more blocks fused and finished blanket stitch on all but one of the blocks.

So happy to just have one block left to create.
This is the pattern that I loosely based the quilt on.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Stuff going on in the shed

 The March #apqresolution project was to finish piecing the Brightly quilt.

When I last worked on this, I had several sections pieced into chunks, and had started laying out some pieces to fill the gaps - but then someone needed the pull out bed and I labelled all the bits and tucked it away.

Turns out I needed to sew eight more blocks which didn't take all that long to piece.

This was where the fabric selection started getting tricky - I had run out of many of the scraps used previously and the ones I did have left were already used in critical places - time to bring in some new fabrics while still trying to make them look like they fit.  Good luck with that one ๐Ÿ™„


Then the last few seams to put it all together.

Scraps in all their sparkly scrappiness ๐Ÿคฉ

As always, getting to this stage of the process leads to thinking about quilting strategies.  There are some nice negative spaces which would lead themselves to some interesting FMQ opportunities but I'm undecided whether I want to invest that much effort.

There is always some time to choose new fabrics for a block.  The rainbow block colour for this month is pink - even though technically it's not in the rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ.  I'm always surprised by the volume of pink fabric I have - I absolutely hate pink but as the mother of a previously pink loving daughter it had become a necessary evil.

I also purchased some fabrics from Rainbow Stash - look, they have prints too!  A bundle and some randoms, I am slowly building up my love volume stash but who can go past a luscious floral.  I have seen the Cluck Cluck Sew Diagonal Seam tape before, and took the opportunity to buy some from a NZ business.  It has made all the difference in keeping my seam allowance constant with my new sewing machine so I heartily recommend it.

On Instagram I am keeping up with the creative prompts with Amy's creative side... The prompt for your first quilt meaning a little photo session with this cot quilt.

Not bad for a first time of everything ๐Ÿ˜˜.

Finishing my March challenge means I can now jump into all the other March projects.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

February catch up

 I attacked all the smaller projects at the start of February - leaving a good chunk of the month free to work on the backing and basting of Amsterdam Stars.  Piecing large backings is not my favourite thing, but is a necessary evil.  So I pulled out my fabric pile and laid it all out.  Turned out some of the pieces were not quite big enough so I added the brown floral print.  #apqresolution for February achieved ✅

I even had a few days spare so I started the walking foot quilting edge stitching through the sashing and out into the outer borders.

I didn't have any problems with the top moving (like I normally do) so no puckers on the intersections!  I think my new Janome M7 Continental might just be magic.  Maybe I should call it Mike ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚.

I managed a tiny bit of hand quilting - rather crooked and not the tidiest but I'll wait and see how it looks once there is a bit more going on to disguise it. 

I managed another star in the #suzandmonikarainbowchallenge - 

I'm planning a plain alternate square layout so fingers crossed for a decent sized baby quilt.

Month 2 of this project was finished on time...

And joined onto month 1.

And I completed another row in the #cutitupwithmollisparkles challenge - the Sidewalk Chalk pattern.

My secret project is working on the It's A Lot Quilt by Sew Be where I have assisted my local quilt shop The Country Yard with putting together three fabric selections for their BOM programme.

This is the Vintage/Retro colour scheme.  Block 1:

Block 2:

Blocks 1 & 3:

I have started sewing block 1 in the Soft & Subtle colourway...

And here is the fabric selection for month 1.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to play with fabrics - my favourite activity.

And now it is March already.  I will have to check what the new challenge project is going to be.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Taking the scenic route

 Sometimes life throws curve balls.  What I thought I would be focussing on at the start of this year was not necessarily what I ended up sewing.  Although isn't that every year ๐Ÿ™„.

You'll be pleased to know I finished my #apqresolution  for January - binding my Patchwork City quilt.

I did the big stitch binding technique and although I've yet to master the little cross on the corners I am happy with the overall effect.  Full disclosure, I did finish this on the last day of January ๐Ÿ˜

The project for February is WIP number 7 which is creating the backing and basting The Amsterdam Star quilt.

Part of the reason it took all month to finish my goal was getting sidetracked with a baby quilt.  My boss had his first grandbaby and i decided it was a great opportunity to sew a gender neutral quilt.

And so we have the Tiger Plant quilt.

It's a generous size.

And gave me lots of opportunities to do some FMQ on my new machine - there were some hairy moments but nothing some more practice won't fix.

Some fun animals on the back and a scrappy binding (also big stitch) but mostly in this awesome green.  Serendipitously the baby was named Ivy ๐Ÿ˜ฑ, and yes... A tiny girl ๐Ÿ˜Š

I have also been involved in a project for my local quilt shop and here is a little sneak peek but more about this next week.

So February goals means making another block in my Monika/Suz rainbow challenge ๐ŸŒˆ.

Another row in my Sidewalk Chalk quilt which is my #cutitupwithmolliesparkles project.

And somehow fit in another block in the project below of which I can't remember it's name ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”.

So not much going on here... What's happening at your place?