*Waves* anyone still around? It’s been while I know I’m sorry! Today I’m popping in to share something new…
Yes I’ve actually finished something! Using crochet if you can believe it…. A Daisy Bookmark which took me an entire AFTERNOON to do but worth it as I’m always losing bookmarks and I needed to brush up on my skills for some commissions I need to get my ass into gear to work on!
It is almost too pretty to use! The book props are a bit random… but they are 2 I’ve just finished reading and 2 that are being started imminently and do you want to know a funny thing? For my birthday this week… I now have a Kindle which almost negates the need for a bookmark…
Linking up this baby to Le Challenge as the theme is Blossom and linking inwith the daisy blossom and my blossoming skills (ha ha). Le Challenge if you are not aware of it is run by the lovely Lucy and Nat where on a monthly basis there is chance for any crafter to link up to a theme, show off your makes and possibly win a gift certificate.
I’m going to try and be around a bit more often as I keep meaning to catch up on the books I’m reading and look another piece of shocking news for you………….. I’m SEWING!!! It has been awhile since I’ve had some enthusiasm and energy but I think it’s coming back…
Can a clever monkey guess what this might be?? I just need to find a cute owl button to finish it off…
Posted by quirkyhannah on May 15, 2016
Yeah I’m still in shock! Me sewing… what is the world coming to! It’s definitely been a struggle past few months and not sure why.. too many projects or should I say too many commitment sewing and not enough for me? Whatever… let’s hope it’s getting over now 🙂
So what have I been doing….. I’ve had this book Fifty Fat Quarter Makes for Christmas and been dying to try the crochet hook case for ages. Especially since I keep misplacing my hooks.. just when I want to pick up a yarn project. This is for Tara as part of my #bigdamnheroesswap package. I’m not quite happy with the front it doesn’t mesh as well as I wanted it too but I messed up when cutting a couple of weeks ago. I’m blaming the sugar withdrawalness thing going through at the time… headaches, nausea and tiredness and not me okay!
Really want to do one for me soon! Also as part of the swap I did a cross stitch and some embroidery- Tara loves Jayne so can you see the theme….
I’ve had my parcel this week from the lovely Jenny of Nerdymcstitcherson isn’t it lovely!
Hoping be back on track soon… I’ve got a few messages to reply to from last week so bear with me 🙂
Also this is one of my finishes from the FAL 2016 list.
Posted by quirkyhannah on February 4, 2016
Hello! So.. it’s my week in the Farmer’s Wife QAL bloghop (hosted by Kerry) and I’m here to show you block 38 Golda!
As soon as I saw this block I loved it! There are a lot of pieces but surprisingly it came together really quickly and almost perfect. It took me a long time to decide on fabric and in the end I steered away from the 30s pastels as in my other blocks and went for DS (Denyse Schmidt). Here’s hoping it will fit in the overall quilt 🙂 Although my choices later have been a bit bolder from my collection…
The letter for this block is “So Quiet and Peaceful”, basically it’s a story about a family who moved from their farm to the city. Day to day life become easier, they had money and playtime. Then the depression hit, jobs were cut, wages went down, city life became unsupportable so they went back home- to the farm and wondered why they ever let. The simplest of messages conveyed.
With everything that’s been happening I’m not completely up to date with the QAL but when I work on the blocks I find pairs are best! Choose fabrics in pairs, prep in pairs and sew in pairs. The majority of mine are machine sewn as foundation piecing is not my favourite! A couple are in pieces as attempting hand piecing but not finished those yet…. oops!
I rotary cut all my pieces and I guess my main tip to those is a 28mm rotary cutter- it’s so much more easier on those little pieces! I tend to cut the fabric slightly bigger than the pattern and stack in 4s, then I add a bit of double sided tape to the back of the pattern and lay it on top of the fabric to cut. I find it’s minimalises cutting errors for me 🙂
As I work in pairs- block 37 Georgia is keeping Golda company. I couldn’t resist using the red DS print again- hoping this might lead to a more cohesive quilt.
And… here we go a choice offering of some of my blocks and the style.. I’m finding that the fabric choices are like picking out my mood at the time. The pastelly ones are from when all I wanted is to be left alone and some quiet 🙂 Now it’s bright, bold and raring to go.
How is everyone getting on with theirs?
Posted by quirkyhannah on January 25, 2016
The Farmer’s Wife Quilt-A-Long hosted by Kerry of Verykerryberry is back after Christmas break and it’s week 16. I’m going to apologise for my photos, every time I went to try it literally poured down.
Here’s Block 31. Eva
I quite like this block and soft colours, I tried so hard to ensure it all blends in with the background pattern. The squares were tiny but manageable.
Block 22. Fanny
I liked the style of this but not sure on my combination, when I was pulling choices it seemed to work but now I wished I switched combinations around in a few places.
Both blocks I machined pieced but this week I’m actually going to try handpiecing Block 34… scary. It be interesting to see how long it takes and what it looks like!
How is everyone getting on with their blocks?
Posted by quirkyhannah on January 8, 2016
A couple months ago Sheila (Sewchet) had this amazing idea to hold a secret santa with a max limit of £10 but we can throw in whatever goodies we like to go with it!
Mine went off to Nikki and as she was getting into dressmaking and loved freestyle embroidery I included the Colette Ginger skirt pattern, some gorgeous woolfelt I obtained from Sew and Quilt, along with a notebook and a ruffly scarf I’ve knitted (one of my very few knitted accomplishments probably because it is so easy! To see the goodies check out Nikki’s post here. I felt really bad about not including something sewn but with everything happening I kept putting it off and if I waited it would have got there after christmas! However I think something might be making it’s way pretty soon….
My parcel was unfortunately delayed in the post but opening it was a really good new year present and well worth the wait! Thanks so much Lucie!! To see Lucie’s post about what she put together and why it’s all here 🙂
A lovely owl cushion, a liberty needlebook, hanging hearts, gorgeous crochet goodies and isn’t that frog amazing?
Crochet is on my list to practice and get better at (along with knitting!) so am in awe of this little set, a pin cushion and measuring tape.
The closeup of mr frog is really blurry so you have to make do with the above! I didn’t realise there was pins in the pin cushion so when I picked it up jabbed myself something proper.
Really pleased with how this swap went and will be looking out for more Sheila does.
Posted by quirkyhannah on January 6, 2016
So…. a few posts back you might remember that I’m going to be a guest blogger in the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL hosted by Kerry of verykerryberry.
It was my intention to do the blocks each week but unfortunately I fell behind… however instead of manically trying to catch up I’m going to do the blocks allocated that week and try to do one (or two) that I have missed!
This week it’s Carrie and Cat (Blocks 21 and 22). When pulling fabric choices I definitely had a bit of a red/yellow theme going on.
Block 21: Carrie
Block 22: Cat
Cat is my favourite fabric combination out of the two it’s just a shame I had trouble with those pesky triangles! I should not try to sew without having my morning cup of tea first…..
I’m a little worried about how I’m going to sash my blocks when finished (random middle of the night thought) as I’m just picking combos suited to the block as/when do them. But thinking might either a grey or a dotty low volume print… as long as I stay away from using fabrics with a mainly white background in. Hmm.
How is everyone else getting on with their blocks? Most of the fabrics featured above came from Jessie’s shop Sew and Quilt in a specially curated bundle for the QAL.
Posted by quirkyhannah on November 23, 2015
Well Q1 was dismal and even forgot to link up my one measly finish… here’s hoping to a better Q2! Especially since my new toy should be arriving end of next week 🙂
Some are these are carried on from the last quarter and this list is by no means definitive of what I have to do but I need a big kick to keep on track…
1. My mini for the Ukminiswap- due in a couple of weeks… I’ve been feeling a little intimidated by my partner so it’s taking me ages to decide what to do! Mixing up some daysail with curves….
2. A Pentagon ball made via english paper piecing for my nephew Louis.
3-7. I STILL have quilts for the little ones to do. The above is the backing for the youngest. The other quilts can be seen here and I have Hazel the Hedgehog all cut out too as a bonus one. Also adding in a pram quilt made out of triangles and boyish fabrics which must be finished soon… yes really!
8. An on the go project for a hexie baby quilt- recipient indetermined.But given that I have a lot of deadlines coming up for both the day job and sewing this is my way to relax. And it’s such pretty fabric! I just can’t decide on the next border for the hexie flowers…
9. These started out as tester blocks for when I was doing a curved project last month (more on that soon). I couldn’t stop however… just need to do some more blocks
10. Can you spot a theme already? With gritted teeth this is going to be a butterfly block (those who know me don’t fall off in shock as I really do not like these things…) but once you get an idea go with it right?? Destined to be a little one’s quilt. 11-12. Gifts in the making.. all cut and interfaced just needs sewing up complete with zips. I’m betting a couple of people can guess who these are for… especially since one has been hanging around since last year….
12. This is happening… my seal quilt in applique. I want to enter this in FOQ but it be great if it could be done at least a month in advance of the deadline…
Also on the list are………. minis for the Fairytaleswap, Sherlock Swap but I have no idea at present so won’t count those! Besides think I have enough to be getting on with right??
What is everyone else working on? Linking up with Adrianne.
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 12, 2015
It’s been annoying busy around these parts lately! Especially with car trouble which meant no car for about a week… and some secret sewing that can’t be shown yet 🙂
Anyway in general I’m happy with actually getting some sewing done. First up is my first sewtogether bag this year. I did three just before Christmas and had forgotten a couple of steps. This one is a birthday present for a friend and also a belated thank you present for putting me up a couple of nights last summer.
I hope she likes it! Was awfully tempted to keep it for myself! I included some other extras in it too 🙂
Stupidly I forgot to link up with the Finish A Long Q1 but I be back soon with my Q2 list and some other bits to show… plus I am SO looking forward to something that be arriving next week !
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 9, 2015
… I am still here and thought it’s about time I provided you with an update!
It’s been rather busy between work, family stuff and everyone laden with viruses but I have slowly been sewing… even though sometimes I wanted to throw the machine out of the window for misbehaving.
This is one of my favourite things at the moment! Trianges and hexies 🙂 It’s my centre for a Round Robin bee but I definitely see a proper quilt coming like it soon!
Some bee blocks (Churn Dash and Stacked Rainbows) for the Fat Stash Uk bee
And to complete my hexie craze I’ve joined in with the #hexiefriends phenomena on Instagram where you swap a flower with each other and the centre has your name and location. How cool will that be??
I’ve a few more things to show.. so later this week when I feel a bit more on top of things.
Posted by quirkyhannah on March 8, 2015