2018 FAL Q1

Ok…. looking back at my last FAL list I did a lot better than I thought out of 23 items I completed 5. Happy with that!

Now if only I can do the same this quarter but I may have added a lot of lengthy and detailed items! Which combined with the day job and MSc study… cue insane laughter. Still proud member of the #ridiculouslylongfallist and it could have been worse.

Sewing/Quilting:

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1. Christmas Tablecloth- an old faithful which is slowly getting to completion each year. Ashamed to admin it saw it’s third christmas on the table not quite completed…

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2. Wonky Stars Quilt- meant to have been a present for someone who needed a hug ages ago

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3. Wonderland Maker’s Tote- birthday present

4. Dinosaur Cushion- for the husband as he’s squished his current one to death

5. Dinosaur Pillowcases- saw these that Saira had made and so totally copying the main fabric!

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6. M6-12 of the Patchwork of the Crosses Quilt. Bear in mind this is the 2016 Sew and Quilt Bom!

7. 30’s repros log cabin quilt- top is pieced just patiently awaiting quilting

8. Unicorn quilt- needs quilting but got to get a move on as the baby due date is imminent!

9. Simple Sampler Quilt- another one that needs quilting!

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10. Sewcial Sampler Quilt- Half the blocks are made, need get the rest finished then on to quilting.

11. Awesome Ocean Quilt

12. Midnight in the Forest Quilt

13. Schoolhouse Tunic- I really must get over my trepidation of the overlocker.

14. Dolly Quilt- special request by the niece!

Crochet/Knitting:

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15. Star Blanket- surprisingly (or not) I have started many blankets but not finished one..

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16. Henry the Hedgehog- just because he is cute!

17. Seal Pup Scarf

18. Lion Scarf

19. Sky Blanket- failed dismaly at this last year!

20. Sparkly Wintery Seal- for one of the nephews

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21. Knitted Hedgehogs

22. Belle Mittens

23. Animal Hat

24. Blanket for Ducky- nephew request as the one he “acquired” from me acouple years ago has been worn through

25. Kitty Backpack

26. Attic24 Woodland CAL

27. Eastern Jewels Persian Tiles Blanket

28. Spring Afghan CAL- got a load of gorgeous PBY Aran which this be perfect for!

Cross Sitch/Embroidery:

29. Cinderella Cross Stitch

30. Stitchsperation Motivation Quote

31. Happily Ever After Cross Stitch

32. Once Upon a Time Cross Stich

33. Noah’s Ark Embroidery

Eeek… that’s probably enough for now right? Joining up with the 2018 FAL.

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A Finish! Jet Set Sewing Station

Ok.. I’m not very good at showing off my finishes as normally they are last minute and gifts but this one is all for meeee! An amazing Jet Set Sewing Station perfect for all those sewing groups out and about.

Bought the pattern in the summer from the lovely Sew and Quilt Shop down Penzance way. In actual fact I bought the kit but decided I wasn’t completely in love with the fabric combo so used some of my precious DS stash!

Started compiling this in November and all I had left was 10″ of binding to finish handstitching.. which did not happen til earlier this week oops.

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And look it fits my small rotating cutting mat perfectly! The pattern was a lot of fun to do even though I may have scratched my head a couple of times on some bits I’ve not attempting before but can’t wait to do some more….

Linking up with an actual finish for FAL 2017 Q4. My original list can be found here. You never know I may be back with another finish or two…

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Stitching Santa

So.. this year I managed to remember to sign up to Sewchet’s Stitching Santa swap. I took part in the sewing one a couple years ago and loved it! Now that I was hooking up my yarn I was greedy and took part in both sewing and yarn. When they arrived they were slotted under the tree and patiently waiting until the big day.

Apologising in advance for the photos mixture of cluttered chaos and weather not behaving!

I did feel a bit guilty as both my secret santas stalked me via my blog and like a lot of people due to time most of my daily social media is over on Instagram. That said both gifts were amazing and perfect.

Yarn Santa.

The lovely Joย  of Through the Keyhole was my secret santa. The chocolate has long gone! (Apparently I inhale it…) but I had a lovely Shawl which I can’t do justice or model appropriately to pop on over to Jo’s blog for a much prettier look! Really love the colour and style of this and can’t wait to take it on it’s first outing when back at work later in the week. Am really envious of your skill Jo!

Some really pretty yarn- the blue is sock yarn and the pinky colourway is 4 ply which I’m guessing for socks? It is on my list to try and get some socks done and so these will go into my yarn mountain. I’ve only cracked crochet a few months ago after years on/off trying so determined to get that and my knitting skills up to scratch this year. Have in my list the winwick sock pattern but any others to recommend please shout! I genuinely would appreciate it!

Also included in my parcel was a couple of little kits and a mountain of tea (avid tea lover) so really looking forward to try these! Now every one by now knows I live to read so was so happy to find this in my parcel too! Not had a chance yet but promise soon with some healthy hot cocoa to sit down and nosy my way through this.

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Sewing Santa:

My secret santa was another blog I hadn’t had the pleasure of coming across before- Lynn of thetialys. Lots of pretties here! Somehow Lynn has worked out that I love Liberty so had some gorgeous pieces and then my love of sea creatures (except the evil dolphins) isn’t the whale the cutest? Pretty coasters, needlebook case, drawstring bag and lots of extras. I think the clasp frame I may do something yarn related with it (we’ll see).

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Thank you so much Jo and Lynn for taking the time to stalk my interests and craft the perfect gifts for me. Am looking forward to what you get up to this year now I’ve discovered your blogs!

2017 Finish A Long Q4 List

Ok I wasn’t going to join in… I’ve held out since Q1 but since my life is jumping into the “I have no time for anything” as of next week I thought well why not.. I need something to prod me in the rare moments I’m going to get to create. If you don’t follow me on Instagram (and why not….?) I’m starting my MSc. Next week in fact and the day job remains full time and just as busy!

Anyway……… I may just qualify for #ridiculouslylongfallist I have a lot of other stuff I want to get done that isn’t mentioned here too.

1.An old favourite.. maybe 2 years old? My intended Christmas tablecloth- I did start handquilting it back in January then shoved it in a cupboard.

2. Beachhut Cushion- new entry and one I stupidly said yes to.. Nuff said.

3. Spiderman Quilt.. was mean’t to be a birthday present in June. Let’s go for Christmas!

4. Wonky Stars quilt- embarrassingly too long a WIP.

5. Mini Totes- Trick or Treat and Christmassy ones. Deadlines there.

6. Wonderland Maker’s Tote. Been dreaming about this.. and meant to be a gift. When you say? Oh back in March….

7. Boxy Pouch- swap for #SWStitchers meeting in November

8. Star Blankets- may take awhile as middle of one I started another in a different colourway!

9. Hobbycraft Tea on the Green CAL Blanket- got distracted by the star blanket pattern…

10. Seal Pup Scarf. Need need need and I have the wool! Now all I need to do is learn to knit proficiently.

11. Crochet Henry the Hedgehog.

12. Kitty Rucksack- fell in love with this pattern- got the yarn just need to get cracking and by end of November….

13. Animal hat. Winter. Cute. Nature inspired enough said…

14. Jet Set Sewing Station. Loved this pattern the moment I saw it and perfect for all my sewing groups. Now where’s that mythical selfish sewing time?

15. Stitchsperation stitches- for gifts… but how pretty is that linen?!

16. Finish M6-12 of the Sew and Quilt Lucy EPP BOM especially since the add on kit arrived today!

17. Heather Ross Cushion… to be gifted.

18. Piece of Me Pouches.. More gifts

19. Dinosaur Cushion… for the husband. So at some point….

20. 30s repros log cabin quilt.

21. Noah’s Ark Embroidery

22.Knitted Hedgehogs

23. Sewcial Sampler Quilt- need finish piecing rest of the blocks, then sew and quilt

Sighs. That’s probably too much for me to squeeze in especially since I have a million other things itching to do. Linking up with the Finish A Long. Is anyone else joining in with a stupidly insane list?

Hannah.x

A bit of this, that and general update…

Eeek I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since early January. Well… yes I can! I’ve started a few posts but they’ve mainly remained drafts, partly due to time or lack of enthusiasm about the topic. I really miss blogging, but lately it feels more like forcing myself to do something for the sake of it.. like the FAL lists mean’t to be an incentive for regular blogging and creating but it’s not working…

So.. to get back to why I started in the first place, more of a place to record, engage and just be me! Lately it seems that all I do here is record sewing stuff that I intend to do but I read, bake, actually finish stuff, a bit of a geek, love seals, woodlands, slight anxiety problem and obsessed with coconut.

Don’t be alarmed if the look, content etc starts changing- am hoping to turn this into more of a creative lifestyle blog where I can share/review books, recipes, places I go, my fledging business etc.

I’ve been lucky enough to get TWO WEEKS off work which is almost unheard of for me in the role I do, but I need it. I have plans… mainly to have fun, try new things and go out exploring National Trust/English Heritage sites with the husband and to finally… finally get my reboot of my business off the ground.

So… today was a one off event at the Heartlands site. Cornwoolly! A lovely Fibre and Textile fair, with gorgeous stalls full of handmade textile makes and supplies. Here is my haul…..

Fabric from a (relatively) local shop, a felted seal and a home screen printing kit! After doing a workshop with the massive screens, been meaning to try it at home ahead of a session I booked in June… Now all I need to do is work out what to do, settle onย  a design and play.

Hope everyone else is having a lovely bank holiday weekend? (Despite the torrential rain)

Hannah.x

Finish-A-Long 2017: Quarter One

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I can’t almost believe it is 2017 let alone the start of a new Finish-A-Long year ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping to actually get on more with stuff this year as I’m trying to be more organised and use my planner! It’s just a shame my organisational skills does not extend to taking photos during the day light! Without further ado here is what I’ve decided from my lists to enter this quarter…

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  1. Christmas Tablecloth… yes the “C” word but I am intended to do something every month or two and first up is to finish the handquilting and binding on this. Soo close! imag0401.jpg
  2. Scarf… I picked this up in Trago last week and thought it be a pretty scarf and to break me in on my new overlocker! If anyone has any overlocker tips or projects let me knowย  ๐Ÿ™‚2016-04-10-17.21.30.jpg.jpeg
  3. Noah’s Ark Embroidery… yes this is still here and hardly any progress. one day! imag0403.jpg
  4. Wonky Stars Quilt… I had meant to give this as a christmas present.. but think it be a make you smile gift instead! imag0402.jpg
  5. Gnome Place Like Home Cross Stitch… erm I think I intended this to be a gift for Christmas 2015 imag0400.jpg
  6. South West Modern Quilt Guild Lanyard for the swap at the first meeting! imag0406.jpg
  7. Dinosaur Cushion… the last cushion I made Matthew for his chair has been squished six ways to sunday and long overdue for another! imag0395_1.jpg
  8. Knitted animal hat… I must be brave. I must be brave and jump in on this! imag0404.jpg
  9. Lacy Zip Pouch.. just needs the zip attaching and the final stitchdown.

So that’s it… I think manageable for this quarter right? Of course I have more things working on some secret, some now and some impulse.

What are you working on/hoping to do? I’m enjoying the last of my sunday before Sherlock pops on as it’s back to work tomorrow after a two week break. (Where did that time go?!)

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Some quilty finishes…

In my last post I hinted that I had finished four quilts over the Christmas break and well I have! Sadly though I FORGOT to get photos of it finished what is wrong with me??? So I’m sorry in advance as some are clearly in-progress shots.

My favourite finish is this Disney Cars Chevron Quilt for my two year old nephew Oliver. He did receive the knight/dragon quilt for his birthday in August but he loves it so much he can’t be without it for a day hence the need for another… Isn’t it great when someone truly loves your work?

img_20161020_213004.jpgDecember/January also sees the arrival of a new nephew and a friend’s little one so two pram quilts! and yay to a picture of one finished!!

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All were quilted with the only quilting I seem to know how to do.. that of the wonky straight line. I have a feeling my walking foot is now shot and it was very last minute finishes quilting with the standard..

Linking up (yay I rememberd) to the FAL Q4 finishes party as these were on my starting list!

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Christmas Wistfulness

It’s that time when everything starts going back to normal… our decorations came down yesterday and suddenly there is space again. Looking back over the period it has been a good Christmas!

I may not have done everything I wanted to but part of my determination to be better organised I’ve written a list for next year and will be ticking something off every month or so… starting with finishing hand quilting and binding this tablecloth that I did finished piecing enough to use!

wp-1483463815603.jpgIt’s my own cobbled together design and I love it (but then who isn’t partial to stars!). I’ve done approx 2/3 of the quilting so far in around watching Gilmore Girls etc.

I’ve been lucky enough to be spoiled with gifts that is so me! Just look at all this…books and handmade goodies including that gorgeous “All I want for Christmas is Books” by the talented Jen over at Miss Bohemia. My friend Gill even surprised with a mini present quilt that promptly went on the lil bookcase to shine ๐Ÿ™‚

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I did manage to make a few gifts, FOUR quilts (more on that soon), some stitchy pies and this cute Christmas penguin cross stitch.

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For me though.. family makes the day extra special. This card is from my five year old nephew and I thought it looks like a villain from Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles (he is obsessed the way boys can be…) but nope it’s a mummy santa. And if you get the reference on the gift tag gold star to you my geeky friend ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope everyone has had a lovely break- today been a bit of a set back with car problems. Needed a jumpstart, a new battery and two new tyres it’s a good job I also have this week off week! Especially since I can play with my new overlocker…… If anyone has any tips or simple projects I would appreciate it!

Hannah.x

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Update and Plans for 2017

Ok.. here we are again and it’s been awhile. No matter what my intentions are blogging seems to fall by the wayside lately.

It may not seem like it but I have done stuff… quilts and gifts with a lot of cross stitch in between! I shall have to beg for photos to show them off to you (soon).

I always end up updating by book list this time of year and am quite amazed, 2015 I read 58 books. This year… 132! Although to be fair I can put a lot of that down to the Kindle I received for my birthday.

So… what’s on the agenda for 2017?

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For starters I’m breaking open this Kikki K Vanskapp Planner I’ve had for awhile now and actually using it. The only downside is I got the large version so can’t carry it around with me… But I have a lot going on next yearso I need be more organised!

Groups/Functions:

South West Modern Quilt Guild: This is a new guild starting in a couple of weeks (so excited). With monthly meetings and lots going on it should be a lot of fun! The only downside is that it will involve a bit of travel as it’s in Wellington (Somerset)and I’m coming from Cornwall… If anyone is interested there are still some spaces left just hop on over to the Instagram account here.

South West Stitchers: I’ll still be going along to this in the new place in Honiton although 2 of the 3 meetings clash with the guild.

Supernatural Convention (non craft related): The only meeting of the MQG I’ll miss as both myself and sister are heading up to Blackpool for this in May (eeek!!!). It’s also over my birthday so hopefully be a good time ๐Ÿ™‚ For those who are thinking wtf it’s Supernatural the tv show…

Simply Solids Retreat: waiting on dates but fingers crossed!

Craft Related:

As I like to dabble in a lot… I’ve decided this year will be more selfish crafting again especially since I want to crack crochet/knitting! I’ve purposedly ignored all new swaps and Stitch/Quilt Alongs as I’ve not even finished the ones started this year yet….

  • Finished 2016 Pumpkin Sampler Cross Stitch (so close working on the last 2 months)
  • 2016 Lucy Boston EPP quilt by SewandQuilt (embarrassingly still in Month 1!)
  • Harry Potter Cushion Cross Stitch Sampler (am somewhere in month 6…)
  • Carolyn Friedlander Simply Solids Collection Quilt (erm not even looked at…)
  • SewSampler QAL organised by the Sewing Directory (half way through)

Things in general…

  • Wonky Star Cat Quilt for a friend
  • Get this curved sailboat quilt out of my head and onto fabric (been so long lost the original template
  • Cinderella Cross Stitch (got the pattern/supplies just need to start)
  • Chunky Cross Stitch Cushions- finish the tea one and start hedgehog
  • Dinosaur Quilt and Cushion for Matthew
  • Liberty and AGF Solid QST quilt
  • Northern Lights Quilt for me (really really need a quilt for me I don’t have one! unless 2 tablecloths count…)
  • Fox Rug Kit- to try

Life in general…

  • Get back into a bi-weekly blogging habit
  • Improve on my healthy lifestyle and experimenting in kitchen (refined sugar free and slowly less gluten/grains and incorporate fitness into morning routine)
  • Share new recipes
  • Actually use the Overlocker bought this week ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Use my Patisserie Mixer at least once a month…
  • Practice new crafts (knitting/crochet etc)
  • Design and distribute own patterns
  • Grow my little business (finally)
  • Make sure keep time to myself… reading… games etc
  • Keep in touch and strengthen friendships whereever people may be

I think that’s enough of my waffle! Happy New Year everyone and looking forward to seeing your goals. Today I’m linking up with quiltingjetgirl and #2017 planning party.
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FAL Q4 2016

Well… this is embarrassing. I’ve not been around so long that my last post was previously “hoping to finish” for the last FAL quarter ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I had finished one thing on that list but forgot to show…

If you follow me on Instagram you probably seen that since I’ve been on the Simply Solids Retreat (more on that soon!) I’ve been sewing up a storm and since then currently working on my sixth top being pieced. Pieced not quilted mind!

Now apologies for my ultra long list but taking advantage of my productivity levels ๐Ÿ™‚

p11304471. Disney Cars Quilt for Oliver- I actually cut this out today and hoping finish piecing too! The quilt I finished in August was for his birthday and he loves it so much it’s not gone for a wash yet hence the need for a second… and then maybe a third. He’s only two but he loves them ๐Ÿ™‚

p11304492. Wonky Stars Quilt- birthday present

p11304513. Lullaby/Essex Linen QST quilt- no idea who for yet.. but I needed use the rest of the charms up!

p11304554. Northern Lights Quilt for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Look seals! I don’t have a quilt of my own yet can you believe that??!! This is as far as I got thinking pairing with purples and precious DS fabrics to make a starry type pattern

p11304565. Hexie Dinosaur Quilt! Got to get a move on as I want to give this to Matthew for christmas. The hexie thing is a private joke between us… apparently I’m obsessed and they’re everyone and that also I believe in another age hence the need for a quilt…

p11304546-8: CHRISTMAS STUFF. More than 3 things here… but isn’t the Violet Craft bundle on the right soo pretty? Thinking turning into placemats and a table centrepieced matched with… a dark grey essex linen. Also here are plans for stockings for my sister, nephew and me! As well as bunting… (yes the dreaded b word)

p11304539. Liberty QST quilt- since I broke into my liberty stash on retreat I have been a bit ruthless…. Waiting to go to the West Country Quilt Show to stack up on more liberty for this. Teamed with Pure Elements Snow I’m hoping it’ll look gorgeous!

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2016-04-14-15.03.37.jpg.jpeg11-15- Quilting various things including this table cloth and the Irish Chain quilt that has been on my FAL list for like forever!

16- The Winter Sparkle ATC for the Veryberryhandmade swap ๐Ÿ™‚

I also want to do stitchy pies, maker totes and a supernatural themed satchel but think I have a lot to be getting on with!

Who else is creating stuff for christmas? Linking up…

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