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 πŸ™‚ 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 knowΒ  πŸ™‚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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Decisions… decisions… and a finish!

Just whirling in quickly to sneak in another finish from my FAL 2016 Q1 List!

2016-04-07-07.15.06.jpg.jpegA Cheer bear! And just in time for my niece 2nd birthday on Monday! This is actually a kit meant for a five year but that tummy… let’s just say a lot of rude words was said and not entirely sure it’s going to last…

I also got to get a quilt finish to gift but am completely stuck…. do I go with any of the below or something completely new??

2016-04-07-07.16.35.jpg.jpegThis beast is 84″ quilted, backed with fleece and only awaiting binding. But it’s HUGE and a little heavy. I was luckily enough to test Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts design for this.

2016-04-07-07.20.36.jpg.jpegThen there’s this! A starry winnie the pooh but it’s only approx 38″ square at the moment and perhaps a little boyish? Not sure what else to add it to it…

2016-04-07-07.19.01.jpg.jpegLastly.. it’s the Harper quilt! Measuring approx 44″ square, it needs a kinda another border but maybe to lengthen it out top and bottom 2 rows of squares.

Argh whatever I got to crack on soon…. (apologies for photos, early morning not much room!)

Trying again! Finish A Long Q3 Goals

Morning! Just give me a minute to dust away the cobwebs it’s been a while since I’ve been around here for various reasons…. but I’m back πŸ™‚ And ready to commit some goals to the third round of the Finish A Long (I can’t believe we’re that far into the year!)

Last time I did finish some bits but forgot to link up again (duh). Since coming back from our mini break to Wiltshire to my nice newly organised sewing space (more details on those things later in the week) I’ve been doing a lot of sewing yay. So my goals…..

Shining Bright EPP Handpiecedminiswap Summersville1. Handpieced Mini Swap from IG.

Summer Baskets Denyse Schmidt fabric mini quilt2. Summer Baskets Mini Quilt for me πŸ™‚ In some of my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabrics

EPP Bake Sale Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage3-4. Lori Holt Mini Swap from IG and a Farm Girl Vintage Tablerunner

Dinosaur Monkey Bunting5. Bunting for my nephew’s First Birthday. Two lots as my sister wants Happy First Birthday Oliver. Figured if the Oliver was separate be easier to keep and up in his room! My Small World QuiltmaniaΒ  6. I’ve cut some of this already but I really want to get his one pieced by the end of the summer!

P11109007-9. Three child sized quilts… one sea themed, another Hazel the Hedgehog and the third… you’ve already seen some of it πŸ™‚ A starry Irish Chain.

I have a lot of other things I want to get done but not going to add them to the list for if they happen, they happen! Linking up with….

ad6d3-2015falbutton200Now it’s back to the very wet and windy weather perfect for going back to work tomorrow after some time off right?? Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.

Hannah.x

Goals Q2 Finish-A-Long

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 πŸ™‚

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….

Pentagon EPP Boy Ball2. A Pentagon ball made via english paper piecing for my nephew Louis.

P11109003-7. 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!

Milk, Flower and Sugar Hexagons EPP

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…Oh Deer Circles

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 blocksP1110898

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.P1110899Β  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…Β  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.

Hannah.x

Woodland Critters.. aka a Finish!

So… my entry for the West Country Quilt Show is complete and is currently winging it’s way to Bristol. Helen and I are heading up on the Friday for it- is anyone else going? I’m looking forward to a trip out!

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Please excuse the photos.. there was literally five minutes before we had to leave to catch the post office in case there was a manic queue (always!)

I was feeling quite proud of myself until I looked at the photos… at6am looks like I got overzealous with squaring it up but hey ho I started this a little less than a month ago- it’s all handsewn and despite my intentions.. it is not all hand quilted.

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i cheated the majority is machine quilted but using one of my snazzy new Perle #8 I did some hand quilting around the centre stars. Which I love… I wish I had time to do some in white around the next border but maybe when I get it back?! Think handquilting going to become another favourite thing of mine.

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The backing is one piece of a Red Rooster fabric I had picked up on a whim ages ago and it wasn’t until I was binding I noticed butterflies…. obviously when I bought it my brain zeroed in on the birds and ignored the butterflies. Argh good job it’s on the back right?! Butterflies and dolphins just don’t go there for me……..

And… guess what? It’s only another finish ticked up my FAL Q4 list πŸ™‚

Now to get prepping for my manic gift sewing fest this week. Happy sunday all looks like there is some sun today!

Hannah.x

 

Q4- The Finish A Long

Eek.. it’s that time again to come up withΒ  a Finish Along list and it’s the last one of 2014! Where has the time gone?? This week especially has been full of ups and downs as I’m still suffering from a silly virus and headaches which when combined with the day job of computers has completely knocked me out.

But I’ve managed to finish some embroidery last night and as I had nothing prepped to sew to the end of Strictly I made my list… and kinda wished I hadn’t! It’s scary even for me and most of it is stuff I have to do. I might have actually taken on too much but we will see. I am so looking forward to my two weeks off in November where I can knock off a few of these “C” makes.

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1. Woodland Critters Quilt- embroidery, EPP and handquilted! I’m new to embroidery really but it’s becoming a bit of an additction and I like to think I’m improving. The three there took me allllllll week and I’m so tempted to redo the owl and hedgehog but must resist. This has got to be finished by the end of the month…. as it’s being entered into the West Country Quilt Show.

2-4. The “Harper” Quilt, Oliver’s Playmat and Farry’s Quilt as seen here. Yup not much further on those…

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5. IG Mini Quilt Swap- I’m planning to use the teals/blues in top photo along with triangles and hexagons.

6. Little Quilts Swap- The Month of May Mini in top photo with squares and scalloped edges

7. Liberty of London Swap- some grey linen with rainbow liberty for a sewing machine cover and a teeny mini

8. From the Sew Cute to Cuddle book- planning a dragon (for nephew 1), a monkey for Nephew 2 and an owl for my niece.

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9. Finish my “C” inspired mini wallhanging with the Lilipopo girl embroidery. The girl is done I just have some plans to add a tree and border/quilt it.

10. Stocking for Nephew 2- with his name embroidered on top in linen.

11. Hexie Trees Christmas Table Runner thing.

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12. I still have these to do- some Sew Together bags as thank you gifts..

I also have this 30s repro mini to finish hand quilting. As well as sort out my “For the Love of Jane” Swap, “Handmade Ornaments” Swap a special Cat Quilt for a friend’s birthday, a bag or two… The list continues but all these will be “bonus” projects as I think I do have more than enough to be getting on with!

Let’s hope I feel ok this week… although I do have a work trip out of County for Pensions Reform 2015 Seminar…. the joys of the day job.

Phew I’ll see you sometime right?! Linking up with Katy over at The Littlest Thistle.

Hannah.x

Finish Along Quarter 3 – My Goals.

It’s that time again to look at sewing goals for the next quarter of the finish a long and boy do I have a big list this time! Let’s hope I do much better than my previous attempts eh πŸ˜‰ Considering that I only maybe finish one thing from the list but start and finish more stuff.

Right first up my most immediate concern……

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My “Illusions” Quilt. I was hoping to get it finished piecing today but those pesky y seams are being time consuming! Yup that is a penny there for size… One of my issues is that on the last bit of the seam it puckers slightly so I’m going to have to add an extra step in.

Hopefully by mid week it be ready to start quilting which ideally needs to be finished by the end of next sunday….

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Hazel the Hedgehog quilt! I’m pattern testing for Oh Fransson and this little guy is addictive! Not doing too bad almost another five hedgies piececd which means 3 more, sashing and quilting. Ideally this week…

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Adding the seal toy back on the list with the new addition of the cat! My nephew turns 3 in August and loves Jess from Postman Pat so thought do him a little Jess πŸ™‚ As well as… a Postman Pat quilt or something made out of fabric. What does a 3 year old need really??!

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Oh dear… the Irish Chain still. Not much more than last week I’m sorry little adventurer it is on it’s way just slightly delayed.

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My vintage sheets and quilty barns needs rebasting and quilting…

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Two Thimble Blossom Minis need finishing… the Rise and Shine (top one) I completely mucked up so it’s lounging in my desk drawer. I take it out maybe do one bit and back in it goes! It is very important to test one block first and not go through and do them all…

P1100905 P1100902 P1100892Fun bits! Want to do my Country Girls granny square quilt, some austen/sherlock minis, a Fox wallhanging, a sewing machine cover and… clothes!!

Plus this list wouldn’t be complete without some EPP… my nursery hexie quilt needs a border before quilting. Hexie tablecloth.. chrysanthemum tablecentre pieces plus want to start a 30s repro double wedding ring quilt.

Think I’m going to get bored? What’s the bet I’m going to do other stuff than what’s here!

Linking up with Katy over at the Littlest Thistle.

Hannah.x

Finish Along Q1 Almost an fail…

So back earlier in the year I had a tiny list of seven things to finish this quarter… and how many out of that did I actually do?

Just one…… oops! To be fair I have finished things just not on this list and not things in my to do pile either… New projects consumed me and now I have a mini wall!

This is it.. and apologies in advance for the photo. It’s from my lovely recipient as duh forgot to snap it before I sent it off.

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Hope everyone did a much better job than me! And the next quarter I will be better I promise.

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Hannah.x

New Year… New Projects

Well where did 2013 go? I like to think that I have moved forward in my sewing journey but between work and finishing off my degree not as far as I would like so here’s to 2014! I’ve met some lovely people last year to whom I am grateful.

The madness in the few days leading up to Christmas has shown me that I can be productive when I put my mind to it so with that in mind my sewing aims for the year are:

  • actually learn dressmaking properly (instead of waiting until those pounds disappear)- i have some lovely skirt and tops patterns to try
  • actually finish things instead of adding it to the UFO column
  • following on from that finish some UFOs!
  • start a lot of new projects and expand my skills
  • design, design, design

On the Popular Patchwork forum I have included my UFO finishing aims here and my new projects here.

And to start the year off I will finish this 1930s repro mini quilt.

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Am linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes to help encourage this. What are your plans for 2014?

Hannah.x

Pooh Quilt Progress….

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Well it’s been a while since I’ve shown you what I’ve been up to. Some secret things that I can’t show yet but hopefully next week! A scarf for a birthday present that I forgot to take a photo of… and this!

For the A Lovely Year of Finishes I pledged for January to finish my wonky star quilt.

I had this……

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Which is now this…..

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Nine blocks. I’m toying with adding some sashing in between each block to add a splash of colour but can’t quite decide what! Any ideas?

There will also be another border to add to it yet… all by this month quilted and bound ready to give away as a present on February 1st.

Now bit of a close up…

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