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 🙂

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.P1110899  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.

Hannah.x

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Finding my feet… again

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.

Turtle Best Day Ever Sewtogether Bag (2)  Turtle Best Day Ever Sewtogether Bag (3)Turtle Best Day Ever Sewtogether Bag (1)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 !

Hannah.x

First Finish of 2015

Technically… even though I’ve sewn this is the first actual finish and it’s something knocked off my FAL Q1 list too!

It’s my mini for the current round of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap. I changed my mind so many times as I was a little out of my comfort zone with my partner Craftyhannah.

In the end I settle of a New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese pattern… lot of paper piecing… mutterings and curves later it was pieced. Then it was the quilting… I dithered for about a week and half and in the end put on my fmq foot and big girl pants…. voila an organic waves pattern. It’s far from perfect but I love it 🙂 And…. the back is amazingly fine!

Mini Swap Betteroffthread New York Beauty of Flying Geese (2)

There were a few I had my eye on in the IG Pool and what came was one of those! A gorgeous hexie out of B&C fabrics and some lovely goodies too including a portable EPP kit by the lovely Gretchen. Guess what will be coming to work with me tomorrow 🙂

Mini Swap Hexie Bonnie and Camille

My next swap is due in April for the UKmini hosted by BossyOz and I must say I’m intimidated again by my partner…. dithering over what to do……….

Then May it’s the Outlander swap I’m co-hosting with Kylie (still open details here). I’m resisting other swaps that are popping up as I have some secret sewing to finish…

Sometimes I wonder how does everyone manage to fit it all in?

Hannah.x

2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals

It’s that time of year again to declare some “finish” aims. Finish Along 2015 has jumped from Katy over to Adrianne. I think in the last quarter I put too much on myself so going to try and be a bit more realistic (yeah right?!) Especially since going back to work this work meant spending the past couple of days in a zombified stupor so………

NY Beauty Geese1. This needs to be finished by the 16th.. it’s for my partner in the Schnitzel and Boo mini swap. Last minute (aka sunday) I changed my mind on my original idea and going for this. I’m not overly keen on the rainbow palette so going for brights… the geese and spiky bits are all cut out..

Country Girls Tasha Noel Great Granny2. Granny Square quilt with Country Girls fabric. It’s all cut out waiting to be sewn. This was meant to be my sewing time before work this week if only I got up instead of dozing until well after my alarm.

3-5. As seen here the Harper Quilt, Oliver’s playmat and Farryn’s Quilt needs to be finished. The Harper quilt is all pieced and made the blocks (Georgina) for the back.. Farryn’s quilt pieced but Oliver’s hum not much progress……….. Oops and the children are now five months, nine months and eighteen months. Although to be fair I’ve set a habit of giving quilts on the second birthday 😉

Seal6. My Seal quilt… the photo above something like that.. This is of a wild seal on the beach down Godrevy a couple of weeks ago. The tide was in so most of the seals were near the cliff. this particular male had clamored over a lot of rocks!

The only thing I have to decide is pixels or applique… then start 🙂

I also have some toys (Phil the monkey, Owl and Dragon) to finish, a couple of sewtogether bags and a Sidekick Tote for me with Linen and woodland fabrics. Plus the Ukminiswap and also in my head is a whimsical woodland animal quilt with triangles but next time eh?

So… are you planning any finishes this quarter? Linking up with On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Hannah.x

Little Quilts Swap

So.. a few months ago Sarah Fielke organised a mini quilt swap from the book she cowrote with Amy Lobsiger. I couldn’t resist and signed up!

My partner liked colour and so after a bit of thought I decided on the Fans of May pattern from the book and eventually ended up with this…..

Little Quilts Fans of May FMQ (1)It is one of my favourite quilts from last year and at times it was tough- who knew that ric rac melts and I dislike how much of a mess woolen fabric leaves! I was also naughty and deviated from the pattern slightly by adding buttons to the fans but I thought it looked better and helped to hide the odd foundation piecing mistake!

Little Quilts Fans of May FMQ (2) Little Quilts Fans of May FMQ (3)After doing Sarah’s class at the West Country Quilt Show I practiced my FMQ on the border and the basket gift.Long way to go yet fmq wise but at least it’s a step in the right direction!

It’s also one thing ticked off my FAL Q4 list too!

Little QuiltsThis is what I received from my partner isn’t it lovely? I’ve been oohing and aahing over the pattern in that book and the little pouch and extras are cute!

Unfortunately I don’t think my partner had much experience with foundation piecing before as there are a few mishaps- the points are quite far away meeting up and there’s an exposed seam.I’ve done a fair bit of foundation piecing this week so will share those projects and tips/comments on the technique soon.

But I do love the fabric and am grateful she put all the effort into making this after all that’s what counts and trying new things! But… what to do with it? What do others do with mini quilts if they aren’t on the wall?

Hannah.x

Last of the Christmas Makes

Yes I know it’s now 2015! But I forgot to show you these……..

Elf StockingAn Elf Stocking for my youngest nephew. Thanks to Helen for bringing hers along to the Exeter Sewing Meet Up I just knew this is what I needed to do. Sadly it’s a bit more for decoration than actual use but next year it has been requested a personalised sack.

And guess what? It’s another thing ticked off my FAL Q4 list 🙂

Back in November I met up with my friend Liz (Madmumknits) and we had a crafty time playing with epp decorations and a ribbon wreath.

P1110585Isn’t it lovely? I was going to do an EPP star in the middle but ran out of time….. the Joy decoration is one from the lovely Celine in an handmade ornaments swap from IG. This was another thing from my FAL Q4 list but can I find the photo………

Ornaments SwapThis is what I received though- aren’t they all lovely?!

Hannah.x

2015 Sewing Goals

So.. as 2014 is drawing to a close it’s time to think about aims for next year and inspired by Kerry over at Pennydog here’s my list of sewing goals for 2015!

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1. Conquer precut fear- above is my current collection of precuts. 4 Layer Cakes, 3 Jelly Rolls and 13 Charm Packs. I did have more but I either gave or destashed some… They are pretty to look at butI hate the idea of wasting them on random things so they have just stayed in the drawer. I need to design patterns and use these up.

P11104502. Attempt more dressmaking- last year I did made a Ginger skirt, cut out a flora dress and modified the pattern for the Plaintain tunic but that’s it…. I really need to make the use of these patterns then I can get more 😉

3. Write/publish patterns- been thinking about this for a good while.. as it could help fund my fabric obsession and be a good way to get these ideas out of my head on to paper and actually made!

4. Try new quilting techniques- I really want to do a pixel quilt or applique art quilts to do with seals!

5. Get a good in the next FOQ entry- of course this means I’ll also need to design and make something for it too 🙂

P1110446In addition this is some of what is hanging on the back of my chair pieced quilts in various stages…. I really ought to get a move on and finish these!

P1110448And……….. some present additions this month 🙂

Is everyone managing to sew or partake in the sales? Don’t forget if you want to win some of Kerry’s fabric in the goal linkup you only have three more days 🙂

Hannah.x

Yay Something to Show…

So.. it feels like forever since I’ve been here! I’ve had a rash of minis to finish for swaps that I can’t show yet as they are still in the postal system but soon hopefully 🙂

Between that and everything else including the manic extra hours/stress for work I’ve been completely wiped out and demotivated. For awhile I thought I was suffering a seasonal disorder or iron thing but I think it’s starting to pass… yesterday I managed to dig out my sewing machine and made a start on finishing this.

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My first Sew Together Bag! I apologise now for the rubbish lighting but I’ve only just finished it and Matthew is already wrapping it ready to offload tomorrow…..

P1110427The inside… *shudders* butterflies….

I’ve only got a few million other things to fit in between now and next Thursday…. good job half day tomorrow right?

Hannah.x

Where has three years gone?

So.. three years ago yesterday this happened……..

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Prepping for that day is what got me heavily into crafts and sewing. To celebrate we had a quiet day to ourselves and as the weather behaved for once went down to one of my favourite Cornish spots for a walk- Godrevy. Armed with binoculars and camera we saw some lovely Sparrowhawks on the hunt, sparrows, robins and my personal favourite SEALS and there were a few pups too on the cove.

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Sadly it was rather windy on the cliff so my photos didn’t turn out spectactular.. to give you an idea of how high we were up this is on 23x zoom towards the back of the beach/cove. If anyone would like to learn more about seals or Cornish grey seals this website is the best place 🙂 There is also the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.

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To round it off we had fish and chips and even cheesecake… well technically I had cheesecake Matthew got a chocolatey thing.

Then back home where I even managed some sewing (epp of course) watching tv and chatting. Good job too as I have these minis to finish…

P1110355A Jane Austen inspired one… going for P and P and I might be slightly crazy as going to attempt to embroider that large quote!

P1110356A riot of colour this one is- it’s from the Little Quilts book “Fans of May”.

P1110353The day after I submitted my quilt for the Westcountry Quilt Show I started prepping this……. it’s for the IG Mini Swap and my partner doesn’t give much away! Modern, hexies and a lot of teal/blue. In the corner is some prep work for some ornaments….. it might be the only christmas decs I’ll get round to doing!

What is everyone up to this week? I’m heading up to Bristol for the quilt show and Fiona Pullen’s book launch party in Exeter tomorrow. Sunday I’m hoping to head up to Cowslip Workshops for their fayre then it’s back to work on Monday.

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

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 🙂

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

Hannah.x