Wednesday, 17 October 2018

A finish!

 These little 3 1/2" squares made up the requirement for week 39 on Aves block of the week.

Cute, but I'm a bit worried that I'm running short of my light colours already, and we still have several weeks of lights to go, I think!  It's going to be 'nip and tuck' - although at least as I'm making a scrappy version I'll be able to add in additional fabrics if I need to - although I'll need to hit the shops as anything from my stash is already in the pile ready to use!
My finish is really a 'group quilt' finish.  Made for DD1's form teacher who is about to go on maternity leave, the girls decorated the required blocks with good wishes, colourful motifs and their names.  I merely helped by putting it together and finishing it off.  Dreadful photo, but in real life, a lovely meaningful quilt!

I'm now at a pause - I need to decide which of the many options I have I choose for my next quilt.  I think that I might have a look in my scraps drawer and decide whether its going to be from scraps or yardage before any other decision can be made!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Wee Braw Bags and more

  First of all, my weekly block for Aves Quilt.  Another fun design by Kathryn Kerr for our Block of the Week program.

 My other sewing has been bag related.  After making one 'wee braw bag' as  part of the baby shower gifts, I made another three - getting ready for Christmas....
....and then another one this morning for a birthday that is coming up.

I'm enjoying trying to choose the fabrics that I think the recipients will like.  Turns out that my stash of liberty type fabrics wasn't as extensive as I'd remembered.  On the plus side, I rediscovered some lovelies that I hadn't seen for a while, so my head is busy again with ideas for another quilt.  Isn't that always the way?!?

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Sewing Small Things

 Week 37!  It really feels as though we are getting through the blocks quickly now - and these eight 3 1/2" blocks were nice and simple to produce.
 I've been sewing small things over the last week or two - from the scraps of what will become a baby quilt (once the rest of the team have decorated their blocks).  Three different types of bag, a covered notebook and two tissue covers...
 ....and this baby taggy.  My best attempt at a heart on this side (and words like 'baby' and 'hugs' quilted into it)
 whilst using the same bear fabric used in lots of the other small items for the back.  it's going to be the baby quilt backing too.

A fun way to use up some of the left over fabric.
My other textile ventures have been into crochet.  A cowl (which my DDs suggested I could wear as an ear warmer if I wanted to) and a flower, which I'm assured can be turned into a star with a bit of fabric stiffener and some blocking.

All good fun, but I'm starting to think that I really need to get my teeth into another 'proper' quilt project.  The only thing is, I've got 'real world' stuff to be doing instead!  It's never as much fun as sewing, though!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

More blocks

 Most of my sewing this week has revolved around these fabrics and a collective project by my DD1s class to make a baby quilt for their form tutor.  Always fun to work on a project with young people!

With the left over fabric I will make a few little bits and pieces to be gifted with it, including this, my first 'weebrawbag' from a pattern by Laura Zuckerkuss.  Fun and faster than I expected to make.
 It was a birthday week for me - these were some of the lovely cards that I got.  These particular ones are all fabric postcards from a swap group that I'm part of.  You could probably guess that my requested theme was 'penguins'!  Aren't they terrific?

Of course, I'm trying to stay on top of my Aves BOW too.

This set of 3 1/2" blocks are from Week 35.
This (rather over full) 6 1/2" block is week 36.  I may still have another go at this one, as it hasn't hit even my normal standards.  The argument against this is, of course, that I haven't remade anything else so far, so it seems a bit 'fake' somehow to re-make this one.  I'll let the idea settle for a while and see how I go, whilst making much simpler things which require less marking accuracy of the pieces!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Pleased with my Progress

 The start of the new school term means that I have more time and energy for sewing - so I've had a chance to catch up on the Block of the Week Aves quilt that I'm making.

Week 31 was these eight 3 1/2" blocks, made using the fast flying geese technique.
 A single 6 1/2" block for Week 32.
 Another set of eight 3 1/2" blocks for Week 33
Another single 6 1/2" block for Week 34.

I'm still learning about machine applique - and didn't manage to add these little pieces without them shifting quite a lot.  I'd decided against pinning - it seemed that there was lot of pin compared to fabric - but might think about a temporary glue to hold them in future to achieve a better placement once they are sewn.

Phew!  Pleased to be caught up!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A little further on...

 It's been a while, but here is Week 30 of my version of the Aves Block of the Week quilt.  These 6 1/2" blocks seemed to take an age to put together - partly because I didn't read the instructions properly and cut some of the fabric squares too large.  At least I could cut them down to the right sizes!
A lovely surprise for me last night, when the lovely Benta gave me my birthday present early! Very smart project bag and matching zippy pouch, and fab colours on the fabric.  I'm delighted with them both, thank you Benta!

I'm hoping to get a little more sewing done this week - it would be nice to start gaining ground on my block of the week programme with a view to being up to date by the end of the month, if I can!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

More sewing

I'm running behind on my Block of the Week programme - but I've finished Week 29 now!  Lots of flying geese - each of the eight strips is 3 1/2" x 27 1/2"

It is so satisfying when each week is 'ticked off' my pile of 'quilty things to do'!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Finally, I got around to embroidering names onto the white sashing between the photos.  I'm much happier with the cushion cover now!

The birthday gifts are all together now and ready to be passed over to the birthday girl.  Deadline met!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

More Progress!

Week 28 of Aves - a construction week - is complete!  A little after I'd hoped, but it's done now with all five roundels in place.  Most certainly a 'finished is better than perfect' piece!

I'm happy with how it is coming together and looking forward to the rest of the blocks.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

More summer time

Some weeks there isn't much time for sewing during the holidays!

This is week 27.  Week 28 is an assembly of the centre - all five roundels will be together for the first time which is very exciting.  All carrying on my hand in the background....

Happy summer sewing!

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Another summer week

 Made to go with the quillow, this is a family photo cushion.

I remembered to leave a reasonably large border so that I didn't lose too much photo when the cushion pad was placed inside, but I think that I should have made the sashing narrower in the centre.  I'm toying the idea of adding some embroidery to it so that the white isn't so stark.  Wish that I'd done that before making it into the cushion cover!
 I also used some of the trimmings from the quilt to make this little zippy pouch.
 And, of course, I've been carrying on with the Aves quilt -  this is week 26.

School summer holidays, so lots of non sewing activities going on - but ideas for other projects stacking up in my head!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


 I have the same problem as last week, in that the colours of this quilt are much softer in real life - the wide border is a soft creamy calico, for example.

I'm really pleased with this little quilt.  Its A3 size, made for my quilt group challenge which was to represent the season which I pulled out of a hat.  Mine was summer, and this piece is called 'Norfolk Summer'.  I was trying to get the lazy golden fields and the big skies - all from the remains of my scrap collection!

Thanks to Benta for my 'hedgehog' (which is really an Australian echidna, sorry for transplanting it!).  I think that the quilt really needed that and the tiny bird embroidered at the top too.
My other crafting fun has been to make these paracord key rings.  As a result of misunderstanding some paracord bracelet instructions, I had four short lengths of cord with no particular use for it.  A gal pal, Nicki, suggested that key chains might be the way forward, and she was right.  I love it when I have the fixings on hand to make something from almost nothing!
Thanks for the idea!

School summer holidays are in full swing, and I'm going for the relaxed vibe!  I hope that you are able to enjoy some relaxed crafting too.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

I beat my deadline!

 Quillow complete!

The photos don't do the soft colours justice - I may try some more photos on a day when the light is different.  However, the quillow is finished three days earlier than my self imposed deadline.

Here is the quillow in it's cushion form, using the same sort of quarter square triangle blocks that are on the quilt, but a smaller scale.
 Here is is unfurled as a quilt.
 Then I tried a 'flat' photo - but at 60" square it didn't quite fit into the space on my sewing room floor!
Lastly, folded up.  Technically it isn't truly finished as I haven't made and added the label yet, but that will happen when I have my printable fabric out in a couple of days time. 

Another project complete!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Another week disappears!

 Week 25 in our Aves Block of the Week journey.  Another lovely pieced block.
 The rest of my sewing week (when the sewing room was cool enough to be in!) was laying out this quilt....
...and chain piecing to form the quilt top.  I'm pleased to say that I actually got further than this and now have a quilt ready for hand stitching the reverse of the binding on.  I'm pleased that I was able to make good progress on it!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Making Good Progress

Another nice easy pieced block this week for Aves - although it still had 57 pieces to include within its 6 1/2" square!

I can see now that I could have made a better fabric choice for what became the central star - the 'bookbinder' fabric which I love should have been swapped for something with a smaller pattern.  Never mind - its all a learning process!
It gave me plenty of time to work on my other current quilting project - which needed 50 quarter square triangle blocks.
Which need to be added to 50 plain fabric blocks.  I love a bit of chain piecing!

Soon the quilt top will be made and I'll turn my attention to the 20" cushion front for the quillow. 

Enjoying the simple repetitive sewing.
I've also used a few of the scraps from the quilt to make other projects - covered notebooks and tissue holders.  More simple sewing, but very satisfying to be able to give homemade gifts away!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Cake and Blocks

A nice simple 6 1/2" block from Kathryn Kerr for the Aves BOW (23) this time.   We have just passed the half way point of our 45 week programme.
 We are now a household with two teenagers!

One of whom will shortly be sporting pierced ears, hence my attempt to model an ear on this fruit cake.
 I didn't try any thing too ambitious on the following day for a three layer chocolate and vanilla cake!
 Other time has been spent deciding on the right fabrics to make a quilt that will tone with this bed linen.
Decision made - these three fabrics (you can't see the almost self -coloured white dots on the centre fabric) with the dark coral fabric to be used as a binding, matching the pillow case.  This one has a deadline (another 80th birthday present!) so I'll be trying to complete it before the school holidays start, which for us is on the 19th July.  I'd better get sewing!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

More Aves Quilt Blocks

 It took me a while, but I finally got the outer wheel (week 21) attached to the circling swallows (week 20).

This week's block, week 22, was much easier, although 64 pieces in a 6" block is a fair number!

The colours that I'm using still make my heart sing every time that I pick them up!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Circling Swallows

The centre part of the fifth (and final) roundel in the Aves Quilt pattern.  I'm fairly pleased with my Circling Swallows.  It's not perfect by any means, but I managed to keep all the important points, I think!

This week I'll be making the final flying geese round border and attaching it to this.  The centre of this quilt is really coming together now!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Order from Chaos

 I should have taken a photo of the snake pit of strips before I sorted them into colour families - that was true chaos!

I had quite a collection of 1 1/4" strips and 2 1/2" strips, it turned out.
 I'm carrying on working my way through them still.  These nine purple blocks look fab, don't they?  This heart shape is a happy accident.  I'll play around with the layout, but I like the idea of setting them within some plainer fabric pieces as a quilt top.
The way forward for these 14 pink pieces is less clear.  Obviously I still need to press and trim the blocks with the narrow strips, but after that I might mix them with another colour or two to get a reasonable size quilt.

I'm not sure whether I'll keep them all the same orientation in the final quilt or not.  Playing with scale, colour and orientation sounds like a big task, so I might limit one or two of those variables when I get to it.

For the moment, though, I need to start work on my blue blocks!