Tuesday, 29 October 2013

I've been shopping again...

I've been a very bad girl. But I can't help it!!! There's so much fabric that I want!!! I feel bad, but it's impossible to resist. Especially when it's on sale - I can't be held responsible when it's on sale.
So.  Do you want to see what I got??? :-D I'll give you an update since my last stash post...

I had to buy some more Comma because I'm making a quilt and NEEDED the extra. I promise! I couldn't make the quilt without it.

I grabbed some Sew Mama Sew, because it was right there as I was filling up my basket.  And I'll use it for my Handstitched quilt and I got colour with white/cream so it's totally usable in lots of projects...
I needed stuff from Spotlight and I couldn't resist these little owls.

So I got some coordinating solids...

I have a plan for them though!! That makes it fine, right?? Besides, check out the hot pink!! You love it, right, Audrey!!
I also got, well, all the fabric I used for my sewing machine cover - but it's been used (mostly) so it's not stash building.  And I got the fabric I needed for my Carpenters Wheel. But again! I used most of that.

I also had a little binge on the Fat Quarter Shop website and ended up with a few jelly rolls ...

... and a fat quarter pack of greens...

... and some Glimma - WHICH I love. And have wanted for ages. And it's selling out everywhere, so I really needed to get it now, while I still could. So I grabbed yardage of my favourites, and then grabbed a layer cake, so I could have all the colours!!! And then I threw in a jelly roll. I can't help it! I have an addiction!!!

This is my favourite fabirc. It's so delicate yet strong. LOVE.
And I have more jubilee sitting in my cart...
I signed up to do the Penny Patch over at Stitched in Colour, so I had to buy fabric for that, right??? It's basically using Rachel's version as inspiration, which I wouldn't describe as my normal colour scheme, but I think it's going to be so yummy when it's all together.
And I may have also picked up some cute random fabrics...


And I got my monthly stash packs (that's four sets- July, August, September and October)
(November's just got delivered... I'm not adding that to the tally, as it's not November yet, so it doesn't count!)

I also got my monthly Fat Quarter stashes (this is two sets, which equals four months worth, I just had them all shipped at once). They're only fat quarters, so it's not as much fabric as it looks like...

I haven't even listed the material I haven't bought yet. I need to get a big stash of solids for Phil's quilt. And I want to do a Swoon quilt (a normal sized one), but I don't know my colours (I'm tending towards blue and grey). And I need to get some white, or white adjacent to go with the Arkansas Traveller.

So I got lots of pretties and I have more coming.  And, ok, I can't eat this month, but who really needs food????????????
E xx

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Sarah's Wedding Quilt

I have another new project to start. Yes, this is like the third new thing this week, and no I haven't finished any of the others yet. But read on, and you'll see why this is going on this list now instead of waiting patiently in a cupboard somewhere...


One of my best friends is getting married in a few weeks. (aha! You have a time frame already!)

I am going to be a bridesmaid. I have a fantabulous dress! It's the nicest dress ever, and I will be wearing at every event for the rest of forever!

But I wanted to do something for Sarah. I wanted to make her something. I don't trust my own quilt making that much, nor did I really have a plan for what I thought she'd like, so I hadn't done anything about this.

Well Sarah came for tea. We chatted and I showed her some of my recent projects and she was super excited, and then we pawed through my fabric stash, looking for something she loved so I could work from there.

Well she found my bundle of comma.

And she fell in love. As you do. I know I love this fabric line. It's going to be a wrench to cut into it. But it will be going to a good home. I need to buy some more of the oranges and blacks to round out the colour scheme. Yes, I am buying more fabric! I can't help myself! I try, I really do.

But I am not buying frivilously or to hoard. I have a plan. 

Sarah and I hit up Pinterest (yes, again. What can I say, that's where I keep everything now) and she searched through all my quilty pins.  She had a few that she liked, but they weren't going to work with the fabric choice. We got it narrowed down to about three.  I noticed that they were all quite modern, had fairly monochromatic types palettes, used lots of negative space, we're quite structured/linear... And it just so happens that I have been wanting to make myself an Arkansas Traveller.

I showed Sarah the picture on Freshly Pieced and she was hooked. This was the quilt for her.

I have sketched it out (mostly because I bought myself some graph paper and coloured pencils and wanted to play with them) and here it is:


I have warned Sarah that this is more likely to be a first anniversary present, before I'm finished with it... Or maybe second.

I think this will be fun though. I've never done any foundation peicing before, so this will be a whole new challenge! Wish me luck!

E xx

WIP Wednesday - well Thursday...

Ok, well last week I shared my handstitching WIP's (also known as the contents of my embroidery bag). Today I want to share what is scattered around my sewing room.

Don't judge me - You're sewing room isn't any neater!
Now give me a little leeway in that I haven't taken all new pictures for most of these, I'm going off what I've already uploaded :-) But when you see the size of the list you'll see that there's too much to try to do if I took all new photos of each project.

So I have broken down my projects into what state they are in.  Here we go!
Practically finished!
  • Sewing Machine Cover - front binding done, back binding is less done
  • Sewing Machine Mat - to be quilted and bound (but I'm including it in this section because I should be able to finish it at the same time as the sewing machine cover.
  • Pre-made Panels - I bought these cute little pre-quilted panels and all they need is binding.  And yet, they are still sitting in a corner of my sewing room and have been for months.  All I need to do is cut some binding for them!!  This will take no time at all!! And yet they sit...

  • Giant Swoon  - so I may not have told you this yet, but guess what I finished... I'm only showing you a hint, not the whole shebang. You'll have to wait for a proper post for this one!


  • Lashings of Positivity (Yellow strips) - OMG this one has been folded up in a box and languished for a year!

  • Improv Owls - Another long term top that needs to get backed and finished

  • Mia's Quilt - I finished this top and then fell out of love.  I showed it to a friend and she agreed the pink edges don't work (they don't look terrible in the photo but in person it's just not working).  But we came up with a solution! I am going to flip those edges over and make it a smaller quilt.  So the top will actually just be the cute scrappy a part and the back will be pink with the name.  I like this plan much better and am now a little bit more excited to get to work on this.

Pieced backing in progress
  • Carpenter's Wheel - I love this and am about 3/4 through making a fantabulous backing for it.

Half built
  • Hand stitched Medallion - I still need to add the embroidery, but I also need a few more rows added on.  I have all the material - most of it is even cut and ready to go, I just have to add it.

  • Improv - I have been doing bits and pieces of this as the mood strikes. I'd say it's about half done.
  • Skill Builder BOM - I haven't even posted about this yet! I joined this in January and am about 1/4 of the way through (so significantly behind) I love it, but as the blocks got more challenging (and as my life got more chaotic) it dropped of the must do list.  I do want to finish it though, so it's a high enough priority that I haven't packed it out of sight yet :-)
  • Jacob's Quilt- I started this one over a year ago, but didn't know what to do next. I was going to chop it up and use the pieces in a bit more of a funky way, but the baby's mum liked the simple stripes.  So, not knowing how to bring this up to size or what I wanted it to look like anymore, it has been tucked out of sight and semi-forgotten.  Seeing as I started it while the baby was in-utero and he is now 1 and a half, I should probably get on this.

  • Red & Black Log Cabin - Once I finished my first ever quilt I started this one. I went to two classes and then packed this up in a bag. It's been sitting under my sewing table ever since. I don't even know if I like it, but I have the material for a Queen size, so I will attempt to do this. At some point. It's probably not ever going to be my first priority though.  Unless I give it to my Mum for Christmas...

  • Mini Charms- I only started this the other night, because I couldn't resist their cuteness. It's a low priority, but simple sewing, so it'll probably get done before any of the hard ones. :-)

  • Spring Bricks- I bought this quilt kit one day because I felt like Spring.  That means it was at least 10 months ago.  I started chopping, but didn't get any further...

  • Donkey - I have had this half made donkey sitting on the desk for a year.  That's ridiculous.  I am getting this little man done and out of my house!!

Material bought but not yet cut
  • Christmas Quilt for me - I bought all of this fabric last year, so I'd have something to snuggle up under. Yeah. I haven't touched it. Considering Christmas is less than 10 weeks away, I really should get on this or give it up until next year.

  • Santa Sack - Last year I made one for my husband, my sister and my brother-in-law, but ran out of time to make mine :-( I am determined that this year I will have a fabulous patchwork Santa bag for all my presents to go into. I am going to use the same fabrics as my quilt.
  • Pink and Yellow Owls - I bought this super cute stuck the other day and am going to make a plus quilt! I think it'll be a great way to showcase the prints. I think it might end up being for one of my gorgeous nieces.. depending on when I get it finished.

  • Pink, Purple and Yellow - Here is another bundle I bought at least 18 months ago and haven't done anything with. I haven't come up with a pattern yet. 

  • Grinch Quilt - I know I already have a planned project for a Christmas quilt, but I want this one too!!! I really enjoy the story of the Grinch, so I think it will be awesome to have a Quilt that tells a story.

  • Cat in the Hat quilt x 3- Speaking of quilts that tell a story (and can you half tell I used to work with small children) I bought some Cat in the Hat fabric AGES ago.  I got three big panels and now I need to do something with them. I think each one will be different, but I don't know what they'll look like yet.  I am trying to stop myself from being too linear with them. I don't want them to be super structured, but that means I have to think outside of my boundaries.

  • Deck table runner - Our back deck is a gorgeous rich wood. On it sits a fabulous wooden table and wooden chairs.  This is a lot of wood in one place. About two years ago I bought material to make a table runner.  I have added to the pile of greens I have and there is now a stock pile sitting in a shelf just asking me to turn it into a table runner. I want it to feel quite organic (it is supposed to make it feel like the trees are coming into the deck a little) and I haven't worked out how best to do this.  I'd like to get this done before summer is over.

Projects I have signed up to do and haven't started yet
  • Phil's Quilt- I have a plan.  Thanks to Erin @ Missy Mac Creations I have a pattern. I do not have fabric. I am waiting for the pattern to arrive so i know my yardage requirements.

  • Penny Patch - Yes, I have signed up for another quilt-a-long. Hence why i am writing this list, in an attempt to get everything done so I can get on it! I of course, also want to buy more fabric so mine can be in pretty blues and oranges and low volume :-)
  • Arkansas Traveller - I got a big bundle of fabric in the mail the other day and I am ready to start chopping! ... Once I make a practise block :-)

So all up we have 31 WIPs.  OMG!!! No wonder my sewing room is overflowing. And I haven't included the 2 bee projects I have to get finished as a priority.

So my mission this weekend is to attack these WIPs and reclaim some of my space. I reckon we can knock off at least the sewing machine mat/cover and the pieced back.  And maybe cut up that binding... Then I might make a start on one of my Christmas projects - I have incentive to get it finished, so it could be a winner! Of course it is partially considered to be starting a new project...

E xx

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Piecing the back of the Carpenters Wheel

So I finished my Carpenters Wheel (as per my post.  Woohoo!!) and then I needed a backing.

My Carpenter's Wheel quilt top

 I purposely bought extra material so I could make a pieced back.


I have been studiously chopping and sewing away.

I say again, these improv bits take as much, if not more time, than a pattern!
I'm pretty happy with how it's coming together. I have pieced a couple of stars, which I'm hoping to add in somewhere, but I think I might actually be running out of room.

I laid it all out and see what it looks like but I still have to make some decisions.

I think I want to up the amount of plain pink, but also add something BOLD to the top left area. Maybe also a thin strip of the dark pink between the second and third strips on the left..  Still thinking...

I'll keep chopping and sewing, and before we know it, it'll be time for quilty goodness!
E xx