Productive Quilting

You will know from my previous posts I have been following Pat Sloans Solstice Challenge, a block a week for 25 weeks from the Winter Solstice through to Summer Solstice. 

Well I managed to keep up and finally finished piecing it all together, made entirely from my stash it’s come together quite well. Some of the blocks were challenging and thanks to Pat’s tips I think I’ve got the colour balance right.  It’s certainly going to be a big quilt! 

In between making Solstice I also dabbled a bit with mini quilts which are very satisfying to put together as they are quick to do and great for practicing free motion quilting as you haven’t got the challenge of fitting large bulks of material through the throat of the sewing machine. Here’s two I made, both pattern’s are by Pat Sloan.

The butterfly’s pattern can be found in Moda’s Mini Marvels book and the sewing machine is called Let’s Go Sew and is available as a digital  download on Pat’s website.

My next challenge is to quilt the Solstice top! Not too sure how I’m going to manage that one on my machine, wishing i’d done a quilt as you go! 

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Solstice Challenge Update

At the beginning of the year I started Pat Sloan’s Solstice Challenge, a block a week until the Summer Solstice, doesn’t sound too difficult just one block to be made, but with the usual back and forth of life it’s more challenging than you think.  I’m just about keeping up to date with it and it’s satisfying to be able to sew each week even if it is only one block. Details of the challenge can be found here

The Challenge was to only use what’s already in your fabric stash which has meant I have experimented with colours that I wouldn’t have normally put together, but I’m kinda liking what is emerging. 

Hello 2017

A New Year and no doubt more resolutions to be made, mine this year is simply to do more of what I enjoy and not to forget to look after myself in the hustle and bustle of caring for others. This means lots more sewing!  


I’ve taken up the wonderful fabric designer, Pat Sloans winter solstice challenge to complete the 25 quilt blocks she will be publishing, by the summer solstice, that’s a block a week! Here’s my first block and I plan to complete block two today. The idea is to use up your stash of fabric, which I have plenty off!


I’ve also started on Pat Sloans 2016 block of the month Secret Garden, although a bit behind, actually very behind as I’ve only completed one block so far which is the one at the top of this post. I’ve certainly got the quilt bug at the moment. 

I did finish one Swoon bag recently which was a commission for a Christmas present and as the bag has now been gifted to its final recipient I can show it off. This is the Sandra pattern. 


The holidays have been the perfect time to sew and declutter my sewing space, starting with the two big scrap bins which are now all sorted and cut into useable squares ready for that perfect scrappy quilt, how I love my Sizzix cutting machine! It made light work of the task. I’ve been playing with layout using a collage app on the iPhone but I’m not convinced with the block pattern so far. 


I hope you enjoy your start to 2017 as much as I have. 

*Update; Winter Solstice block two completed, I’m liking how the colours are starting to come together and look forward to mixing the four fabrics up in future blocks.

Lola

Sweet Lola you are my new favourite!  This little bag is such a cute but classy addition to my ever growing Swoon Pattern collection.  She sits so elegantly on the arm.  It’s a very easy sew and quick to make, I’m not usually a ‘make a bag in a evening’ girl, cutting out, interfacing and prepping is usually all I manage in one go, but with this bag I did it all including the vinyl zipper pull!  

I love how Lola looks with vinyl accents, they really made this Star Wars BB-8 fabric pop.     

   
Lola is the perfect accompaniment to my Sophia beach bag, another Swoon pattern, which is going to be my new carry on when flying. Lola will fit easily underneath the plane seat.  I made a little adjustment to this one and added a couple of D rings to the side so I can attach a cross body strap.   

Indulgence

It’s been a little while since I last blogged, there just never seems to be enough time to do everything I want to, someone once said to me a busy person will always be busy and I guess that’s true of me, I find new things to do even when I’ve got a stack of other things on the go! I have found time to do a little sewing and been busy making a few of the Swoon pattern bags. So forgive me whilst I indulge myself in my creations and show you what I’ve been making.

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Swooning around

At the beginning of the year I discovered the world of Swoon, a world where I can indulge myself in as many handbags as I like, a world where colour, pattern and fabric is limitless. Yes, I’m talking about Swoon patterns the fabulous handbag patterns by Alicia Wietholder .

IMG_1658-0.JPGI’ve used tablecloth material which just screamed handbags at me, vinyl and some fabulous fabric from Walmart, of all places, which I picked up on my holiday in Florida.

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IMG_1833.JPG My favourite though has to be the Evelyn, I made the market tote version which is big enough to hold my laptop, zipped pouch with mains cables and headset , my bionic gear bag mobile office and most importantly my lunch!

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Sewing into the New Year

Hello 2015 and a Happy New Year!

I’ve started the New Year with a bang and have been sewing like crazy! I’m determined this year to make time for the things I enjoy doing, namely sewing. Towards the end of 2014 I mastered the advice from fabric designer Pat Sloan to do 10 minutes of sewing a day and managed to finish one or two projects.

Like my second Bionic Gear Bag, which this time I quilted.

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Then there was the fleece version for my husband, this was a dream to work with, the fleece seemed to make it easier to put together.

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I took my Singer Featherweight sewing machine and my BGB, stuffed full of my sewing notions, down to my in-laws over the Christmas holidays and managed to find time to make the Glenda clutch from Swoon. The Singer was so lovely to sew on and is great to travel with, it looks cute too!

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I still need to make the shoulder strap for the Glenda, I guess that will be my 10 minutes sewing during the week!
My mother-in-law loved my quilted BGB and has requested one the same but slightly shorter in width, I need to give this some thought, I was thinking maybe 7″ zips instead of 9″. Not sure how this will turn out.

Yesterday I spent all afternoon sewing and made Swoon’s Ethel bag, this is a free pattern from Swoons website. I am really in love with this bag and the Robert Kaufman, Whose that Girl Paris City fabric which I bought from Patchwork Paradise

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I’ve also started Pat Sloans 2015 BOM, Vacation, and completed my first block. Now this was a challenge, first time I’ve tried Flying Geese and as you can see it was not easy! I’m considering making it again to see if I can perfect it. I also got to use one of my Christmas presents a mini iron press, great for pressing the seams on my block as I sew.

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I hope you can join me in 2015 with my make more time to sew challenge.

Happy Sew Year!