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.