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! 

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. 

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!

Lucky Girl Cushion

It’s been a while since I last blogged, everyday life, family and work has taken up a lot of my time recently with little spare for sewing, although I did manage to finish one of my UFO’s (unfinished object) a round cushion using the wonderful fabric from Jennifer Paganelli’s Lucky Girl line.

20140418-085245.jpgIt started off as a perfect circle but ended up slightly flower shaped!

It was the first time I have used piping cord and attaching to a circle of fabric was not easy. Learnt a few lessons, like you really need to use the right foot on your sewing machine, I believe, having read up on a few blogs after I had finished, that a zipper foot is the way to do it!

I was also given a really good tip from the lovely Jennifer Paganelli herself who said cut a circle of material then appliqué the segments on top, that way you get perfect points!
Instead I did it the hard way by taking the Quilters approach and sewed together each segment individually much like a patch work quilt hence the button, which isn’t just for decoration but hides a magnitude of not so perfect points!

20140418-083757.jpgThe button is another lesson to be learnt, I really should have sewed it right through to the other side as it then gives that plush pushed in look in the middle of the cushion, needless to say mine looks like it’s stuck on top!

That said I still love it and it’s really comfortable. It brings some lovely colour to my garden furniture, all we need now is the sunshine.

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Bowlicious

I’ve just fallen in love with this delicious little bow clutch. It feels so elegant to hold and feels really secure on your hand.

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I found a tutorial at Art Gallery Fabrics and decided to add my own little touch by quilting the main purse.

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I used FreeSpirits McKenzie Leaves for the bow and interior lining and McKenzies Blossom for the purse exterior both of which I bought from Lady Sew and Sew. I’m really pleased with the finished look and am now thinking of making one in the peach spring colours. If I do I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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Up cycled cargos

It’s been a busy few days doing the rounds of visiting family for Christmas, eating far too much and not getting any where near enough exercise. All this excess guilts me into making those New Years resolutions to eat more healthily and get fit! That said there are still a few more days before we see 2014 in so I will carry on hoovering up the chocolates and peanuts until then!

In between eating I did manage to get some sewing done over the holidays, whilst I was waiting for the turkey to cook on Christmas morning my dear husband asked me if I could make a cable bag, for all his gadgets, out of an old pair of cargo pants. Secretly pleased that I could legitimately cut up the cargos (they were always a pain to iron, especially the leg pockets) I cut out both the pockets with a 1cm seam allowance and sewed them together to make a pouch with ready made pockets.

I added a button and ribbon tie to hold the main compartment together and edged the inside with some ribbon I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show. I now have my eye on his beige cargos as I quite fancy a cross body bag in the same style!

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