Thursday, 10 April 2014

FAL Q2 List

Right, for Q2 I am going to put on the 14 unfinished items from Q1, plus add on the other things I have started in the mean time, which need to be done asap, so I should see some nice progress, and be able to tick a few things off the list (who doesn't love writing lists in order to tick things off them!?!).

So, the new items are:
1. Christening Cushion for Amelia (needs finishing by Sunday, eek!).
This pile needs to be made into a cushion before Sunday.

2. Potholders, or in this case, somewhere for my new kettle to sit and to protect my new kitchen worktop, using the fab Kristy at Quiet Play's paper piecing pattern for April, and these fabrics (including the £3 Bike Path as backing from Fabric Guild).
And inbetween other jobs, making some progress on this today. @quietplay

3.Crochet Blanket
4. Hexy 2
5. The Weekender
6. Secret Squirrel
7. My Sampler Quilt

8. Siblings Together Quilt
9. Plus Quilt
10. Stitch Tease House Quilt
11. Simply Solids Quilt 12. Star/Bright Sampler Blocks
13. Improv Mini
14. Portholes blocks

15. EPP Star Embroidery Pouch
16. Hand Hoop

I've put the ones I think are most likely to get done this quarter in Italics, but we'll see how things work out!!

Ange x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

FAL Q1 Success

Before I update about my list, I need to say thanks to everyone for all of the lovely comments on my last post, I do have some more thank you's for lovely hand made gifts, if I can just get a few photos and a few minutes to spare!
Well I started Q1 with 18 items on my Finish Along List, and despite a rather busy quarter (on a personal level) I did actually manage a few finishes, well 4 to be precise, as well as making progress on some others.
 All done for Alison @littleislandquilting #soyamadoquilts
Hexy pouch finished, that's another one off FAL, yay!

1. Hexy 2
2. Hexy Pouch
3. Alphabet Embr Quilt
4. The Weekender
5. Secret Squirrel
6. Baby Quilt
7. My Sampler Quilt
8. Siblings Together Quilt

9. Plus Quilt
10. Stitch Tease House Quilt
11. Simply Solids Quilt 12. Star/Bright Sampler Blocks
13. Improv Mini

14. Portholes blocks
15. EPP Star Embroidery Pouch
16. Hand Hoop 

17. Skill Builder BOM 2013 blocks
18.Crochet Blanket

That progress would be all the better if I hadn't started some new projects, but fortunately some are smaller and have deadlines coming up, so will have to get finished fairly swiftly, more to follow once I set my new list for Q2

Ange xxx 

Friday, 21 March 2014

And baby makes 4....

Alexandra born at 8.32am on 12th March, a healthy 9.12 in weight.
After what felt like the worlds longest pregnancy, our little bundle of chubby baby loveliness finally joined us on the 12th of March, 8.32am UK time, weighing in at a hefty 9lbs 12 ounces, in perfect health.  
Look who is snuggling in her new quilt. @willowbeckdesigns
 We have named her Alexandra (after much debate, and with another name picked until 2 weeks before she arrived), and after the initial shock of her arrival (her big sister was 8lbs, and I hadn't expected baby A to be quite so much bigger), she is settling in beautifully with our little family.
Alexandra 21.03.14 

Thank you to everyone for all of your cheerleading and support, especially in the final few weeks, it really helped!
Ange xxx

Monday, 10 March 2014

Baby Prep...

One bunny for new baby. :-)
In preparation for the impending (please let it be soon before I quite literally burst) arrival of new baby girl, I managed to make a little progress this last week on things I wanted to get made for the baby.  First up, I made a Bunny Cuddly, using the pattern from Sew Magazine this month (inspired by Cara at Pink Stitches, who made this fab Racoon from the same Simplicity Pattern).  
#widrn sewing a bunnies nose in the glorious sunshine. Tagged by @canadianabroad tagging @rosedahlia @poppyprint @hannlib
It was a pretty straightforward make, although I was a bit of a muppet and had to unpick and re-sew the arms as I hadn't placed them quite right (user error!), and now I would like to make some more, but as there is no Badger pattern, I might just have to amend one of the others, for daughter number one, maybe!!!

The other project I worked on this week, was a curtain for the baby room.  Yep, I know you know I hate making curtains, but this was a pretty straightforward make and I love the fun animal print fabric, so it was surprisingly quick.  On that note, the fabric was very kindly given to me by the lovely Ian from Terry's Fabrics, who contacted me last year after I commented on a blogpost by the lovely Charlotte.  At the time I was suffering big time from morning sickness, and said I might need some fabric for curtains in the new year, as I was sewjo less at the time.    

Ian diligently contacted me in January asking if I needed any fabric still, which I thought was very organised of him, and after a bit of indecision on the fabric, I decided to go for the animals. The primary colours work well with the alphabet trim on the blind, and there is plenty of time to be overwhelmed by the pink and girlie!

Nursery curtains finished and up! Fabric courtesy of Terrys Fabrics
As it's such a small window I decided to make just the one curtain, it's backed with blackout lining (also supplied by Terry's Fabrics), and fingers crossed that will help the little one with her daytime naps, and save my sanity!  One note of caution, don't forget to pre-wash your fabric, I did get a bit of shrinkage on mine. :o)

Please note, I haven't been paid to promote Terry's Fabrics, just given the fabrics to make the curtains, but they do have a great range of fabrics, and I can definitely see myself buying more next time I need to make curtains (and by need I mean, have to!).

Ange xxx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Soy Amado... doing a little good

Alison at Little Island Quilting is having a quilt block drive to put together quilts for former Mexican Street Children- Soy Amado (You are Loved), after a recent trip to Mexico City.  You can read all about it here.  She needs lots (hundreds) of 12.5 inch (unfinished) QAYG blocks to put together into quilts, and quite frankly, I defy any quilter to tell me they haven't got AT LEAST one or two orphan blocks that couldn't be put to better use, rather than cluttering up their sewing space/drawers/life.

So, I had a look around, and decided to kill 2 birds with one stone (so to speak).  The 2 blocks from last years Skill Builder BOM are on my FAL to find a use for, so it made sense to quilt them up, and get them sent off- it's a win win situation!

All done for Alison @littleislandquilting #soyamadoquilts

So have a little think about it, and do some blocks, you know you want to- it's way way easier than making a whole quilt, and great for clearing a bit of space for your other projects.

Ange xxx

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Gifted... :o)

Once again I have to say how very, very lucky I am.  I had been planning to make a bag for all of the baby er crap that you have to carry around, but you know how time seems to fly, and excuses, excuses aside, I never got round to it.  However, as luck would have it, the lovely Katy Cameron who is a British bag making guru ,happens to be amongst my Stitch Tease and online buddies, so what should I receive in the post last week?  Yep, you've guessed it, it was this beauty:
Wow, how lucky am i, this fantastic baby bag just arrived at mine from the lovely @the_littlest_thistle Thank you soooooo much Katy! X
It is just perfect, loads of pockets,the inside is laminate fabric so great for keeping it clean, adjustable strap, and it's already packed with baby stuff to take to the hospital for when she is born, and waiting by the front door!

So, once again, thank you so much Katy, it is perfect, and will be well loved and well used. 
 Does my bump look good in this?!?! Dd minus 4 days. #sizeofahouse
This grumpy looking individual has already issued the eviction notice, due date tomorrow, Sunday 9th!!!!

Ange xxx

Friday, 28 February 2014

The Little Things...

February has been one of those months where I have fitted in a bit of sewing, but all of the items have been little ones, and quick fix items. 

Firstly, I decided I needed a few fabric baskets for the nursery, I practised the technique on a small one, but only got one done, but as they're so quick, others will follow shortly.  I used this tutorial, very straightforward :o) 

Look where i am!

Secondly, I managed to tick off one of my FAL items, which was to make this Hexy Pouch.  I started these hexies when I was at the Festival Of Quilts last year with Pin It And Stitch, with no particular use in mind, other than keeping me busy whilst I was there, and inbetween customers.  I think they make for a lovely little travel bag, so I have popped in my hexy sewing basics, and these are all packed in my hospital bag for if/when I get a few minutes and need a bit of a distraction :o)
Hexy pouch finished, that's another one off FAL, yay!

Thirdly, my niece (6 y/o) has recently got her very first sewing machine, and is really enjoying it, so i wanted to encourage her to continue, and knowing she loves Hello Kitty and Minnie Mouse, I decided to make her a little pincushion.  Fortunately I had a couple of spare Economy Blocks from my daughters pillow a couple of weeks back, and thought these would be perfect for a pincushion, so Saturday night, I made this.
Pincushion for my 6yo niece who is loving her sewing!
Filled with a mini sack of lentils in the middle for weight, and then offcuts of batting, she received it yesterday, and phoned me last night, absolutely delighted with it- lets hope she doesn't stab herself toooooo much with the pins!

Next up was something I really needed to make since last August for my little one for school, a PE bag.  This one has been niggling away at my conscience for a long while, as I felt really bad she had a rubbish bag for her kit rather than something pretty and homemade, so I decided to just get on with it.  The first make was using the FQ I got from Retreat last year, but it was a little too small, so that is being used as a home for Spencer Bear (my daughters favourite Bear- he's too opinionated for my liking, but she adores him!).
And last finish for tonight, drawstring pe bag for my little one, been meaning to make since last August, whoops!

So I made a bigger bag for the PE Kit, and quite frankly, they were so quick to make, I felt like a total failure as a mum for having left it for so long!!!
 New PE bag, this ones big enough! 

And then just as I thought I was going to get some time to sew up some more FAL items, the curse of the wobbly teeth struck, and I needed to make a little Tooth Fairy pouch for the imminent loss of C's first teeth/tooth.  Started on Sunday, the urgency ramped up on Tuesday when the first tooth exited.  You'll be pleased to hear the Tooth Fairy was happy with the tooth, the pouch, and the note left, and there was a gold coin rewarded, phew!
One little pouch all done! I even had time to make pizza dough for tea :-)

Right, that's enough for now, lets see how much more we can get done before this baby decides to make an appearance.

Ange x