WIP Wednesday

I haven’t made much progress this week as I’ve been feeling ill with a cough and a headache that just won’t shift themselves.
I have started quilting my little baby quilt though.

IMG_3755 I pieced the backing with a strip of rabbits and have been straight line quilting. I also tested out the wavy stitch on my machine.

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UFOs and New Beginnings

My major project for December was to finish decorating my daughter’s bedroom which meant painting in my spare time rather than getting to play with my sewing machine. I’m glad to say that it’s now finished and I’m really happy with it.

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Now that I have some time to get back to my sewing projects I’m keen to work on two quilts I’ve had on my to do list for ages. I’ve had the fabric set aside for both but haven’t made a start. So last week I cut up my fabric to make a version of Maureen Cracknell’s Butterfly quilt which featured in Patchwork and Quilting magazine. This quilt calls for a lot of solid fabric which I would have struggled to find at my local quilt shop or online in the UK so I adapted the block size to make it Jelly roll friendly and ordered a Kona solids roll together with some pretty Art Gallery solids.

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This box of beauties by Mo Bedell are cut up ready to start on Sewing Under the Rainbow’s Summer Breeze quilt.
I have promised myself that before I start piecing either of these I will finish my Luxe in Bloom quilt top.

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I’ve added most of the sashing but still need to add a little more together with the boarders. Navy isn’t a colour I often choose but I love these bold floral fabrics. This quilt is for me which is why it keeps getting shoved to one side. I’ve been looking at Farrow and Ball’s rather decadent paint chart and think I might have to redecorate either our dining room or bedroom in blue and grey to show it off when it’s finished. We only moved into our house two years ago and other than my daughter’s room haven’t tackled any of the redecorating projects yet.

An American Adventure

I was lucky enough to spend my summer holidays, whilst at university working at a wonderful summer camp in Maine and this year the camp had a big reunion. Luckily a few things fell into place and I was able to go. It was lovely to meet up with old friends, reminisce and also enjoy the beautiful surroundings of camp with my little girl.

We flew into New York and had a few days to sightsee and shop. One of the places that I’d read about and wanted to visit was the high line park and it just happened to be a 2 minute walk from our hotel.

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It’s a wonderful city park which retains the character of the old railway but also has lots of interesting and quirky features as well as lush planting schemes to keep the visitor interested on their walk. It’s also wonderful to see the city from an elevated viewpoint.

One of the other places I wanted to visit was the Purl Soho as I’m often inspired by their tutorials and enjoy looking at their website. I was a little disappointed with their fabric selection which contained mostly liberty prints (fabrics I can easily find in the UK) and solids. My daughter on the other hand was smitten with their little dog soft toy. After carrying it gleefully around the shop we decided to buy the pattern and some fabric and make our own.

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Evie kept talking about her doggy on our travels and as soon as we got home she was keen to make a start on him.

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It’s been a joy to work on something together.

Work life balance

I haven’t blogged for a long, long while. If the truth be told I haven’t done a lot of stitching since February. I took on a temporary promotion for three months last December and the contract ended up being extended a few times. I enjoyed the opportunity to take on a new and challenging role but I struggled to balance the extra work with my home life and ultimately decided to look for something new. I have therefore resigned from my job and will be starting a PhD in October which I’m really excited about.

Having made this decision I’ve found I not only have some time to sew but also have the energy to work on a few things.

I wanted to make some table mats and a table cloth and found a scrappy mat tutorial from oh fransson.
I’ve started making them using my bark and branch fabric together with a scrap pack from Maze and Vale.

Can’t wait to finish them and make a matching tablecloth.

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February Goal

A friend of mine just had a baby girl so I’ve ordered some Sarah Jane Play on Parade fabric to make a quilt.

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I’m planning to include some pin wheels from this Moda Bakeshop Recipe to make it fun and interactive. My ALYoF goal this month is to get the quilt top pieced. I’m hoping the fabric arrives soon so I can get started. I’ve all ready started selecting fabric and cutting it out for my pin wheels.

Happy Mail Day

I had a lovely package arrive in the mail this week. I was lucky enough to win some Tula Pink Birds and Bees fat quarters from Sew Slow Society as part of the sew mama sew giveaway day just before Christmas.

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I love these fabrics and can’t wait to use them.

Little limes

I’ve had family staying for the holidays so I had to pack up my sewing room and haul out the guest bed. I didn’t mind too much as it was great to have all the family come to stay.

I did manage to get to my sewing machine to make a birthday gift. My friend’s birthday is on New Years Eve so the day before I made her an apron and matching tea towel. Her little girl likes to help her cook and dress the same, so I made her a matching apron. My friend’s parents have chickens on their farm so I thought the lovely lime green hens and duck fabric would be a good choice.

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