Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Buzz Buzz - 1

This year I'm participating in the Little Blogs Quilt Bee.  I'm really excited about participating and have already learned a LOAD of new things.

Like how to make a button:

But I digress - back to the sewing.

The Queen Bee for the first month was Lou of I'm Studio Lou fame.  This whole party was her idea and she kicked it off in style.

She asked us all to make a Wonky Star block and quite kindly didn't really put too many other conditions on it.  However, having noticed on Flickr that hers were white and green, I decided to make them matchy matchy.



This was a really easy block, and the "wonky" element made it both fun, and good for a relatively inexperienced sewer (there are no right answers for the points, and after that it is just sewing squares together).  If you fancy having a go, there is a great tutorial here by Nancy of Owen's Olivia.

And that's me for March!  Like Wayne said: "It's like coming home on Friday night and doing your homework right away so that your Saturday night is free to just party."


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Brown Paper Packages - 8

This week, I have some notion related additions to my collection of sewing paraphernalia.


I bought A LOT of pins for my first attempt at pin basting this week!  Having bought the triangle on a whim, I notice Paula at the Sassy Quilter is hosting a triangle-along shortly  - good timing or what?

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash!

Molli Sparkles

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sister's Choice 4

After making extremely slow progress on my sister's quilt, there was a flurry of activity at the weekend and now I'm almost there!

I finished the top:


 And pieced the back:


And boldly decided, since I was on a roll, to attempt pin basting.


This wasn't as hard as I thought and while it was on the floor, everything seemed to be staying tight and taught.  I'm not going to lie though, it is pretty uncomfortable and takes much longer than spray basting.

However, I have always felt as though spraying was cheating a little bit and really wanted to know how to do this.  Spray basting also creates a LOT of fumes and it is too cold to have the window open, further adding to my motivation to do this.


I also started quilting it and it was here the problems started.  All my basting seems to be moving (how is this even possible? It was sooooo tight on the floor) and my blooming machine wanted to play tension Cluedo (exceptionally boring game involving unpicking a lot of really dreadful sewing, making minute adjustments to the tension searching desperately for the setting which agrees with the thread and finding nothing makes it better).

In the end, I decided to start the quilting again using better quality thread in another colour. This is sewing like a dream!

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday and Lee at Freshly Pieced:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Brown Paper Packages - 7

So, once again I accidentally fell into a fabric-buying situation this week...

It keeps me in Brown Paper Packages posts if nothing else...



Okay - now to do some actual sewing with all of this!

Linking up with Sarah from Mila and Cuatro for Sunday Sunday Stash!

Molli Sparkles

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Brown Paper Packages - 6

My poor, poor bank account.

New to the Note to Follow Sew Stash this month (all from M is for Make - that sale section just sucks me in everytime....):

Centerpiece in Evening  Feathers in Teal

Centrepiece in Evening
Hand Drawn Garden by Anna Maria Horner

Feathers in Teal
Sun Print Feathers by Alison Glass

Floating Axes in Turquoise  Of a feather in ivory

Floating Axes in Turquoise
Uno by Stof

Of a Feather in Ivory
Tsuru by Rashida Coleman Hale

Retro clover in breeze  Text in Charcoal

Retro Clover in Breeze
Just My Type by Patty Young

Text in Charcoal
Sun Print Text by Alison Glass

Type keys in mustard

Type Keys in Mustard
Just My Type by Patty Young

Bike Path in Smoke Bike Path in Charcoal

Bike Path in Smoke and Bike Path in Charcoal
Sun Print Bike Path by Alison Glass

And my very, very favourite fabric of the lot, satisfying both sewing and stationery requirements:

Writers Block in Pastel

Writers Block In Pastel
Type by Julia Rothman







In other news, the date for the Stitch Gathering 2014 was announced this week!  I am definitely going to try to get a ticket - I had such fun at the last one.  I feel a Glastonbury-ticket-style rammy coming on...

The Stitch Gathering 2014 event date announced

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash:

Molli Sparkles

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Little Blogs Quilt Bee

Last week I was carrying out my usual routine of looking at pictures on Instagram, while walking to work at a slower pace than I should because I'm buried in my phone.

I happened across a proposal (via Claire) to put together a quilting bee for bloggers who had participated in Lily's Quilts Small Blog Meet.  I hadn't even managed to link up with the February post, but I've participated in the past so carried on reading.

Lou of I'm Studio Lou was rounding up bloggers who had never been in a quilting bee and whose blog had less that fifty followers.  That's me, thought I, and quickly signed up (while crossing a road and avoiding on-coming traffic).


I was joined in this exciting endeavour by:
Now we're on a roll!  Months have been assigned, rules have been decided, and blocks are already underway!

I'm really looking forward to participating in the bee, and to making lots of lovely quilts with some extremely talented people.

I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot and progress my sewing skills by making blocks I wouldn't have considered making.  I've already learned something new about quilty blogging in fact, because I defeated the internet and made a button:


Here's to a happy year of sewing and new quilting buddies!



Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Lovely Year of EVERYTHING!

2014 is going to be a biggie for me.  Now this is a sewing blog, not a wedding blog, but since my impending BIG DAY is starting to take over the sewing a little bit, the two shall meet.

As promised in my original post for my January goals, I wanted to start the bunting for my wedding decorations.  My goal was to make at least five triangles.

Well, I smashed that goal!




These were just the initial experiment ....bunts (what is the right name for the triangles on bunting?) but they turned out well.

I LOVE this fabric and am really looking forward to making hundreds more triangles.  I think I will unpick them after the big day and make a quilt for us.

So, I think the bar was set too low this month, but it does feel nice to achieve what I set out to achieve for a change!

Linking up with Melissa for a Lovely Year of Finishes

My Button

And Kelly for Needle and Thread Thursday

My Quilt Infatuation