Sunday, 22 February 2015

Brown Paper Packages - 10

My parents are moving house next month and, as part of the big move, they have been doing some destashing of 30 years of the dreaded S word - stuff.

I'm a frequent user but objector to the word stuff.  I also object to being surrounded by it, but have to balance this against my ingrained instinct to hoard.

However, it turns out one person's stuff is another person's treasure.  My Mum used to sew before she had children and when she was clearing out, ridding herself of cupboards of stuff (not opened or used since their last move), she came across this treasure trove of Liberty.

There used to be a Liberty shop in Edinburgh and my Mum picked up some excellent sale purchases sometime in the eighties.

Even the carrier bag has a little flap on it for when it rains!

Yes, that's right - three metres of Liberty goodness for £2.00

I'm yet to find the slight imperfection in this.

The label on this one said it is a poly cotton and is from Japan.  There appears to be some water damage to one side, but there's at least a yard of salvageable fabric here!

Also included in the bag of goodies were these excellent patterns.  Maybe they will be my first foray into dress making?

So perhaps hoarding is fine after all?  Who knows, all the junk in my loft might make someone's day in twenty years?

Linking up with Molly Sparkles and Sunday Stash

Molli Sparkles

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Buzz Buzz - 6

I've had a lovely weekend catching up on my bee commitments.  The January queen in the Little Blog Quilt Bee, Roseanne, asked us for Anna Maria Horner's feather blocks.

It is the first time I've worked with templates, and I thought it would be the last until I finished them. I am now quite charmed by them and all thoughts of cutting up bits of paper are behind me!

The Little Blog Quilt Bee is almost at an end. It was started after Lou linked up with the Small Blog Meet - where did that year go?  It's been a blast!

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet at Lily's Quilts.

Fresh Sewing Day

Small Blog Meet

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015

Stitch Gathering Jelly Roll Quilt

I've picked up my eternal WIP, the Stitch Gathering Jelly Roll quilt again recently with a view to getting it DONE!

I'm going to gift it to a friend when she gets married later on this year.  

My normal approach is to cut a bit, sew a bit.  I don't think it's particularly efficient however, so decided to take a more assembly line approach to this quilt.  I thought it might help me to make progress quickly, even if there wasn't instant gratification.

I did my best, but I have to admit I did give up on the cutting after slicing up the width of fabric strips.  They were tricky customers and I was bored of just cutting - I wanted to see a finished row!

And progress has indeed been forthcoming.  In the last week, I've completed two and a half rows of the 8 needed for this quilt.  Compared to my August 2013 to September 2014 progress (1 row), I think that's pretty good!

I feel like the skills I've developed over the last year will make this a better quilt though so maybe I was right to wait.  I just can't wait to see it finished now!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Blogging Hiatus

Wow, it's been a while!  Hi everyone.

Since my last post in August 2014, everything has changed and there has been a lot of life administration taking up my free time.  In a good way though, so I shan't complain too much.

Without really having a plan to do so, we bought a new house in September, which meant putting ours on the market with no preparation time.  A week of dashing between storage units and lawyers' offices followed, and the next few months were all about selling our house.  All the sewing paraphernalia had to go into storage as I used to sew on the dining room table.


I managed to get it back briefly before we had to move though, which gave me enough time to catch up on my Little Blog Quilt Bee commitments.

I made:

These posies for Nessa

This scrappy trip for Gina

This postage stamp block for Sheila

And this pineapple block for Celine.

We're in the new house, boxes are unpacked and the sewing machine is BACK! Normal service will hereby be resumed.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Ugly Bug Ball - DONE!

I've finished the Ugly Bug Ball quilt, just in time to gift to my friends this weekend.

The quilting is a square spiral over each of the blocks which I did with the walking foot and a lot of patience.

Can't wait to meet the little one and hand this critter over.

Linking up with TGIFF

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ugly Bug Ball - WIP

I've been making progress on the Ugly Bug Ball.  The quilting is done..

and I've moved on to the binding.

This binding looks like sweeties!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for Work in Progress Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

And Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday