Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Where did February go?:

Only two posts this month... so much for getting better with blogging :)  Yesterday was the first time I've sewn all month and it was sooooo nice to finally get stuck in!  For a couple of days I was just too overwhelmed with the amount of sewing I would need to do to get caught up so I shifted folders (out of sight out of mind), unsubscribed from blogs and emails (out of sight out of mind cyberly) and honed down the 'impossible to keep up with' number of BOMs/QALs I was juggling.  There are still quite a few, but the list is much more realistic.

On to what I've been working on... none of the recent WiPs, instead I pulled the Meadow Mystery project bin off my shelf and worked my way thru November and December.  I didn't take it to England with me, and in hind sight I should have and left A4AC behind :)  I must say, it is nice to be back in my larger 'fun room' surrounded by ALL of my pretty fabrics and gadgets and clutter and and and ~~~happy sigh~~~

I grumbled a bit back in August when I cut all of the lovely fabric, up til then I've generally 'cut as I go'. But, with a 4 month lapse, having all those pieces cut and ready (thankfully labeled) to sew into blocks sure made for a pleasant afternoon of sewing.

November Geese and SiSs
December Block One

December Block Three x4
December Block Four x4

Meadow Mystery November and December
Meadow Mystery

Apparently I have the need for ANOTHER obsession, because lately my crochet hooks have been getting a workout and who would have ever thought that CALs are just as plentiful as QALs and there are wonderful Crochet Blogs out there too.  ~~~I'm happy happy happy~~~  I worked on a couple block a weeks CALs while in England, re familiarizing myself with the lingo, which actually confused the bejiggers out of me because English Crochet stitches are different from American Croceht stitches... but I got that sorted.

Last week a lovely CAL, Hygge started, which I purchased a kit for and was thrilled to discover Esther at It's All In A Nutshell  was doing left handed video tutorials each week,  I didn't start until I got home so I'm only half finished week one.  Really enjoying it so far :)  I can crochet in the evenings while watching tv with my sister and her partner... our version of family time ;) Must get hooking, Week 2 started today :)

Linking up with Let's Bee Social #165 at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #60 at Quilt Fabrication.  I hope your obsessions have kept you happy this week :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mid Week Catch Up

My blogging may be falling short... but my block collection certainly hasn't!  With 12 Quilt Projects and 2 Crochet Projects on the go in January the blocks just kept piling up :)  Packing for home (Canada) will take some sorting, but I'll worry about that later in the month.
I stayed with red for all of my 365 Challenge blocks and managed to get red into several of my other projects.   My total blocks sewn in January = 63 and crocheted in January = 5.  January carry overs = 3, Cookbook Recipe 5 (January 30) ; Adventurously Epic Block 5 (January30) ; Crochet A Block 4 (January 27) all 'weeklies' so I should have them done by Sunday :)

January Blocks

January BOMs

January CALs

January Daily

January Twice Monthly

January Weekly

My February Color has changed from the planned Purple, to Green because I have very few purples on this side of the pond and seem to have quite a few greens.  By the end of February my 365 pile may look Christmassy...
February's 'fun room' agenda will be busy and I likely won't keep up as nicely as I did in January due to a weekend trip to Cambridge, some day trips locally (Bristol, Bath and Frome) and travel home on the 19th.
I added two projects to the list, Kraken (Quilt) and Hygge (Crochet) bringing my total planned WiPs to 16.  I DON'T need any more!!!  Won't stop me from hunting them down though ;) Of the 16, 5 have a fee - Chocolatier, Kraken, Paper Pieced Vintage, Aiming For Accuracy Challenge (one time fee) and Cookbook QAL (purchase of book).  The rest are completely free or free for the month of release.

Linking up with Susan's Midweek Makers #57 at Quilt Fabrications, where I have been kindly featured this week.  Thank you Susan :)

Also linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social #162 at Sew Fresh Quilts

Enjoy what your day brings everyone :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Keeping On Track

For the most part I'm keeping up with the 'too many' BOMs and QALs I've got on the go.  7 more 3" blocks brings me up to date with the 365 Challenge.  They are quick blocks, both in the sewing and instagram sharing.

Today I finished Recipe 4 - Shine,  for the Cookbook QAL It's a paper pieced block which needed some prep work before printing off the pattern pieces.  If I printed from the book it would have been one piece per page, a waste of paper when I could fit more on a page, so I traced than copied.  Kind of a pita really.  I think a proper pattern should be available (either on the blog or emailed to the QAL participants).  That being said, I didn't HAVE to do the block ;)  That's 4 Weeks - 4 Blocks so far, shared on instagram and Flickr

Another Paper Pieced blocks for this week was the 6" 'Come Fly Away' for Paper Pieced Vintage. Turned out ok, a couple of seams could be tighter :)  This QAL is twice monthly and shared on Flickr. instagram and Facebook.

  Linking up with Let's Bee Social 161 at Sew Fresh Quilts and Mid Week Makers 56 at Quilts Fabrication

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wild Babies BOM & 365 Challenge

Three days of sewing  and January's block for Wild Babies is done!  Sewing 36 units of 3 to 11 pieces takes A LOT of organization.  When I'm working on a paper pieced project I set my sewing corner up differently so tend to just chug along until I'm done.  It can be tedious and I sometimes find my mind wandering to other blocks/projects I have in the wip pile.  I stuck with it and oh my, this little Koala is too cute!  It finished at 15 1/2" x 15 1/2", a bit smaller than the pattern because of the calibration of the printer on this side of the pond.   I think it will be a wall hanging... or maybe a large cushion.
'Wild Babies' is a free-for-the-month BOM hosted by Janeen at Quilt Art Designs.  I love her patterns, but they are involved.  Worth the effort though :)

I waffled about doing the 365 Challenge, 3" blocks make me cringe and 6" blocks aren't my favorite either, but after doing 100 Days 100 Blocks I decided to give it a go.  It's a repeat of the 2016 Challenge, which I started and gave up on (I think I only did 3 blocks), and it's free (via a daily email link to the blocks) .  There are prizes, but I'm not sure how one enters to win, I just like sewing, sharing and moving on :)  Instagram is great for that.  This year, I've managed to keep on track so far... 18 - 3" blocks in 18 days.  Most of them are not done on the day, I tend to do two or three at a sitting.  This morning, after sewing the Koala units together I sewed Block 17 and 18.

17 - Thrifty

18 Double Four Patch

1 - 18

Linking up with Let's Bee Social #160 at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #55 at Quilt Fabrication.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday Catch Up

 A few mornings spent in my England 'Fun Room' and ta da, some blocks to share :)  I got the first two blocks of 182 Day Solstice Challenge done.  Lovely 12" blocks to get me back in the groove. Just in time for block 3, due to be released today :)
Block 1/25 Churndash

Block 2/25 Dark Into Light

January's Paper Piecing Vintage, The King's Crows, was a bit more of a challenge... not sure if it was the size (I decided to do the 6" version) or rushing too much.  Either way, it's not the prettiest star I've done.
Red being my January Color of the Month, I dug into my red scraps for this one.

The King's Crows

My 'Word for 2017' is Colors.  I used two 'color of the month' colors for each paper pieced letter.  The letter patterns are from Elm Street Quilts' Chunky Alphabet , though I cheated a bit to save having to print too many unused letters and turned a u into an o and an i into an l.  "Colors" is my first finish of 2017 :)

Linking up with Let's Bee Social #158 at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #53 at Quilt Fabrication.

January 4, 2017