FAL 2016 Q4

I go round in circles

Miracle of miracles! I actually finished the giant dahlia! The final stitch on the binding went in on Christmas Day.


This first appeared on my quarter four finish along list LAST year, it was not particularly long in the making, but I did spend an inordinately long time dithering about which fabric to use for the centre and then almost as long trying to make up my mind about the quilting.

The pattern I used is by Sondra of She's Got Mojo and can be found here.

I used Kaffe Fassett shot cottons in various oranges, pinks and purples and eventually chose a nice bright golden yellow for the centre. The bias binding is KF awning stripe which is long since discontinued and has been waiting patiently in my stash for the last 10 years (I KNEW it would make a great binding for something!).

The backing is pretty too...


... bottom of the pile.

It finshed up at 56 inches in diameter,  just right for sofa snuggling! 

This will, I think, be the final finish I can manage from my quarter four finish along list

Happy new year to you! 

Pois versus rayures

Or polka dots versus stripes!


This lovely design is by Fabienne Chabrolin and was published in Quiltmania No.89 May/June 2012. She has produced loads of other great variations of this design too, take a look at this flickr album.

My version is fairly close to the original design, using mainly Kaffe Fassett stripes, shot cottons and polka dots plus a few other prints.


The ellipses are machine appliqu├ęd using white thread and blanket stitch. I had a lot of fun putting together colour combinations and had a hard time NOT making them all look like fried eggs!

I deviated from the pattern when it came to the quilting, keeping it simple! (You can see the quilting on the original version here)

This little quilt finished at 43.5 inches square, and I am very glad I finally got around to making it!

Yep, this was also on my finish along list at the start of the quarter :)

Friendship braid quilt resurrected

I seem to have a bit of a back log of quilts to share, so please bear with me whilst I endeavour to catch up!


It took a bit of thinking about but I managed to turn these pieces...


...into a quilt...


Considering I started with a full jelly roll it was a bit of a struggle to reach this size (about 37 in. long x 40 in. wide). I originally purchased this fabric (Arcadia by Sanae for Moda) a little shop in Narberth (Pembrokeshire) when we were on holiday in 2009!

I made a friendship braid quilt top using the pattern in this book, but later cut it up before it ever became a quilt. I can't remember how or why I came to destroy a fininshed quilt top, but what I do know is that the remains have been sitting in my box of scraps making me feel guilty ever since. I must have had some kind of plan, as some of the fabric had been unpicked and cut into 2.5 inch squares!

Anyway, with the addition of a few extra pieces and some sashing, we now have a quilt. The backing is the animal fabric you can see in the top photo, and I quilted in a staggered zig-zag pattern across the quilt.

This can now be ticked off my finish along list, hooray! 

Portfolio case for sewing supplies

Entirely made from scraps...


(The triangles are from Swoon, the red strips from Amish with a twist, and the black dots are left over binding from dog gone cute)

The pattern for this case is by Kerry and can be found as a free tutorial here.


It was fun to make, quite time consuming with the patchwork outer, but would be almost as cute (and much quicker to put together) if you used a single fabric for the outside.

It holds all of my miscellaneous sewing paraphernalia...


...as you can see!

I realised right at the end when I was trying to attach a too wide zipper tab, that the zip I used has a narrower tape than the one Kerry used, which means my case is not quite as three dimensional as it should be. I am guessing now that this is why a separating zip is specified in the pattern, maybe they are normally wider. Anyway I just used what I had on hand, but that's something to bear in mind if you want to fit some bulkier things into your finished case.

I am pleased with my sewing portfolio and happy to be able to claim another finish along finish!

All cushions great and small

Well I am still here and still crafting, it has been hard to find enough daylight to take halfway decent photos over the last couple of months (you know, go to work in the gloom, come home in the dark, rain or fog on your day off!). Today is quite bright, so I am going to attempt a bit of a catch-up.

Here are some cushions I made to go with the tee-pee:


You can probably see they are very simple envelope-backed covers to fit 18 inch cushions. I cut the fronts 18 x 18 inches and the backs 18 x 13 inches. I did a double fold 1 inch hem on the back pieces and stitched them together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I just finished the seams with my pinking shears. A nice quick finish from my quarter four finish along list.

So that covers the small cushions, now here is the great...


Isn't it fab! I can't take the credit though. This started out life as a mini quilt from the Brit Quilt swap in 2012. My partner totally nailed it and I loved the quilt so much, but at 24 inches it was an awkward size to accommodate on the wall. It had a perfect little nook in the hallway at first but had to come down to make way for a new coat rack. It then languished in a drawer for a while,  I felt bad every time I saw it there. So spool forward to October this year when Alexander asked me if I could make him a REALLY BIG cushion... that sparked a light bulb moment which led to the conversion of quilt to cushion cover.


All I had to do was make a zippered back (following my favourite tutorial). I then unpicked the hand stitching on the back of the quilt to free the edge of the binding, attached the new back by machine, and stitched the binding back down by hand. I bought an enormous squishy 26 inch inner so that it would be nice and plump!

Now we can enjoy this beautiful piece every day.

Peg Bags (first finish for quarter 4!)


I gave my Mums' best friend (my honourary auntie) one of these for her birthday back in May in a vintage style floral with a taupe background and light blue lining (you will have to use your imagination as I did not take a photo!). She really liked it and asked if I could make her a couple to give as Christmas presents. I am glad to cross these off the list! I did not want to end up leaving them until the last minute!


I'm sure that these are the eighth and ninth peg bags I have made to this design, trawling through the archives I documented the making of four earlier versions, the others were gifted as soon as they were finished and never made an appearance on the blog.

Posts relating to previous versions:

Peg bag

More Peg Bags

A couple of things I have been meaning to do for ages

So that's the first finish from my quarter 4 list, I will be linking up this post to the finish along at the end of the year!

Q4 FAL 2016

FAL 2016
So two finishes and five roll overs this time, I was SO close to a third finish! Here is my list for quarter 4...
  1. Giant dahlia quilt (or maybe wall hanging?) in shot cottons (from this free tutorial). This has now officially been in progress for over a year! It gained a centre during quarter 3. 20161008_084223
  2. Adam and Eve sampler. I have had pattern and supplies for this since 2008 and have declared my intention to get it done already before. I added a couple more trees during quarter 3! 20161008_083822
  3. Sewing box refurb. I have dismantled and started sanding so far... 20160623_070516

  4. Silver grey jumper. Slow going! (my knitting bag made for a more colourful picture!)20160716_074747
  5. Stripey quilt from old Quiltmania magazine. Just the binding left to stitch down on this one :) 20161008_083654
  6. Two peg bags. A "commission". need to crack on with these as they are destined to be Christmas gifts. 20161008_084036
  7. Cushion cover(s) to use up the remains of the tee-pee fabric. 20161008_084105
  8. Sewing case from this tutorial. 20161008_083743
  9. Resurrect this sadly mutilated quilt top that I found in my scrap box, I have NO IDEA why I decided to cut it up!? 20161008_084558
  10. Dropcloth sampler.

So plenty there to get my teeth into I think!

Really hoping to get those first two done this quarter! Linking up with the finish-along here.