Wild Goose Chase

Done! Just a little quilt (36.5" square) but finally finished!


All Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, happy colours, a little bit autumnal maybe?



"Hey! what took you sooo long?!!"  Hmm... probably those 90 flying geese units!

I have huge admiration for Anita and anyone else who has the stamina to go bed sized with this one. I followed this great tutorial for the blocks.

The start of this quilt was inspired by these lovely little Brent geese who overwinter here:




I don't suppose it will be long now until they are back.

Anyway, there you have it, my second finish along finish this quarter (my proposed list of finishes can be found here).

Stitchy pies


Cute needle cases made using Lucy's stitchy pie pattern.


Two for me (one for machine needles and one for hand sewing needles) and two for birthday's later in the year. I used a 22.5 degree wedge ruler to cut the pieces and a 3 inch (finished size) circle for the centre.


It feels so nice to have all my needles organized! In the process of filling my new needle books I have discovered why I couldn't find a new 80/12 machine needle for this project, I have NONE! Having everything in one place will make things a lot easier!

20160725_173756...outside... and the (empty) interior...20160725_173818

My first finish from quarter 3's finish along list (hurrah!).

Q3 FAL 2016 - getting a bit bored by some of these projects now!

FAL 2016
So three finishes and three roll overs this time, 50% seems like a reasonable result to me! So onto the list for quarter 3...
  1. Giant dahlia quilt (or maybe wall hanging?) in shot cottons (from this free tutorial). DSCN0645
  2. Wild goose chase quilt (still only 2 blocks done!). DSCN0646
  3. 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 did not touch this once during quarter 2 - oops!DSC_0004
  4. Sewing box refurb. I have dismantled and started sanding so far... 20160623_070516

  5. Silver grey jumper. I have been making steady progress on this, so fingers crossed for a finish :) (my knitting bag made for a more colourful picture!)20160716_074747
  6. Stitchy-pie needle cases. I have bought felt and traced my patterns onto card, I am just struggling to decide which fabrics to use. 20160716_075146
  7. Stripey quilt from old Quiltmania magazine. I REALLY wanted to make this 4 years ago when I bought the magazine, somehow it got completely forgotten about until a few weeks ago when I found mag, fabrics and templates that I had made-  almost like a kit ready to go! 20160716_074926

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

In which I use Bondaweb and NOTHING goes horribly wrong...

I do not like Bondaweb, we are not friends. Normally I cannot get the paper off the back and end up shredding my neatly cut out shapes, or I end up scorching fabric or getting glue on my iron. Not this time though, I made the Family of Owls cushion from Claire Turpin design and it actually went quite well! The only mishap was a mysterious stain that appeared on the white part of Daddy owl eyeballs midway through the blanket stitching; why does stuff like that never happen to the back, or within the seam allowance I wonder? It all came out in the wash, so not harm done!


This cushion is for the big sister of my penguin loving friend. I work with their mum, and recently I had a bit of a grotty viral infection in my throat, so was grumbling a bit and feeling a bit sorry for myself, and she came in with this card made by her daughter:


So I couldn't NOT make her something too!

I fancied trying something different (plus there are no decent patchwork patterns for owls... they all look really angry, or at the very least a bit cross!) so it was time to tackle my fear of the sticky stuff head-on!


I deviated from the pattern slightly by omitting the buttons (should be used for the centre of the eyes and the fastening on the back) mainly because the family have an eight month old Cockerpoo who might be interested in chewing such things! I used Adrianne's excellent tutorial again to make the zippered back (the red and aqua floral pictured above), and I bound the edges to match the style of the penguin cushion.


I think baby owl might be my favourite...

Dog Gone Cute - a finished quilt



As mentioned previously April was my month as bee "Mama". I requested dog blocks made using this great pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts. My only stipulation was that the background colour should be bright and that a narrow border be added to the top and bottom edges (so that the sashing could be eliminated). I received some really great dogs!


This was my first experience of making a quilt from bee blocks and it hadn't occurred to me that there would be a discrepancy in the size of blocks (duh! In a block that has over 30 pieces!) and I can see why many people select blocks that can be trimmed to size. But I think it was worth the extra brain power it took to assemble,  it turned out better than I imagined and the dogs have so much more personality than if I have just made 12 blocks myself.

The quilt is bordered with steel grey Moda bella solid and bound with Moda dottie in black both purchased from Backstitch. The backing is an older Joel Dewberry print in orange and yellow.


It finished up slightly wider than long... 58.5 x 60.5 inches.

Linking up to the Siblings Together quilt group blog...

Siblings Together Quilt Linky Party


...and YIPPEE this is one of my finish along finishes! I will be linking up at the end of the quarter :)


FAL 2016

Busy as a bee!

This year I joined a bee (my very first!) that makes quilts for the UK based charity Siblings Together. The charity help brothers and sisters who have been separated from one another by the care system maintain contact. You can read more about their work here, and find out about the quilting group here. More quilts are needed to reach our target of 100 for this years summer camps, so please do get involved if you can!

I have had fun trying out new-to-me techniques, and raiding the stash for appropriate fabrics each month. Here is a round-up of the blocks I have contributed so far...







April was my month as Mama, which I alluded to briefly here. The quilt top is complete, I'm hoping to get it quilted soon!



I look forward to seeing what my bee-mates have in store for me later on in the year!

Powerful Pierre

A cushion made for a penguin loving six-year-old:


The pattern for the block is by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts and is available here for free. I used the 12 inch block and added a 1.5 inch (finished) border of the blue background colour followed by a nice bright red to match his bowtie :) 


The pattern was very well written and I had so much fun seeing him come together. He is named after a song I had running through my head as I was stitching away, I think it suits him very well.

The cushion back I did not bother to photograph as it is totally unglamourous... plain mid grey bella cotton with a hidden zip made following Adrianne's excellent tutorial. The binding is Moda dottie in black.

I hope my young friend will love him!

Industrial sewing Saturday


I am usually at work on a Saturday but due to a bit of shift swapping this week I found myself with a few free hours this morning... time to tackle a bit of heavy-duty sewing!

The task: to sew a new mattress cover for Daisy's bed. The previous incarnation was a colourful patchwork affair, but I decided to go for something a bit more utilitarian this time around for my senior doggy (14). I ordered some waterproof 600 denier polyester canvas, appropriate thread and velcro from here. So, with pieces cut and the machine armed with a size 16 jeans needle I set to work... it was a bit awkward wrangling such stiff fabric but I got the job done!





Don't worry, I put her quilt back in the bed after my little photo shoot!

I am on a roll so far this quarter, that's the second finish from my Q2 FAL list :) I wonder if this productivity will continue?!

Scrappy rail fence dog quilt

This turned out to be a quick little project! I saw the idea here, started joining 6.5 inch long scraps of various widths using them as leaders/enders whilst working on other things. Suddenly, almost before I knew it I had 9 blocks assembled and ready to become a little quilt. Curiously, I don't seem to have any fewer scraps though!


I think it turned out pretty well, although I still can't seem to take a decent photo (always taken in a rush)!

It is destined to be a gift for one of Daisy's little pals and I have labelled it accordingly:


Again, a bit out of focus, but you get the idea!

This is my first finish from this quarters  FAL list - hooray!

I am also linking up to Scraptastic  Tuesday

Scraptastic Tuesday

Q2 FAL 2016 - better luck this time!

FAL 2016

So one finish and THREE roll-overs this time, plus a few extra projects for good measure...

  1. Giant dahlia quilt (wall hanging) in shot cottons (from this free tutorial). DSCN0645
  2. Wild goose chase quilt (2 blocks so far!). DSCN0646
  3. Dog Gone Cute quilt (for Siblings Together). I ended up requesting these as bee blocks, so I should have a whole quilts worth by the end of April :)DSC_0005
  4. 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. It is at least started now! DSC_0004
  5. Small scrappy rail fence quilt. This just needs trimming and binding. DSC_0002
  6. New mattress cover of the dogs bed. I have some heavy duty canvas ready to go and plans sketched out, just need a bit of time!

Linking up with the rest of the Finish-alongers here.