Sew seasonal blog hop

Feeling Christmassy yet??  Well you may just well be after I tell you all about the Sew Seasonal Blog hop being hosted by Kristy at Quiet Play and Alyce from Blossom Heart quilts.

Kristy and Alyce have designed 25 Christmas themed blocks (13 Paper pieced and 12 Ornamental blocks) which are perfect for your festive makes.  At the end of the hop there will be a linky party with some fabulous prizes up for grabs (all the details can be seen here & here).

The blog hop kicks off tomorrow and the schedule looks like this:

1st November: Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
2nd November: Marieka from Bespoke Bites & Jane from Where Jane Creates
3rd November: Susan from Patchwork N Play & Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
4th November: Janice from Better Off Thread & Erin from Missy Mac Creations
5th November: Lucy from Charm About You & Rebecca from Making Rebecca Lynn
6th November: Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti & Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
7th November: Jess from the Elven Garden & Cindy from Live a Colorful Life
8th November: Elaine from Dashasel Sews & Kelly from Jeliquilts
9th November: Beth from Plum and June & Fiona from Finding Fifth
10th November: Juliet from Tartan Kiwi & Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
11th November: Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork & Anorina from Samelia's Mum
12th November: Megan from Jaffa Quilts & Jane from QuiltJane 
13th November: Gemma from Pretty Bobbins
Look at all the cool bloggers in that list!
So if you fancy seeing what I have made, meet me back here on the 8th.  I will leave you with a sneaky peak until then......


A pervy finish....

I spent the last two days finishing up my Pervy quilt.  Having fallen hard for Charlotte's original Fifty shades of Perv Fractured quilt and being slightly responsible for naming the QAL, I really didn't want this to become another of my longstanding WIPS.
Weekly progress
 I put the final border on the quilt on Sunday and was so excited I decided to baste it straight away, despite not having a clue how I was going to quilt it!!  I did a little shopping at the Knitting and Stitching show, whilst helping out Annie on her stall and picked up these Aurifil threads.
Aurifil threads
I wanted to do an all over quilt pattern, without distracting from the quilt pattern, so I started with a giant diamond in the silver thread and echoed my way out changing colours as I went.

Ta da - Blue chaos
 I am really happy with my un-planned quilting scheme, it gives so much texture to the quilt.

Closeup of the 'organic' quilting!!
I rather bravely used the Kona black for my backing, thankfully there are few quilting hiccups to be seen which is a miracle!!

For the binding I chose the Black text print from the Mama said sew line. 

I am so happy I joined in with this QAL and chose a non-rainbow colour scheme (Despite there being a bundle of Rainbow all made up for me at the Village Haberdashery!!).  This is going to be hanging above my bed, where it can clash with all the rainbow quilt ;-)

Quilt Stats:
Size: 36" square(ish)
Pattern: Let's Pervalong based on Charlotte's Fractured quilt.
Fabrics: Kona Solids: Aqua, Azure, Glacier, Jade green, Ash, Iron, Steel, Charcoal, Pepper and Black and Sewing guide in Black (Mama said Sew) for the binding.

There are some gorgeous quilt emerging in the Flickr group, I am contemplating a mini in pink and grey.


Space dust - the problem!

After a couple of weeks of not looking at my Space dust quilt, I took it back out and photographed it to see if I could pinpoint what I wasn't liking.

The most obvious problem is the small addition of the Tula print (see mahoosive arrow in pic).  I thought it would blend being grey, but it just doesn't work at all.  That's an easy fix but what about the rest of it??  I was planning to use greys and purples and a little blue for the last two rows, should I finish it or put it back in the cupboard??  

Answers on a postcard please ;-)


Blogger's quilt Festival

Woo hoo it is time for the Autumn Blogger's Quilt festival hosted by Amy over at Amy's Creative side.

Amy's Creative Side

 Last time I entered my Tropical Rainbow baby quilt and got into the finals, so this time I thought I would chance my luck with Bloom.

 I fell in love with the Bloom pattern after Aneela showed us her original quilt at one of our LMQG meets.  After much hint dropping, Aneela sent me a copy of her pattern and I got to work.  I picked rainbow fabrics from my stash of course, being a little rainbow obsessive.

Before making this quilt I had a little hand stitching phobia and would use my charms to get my MIL to do it for me.  That changed with this quilt, although my lovely friend Danielle helped with hand appliqueing the third ring after I pleaded with her ;-).

For the quilting, I stitched in the ditch around all the dresdens and then quilted organic straight lines (I love it that 'meant to be straight but not' can be called 'organic').

This quilt was destined for my living room sofa, but it really needed to be on a bed so that it could be seen in all it's glory.  So that is where it now lives, alternating with my HMM quilt.

Quilt stats:
Approx 73" square
112 dresdens in 34 different fabrics
A million and 1 hand stitches (okay maybe that's a slight exaggeration and I did have help on the third dresden plate)
Background fabric - Kona White
Backing and Binding - Moda extra wide dotty in grey.

Special techniques - Applique
Quilted - by me on my home machine
Best Categories - Bed quilt; Appliqued quilt and ROYGIVB

I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful quilts entered into the festival, there was plenty of eye candy last time.


Mouthy Stitches swap - tote received!

Yesterday I alluded to the fact that I had received my Mouthy Stitches swap and oh boy did I luck out!!!  
Yesterday morning the postman came with a couple of parcels and as I hadn't ordered anything I was surprised when one of them was for me!  Then I turned the package over and saw the sender initials of HJG and nearly wet myself with excitement.  So much so I had half ripped of the really pretty wrapping before I remembered the camera!!

So picture taken I let go my self control and opened this wrapping like a kid on Christmas morning and then actually squealed!

Oh yes, HJG was exactly who I thought is was and I had just hit the jackpot with Hadley's fabulous tote!
Pictures courtesy of Hadley as this grey foggy weather does not make for nice pics!!

This tote is just perfect for me with the rainbow geese, grey fabric and  lush embroidery.  The bonus being the empire state key fob which my keys are now proudly hanging from. I cannot wait to toot this around work in the morning leaving jealous sighs behind me!

Hadley you ROCK!!!!!

 A great  start to the week and today is my 8th wedding anniversary, long may the good times continue.


A bit of a break....

of the kinky kind!

I have just got back from a week away at my in-laws with the kidlet.  I love these little breaks as the Grandparents are always happy to babysit, whilst I turn their living room upside down with all my sewing crap.  

I had a little list of things to finish/put together which all got shelved in favour of my Kinky bee quilt.  My bee month was July and I asked for a 19" circle block using a pile of my rainbow scraps, my fellow kinky's did not let me down!

Kinky Bee - Bumblies Miss July quilt 2012
Closeup of the quilting - I used pebbles, Paisley and swirls.
I bought this Angela Walters quilting course on Craftsy, which encouraged me to try a bit more than wonky wavy lines with the quilting.  I was so glad I did, the quilting took about 15 hours and I went through 20 bobbins but I am thrilled with how it turned out.  Now just have to decide on binding, though I am leaning towards Summersville Weave in charcoal.

I managed a few other sewing bits and bobs as well last week, but will save them for another post.  I also got my Mouthy Stitches tote in the post today and nearly wet myself with excitement, but that is also story for tomorrow ;-)


A day of two halfs!

This morning was not a pleasant one for me.  First I discovered, after I had cut all my fabric out, that I really did not like my fabric choices for the Mod Pop QAL. It's weird, I love the pattern and I love Summersville, just not together.  So back to the drawing board on that one!!!

The second rubbish thing was having to spend 2.5 hours in my local Kwik fit after the car failed its MOT, not amused!

The afternoon on the other hand has been rather nice.  I admired my pervy progress a lot....

I am loving this QAL and thinking I may add onto the borders to make this a lap size quilt.

I got a little package from Pink Castle fabrics........

Mama said sew texty fabrics and Metro living bundle.
and I finally finished Moira's September Kinky Bee blocks.

Bento box blocks - Kinky bee
I love it when a meh day turns itself around :)


Aprons galore!

Back at the start of September I was doing a little 'should be working' tinternet surfing and came across this craft vendor apron tute.  As I have mentioned a few times, I am going along to the Knitting & Stitching show on Saturday to help Annie on her fabric stall (J22 - if you are going!!).

I wanted to look the part, so I emailed Annie to see if she wanted an apron too.  Four metres of Melody Miller later and the ladies of the LMQG are ready to rock Ally Pally in style....

Fabrics: Ruby Star Shining, Melody Miller

I can't help thinking though, that I am going to come home a little lighter in the wallet after being surrounded by the gorgeous fabrics all day ;-)


W.I.P Wednesday

It's been a few weeks since I joined in on WIP Wednesday, so I thought I would make an effort this week.


Mouthy Stitches 2 swap - tote:

 Gigantic pouch with my rejected Mouthy Stitches panel:
My new embroidery pouch - it's big enough for everything!
Can't grow a Mo', sew a Mo' blocks:
Blocks for Danielle, who is making a Charity quilt to raise money for Movember - see here for the full details and be prepared to have a few tears!


Pervalong quilt - first two middle blocks completed.

Mod Pop QAL - still at the cutting out stage, but I am getting there!

Space dust quilt - shelved for the time being as I am feeling a bit blah about the fabrics I am using!

To do list:
  • 3 craft vendor aprons so us LMQG ladies look trendy whilst playing shop on Annie's stall at the Knit a Stitch show at Ally pally.  (Stand  J22 - come and say hello if you are going!).
  • Scarf made from this pattern using Melody Miller Ruby Star spring fabrics (I saw Lucy's and knew I had to make it!!).
  • Turn my Aneela embroidery into a cushion.
  • Polaroid blocks for swap and Kinky Bee.
  • Key fob for Mouthy Stitches swap extra.
 Not a lot to do then!!
Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday, I will be back tonight after work to catch up with what everyone else has been up too.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Perving along!

First two middle blocks done for the Pervalong...

As I have slightly fell out of love with my Space dust quilt, in a 'it's me, not you' kinda way, I am thinking this may end as a lap quilt.  Everyone needs a bit of blue in their life ;-)


Fresh Sewing Day

October is upon us and in typical UK style it is grey and drizzly outside!  With the use of a LOT of artificial light I managed to get a few decent pics of the last of my September makes all ready for Fresh Sewing day.

It's been a fairly quiet month for me, with an awful lot of Handstitchery.
Kokeshi dolls cushion, Aneela Embroidery, pouches and my practice tote for Mouthy Stitches swap.
The my first attempt at my Mouthy Stitches tote panel which didn't quite work as I wanted it too, but not wanting to be wasteful I turned into a gigantic pouch.
It's just as well it didn't work for the tote as I cut all the fabric 1/2" too small!

Last but not least, I pulled my head out of my ask and got back on with my second attempt with the Mouthy Stitches tote.  I think this one is a winner....

Mouthy Stitches swap 2 reversible tote.
and deserves a post of it's own next week ;-).

October is going to be full of Quilt along's and small makes for me!

Linking up with Lynne at Lily's quilts for Fresh sewing day.

Lily's Quilts