Quilt block boot camp

At the start of the year I joined the Facebook group quilt block boot camp. Little did I know how much I would enjoy the challenge, patchwork is fast becoming my favourite thing to do.

Patchwork heart

Patchwork heart

I am always a little behind as I write this I have just finished last week’s and this weeks so I am all up to date until tomorrow when another one comes out.

Patchwork block

Cat patchwork block

My personal favourite so far
My personal favourite so far

I have been so behind on everything because both of my boys were quite unwell so much so I was falling apart a bit and started to feel sorry for myself and wondering how much more I could take but then I just gave myself a mental kick up the bottom because of course things could be a lot worse. I have a lovely husband who helps out around the house, two beautiful boys (if I do say so myself) and we are all usually pretty healthy. I am glad to say both boys are on the mend and my kick up the backside made me realise I have a lot to be appreciative of even when things are a bit chaotic!

Pinwheel

Patchwork block

Have a think about it, what are you grateful for?

Sew Along

I had decided to follow a sew along this year, a patchwork one that would help me improve on my skills and learn new things and after a great amount of searching the net I settled on Pat Sloan’s sew along.

It is a mystery BOM (block of the month) and I have completed January!

Just look at this beauty, she may not be perfect but I was so pleased with it.

Pat Sloan block of the month

I learnt HST (Half square triangles) Which I had never attempted before and heard of a scant 1/4 inch seam for the very first time. I completed my block before hearing about this little tip unfortunately but hey I like the little block warts and all.

Not quite as pointy as I would like
Not quite as pointy as I would like

If you wanted to take part in a sew along I would say this is a good one to try, the instructions are very detailed and easy to follow I can only imagine how much work Pat put in to it.

The cherry on the icing (yes there is more!) comes in the form of her sew along facebook group, it is huge yet everyone is just so lovely which can be unfortunately so rare. Not only do you get lots of inspiration from every ones quilts you also get a sneak peek at sewing rooms, advice and very beautiful scenic views- boy there is a huge amount of snow in some places at the minute!

If you liked the sound of the sew along you can get more information Here.

My year in review

I am going for the alternative review today so here goes:

Most special moment:-  Well this one is easy my son was born in August and my oldest son is over the moon with his new little brother, what more cold I ask for.

In the hospital
In the hospital

Projects still in progress:- Well I couldn’t really do a list of my work completed as because quite frankly it would be very small.

  • THAT Scarf, that is what I call it now seriously will  it ever be finished?a little longer
  • A christmas cushion
  • a tote bag
  • my son’s patchwork quilt
patchwork
patchwork

Disclaimer: this is probably not a complete list, there may be more hidden round the house that I may have stored for a later date.

Did I blog at least twice a week? (as per last years resolutions) Hahaha That is all I have to say on that one!

Seriously though this has been my year of learning…

What did I learn from this year:

  • How to cut straight with a rotary cutter, seriously this was not easy for me! (p.s I could not remember the name of that knife thingy, I had to look it up on the net until I came across what I was looking for: rotary cutter. Oh 8 hour sleeps how I miss you)
  • Not to be so critical of myself when it comes to sewing, my sons quilt rarely matches up but you know what he will love it so why was I worrying? (well he will love it once it is finished that is!)

What did I achieve?

  • I guess giving the tote bags away to family was a big thing. Hardly anyone in my family (or friends) knew that I was blogging or sewing!

I hope to have an actual finished project list for 2015. Fingers crossed….

An almost finished quilt

mid progress 3

This quilt has been a long time coming and it is nearly finished!

photo 5

I have found this quilt very hard to sew, when I started I had many clothes from my son to pick from but I didn’t consider the stretch being so different. Some squares ended up being much bigger then others……

patchwork
patchwork

I would normally be frustrated with imperfections but I had to let this go a bit while sewing it up. Now the top is completed I just need to add a backing.

So watch this space I may just have completed quilt some day soon.

more bags all sewn up

I have finally finished work, well my last day was Friday and I feel like I have not stopped so lets get on with the catch up…

I made these bags about two weeks….

tote bag photo 8 photo 9

 

 

flower lining
flower lining

I also made a cosmetic bag but the zip keeps getting stuck where I got a bit too close to the zip when sewing but I still like it quirks and all

pretty fabric
pretty fabric

make up bag lining

I really do need to say sorry again regarding the lighting in these photo’s but hey I now have another 5 weeks to brush up on my skills if the baby does not arrive before his due date that is.

Here is a sneak peek at what else I have been working on

sneak peek my oh so cute moment of the week was when my son declared he is going to marry me! I asked where he had heard the word “marry” and he said from a girl at nursery so I asked who she wanted to marry and he said “not me because I am marrying you” doesn’t your heart just melt or maybe that is my hormones on overdrive did I mention I cried at a disney film last week?!

 

 

 

To applique or maybe not

I was having a rough go at appliqué yesterday as I want to include some on my sons quilt.

I do not have the right foot for my sewing machine so I soon realised smaller shapes may be harder if not impossible without the right sort of foot.

First attempt
First attempt
attempt number two
attempt number two

See the wing- I can not move the fabric quickly enough to make a smooth turn.

Oh well I guess I need to do a spot of shopping, a hardship I know 😉

I might attempt to complete the patch for Noah’s quilt as it is quite a large area and no sharp turns. Fingers crossed I will not have to do any unpicking.

 

Still quilting

I have been working on the quilt for my son this last week but because I had no clear pattern it has changed almost daily. I think I have finally decided on the layout now.

I had decided to have every square like this

Dinosaur patch
Dinosaur patch

But I soon realised it would be too complicated and was in the realms of never being finished so I decided to simplify it and have every other patch as a plain coloured square until I found the bus

one large square
one large square

I just couldn’t cut it up, I had already cut up a cute red car and regretted it so I decided to leave it whole and try my hand at appliqué. I have attempted appliqué once before but it did not go very well, they say practice makes perfect right? I will need a great deal of practice.

So with this patch in mind I laid out some of the quilt out to see if I liked the look of it

a rough idea of the layout
a rough idea of the layout
layout
layout

It is not a quiet quilt, it has lots of character and is bright and cheerful just like my son.

I am hoping to finish it soon. However in the last week we have all had colds again in our house and now my little guy is on holiday from nursery for two weeks so we are all hands on deck.

On a very smiley note we had his end of year report from nursery and we were amazed to find he knows his primary colours, he has kept this well hidden from us as when we talk to him about colours everything is green! oh the cheeky little monkey 🙂

Little boys quilt, two patches complete!

Well I don’t know what has come over me but I seem to be doing more crafting this past week then I have all month

I sat down yesterday evening and got to it

armed with a cup of tea I managed to do some sewing
armed with a cup of tea I managed to do some sewing

I came up with two squares (although I must admit I use the word square quite loosely)

Dinosaur patch
Dinosaur patch

I have to say it took a while to get to this stage as the vest material is much more stretchy then the t-shirt or sleep suit material and my machine just did not like it (I blame my machine and I am sticking to it!)

The other patch I completed was quite plain

I will be seeing squares and rectangles in my sleep
I will be seeing squares and rectangles in my sleep

So now I am left with a decision for tonight do I a) cut up more squares or b) make another patch?

By the way I have no plan at all with this I am making it up as I go along.

my little boys quilt (progress report)

Well I may be further along with this quilt then the one I started months ago! maybe because this one is so sentimental.

my little guys pyjamas all cut up
my little guys pyjamas all cut up

Another thing that has really baffled me is why I make such small squares, I had not even noticed until my husband asked me why I do everything so small? Well I have no idea!

Baby clothes all cut up and ready for use.
Baby clothes all cut up and ready for use.

This past weekend has been super busy, my Mum had a wonderful birthday party but unfortunately my little guy was unwell and couldn’t go. He was so excited he even stated the next morning that “I go party” we felt bad for him but he seems not to have noticed that the party has been and gone and he did not attend. So on Sunday we had a chilled day and he spent quite a bit of time in the garden with his Dad.

Flowers from the garden
Flowers from the garden

I was lucky enough to have some flowers picked for me.

I am going to try and put together some mini pieces of fabric tonight for his quilt, this may be when I regret having such small squares! wish me luck 🙂

Queen of the unfinished or captain of the new

I was sorting through my son’s clothing and found a few t-shirts that are too small for him and my instant thought was I should make a quilt with them, as you do!

Start ANOTHER quilt that is, surely you can never have too many things on the go.

I have saved tons of his clothes just in case… and well two t-shirts was not going to be enough so I had a dig through one of the containers that hold his smaller clothes and found a few I could just about bear to cut up.

The makings of a quilt
The makings of a quilt
A family :-)
A family 🙂

I do not remember him being so small, time sure does fly by.

I also managed to cut myself (again)

Cut myself again!
Cut myself again!

It was not a bad cut but it did need a plaster and the only one I could find was one with a moustache on it, who thought that product up?! Will i ever get used to my rotary cutter? so many questions so little time.

I am now off to catch some sleep before my mum’s big 6 0 tomorrow and her Birthday bash.