Saturday, 24 January 2015

2014 - where did you go?

I've been looking back through my photos and noticed just how long it is since I blogged. Going back to work part time in May meant that life just got a lot busier.  But ironically I actually sewed more in the second half of the year once I was back at work.  I decided that I wanted to spend more time making stuff than thinking about things I would like to make.  So something had to give and a combination of less time, a broken photo connector and an iPhone in the washing machine meant blogging was it.  At the end of the year I read this post by Kerry and her comments on blogging got me thinking about the reasons I started this blog and to begin with it was simply to record the things I made.  So I've got some projects I finished in the past 6 months that I want to catch up on blogging so I have a record of them all.  

But in the meantime and in order to not let the second half of 2014 completely slip by here is short summary of 2014 courtesy of Instagram.

I've also really missed the blogging process, the reading and commenting on other's blogs, the lovely people I met,  the feeling part of an online community so I'm going to blog a little more often and find my place here again.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Charlie's Quilt

My very good friend Charlie was 30 some time ago and I promised to make her a quilt.  Luckily for me she is a very good friend (she bought me a knicker making workshop for my 30th!) and was very patient waiting while I "adjusted" to motherhood.  And by that I mean adjusted to the serious curtailment of my sewing time!

The pattern is Jeni's lovely giant star and I followed Katy's lovely tutorial for quilting it.
Fabric is a very old Tula Pink line - Hushabye and the back is a Riley Blake extra wide chevron (it was so lovely not piecing a back)

I see more of these in my future. 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Paper Crafting

I have a lot of fabric scraps so last month I tried something new with them. 

Unsuprisingly everyone in my antenatal group has a baby celebrating their first birthday at the same time.  I was uninspired (& unimpressed by the cost) of what was on offer in the shops so made a batch of these too. Definitely time for a new needle when I finished.

I also did a little paper crafting for my own boy's birthday invitations and decorations!

Now all the birthday celebrations are over - it's time to get back to sewing.  I have at least another quilt to make before I go back to work in 7 weeks eek!!!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Adventures with Wool - No. 3

I'm browsing knitting patterns at the moment as I miss having something to do in front of the television in the evenings and I realised I had some more finishes from last year that I hadn't blogged this time of the woollen variety!

I made lots of these hats when I was pregnant so made another one in a bigger size for James in the autumn.

I also finally finished the crocheted ripple blanket.  The pattern is on Attic 24's blog.  I loved making this curled up on the sofa in the evenings in front of mindless television.  I'm really missing it and am tempted to make another one but this time big enough for me!

I'm making the most of making James model my woollen goodies before he is old enough to object!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Thomas' Quilt

My very good friend from work, Lauren, had a lovely little boy 3 weeks ago and today I got to meet him and hand over his quilt in person.

When I offered to make Lauren a quilt for the impending arrival I asked if she had nursery colours in mind.  She sent me this photo which I hope I matched well. Terrible weather this morning meant not very good photos!

In the middle of January I started with this selection of fabrics and finished hand stitching the binding down last night.

Fabric: Safari Soiree by Dan Stiles for Birch Fabrics, Kona Snow and Aqua Sketch
Pattern: Little Man from Camille's Simplify book

Linking up with:

Lily's Quilts

Friday, 17 January 2014

A stocking & a quilt

I mentioned in my last post that I hadn't done a lot of sewing towards the end of last year.  But I was absolutely determined to make a stocking for James' first Christmas.

I used Camille's Merry pattern and finished it the night before we left to go to Ireland for Christmas.

It seems to have been a success!

I also used the leftover fabric from Ben's Quilt to make a similar pram sized one for James' Christmas present.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 


which this week is at That's Sew Julie

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Something new


It's been a while!  I haven't sewn and therefore blogged in a long time.  2013 was quite a year for me. But there will be no apologies and no recaps of what was or wasn't done.  It's January - a time for new starts and looking forward.  So with that in mind I've started a new quilt for my best friend in work who just had a little baby boy last week.

Fabric is Safari Soiree by Dan Stiles for Birch Fabrics with some Aqua Sketch and Kona Snow.  I'm using the Little Man pattern from Camille's first book Simplify.

Right now this is what I am working on mostly in nap times and a little in the evenings.  I am trying to just focus on one machine sewing project at a time so for the next few weeks this is it!

Linking up with: 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced