Thursday, April 17, 2014

New York Beauty - Brit Sewing Thursday linky

Just Sew Sue

Another week has flown by. The good news is my cough seems to be going after a month of discomfort, drugs, nebulizer and Vitamin C. Also my long arm should have come in on last night's boat. I am now stalking the UPS tracking so that I can swoop down and pick it up once it has been logged as arrived. Customs did a quick job of clearing it yesterday so there should be no delays today. Still waiting for my aviatrix fabric to be delivered.

Jane sent me a link to Flickr on Sunday, asking where she might get the pattern for it. Fortunately I identified the block as New York beauty with flying geese and in two clicks of my mouse I'd found it on Craftsy. So what is a girl to do. :)

This morning I inset the centre circle, which won't dominate quite as much once I've appliqued the centre smaller circle. I changed the pattern, and have joined the pieces into a circle so as to eliminate the seams in the centre circles and the background.

So just the circle to be inset into the background and the centre circle to be appliqued

Sometimes when you live in a place like Jersey, you forget how lucky you are. yesterday morning I went geocaching in the Portelet area and I sat down to write a log, looking at this view. Just one dog and owner on the beach. It is a four hundred feet hike back up and my breathing was wheezy to say the least.
What have you been doing? Do link up to the Brit Sewing Thursday linky.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


You know I just can't resist a good quilt along and another took my fancy at the weekend. - Aviatrix by Elizabeth Hartman. Elizabeth's solids version is pictured above. The schedule starts today with selecting fabrics. I bought the pattern on Saturday and impatiently waited to hear what the background fabric was, whilst digging out my Kona shade card to match up some prints and plain fabrics from my stash.

I even had an attempt at being organised. I printed out the pattern twice. The first time the printer didn't have enough coloured ink so I attached the black and white copy of the fabric chart to the second copy of the pattern and stuck in a 1" square of each fabric that I chose. You can see that I was pretty successful and have all of the fabrics chosen from my stash cut up. I have then ordered the remainder from The Village Haberdashery and I hope they'll be here by Wednesday. Each colour family will have three printed fabrics and two plains. This was more by chance than design.

With Matthew's help I put together my Ikea trolley which Jenny was kind enough to buy for me in France. I have bagged up each border of Aviatrix in its own labelled bag ready to sew each week. The scraps are also in a separate bag just in case I need them.

And because I find just cutting for hours on end, very boring, I've put together a few blocks. These are for borders 2 and 5. I will finish these once the other fabrics arrive and I will finish the preparation before starting the centre block. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stash Bee quilt

The blocks received from the Stash Bee ladies have now been put into a quilt top with five additional blocks that I made last week. I have tried to go from yellow in the top left to red bottom right. I have enough of the Ikea pink and red spot to use for backing, so I just need to wait for my long arm to be shipped back to me.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Craftsy's Surprise Spring Flash Sale!

Surprise! Craftsy has just announced a Spring Flash Sale for this weekend only! Discover huge savings on select online Craftsy classes, but for a very limited time. Visit Craftsy to reveal what classes are on sale, but hurry, this offer expires at 11:59 MT on Sunday, April 13, 2014!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spell it with Moda

I've had the directions for the monogram B from the Spell it with Moda blog hop printed since the blog hop. This block was designed not surprisingly by Bunny Hill designs. As I've made good progress with several UFO projects, I decided to treat myself to a quick new project. Having tidied my desk, I even knew where the pattern was and I pulled out some of the leftover fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM for 2012 which used Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern range.

The mini was soon put together so today's job was to put on the binding. I cut the binding last night and stitched it to the front ready for some hand sewing. I chose this lovely Tim Holtz grunge butterfly fabric for the backing as it's too pretty to cut up. I also glued down the binding before hand sewing and used the wonder clips to keep the binding in place until the glue dried.

Binding done, I located my rhinestones and tried to choose the bunny's eye colour, pink and red didn't look right so I went for black. I used Aurifil Mako for the piecing, quilting and hand sewing of the binding as I didn't want the quilting to overwhelm the piecing. This is the first time I've used Aurifil threads and so far I'm impressed. The quilting is simple quarter inch spaced lines in the background and also I stitched in the ditch around the letter B and the bunny.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Brit Sewing Thursday Linky - Patchwork Please

Just Sew Sue
Where has the week gone, I'm still coughing away, with no sign of improvement, but at least my long arm is back with the supplier and should be looked at today.  Another UFO has been dug out of the cupboard and its storage bag thrown away and the leftover fabrics sorted into my scrap bags. It's finished and ready for use.
Here's my finished embroidery pouch from Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahasi. I started this during the sew along and had the front quilted and the pocket flap sewn for months. The vinyl I had was a little thick so I purchased a lighter vinyl last week which enabled me to move forward with this project.
All of my supplies were stored in a brown paper bag ready to go apart from the instructions on how to add an extra vinyl fronted pocket. I thought it was on Very Kerry Berry's blog, no, on the Flickr group, no. Then I gave up and made it up for myself. and I'm pleased with how it went. Vinyl is new to me, so that was challenging. One technique I used successfully was to glue the vinyl to the fabric in the seam allowance.
So as to avoid having to stitch tape around the whole of the pocket, I set it into the bottom seam. I also used a folded piece of ribbon to bind the pocket. This was selected from Janine's Mum's boxes of haberdashery that I was given. So as to secure the vinyl down well I did four rows of stitching and deliberately didn't do straight lines. The pocket flap is made from some fabric from our screen printing workshop with Lu Summers. A reminder of a very pleasant day.

I added a layer of heavy iron on interfacing to the back cover before adding the binding to give the whole piece a bit more body. Also the binding was first glue basted and then stitched from the front and then two rows of zig zag stitching was added to the centre of the binding to firm up the binding. The whole was then finished with a vintage button and a hair elastic pinched from Lizzie. I might add some press studs to the pocket lid, but that might tempt fate now that it's all finished. I think it's probably best to call it finished and enjoy using it.
And of course, after finishing the pouch, I did some blog hopping and found the vinyl pocket adaptation over at Hadley's blog.
What have you been up to this week? Please do link up below:

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April FQR Bumbling Honeys block

The fabric for Jo's two blocks arrived on Monday morning, and having completed the week's ironing, I decided to make a start. Jo's block is simple but striking and she sent us some lovely fabrics.

I made the mistake of evenly distributing the low volume fabrics between the two blocks, to find after I'd made the centre cross that the border fabric for one block was also in the low volume fabrics.
The blocks were soon pressed and trimmed and are on their way back to Jo. In other news I also received my last bee block back from Liz. even though, it's not on my schedule to do this month, I may lay it out on my design wall and start putting the top together. My long arm has also been delivered back to Birmingham.
I am being very careful about what I work on during the day as Matthew is back for Easter and has lots of studying to do for his A2s. So Monday morning we each wrote down what we wanted to achieve that day. Needless to say these blocks were not on that list!!