Last week I was on the computer and some how my fingers took over the keyboard and before I knew it...Lotta Jansdotter Echo Bundle was bought from Fabric Worm.
It wasn't the complete line, but enough for me. Ah well it's almost Christmas isn't it?
Now what to make...A Quilt of course and I have seen some fantastic designs out there already.
With only myself at home last night, I was able to get a good bit of time to sit at the sewing machine.
I purposely turned off the computer so there was no reading of blogs to distract me and fabric was cut and blocks sewed before midnight and then up early this morning to sew them all together.
I had cut the fabric into 7" squares and then into triangles.
Co ordinating fabric were all Kona fabrics. Coffee, Sage, Ash, and White. All in my stash.
(I knew they would come in handy!)
Although it is very bright outside now, I knew it wouldn't be when I finish the next 6 rows this afternoon so I took the opportunity to take a photo of what I have done so far.
And the best bit is there is still a bit of fabric left over...which is great as I have an idea for another quilt.
I don't think there will be much more buying until after the Christmas posting rush is over.
I wouldn't want any precious parcels going missing.
Look, My first win from blogland. And aren't they so cute!
Lauren at Wilde Snapdragon Designs and I linked up together from Small Blog Meet at Lily's Quilts a few months ago. I suppose I always find that I come back to these early followers of my blog because they helped me start and give me a bit of confidence that I could do the whole blogging thing too.
Now when I found out I won, I thought I was getting my favourite strippy heart...but oh no....look what else I got...A little felt pouch for my phone. A lovely broach, lots of little peg hearts. And when ever I go over to the bowl that they are sitting in the wonderful smell of lavender is so calming.
I really admire bloggers out there that sell their work too. I think I'm a bit nervous that someone may not like their product when they see it in the flesh. But have no fear..I LOVE THESE. Now Lauren has re filled her Etsy store and has a few markets to go to in the comming weeks.
Thanks very much Lauren .
Can you believe this...I'm posting my FMQ to link up with Cindy...I'm feeling a wee excited that I am so organised this week. Usually the FMQ task is lagging behind and squeezed into Saturday or Sunday.
I have been trying my hardest to finish off some projects before I start anything new. And then there is always a set back of running out of fabric or you realise that you have no thread that matches.
So this is what I have been doing the past few weeks.
Do you remember these?
My place mats are being quilted.....oh and there are some little coasters to go with each set.
I may have to put this aside for another week while I decide what to do for the binding.
Any suggestions? I thought the prints might be too much to use as binding?
And I just have to finish off the hem on my Amy Butler Barcelona skirt....
There are a few more projects that need to be finished....doesn't seem to stop me from buying more fabric though....
Can you have too much fabric? Because I think I'm beginning to run out of storage space soon.
Is it Friday you ask...No unfortunately not, but with my Christmas shopping finished off yesterday, (so I'm organised for some things.) my only day for sewing was today.
H20 is the challenge this week...thanks Cindy...it was a challenge. Circles are far from perfect.
I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I find that each week I do these samples, I finish with a very tense back. The concentration is immense and I end up scrunching up my shoulders and bending over to be closer to the needle..... A good posture for sewing goes completely out the window.
No I don't think these are H2O, but some aliens maybe from out of space...maybe I should have used green thread.
Now believe it or not I did the FMQ Star challenge too and all the advice to give you is to pivot your needle at each point of the star to get a straight line....Oh and if you feel like you are going to sneeze...STOP......
You may not believe this but fabric stores in Ireland are few and far between.
It can get frustrating at times so when you can get your hands on quilting supplies, you can go a little bit crazy.
The Knitting and Stitching show was on this weekend in Dublin, (along with some bulls) so I headed over to get a few bits and bobs. New larger mat, cutting rulers, freezer paper, bobbins (good idea Eva).
I didn't spend much time there, as it was packed. The stalls were really more for traditional quilters so no fabric was bought. And to be honest I don't even like shopping on a Saturday with crowds, so this was defiantly not my scene. I like to just swan around like you can in a book store...take my time. But it really was like 2000 bulls in a china shop so after an hour I legged it.
When I got home the postman had kindly left something behind the flower pot at the front door.
Now that's shopping for you!...Jealous?
I was really disappointed when Fabric Worm ran out of Daisy Chain (Prints Charming) and I wasn't leaving it to chance to wait to see if it was coming back in so I headed to Charm Stitch at Etsy. And there it was.
Expensive but well worth it. ( Months fabric budget blown in one go)
I know, I know, Sherbet Pips is not the latest design from Aneela Hoey, but I do love the designs on the fabrics...Although I can't decide which particular fabric I love the most.
I had bought two jelly rolls of this range...Yes I did indulge, but I am happy that I did. I suppose my two quilts I have made from these designs have two different layouts...nothing too tedious or over adventurous, but I was glad to try them out.
I cut up my second jelly roll up in strips of 6 1/2" and made blocks out of three different strips.
56 blocks made in total, sewed up and a few strips left over for two rows of the puppy's on the top and bottom of the quilt.
Binding was made from the strips of dots in the range and the backing was the pink puppy fabric.
Cotton wadding was used and I machine quilted the quilt with straight lines...No FMQ here, well not yet.
I do wish now that I did buy more of this range... but well I still have this in my cupboard and haven't a clue what I am going to do with it.
Now this was not on my list of Winter Stitching Projects that I have joined up with from FairyFace Design, but its another quilt on my finished list.
I haven't been around much of late and have no sewing really to show you. But that doesn't mean the mind hasn't been ticking over thinking of new projects to do.
My FMQ was missed last week as Hubby and I had a weekend away in Galway for our Wedding Anniversary and to see the many delights of Halloween. Galway put on the rain and wind for us so we were really indoors for the weekend...but maybe that is why there are so many good pubs in the city.
So between rain falling and the sun trying to peer through the clouds, I got some shopping in, and dropped into Pippa Blue and met up with Eva for a quick chat and one or two purchases. Eva is my first Flickr contact that I have meet from the cyber world, and it was really nice to meet a fellow sewer.
And Cindy I did see that cake shop.....but I kept walking...I was not aloud to be tempted.
I have finished my two weeks FMQ for Cindy's link.
Next time I will sew a cross first. It was easier to see where the middle was but that didn't stop the wonky straight sewing....Maybe I should use a smaller piece of fabric.
Stomach Lining was a lot more fun,
Although half way through my hubby came over to ask if there were enough peas in the dinner for me. So I had to try and look up and keep sewing at the same time, while turning the piece around.