Q2 of Finish Along 2014…

… Or my attempt at trying to motivate myself to finish things completely!




I’m ashamed to admit that I actually start this a little over a year ago… I really am struggling with the fabric (a Cabbages and Roses Jelly Roll given when subscribed to Popular Patchwork). Wanting to get  this finished soon to give as a present!


Some of my vintage stash.. and look there’s actually quarter square triangles there already! Aiming to make with this lot a patchwork cushion, baby quilt and some odds and ends.


Something bit more for me… am really getting into crochet (when I’m not sewing) so I need a case to hold all me crochet hooks don’t I?!


Some other EPP bits that lying around… these are table centrepieces in theory. The bright bake sale one is for me :)

P1100639Now this is a prototype of something that I really need to get finished!

EPP HexiesSomething else for me that I’ve sorely neglected due to not having enough fabric. An epp tablecloth I found something similar so hopefully now back on track!

Are you joining in?


The English Country Garden BOM

So you might have seen a new BOM pop up over on Pennydog’s blog? No? Right down to basics… designed with scrappy and applique in mind. Open to all and oh yeah it’s on the theme of an English Country Garden. Each month a new pattern is released.

This month it’s all about the Daisy. Now I struggle with scrappy A LOT I need some form of continuity and symmetry in my life- it’s the mathematician in me but I seriously need to enhance my applique skills and try out stitches on my machine other than straight and zig zag…

Between work and welcoming my new niece in to the world this week I created this…



I might not have stuck rigidly to the pattern but this is me we are talking about?! I found some lace and went oooh pretty for a stem so added that. It’s also my first time with a blind hem stitch and it’s improving…

Think I’ll turn this into a cushion for the shop- what do you think? I haven’t got my quilt design set yet but I need to keep practicing.

Want to try this out then go over here to have a peek but hurry the Daisy pattern is only free until 5th May.


Finish Along Q1 Almost an fail…

So back earlier in the year I had a tiny list of seven things to finish this quarter… and how many out of that did I actually do?

Just one…… oops! To be fair I have finished things just not on this list and not things in my to do pile either… New projects consumed me and now I have a mini wall!

This is it.. and apologies in advance for the photo. It’s from my lovely recipient as duh forgot to snap it before I sent it off.


Hope everyone did a much better job than me! And the next quarter I will be better I promise.



Sunday Stash…. 30th March 2014

Aka… you can tell it’s payday!

I’ve added some lovely additions to my stash this week and I know it doesn’t look it but I have been sewing away….. More on that another day!

First up these gorgeous lecien prints from Eternal Maker. My favourite is the teal animals (third from left)- now if anyone has that version in brown and willing swap/sell I would love you forever :)


Next up my March bundle from Alyce’s Japanese stash club. Love all of these still and yellow is not something that creeps into my stash often. Plus those bunnies are super cute!


Now I couldn’t resist a bit of Country Girls and some of my go to Kona Snow and White from Jesse’s Sew and Quilt shop now could I?! I’ve even managed to nab some of her vintage panels but awaiting for that to arrive :)


Finally.. technically a swap but the lovely Kerry of PennyDog sent some scraps and 2.5″ squares… I already have an inkling of a plan. Which I best get a move on as my new niece is imminent.


Linking up with Molli Sparkles.




Sunday Stash

So… I’ve been s little quiet recently.  Secret sewing and almost two weeks worth of bad migraines and nausea. Thankfully that seems to be going.

These pretties fell into my stash the past couple of weeks aren’t they gorgeous?  The foxes I already have plans for…. baby booties!


Linking up to Sunday Stash.



Monday Morning Star Count

I might slightly be addicted to EPP and have so many projects on the go I thought I would start getting involved with the MMSC tally each week in an attempt to concentrate some of my efforts on a project I really love. My 30s repros diamond star lap quilt.

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At the moment it stands at six completed with fillers and 5 stars. Eek a long way to go yet…

Have some exciting new things to share with you soon! Happy Stitching.


It’s that time again…

… A Lovely Year of Finishes. Really.. how can it be February already??!

A Lovely Year of Finishes

I’m loving minis at the moment but I also have a few things I need to finish.


This being one of them. *Aim* a cute concealed zipper tote bag which is going to be a secret gift for a friend.

I also have a couple more bags to finish so if I get this one done.. it might spur me on to the others!

What is everyone else working on?



Sunday Stash: It’s all about the Vintage….

Lately my fabric drooling habits has slowly been shifting as I find a bit more “me” in my choices and what I choose to create. When I starting collecting fabric I did not have a clue so ended up in the beginning with a lot of cutesy one off novelty prints and polycottons. A lot of which I’ve slowly been shifting but if anyone wants any of those…. ;)

Using and collecting 30s repros fabrics I inevitably made the jump into vintage and aren’t these gorgeous new additions to my stash?


I seriously love the blue and red sheets, it might be one of those I keep to stroke forever…. or I might wait until the perfect quilt to back it with :)

P1100495More of my fave bits here! And if you fancy scoring some of these take a look at Sew And Quilt and Mary Emmens’ shop for more vintagey goodness.

P1100497I also have these…. clothes. One of which mine the others acquired at a car boot. All freshly washed ready to be turned into something… I’m sure it will come to me eventually!

Linking up with Molli Sparkles: Sunday Stash.

Molli Sparkles
Happy stitching. Hannah.x

I actually finished something…..

And just in time too! My ALYOF goal was to get this pieced mini quilt turned into something and success. I finished the binding last weekend!

30s repro HST dollhouse quilt mini dollhouse quilt 30s repros HST

Little cramped for space today so these photos are the best I can do! And if you recognise the pattern or the fabrics…. pop on over to MessyJesse’s shop Sew and Quilt. That is where my inspiration (and a lot of the fabrics came from! Thanks Jesse :) )

Quilt Stats:

Size: 16 x 13.5″

Fabric: Kona (not sure of exact shade but blue) mixture of Moda 30s playtime, Grace in a Pickle and Darlene Zimmerman

Quilting: Straight line with walking foot (I know I’m so boring!)

All in all pretty pleased I managed to finish this even if I’m not happy with my points or messed up the trimming and quilting… hey ho let’s not dwell on that!

So.. any other finishes? I did finish another mini quilt more on that soon!


Finish Along 2014- Quarter One

Finish Along 2014

Busy week! But sneaking in quickly to show you my goals for the FAL 2014 Q1. Yup I do have more things that need finishing that I haven’t already mentioned or committed elsewhere.. oh dear.


First up these random piles of squares and HSTs. I do have a plan! Pink/Red/Purple heart with a LV background scrappy style. Done a mini quilt in this so intending to do a cushion, another mini quilt and a hoop project.


Really need to get this finished and gifted. EPP diamonds ready to be appliqued and turned into a bag!


One of my random block urges last year- this will turn into a concealed zip tote perfect for me cart my sewing stuff to and fro from work ;)


EPP Spring Carnival- some of my Bee Europa kindly helped out with the block and thanks to Kerry of Pennydog for helping to fill out my Heaven and Helsinki stash. This will be a wallhanging for me… eventually.


The pink fabric and Colette Ginger Skirt pattern… well I’ve had a while even the invisible zip. Going to make a skirt and a top for me with these.


Another thing for me.. my octagon flower humongous block with some FW blocks that my fellow Bee Europa kindly with.

P1100445Last but not least.. one of my obsessions! Had intended to get this done over Christmas break.. but time disappeared.

Seriously… think I love starting things to much so hopefully all of this will give me extra motivation to finish!

What are you working on?



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