I have no idea what I have done with this week apart from work and sleep. It’s not been a great one for me sewing wise with being constantly wiped out!
But.. look what has arrived this week!!
Over the summer I pattern tested for Elizabeth from Oh Fransson those cute hedgies and this week the most amazing thank you gift arrived! Printed patterns and a Kona Charm Pack. My hedgies are almost quilted… I’m still at the stage of deciding to live with what I’ve done or rip it all out and start again (the quilting that is!)
I also couldn’t resist these two bundles of vintagey goodness from Mary. Don’t they play well together? Hopefully… some point soon this will actually be a quilt for moi.
Sneaky peek of what I am currently working on and hoping to link up with Le Challenge in time for this month…. Guess I better get back to it! And finally watching some more eps of the last season of Fringe whilst I’m at it.
How is everyone’s sunday stitching plans going? Linking up with Molli Sparkles…
Posted by Hannah Annear on September 14, 2014
Eek wednesday already?? I’m losing track but here’s a peek of what I’m currently working on…….
The Harper Quilt… for my almost six month old niece and the way it is going seriously tempted to keep it for myself! The hourglasses not sure now whether will suit it… plan was for it to be in the center of the filler blocks.
Irish Chain for Farryn… the aqua background I’m still trying to love… think I’m mostly a white/snow kinda girl!
Ollie’s Playmat- my nephew is just over a week and half old already! And ever so cute :) Sea themed playmat for him with his name pieced on the back.
What is everyone working on? Linking up with…..
Posted by Hannah Annear on September 3, 2014
So whilst I was at Festival of Quilts I took the Intro to Hand Embroidery workshop. It has been a craft that has been on my list for ages but as most things it’s where to start. The lovely Sarah Humphreys of Edward and the White Bear led it and I was soon hooked…
The brief was to do an sampler for a needlebook case- as the class was only an hour long we took it home to finish and finally last night I got to the stage where I was happy with it.
I always seem to like trying to complicate things…. I wanted to do a scene with a river, fields and the sky. My attempt at ploughed fields let’s not even go there so I stuck with the vines and yes I did intentionally do a wormhole in the sky instead of the sun…
Et.. voila the finished needlebook. Matthew commented on the poor fish but overall I like it and I’m sure once I’ve practiced a few more I look back and see how far I’ve become..
Straightaway I traced my next project onto linen and started stitching, altho now I kinda wished I used Kona Snow instead of linen but next time… I need to find some variegated brown thread as the kitties seem to be crying out for that! But now I need to choose between variegated black or some vintage style cosmos. Decisions.. decisions…
Is anyone else thinking of going to the West Country Quilt Show in Bristol in November? Sarah is teaching the hand embroidery class there… and also a free motion quilting one which I can’t wait to try as my skills are non existent. And I’m waiting to see what class Alicia Merrett is doing as I loved her satellite map quilts from the Festival.
Hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday. Very wet and dark here today I best stay in and try to catch up on one of my million projects :)
Posted by Hannah Annear on August 25, 2014
Well I’ve been back four days now it’s time I wrote something about my time in the Midlands and at Festival of Quilts! Firstly this is me and my entry…..
Overall I like it… it’s just the finishing touches that let it down and in the interests of transparency and future record…. my judge’s comments were much better than expected! True some of that could have been avoided if I didn’t left it to the last minute to decide…
I did manage to come away with some goodies from the trade stalls and then at the Fabric Guild in Leicester…
Now on to the quilts and in no particular order these are some of my favourites! Unfortunately I forgot to photo pretty much most of the credits so I do apologise hopefully you be able to find out or let me know :)
My photography isn’t too great in these so I must have been pretty distracted!
Love everything about this the colours, hexies and stars.Right back to my childhood and memories of playing.. how cool is this?!
“Cats with Hattitudes”
At the moment I’m really loving this type of work, the above harbour one reminds me of some art I recently saw down St Ives.
Bowie by Kerry Wilkinson (PennyDog)
So now you guess what caught me eye… there was loads more I loved but either forgot to photo or too many people in the way. Did anyone else go and have fun?
I also popped by the new Modern branch of the Quilters Guild and signed up. Sadly there’s not too much of a Cornish quilting presence so think might have to change that…. anybody interested?
Posted by Hannah Annear on August 14, 2014
Well I’m still recovering from my time away in the Midlands catching up with a few people, Festival of Quilts and my first foray into the Fabric Guild. Not unpacked yet or sorted my photos so more on that later in the week….
Have you all met Kerry from PennyDog yet? If you haven’t pop on over to her blog here and prepare to be amazed by her designs and creativity. She is definitely one of my favourite inspirational people and I mean really look at this Billy Bass…. It takes me right back to when the original craze happened.
Photo Credit: Kerry Wilkinson of PennyDog
If you pop over to her post here you can hear the music too! I was lucky enough to see this in person and it is ingenious.
Now why am I telling you all about Billy?? Kerry has made the Top 16 in the Sewvivor competition and Billy Bass is her entry for Round 1 Nautical theme. At the moment there is a public vote open to vote for the favourites out of the 16 but it is open from yesterday (Monday) to tomorrow (Wednesday) so pop on over here to see what the fuss is about and vote ;)
The winners will be announced next week but there is a sewvivor sewalong happening too where you can create to the themes each time and have a chance to win a prize more info on the bottom of this post :) I’m hoping to grab more sleep, tidy my space, unpack and get started on a little something to enter in time but for now I’ll leave you with an embroidered fish I manage to freehand this morning….
Posted by Hannah Annear on August 12, 2014
… just a little bit! The past couple of weeks have been a little insane with one week not very well at all and having to contend with payroll stuff for work then finishing off a pattern test and… my Illusions Quilt. Which I had a deadline for it to be received by Friday 25th.
But I did it… usually I take forever to finish a project and not often try anything completely new on something bigger than a block. Things I learnt throughout the Illusions Quilt process……
1) Do not dither over a design for like forever.
2) Four days before you need to post it is not the best time to change your mind and completely rip out most of your work with a view to starting again. Especially since it was a critical period workwise
3) Do not leave it til almost the last couple of weeks to get it done…
4) Do not the night before decide to practice free motion quilting on it… (just the corners mind!)
5) I can do y seams and curves plus they are addictive :)
I must admit that not once I felt stressed or had a panic attack even though few times it looked close to not being finished. I guess this is a side effect of my job of Payroll Officer comes in I’ve trained myself to be calm and just get on with it. As Richard Cypher from the Sword of Truth series say “think of the solution and not the problem” Something I try to keep in mind.. mostly.
Anyway……. ten minutes before we left to post it I finished the hanging sleeve (my first so fingers crossed it’s not too wonky!) but here are the rubbishy photos. Just don’t look too close… the piecing… the quilting awful and the bottom right corner gah it’s all curvy and doesn’t hang straight down. Of course that doesn’t matter due to the wonky sleeve right?! One thing I did get right the fabric choices!
Technically this is my first finish of Q3 (go me!) for the Finish Along 2014 think when/if I get it back I do a proper post on it with better photos… I
In the meantime anyone going to Festival of Quilts? I’m there on the thursday and friday. One quilt I’m espeically looking forward to seeing in person is Mr Bowie of Kerry’s creation. (Massive thanks to Kerry without which the above design wouldn’t have been possible as easily :) )
Happy Sunday! I’m off to try and do something a bit slower..
Posted by Hannah Annear on July 27, 2014
It’s that time again to look at sewing goals for the next quarter of the finish a long and boy do I have a big list this time! Let’s hope I do much better than my previous attempts eh ;) Considering that I only maybe finish one thing from the list but start and finish more stuff.
Right first up my most immediate concern……
My “Illusions” Quilt. I was hoping to get it finished piecing today but those pesky y seams are being time consuming! Yup that is a penny there for size… One of my issues is that on the last bit of the seam it puckers slightly so I’m going to have to add an extra step in.
Hopefully by mid week it be ready to start quilting which ideally needs to be finished by the end of next sunday….
Hazel the Hedgehog quilt! I’m pattern testing for Oh Fransson and this little guy is addictive! Not doing too bad almost another five hedgies piececd which means 3 more, sashing and quilting. Ideally this week…
Adding the seal toy back on the list with the new addition of the cat! My nephew turns 3 in August and loves Jess from Postman Pat so thought do him a little Jess :) As well as… a Postman Pat quilt or something made out of fabric. What does a 3 year old need really??!
Oh dear… the Irish Chain still. Not much more than last week I’m sorry little adventurer it is on it’s way just slightly delayed.
My vintage sheets and quilty barns needs rebasting and quilting…
Two Thimble Blossom Minis need finishing… the Rise and Shine (top one) I completely mucked up so it’s lounging in my desk drawer. I take it out maybe do one bit and back in it goes! It is very important to test one block first and not go through and do them all…
Fun bits! Want to do my Country Girls granny square quilt, some austen/sherlock minis, a Fox wallhanging, a sewing machine cover and… clothes!!
Plus this list wouldn’t be complete without some EPP… my nursery hexie quilt needs a border before quilting. Hexie tablecloth.. chrysanthemum tablecentre pieces plus want to start a 30s repro double wedding ring quilt.
Think I’m going to get bored? What’s the bet I’m going to do other stuff than what’s here!
Linking up with Katy over at the Littlest Thistle.
Posted by Hannah Annear on July 13, 2014
… but I have been sewing!
Can’t quite believe that it is Thursday already- where has this week gone? I spent the day yesterday down Penzance way checking out Rosudgeon Car Boot and venturing into town. I do look like a patchwork tomato now though! Not often I actually properly go out like that and the factor in my moisturiser obviously not enough.
Anywhere this is where I am at this week. Three tops I want no need to finish piecing.
The Irish Chain! It was my intention to finish this by last week but work got in the way.. Getting there though almost finished piecing the square blocks just the fillers to go.
I’m not going to mention which project this is yet but it is a practice attempt in practice fabrics :) But yay Y seams hopefully later this morning the finished block be done!
Last night I spent an extraordinary amount of time cutting out enough to do five more hedgies for Hazel the Hedgehog Quilt so fingers crossed this morning more will be done.
Lots to be getting on with as always- what are you working on?
Linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.
Posted by Hannah Annear on July 10, 2014
This month I’m Queen in two online quilting bees which basically means that I choose a theme/design and each individual in the bee does their own interpretation of it and sends it to me :)
First up the I Love Lucy Bee.. it wasn’t hard to pick my theme this month combining epp with 30s repros is a given right?
Then there’s the UK Fat Stash Bee where you send each bee member a FQ worth of fabric and they mix n match from their own stash. Here is what I sent…. altho the kitties do change colour as does the polka and the other smaller pieces.
Here’s what I’ve chosen… either a granny square with kitty in the middle or a patchwork cat block. My cat mad friend birthday is in a few months so thought this might be apt :)
Can’t wait to see what I get back! Now on to some projects…
Posted by Hannah Annear on July 7, 2014
Right first off the good thing! I actually did finish ONE whole project from my Q2 Finish Along list. The rest well umm… I did start and finish a few other projects though!
So here’s is my vintage sheet cushion :) I have a quilt in this style too waiting to be rebasted before being quilted. One day soon…
Now on to the naughtiness.. I’ve added to my stash eek. But I couldn’t resist some beauties from Sew and Quilt now could I?! Also had my Blossom Heart Quilt monthly bundle.
And this…. some screen printed panels from the talented Jen.
Linking up with the Q2 Finishalong and Sunday Stash.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. After a crazy few weeks at work I have a week off!
Posted by Hannah Annear on July 6, 2014