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Scrubs Bag Tutorial

I’m not always good at explaining things, but here’s a tutorial for how I make drawstring bags from fat quarters.

These bags are used by medical professionals to put their scrubs in for washing, or for them to store their own clothes in whilst wearing scrubs at work. The idea is they can put potentially contaminated clothing into the bag and then put the whole bag in the washing machine to be washed at 60C.

I’m donating my bags via a facebook group for the Yorkshire area https://www.facebook.com/groups/Yorkshirescrubs/ There is also a national group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1500699350098765/ . It’s recommended to donate via a group rather than direct to a hospital as they will allocate to hospitals & medical centres who have asked for them rather than things being handed into an overstretched receptionist who doesn’t know where they need to be sent to in the hospital.

There are many tutorials for making bags online – I hope this is a simple and straight forward method. It makes the most of two fat quarters; those lovely bits of fabric sold in fabric & craft shops and even Aldi occasionally!

Fat Quarters usually measure around 18″ x 20″ To make the bags as big as possible I add a casing to the top rather than folding one down as other tutorials suggest. Five FQs will make two bags.

Start by pressing any creases out of your fat quarters. Chose two for your bag front and back and cut two 4″ strips from another for your casings. Trim about an inch from the short ends of your casing.

Make a small hem on the short ends of your casings – turn under about 1/4″ and then turn under again to enclose the raw edge and stitch close to the edge on your machine.

Do the same on the short ends of both of your casings – you can “chain piece”, folding the hem and slipping the fold under the foot and keep on stitching to save thread and time.

Fold the casings lengthwise with wrong sides together. Press nice and flat and then fold in half and press a crease to mark the middle of the casing.

With raw edges all facing the top, centre the casing at the top of the body pieces. There will be a gap at each end. Pin in place. Repeat for the second side.

Stitch along the top edge. I use an overlocker or you could use the straight stitch on your sewing machine and then zigzag on the raw edge. The size of your seam allowance isn’t critical, but try to keep it even.

With right sides together stitch along the two sides and bottom of the bag. Again, you can overlock or machine stitch and zigzag to neaten.

Press the seam allowance towards the body of the bag, forming a little turning between the casing pieces

Turn inside out and top stitch along the top of the bag,catching down the seam allowance of the casing and the little turning between the casing pieces.

Give the bag a quick press and thread ribbon or cord through the casings – you can use one cord or two for ease of use. I used a rouleau loop turner to thread my ribbon through, it’s a nice big casing so easy to thread a nappy pin or similar through!

I hope this makes sense and you enjoy making these drawstring bags. Please let me know how you get on if you try this method!

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Finish along list Q4 2019

The last quarter of the year – after a bumper list of finishes last quarter, I don’t think there will be quite as many this time.

There are still lots of things we know and love on the list – and any progress is better than no progress!

Linking up with Sandra of Sew of Course for 2019FAL 

Newest things first so you don’t have to scroll right to the bottom if you’ve seen it before!!!

1.Copenhagen Calling Cowl

A surprise school trip (covering for a colleague) gave me 6 hours on a bus with a load of teenagers. Fortunately they were reasonable well behaved and no-one was sick so I cast on the 250+ stitches for this Copenhagen Calling Cowl.

I’m knitting it in Drops Lima a lovely squishy Wool & Alpaca mix.

This might make a Christmas present for someone if I can manage to get it finished!

2. Curves Workshop quilt

I did a great Curves workshop with Jenny Haynes of Papper Sax Sten at Jenni Smith’s Studio I only completed one block – there’s another three to go and then I have to work out how to make it into a quilt!

It was all going so well and then this happened – i threw it in a bag in a sulk so should really get the unpicker out and give it another go!

3 Scrap Vortex

This is probably going to be another charity quilt – the un-pattern is Scrap Vortex by Amanda Jean Nyberg. It’s basically a bunch of scraps sewn together and seemed to be a good way to use scraps too small for the 2.5″ square box or string bag!

This is coming on well – I’m hoping to get it finished in time to donate it to Quilts for Care Leavers this year.

4 Luna Lapin

I’m two rabbits in and on my way to a third rabbit! Luna and Lilly here will soon be joined by a lovely white rabbit

Once the white rabbit is finished there will be a bit of gender reassignment and Luna here will become Alfie with some smart trousers and a shirt.

I’m also planning a coat each…

5. Charity String Quilt

This is my third string quilt for Q4CL . This time my Monday Evening group wanted to get involved so we’ve had a couple of sessions making blocks. We’re over half way there, but I;m not sure it will get finished for this year’s Christmas dinners.

6. Arabian nights Shawl

This is Drops Arabian nights; it’s knitted in garter stitch from two balls of self-striping sock yarn. I’ve got a bag full of bits of yarn from knitting various pairs of socks so this seemed like a good way to use them up!

it’s getting bigger, but as it’s triangular, each row is taking longer and longer! Better get it finished soon as winter is coming!

7. Xing Quilt

My second quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s String Frenzy book. I started this because i had some small pieces of paper leftover when cutting squares for another string quilt – these little string blocks sew up quickly, but I suspect the star blocks will take me a bit longer!

8 Liberty Kittens Quilt.

This is Elizabeth Hartman’s Kittens quilt made in Liberty Tana Lawn and Kona Solids.

This is my Monty Memorial Quilt – he was one of our gorgeous Bengal Cross Boys that I got for my Birthday in 2016. He was a bit of an adventurer (and pigoeon catcher) and met his fate on the main road near our house last May.

Progress update: the top is finished, just need to piece the back and quilt it!

9 Log Cabin Cushion

Another Liberty Tana Lawn project (can you tell I love it?)

This is a pattern from a magazine – I’ll update the details later!

10 Straits Of Mackinac

One of Bonnie Hunter’s brilliant quilts!

This is from her book String Frenzy; I’m going to make a slightly smaller version as her quilts are huge!

This has slowed in Quarter two, but I’ve spent a couple of YMQ Sit & Sew days making four patches with HSTs!

Update: all the 100 four patches are done, now onto piecing the sashing!

11 Liberty Hexies Quilt

This is definitely a slow burner – I started making hexies in 2013! Each rosette is made up of seven 3/4″ hexagons with five grey hexies so they tessellate. I used to get lots made when I had to sit at band and swimming lessons etc, but now i don’t, it’s become a holidays only project.

I think I worked out I’d need 200 flowers, and this is definitely a quilt I’ll lean to hand quilt for – so don’t expect it finished any time soon!

12 Everything in it’s place bag

This is another “not yet started” – the pattern, fabric and a load of zips and vinyl are sitting waiting for me to get going!

13, 14, 15 Love Notions Pemberley Tunic

I’ve got jersey fabric to make three of these tops. I love the pattern, but it needs a tiny bit of size tweaking to fit me better!

16 Misdirection Quilt

I cut this quilt and made the blocks for the first YMQ retreat four years ago!

17 Candy Squares Irish Chain Quilt

Another quilt I cut out for the first YMQ retreat 4 years ago!

18 Dresden QAYG

This WIP is probably 6 or 7 years old – all the blocks are made but I want to quilt as you go with red sashing

19 Granny Square

Another elderly WIP – these were all the rage on Instagram a while ago!

20 Petals Quilt

It feels like I cut out a million of these petals!

A lot are fused to the squares, but it’s going to be a huge amount of quilting!

21. One last thing for the list is my Secret Sewer gifts for Yorkshire Modern Quilters Retreat in January. I’ve got a few ideas, but need to get making soon!

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Finish Along Success!!

Well it’s been a while since I was here, my stats say there’s someone looking every now and then so I’d better write an update to give whoever it is something new to read!

I set up this blog to record some of my finishes for the Instagram Finish-along . I was sadly lacking in the finishing department last quarter, but this quarter has been much more successful, and I promise I’ve not started too many new things!

So looking at last quarter’s list, here were go:

Patsy Party Dress

This Patsy Party dress, designed by Rebecca Page, was made for our Goddaughter Bella. She wore it for two Primary School Leavers parties! It’s a great dress for a young lady – enough coverage but still quite grown up and who can resist twirling in a full circle skirt?

The pattern is free on the Rebecca Page  website (I think you have to sign up) This was a small adult size: I made it without boning and added straps to give her a bit more confidence.

Luna Lapin

I’m part of a group of ladies who meet on Monday evening to sew together – we were looking for a hand sewing project and decided to make Luna Lapins – felt bunnies from Sarah Peel’s book.

The rest of the group were looking to m to guide them through the making process so I made a smaller Luna by copying the patterns at 80%. Lily as she now called is dressed in a lovely wrap dress from Sarah’s second book, Luna Lapin’s friends.

I’ve got anther rabbit on the way so Luna may well become Alfie ans I’ll make him some boy rabbit clothes!

Luna and Lily could also do with coats now it’s getting cold – so watch this space!!

Charity String Quilt

I’ve been making quilts for a charity, Quilts for Care Leaders that give quilts to young people who have left the care system. They’ll be distributed at special Christmas dinners for young people who don’t have a family to share Christmas day with. The young people will get to choose their own “quilty hug”. The group is well on the way to their target of 100 quilts!

This is another of my string quilts – I deliberately avoided pink fabric in this one to make it more unisex! There’s a tutorial for the binding here.

Two more Charity Quilts

This quilt was made form some jelly roll strips donated to the Quilts for care leavers group. The navy fabric is Ikea Ditte ; great value at just £3/m!

This is another charity quilt – but very girly this time. This was a quick make using a free pattern designed by Hazel at Cotton Cocktails for Q4CL

Trinket Quilt

I started my Trinket quilt by Alison Glass as a sewalong on Instagram. All the blocks were foundation paper pieced over an eight week period. I quilted with straight lines half an inch apart – to keep them as straight as possible I used yard of masking tape to sew alongside.

Here it it hanging at the Great Northern Quilt show at Harrogate – no prizes, but i liked it!

Now to link up with Sandra of Sew of Course for 2019FALQ3

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Finish Along List Q3 2019

It’s is this getting boring listing the same old things? I didn’t actually finish anything last quarter, but there were a few new things started and I did make some progress.

Linking up with Sandra of Sew of Course for 2019FAL 

Newest things first so you don’t have to scroll right to the bottom if you’ve seen it before!!!

1. Patsy Party Dress

This lovely dress was made for our Goddaughter Bella for her 11th birthday & for her to wear at her end of Primary School parties. She’s a very sophisticated young lady and this classy dress really suits her!

The pattern is by Rebecca Page and is free!

I started it in May but it was only finished in July so I’m adding it to this list and will claim it as my first finish!!

2. Curves Workshop quilt

I did a great Curves workshop with Jenny Haynes of Papper Sax Sten at Jenni Smith’s Studio I only completed one block – there’s another three to go and then I have to work out how to make it into a quilt!

3 Scrap Vortex

This is probably going to be another charity quilt – the un-pattern is Scrap Vortex by Amanda Jean Nyberg. It’s basically a bunch of scraps sewn together and seemed to be a good way to use scraps too small for the 2.5″ square box or string bag!

I haven’t decided whether the whole quilt will be scraps or if the blocks will be floated in some solid fabric – they come out at their own size, so who knows!

4 Luna Lapin

Luna Lapin is my Monday Night Sewers project for this term – I was meant to be guiding everyone through the pattern so I made a mini Luna (photocopied at 80% because I only had a small piece of felt) as a sample. I also made a dress for the full sized rabbit. We all started sewing together and everyone else has long finished their Luna and are on with making coats and tweed waistcoats, whilst my poor rabbit still has no head or arms!

My target for this quarter is to finish my other Luna and clothe both of them. I also may make another rabbit, as I fancy making a tweed waistcoat!!

5. Charity String Quilt

I made a quilt for Quilts for Care Leavers last quarter; I’m trying bigger blocks this time ! These blocks will finish up at 11″ square so 24 blocks will make a good sized quilt!

This quilt is now pieced and quilted – just the bindng to do!

I’m hoping to make 4 quilts this year for Q4CL – these string quilt come together quickly, but I’m ready for a change so we’ll have to see what comes next! One problem with the string quilt is that the strings multiply – I started with one bag of strings but people keep giving me more and I found a load more in Hazel’s scrap box!

6. I picked up some more strings this week from the QFCL fabric donations page, with the challenge that they are made into a quilt by the end of September, so that’s another one for the list!

7. Arabian nights Shawl

This is Drops Arabian nights; it’s knitted in garter stitch from two balls of self-striping sock yarn. I’ve got a bag full of bits of yarn from knitting various pairs of socks so this seemed like a good way to use them up!

it’s getting bigger, but as it’s triangular, each row is taking longer and longer!

8. Xing Quilt

My second quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s String Frenzy book. I started this because i had some small pieces of paper leftover when cutting squares for another string quilt – these little string blocks sew up quickly, but I suspect the star blocks will take me a bit longer!

9 Trinket Quilt

When I saw the Trinket Sew Along on Instagram I just had to join in!

My top is finished and it’s basted ready for quilting. I’ve entered it in the Harrogate Quilt Show at the end of August, so I’ve got a deadline to work to!

10 Liberty Kittens Quilt.

This is Elizabeth Hartman’s Kittens quilt made in Liberty Tana Lawn and Kona Solids.

This is my Monty Memorial Quilt – he was one of our gorgeous Bengal Cross Boys that I got for my Birthday in 2016. He was a bit of an adventurer (and pigoeon catcher) and met his fate on the main road near our house last May.

Progress update: the top is finished, just need to piece the back and quilt it!

11 Log Cabin Cushion

Another Liberty Tana Lawn project (can you tell I love it?)

This is a pattern from a magazine – I’ll update the details later!

12 Straits Of Mackinac

One of Bonnie Hunter’s brilliant quilts!

This is from her book String Frenzy; I’m going to make a slightly smaller version as her quilts are huge!

This has slowed in Quarter two, but I’ve spent a couple of YMQ Sit & Sew days making four patches with HSTs!

12 Liberty Hexies Quilt

This is definitely a slow burner – I started making hexies in 2013! Each rosette is made up of seven 3/4″ hexagons with five grey hexies so they tessellate. I used to get lots made when I had to sit at band and swimming lessons etc, but now i don’t, it’s become a holidays only project.

I think I worked out I’d need 200 flowers, and this is definitely a quilt I’ll lean to hand quilt for – so don’t expect it finished any time soon!

13 Everything in it’s place bag

This is another “not yet started” – the pattern, fabric and a load of zips and vinyl are sitting waiting for me to get going!

14, 15, 16 Love Notions Pemberley Tunic

I’ve got jersey fabric to make three of these tops. I love the pattern, but it needs a tiny bit of size tweaking to fit me better!

17 Misdirection Quilt

I cut this quilt and made the blocks for the first YMQ retreat four years ago!

18 Candy Squares Irish Chain Quilt

Another quilt I cut out for the first YMQ retreat 4 years ago!

19 Dresden QAYG

This WIP is probably 6 or 7 years old – all the blocks are made but I want to quilt as you go with red sashing

20 Granny Square

Another elderly WIP – these were all the rage on Instagram a while ago!

21 Petals Quilt

It feels like I cut out a million of these petals!

A lot are fused to the squares, but it’s going to be a huge amount of quilting!

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Slacker.

I am officially a slacker; I started the year with all good intentions of finishing some projects and all I’ve done this quarter is start a few more!

Don’t get me wrong – I have been busy – I made cakes for Mum’s birthday, two days of sewing at charity quilting days and enabled my Monday night ladies to start making Luna Lapins, but there’s not a lot actually finished!

Katie & me with the cake we made for Mum’s big birthday

So back to the list; here are the things I’ve worked on!

1. Luna Lapin

This is mini Luna – I only had a couple of smaller pieces of felt so copied the pattern at 80% to make this as a group sample. The rest of the group cracked on and made their own rabbits but my full size rabbit is still minus her head and arms! She does have a nice dress to wear when she’s finished though…. I’m not sure i can call this a finish as she’s still naked!

2 String Quilt

The charity string quilt is now quilted but waiting to be trimmed and bound. I did help make another top at Cotton Cocktails Quilts for Care Leavers charity sewing day; I took this home and quilted and bound it, but as it wasn’t on my list it doesn’t count as a FAL finish

3 Arabian Nights Shawl

This is quite a bit longer than before, but still not finished!

5 Trinket quilt

I finished the top of this quilt in in time to claim the Finisher’s pin badge, but it’s still not quilted! I entered it in a quilt show so it needs to be finished by the end of August!

So that’s your lot – I’ve made a bit of progress on a lot of things but this next quarter will hopefully have some proper finishes!

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2019 Quarter 2 Finish along list

It’s time to post my finish along list for Quarter 2. Although I finished a few things, I suspect I added as many new starts for this quarter! Linking up with Sandra of Sew of Course for 2019FAL

Newest things first – I’m a good starter and a rotten finisher, but no need to bore you with the same old list!, so you don’t have to scroll right to the bottom if you’ve seen it before!!!

1 Luna Lapin

I go to a small sewing group on Monday evenings – we meet in one of the group member’s beautiful sewing studio, but there isn’t enough room for sewing machines so we stick with hand projects. Luna is going to be our group sewalong for next term – I can’t wait to get started! I’ve photocopied the patterns & I’ve already ordered some Liberty Lawn for her dress and just need to wait for the other ladies to order our felt etc.

2. Charity String Quilt

I made a quilt for Quilts for Care Leavers last quarter; I’m trying bigger blocks this time ! These blocks will finish up at 11″ square so 24 blocks will make a good sized quilt!

I’m hoping to make 4 quilts this year for Q4CL – these string quilt come together quickly, but I’m ready for a change so we’ll have to see what comes next! One problem with the string quilt is that the strings multiply – I started with one bag of strings but people keep giving me more and I found a load more in Hazel’s scrap box!

3. Arabian nights Shawl

I like to have a knitting project on the go – I finished a scarf just after Christmas (I forgot to put it on my WIP list Doh!!) so thought I’d start another one for next winter.

This is Drops Arabian nights; it’s knitted in garter stitch from two balls of self-striping sock yarn. I’ve got a bag full of bits of yarn from knitting various pairs of socks so this seemed like a good way to use them up!

Of course Nutmeg loves to steal the balls of wool….

4. Xing Quilt

My second quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s String Frenzy book. I started this because i had some small pieces of paper leftover when cutting squares for another string quilt – these little string blocks sew up quickly, but I suspect the star blocks will take me a bit longer!

5 Trinket Quilt

When I saw the Trinket Sew Along on Instagram I just had to join in! I have a large collection of Alison Glass fabrics that were just perfect for this (I might just have added some new ones too!)

There are 40 blocks to foundation paper piece over 8 weeks and then a couple more weeks to finish up the quilt. I’m going to keep mine fairy small so will only need a few more than the 40 blocks

6 Liberty Kittens Quilt.

This is Elizabeth Hartman’s Kittens quilt made in Liberty Tana Lawn and Kona Solids.

This is my Monty Memorial Quilt – he was one of our gorgeous Bengal Cross Boys that I got for my Birthday in 2016. He was a bit of an adventurer (and pigoeon catcher) and met his fate on the main road near our house last May.

Progress update: the top is finished, just need to piece the back and quilt it!

7 Log Cabin Cushion

Another Liberty Tana Lawn project (can you tell I love it?)

This is a pattern from a magazine – I’ll update the details later!

8 Straits Of Mackinac

One of Bonnie Hunter’s brilliant quilts!

This is from her book String Frenzy; I’m going to make a slightly smaller version as her quilts are huge!

I’ve spent a lot of time on this quilt in Q1 – all the parts for the blocks are finished and I’m still working on the millions of pieces for the sashing.

9 Everything in it’s place bag

This is another “not yet started” – the pattern, fabric and a load of zips and vinyl are sitting waiting for me to get going!

8, 9, 10 Love Notions Pemberley Tunic

I’ve got jersey fabric to make three of these tops. I love the pattern, but it needs a tiny bit of size tweaking to fit me better!

10 Misdirection Quilt

I cut this quilt and made the blocks for the first YMQ retreat four years ago!

11 Candy Squares Irish Chain Quilt

Another quilt I cut out for the first YMQ retreat 4 years ago!

12 Dresden QAYG

This WIP is probably 6 or 7 years old – all the blocks are made but I want to quilt as you go with red sashing

13 Granny Square

Another elderly WIP – these were all the rage on Instagram a while ago!

14 Petals Quilt

It feels like I cut out a million of these petals!

A lot are fused to the squares, but it’s going to be a huge amount of quilting!T

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March finishes!

Ok, I know it’s April, but the end of March flew by in the usual end of term madness and a weekend away for a glorious wedding in Northumberland.

Wedding Quilt

First up this month is my 16 patch quilt – I don’t know the name of this pattern, but it was inspired by a quilt on Brown Quilts blog. (Oh the irony if you know my view on brown fabric)

The blocks were made as leaders and enders whilst I made another quilt – I have a huge basket of 2.5″ squares and just keep sewing pairs together then rows of four. I started making them from random fabrics, but a bit of controlled scrappy sneaked in there!

I backed the quilt in a soft & fluffy duck-egg blue throw – my first time using a throw but I don’t think it will be my last! I spray basted with 505 – I taped the throw right side down to the kitchen floor, laid the quilt top right side up on top (no wadding in this one) and then surrounded it with newspaper. I then turned half the quilt back and sprayed the throw with 505, smoothing the top back in place before turning and spraying the other half. I always add a few safety pins just to avoid any movement!

I quilted along the seam lines with the serpentine stitch on my Janome 8200 (this picture is here so I can find the settings again next time!)

I found a lovely stripey fabric for the binding at Cotton Cocktails – got to love a stripey binding! Because of the fluffy throw it would have been hard to hand stitch the back of the binding down, so I attached the binding to the back of the quilt and topstitched to the front.

I actually managed to put a label on this one – a starched square of fabric with the details written in Pigma fine liner.

Dungaree Dress

My second finish this month is a denim dungaree dress for my daughter Katie;

The pattern is from the Bernina website.

The waistband, bib, zipper facing and pockets were all lined with floral cotton. I actually chopped off the wrong bit of the zipper facing so the cotton was a lucky save!

Lots of top stitching with YLI Jeanstitch. After a good few skipped stitches I found a heavy duty topstitch needle in the machine did the job!

No modelled pictures as in true teenager style she hasn’t put it on since I made it….

Quilt for Care Leavers

My last big make for March is a string quilt made for Quilts for Care Leavers. Their target is to make 1000 quilts for attendees at special Christmas Dinners for Care leavers throughout the UK.

The quilt was made from strips pieced onto scribble pad paper – the paper is then torn away.

The charity has quite specific size requirements and this came out a bit big, but I’ve been forgiven!

This quilt was also backed with a fluffy throw – I quilted it with the serpentine stitch along the white strips and then a free-motion swirly centred flower in the middle of the block.

I’m aiming to make one quilt a quarter for Quilts for Care Leavers – if you’d like to help out there’s are group for sewers, fabric donations and orphan block donations!

So that’s three finishes for March – but I seem to have started a couple of more projects: more on them later!

Here’s the link to my original 2019 Quarter1 Finish-along post – just 4 items off the list this Quarter!

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February update!

Another month is over and although I’ve been very busy with my sewing, I’ve not actually finished anything! March had better be the month of finishes!

Most of this month has been spent cutting and assembling block parts for my Straits of Mackinack quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book.

I decided I’d go a bit smaller than the pattern (Bonnie makes BIG quilts!) There are still something like 950 block parts to make and some of those have 7 or 8 pieces of fabric in them!

I think I’ve used 70 or 80 different fabrics in this quilt so far!

I used foundation paper piecing to help with the accuracy of my blocks – these are in the book for you to photo-copy or I downloaded them from https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com

I printed the blocks onto thin paper; cheap scribble pads are great as the paper is thin and tears easily

As I have to make something like 400 half square triangles I had a go at printing them and sewing 12 at a time

I layered two pieces of fabric with the paper on top and stitched along the dotted lines with a short stitch length. The blocks are cut out along the solid lines and the papers torn off.

Other than snipping off the dog-ears these blocks don’t need any more trimming!

I used the same thin paper as a foundation for stitch and flip string piecing for the square in triangle blocks (I only need 100 of these!)

Then there are the itty bitty triangle in square blocks; I need almost 400 of these, and they do need trimming to size despite using the tri-recs ruler. I could foundation paper piece them, but they’d still need trimming so no great gain there!

I’d like to get all the parts made before I start to assemble blocks so I can ensure I have a good even spread of fabrics throughout the quilt, let’s see if I can get that done for the end of March?

Nutmeg helping me put in a zip!

The other project I worked on over the Half Term holiday was a denim dungaree skirt for my daughter. I sweated blood and tears over it for two days and just need her to try it on for me to measure the hem, but as it’s now sitting on the floor in her bedroom, I’m not sure she even likes it 😦

I have managed a bit of quilting – this was one of my January Finish Along projects. I backed the quilt with a lovely duck egg blue fleece throw using the serpentine stitch on my Janome 8200.

I just need to find some binding and this one can be a finish for March!

Seeing as I’m so close with a couple of finishes I’ve started to plan my next start! I know that’s not the deal I made with myself, but Alison Glass has launched a sew along for her Trinket quilt!
https://alisonglass.com/trinket-sew-along/

I have quite a collection of Alison Glass fabrics – originally purchased for another project but now is the time to break these loose and use them for something more exciting!

Please follow my progress with these blocks on Instagram – we have to post a block every weekday for 8 weeks, so expect a flurry of activity over there! The fun starts on 10th March, so not long now!

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Talking of Instagram, did you notice I’ve changed my name over there to match the blog?

I’m linking up with Archie the Wonderdog for Helen’s furtle around the interwebs – please visit to see more crafty blogs!

https://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com/p/furtling.html

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January Progress

So having started this blog with all good intentions to report my progress on getting through the WIPs, it took a reminder from Archie the Wonderdog to actually write a blog post!

First of all my Secret Sewer Gifts! Yorkshire Modern Quilters, a group I’ve been part of since it started, have a Quilting Retreat every January. We book a big room at a local hotel and they feed and look after us all weekend whilst we sew our socks off. We have lots of activities, goody bags raffle, games etc, but my favourite part is our Secret Sewer.

We get given a name and a few suggestions and have to come up with three gifts over the weekend – these are left (hopefully) without being spotted and then at out big Show and Tell on Sunday we show everyone what we got and guess who our Secret Sewer is.

This year I got my Sister in Law, Helen. Now, being my SIL we’ve made gifts for each other several times so I was stumped for ideas. I also had the problem that we always compare notes, so I had to pretend I was sewing for someone else and I even swapped my bag of gifts with another quilter so she could “deliver” them when I was out of the room with Helen! Oh the subterfuge!!

Helen’s first gift was a “Inside Out” pouch from the Annela Hoey pattern. This was a great pattern & went together really well. I filled it with gin & tonic treats!

Saturday’s gift was an Aurifil box filled with goodies, including a set of numbered pins.

Sundays gift was an insulated lunch bag. I took measurements from an old lunch bag and found the same silvery lining in a car windscreen protector from Aldi! I waterproofed the outside with Lamifix, which worked OK but had a tendency to peel off when the fabric is flexed.

I was pleased to say Helen didn’t have a clue who sewed for her until the big reveal!

The project I was was working on at the quilt retreat was my Elizabeth Hartman Kittens Quilt in Liberty Lawn. I got all the blocks finished, but was coming down with a cold so I left sashing it until I felt a bit better – it took two weeks for me to return to the sewing machine!! I just need to piece the backing now and then think about quilting it!

The other project I worked on was a group charity quilt for Quilts for Christmas Dinners. EQS had kindly donated us a bundle of fabric and I took it already cut to make a version of this pattern. I got 11 other quilters to each made a block and then I assembled them to make this quilt top

One of our members who couldn’t make the retreat has offered to quilt it for us!

So that’s the January round up. I’ve now got a few quilt tops to quilt myself so maybe February is the month for quilting!!

Quilts

Finish A Long 2019

My WIPs are out of control, there, I said it, so now I have to do something about it!

I’m joining the #finishalong2019 in an attempt to get some things actually finished – that means really finished, if it’s a quilt, quilted & bound, if it’s clothing, button holes and hems done. I’m also going to pledge not to start anything new until I’ve finished something, in fact, shall I make that finished two things? Lets try that, but don’t hold me to it!

In no particular order, here’s my list!!

1 Liberty Kittens Quilt.

This is Elizabeth Hartman’s Kittens quilt made in Liberty Tana Lawn and Kona Solids.

This is my Monty Memorial Quilt – he was one of our gorgeous Bengal Cross Boys that I got for my Birthday in 2016. He was a bit of an adventurer (and pigoeon catcher) and met his fate on the main road near our house last May 😦

I’ve got another five blocks to make – this is my project for Yorkshire Modern Quilters Retreat this weekend!

2 String Quilt

I started this quilt the day we broke up for the Christmas Holidays – I wanted a mindless sewing project and couldn’t stop making blocks!

And this is Nutmeg our latest kitten!

3 Secret Sewer Gifts

At our Yorkshire Modern Quilters Retreat we give three gifts to another quilter – they can be bought or made , and should cost about £5 each.

This might be a bit of cheat, as I’ve actually finished them now – but they were definitely WIPs at the start of the month.

No pictures until the big reveal!

4 Log Cabin Cushion

Another Liberty Tana Lawn project (can you tell I love it?)

This is a pattern from a magazine – I’ll update the details later!

5, 16 Patch quilt

I’ve not a clue what this pattern is called it’s simple 16 patches made as leaders and enders and 4 parches with a plain border.

It just needs quilting!

6 Straits Of Mackinac

One of Bonnie Hunter’s brilliant quilts!

This is from her book String Frenzy; I’m going to make a slightly smaller version as her quilts are huge!

I’m including this one as the fabric and pattern are already bought!

7 Everything in it’s place bag

This is another “not yet started” – the pattern, fabric and a load of zips and vinyl are sitting waiting for me to get going!

8, 9, 10 Love Notions Pemberley Tunic

I’ve got jersey fabric to make three of these tops. I love the pattern, but it needs a tiny bit of size tweaking to fit me better!

11 Misdirection Quilt

I cut this quilt and made the blocks for the first YMQ retreat four years ago!

12 Candy Squares Irish Chain Quilt

Another quilt I cut out for the first YMQ retreat 4 years ago!

13 Dresden QAYG

This WIP is probably 6 or 7 years old – all the blocks are made but I want to quilt as you go with red sashing

14 Granny Square

Another elderly WIP – these were all the rage on Instagram a while ago!

14 Petals Quilt

It feels like I cut out a million of these petals!

A lot are fused to the squares, but it’s going to be a huge amount of quilting!

15 Bernette Dungaree Dress

https://blog.bernina.com/en/2017/05/denim-darling-check-our-our-beautiful-denim-dress-and-the-free-sewing-pattern/

This cute dungaree dress is going to be for Katie.