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!!


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 ­čśŽ

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 ┬ú5 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


This cute dungaree dress is going to be for Katie.

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The Journey Begins

Welcome to my blog! A new name & a new blog, but many quilts and other things made and many things to finish!

So after being Harrysmum2 for 17 years, the time has come for a new on-line profile. I’ll be rolling out my name change on Instagram soon!

I’ve not blogged before, but decided that this would be a better way to show off my creations somewhere a little more permanent than Instagram.

I’m also going to be joining in with the 2019 Finish along hosted by Sew of Course https://sewofcourse.blogspot.com/p/finishalong.html

finishalong logo Im in

Please bear with me whilst I learn how to run this thing -and please let me know how I’m doing by leaving me a comment below!