Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday Finishes

Yes!! I finally finished something!

This tote is my March APQ UFO challenge piece, it was all cut out so only took a couple of hours to finish up. Fun spring/summer bag.

First block of Arcadia Avenue, done! Fabrics have arrived for Block 2 so I will get those pre-washed and ready to go tomorrow.

February Millefiore, Rosette #2, done!

While technically not a complete finish, these are each done..............I have reached that point in every crafter's life, I now have more than one knitting project on the go. I will finish each of these however, before I start anything else (resisting crossing my fingers behind my back here!)

Not a finish but a start, finally sewing those strips together.

 After all the units for this size strip were complete I had these strips left. Think I will start the blocks for a smaller quilt for them while I am at it. They will be mainly green with a bit of blue and beige. 

And March Millefiore, Rosette # 3 is calling out to be to just work less.........sigh.

linking up with
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday (on Wednesday)

 I attempted to lay the slab blocks out in an approximation of the future setting, but the design wall is not big enough and I don't have enough blocks done to be effective, but you sort of get the idea............

Are you as tired of seeing this scrap bin as I am? I have decided that once I finish the block at the end of this post I am just going to get sewing on this, if I need more strips as I go along, I will cut them then. I am so bored with cutting strips I just am not making any progress. 

 I thought I might show you that not even the tiniest bits get thrown out. I have a friend who digs through them for applique bits and the rest she uses to stuff dog beds she makes for the SPCA. I throw out very little in my sewing room.

I stashed these bits away as the beginnings of two more tinker totes 

Here is block one of the Arcadia Avenue BOM. It is time consuming, 4 hours so far, but I LOVE it, and renewing my love for foundation paper piecing. Only four more sections to go through blue into green and then the triangles to square it up. 

I am hoping for lots of sewing time over my next two days off work and 
I continue to knit socks and piece Millefiore hexies in the evenings but will spare you more pics until I actually finish them!! 

Linking up today with

Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt
Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Nothing but works in progress...........

With lots of staff out with a viral bronchitis that is travelling around our town, I have been working  a lot of extra hours. This means my creative life still just involves works in progress. Hopefully one day soon I will have something finished to share!

I thought you might enjoy the contrast between the ridiculously large sock knit with the worsted yarn and the one I have started for my niece in a fingering weight yarn. I find it quite humorous. The giant sock is just awaiting tomorrow's lesson on three needle toe closure. I hope to be more accomplished at that than the Kitchener stitch I attempt now. 

My Millefiore rosette number two progresses as well, just the blocks on the lower left and one more set still on the layout board to complete before I can start assembling. Rosette three pattern and paper pieces lay patiently awaiting their turn.

I have been slowly adding circle quilting to my January's APQ UFO project.

February's project progressed from 5 green blocks to all 7, plus 7 pink ones.

March's project is this tote bag, already cut out. Hope to actually get it completely done this week and thus have a finish!!!

The tedious cutting of scraps for the Candy Coated quilt continues, but thankfully will end with the pile to the left. No wonder I don't sew much! 

I have been admiring the Arcadia Avenue quilt since I saw pictures of it on instagram from Houston Quilt Market. I now have it coming as a block of the month from
  Cherry Tree Quilts in Summerland BC. It is all paper pieced, which although I haven't done any for a while, I really enjoy. I hope to get block one done this week as well. (I am limiting the number of hours I am working as everyone returns to health!)

I will close today with this shot of my smart old boy, nothing like a nap in the sun on a Saturday afternoon. May just go follow his example!