Wednesday, 29 March 2017

2017 FAL: Quarter 1 End Tutorials Week #3

It's tutorials week for the end of Quarter 1 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long, so our hosts and friends of FAL have some lovely new "How-Tos" planned to share with you.

My friend Judith from Just Jude has a great Easter tutorial for you today.  Cute Easter Bunny goodie bags!!  Hop over and check out her lovely tutorial ;-)

Remember to keep linking up those Quarter 1 finishes before 1st April too!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

2017 FAL: Quarter 1 End Tutorials Week #2

It's tutorials week for the end of Quarter 1 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long, so our hosts and friends of FAL have some lovely new "How-Tos" planned to share with you.

I've seen lots of mentions of faced binding all over my IG and blog feed in the past few months and haven't actually known exactly what is meant by that. But today Sandra's (Studio Sew Of Course) tutorial explains all.  Why not pop over to her blog and find out more?

Remember to keep linking up those Quarter 1 finishes before 1st April too!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Finish Along 2017 - Quarter 1 Round Up

Well, the day of Quarter Reckoning has arrived, so let's see how I did.

'Happy Days' BOM - Sarah Fielke 2016
It's not finished but I did complete all the blocks and the top centre is pieced.  This will be rolling over to next Quarter (and maybe the next too).

Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt
This one is out for quilting.  Decided there was no big rush, besides all I will have to do is trim, bind and label when it comes back.

Quilt Now BOM
Still much hand quilting to do here.

Frame Box Quilt for Siblings Together
Yay! An actual finish and ready to post on to Siblings Together soon.

Cosy Christmas Quilt
In spite of my hopes not to be leaving this until next Christmas to finish I think I only manage to stitch some appliqué on one block this quarter.  Maybe I'll make better progress next quarter.

Miss Winkle Scarf
I added one more loop to this scarf this quarter but am seriously considering frogging it and switching to a Hitchhiker Shawl (by the same knit designer).  The loops aren't hard but they do interrupt the flow when I really want to just keep knitting.  Still thinking it over.

Wonky Stars Baby Quilt
Another finish ready to gift to a new little star!  It looks so sweet all quilted and crinkly.

Ironing Board Cover
Sorted and much better looking than the disgrace it replaced!

Well, I knew 8 project finishes was rather hopeful a target.  I would have liked more than 3 but I guess at least the list is a little bit shorter than it was at the beginning of the Quarter.

How about you?  How did you get on this quarter?  I'm off to check out the linky party and see how you've all been getting on.

2017 FAL: Quarter 1 End Tutorials Week #1

It's tutorials week for the end of Quarter 1 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long, so our hosts and friends of FAL have some lovely new "How-Tos" planned to share with you.

Today, Abigail (Cut and Alter) is sharing a handy one-stop tutorial for making HSTs as singles and as a number of multiples too (2, 4, or 8 at a time).  Why not pop over and take a peek at her tutorial?  You might want to bookmark it for future reference.

Remember to keep linking up those Quarter 1 finishes before 1st April too!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

2017 FAL: Quarter 1 Finishes Link Up

It might be hard to believe but we have made it to the end of the first quarter of the 2017 FAL and it's time to link up your Q1 finishes! In addition to completing all those UFOs on your lists, we hope you have taken the first 3 months of 2017 to get to know all of our new hosts! The 2017 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:
  • Sarah - Sew me - Northern Ireland
Social Media Director
  Before you link up, let's give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:  
For the 2017 FAL, we continue tutorial week. Here is the schedule so you can visit them all:
The 2017 Q1 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs - you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on each blog. Link-up "rules":
  • Add one link for each finish. If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately. Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.
  • Please ensure that the photo or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the appropriate quarter).
  • Please become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and comment. We all need encouragement so let's applaud each other. The 2017 FAL Facebook page is here and follow us on Instagram @finishlong and tag your photos #2017FALQ1yourname (substitute your name), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your lists.
  • Our hosts will also link their finishes to share in the community, but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.
The Q1 Finishes link will stay open from now thru April 1, 2017 - link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don't miss out. The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings. We will post the winners on each hosts' blog.

And, don't forget to start making your Q2 lists as the Q2 list link opens on April 2nd.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Scrappy Plans for Potluck Quilt

This is my box of 3.5" scrap squares.  The lid only just about goes on that tub now so it's time to put these pretties to use.  With another cousin expecting a baby this year and time at a premium around here I'm keeping it simple and small.  My plan is to stitch together a scrappy quilt something similar to this one I found on Pinterest a long time ago.  It's called a Potluck quilt but I think that's more to do with the random fabrics and their placement than an actual pattern name.

I have edited my fabric scraps a little since I don't know if the baby is a boy or girl and I want to avoid anything too girly.

I'm hoping this works, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the low volume pattern in the squares layout becomes a little more evident when the top is properly pieced.  In this picture it's not really as obvious as I had been hoping.  Anyway, let's carry on regardless ...

Monday, 20 March 2017

Siblings Together - Frame Box Quilt

There has been progress of the finishing kind in these here parts!  Yay!

Last Feb (2016) I started working with my scrap boxes to pull together some Frame Box Blocks - tutorial here - with a view to making a bright, cheery quilt for Siblings Together.  I hadn't expected it to take so long to reach its conclusion but still, it's a finish now and although it didn't make last summer's Siblings Together camps, it will be there on time for this year's camps.

While the mix of fabrics in these blocks wasn't always what I might have otherwise chosen to stitch together, sometimes I think with scrappy quilts I just have to let go of my tendency to order and remember that scrappy quilts are about the bigger picture, not the individual blocks.  So, yes, not all of the blocks are truly beautiful, but look at the overall effect of that riot of colour.  It's not really so bad, is it?  Can you see what I mean about the bigger picture?

I quilted in vertical lines through the blocks in 7 places and twice across the horizontal just to give it a bit better hold.  Where my lines are a wee bit less than straight, a tumble in the wash and dryer have softened them up a bit (and hidden the multitude of wobbly sins).

Finished with hot pink polka dot binding this quilt really does look bright.  I hope that the child who receives it at this summer's camp will be cheered by it and the memories that will be associated with their Sibling through the camp too.  That's what it's all about!

This is a finish for my FAL 2017 Quarter 1 list too.

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