Sunday 25 March 2012

One Xmas Item A Month

This month my intention was to make a candle mat with matching fabrics from my Tis The Season. I got an early start cutting out diamond templates from feezer paper and ironing them onto the material and cut them out ready to join. When I sat down to stitch this week it just didn't go right. I started by using the English paper pieced method but wasn't happy with my points so I decided to hand piece which I haven't done before and eventually when my seams wouldn't meet I did some un-sewing. Then I had an urge to make hexies ... so as not to waste material I worked out I could make 2 x 1/2" hexies from each diamond and so my candle mat has evolved and has grown thus far ....

I'll be popping by to see what all our clever elves have created for their items this month so leave a comment or an email and your lovely pictures will be added to the page above.

Happy Christmas Sewing and remember no stress. If your item didn't get finished this month it can be an early start for April :)

Friday 9 March 2012

Small Finishes

This month I seem to be working on the therory of finish the little things first and then move onto the big ones.

This afternoon I put the finishing stitches in block 2 of  'Seasons Of' designed by Dawn for 'Sew It's Finished'.

Last week I finished the first block which was designed by Wendy.

Also this week I finished stitching 2 blocks for Tis The Season and added the sashings. I had started stitching one of them in February and traced the second one last week. I'm stitching along with Susan, Ann-Marie and Sam and 'Here Comes Santa' was our block for March.

'Tis The Season' could be done whenever.

So far I've used 3 of the 4 fabrics and I can't wait till I get to use the 4th which is my favourite.  I've also cut out templates and fabric for some paper piecing to make a start on my 1 Xmas Item ... I love having some handwork to sit with at night.

Happy Stitching

Wednesday 7 March 2012

March Goals

With February already a week behind me I'm only just getting around to checking of my list of goals. Some horrible bug had be me feeling miserable for more than a few days but hopefully it's gone now.
Surprisingly I was able to cross off everything on my February list and even made a small start on the RD block and another TTS block.
Complete Month 11 ~ BISS BOM
Complete brother's quilt
1 Xmas Item
Work on a UFO ~ Calendar Quilt
Tis The Season Block
Find backing fabric and prepare next Red Delicious block
My secret is making short lists of things I am fairly sure of achieving and any extras are a bonus. Helps me to keep focused and not get dis-heartened when time runs short.
Month 12 ~ BISS BOM
(Work on 2" squares border)
1 Xmas Item
Tis The Season
Pin Cushion
Work on UFO ~ Horse Quilt
Last month I placed an order for my 2011 Blog Book and it arrived last week ... full of lovely memories. My kids sat down at Christmas and had fun looking through my previous books.

I'm off to work on something from my March list.
Happy Sewing

Thursday 1 March 2012

A Quiet Welcome to Autumn

No housework ... so sewing ... lots of sleeping.  Just catching up on some favourite blogs while my nose is taking a break from dripping ... yuk!