Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Finish-a-long 2019 – Q1, finish 1

Back in January, I signed up for the Finish-a-long and for Q1 I came up with a list of 6 projects ranging from quilt tops needing quilting to simple sewing of practical things.

It will come as no surprise that the quilts are still waiting and that I have finished one of the simple projects. A piece of felted wool is now a thick ironing pad.

Before

After :-)

There was not a lot of sewing involved but a piece of fabric bought for a specific purpose is now a usable item so I'll count it as a Finish.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Quiltfest 2019

On Sunday I spent an enjoyable couple of hours at Quiltfest in Llangollen. I’d not been to this event before, but it was localish, the forecast was good and there was free parking, so it made sense to go.

There were three exhibitions in the Pavilion. “Just One Day” and “In Print” appeared to be smaller, pictorial style art quilts, but a few larger quilts (which I think were from Colwyn Quilters and some of the traders) were on display in the main hall.
 

More quilts were on display in the museum in the town including a collection of modern sampler quilts inspired by a project series in The Quilter magazine by Helen Howes. I particularly enjoyed looking at these quilts and seeing how people had created a variety of quilts from the same set of instructions.


The Sunday was “traders day” so admission was a little dearer (£3.50 rather than £2), but about the same as P&P if I were to order anything online. There were half a dozen or so traders in the Pavilion and I managed to get what I was after (grey thread) as well as several other bits and pieces.
 

I’d certainly consider going again next year as the smaller scale of event made a nice change from the crowds at Festival of Quilts.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Finish-a-long 2019 – my list for Q1

I’ve decided to take part in the current Finish-a-Along in an attempt to complete some WIPs and actually use some of fabrics that I got for specific purposes, but have been sat in my stash for too long.


Rather than list all my WIPs for the year in this post, I’ve picked half a dozen projects for this first quarter that are a mix of those that need to be done as soon as possible and those are likely to be a quick and easy project to keep me motivated. I think it unlikely that my long term EPP projects will feature at all as realistically they are not going to be completed this year.

So here are my projects for this quarter:
 


1. Animal quilt. 
This is for my great nephew who arrived last summer. The quilt top was completed last autumn, but it has sat waiting to be sandwiched, quilted and bound for several months.
 


2. BOM quilt. 
I completed a series of BOMs last year and managed to get a completed quilt top assembled late in December. My target for this year is to have it as a completed quilt and donated to Project Linus.


3. Siblings Together quilt. 
These are left overs from the Leeds MQG Siblings Together block drive in November 2018 which I said I would make into a quilt top to send to Siblings Together for quilting and binding.

4. Pencil skirt. 
I picked up this dog tooth check in a destash at Leeds MQG and the plan was to turn it into a simple pull on pencil skirt. I don’t have a pattern in mind - just a centre back seam, a few darts and an elasticated waist, but I keep putting it off as I know I should get out the overlocker for neatening the seams and hem.


5. Felted wool ironing pad. 
This hasn’t been in the stash for very long as I only got it as the Harrogate Stitching and Knitting Show last November with a view to making an ironing pad for pressing blocks. I saw some at the show, but they were £20+, so I am hoping that this £5 piece of felted wool will do the job instead.


6. Reusable “plastic” bags. 
Again, a recent addition to stash bought with a specific purpose in mind. I got this organza to make lightweight bags to use instead of plastic bags for loose fruit and veg. I just need to decide what type of bag to make (drawstring and/or tie handle) and whether a larger version would be useful for fabric purchases now that bags are no long free at Abakhan.

Well, those are my projects for Q1, hopefully not too many will carry over to Q2.

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