WIP Wed…

I have been cutting out this morning.

cutting out wip 07.10.15

Cutting out always takes so long and when you are done, it never looks that impressive for the time it takes.  Anyone else ever feel like this?

Well, these are to become pencil rolls, like this one.  This was a gift for Sweetpea’s best friend last year.

Open pencil roll for iris

And when rolled up, they look like this.

pencil roll and colouring book

One is a gift Sweetpea needs for Saturday, so it has a deadline. The second is an order for a customer and the third?  Well, I realised that I have made these for gifts and orders, but never for us.  I always have a pencils (thank goodness it’s not crayons anymore as they make so much mess in the bottom of your bag) rolling around in my handbag and a spare note pad.  They are so useful.  But, have you seen the new colouring in books that you can get now?  We bought one a couple of weeks ago and even Dr S has been tempted to sit and colour.  I like them that the pages are decent paper and are perforated so each page can be removed.  No more battling the book to get it to lie flat and I don’t have to have a book per child.  Result!  So a pencil roll for me is in order and I am not going to complain with a little colouring, just to help of course, I won’t get obsessed about the lines, honest!

Over the weekend, I did get time at my machine and carried on quilting my sampler quilt.  I was on the second panel, did you notice that slip?  I was.  Yes I have done the second panel.

Here is the front and all my hard work is not really obvious.

2nd row sampler quilted

However, when you turn it over and look at the back…

2nd middle quilted back

I have used each block as a guide for the quilting.  I looks lovely, but it does mean lots of stop starts, direction changes and ends to finish.  But…. I love the finish it is giving it.

2nd end middle quilted back

I am now appreciating the fact that they are in panels as manipulating bigger pieces through my machine would have been much harder.  I may have given up and opted for an easier repeat pattern.

2nd middle end quilted back

As much as I love the finish it is getting, if I did another one, I would hand quilt it.  When I hand quilted my cushion cover I loved the flexibility it gave me.  Each project is different.  Which do you prefer?  Hand or machine quilting?

Lunch now.

Take care

Fiona

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This week I have mostly……

..been running around like I don’t know what.  The kids are back at school and I am still not sure what happened to the summer.  I found myself hanging washing in the garden and looking round, felt out of place.  It had been a long time since I had been there.  How could I feel like this?  I’d cut the grass, hung out washing, put stuff in the compost bin and watered plants, but actually spend time there?  No!  I realised that we hadn’t had any days where we just played in the garden.  No dens or tents had been put up, no toys migrated nor had the paddling pool been unpacked.  Was I sleeping? I feel like a piece of time has been stolen from me.

I usually enjoy the summer holidays with the kids, no packed lunches, no timetables, etc.  This year, it all seems to have flown by and no, the weather has not helped.  Here is north oxon, the summer peaked at the beginning of July.  It is most definitely autumn now.

I am trying to be more organised, selfishly, so I can get more sewing done.  I am breaking projects down into smaller parts and just completing sections at a time, rather than trying to squeeze a gallon into a pint pot.

This is how I have been getting on….

At the start of the week, I was working on the edging for my ripple blanket.  I have finally finished, well, made it large enough for my daughters bed, the ripple blanket.  I have enjoyed making it, but did fall out of love for a while.  I think trying to do too much of it in one go, did that.

Edging being done

I finished the edging one evening and it was promptly grabbed by Sweatpea and taken to bed.  She has been sleeping under it for the last couple of nights.  As there was some sun this morning, here are a couple of pictures.

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I am really pleased with it and walking past her door this morning, this site made me smile.

bedroom door

Her brothers is in the same place!

Dr S's bed

On taking this photo though, I do think his needs a wash (next week, I have sewing to do).

Between this and sewing, I will get to that, I managed to bake Lemon Drizzle cake.

lemon drizzle cake

We all need a bit of cake.  My kids like having a piece in their lunch boxes, which may or may not be better than a small chocolate bar.  I say its better, but that might just be me justifying me baking something else equally yummy.

The sewing, well a couple of years ago, I went on a sampler quilt course, and yes you guessed it.  It is a WIP.  There blocks are done, they are attached, so what is the problem.  Well I normally make a whole top, baste layers, quilt them, bind them and voila!  This course wanted you to make it in sections, not quite quilt as you go, but sort of in the vein.  Being truthful, I can’t quite get my head round it.  I think I am further along than I feel, because its all in sections, but …..

Last week I quilted one set of three blocks.

1st row sampler quilt

Yesterday, I layered up and pin basted the next set of three, which is what I am planning on quilting later today.

Row 2 sampler quilt

Here are all nine.

sampler quilt 2015

There is to be a pieced border, if I follow the original instructions.  I am going to quilt these, join them and decide.

So these are my makes for the week.  What have you been making?

Fingers crossed the sun stays around a bit longer.

Talk soon

Fiona