Saturday, 18 October 2014

RSC14 week 42: the last of the oranges and one brown.

September's Challenge colour was orange. This week I made the last two orange blocks

orange: ribbons and kick
brown: maple leaf
and my first brown block. I used a tan fabric in the background and although tan may be an orangey brown, I think it is distinctively browner than the orange fabrics I used. Many thanks to everyone who joined in the discussion two weeks ago on the subject of whether or not tan counted as brown. I'm pleased with the result here, and think it does.

I'm linking up to Soscrappy, so hop over there to see what other autumnal browns have been brewing this week.

Happy Sewing


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

RSC 14 week 41: orange catch up

Every month there's a different colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This month there are three colours: brown, grey and black. Brown? But this isn't brown! No this is orange, last month's colour, because I missed September and I'm trying to catch up. As yet, not very successfully!

Plus block, but minus the rest!
I missed September because I was on holiday in Portugal, where the temperature was about 10 to 15 degrees Celsius warmer than it was here. I hope to post some photos of the holiday village I was staying in later this week.

Linking to Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014.

Happy Sewing


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Finish Along Q4

Finish Along 2014

Each quarter Katy at The Littlest Thistle hosts a finish along for all types of craft projects.

Last quarter I failed to reach my target, so this time I hope it's more within my reach.

My projected finishes for the fourth quarter of 2014 are:

1. Toadstool house

This appliqué panel to practise using the appliquick tools was on my lists for the last two quarters so it must definitely be finished this quarter. I took it on holiday with me in September but firstly couldn't work out how to make the windows and secondly left the appliquick tools at home! With the windows the appliqué will be finished, then it needs borders and quilting and maybe some embroidery.

2. Mats for bedside tables

These now have borders to make the mats up to size, so I need to layer, quilt and add the binding. They should be finished this week!! (Ever hopeful!)

3. Tulips on the Table

This photo was taken in Portugal when I had just finished the appliqué. Since returning home I have layered but can't go any further until I have white hand quilting thread. This just needs quilting and binding, both of which will be partly hand and partly machine.

I also have other WIPs but no hope of finishing them this quarter. I hope this is a more realistic list than the last two quarters!

I'm linking up to The Littlest Thistle so head over there to see what others hope to achieve this quarter.

Good luck with all the finishes everyone!

Happy sewing


Sunday, 5 October 2014

RSC14: week 40: More browns than I thought!

I have more browns than I remembered, although I'm not sure if the light tan/orange pieces in the middle left really count as brown. What do you think?
I'm surprised at how good they look together; I'd expected a pile of browns to have a very muddy look to them.
I'm looking forward to some more sampler blocks this month.

Linking up to


Happy sewing


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Third cushion finally finished.

This is my third finish for the

Finish Along 2014

Back in July I submitted my list of projects I hoped to finish this quarter. I only managed to finish three items. A fourth is nearly finished: I'm quilting it now, and the other two didn't get much of a look in, I'm afraid.

My living room needed three cushions, and now it has three spanking new ones. The last cushion cover put together and washed yesterday evening.

Most of this was finished more than a month ago, but I was really stumped as to how I was going to quilt the outer border of the top. I thought it should echo the chevron design of the patchwork, but thought FMQing chevrons was too risky - all those inevitably wobbly lines and uneven angles!

I spent most of September in Portugal, without a sewing machine, but with lots of inspiration from all that Moorish architecture (some genuine, but a lot of reproduction!) A restaurant floor provided the answer: Greek keys - angular and continuous. (I didn't have to go to Portugal for that, any Greek restaurant in Holland has the same design everywhere!)

Greek Keys, or waves
(inevitably wobbly - but who cares?!)

the overall effect is not so bad ...!

The back is the same design of envelope closing as the other two cushion covers, following Elizabeth Hartman's mod mosaic floor pillow tutorial here.

The two panels are a simple loopy pattern I've used before on the underneath section,

and McTavishing on the upper, or outer, section. I was very lucky to win a copy of Karen McTavish's new book in a give away held by Karen Miller, and it arrived in time to get me fired up for the back of this cushion.

first attempt at McTavishing.

Here are all three cushions together:

I'm linking up to the Littlest Thistle for the Third Quarter Finish Along Party.

Happy sewing


Saturday, 27 September 2014

RSC 14: September orange month

Each month Angela, at Soscrappy, posts a colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and September's colour has been orange. 

I have been away for most of the month, and haven't been able to make the sampler blocks she has posted.

However, I have made five orange hexagon flowers, here posing in the early morning Portuguese shade. This is all the orange fabric I brought with me, but I got some other colours made too. 

They are made of 1" hexagons, mostly cut from scraps, although I see a couple of new FQs in there too. I am using the English Paper Piecing method, using papers I printed from the Internet.

Click the button for RCS14 in the margin on Saturday to see what others have made this month. I hope to be able to link this post up too, but the last couple of Saturdays didn't manage to copy the link to my post on my iPad. 

Finally, yesterday's  orange sunset over the Bay of Lagos. 

Happy sewing


Saturday, 20 September 2014

What I'm working on this week (week 38)

I shall be away from my computer for a few weeks, but have scheduled a few posts for during my absence. I shall also try to post via mobile Blogger from my iPad, but I haven't tested that successfully yet. 
I know that I shall have infrequent access to the Internet, so I may not be able to respond to your comments very quickly.

This will be very short, I'm afraid, I haven't got the hang of using the iPad Blogger app.

Remember these?

One orange flower made at 30 000 feet and now resting on some rather drought affected Cana leaves.

There are now two more orange flowers and some other colours. I am surprised how quickly they are coming together in odd moments.

I also managed to finish the appliqué on the Tulips on the Table. This was a kit I bought from Birdblocks Quilt Shop in Amsterdam earlier this year. The quilting will be one of my first projects to pick up when I return home.

Happy Sewing