Saturday, 11 October 2014

FAL Q4: The Proposal

Finish Along 2014


I think I may have been visited by madness when compiling this list.  For the last couple of months I've been adding projects as I thought about/remembered them and all of a sudden I seem to have the most enormous list of things I'd like to get finished.  Fortunately, my natural realism has reasserted itself and I know I'm not going to get all of these finished in three months (or even half of them in double the time!) but I'm going to give it a good go!

Pin cushion plans
Pin cushion
I'm in need of a new pin cushion and am going to make a larger version of the small EPP Japanese pin cushions I've made in the past.  This would be a good evening project, I just need to bury my complete dislike of EPP for a fortnight or so!!

Dresden little quilt
Dresden little quilt
This gorgeous fabric is going to become a Dresden plate which will then be turned into a little quilt for my sewing room wall - I think I'm going to add some embroidery around the edge (and possibly in the centre), if I can decide on the colours of thread and background!

Christmas tree decorations
Tree decorations
A friend gave me this kit for Christmas last year and I'd like to hang the decorations on the tree this year.  If I just do a few minutes at a time then the skin on my hands will hopefully cope with the wool felt and I'll get them made!

Mr Fancy Pants Pouch
Mr Fancy Pants Pouch
When I entered Katy's giveaway (in March this year), I promised that I would take Mr Fancy Pants Pouch on a trip to Whitby for an ice cream and a stagger up the 199 steps (followed by a very, very, very long rest at the top.  And a cake.); I need to get him made so I can keep my promise.

Felt picture
Felt embroidery
This felt embroidery has been on my FAL list before and I didn't do anything with it.  I've now decided to put it in this frame, embroidered (possibly) onto some sort of background (possibly a solid the same shade as that plummy-pink felt?).  Once I decide what I'm doing and find the right background, this could be quite a rapid finish!  (Famous last words...)

Blueberry Park pouch
Blueberry Park pouch
I won this gorgeous pencil case in Jan's giveaway (in September 2013) and I really need to make it, rather than admiring Karen's packaging and printed fabric!

Hand quilted panel
Hand quilted panel - this desperately needs a press!
This is the first thing I quilted when I was learning to quilt with a hoop and two thimbles (before this I used neither but the pain got too much and it was either learn a new way of hand quilting or give up!) and is going to become a cushion, possibly with pale pink binding.

ET test block
ET block - Something else which is also desperate for a press!
I made this test block before I committed to making a whole quilt of these wonderful ET block (designed by Lynne, pattern here) and then put it aside once the excitement of the 'real' project took over.  This is going to become a little quilt for my sewing room wall.

Clock
Clock
Nicky kindly sent me the hardware to make my own clock and I thought these 10" squares would make lovely feature fabrics in a clock block.  I have a block in mind (this hexy), I just need to scale it up and decide on fabric placement.

Sewing machine print
Sewing machine print
I'm the proud owner of a sewing machine print by Emily and I want to turn it into a little quilt for my sewing room wall (yes, I think this is the quarter of the little quilt!).  I'm pondering adding some embroidery but I'm worried that might spoil it!

Cushion
Aqua and grey cushion - the colour is dreadful in this photo, sorry!  There's a much better photo here 
This is a rollover from last quarter and has moved on, but only a little!  It's going to be a cushion...eventually!


Cushion cover kit
Seamstar cushion kit
I won this fabulous cushion cover kit from Seamstar when Kerry had a giveaway (in May this year) and now is the time to make it, I hope!!

Draught excluder
Draught excluder
A few years ago (three?  Four?) I bought this stunningly ugly draught excluder (the colour is far, far worse in real life!) with the intention of covering it before I used it.  I've finally decided that denim would be the best fabric to use (my first choice was cord but that would be a nightmare with Archie's hair!) and I'm hoping that it won't take long to make.  I helped Mam cover hers and it took about half an hour so if I factor in a little more time (to dismantle a jeans' leg) then an hour or so should see it finished.  Provided I don't add any embellishment, that is!

I seem to have started something new...
Bargello canvaswork
I started this canvaswork last week and have become more than slightly obsessed with it.  It's going to be a purse and could be finished in a relatively short amount of time, once I've decided on a zip colour!

Christmas Cherry progress
Christmas Cherry
Another rollover!  I stand a snowball in Hell's chance of finishing this before the quarter is up but I'm adding it to the (massive) list anyway.  You never know, if we have a really cold winter then I may spend lots of time under this, hand quilting and watching Christmas films, while trying not to turn the heating on too often!!


Now do you see what I meant about being touched with madness?!  I wonder if I can just link up the same list for the five quarters..?


While I was taking photos of all these proposals, Archie managed to finally make it upstairs and into my sewing room (I worked out a way to prop the stair gate open without it falling off the wall (it's now fixed, I hope!) and carried him up and then back down when I was finished - I have another gate at the top to stop him coming back down) and he immediately made himself at home:

Back where I belong...under the sewing table!
Back where I belong, under the sewing table. (The whinging paid off!)
Ahhhhh...bliss!
Ahhhh...bliss!!

I just have a couple of 'housekeeping' items before I go.  Would anyone like this small make-up case?

Make up case
Free to a good home!
I think it would be ideal for a little EPP kit or similar.  It's about 6" high, 7" wide and 4" deep and is made of some sort of leather/leather alternative (I can't tell!) and is free to a good home.  All I ask is that you pay the postage (I think it will go as a small parcel but I'll confirm the postage with you before I send it) and I'll give first dibs to someone in the UK.  It's never been used (it was a Christmas gift from my hairdresser's salon) but it feels too good to just throw out.  If no one wants it then I'll give it to a charity shop but I thought I'd offer it here first.  Just shout if you're interested!


Finally but most importantly, are you the lovely someone who bought me a surprise copy of 'Little Quilts' by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger?  It arrived this week and I have no idea who it's from but I'd like to say thank you.  You don't need to identify yourself if you don't want to (either here or by email!) but I wanted to let you know how thoughtful it was and what a brilliant book it is!  In fact, I can see me being tempted to make several of the little quilts in the book rather than the little quilts on this list (don't tell Katy, she might tell me off.  Don't tell Nicky, either, she'll definitely tell me off!!).  Thank you, friend, you're a proper treasure!!

I hope you're all having a good weekend.  I must go, I've got a ridiculous FAL list to tackle!  Thanks for popping in!

25 comments:

  1. I fell so much better about my list now. You have a lot of great projects here, I hope you get them all done.

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  2. Might be ridiculous list but it's full of lovelies and I think will be a great challenge for this quarter. Ready, steady, go!

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  3. I thought I was going all out with my list but now I feel much better about it now I've seen yours. I didn't know you could still buy draught excluders and was thinking about making one ! Good luck with your list!

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  4. Your list of projects may be long, but it is full of wonderfully pretty things. I can't wait to see the Dresden Plate project - those fabrics are beautiful!

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  5. That is one very impressive list. I've not yet gone through my closet for UFO's. not sure I want to know : )

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  6. Wow Helen, that's quite a list, but lots of lovelies there!. I too have a draught excluder to finish, but I didn't put it on my list.

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  7. Fabulous list Helen and your sewing g room wall will look amazing when you get it all finished

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  8. Ahhhh, sweet Archie. Glad he's doing okay. Gosh, that's some list. Is there a time scale?

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  9. Wow! That's quite a list! So pleased the book arrived! Just a wee thank you for all your lovely wisdom! Jxo

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  10. Fantastic list! The long ones are the best!

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  11. That is a mammoth list! Good luck with that, you're going to need it me thinks :) xx

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  12. Well now, that's just mind boggling! Beautiful projects and off you go. The surprise pressie is a lovely thing for someone to do. So pleased you have such nice friends.

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  13. Beautiful fabrics for your Mr Fancy Pants bag; you will stun Whitby when you stroll along the prom carrying that. Please post a photo when you do!

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  14. Your list is longer than mine! Just thought you'd like to know *wink* and I would be a total hypocrite if I told you off about anything - I'll leave that to Katy! I am wanting you to get Christmas Cherry done so you can quilt under it watching those Christmas films while I stitch Nordik! But those wall quilts might be a quicker target!

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  15. Holy wow! Lol. I only tell Nicky off, she makes it such an easy sport ;o)

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  16. Yup that's a huge list! But doesn't it feel better out of your head and onto paper .. erm ... blog post?! I'm loving all the little quilts you are going to make for your sewing room wall and Archie looks very happy to be by the humming sewing machine again :)

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  17. I feel much better about my UFO list (and about starting another 2 this weekend!) now! Could you see two straight leg jeans lefty together at the raw edge, tie one end like s cracker, deconstruct the draft excluder, stuff the stuffing into the jeans legs and tie the last opening?

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  18. Yeah that's a pretty optimistic list for sure, I hope you get at least a couple of finishes done to keep that Nicky off your back ;) Also how do you win so many giveaways you lucky thing, you?

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  19. Yeah that's a pretty optimistic list for sure, I hope you get at least a couple of finishes done to keep that Nicky off your back ;) Also how do you win so many giveaways you lucky thing, you?

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  20. always good to start big !! even if you only get a few things done you went in with enthusiasm :) just love your hand quilted flower - I think you should start that first ! what a lovely surprise to get the little quilts book - there are some cuties in there but they can go on next year's list ! also looking forward to seeing the clock - how wonderful of Nicky to send you all you need ! big kisses to Archie :)

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  21. Hi! Again so beautiful Fabrics and projects! Good luck with your list! I don't make anymore lists - just idea-lists. Hugs to you and Archie! x Teje

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  22. Wow what a list! Can't wait to see you get these knocked over one at a time. So glad to hear Archie is on the improve and back in his spot. Hope you have a great day!

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  23. And I thought that my list was long! I can't believe that I forgot to add the panel(s) that I bought from Emily to my list - they'll have to wait until next quarter I suppose :0)

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  24. Impressive list :)
    Looking forward to seeing what you get checked off

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  25. I'm glad Archie is feeling better and adapting to being carried up and down! Your list is longer than mine! We'd best get busy!!

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