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My third quarter proposal

Finish Along 2014
Ever the optimist, I've decided to put quite a few things on my list for this quarter of the FAL - many of them are small things which somehow seem to get missed in the 'spare' time I have left once I've made the month's bee blocks (once they are finished I allow myself to machine sew things other than bee blocks but until that point, I try very hard to stick to the 'if you're using the machine, you should be using it to make bee blocks' rule that I've imposed on myself.  It (mostly) works!) and get passed over for other things.  I think that most of my list this quarter involves machine piecing so I'm going to have to make bee blocks in the first fortnight of the month to give myself even a fighting chance!!  Oh well, here goes nothing!!

1.  First up (but not necessarily the first thing I'll tackle!) is the sewing machine embroidery I completed last quarter.  (Or maybe it was the quarter before that!)  I'm going to turn it into a cushion and I've chosen the border and backing fabrics,  I just need to take my courage in both hands and cut the evenweave down to the right size!

Sewing machine embroidery which will become a cushion

2.  This stack of fabric is destined to become a cushion.  I need to find some buttons for the back and possibly some binding fabric as well as, obviously, actually making the panel!

This will become a cushion

3.  I'd really like to get going on the blue and white quilt that I'm making for my mam - I've made 225 (I think!) blocks (a combination of nine patches and snowballs) and am joining them together in sections.  The main problem with this project is that it's really tedious and the most I can manage to join in one afternoon/sewing session is ten blocks (in two rows of five) so it's going to take ages to get this to a finished top!  I'm ever hopeful, though!

Blue and white quilt
Blue and white nine patch and snowball quilt.  

4.  A friend went to France on holiday earlier this year and brought me back the makings of a tote bag.  I don't think it'll take long to make, once I've worked out exactly what I want to make!

This will become a bag

5.  A friend's little one has recently got a 'mid sleeper bed' as an early 6th birthday present and it has a den-type space underneath.  She would like this to be like a tent and I have been volunteered to make curtains to tie across the front and end of the frame.  So far, I have a series of messy diagrams (mine) and some bright pink polycotton.  I'm having a sewing afternoon with my mam tomorrow (we're going to sew and listen to her Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons CDs; we've been to see The Jersey Boys (the film) twice in the last fortnight but it's not at the pictures any longer so we need to get our Frankie fix another way this week!) and I'm taking this with me.  I know it's a direct violation of the 'bee blocks first' rule but this is a tedious project so I thought that if I didn't have any alternative (other than singing along to Frankie and watching Mam sew) then I'd have to tackle it.

bed tent for H
Curtains for H's underbed den

6.  I'd really like to spend this winter watching Christmas films while hand quilting my Christmas Cherry quilt.  So far I have all the points made and attached to the big QSTs (and the background squares for the corners cut and ready to attach) but I'm not happy with how the seam allowances are sitting at the point (next photo) as I altered the directions the seams were going to be pressed after I'd sewn and tried to fudge it.  It didn't work so I'm going to do a little bit of unpicking (just the relevant sections!) and then restitch, re-press and reattach!  I then need to decide on a couple of extra rows to add top and bottom so that the quilt becomes a rectangle, rather than a square.

Christmas Cherry
Christmas Cherry so far - two star sides attached

Christmas Cherry close up
Christmas Cherry - the bits that need unpicking!

7.  I've recently tried my hand at hardanger and discovered that I really like it!  I'd like to finish this small piece before tackling something larger.

Hardanger in a lovely bright green!

8.  Finally, I'm also about to start another Leaf Evolution shawl, this time it's for someone else and I'm using this gorgeous green yarn.  The yarn is hand dyed and there's a slight colour difference so I'm going to have to alternate the balls throughout the project, without getting in a tangle.  Please could anyone with tips on how to avoid a tangle please pipe up?

A new shawl
There's no rush for this project but I'd like to make a start and do half a dozen or so repeats of the body pattern.

Meanwhile, Archie will be enjoying the sunshine testing out the paving and keeping a weather eye on the plants:

I'll have you know that I'm fulfilling a very important rôle here - I'm listening to the plants growing.

as well as defending one of his favourite beds from usurpers:

Let's get one thing straight: this is my bed and you're not having it.  I'm willing to let you lie on one of my towels but not this bed.  Got it?  Flick your tail if you have any questions.  No?  Good!

Thanks for popping in!  If you're also joining the FAL this quarter then good luck.  If you're not joining in then why not?!!!

P.S.  I think I still owe a few of you replies to your comments for my last post or so.  I'm sorry I'm behind but making the Oakshott project and writing the tutorial wore me out and I've been struggling to spend much time on the computer.  I will catch up, I promise!


  1. What a great list. I made a hardangar ring pillow for friends a few years back. I loved making it but I have never in my life unpicked something so many times!

  2. I love all your projects. Really like the idea of handstitching a Chrismas quilt! Charly has eaten her bed and has nothing to defend from Wilbur. I think every now and again of making her one but it wouldn't last either! All the best for Q3 - there will be some lovely finishes here I'm sure!

  3. Fabulous projects! That bright pink fabric will make a gorgeous den. Your hardanger looks amazing, one day I might have a go!

  4. Smashing projects on your list. You need to intersperse the tedious one with the others so that it gets done without you really noticing it. Love the variety of stitching you plan to tackle. Good luck with frankie and the curtains!

  5. Good luck with the list! I have to admit the curtains would be filling me with the most dread too!

  6. Aren't we crazy . . . "no sewing until the Bee blocks / Swap blocks / etc" are done. And then we are exhausted!
    'Tis a pity Archie's (lovely) paws cant hold a needle...or get his hairy offsider to earn his keep/holiday/towel-in-the-sun. You'd get those projects finished in "no-time".
    Gorgeous "Blue and White" . . . . lots of loveliness there, and such even piecing.

  7. Love your list! I look forward to seeing your finishes. And sweet Archie

  8. I'm not sewing along this quarter, I'll reserve all of my energy to cheer you on :)

  9. Lots if ovely projects! I really like the Christmas one, and the nine patch and snowball one, good luck x

  10. Hi! All your projects are beautiful! I love the blue quilt, and the Christmas quilt, and the pillow Fabrics ... and Archie! Hugs to both of your puppies! x Teje

  11. I don't envy the curtains project (I made patio door ones once and never again) but the embroidery will look stunning all finished off.

  12. Lovely selection of projects & different techniques to stop you getting bored. Are you hand piecing your mum's blue & white??

  13. Variety is the spice of life and it's all here - except for Archie and his sleepy poses! I hope you make progress with everything here. Especially the Christmas quilt ! What has happened to the hexies BTW?

  14. I have a Frankie Valley and the 4 Seasons CD too, so I know how good it is for tedious tasks.
    This looks like a good list, hope you get the progress on it that you want

  15. Good luck with those. You have some beautiful projects to finish up :)

  16. The aqua fabrics for the cushion are lovely. I haven't seen the Jersey Boys movie yet, but I saw the theatre production two years ago and loved it. I bought the show CD.

  17. Wow, great list! I can't wait to see your blue and white quilt done, I so want to make one of those one day! xo

  18. Wow! I really am impressed. so many gorgeous things to do. Actually I like all of them. You DO know how to make the most wonderful combinations.
    My number one is the quilt you for your mum. I totally adore it. Is it difficult to make the snowballs? Looks a bit tricky.

    Before I forget : each time I open your blog, I get really happy because of Archie who is looking so cosy and so smart in your banner. Cherish that dog because he is so cute.

    Enjoy finishing your projects!


    P.S. Glad that you like my stone art. I'll bring some of them home, perhaps I can make a statue :)


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