Selfish Sewing

I started 2015 with this intention, so how is that I’m into April 2015 and everything I’m making so far is for someone else?  😳

I need to get cracking on finishing some quilts for me. So my to do list stands like this:

  • Quilt & bind Sound Energy Quilt – for a friend, but first being exhibited (a post to follow on this)
  • Finish Elemental Strip & Flip – this is a joint project between Jack and I. He wants to make a quilt for himself, we have it stripped, time to get the flip on.
  • My Road to Liberty quilt. I have all the pieces assembled, I just need to trim and start building the top. MINE!
  • Secret quilt design that is in progress… That’s all I’m saying other than this will be MINE!
  • Farming quilt for Adam, he’s begging for one, so I better make!
  • Two baby girl quilt gifts
  • Pocketful of Posies tunic top – I have the fabric, I must make!

I have a list of other patterns and bundles assigned, I need to make at least one of them in 2015… Otherwise the stash will keep growing and no quilts coming out the other end!

So 2015 isn’t all that selfish so far, maybe I’m not cut out for only sewing for myself!!! Really, what I promised myself is I wouldn’t get involved in swaps or bees this year… We’ll see how the rest of the year goes 😉

Ax

Swooning Along

Back in 2013, I fell for the Swoon Quilt by Camille Roskelley at ThimbleBlossoms. There have been numerous ‘Swoon Alongs’, none of which I managed to keep up with!

My godmother mentioned she’d love a quilt for her living room couch, so I decided to make her a ‘small’ swoon. She picked out a selection from Cuzco by Kate Spain as the fabric, and I went ahead and ordered it. Little did I know at that stage that it would take me two years to complete the quilt  😳

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Having received the fabric, we then embarked on putting our house on the market, and my sewing opportunities became fewer and fewer. Our weekends were full of prepping the house for viewing, and my head was full of making plans for the impending house move, and finding somewhere to move to!

In that time, I managed to cut and piece the blocks (most of them were actually pieced on my birthday in 2014!), and loved them so much! I learned a lot, not only that piecing and making in the kitchen is not the way to fully enjoy quilting!

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The blocks were all packed up then and we moved across the country. Eventually, last September, I finished the top, and as I did it late at night, I didn’t realise I’d used a different colour for the sashing strips (white instead of cream) ARGH. It then sat on my WIP shelf for another 3 months! Taunting me with the mistake, and I contemplated ripping it apart to redo the sashing… Then I took it out one day, and Leslie remarked that he really liked the cream against the white, without any prompting, he felt, when I probed further, that the blocks got centre stage because they were against white… So I decided to leave it was, we’ll call it a design feature!

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I decided in late 2014 that I would finish the outstanding bits I had (bee blocks and Swoon), and then 2015 could be all about me sewing for myself, selfish-sewing so to speak! So I finally got the Swoon basted, and then I went hell for leather quilting it. Finally, it was finished! In all it’s Cuzco, Aurifil, Bella Solids, crinkly glory!

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I delivered it to my aunt this week, and she is thrilled with it! I thought my mother would hide it on me, as she spent a few days gazing at it lovingly (hints received, loud and clear)…

I’m glad it’s done, I LOVE how Swoon makes fabric pop. I will make another Swoon, but it won’t be done in such a dragged out fashion!

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  • Pattern: Swoon from Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley
  • Fabric: Cuzco by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
  • Thread: Aurifil 50wt – pieced with 2024, quilted with 4668
  • Binding: Bella Solids in Aqua
  • Backing: Up-cycled pale green cotton duvet cover
  • Batting: Bamboo (won’t be using this in a hurry, it fluffed an awful lot

Quilty Stitchery

I haven’t had a chance to post about the Little Miss Shabby Quilty Stitches sewalong… I am still catching up with it all, but it’s such a sweet project. I love recreating the blocks in minature, and can’t wait to have it all finished and hanging on my (soon to be) sewing room (see Upwardly Mobile)!

Here’s a photo of two of the blocks from a few weeks ago, I haven’t taken any new photos since, I must do that and post some more!!

If you’re looking for a sweet project to take up, especially for when you’re on the go, and have the itch to stitch, I’d recommend this one!

Ax

We’re upwardly mobile!

We put our house on the market at the end of February, 2 months later accepted an offer, and we’re now in the final stages of closing the sale. It means we’re leaving estate living behind us (perhaps for now, or maybe forever), and are quite excited about it. We’ve located a lovely rental property out in the country, where we’ll get the peace and tranquility we’ve craved for a while now… it’s hard to get that in the middle of an estate!

I’m starting to feel giddy at the prospects of getting my own space in the new house, there’s a lovely room which will become MY sewing room, so I’m very excited at finally getting somewhere to retreat to, to sew without taking over the kitchen table (and the kitchen)… It also means some purchases are necessary, so shopping yay! The boys get to have their own den as well, in another room, which means we can contain all their toys to that space on the most part 😉

There’s a lot of trepidation though, we’re leaving the home we created for our family, and I’m sure as the time comes near, there’ll be tears and emotions around that. It’s paired with excitement and positivity though, we’re moving on for a better space and better life for us all, and we’re doing it together.

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Blogging a bundle

I swore I’d do this ages ago, and life took over! Like I mentioned, low volume/grey fabrics have been calling to me lately. The selection I’ve chosen follows this theme, greys, low volume, with splashes of colour just to quirk it up 😉

Line drawings are a huge love of mine, and seem to be popping up all over the place! I’ve spotted a few the fabric prints I’ve selected on Instagram lately, and that’s what made me go make a virtual fabric pull.

All these images were taken from, and the fabrics available on, fabricworm.

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