Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BEEing Social...

My little Janome DC3050 got fished out of the loft and set up on Monday and got her first run doing Lesson 4 of the Aiming For Accuracy Challenge I started in October.  A4AC 2016/2017 is a Quilt Along designed and hosted by Michele @ Quilting Gallery that runs from October 2016 - April 2017 with pattern releases on the 7th and 21st of each month.  It's a 'pay for' program so I won't link back to it.  A4AC is a large (92" x 108")  Medallion Quilt with 38 blocks ranging in size and degree of difficulty  and incorporating various piecing techniques and quilt as you go instructions.  There are two background colors, I'm going with off white (Kona Bleach) and green (Kona Sea Foam).  The blocks will be an organized scrappy ;)  I'm using a black and white print and a note book to keep track of which fabrics I've used for which blocks and so far... so good.  Might end up looking like a dogs breakfast but I won't know that until well into it.  Fabric choosing is NOT my strong suit.  I found a bundle of Fat Quarters at Atlantic Fabrics Halifax that I liked and built my palette around that.  This is the only project I packed and brought with me to England.

Lesson 1 =  5 Blocks
Block 2 (12") - Block 23 (9") - Block 26 (9") on Bleach B/G and Block 31 (8") - Block 32 (8") on Sea Foam B/G.  Seeing the picture I realize that I have one of the pinwheels in Block 31 oriented wrong... I may have to fix that, for my own peace of mind ;)

Lesson 2 = 4 Blocks
Block 7 (9") - Block 11 (9") on Bleach B/G  and Block 30 (8") - Block 34 (8") on Sea Foam B/G

Lesson 3 = 3 Blocks
Block 6 (12") - Block 12 (9") - Block 17 (12") on Bleach B/G

Lesson 4 = 3 Blocks, first ones on THIS side of the Pond ;)
Block 9 (9") - Block 20 (9") - Block 24 (9") on Bleach B/G

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social #153 at Sew Fresh Quilts, take a peek at her Happy Birthday Canada pattern... I love it, can't wait until it's released.

Mod Bear Finished :)

After a whirl wind first week on THIS side of the Pond, I finally have things mostly organized here. My 'fun room' is quite a bit smaller on this side and my quilting stash is... well, to be honest, I don't have one here, a few scraps in shoe boxes in the loft ~~~sob~~~  I only packed one project to bring with me, Aiming for Accuracy Challenge (getting three months behind on A4AC would not be a good thing) and two finishes, one being The Mod Bear bed runner :)

Mod Bear QAL was a challenge at times, with all of those tiny hsts for the Bear Claw blocks.  But oh my heavens that bear!!!  Absolutely love him!  He made the hst hair pulling moments so worth it :)  I love Lorna's patterns, they are fun to do, kind of like puzzles, and such wonderful results.  I can't wait for her Happy Birthday Canada pattern!  More bears... and a loon!

Back to my bed runner... this little lovely finished at 74" x 27" (the keys on my UK keyboard are a little different than my Canadian keyboard, the " symbol is where the @ is.  There are other miss placed symbols, but those two I use a lot so found and remember where they are, most of the time).  I backed the runner with a cute little piece of woodland critters flannel gifted to me by a friend.  No little paws on this one because I needed to get it finished before the instructions were released... not that I would have done the paws prints anyway because I'd pretty much used up my patience for tiny units.

Enough yattering, I'll just share the pictures and do the link up.

Linking up with Mod Bear QAL Linky Party at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Thank you Lorna for a great pattern and a fun QAL!

My fancy binding clips :)  I use the bigger ones on the corners.

All those cute little critters :)

On my 'Canada' wall, before packing.

Safe journey across the pond :)

Did I mention I love that bear!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

More Bags???

Well of course, Bag It continues and so does the creation of bags and totes in my Fun Room.  These will be the last of them for me, I'll soon be heading off to the 'other side' of the Pond (two weeks from today) .

Linking up with Bag It Entry at Elm Street Quilts and claiming 4 more ballots :)

Bag 11 is a cosmetic type bag I made following the 'Trinket Case' tutorial by It's Sew Illustrated. I like the zipper instructions for this one, the rest of that gusset type construction gave me no end of grief.  I quilted my main body piece and lost some size so I should have adjusted the gusset pieces. It's not lined, so a little messy on the inside but it's usable, just not something I would give as a gift ;) It's a tutorial I'll try again, I'll just make sure to follow along more closely... I do tend to veer off into 'I've got this' mode a little quickly sometimes.  I used 'Oh Canada' by Stonehenge fabrics and it finished at 9" x 7" x 3"  It already has a tube of toothpaste, a bottle of tylenol and a tube of polysporin in it.

Bags 12 & 13 are Totes, made following a 'Tote Bag'  tutorial at Craft Buds.  I wanted something 'Canadian' to use while shopping in the local shops when I'm in England to replace the Sobey's bags, which I find hit the ground when I carry them while walking.   I went with a partial lining (about 6" from the top), thin batting with minimal quilting (either side of the seams) and no edge seams so they fold up reasonably small for when they are not carrying groceries.  I used 'Discover Canada' Andover fabric and some 'Oh Canada'.  They should be perfect!
The stripe one finished at 14" x 12" with 15" quilted handles and the squares one finished at 14 1/2 x 12 1/2 with 20 inch handles.

Bag 14 was created because I had a piece of fabric already quilted, a slip up when I was making my first 'Sew Together' bag (I cut the fabric wrong and got it quilted before I realized).  It's just a simple unlined flat zipper pouch, nothing fancy and it will hold whatever sewing notions (or other stuff) I can't fit into the other two pouches.  They are great for keeping things organized when travelling.  I use the one I made last year to keep all of my charging leads, ear buds, thumb drives in.  This one finished at 9" x 8"