Finish-Along Q2 2017

2017 FAL

1. (Q2 2014)  I've made good progress with the hand quilting on this quilt (my Christmas Cherry quilt, based on the Made In Cherry pattern by Sarah Fielke), and have now quilted all four background triangles and two of the (four) background squares.  I'm going to continue working on this when I'm able, until it gets too warm to sit under!
I've finally finished the first corner! I hope the other three are a bit faster, this has taken me *does some counting* Oh, it's not even three weeks since I started it! Well, that's faster than I thought! #handquilting


2 and 3. (Q1 2016) Mam and I need a bag to take our cutting boards and rulers to workshops.  We don't usually go to the same one so we can easily share a bag rather than having one each.  (I'm not quite sure why I've been landed with the job when she takes her board far more often and will probably use the bag much more!)  We got this off-cut (with an extra 30% off!) just before Christmas (2015) and I'm just going to make a simple bag (French seams, no lining, short handles) for the board (item 2) and then a padded pouch for the 24" x 8.5" ruler (item 3).  I'll use the curtain fabric for the mat bag and the canvas for the ruler bag, unless there's more fabric in that bag than I think.  (That's right, I haven't even opened the bag!)

Cutting mat and ruler bag


4. (Q4 2014)  This is a cushion kit which I won from Kerry/Seamstar.  It's been on my list for a while now and I have made some progress since this photo was taken: I've ironed all the fabric!

Cushion cover kit

5. (Q3 2015)  A friend bought me this lovely embroidery outline a while ago and I'd love to make it into a pouch.  (Yes, another one!)
Seaside embroidery

6. (Q3 2015)  I'm making a low-volume and turquoise version of a scrappy trip around the world quilt.  Although I won't finish this quilt this quarter, I'd like to finish the cutting!
low volume/turquoise scrappy trip around the world


7. (Q4 2015)  This table runner (block pattern by Reene Witchard - find it here) is now ready for quilting. 
Pressed

8. (Q4 2015)  This is also going to become a table runner for my new coffee table, once I can bring myself to cut into the embroidered (not by me!)  table cloth!
Liberty and linen

9. (Q1 2015)  Oh, this poor quilt!  It's been on several of my FAL lists and was, briefly, a finish.  Then I realised that there was a problem with the quilting (the bobbin thread keeps snapping) and I've been meaning to replace the quilting.  I've done one line (with different stitch length and tension from the first time) but, I'll be honest, it's mind-numbing work.  I'm going to change my plan slightly and replace the lines where threads have snapped and then leave the rest but quilt in the ditch of all the sashing strips.  That should be enough to stop the bias stretch on the quilt, which, I think, is exacerbating the problem with the quilting.  If it doesn't, I might quilt in the ditch round the grey block borders.  I have to be careful not to add too much quilting as it's already bound but I'm hoping I'll get away with it...

Drunkard's Path quilt - the front

10. (Q1 2016)  These are the last remnants of the grey and yellow fabric that Mam bought to make her sewing machine cover and I'm hoping to cobble something together to use them all up.  Two pieces have wadding fused to the back (the result of a miscalculation) and I'm planning to make a storage basket with these last oddly-sized bits.
Leftover grey and yellow

11. (Q1 2016)  At the end of last year, Hadley had a 'win my WIP' giveaway in order to foist her hexies onto someone else pass on a lovely project and I was the lucky winner.  I'm going to turn these into (yet another) table runner, once I've quilted it.  I've layered it and marked the first set of quilting lines.
Appliquéd

12. (Q2 2016)  I have been planning this quilt since at least 2013 and would like to at least make a start on prepping blocks.  I have a range of backgrounds can't decide whether to go scrappy or not, which is why I have quite a lot of some of them) and some gorgeous Oakshott (Scandinavian, I think).  The block pattern is in the photo and I've already completed a test block.  (See the fabrics third and fourth down from the stack of grey/white background fabrics?  They're supposed to be the same colour...)
Pointy points

13. (Q2 2016)  If I don't get the pointy points quilt started, it would be nice to make progress on my ET quilt instead.  I have two blocks pieced and pieces cut for more blocks (but not enough background to make a whole block).  One more completed block would be nice!
ET

14. (Q3 2016) I need to turn this piece of embroidered ticking into a pouch (with detachable strap) for my ipod.

This bit of embroidery will, at some point, become a small bag so I have somewhere to put my ipod when I'm having a wander with Eddie or stitching in the garden.


15. (Q3 2016) I'm going to knit myself another pair of socks, using the same toe-up pattern as the pair I've just finished.  I now have two identical sets of dpns so I can start knitting both socks at the same time, in an attempt to get them matching!

This morning I wasn't sure I'd knit a second pair of socks, this afternoon I bought yarn for them! I think I'll go cuff down for these and see which I prefer.


16. (Q3 2016) I've started a bag for me
Bag for me

17. (Q4 2016) I'm going to turn this pink pin cord into a round neck pinafore version of the Kate dress:
Pinafore

18. (Q4 2016) This black and white lawn is going to be a Kate dress
Dress


19. (Q4 2016) This rather 80s winter sports print (it really could be from then as it came out of someone's loft!) is going to become a version of the Kate dress, possibly with a v neck and long/elbow length sleeves.
Dress

20. (Q4 2016) I started these jama bottoms in 2013 - they're made from an old quilt cover.
#sewphotohop Bonus Day: PJ party I don't yet have a pair of handmade jama bottoms because I still haven't finished them, despite starting them in 2013! They're made from an old quilt cover and I'm using the embroidered section from across the bottom to ad

21. (Q4 2016) I'm going to make another pair of jama bottoms from this rather snazzy fabric, which I think my mam bought my brother in the early 90s when he made himself a few cushions for his room.
jama bottoms

22, 23 and 24. (Q4 2016)  More socks!
Socks


25. (Q4 2016)  A friend bought me this lovely fabric to make a drawstring bag for my knitting.  The one Jan gave me is really handy, so I'd like another about the same size.
Drawstring bag


26 and 27. (Q4 2016) I bought this yarn in a sale to make a couple of friends a feather and fan scarf, maybe for Christmas 2017?!
Mam needed some buttons for her cardi so we popped to our lys. They had a sale on so I got these to make shawls/scarves for a couple of friends' Christmas presents. (£1.95 a ball.)

28. (Q1 2017)  I want to make another Lola pouch (the small size, I think), with an inset strip of hedgehogs marching across the pouch.

Fabric for a Lola pouch - the hedgehogs will be an accent strip and they will march across the pouch. I hope.

29. (Q1 2017) Mam bought me four balls of baby cashmerino to knit a scarf.  It's hopefully going to be mine, but if I can't wear it (I struggle to wear most yarns, even completely acrylic ones), then she'll get it! I'm going to use the zickzack pattern.
These are going to become a scarf for me. Probably using the pebble beach shawl stitch patterns but in straight lines, but it depends if I have enough yarn. If not, a zigzag pattern.

30. (Q1 2017)  I need to make a business card holder for my sister-in-law, who makes the most wonderful wedding stationery.  These are her new cards, and the fabric is a table runner she used to have out at Christmas but which has wax splodges on it.  If this fabric isn't suitable for all of it (need to work out how to stabilise a press stud or some sort of fastening), then I'll try to use a bit of it as a feature strip.
I need to use some of this fabric (if possible) and make a business card holder for my sister in law, who makes the most wonderful wedding stationery.

31, 32 and 33.  I made this storage basket last year, to keep by the front door with my handbag and brolly in.  Unfortunately, my concerns about its sturdiness have been realised and it has been replaced with a wicker magazine rack (see next entry!).  This is now going to be cut up and made into three Lola pouches.
To be turned into pouches


34.  My new storage basket needs a lining and I'm going to use this curtain fabric remnant:
Storage basket lining

35 and 36. The middle fabric in this pile is going to become my second Everyday Blouse, and the top fabric is going to become a Kate dress:
Boyes strikes again! The fabric at the bottom (a chambray-coloured poplin at £2.45/m) is going to become a toile of the Fancy Tiger sailor top pattern I bought from @charlottesews_destash (possibly with the addition of some pink gingham bias binding as an


37.  This is another project that I won't get finished this quarter (or next!), but I want it back on my list.  I'd like to get the pieces cut for the nine patches which will alternate with the embroidered blocks.  (I may even finish writing the stories behind the blocks, you never know!)
Summersville

38.  I'm making a sailor top, but the yoke in the pattern doesn't fit, so my friend is helping me draft a new one (it'd have been cut up for pouch linings by now if it weren't for her!)
Days like today (and patterns like this) make me especially grateful for my friends, particularly the one who is an expert dressmaker with the ability to draft a properly fitting yoke for this top (the one in the pattern doesn't fit properly and no amount

39.  I'm making a Moneta dress and have the front and back bodice and skirt pieces cut.  Just the pockets and sleeves and I'm ready to sew: 
This is as far as I've got with my #monetadress for the #monetaparty - I've spent today wrestling with slippy slidey fabric which moves if you breathe too hard and have got the front bodice and skirt cut out. I hand tacked them together so I could hold it

40. I want to make a Christmas quilt (yes, another one!) from these pieces of Winterkist.  I'm going to make a version of Sarah's Stained quilt, with navy sashing (thanks, Salley! (Watch out for the photo of the enormous spider at the start of her feed - you have been warned!)):
The other project I need background for is this lovely collection of Winterkist. I'm going to make a version of @sleepinsarah's Stained quilt (swipe to see the two I've already made) and am trying to decide on a colour for the sashing - any suggestions?

41.  I'm making a pouch for someone who may or may not read this blog, so I'm keeping it a secret.  This is all I can show you without spoiling the surprise (thanks, Katy!):
Secret project - pouch

42.  I need to take up these curtains by 4".  They're for a friend, I hope she's not in a rush!
Curtains to take up


43.  This Italian lawn is going to become a top version of the Kate dress:
Italian lawn - Kate top


44.  This gorgeous Sevenberry cotton/linen mix is going to become a Kate dress (with the crochet trim round the hem):
Kate dress with crochet trim on hem


45.  I'm making a mini quilt for a friend and am keeping the details a surprise.  The block(s) will be from page 226 of the book and I'm making them the same size as the template, rather than enlarging it.  I'll be making a few of the blocks, I'm not saying how many!
Secret project


46.  This will become rabbit for a friend's daughter (pattern is Clover by Jodie Carleton):
Clover rabbit


Oh, look, I've retained my membership of the #ridiculouslylongFALlist gang this quarter!  Now there's a surprise!  
Any chance of a bit of supper? What do you mean, you only had your tea twenty-five minutes ago? What's that got to do with anything?
Is that on your FAL list..?  No?!  Well put it down and pick up something that is!


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