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My Q3 Finish Along List

So I realised that I completely forgot to write a list for myself for Q2, and thought I'd better get to the Q3 list quickly before it was half over!  I'm still going to be crazy busy between work and the Commonwealths for a while, so I'm going super easy on myself for a while.  These all seemed to fit the bill, so we'll see how far I get...

1. Christmas Quilt.  I know, I don't like to mention the 'C' word before about the 20th of December, but this should be simple:

2. AMH Voile Quilt.  I already have a voile + velveteen quilt, so this is going to be the summer weight version with voile on the back too:

3. Pretty Potent Pillowcases.  These are a mixture of cotton and voile, and I'm just basing them on some pillowcases I have in the linen cupboard:

4. Modern Quilt Bee Quilt.  I was hoping to jump start on these over the weekend, but then I realised I only had 10 rather than 11 blocks.  I don't mind having to make 2, but I wasn't feeling up to pulling all that fabric for 2 blocks:

5. Glimma Logs Quilt.  I started this as a simple project around New Year.  All it needs to finish the top is 2 logs in white, then I had planned to practice my FMQ on each of the logs.  I might do this along with Jess, but I doubt I'll be able to keep up, so we'll see.

Wish me luck...
Gone Out To Play

Tonight I'm going to ignore the pouring rain outside, take a break, pull on my waterproofs and go out to play with my friend Karen at this little number:

Hope you're all having a great weekend, whatever you're up to :o)
Work In Progress Wednesday

I have to admit that I don't really know which way is up right now.  I'm working a lot, wrapping up the training for the Commonwealths, and quietly losing my mind.  At least as of next Wednesday I'm off the day job for a week and a day, albeit I have 6 days of Commonwealth work in there.  Once they wrap up, I'm hoping things will ease up a bit, keep your fingers crossed please!

Finishes This Week:

The little spare time I had was spent on bee blocks, in an effort to clear the decks, so I did block #2 for Trina in Stitch Tease (I really must find out what in Picasa web albums turns these bright whites grey, they're fine until I load them here!):

And then these summery 'That Block's for Sew Me Sara for the Modern Stitching Bee:

In Progress This Week:

You must be joking

To Be Worked On This Week:

My mental health

Linking up with Lee and the gang:

Whole Lotta Bag Feature

My lovely friend and erstwhile Market roomie, Rachael over at Imagine Gnats asked me a while ago if one of her fabulous contributors could make my Whole Lotta Bag out of the beautiful chambray she'd just got in stock.

Head on over to Rachael's blog to see how Laurel got on with it, then drop by the Imagine Gnats shop to get your hands on some chambray of your own.

Oh, and while you're at the chambray, I think you need some of this double gauze, because, you know, seals.  And cuteness...  I have some hoarded, I just haven't got round to using it yet...

FAL Q3 Tonight's The Night...

Finish Along 2014

Okay folks, tonight's the last night to link up to the Q3 Finish Along proposed finishes linky party!

You have until midnight tonight BST (see the clock at the bottom of my blog, or google it!) to link up, head on over now if you haven't done so already...

Also, we still have 2 unclaimed Q2 prizes, pop on over and check if it's you, you MUST contact me to claim!
Rubies For A Ruby...

...Wedding anniversary that is.  It was my parent's wedding anniversary last week, their 40th to be precise.  One of us was with another of us on the day in question, but it wasn't the happy couple, after my dad had a slight date SNAFU and ended up on a jolly with my Uncle and friends in France at Le Mans.  It rained on him - you may decide if karma came into play ;o)

So when I was thinking about this, I had a brainwave - I needed an Oakshott Ruby bundle:

It ticked a number of boxes:

  1. The name fit the theme
  2. The colours fit the theme
  3. Oakshott's fabrics are made in South West India, which happens to be where they went on holiday this year.

Sorted.  Now what to do with them...  So I pondered that for a while.  Then I thought for a bit.  Then I mulled it over.  Eventually I decided to try something I'd been thinking about for a while, improv piecing onto a paper base.  I sorted through the stack and divided them into warmer and cooler weft threads, then I got going.

I drew the outline of the mini and the heart on the same piece of flip chart paper, then I carefully cut both out and started hacking up fabric.  I started with the heart as a whole piece, but after a while realised it would be easier if I divided it up a bit, so it ended up in 3 pieces.  For the background, having learned something from the heart, I divided it into 4 pieces straight away.

I decided after all that piecing that I didn't want heavy quilting, so I did a kind of ray effect emanating from the heart.  This was the point that I was extremely grateful for both the Aurifil thread pack that I won in the Modern Quilt Exhibition in Edinburgh last year, and for those sample packs that often get donated as prizes and in goodie bags, because I managed to find 5 different thread colours that went rather nicely both with each other and the fabrics.

Now I would include some photos of this in progress except, well, I didn't take any.  I was tired and working a lot, and fitting it in whenever I could (I remember I was watching Beaches at one point, rather randomly), so it didn't really cross my mind, it was just head down to the finish line.  Apologies for a slightly wrinkled look around the middle, I promise it really is flat, it's just that it was folded into 4 for a while prior to handing it over

I had debated piecing in the heart, but in the end I went for the porthole/reverse applique technique, and both blanket stitched and straight stitched it in place:

As you can imagine, there was rather a lot of paper to pick out in the end, but it was worth it I think.