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Quilt Now Issue 19

I've finally got to the bottom of my missing Quilt Now issues.  The lazy arsed postman did not, in fact, fail to deliver them.  He just failed to deliver the note to say something was wrong with my direct debit so they assumed it had been cancelled *sigh*.  Anyway, I think it's set up properly again now, although Issue 20 hasn't dropped through my door yet...

Anywho, Issue 19 arrived via Sainsbury's and somewhat appropriately my contribution for this issue, in conjunction with plastic bag tax that England finally caught up with the rest of the UK on, is for reusable shopping bags that pack away into their own handy pouch for you to pop in your pocket/handbag.



The fun fabrics are available from Remnant Kings, can't wait to see what you choose to make yours!
Work In Progress Wednesday

Last week Lee announced that after more than 5 years he was going to put her weekly Work In Progress Wednesday on a time out so that she could have a break and pursue a lot of other exciting opportunities.  I understand where she's coming from, and I'll miss the weekly link up, but I think I'm going to keep my posts for a while, because it's good to keep myself accountable somewhere other than my whiteboard so that people can give me a suitable kick up the posterior as required ;o)

Last weekend my mum and dad were up so we could go out to my birthday dinner, dad could go on his Christmas present local microbrewery tour, and my mum could put me on the 'Saturday diet' whereby she promised to pick me up for lunch and turned up at 3pm.  I'll forgive you eventually mum, possibly by next year...

I spent Sunday wrestling with a million pattern pieces for the 'Advanced' bag camp pattern and trying to fight off a cold and chest infection that finally felled me on Tuesday.  Meh.  The zipper that prevented me from starting to sew said bag pattern finally arrived on Tuesday as well, but I won't be up to actually tackling it until the weekend, so in the meantime I tackled a couple of the Moda Building Blocks because it was mindless sewing that I didn't have to think about, write about or take progress photos of.

Finishes This Week:

My normal lung capacity was definitely finished off on Monday, but no sewig finishes.

In Progress This Week:

I got 2 more of the 18" Moda Building Blocks finished, so I have 2 left before I move down to the 12" blocks.  It's been fun digging out fabrics I'd stocked up on because I knew I'd *need* that colour at some point but hadn't as yet cut into, or had used very little of.  Each fabric will only appear once in the quilt, so I'm getting through quite a lot of my stash as I go.

This week it was sheepy dots and herringbones:


Plus flurry dots and flowers:


Some point soon, when the sun comes back again and I think about it early in the day, I will photograph all the blocks I've done so far and plug them into a grid so I can get a preview of how they'll all look together.

To Be Worked On This Week:

Unblocking my sinuses, breathing more easily and not coughing
The remaining bag camp bag

Hope you all have a great week!
Ask The Judge

I happened to mention last week that I was doing a little quilt show judging, and there was some interest from people in what that might entail, especially from a competitor's perspective.  The show I'm involved in judging is online, but I've taken part in both online and real life quilt shows before, and actually I'm really intrigued by what judges look for too!

This is a judging slip I got back from the British Stitch & Quilt Village a couple of years ago:


So there is a criteria that the judges were given in that show, but it can be very hard to tell why you got the marks you did, where that puts you in the overall rankings for your category and why you didn't win.

Looking at it now from a judging perspective I can see a few things that would be helpful to pass on, but is there anything in particular you'd like to know?  I'm hoping to get a few different judges to give their insight, so leave me a comment if there's a specific question you'd like me to ask.

Work In Progress Wednesday

Well I think I should count myself lucky that I didn't blow away this week with 2 storms passing through with 60 + mph winds!  Oh, and it's still raining.  One day it won't rain at all and that yellow thing will appear in the sky, but I'm starting to think that's the stuff of myths and legends...

Anywho, I hid from the storm in two places this week, on Saturday at the Celtic Connections Song School, where I sang Songs Of The Sea followed by some Bold And Bawdy songs with a great local group called Muldoon's Picnic.  I had taken a class with them last year and enjoyed it so much that I decided that the 2 classes I was going to do this year would both be with them.  Come to think of it, many of the songs might be handy if we ever need to start building that ark!  Anyway, if you have subsequently found yourself in my vicinity you may have heard me singing a few of these songs to myself, not all of them entirely polite (google the lyrics to Yarmouth Town or the Drunken Scotsman for an example ;o) )

On Sunday I got the second of my 2 bags finished for Dashwood Studios to display in their booth at Stitches later this month.  That and fixing the strap for the 1st bag, was the sum total of all my sewing for the last week, as I was otherwise engaged in grown up business things (ie the boring stuff)

I hope you all had a fun week and didn't blow away either!

Finishes This Week:

With apologies for the awful lighting, since I took these photos at 11:30 last night with my desktop studio lights, here is my Rainy Days & Mondays Bag, using Dashwood Studios' Streetlife collection.  I used some Bosal In R Form fusible foam for this one and I love the structure it gives it:


And here's the Mini Messenger Bag from last week, complete with strap.


In Progress This Week:

I'm going to say that ordering fabric from our kind sponsors at Remnant Kings, plus a 40" zip for the Sew Brit Bag Camp pattern (advanced) is totally progres

To Be Worked On This Week:

Hanging out with my mum and dad, who will be up this weekend staying at my gran's
The Camp Bag Pattern #2
Doing a little quilt show judging

Hope you all have a great week!  Linking up with Lee and the gang:


Book Review - Desert To Sea

Santa brought me a belated gift last week in the form of the Desert to Sea book compiled by Jane Davidson.


I think it was taking the slow boat all the round the world 3 times, but still, its label when it arrived amused the girls at reception at work no end, thanks for that Jane ;o)


The patterns for the ten quilts in the book were created by 8 different Australia based designers, many of whom I'm sure you'll recognise from your social media travels.

Although all the patterns are good, these 3 were my absolute favourites, I suspect subliminally it's partly because of the colour schemes, but it's mainly because they are not conventional quilt blocks, and I quite like the rebelliousness of  that :o)

I have seen that Lorena's taught classes in her Opal Essence quilt for those lucky enough to live in Australia, I'm sure it's a fun class!


I do love a good rainbow, and there's also Tula in this quilt from Danielle, which may have sucked me in a bit:


Rachael's work is always very cool, and she really embraces colour along with the more unusual design elements, like incorporating ricrac into her orange peels:


Her quilt is also featured with a koala, I think that should be a staple of every pattern from now on.  First catch your koala ;o)


The book is available from Amazon as well as directly from Jane and a number of other online booksellers, I think you all need to rush out and get one now!
Work In Progress Wednesday

Whew, it’s been a week of lots and lots of work at the day job.  We had a little bit of an implementation SNAFU a couple of weekends ago, and in fact 5 minutes after completing last week’s post, I was called back into the office and have been working for large amounts of time since.  I did get a little bit of sewing on Sunday, my day off, but when I was 99% done with it I decided I would need to change something.  As you do when you don’t have a lot of time…

Finishes This Week:

Niet

In Progress This Week:

This is the bag I’m 99% done with, what I need to change is the strap length, hence it’s looking a bit odd.  The pattern is my Mini Messenger Bag pattern and the fabric is Dashwood Studio’s Bloom.  It will be appearing at Stitches in February (with a strap ;o) )


To Be Worked On This Week:

Rainy Days & Mondays bag with Dashwood Studio’s Streetlife
QN Issue 21 pattern write up
Celtic Connections singing weekend
Probably more work

Hope you all had a more productive week!
The Presents That Time Forgot

Okay, well perhaps it wasn't time but me that forgot to share them, but let's gloss over that ;o)  Anyway, there are a couple of Christmas pressies and a birthday pressie that I knocked up that I thought you might like to see.  Actually, I'll only show you two finished projects, trust me, you'll thank me on the third!

You may remember that last year I made my mum the Traveller Bag (pattern available from my shop here):


It's a weekend bag, so it's really quite big:


So she asked if this year I could make her a companion bag that she could use with it when travelling, especially when flying, which she does a fair amount of between work and holidays.  The requirement was that there would be an easy access pocket for her iPad so that she could grab it and read without having to rummage for it, plus an adjustable strap to make it cross body and therefore leave her a free hand for tickets and things.  So this is what I came up with in the same main fabric as the original bag:


The pocket for her iPad is in the back, along with a zip pocket for boarding passes and passports.  Underneath the twist lock flap there are a number of other slip pockets for phones and other bits and pieces, and the main body of the bag has a zip closure as well so that if it slips round the back no-one can reach in for a rummage.  I'd like to get a pattern for this out, but I'm not promising a date or anything right now.

The other Christmas pressie I made was a fleece dressing gown for my dad (at his request).  It came from this pattern, and that's as much as I'm going to make you see of what it looked like ;o)


This was the first time that I used my overlocker to make clothes, and the first time I engaged the knife, which was a bit scary biscuits, but although I ended up with some slightly frilly seams I think it was successful in the end:


Finally, for his birthday last week I got my dad a fun wee in-car camera to use with his MG, and of course it needed a wee bag to live in.  I went for a retro print to match the retro car, using an old Melody Miller line from her pre-Cotton + Steel days for the main body of the bag, and a Denyse Schmidt print for the drawstring section:


How about you, did you make a lot of pressies for Christmas?