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Work In Progress Wednesday

Umm, yeah, no sewing here this week, this week has been all about 90th birthdays, parties and trips to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland, then the deep cleaning of the flat up until Monday, and then yesterday it was all about making lists, and spending an afternoon and evening with a visiting stitchy friend and her husband.

I haven't any in progress pics to show you of sewing, but here's what I have made...

 And here's some pretty fabric to tide you over:

Cuddle fleece to finish off a kit I started sometime near the beginning of last week:

Leather scraps of every colour under the rainbow:

And some larger leather pieces for some experimental projects I have coming up:

Oh, and here's the other things I've been playing with this week:

Maybe next week there will be sewing...
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It's Tuesday once more, and this week Sara, of Sew Sweetness, is our Finish Along Sponsor Highlight.

Sew Sweetness

Sara seems to add more strings to her bow with every quarter, this quarter adding another fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics, pitched at Market and due out next year.  She's also been making some more new bags, so as our prize is for bag patterns, let's check them out:

I adore Tula Pink, and I adore Sara's bags, so this Tudor Bag was a bit of a match made in heaven!  This has different levels of ability catered for, in that you can, as Sara puts it, 'Choose your own adventure' with it.

Next we have the Crimson & Clover Train Cases.  Now I have to admit I've never heard them called this before, I'd probably just call it a beauty case, but you know, trains kind of bring to mind extravagant amounts of luggage going onto steam trains in romantic 1940's films.  Anywho, my imaginings aside, here it is:

Finally, the Rockstar Bag, complete with metal studs and kickass zipped front pocket cut on an angle:

Head on over to Sara's shop and check out not just her patterns, but also her Aurifil thread collection and embroidery patterns to go with her upcoming Fantasia fabric line.
The Birthday Quilt

You may have noticed, if you follow me on Instagram, that there has been a rather special birthday round here recently.  My gran turned 90 on Tuesday, and so to celebrate I made her a quilt for her to actually use.  This will distinguish it from the first quilt I gave her (my first ever one 3 years ago), because that one sits on top of the spare room bed.  Waiting for best.  Or something.

I had a fat 1/8th bundle of Sweetwater's Reunion that I'd bought around the time I started quilting and which I was keeping for no good reason, but seemed like the perfect option for this quilt.  I paired it up with some Klona navy and got cutting so that I had 480 squares. half of which were destined to become HSTs.

The idea behind the pattern was to have interlocking stars, and I'm sure I saw something along the same lines somewhere, but alas can't remember where or when (I searched through all my Pins to no avail!)  Anyway, I worked out how many squares of the 2 sizes I needed I could get out of the fat 1/8ths and went from there, then I scoured the interwebs to find a few fat quarters to make it up to the size I wanted.

I started by laying out the squares:

Running out of design wall length in the process:

Then it was on to the HSTs:

And filling in the blanks on the wall, before stacking and stacking and stacking, then sewing and sewing and sewing:

There's 30 blocks in total, 5 in each of 6 strips, and here's the first half of the top completed (I spaced on taking a photo of the finished top)

Then it was on to the quilting, which I did in diagonal lines, which I totally eyeballed, thanks to Sue's suggestion, which saved my knees and sanity from trying to mark them out!

Until finally I had a finished quilt.  Here's a photo of it in my gran's garden - sorry the right hand side is a bit rumpled up, my mum was standing on a stool and she still wasn't quite tall enough!

And here's the label I did for the back:

Thankfully she loved it, although it's still hanging over her (unused) zimmer frame in the living room.  The jury is out on whether it will actually be used, or just shown off in its folded up state to the neighbours and multitude of other visitors ;o)
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Thanks to everyone for their support last week, working on me is still very much a work in progress, but I did get some sewing done, as there was a very special birthday this week, and the present needed to be finished.

Finishes This Week:

The 90th birthday quilt for my gran.  I'll do a proper post for this, just as soon as my dad gives me the proper photos ;o)  In the meantime, here's the IG one.

In Progress This Week:

I started work on my IG mini swap quilt this week too.  I pulled some fabrics, sewed a wee bit together and cut out some templates, whilst quietly winding up my partner by not showing her what it's actually going to be.  Hey, when you're this down, you have to get your kicks somewhere!

To Be Worked On This Week:

IG Mini

Linking up with Lee and the gang:

Finish Along Sponsor Highlight Post - Imagine Gnats

It's Tuesday once more, and once again we're highlighting one of our fabulous Finish Along Sponsors, who this week is Rachael from Imagine Gnats:

Rachael has a great eye for fun and quirky prints, which she often uses to dress her fun and quirky kids, so this quarter I thought I'd show you around the fun stuff:

For instance, who wouldn't need some of these Bitty Boars double gauze?

Or these fun wee baby knit ellies?

Maybe you need some Boston Terrier Canvas?

Who says JCBs and dumper trucks should only be for boys?  They also look pretty in pink double gauze:

And finally, for all the cat lovers amongst you, gold metallic kitties!

Head on over to Rachael's shop and see what other delights lie in store...
Quilt Now Issue 4

So in amongst all the other things that have been going on lately, I have been regularly producing things for Quilt Now magazine.  Issue 4 has been out for a wee while now, but there was a bit of an issue converting some people from the 3 reduced price to full price Direct Debits, so I was only just able to get hold of a copy.

Anyway, this is the Christmas themed one, where you can get your craft on in time for the big day with everything from advent calendars to a wreath quilt, but I made what everybody, big and small, looks forward to on the big day:

Using some fun Robert Kaufman Merry Moustaches fabric, I made a pocket Christmas stocking.  Now there was a reason for the pocket - round here Santa always leaves some shiny coins, which always, without fail, end up jumbled up in the oranges and apples he also leaves at the bottom of the stocking, so there's always that challenge to get them all out without half your coins rolling irretrievably under the sofa ;o)  I figured other people would also have some wee gifts they didn't want to get lost, so there you go, a pocket Christmas stocking.
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For those of you that don't follow me on IG, I owe you a bit of an explanation.  Last Friday I had a bit of a breakdown at work, and on Monday, after a meeting with HR, from which I went to the doctors, I got signed off with stress and high blood pressure for at least the next 3 weeks.  I apologise for absences both here and elsewhere of late, but I'm afraid my mental capacity was just not up to it.  Over the new few weeks there will be some changes I hope, but it may take a wee while to get things in some semblance of order, so please bear with me a while yet.

In the meantime, I continued with the Reunion quilt sewing, and a whole other project entirely...

Finishes This Week:

So I got this done.  Yep, I know it's not sewing, but I just needed a bit of mindless escape.  I now feel an urge to make the Mini.  Or perhaps raid mum and dad's loft for all my old Lego...

In Progress This Week:

Half a quilt top done.  The other blocks are sewn, just need to be put into their rows and sewn together.  It needs to be finished, including quilting, but next Tuesday, any suggestions?

To Be Worked On This Week:

The Reunion quilt
Sorting out my mind

Linking up with Lee and the gang: