Monday, March 12, 2018

Sewing Sunday and Creative Mess

How does your sewing table look like today?
Here's my creative mess! :) 

My sewing table didn't look like this yesterday, what happened?! 

When I finish an item, or items using the same fabrics, I tidy up the sewing table for fabrics and threads used. Leftover fabrics cut into squares in different sizes and stored away in boxes. (I have to attack those boxes one day!)  Not always I know what to make next and I tend to pull out fabrics to see if I can come up with some ideas. 

As you can see from the photos above, I ended up working on some mug rugs. I've had this Loralie's 'Hu LaLa' fabric panel for some years now and every time I pull it out, it gets back to the shelf. Today I actually did make some progress; I made - and finished! - one mug rug!

Not always easy to come up with ideas for panel blocks when the size is a bit off. This mug rug is slightly bigger compared to others I've made. It will be listed in my Etsy shop later today. 

What else has kept me busy this week? 
I had some beautiful blue and yellow fabrics I bought 2 years ago... Yes, that's me! I tend to buy fabrics I love without having any idea what to make out of it! These fabrics are gorgeous (love blue and yellow!) and had to wait until I came up with the 'right' design.

After searching Pinterest as well as going through quite some of my quilting magazines, I came up with this idea for a table runner and place mats. The binding is sewn on to the table runner and cut for the place mats. 

What to do with leftover fabrics that are too big to be cut into squares?

It was enough to make two insulated trivets. 
These will be in my Etsy shop soon. 

I almost forgot.....

...remember this one? I wrote about it in my previous post 
It is finally thread basted and ready to be quilted, but that has to wait! 
I've had my dose of Sunbonnet Sue (never been a big fan), but I must say it was fun making these blocks for this quilt (even if some of the other blocks were quite a challenge!).

***Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Applique Book for sale in my shop***


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Attacking a block swap UFO

'Hello' from a cloudy and wet Sunday evening this side of the globe! 
Surprise! It's raining! We are getting the outer cloud bands from cyclone 'Dumazile'. It is expected to pass between Madagascar and Reunion Island, but we all know how unpredictable these storms are.... We had a couple of sunny days earlier this week and we were able to do some yard work. My goodness! With all the rain we have got this year, the garden has become a jungle! Still lots to do, but that has to wait! 
What's better than to stay inside sewing?! :) It's pouring down right now!

What have you been up to this week?
I've made a few table runner tops and finished the two Norwegian flag mug rugs (see my previous post). When I remembered to take photos today, it was already dark. 

As you may remember, I have quite some UFO's. Who doesn't?! 
Friday afternoon I had a look at my oldest UFO; the 'Sunbonnet Sue' quilt. It was not my intention to work at it now, but I got carried away and have been sewing the entire weekend! 

Most of the blocks are swaps from 2010/2011. I missed the 2012 swap though and to make a decent size quilt I decided to make some Sunbonnet Sue machine applique blocks, 16 blocks altogether. I finished about half of the S.Sue blocks last year, got bored to tears with it and put them away! I did a marathon sewing yesterday morning and finished all the S.Sue blocks!

I didn't pay much attention to the blocks when I received them and I thought it would be an easy task to piece them all together. WRONG! 
The blocks are supposed to measure 12.5 inch square. Most of them do, but to my surprise - and annoyance - some blocks measured less. Attention were not paid to the seam allowance and 7 (!!!) blocks measured less then 12.5" square! The measurements were off from 1/4 to 1/2 inch!  

This is one of the 'out of size' block! Take a look at the bottom and to the left; as much as 1/2" too small and it won't fit together with the other blocks! What would you have done?? I noticed the seam allowance was way off, almost 3/8"! I decided to rip the entire block and start over again! :((

Another one that is way off, but not as bad as the first one. 

My dear helper!  I think he feels sorry for me! 'Mommy' was not happy today when he decided to do 'aerobic' on the blocks layout on the floor!!!! lol 

They look much better now. The one to the right is still little bit off, but I managed to adjust it when I pieced the blocks together. These are only a few that didn't measure 12-1/2", altogether I had to rip and re-sew 7 blocks! 
Needless to say I'm still annoyed! This was totally waste of time and it shows how important it is to pay attention to measurements when piecing blocks! I'm not saying my blocks / work are perfect - they are not! But when a block has to be 12.5 inch, 12 inch is not acceptable. There's no seam allowance and how do you make it fit together with the 12.5 inch blocks?? 

All blocks sewn together in rows. I wanted to finish the top today, but with all the ripping and re-sewing I had to do, I'm POOPED! 
It feels like it's time to get the feet up and have a glass of wine... or two....! :) 


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Custom order done and more thunderstorms

Where did this week go?? Someone must have stolen it, as one said....
We got more rain with thunderstorms the past days, which caused severe flooding in an area not far from where we live. The best way to keep dry is to stay inside and keep busy sewing! :) 

The red and white lap quilt (custom order) is done! 

...and the back...

Red and white are also colors I haven't paid much attention to. I have made several items in for this customer and how can I NOT fall in love with red and white?! Striking color combination that can be used all year. This lap quilt turned out so soft and cuddly, it's reversible and it can also be used as a tablecloth. I just love it! 

...and... drum-roll please! Another UFO done! 

An orphan log cabin block turned into a wall hanging.
First I thought of it as a table topper, now I think it looks better as a wall hanging. 
It can be used as both, of course. 

Remember the 36-patch quilt blocks (made from 1.5" squares) I'm working on in between other projects? 

When an item is done, I cut bits and pieces into squares, sizes from 1.5" to 5". I try to keep up with the 1.5" and made 9 blocks this weekend! That gives 56 blocks and 2016 squares sewn together! 

I'm sold out for Norwegian Flag Mug Rugs in my Etsy Shop and I'm currently working on a few. 

Rain, rain and more rain. More rain and thunderstorms.

Cyclone- and rainy season, but THIS almost every day since beginning of January?! I love tropical rain, at least it cools it down a bit. 


Updated UFO list per February 25, 2018 

#1 - Log Cabin Table Topper (orphan block) - FINISHED! 
#2 - Table Topper Purple Pansies - FINISHED! 
#3 - Wall Hanging Hawaii Dancing Girls
#4 - Christmas Place Mats - set of 4
#5 - PSQ - Squares and Pinwheels
#6 - PSQ - Scrappy Squares
#7 - Scrappy Irish Chain in Blue & White
#8 - Bonnie's 'Provence'
#9 - Sunbonnet Sue - NNC block swap
#10 - Lap Quilt in Red and White - FINISHED!
#11 - Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen
#12 - Scrappy Log Cabin
#13 - Got the Blues
#14 - Nifty Nurses
#15 - Scrappy Flannel Quilt
#16 - Scrappy Christmas Quilt
#17 - Lap Quilt
#18 - Scrappy Black and White
#19 - Scrappy 1 inch squares (sewn into quilt)
#20 - Bag

'See you' next Sunday!