Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lack of motivation ends up in.....

.... attacking two shoe boxes containing 1.5 inch wide strips in various lengths. 

I hate this time of the year in sub tropical Mauritius!
It's hot! It's humid! It's sticky! It's icky! We don't have extreme heat; we are halfway on the plateau and temps are about  +30C / 86F. Not that hot. It's the high humidity, it's rare it goes below 70% during the rainy- and cyclone season. Yesterday afternoon we had rain, wonderful rain! I love it! It cools it down a bit, for so to heat up again when the sun shines. 

So, not feeling motivated to sew, I have been sewing. HA! Yes, I have been playing with 1.5 inch wide strips and squares

Two shoe boxes - on small and one big - 1.5 inch strips in various lengths. The idea when I cut them was a strip quilt, but now I'm not sure what will be left if I continue to cut the strips into 1.5 inch squares. 

Not motivated to work on other projects, I loved playing with these small 1.5 inch squares. 
Each block measures 6-1/2 inch square before sewn into quilt.

I made quite some progress and have 13 blocks. 
I have yet to decide on how I want it; plain PSQ (with duplicates) or an on point quilt. For now I will continue to make the blocks. OOOOOH! I love them! :) 

I went totally crazy when I saw 'Rural Jardin' by French General / Moda some years ago!
I bought the fabrics just because of the beauty and had no projects in mind. I have pulled out the fabrics again, washed them and here they are; 26-1/2 yards + one charm pack! What do I make out of all these fabrics? Any suggestions? I have decided to make some table runners, but I can't make TR's out of all those yards! lol

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A WIP and some January finishes

Low pressure and rain over the last days. I love it! Yesterday morning I had to go to town - in the rain. It doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes by foot. I did the grocery shopping, walked home and came home soaked. It doesn't bother me at all to get soaked, as long as I'm on my way home to a shower, dry clothes and a yummy cuppa thereafter. Love the tropical rain; it's warm! 
Not a good day today though; torrential rain and the worst hit is the Northern part. Schools have been closed for the last couple of days, offices closed at 11:00 today, houses flooded, roads closed etc. We are fine, we got less than half of the rainfall they got North. 
No venture out for me today. I have spent the day working on an Easter table runner

This is the layout from yesterday. Blocks and set-in triangles are sewn together and it is ready for quilting.
The fabrics for the top are washed so I washed the backing fabric yesterday afternoon. How do I expect it to dry on the line in 94% humidity?! lol 

UPDATE: This was written earlier this week. Weather has improved, but we still have localized thunderstorms.

I have several finishes and most of them are for sale in my Etsy Shop

A pair of Valentine's Day place mats. 
SOLD to the US. 

Valentine's Day wall hanging

Nurse mug rug. Love making these!

Table runner

Another one...

Last one...

... and a table topper or candle mat.
Love these fabrics!

Actually I have made three like this one. I made the first one in December that sold. The customer loves it and placed an order for a second one that is now off to the US. The third I made is for sale in my shop. Love these fabrics too! 

A fall table runner that I finished last year. It has been sitting on my sewing table, waiting for me to take photos. 

Nurse mug rug

Another one... 

We are having a break from hiking during these hot & humid summer months. Instead, I'm trying out some new recipes and here's one I did some days ago.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

QQQ UFO Challenge 2016

How often does life come in the way? .... I'm asking myself this question today - February 2, 2016. 
Why, you may ask? Because I intended to be a better blogger this year, but it is already February and I have done only one blog post at the beginning of the year! 
The plan was to do a blog post last weekend. For me, to make plans is a waste; plans always fail and 'of course' the plan to blog last weekend failed too! Not my fault this time; I-net connection was off for 6 days! One week without access to I-net or access to my Etsy shop, is that acceptable?! NO! Fortunate the local Post Office has I-net access and I was able to check in a couple of times during the week.

Well, that's history now! :) 
Today I'm going to show you my UFO's. Yep, we all have UFO's, don't we?! :) 
Quilts Quilts Quilts! Etsy team is hosting the UFO Challenge 2016 and deadline for the entries was January 31, 2016. You can see the entries here. I've added only a few of my UFO's and hope to finish them all before end of July 2016 (deadline). 

This is my favorite UFO; Postage Stamp Quilt. 
I have used 2.5 inch charms from swaps only. The quilt is ready to be quilted, hope to get the batting this week.

Heaps with HST (Half Square Triangles). It should be enough for two small baby quilts.
For this one, I have to buy backing, don't have anything suitable.

Flannel baby quilt. I've had these fabrics F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Time to make something out of them. Have everything that is needed.  

Another heap with squares. The idea is a lap quilt, but time will show what comes out of these fabrics. 

This butterflies bag has been sitting here another year! I intended to finish is last year, but it's still the same! :) 

The same with this one; ZERO PROGRESS! The 'Izzat Biryani' is a rice bag from Pakistan. These bags are strong and perfect for reusing together with old jeans for grocery shopping bags. 

...and a few other UFO's not listed for the challenge...

An Advent Calendar that needs binding. Don't have anything that fits...

Boring place mats! Not sure I like them... I don't have binding for these either... 

Two Christmas stockings, I'm turning them into two small wall hangings. 
I think I have fabrics for the red one, but not sure about the other one....

I have a few more UFO's, but not sure I'm going to do anything to them in near future.