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Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (23rd January 2014)

First of all a big thank you to everyone who commiserated or offered advice last week on my sewing machine problem. Just to clear something up it has been serviced very regularly, the last time less than six months ago and each time they never get to the bottom of my problem… BUT…. Since trying the advice I found online to thread the machine backwards through the take up lever, I have not (fingers crossed!) had a repeat of the problem!

So, with the machine back working I have had a much better sewing week. I now have three of these quilt-as-you-go log cabin blocks.

Quilt as you go logcabin blocks for a dog bed. 3 more to make.. 

The tutorial I used is from Stitched In Color, I love the densely quilted result you achieve, though you do get through bobbins like you wouldn’t believe!

They are/were intended for a dog bed. My sister is very concerned they’ll be trashed, but I don’t know what I’d do with them otherwise. Bear in mind they have a back which is not meant to be seen! I intend for the dog bed to go in my new sewing room (more on that after the weekend) so it shouldn’t get too much wear, I hope?

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Brit Sewing Thursday Linky – The first of 2014!

After the long festive break and all our secret sewing throughout December, welcome to the first sewing linky of 2014!

I did some thinking over Christmas about whether to continue with this linky and if so how to make it better. You may have noticed that I now keep it open all week and that will continue, meaning that you can join in on any day of the week not just Thursday, but are there other things I could do?

Are there ways we could spread the word and encourage more Brit sewers to join us? Do let me know. My head is in many places at the moment and it is entirely possible I may miss the obvious…

cancan doll quilt

The first project to share with you this week is my completed doll quilt for DQS 14 on Flickr. It started out being called a “wonky windmill” quilt, but I have renamed it my “Can Can Mini Quilt” as when I look at it all I see now is high kicking legs! Maybe that’s just me?

This will be in the post to my partner at the end of the week along with some local chocolate (Montezumas!) a quilting magazine and something for the small person in her life. I’ll take a photo of it all together before I mail it.

Starting the December FQR Bee block. Running a little late thus month!

I have also been playing catch up with my blocks for the FQR Bee. Currently working on Kathie’s December blocks, with Liz’s January log cabins next in line.

After the rush of Christmas if you have a lull in your sewing schedule, do consider entering the X Factor Pillow Swap on Flickr. My most favourite swap because you make what you want and get a pillow assigned based on the points yours scores (not anywhere nearly as scary as it sounds) the deadline is January 25th and some of the entries already are lovely!

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Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (12th December 2013)

So after a less than productive week last week, I am pleased to say I have had time back at the sewing machine! I have basted a quilt and I have finished the wonky windmill blocks for the mini quilt I am making for the doll quilt swap. I may have to juggle these blocks around a bit, but I’m going dizzy looking at them at the moment.

I think as we are heading into the Christmas period I am going to rest the linky from now until 9th January to give us all a chance to relax and/or catch up with our sewing, but I’m very much looking forward to hearing what you’ve been up to and sharing the quilt I have been working on in the new year…
Until then please feel free to share whatever you have been working on this week…


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Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (5th December 2013)

My weeks normally run like a well-oiled machine. I am obsessive about my time keeping, meticulous about my planning and mostly I manage to get photos taken in daylight, blog posts scheduled to meet deadlines and college work completed without it seeping into family time, but this week has been different.

Despite generally robust health, Theo came down with a winter bug last Thursday which came gift-wrapped with a lot of subsidiary infections. We’ve spent a lot of time sitting on the sofa and there’s been a lot of broken nights. Sometimes I’ve uncurled the extension lead and plugged the sewing machine in and got no further than a few stitches before he’s woken crying.

It’s behind us now and I am chasing coursework deadlines first so I can manage some sewing time later. I need the time at my machine, like some people need a glass of wine in the evenings and I have missed it this week, but things will be back to normal soon…

Hopefully some of you will have had a more productive week than me?

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Brit Sewing Thursday Linky (21st November 2013)

So another week has gone by and I am deeply into university research at the moment, so very little sewing has taken place in the last seven days. Fortunately though I do have one of last year’s Christmas quilts to share with you. As I mentioned before I had a couple of quilts that I made and didn’t post about on the blog, so it’s good to finally get round to doing so.

This is a wall quilt that I made for my niece Millie. It was a bit of a last minute make as the wall quilt I originally made her didn’t quite fit the bill when I finished it a couple of weeks before Chrsitmas, so I decided to do another. I made it by creating 4 pieced strips from scraps and then sticking them together. All rather haphazard, but remarkably it turned out ok!

Millie’s name which I printed from photoshop in a font called Lobster, is rendered in white felt and was attached using Heat N Bond Ultra. The only thing I’d do differently if I could was to use a different fabric for the binding. It works well apart from the bits where the turquoise pigs are visible and a bit distracting.

Here it is on the wall at the head of her bed. The original quilt which I made for her in Christmas 2010 is on the bed, with a less successful one (in my opinion!) from 2011 folded up nearest the camera. It’s quite a thing I have started with this girl and quilts!

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