Sunday, January 6, 2019

Wrap up 2018, goals for 2019

At the beginning if the new year it is good to look back and see how many things I did accomplish, and I am using my last year closing post to see how this year differed from last. Work was easier this year, but in the summer we renovated our flat - everything was painted, and since everything had to be moved for the workmen, I also made a huge decluttering. It took almost 2 months, but definitely  did worth the effort! I feel much better, but the time spent on renovation was not spent on stitching. However there was also a 100 days challange for cross stitching, which brought back a lot. The net result is still unclear also for me, but by the end of the post I will be also cleverer :).

6 Quilts (last year 9):
  • Wallhanging for my niece
  • Recliner cover
  • I spyfor my nephew
  • Universe is yours - baby quilt for my colleague's baby boy
  • Storm at Sea for my godmother
  • Little Fish - scrappy quilt for the living room
Bags&purses (last year none):
  • a tote to try
  • 2 purses for the teachers at yearend
2 major cross stitch finish (last year 2 smalls):
  • Chatelaine Winter Watergarden
  • Chatelaine Octopus Treasure Cave 

Almost finishes
  • Around the World in 80 stitches - I call it done, and I will make a box cover
  • Yoko Saito Strolling Along Path of Green - quilt top done
Seeing the list it is quite impressive for me, lightly less quilts but significantly more cross stitch, and bags are my new feature :)

  • Round the Year by betukbandi - WIP
  • Pomarium by Chatelaine: I have started at the end of 2016, moving along in the 2nd half during the year
  • Heirloom Nativity Sampler by Victoria Sampler

What did I planned last year? nothing major, therefore I mostly managed them all :)

In 2018 I would like to finish Winter Watergarden - done
start one or two Chatelaines, depending on my stitching bug's behaviour - none
sew a bedcover for my godmother -done
some smaller ones for friends and family - done

What do I plan for this year? 
Nothing stressful, having fun is the key, but I would like to improve as well in bagmaking. I am contemplating doing a sewing course in the summer, but it takes 4-6 weeks, and I am not sure I am willing to invest so much time
  • Cross stitch:
    • Work on Pomarium by Chatelaine
    • Start Mushroom Fern or Autumn Watergarden (or both) by Chatelaine
    • Finish Heirloom Nativity Sampler by Victoria Sampler
  • Quilt:
    • Round the Year by betukbandi 
    • quilt Yoko Saito Strolling Along Path of Green
    • try to use all of my quilting supplies (special feet and all the fancy stuff I bought)
  • Other sewing
    • finish Around the World in 80 stitches box
    • totes: some nice totes for myself and the family, which also serves as a stash buster of my non-quilting fabric. I have bought some fun prints in IKEA with totes in my mind, and I would like to try at least 3 types to find the perfect one
    • miscellaneous sewing thingie holder
      • a standing one for my cutting mat
      • one next to the sewing machine

Saturday, January 5, 2019


I have continued my Pomarium. It goes real slow, but I am trying to move forward if only in baby steps. Apricot is ready, next is Quince, but maybe I will change to the border, it is quicker then the confetti tree.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Tote Bag Making - version 1

I made a promise to myself to learn to make nice totes, because I cannot fine any I really like. 

I do not want anything fancy, just some simple big bag which stands on its own. I have selected a few patterns a few weeks back, and the first is ready. I am partially content - proud for me that I can sew such a bag, but the result is far from perfect. I want a significantly bigger and sturdier one, but for a first try it passes. The pattern was created by the renegade seamstress, and was a little confusing for me, but it could be that it is my fault since it is my first attempt of making a bag alone. A few years back I attended a bag making workshop, but that was a long time ago...

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Octopus framed

I realised that I did not posted a finish on the Octopus Treasure Cave. It is extremely hard to make a photo which gives back the beautiful colors in the finish, but I tried my best. The second photo is more realistic in the fabric an for the greens.

Chatelaine: Octopus Tresure Cave
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart hand dyed 32 ct Belfast by Barbaral

Friday, December 28, 2018

Missing posts from 2018 - little present for the teachers

In June I helped my son to sew year closing gift for his teachers. Both got a similar purse, where I cut the fabric and added the zip, and my son did the finishing. The little boy bird had a strange eyes, I changed that to a nicer one, but forgot to take photos. The teacher really liked the gift, I suppose there are not too many 8 year old boys who are making such presents for them :)

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Wallhanging for my niece

I was working on a wallhangigng for my niece. She is turning 17 and in between a girl and a woman, so I wanted something which is not too serious but has a twist. She wanted flying geese and some natural colors, and I added some windmills - not to waste fabric from the geese and also to link it to the bedcover she had received a few years ago, and which is made of colorful windmills. It was quite quick and I like it a lot -I hope she will like it too!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Venus is ready

I have finished another block from betukbandi Round the Year BOM. I really love how neat the paper pieced parts after trimming!

I was quick, I have finished in one afternoon. This is before sewing the block together:

This is the final piece after finishing all the seams, Part 5 Venus. I skipped part 4, Sapphire fire, because I have to find out what colours I want to use. I am really improving in paper-piecing, but maybe having straight lines instead wavy triangles also helps...

Part 5 - Venus