Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Finishes two and three

The constant battle to keep up with my daughters' growth spurts is not easy. Remember how I wasn't going to buy anymore fabric in 2014 well that plan went out the window. I had to buy fabric for these two tops because I had no fabric they liked. It was on sale at Lady Sew and Sew
 I used Simplicity pattern 1532. Now the picture looks a lot like PJ's. But that is a minor detail. I had to recreate a favourite top from H&M that really wasn't going to fit anymore. The daughter was optimistic, she thought at age ten she would still be able to fit in size 7year old. (It might be helpful at this point to show you a picture of the old top but I forgot to photograph it.)

The daughter that will be the recipient of the orange top insisted on pockets. EVERYTHING should have pockets. This is what she believes. Luckily her school agrees and the pinafores have pockets, the blouses have a breast pocket and the coat has no less than five, yes you heard that right FIVE, pockets. The pattern doesn't have pockets, so I fabricated a patch pocket. In my opinion it's too large. Daughter is over the moon with it though. The client is happy, so that is all that counts. 

Maybe if we are lucky and they are in a good mood they will model for me.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Fabric Friday

I had hoped to have a Friday Finish. Alas it is not going to happen.

I did finish something this week but that was on Tuesday.

Are these owls cute or what? This basket has gone to live with a friend. I hope she likes it. The colours don't come out well on this picture but it has been bad weather here all week. 

The reason why I didn't finish anything is because of the weather. You may have heard on the news that Oxfordshire is flooded. Thankfully we are not affected. We live on higher ground. Some of the routes to work and school round here have been closed though. This has meant more traffic. It took me three hours on one day to drop the girls at school. I hope the flooding will pass soon. 

I do adore alliteration though so I give you: 
Fabric Friday. 

I was a good girl last year and used up lots of fabric. 2013 was the year of the one in one out, so these fabrics were allowed. 
Rowan fabrics in red. I love red but it also scares me and I don't often use it. I am going to use the aqua fabric with these reds. I just need to finish the scrappy trip quilt and then I can start on this one.

Maybe next week? I only have 16 more scrappy trip blocks to make. Probably not. I also need to make two blouses. It seems that my daughters don't just outgrow one item, they outgrow their whole wardrobe. Who would have thought? 

Have a good weekend. 

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-scrappy trip.

I have made some progress today. I made seven blocks today. I am worried that I am getting scrappy tripped out. After my first scrappy trip quilt I thought I could make loads more scrappy trip quilts. It was quick easy, used up lots of stash. Now I am not so sure. I like this one but it is such slow going. Maybe it's all the blue. Maybe it's that thought that I am only half way through. I will carry on. I hate UFO's.

Sometimes playing with lay outs inspires me to do more. I must get on and do some more.

I am linking to Freshly pieced WIP Wednesday.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Happy 2014

A quick round up of 2013. All in all not too shabby.

There were 10 quilts quilted (I don't seem to have a picture of one of them). There is one quilt top in need of quilting and only one UFO.

There were 14 placemats, one table topper and two mug rugs. An untold number of purses, pencil cases, make up bags, wash bags and tissue holders. Two handbags and 12 baby bibs.

For the daughters I made 6 tiered skirts, two dresses and two pleated skirts. I also made them a swim bag each, a PE kit bag bag and a shoe bag each. That is a total six drawstring bags and two more for my friend's daughters.

I also made six fabric baskets (must blog about them they are cute.) and a skirt for myself. All in all 2013 was quite productive.

One thing I didn't manage to do was make a dress for myself. This is firmly on the agenda for 2014. I have the pattern and the fabric, so no excuses.

The plan for 2014:

  • Dress for me
  • More skirts for me (the first one was a success, so need to make some more)
  • quilts for four family members. 
  • finish the UFO 
  • Quilt the starry might quilt. 
  • Make two outfits for "space day" at school (why do teachers think that we want to do this?)
  • Make clothes for my daughters. This seems to be an ongoing thing they keep growing.
All the best wishes for 2014.