Saturday, 1 September 2012

Goodbye August

Wow I can't believe that it is the first of September already.

August has been fun but not very productive on the sewing front - the Olympics, our first year of school holidays which required some juggling, and the little lady's sleep (never great) going to pot again has meant that my time and enthusiasm for sewing was limited.

So in many ways I was glad I had signed up for the Brit Quilt Swap round 3 as it forced me to do at least a little bit of sewing.  It also meant I tried out some new things and generally has fun.

I'm so pleased with the final result:

I just hope my parter likes it!  It went off in the post yesterday along with a few extra goodies

Chocolate, fabric scraps and a pincushion made with my trial embroidery
 I will definitely join up for some more swaps in the future as it was a great experience - can't wait to see what I get!

Other sewing this month included a scrappy quilt for the cat - black cat and new cream sofa was not a good mix so this little number was produced.  I cut a 2.5"x5" piece from every scrap big enough and randomly pulled them out of a bag.  It is my first scrappy quilt and it turned out better than expected - I enjoyed seeing all the fabrics from the projects I've made over the last couple of years.
 It was also a chance to try out some free motion quilting without worrying about messing up - the stippling went surprisingly well, the pebbling and curved lines need more work!

I decided to try something other than quilts and Dolly was the result (we are not good at names in our house)

She is the Baby pattern from A Bit of Whimsy Dolls (her nappy & sleep suit are from the Baby Bunting pattern).  I'd highly recommend the pattern as it was straightforward (took me a couple of hours) and makes a lovely little doll - the little lady was well chuffed with her!

That is about it for August - I had hoped to have this baby quilt finished

but when I sat down to quilt it a couple of evenings ago my machine threw a wobbly and kept skipping stitches.  It seems only to be an issue when I try to FMQ - straight stitching is fine but curves or loops are a disaster.  I think it probably needs a service (at least I'm hoping that is all it needs).  So depending on what happens there September may or may not be more productive!

I'm linking up with

Lily's Quilts

and I'm off to see what everyone else has been up to.

Bye for now


  1. I love, love, love your tree quilt with the little fox and owl. It is so adorable!!! Lovely job finishing that one. I am sending you a interweb pat on the back!

  2. Love the tree mini quilt! So pretty with the rainbow colours. Thank you for the Whimsy Dolls link, the baby pattern is so lovely! And all of our dollies are called "Dolly" too!

  3. Your mini tree quilt is adorable! Your partner is going to love it!

  4. Dolly is a fine name for a doll .. if you feel like she needs a name, it could always be short for "Dolores"

  5. Looks like someone will be getting a lovely parcel in their postbox soon. Congrats for conquering stippling too!

  6. Soem great finishes for last month the quilt is so cute! =D

  7. Your mini looks fantastic!

    Loving that quilt in the last picture - beautiful colours!

  8. Just popped over from Lily's quilts - I love your mini quilt! What a shame about your machine misbehaving - I had this issue - mine's a Husqvarna Viking and there was a problem in six or seven machines all sold by our LQS over a year and a half with the bobbin casing being slightly wrongly placed - the Husqvarna engineers sorted it pretty quickly though. Hope you get it sorted soon!

  9. I like your scrappy quilt. I've got to try that once I've got enough scraps saved up.

  10. Very pretty mini quilt. I love the scrappy quilt. Thanks for another choice to use my scraps.

  11. Gorgeous quilt - is that Joel Dewberry I see? Yum! And your BQS3 partner will love their mini and all those extra godies :)