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Hand Quilt Along – 18/02/18

Happy Sunday!
For once, the progress I’m going to show you hasn’t been made this week, as I have been away from home, but actually almost three weeks ago, just after my last HQAL post!
I am quite happy with how this project is going, I have started to assemble the pieces separately from the main body of the quilt as it is getting bulkier. The width is approximately what it will be in the end (about 30″), so now I just have to add some length to it!
Until next time!
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!
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Hand Quilt Along – 28/01/18

Happy Sunday everyone!
It is time again to share our progress in the hand quilt along hosted by Kathy. I actually made some progress this time, more than last for sure!
Here are my pictures, on the left from last time and on the right this time.
I am now expanding the piece towards the left side until I reach around 30″. I think the right side will stay as is until I finish the quilt top, and then I’ll trim it to be a rectangle before quilting and binding it. Phew! Lots left to do but there is progress so it’s encouraging!
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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Hand Quilt Along – 07/01/18

Happy Sunday readers!
It is time again to share my progress on my English Paper Piecing for the Hand Quilt Along hosted by Kathy every three weeks.
Due to Christmas and New Year (and my family being here) I actually didn’t get much progress this time

I did however, cover a lot of my templates with fabric, which does take quite a long time. This will have to do for progress this time!

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I hope you guys had time to work a bit more of your HQAL than what I did!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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Hand Quilt Along – 17/12/17

Hello readers!

It is time again for another hand quilt along update! I’ve tried to add small triangles to fill on of the edges of my EPP this time, and I think it worked great 🙂 Can you see it at the bottom of the second picture? You might also notice that I’ve introduced some new fabrics, the ones from my hoop embroidery project.

We have some new participants this month, Nanette Sassy and Edith, welcome! Next update in 3 weeks on the 7th of Jan!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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FO Friday – something different

Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a great week, my friend left yesterday and I’m a bit sad the she’s gone but on the bright side I’m back full time with blogging! (still the usual 3 x a week , but you know I’ll be able to actually read more and hopefully respond slightly faster, so that’s a win!)

I know I’ve said that I wouldn’t really make any Christmas gifts, but then I actually thought of some really good and fast gifts to make for my nana and my aunty, as them and my grandpa are visiting for Christmas. So, I have decided to hand stitch them some gifts!

You probably remember (if you were following me at the time) that I went to a craft fair in  Brisbane in September? When I was there, I bought some really cute buttons and a cool diy ornament kit from Krazy Kreations.

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Isn’t that going to be super cute? This will be for my nana, but today I want to share with you the finished I made for my aunty.

I spend a good while looking for the perfect fabric for this, as I had a pretty clear idea in mind. This is what I ended with (excuse the poor lighting on the left fabric, it’s meant to be blue!).

I then hand drew the motifs I wanted and used my rusty appliqué skills. I’m super happy with how it turned out, and all that was left to do was to write a cute sentence at the top (it means “hop with happiness” in French, pun intended) and sew on the buttons.

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Did I mention my aunty loves frogs? I think it’s a very effective gift, and I know that she will love it because it has frogs! I can’t wait for her to see it 🙂

How is your Christmas gift making going? I’d love to hear about your more ambitious projects!

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November wrap up

Happy Saturday everyone!

I hope you all had a great week, it has been busy as ever here! I have actually been taking a small break from blogging with my best friend still being here, as I wanted to make the most of my time with her. This means that I will have to catch up on all your amazing blogs in the next few weeks, which I’m really looking forward to!

So, what did I manage to get done in November? For starters, I managed to put together a little parcel for my stitching santa, organised by Sheila of Sewchet. I really hope that my swap partner loves it as much as I do! I posted a picture on Instagram a couple of weeks ago but here it is again if you have missed it 😊

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I have also received my own swap parcel, and it’s been patiently sitting under my Christmas tree! I just can’t wait for Christmas now!

This month, I have also barely escaped from trolls, made friend’s with Azog the defiler and visited the Shire on an amazing trip to New Zealand!

I did decide to join the NaNo WriMo as well for the first time, and I have to say that it was all great before New Zealand, but I did find it hard to write once there. So in the end, I was quite far from my goal, with almost 15,000 words written this year. I’m still pretty proud to have done it, and I think I will continue to use the site to track my writing, as the hardest thing is to just keep at it. I do also have plenty of plot ideas, so I will definitely keep on writing on this project.

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This month, craft-wise, I have mostly done crochet, and I have finished two shawls, the Liula from Potter & Bloom and the Swaye from Addydae Designs. I have also made a lovey for a new baby girl in the family and I have designed Sandy the sea dragon for the amigurumipatterns.net design contest (voting opens tomorrow, 3rd of December, I will share some more in another post).

I am also super pleased to have joined the Hand Quilt along this month, and I have made some progress on my EPP! I have decided that this will be a baby quilt size, and that I might actually also hand quilt it.

And last but not least, this month saw another very successful Fantastic Bake-Along, themed around the apple! Yum! I decided to make an upside down pie, called a Tarte Tatin in France.

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I hope you all had an amazing month and that you are ready for Christmas!! 🎄🎁screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-9-29-20-pm

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Hand Quilt Along – 26/11/17

Happy Sunday!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I know I sure did!
This is our second HQAL, and I’m super excited to show you my progress. It’s been modest, but still, I did get some sewing done so it’s a win!
We have some new people joining us this month, so make sure you are giving them some love by visiting their posts! I am in Australia so I’m probably the first one (or one of the firsts) to post, so keep that in mind too 😊
Without further ado, here is my progress, with a picture from last time as well!

That’s definite progress in my book! I hope you all have a great week!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

 

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Hand Quilt Along – 05/11/17

Hello lovely readers!
I hope you have all had a great weekend! Like I mentioned on Friday, I am super excited to join in the new Hand Quilt Along hosted by Kathy! For this HQAL, I will be working on my EPP. I had not worked on it for a while and this QAL is the perfect opportunity!
Here is where I was at last time I showed it to you.
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And here is where I am at now!
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So quite a bit of progress made, I bought quite a few new fabrics when I was in Europe with this quilt in mind. My plans are to hand quilt it too once I’ve finished the quilt top, using the sashiko technique.
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

 

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July wrap up

Happy Wednesday lovelies ❤️

The time has come again to look back on the past month. I’m not sure how much I will get done in the next few months, as we are planning our big move interstate by the end of August and I will be aways for most of September. One thing is sure, I’ll be busy!

Here are my yarny makes, I got one more of my LOTR squares finished, I finished a pair of socks and started a new pair. Oh and let’s not forget Dumbo, my cute deep sea octopus 🐙 (I’m hoping to have the pattern up next week).

I didn’t get much needlecraft done, actually I did but I had no finish, so nothing to show you yet. I always feel like winter is a better time for crochet and knitting, and my stitching always suffers a bit during the colder months. I did try a new craft though, English Paper Piecing, and I really enjoy it!

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And of course, I participated in the Fantastic Bake Along, for which I chose the recipe! A quiche lorraine! Yum 🙂

So not many makes this month, but hopefully I’ll get a few more things finished before we move away and I have to pack all my craft gear (yes, when you’re at the point that it takes half the couch, I’m calling it gear!)

I hope you guys have had a great July and that you’re ready for August!

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English paper piecing

Happy Wednesday readers!

A couple of weeks ago, a saw a really cool post on Kais (Empress Fibres) blog: a tutorial to English paper piecing! I have always been intrigued by this and the tutorial was so well done that I decided to jump right into it! I first wanted to use scallops shapes but I realised that I was way over my head with the curves 😅 Maybe when I get a bit more practice!

So I ended up going for a jewel shape, I really like it and it’s only straight lines, so manageable for a total beginner!

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I decided to print out my own shapes, I printed them on carboardy paper, and they’ve been holding their shape quite well! I used a free template I found on Google with a bunch of shapes, so I’m prepared for the years to come!

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I just really enjoy it, it’s super relaxing and there are so many possibilities! This is what I’ve got so far.

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Do you see the hearts?

I wish you guys a great end of the week! ❤️

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