Friday, 11 April 2014


I'm doing a double post for today, just so I can get myself linked up properly. I do apologise for my poor blogging etiquette.


Ok so I had myself an epic fail on FAL quarter 1.  I finished my sewing machine cover and mat, but didn't get around to linking them up.  And the other 3... yeah. No. I didn't get them done.

SO why am I linking up for quarter 2??? Because I like to set myself deadlines and goals that I know I will not meet! I'm quirky that way!

So my FAL 2 list is as follows:

1- Harry Potter
I am loving this project! I think I have fallen in love with foundation paper piecing, in general.  It is super time consuming and my sewing room is a disaster of  a mess, because I'm using so many different fabrics.  But it is progressing.  And with three months of steady work, I can TOTALLY get this top finished.
That being said, I have no idea how I want to quilt it, or what I want to back it with, so maybe not totally finished.....

 2 - Radiant Orchid Dresden
I am more than halfway through the quilting.  I have to stop working on HP and finish this sucker! It was supposed to be done weeks ago, but I got distracted by HP and haven't gotten back into my quilting groove.

3 - Radiant Orchid Hexies
Another project I just love.  I need to make my bag and go from there. I have a pattern picked, but I think I want to do a practise before I commit my hexies to it.

4 - Mini-Charms
I still love these little pieces of sunshine and happiness. But they are my simple sewing. They need me to be in a certain mindset... We'll see how the mood strikes me this quarter. It could be a nice simple finish...

5 - Penny Patch
Ok, this is taking up desk space. it must be finished.  It is a simple pattern. There is no reason at all why I can't get this done this quarter.

6 - Swoon
I cheated and had this long-armed. (It looks amazeballs by the way)  So this month I am going to get this bound. I want this on my bed for winter. I am determined.

7 - Carpenters Wheel
I also cheated with this one. I sent it out be long-armed too.  I am so happy with my Swoon, I can't wait to see what this one looks like! And then a quick easy binding and it'll be finished!!!!!!!!

8 - Improv
I am further along with this than you've seen (I promise a post in the imminent future!) and I think I'm going to get it long armed.  So three months to get it back form a professional and ad some binding - definitely do-able!

Ok. So I'm a little ambitious. But with a little bit of elbow grease I can totally get this list tackled and at least get some of thee moving along.  They're all active WIPS.  I'm not including the things that are tucked into hidey holes or that have been sitting in boxes for months, collecting dust.

Is anyone else linking up with the FAL? Any tips on how I can actually achieve my epic list?

E xx

Radiant Orchid part the second

So ages ago, I gave you my sneak peak of the radiant orchid challenge and some of you smart little chickens guessed right. I made myself a Dresden plate.

Purple Dresden
I have been seeing this so many places for so long and always thought it was something for an experienced/intricate quilter. I was scared to even start. But this year I thought I'd be brave and ordered myself the fancy pants ruler (which I'm sure isn't necessary, but I can't imagine doing it without). And I have to tell you guys, it was actually pretty easy.

I had my fabrics cut and pieced on the same day. I, of course, didn't bother to google a tutorial until AFTER I had sewn my first plate together, and discovered a much better way to do this, so quickly whipped up another one which I have no idea what I'm going to do with!!

I really like the Dresden, just in general. I think it's got such elegance to it!  And it honestly, was so much easier than I thought.  Like, incredibly easy. As in, if you can sew a straight line, you can make this. I admit that I'm not making fancy Dresden's, but still - will definitely be saving this for future quick quilts.

I say quick quilts, because I literally got it pieced in an afternoon. I was on a roll! I thought I could actually get his finished within the week!!!!!!!

I machine stitched my Dresden to some dark grey and even got the top basted fairly quickly. I bought white flannel to back this with in the hopes that the quilting I was planning would it amazing (not to preempt the awesomeness or set your expectations too high), and that it would really pop off the white. And  I love a snuggly quilt and flannel does that for me every time. Well minky does it more, but I'm not going to attempt to do any pretty quilting on minky... I'll leave that to the professionals :-)
purple dresden applique

I did the first bit of quilting and was less than thrilled. Particularly with the way it showed up on the back.
I figured I'd change it up and make my quilting more sketchy and added more lines. And now I love it! I made sure I wiggled a little bit so you can see the different coloured threads.
quilting purple dresden applique

I got my stitch on as best I can, but as always, life (and other projects) got in the way. I'm about halfway through my quilting.  So unfortunately I didn't link in to the Radiant Orchid challenge. Having seen the amazing things other people made I'm not too upset as I stood no chance of winning. If you haven't checked it out you should! Everything is just gorgeous!
quilting on grey

As for me, I will be happy with this project even if it doesn't win any prizes. Purple Dresden's just belong in my home :-)

Now to do half a dozen more quilting lines and whip some binding on this sucker! I can get this done this week... right?

E xx