Sunday, February 11, 2018

Progress on a Custom Order and more

It's Sunday again, a hot and humid afternoon here in Mauritius. 
The rainy- and cyclone season. We had some nice, cool rainy days, but now the heat is here again. I hate this time of the year! Can't wait for April when it starts to cool down a bit! 

I have accomplished quite a lot this week and I'm happy with the progress on a custom order that actually is a UFO. 
Last year, I made several items to a customer in Canada. She loves red and white and this time the order was several items made from a mix of cotton quilting fabric and woven fabrics; squares and stripes. I had quite some fabrics left and we decided on a lap quilt and mug rugs. We agreed on small and big squares randomly placed for the lap quilt and squares and rectangles for the mug rugs. I cut the squares last year, (see this post), but 'life came in the way' and first this week I have been able to work on it. 

Since my previous blog post, I have pieced the quilt, added the border, pieced the back and made the mug rugs. This morning I cut the batting and the next steps are thread basting and quilting. For the mug rugs I have left to add the binding. 
Don't you love these red and white's together? I do! 

In between, I have done small jobs on a few other items

Pieced a table runner that is ready to be quilted and added binding to another table runner, table topper and small candle mat. The most boring part left; hand sew the binding! :) 

I have two mug rugs ready to be listed in my Etsy shop
Aren't these poppies gorgeous?! 

...and look what landed in our PO Box earlier this week!
Thanks goodness I didn't have to go to the Customs in Port Louis this time!!! 

I bought an Island Batik Charm Pack; 'French Roasted' together with a coordinating black/tan batik. Gorgeous batiks! 
Have you tried the 'Bloc Loc' rulers for HST?  I bought two; 2.5" and 3.5". Can't wait to try them! ...and more blues for my scrappy blue/white Irish chain quilt! :) 
Don't worry, I didn't break my SFD! (Strict Fabric Diet)! This order was placed and shipped at the end of last year! 
I'm doing good on my SFD; no fabric shopping this week! :) 


Sunday, February 4, 2018

WIP's and UFO's

What have you been up to lately? Any progress on WIP's or UFO's? New ideas?

The heat, rain and humidity this time of the year makes me unwell. I don't take this climate very well and I don't venture out unless I have to. Some days ago I made the 'mistake' by going to the Custom in Port Louis to pick up a parcel. It was the day before two public holidays and the motorway was packed, long lines at the Custom, and even crazy shoppers at the supermarket (as if there were NO days AFTER the public holidays)! :( Needless to say I was totally drained when I returned home! Note to self: never go to PL this time of the year if you don't have to!!!!

I've been busy sewing and proud to say I have a finished UFO! :) 
Available in my Etsy Shop

I've been working on this, that and everything. I bought some gorgeous poppy fabrics some years ago, but couldn't decide what to make. Now I came up with a few ideas and I had enough fabric for a TR, TT, a couple of mug rugs and a bed runner. 
Now to finish them all! :)

The bed runner was supposed to be a TR, but since I made the green/yellow border first, it turned out too wide for a TR, I think.... I'm quilting straight seams and it takes forever! LOL I have yet to decide on how to quilt the border, any suggestions? 

I've made - and finished! :) - another TR for my shop. I have had 'bad hair days', and I can add 'bad photo days' too! :( Most of the photos I took of this TR turned out horrible, even after editing I can't use them for my shop. I have to take new photos. UGH! 

What do you do when there's no I-net connection or the CPU doesn't want to cooperate? 
I made 6 new blocks for my PS Quilt! :) Now I'm running out of 2.5 inch squares from swaps! I have quite some greens, blues and yellows left only. To make more blocks I have to start using my own cut squares. High time doing so; too many boxes containing squares - to hubby's despair! He claims there's no space for him anymore! LOL 

Not going to buy fabric, batting, thread etc UNLESS I NEED IT!!! 
...and look what I've bought already!!!! 
Well, the first photo shows fabric I ordered last year but received this year, so that doesn't count, right?! :)  They are for the blue and white Irish Chain UFO. The 2nd and 3rd photos are the fabric I went to pick up at the Custom in PL. Well worth the sweat that day, wasn't it?! Aren't those fabric gorgeous? I just couldn't resist! 


Updated UFO list per February 3, 2018 

#1 - Log Cabin Table Topper (orphan block)
#2 - Table Topper Purple Pansies - FINISHED! 
#3 - Wall Hanging Hawaii Dancing Girls
#4 - Christmas Place Mats - set of 4
#5 - PSQ - Squares and Pinwheels
#6 - PSQ - Scrappy Squares
#7 - Scrappy Irish Chain in Blue & White
#8 - Bonnie's 'Provence'
#9 - Sunbonnet Sue - NNC block swap
#10 - Lap Quilt in Red & White
#11 - Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen
#12 - Scrappy Log Cabin
#13 - Got the Blues
#14 - Nifty Nurses
#15 - Scrappy Flannel Quilt
#16 - Scrappy Christmas Quilt
#17 - Lap Quilt
#18 - Scrappy Black & White
#19 - Scrappy 1 inch squares (sewn into quilt)
#20 - Bag


Monday, January 22, 2018

Time to count UFO's!


Do you remember me??!! :) I can't believe I haven't done a blog post since end of April last year! Where did those months go? You may wonder why I haven't blogged for such a long time? With other tasks going on in my life, Etsy shop etc, I felt it became overwhelming to keep up with everything. 

Do you have any New Year's resolutions and do you stick to them?  I have given up on 'resolutions', they fail all the time! I'd rather call it 'to set goals'. 
That said, some of my goals for 2018 is to blog regularly and finish some of my UFO's that have accumulated over the last few years. I'm sure they multiply overnight!!! 

Yesterday I took stock of my UFO's. I was sure I had about 10 or so. How wrong is it possible to be?! I counted 20!!!! How on earth did that happen?!?! lol

#1 - Log Cabin Table Topper (orphan block)
#2 - Table Topper Purple Pansies
#3 - Wall Hanging Hawaii Dancing Girls
#4 - Christmas Place Mats set of 4
#5 - PSQ Squares and Pinwheels
#6 - PSQ Scrappy Squares
#7 - Scrappy Irish Chain in blue & white
#8 - Bonnie's 'Provence'
#9 - Sunbonnet Sue NNC block swap

#10 - Lap Quilt in red & white
#11 - Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen
#12 - Scrappy Log Cabin
#13 - Got the Blues
#14 - Nifty Nurses 
#15 - Scrappy flannel quilt
#16 - Scrappy Christmas quilt
#17 - Lap quilt
#18 - Scrappy black & white

#19 - Scrappy 1 inch squares (sewn into quilt)
#20 - Bag

Phew! Now to get into action and actually get them done! 
At least some of them! :)