SAL “Bag Ladies” # 8

Time seems to be speeding up this year!  It really doesn’t feel like 3 weeks ago since the last update, but the calendar doesn’t lie.  So . . . here’s where I was last time

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And photo of where I am now.

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That’s 3 bags completed and 4 cats , even though it’s mostly only heads or tails peeking out of bags, with a 4th bag and 5th cat well underway.  I’ve done as much backstitch as I could on this section, so I won’t have to worry about going back on myself.  Am pretty pleased with progress so far, as I estimated this design would take about 20 stages to complete.

Let’s pop over and see how fellow SAL stitchers are getting on with their projects.

AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Next update on 7th April.

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ScrapHappy # March 2019

I missed out on the ScrapHappy fun in February because of other things going on.  February saw the husband & myself redecorating the living room (all done).  Me with big plans of making sofa covers (started well, but I ran out of motivation) . . . and then catching up on housework before visitors in March.  Lindashee & Mr Lindashee flew over from England for a few days, and Eldest son & girlfriend drove up from the south of France.

House suddenly emptied on 11th, so after a day of stripping beds, and catching up with more housework, my thoughts turned to ScrapHappy and my sewing machine.

I originally sat down, with leftover fabrics (from 2 pairs of shortie PJs made in November) to make something summery for Baby Viking using pattern NewLook 6970.  Baby Viking will be 1 year old in August, and since babies always seem to be wearing the next size up, I decided to cut fabric for the 18-24 month size.  As it turns out, this pattern seems to size up very large . . . and I ended up with a little pinafore dress that fits Daisy, who is a 2-3 year size.

Not to worry . . . anyway, I’m linking up with Kate and Gun for our monthly ScrapHappy post.

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The idea was to make something with scraps/leftovers.  I achieved that.  And got more sewing practice along the way.

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It’s a good fit on the shoulders for Daisy, and looks lovely with the little bolero cardie I knitted for her.  I haven’t given up on the idea of making this pattern again, for Baby Viking, but one size smaller and not necessarily with scraps.

Other bloggers who take part in ScrapHappy fun.

 Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, KerryJean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn and Connie

picking up a UFO (only 6 years after starting)

I pride myself on the fact that when I start a project, I usually finish it (eventually) . . . so don’t think I have too many UFOs lurking in my sewing room (although I haven’t searched very thoroughly).  There are a couple though, that have been in the back of my mind for a while, as worthy of my attention.  One of them being, a latch hook kit.

I treated myself to this way back in January 2013: “Puppy” by Versaco.

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Quite an expensive kit but it was a treat to myself for my birthday that year.   First hooking began way back in February 2013, and then poor puppy was pulled out occasionally over the following 2 years.  Last seen in September 2015 looking like this

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I’m not sure why I ran out of steam.  Possibly because I can’t latch hook while sitting in my rocking chair, watching TV.

Anyway, suffice it to say, this poor puppy has been waiting too long for completion, so I’ve picked up my latch hook, and begun work again because, honestly, I’d come too far not to continue!  I’m not setting myself a “to be finished before” date, but at least the UFO is now back to being a WIP.

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best layer of the month # February

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This is what I like to see, when I check in the nesting boxes!  Three pretty eggs, all different, proof  that all hens have laid.

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The gorgeous weather this month means that all gals have been laying consistently well, even old Miss Moneypenny!  Total egg count for February was 62 and hens really have been neck & neck with no clear winner.

Miss Moneypenny laid 20 while Miss Plumpton and Mauricette laid 21 eggs each.  For a month with only 28 days, that’s not bad at all.

F2F Season 3 – Miss February

February is, sadly, the last month of Season 3 of F2F – a block swap organised by Kate.  This swap has been running for 9 months, with 9 participants, world wide, all making and sending three 12” (finished size) blocks to each other, in each person’s chosen colourway.  It’s been a fabulous opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, working with colour combinations I wouldn’t usually think of, and making me extra careful when piecing.

Kate’s inspiration photo was

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And here are the blocks I made and sent.  My background fabric is actually white, although it doesn’t look it in the photos.

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As with the other months, I made an “Old Fan” block for myself – a souvenir of fabrics used for Kate

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This way, not only do I have all the lovely blocks in my colourway (turquoise, grey, black & white) to assemble into a very large patchwork, I also have 9 “Old Fan” blocks in participants colours, to make a second memento quilt.

Please do go and check out the gallery, updated by Kate, to see the wonderful display of blocks everyone made & received for this swap: F2F.

some sensible sewing (or “Dreamcatcher PJs)

I had something of a clear out in my wardrobe the other day . . . filling several bags with clothes to drop off at the Red Cross bin as I ruthlessly got rid of anything that no longer fits.  And when putting clothes back neatly, realised it was time to set to work and make a few clothes as there’s more going to the Red Cross than being put back in the wardrobe/drawers.

To get myself back into training (as I haven’t done any sewing since well before Christmas) I chose to make a few new pairs of PJ shorties.  The ones I made a few years ago are still going strong, but the shorts were all too tight (bum area being  where the extra weight has piled on).  Anyway, because I’m a bit of a skin-flint at times . . . I wanted to make this project  a “use what you have” one, bearing in mind that the only person who’s going to see me in my PJs is the husband.  Oh and maybe the postman, GLS delivery man and a couple of neighbours. I therefore delved first into my stash of bed sheets.  Yup, have quite a few brand new, never been used, 100% cotton bed sheets that I “inherited” from MIL.  By my way of thinking, if they’re good for sheets, they’re good for nightwear!  Only problem was . . . in a solid colour, all I have is a bright pink or a rather yucky brown.  So the choice was simple:  bright pink please!  Not that I’m a pink gal, but for PJs, I’ll make an exception.

I then had a rummage in my fabric stash, wanting something to contrast nicely with the pink, because I planned on using one of my old faithful patterns:  NewLook 6871.  It’s really for a proper day-wear summer tunic (of which I have made several) but it’s such a comfortable fit, I like it for my PJ tops too.

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I decided on one of my feather print fabrics and made two tunics.  Cut my own binding in pink bed sheet for the tunic with pink yoke and used white binding for the one with feather print yoke (although facing is in pink on both).

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I made 2 pairs of shorts in the pink, using Butterick B5432.  The advantage of using a double bed sheet for a sewing project is, there’s just so much fabric!!!!!  The other advantage: I know, from having used this brand of bed sheet before, that it’ll wash up nice & soft, and be really comfortable as shorts.

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And I just love my bright new PJs!  Can’t wait for bed time!

Next sewing project is going to be less fun.  Our sofas have been totally destroyed by cat claws.  I bought in reams & reams of a sage green denim last year, the plan being to make new covers for both sofas.  Sofas are looking even worse than they were, this time last year, so I’ve procrastinated for too long!  The month of February has seen the husband and myself stripping wallpaper in the living room.  Husband repainted all walls white, while I was up on high, cleaning our wooden beams and painting panels inbetween white.   Now that is done, the scraggy grey sofas really do let the side down.

I also intend to move out of my comfort zone where clothes making goes, after enjoying watching the new season of GBSB.  Up until now, my clothes making projects have been made using just 4 different patterns, which are all in the “easy” category.   I feel it’s time I became braver . . . so I’m gradually psyching myself up to attempting a pair of trousers with zip and a lady’s shirt with long sleeves, cuffs and buttons.  But first, I’ll be battling away with my pattern paper, trying to draft something that will look like a fitted sofa cover.

SAL update–“Bag Ladies” #7

Goodness me!  These last 3 weeks whizzed by rather fast!  And I didn’t do much cross stitching – naughty, naughty.

This is the photo I posted last time

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And here’s what things look like today.

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Not brilliant progress but . . . I have finished the pinkish bag, filled in a little more of 2 cats and begun work on a fluffy white tail, which is poking out of the top of the pink bag. 

Anyway, enough of what little progress I made.  I wonder how everyone else did?  Here are the links to other SAL members and we welcome Sharon to the group today.

AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Next update on 17th March.