Sunday 14 July 2013

Finish A Long - 3rd Quarter

Sneaking in under the wire.
I was pleased to have a major finish last quarter and I did feel that signing up for the FAL spurred me on a bit to finish so I am throwing my hat in the ring again.
My classes all start up again in August so I am going to make it a realistic (small) list for the 3rd quarter.

1. Failure form FAL 2 and a very old UFO. Hidden Wells - my 2004 class sample, all layered up & basted but never quilted. I think I will unpick the basting and insert newer, flat wadding. I still quite like the colours and the tricky pattern so I plan to finish this as a small runner for my kitchen table.

2. A Christmas cushion - this was another failure from last quarter and an EPP project that is destined to be a cushion. Just needs finishing off.

3. And for my last hopeful task, I am choosing this poor chap - a make - a - long from my last year's Christmas workshop (in July!!) He definitely needs his hat and jacket, and maybe even a face before this Christmas.

I am tagging on some non-FAL stuff today too. I am so excited to report that I met a blog friend today, Marg from SunshineParadise? Marg has relatives here in Ayr and has been travelling a fair bit from her native Queensland. We met this morning and managed a couple of hours chat over coffee. I just can't believe her luck with the weather as I had been telling her to bring jumpers and warm clothes for our rotten summer. How wrong was I? Anyway, I took along my camera today but totally forgot to do anything with it so our meeting will have to be in our memory banks. I totally understand all you girls out there getting so excited about the Retreat next weekend in London - you'll meet Marg too as she is on her way down tomorrow.........
And to end on, a couple of little finishes - these two wee quilts are for my Princess & the Pea project. I am so loving this idea and have one or two UFOs that might be adapted to a little quilt. The recipient, Ava, is only 16months so will not be getting her hands on the bed+quilts until she is old enough to understand the story so I have a while yet - I think the tally is at 4, or is it 5? A way to go yet.

This first one is another Crazy sample that I was playing about with for the Stitch Gathering in Edinburgh - the panels are hand pieced and then joined to the white by machine. I then used lots of fancy machine stitches to emulate a bit of hand stitching.

And next, we have an AMH feather block. It's one I made as an extra in January when our Bee a Brit Stingy Bee started and we made these for Lucy. I had some spare bits left and decided to use it for the binding but to be honest there were so many joins it was a mini nightmare. Good to learn these things on small projects though.

I am linking this up to Leanne's FAL. Good luck everybody, with your projects.


  1. Will look froward to seeing your wee chap when he is finished. Love the feather block - lovely colours. Juliex

  2. Great projects but I especially like the runner from 2004. It is beautiful.

  3. Love the runner, what a great pattern

  4. Yes, the runner??!! Lovely! Good luck Sheila :) BTW, if I am going to the FoQ, would love to meet :)

  5. This is a lovely list and I am pulling for you. I love all the little quilts for the granddaughter too, what a great idea.

  6. Hope you get them all finished. I have just made a small bed out of dowelling and papier mache and plan to make the mattresses and quilts for it. You've given me some ideas!

  7. A great list there! Sorry I won't get to see you at the w/e. Jxo

  8. Good projects and plans here.
    Di x

  9. Good luck with the list! Loving the wee minis :o)

    Sorry I missed you and Marg up here, but I'll see her on Friday!

  10. I can't wait to see these projects progress! Love the mini quilts, it's such a great idea!



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