February seems to have whizzed past, I know it’s a bit shorter, but even so! We’re knee deep in decorating at home at the moment so sewing has pretty much been restricted to evenings when I collapse in a heap in my sewing room! This month I’ve painted the office and the conservatory, stripped wallpaper off the kitchen and half stripped the dining room…and in the middle of all that I had the flooring changed in my sewing room which meant emptying it, and no, it still hasn’t quite recovered!
In the midst of all that I did manage to make a skirt, a button back one and it’s been worn quite a few times, my concerns about it popping open were unfounded, it’s actually really comfortable to wear, I think I’ll be using that pattern again.
I was hoping to make a dress as well that would have covered both the monthly stitch challenge of something from the decade you were born in (OK so I was going slightly earlier to the 1950’s) and the dress-makers bloggers challenge of making something with love. I was hoping to make a dress for our wedding anniversary, but as it’s in 2 weeks time I don’t think it’s going to happen, it’s a shame as I’ve got the lining, the zip. thread…maybe I’ll try!
I’ve done quite a bit of embroidery this month. We’ve started a travelling sketchbook with embroiderers guild (EG), this month we had to do our introduction and first piece, my theme was mountains so I embroidered a picture of Catbells, my favourite fell. I’m really pleased with this as this kind of embroidery where I have to design it is well out of my comfort zone. We’ve now swopped books so I’ve to do an embroidery of a garden bird this month for someone else’s book, I have a few ideas going round…
I finished my rolling landscape which we started at a workshop at EG, Catbells starred in it again. I had a beautiful bobbin made by The Turners in the Church at Bedale to put it on.
I embroidered a very pretty card for a certain anniversary too, it’s a design by Faby Reilly, I’ve just got to make it into the card now.
I made another sketchbook cover from an embroidery I did a few years back, this sketchbook is a working one for my own ideas.
My progress with my Flower Lattice has been slow but steady, I’m half way through my third block. I’m still struggling to find the best time to do this embroidery, so it does tend to be in the few days before I’m due to post again!
Quilting wise, I started my new block of the month, ‘Down the Rabbit Hole by Sarah Fielke, a circle made from forty wedges was a bit of a challenge to say the least. I’ve still to add some homemade bias binding and then this month I add lots of round flowers.
My biggest achievement this month was finishing the final blocks for my Splendid Sampler quilt, a hundred 6.5″ blocks, all sashed and quilted. I’ve started sewing them together now, I’ve done two blocks of sixteen squares, so I’m a third of the way there. I’m happier with the mixed fabric backing now, I got cold feet at first, but I think it’s going to look OK!
Highlight of the month has to be the #sewdowndewsbury, a fabulous day fabric shopping with fellow sewists.
So, my plans for March, apart from stripping, lining and painting three rooms…hopefully my SS quilt will be finished and I’ll be well on the way with Helen’s elephant quilt. I’ve a little bird to embroider and my entry for the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook, it’s in France now, so I think it will be with me soon. It’s Mothering Sunday here soon too so I need to make a little something for my Mum, maybe a Lavender bag from Faby Reilly…and you never know, I might actually get that dress made!
After last weekend’s shopping spree it has somewhat crept up, though when I emptied my sewing room, I looked at my stash laid out on the spare bed and I didn’t think it looked that much 🙂
Lengths used 1
Length given away 1
Lengths bought 8
Stash on 31st January 2017 60 lengths
I’ve just worked out that if I only make one item a month my stash will last five years! I need to up the ante!!!