Saturday, 17 January 2015

Here we go again

As you may be able to guess by the lack of blog post I didn't manage a single finish in Q4. Nope, I didn't manage to sew the binding onto Millie's quilt. 

During the 2014 FAL I only managed to finish six items that I'd listed on my goal setting posts and only managed to link up four of those finishes! However 2014 was a year were although my mojo was well and truly intact the time and space to sew was very sparse so I'm counting the 2014 FAL a success.

This year I'm not planning on getting pregnant so nausea shouldn't be a barrier to my sewing. I'm also not returning to work as I now have two children under school age and wouldn't be able to afford the childcare. So in theory I should have a lot more sewing time.......but then I do have three young children and don't have a dedicated sewing space so I'm not expecting five finishes a week either!

Taking this into consideration I've taken some items off the FAL list for now as I'm sure you're bored with seeing the same old pictures (some of them have been on the list since Q3 of the 2013 FAL!) and kept the list to what I REALLY want to get finished during the next three months. There are however a few that I just hope to make some headway on and have added them to the list on the off chance that I get a finish.

So here goes....

1. Millie's Quilt

I managed to sew one side of the binding down on the day that I linked this one up to ALYoF before I fell asleep on the sofa! I've since managed another two sewing sessions during which I finished a side a time so I literally only have about forty inches to go. If I don't manage that in three months I need shooting.

2. Benji's Nursing Cushion.

How I acquired this fabric needs it's own blog post. I plan on turning it into a new cover for the 'V' cushion that I use whilst nursing Benji. I currently have the plain cream one that came with the cushion and a lilac butterfly cover which I made whilst nursing Marged.

3. UKminiswap Quilt

Despite being very late sending off my #igminiswap quilt (another unblogged finish) I signed up for another swap. I've decided on what I going to do and gave my partner a choice of vintage sheets or rainbow. I'm still going to make both versions and keep one for myself. hopefully this will keep my partner guessing as to who her partner is :0)

4. Liberty Pouch.

Either this gets done this quarter or I throw the fabric out.

5. Kaffe Snowball.

It's been loaded on the frame for four months now. What is wrong with me?

6. 150% 241 Tote

I use my first 241 tote everyday but find it a tad small. I cut this one out at 150% but think it might be a little big. I'm not sure if I'm going to sew it up like this or cut a smaller version out of. Time will tell.

7. Anwen's Quilt Side 1.

Ready to go on the frame. Snowballs are in the way ;0)

8. Heol Petal Quilt.

I really like how this one's looking but I very much doubt that I'll get it done by the end of the quarter.

Right, so that's it. Eight goals. Guaranteed one finish. The rest, I can but hope.

Linking up with Adrianne at On the Windy Side for the first (and hopefully not last time)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Hoping for a finish

I started the year with a blog post, a short blog post, but a blog post none the less. I am hoping to write a little more often during 2015 but I'm making no promises.

In the hope that it will encourage me to write a little more often I'm going to try and link up with Shanna and Melissa for A Lovely Year of Finishes every month. A great by-product of this of course is that I should have a finish every month to show for it too!

Now you all know that I don't have much free time on my hands these days so I'm going to keep my goal realistic.

I spent my due date, all the way back on November the 3rd, making the binding for Millie's quilt. I then attached it to the front of the quilt, folded it neatly and placed it in my hospital bag.

I was fully expecting to be induced as Benji was showing no signs of moving and I'd been warned many a time that being induced can take a very long time and can be very boring. This in addition to the fact that Anwen took 37 hours to make an appearance made me think that I'd have some time on my hands and a quilt to bind would be a nice distraction. Anway, Benji was a good boy and arrived the day before I was due to be induced, also he didn't fancy dragging the process out - I was at my sewing machine less than twelve hours before I met him!

Needless to say, when I arrived home Millie's quilt was untouched and I put it to one side whilst I concentrated of finishing my #igminiswap quilt.

So that's my goal for January - sew the binding onto the back of Millie's quilt.

Shouldn't be too hard, after all I have a whole month to get it done.

Or maybe not.

Katy did such a great job of hosting the FAL last year that I really want to link up at least one project to her last finishes party. That gives me just over twenty hours during which I'll also have to make three school runs, take Anwen to gymnastics, prepare three meals, attend a swimming pool committee meeting and feed a small baby 5-6 times.

Oh, and sleep, I'd like at least two hours if possible please?

Like I said a realistic goal :-) I'd better get stitching!

Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Hello Strangers!

Just popping in quickly to say 

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Benji Dafydd Lewis
Born 2.12pm November 12th 2014
Hopefully I'll pop in a little more often during 2015!