Monday, 9 January 2012

Will I quilt again? (feeling a tad dramatic apparently)

I know I will, there's nothing wrong with me but there is something wrong with my machine :( It is whining - literally. Not a happy Boy Called Sue! I think the noise is really putting me off, I'm scared to use it in case it totally breaks!

This is going to be one of those random posts packed with bits about nothing so if you don't mind I have a few things to share!! Oh if you can't be bothered reading that's fine but, if you haven't already, make sure you go and enter my charm pack giveaway here :)

Another reason I haven't quilted is because I don't really know where to start! I've got nine quilts planned, NINE! I have an order in my head but then I keep changing my mind. I've organised my fabric into projects, so I know what I'm doing, but I'm having some sort of block (perhaps brought on my the eeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkk noise of my machine!) and can't get going. I'm hoping that will change today!

One of the projects I want to start today is the Rose and Star Block Party that's just started on My Selfsewn Life:

I've never done paper piecing and very limited hand sewing at all so this should be interesting! I love the look of this though and like the traditional blocks done with modern fabric. With that in mind and also my desire to use fabric that I've been collecting (mostly got in the amazing sales over Christmas!!) but not sure what to do with, I've picked fabrics I adore:

the ones on the right are more coral in real life!

They don't really go together do they?! Well I'm not bothered!! ;) I just LOVE them all so much and I'm kind of hoping it will work out in the end! I may need to find some smaller prints to use but even just a hint of these fabrics might look nice anyway... we'll see I guess! I'm hoping to create some interesting combinations :)

I did brave my machine to quickly sew a bib together for my lovely neighbour, who has just given birth to a healthy 10lb 1oz baby!! Hope it's not too small:

I was inspired after seeing this post on Pleasant Home, I used the same pattern by Chickpea Sewing Studio and the tutorial by Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! for sewing onto interfacing. I was originally planning on using up tiny scraps and making it more patchwork but again, frightened by the machine I went for something more simple.
This past week I also received these beauties from the fabulous Zipit!

I just love those fortune telling fish!!

Just in case you were wondering, I'm pretty sure Dave loved his Hacienda quilt :) We had a fantastic time at the party. The Charlatans were the guest band (have to admit we were late and missed them though!!), Lemn Sissay read and Dave gave a brilliant speech :)
Want to see my party outfit?

Bad angle it may be but still you can see why I'm joining in with Erin for the Weigh In Wednesday!! I also managed to put nice plaits (braids) in my hair but we were late enough without taking another picture!! The dress is an early birthday present and is just lace on the back of the top! Glad I like my back :)

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  1. Eek I hope you get back to your sewing soon!

  2. I want to do Clare's block party too!

    Is the coral your unifying colour - where Clare had turquoise? She had 5 different fabrics in each block including at least one solid!

    Think it will be lovely in those fabrics - you may want to look out a few more....

  3. oops forgot to say you look stunning in your new dress!

  4. I think your choice of colour is really nice actually - but I am partial towards coral. I love that quilt though - thanks for linking it to it.. I have done the paper piecing method - but I am linking the idea it would be quicker!!

  5. Oh Lucy, you are so cute! Love those shoes! Sorry your machine is having fits, hopefully it's nothing too serious. That QAL looks really fun, too. And 9 quilts!?!

  6. i'm totally getting sucked into that block party also. i've been trying so hard to not join new things and just finish up some old projects, but that one is too too tempting. i look forward to seeing your version. and i'm sending happy sewing vibes out to your machine. is your machine really named Sue?

  7. Have you given your machine and almighty clean and oiled the bobbin and anything else that you are allowed to oil in it? I hate when my machine doesn't sound right. Gives me palpitations!

    Love, love, love your shoes! The dress is gorgeous but the shoes are to die for!

  8. I feel your pain on the sewing machine front. Hopefully it's remedied soon. Maybe some gobs of lint somewhere?

    You look just lovely in that photo!!

    I like the fabrics you have chosen for your flower project. I tend to not worry too much about how fabrics "go" together, I usually just wing it (except in the case of "Swoon", my only project, I think, that came from a single fabric line) and most times it turns out!

  9. wow, you have a lot going on! Love your outfit btw

  10. Oh dear, time to see the sewing machine doctor? I like the fabric pulls though, and I think the blue and green will go nicely with all that coral (which might be a bit much on its own, TBH)

    Gotta love happy mail though, and love that dress :o)

  11. You look absolutely fabulous!! Love the dress, and oooh the shows are fab.. And you could've seen the Charlatans and didnt cos you were late?!! SHAME ON YOU!! LOL

  12. Love the dress! missed the Charlatans? How could you?!! The shame!! Still, I'm glad he liked the quilt! And don't worry about the quilting block, it'll go soon. Have you written down all your plans? I find that making a list helps if I feel overwhelmed...

  13. Aren't you beautiful! Sorry about the machine...I hope it is something very simple! So glad you are doing the Rose and Star! And happy to hear your friend loved his quilt - and he certainly should have. It is a fabulous quilt and a wonderful gift!

  14. Awesome shoes and frock! You missed The Charlatans!?! I am not sure if I can speak to you any more!!!

  15. I do hope the sewing machine gets sorted soon! Have you got a good service place?
    The fabrics are lovely, and make a healthy contrast. Go for it!

  16. Look how gorgeous you are! Dress is stunning and those shoes... LOVE! x

  17. I have a bunch of projects in the works too and I decided to get the ones done first that have deadlines...the baby due in March, the 2 teacher thank you quilts for the end of the school year and then the Christmas gifts. The others will fall into place around those and I'm sure more will get added as more deadlines get created.

  18. Love the rose and star block - I think it'll look lovely with your fabrics. And your dress looks very nice:) I do hope your sewing machine is going to be ok. Maybe it could do with a service?

  19. How come I missed the frock!!!
    You looked fab, love the shoes too, hope your machines come to its senses by now.