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No WIPs this Wednesday

I know, I know, but it’s got to be Wednesday somewhere in the world.

I wanted to be able to blog that this hexagon adventure has been turned into something…

..but it hasn’t.

And I wanted to blog that this (blurry) pile of black and bright pink has turned into a cloak…

…but it hasn’t.

And I wanted to tell you that this pile of luscious fruity coloured cotton has started its transformation into quiltalong quilt blocks…

…but (you guessed) it hasn’t.

Now I could beat myself up about this week’s work-in-progress failure, but I’m not going to.

Sometimes life gets in the way of my plans, and sometimes thinking gets in the way of my sewing time, and sometimes boring stuff gets in the way of fun stuff. This is how life is, and in the absence of a multi-million pound bank balance enabling me to have minions to take care of the ugly and boring bits of my life, this is how my life is always going to be.

 It’s not going to stop me wanting to do the fun stuff and it’s not going to stop me looking at the things I have achieved.

Banging on about how I didn’t get anything on my to-do list done is not always the best attitude to take. So I’m going to focus on some of the things I have finished in the last few months and be pleased about them (and maybe show off a little bit as well, but don’t tell anybody will you?)

My Daughter’s Quilt

The Rainbow ZigZag Quilt for my new niece

the mini-totes for the female members of my family

and this upcycling project just for me

Happy sewing


More WIPs here

WIPs on Wednesday

Wednesday already? It seems like only yesterday that I was playing with my nephew and cooing over my new niece. I visited my sister for a few days at the end of last week and handed over my latest quilt:

I take commissions, and I’ve already had a few enquiries about designing and making personalised quilts.

My brother-in-law asked what I was planning to do for the boys in the family, since the girls (the two youngest of my parents’ grandchildren, both born in the last 12 months) have both had quilts made especially for them. I’ve been wondering that myself, and trying to work out if quilts made using denim for the top and blue or green flannelette or fleece for the backing would work. This one from the Quilt Lovers Guide is pretty much what I had in mind:

Three denim quilts are a bit of a big ask at the moment, and I’m not convinced that my sewing machine would cope with sewing denim until after it’s been serviced, so I’ll get back to my WIPs and hopefully get some of the following completed this week.

I still have to turn this pile of fabric:

into a cloak like this:

but black with a bright pink lining. It’s been a pile of fabric for quite a while an embarrassing length of time. It’s a big sewing job, so big it’s kinda scary.

This piece, from  the hexalong  I did, is still waiting to be turned into something useful:

If anyone has any good ideas (or any ideas, I’m not fussy) answers on a postcard please.

Lastly, I still need to make the January blocks for Craftsy’s Block of the Month (that I am doing as a quiltalong)

These are the patterns for January’s blocks:

and this is the fabric I have chosen to make the whole year’s-worth of quilt blocks from:

Have I actually started sewing or even cutting any of this?


And on that bombshell (to quote a certain TV car programme)…

Claire Bear

More WIPs here

WIPs on Wednesday

Back to normal after the excitement of a new baby, and the chaos that was me preparing to have my two children back from University for the holidays.

It’s Wednesday, so here are my WIPs! The quilt for my new niece is slightly further along than this:

but this is the most recent photo. It’s not perfect (some of the corners don’t meet) but it’s better than I’ve ever done before, so I’m happy. I still need to quilt and bind it, but I’m going to leave it like this for a week or two and focus on getting some smaller WIPs out of the way.

colour hexalong almost finished

This hexagon mini quilt is another thing that has been put on the back burner, mostly while I made up my mind what to do with it. I made it as part of a quiltalong (more here and here). It is now (probably) definitely going to be a wall hanging, I’ll let you know how I turned it from a pile of fabric into an object of quilting when it’s done.

This is now finished!

Here is my glamorous assistant (Betty) modelling it so you can see what it looks like now.


I don’t have a “before” photo, but if you imagine this poncho with a polo neck but without the deeper colour, that’s pretty much what it looked like.

Lovely, but it was slightly itchy around the neck. I’ve also grown a bit (a-hem, widthways) since my sister bought it for me .

 As well as changing the collar, I added a little bit to the length (it’s a long story, you can read it here). I’m impressed with myself that I was able to crochet and knit enough to upcycle this poncho, but it was hard work remembering how to do it, as I haven’t knitted or crocheted since when I was a teenager. You Tube has some wonderful videos that helped to remind me how to cast on and stuff. I’m so happy that I can start wearing it again.

I’m also finishing off making some presents for my family, I’ll let you see the results and where I found the tutorials next week (I will have seen my brother and sister and their families by then, I live about a hundred miles away from most of them, so I don’t see them on Xmas day, but go to my parent’s for a few days leading up to my Mum’s birthday just before New Year, and I see them all then).

Happy New Year

Claire Bear

More WIPs here

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