Rainbow Skyline in progress

WIP Wednesday: The sixteenth

WIP Wed

Wow, after I had so much to report on last week, I’m sorry to say this week is a bit quiet.

1. Knitting project

OK, this one will be for a reveal leading up to the cooler months in the Southern Hemisphere. I am pleased I’m on my way with it though.

2. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Cutting of the background fabric has begun, now that all blocks are complete.

Rainbow Skyline in progress

Rainbow Skyline in progress

I did post about how I am trying to be more organised with my WIPs though…check it out here.

 All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant this week:

I Spy Quilt

Aviatrix Medallion

Aussie Modern Instabee blocks (final 2)

Secret Solids Project

Other secret project

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

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Organising all the things.

Image source: Death to the Stock Photo

Image source: Death to the Stock Photo

Something I have been striving to achieve in my life in recent years is a little more organisation. I’ve certainly realised since Peanut came along that more order in the household has been needed. You know, things like actually writing shopping lists, (and having a meal plan helps to know what you need to buy), keeping a monthly calendar on the fridge to plan all the activities….things that as a single person, or a couple without children, we never really worried about!

I have always been one for making lists…in my working life I had lots of lists…project lists, daily task lists etc. I loved getting organised…and the sense of satisfaction when something was crossed off the list was awesome. But for a while there it felt quite overwhelming …I wrote the lists but things just didn’t get crossed off…that’s probably because I took on too many things, but that is a story for another time…and it’s something I know I won’t be repeating!

That sense of feeling overwhelmed started to come back again recently. I knew that claustrophobic feeling was because I had opted to start a lot of projects, take on some extra responsibilities and the number of tasks I could see I needed to accomplish started the self-doubt to creep in, and I knew if that happened I would stagnate.

One day I was looking through my IG feed and came across a pic from Cole and Taffy (you should check Michelle’s work out, she makes amazingly lovely embroidery) that showed how she keeps her projects organised. It was so simple and instantly I could see how it would easily work for me.

The idea was simply to use index cards on a keyring holder. I loved that the cards are a good size to write a decent amount on, they are portable, and easily personalised. I also thought it was a great excuse to buy washi tape!!

Organisation

Organisation

It’s scary how quickly the pile of projects (1 per card) grew! There are 21 WIPs/PHDs on that key ring. I plan to take a card off as the project is completed and store it in a separate box that can be referenced at a later date if needed.

The projects cover quilting, sewing, and crochet at the moment but I’m pretty sure that different ‘craftegories’ will be started as time goes on.

I've discovered the joy of washi tape!

I’ve discovered the joy of washi tape!

I had fun decorating the cards with the tape. Love washi!

It's written in the cards!

It’s written in the cards!

On each card I have tried to cover each key step in the project. As each step is completed I can tick the box (hands up who else loves the physical act of ticking boxes or crossing things off a list?). I’ve also included a place to record a start and finish date, and where possible a reminder as to where I am keeping the project stored. I don’t have a separate craft room at home so projects get stored in bags or boxes and placed in discreet places around my sewing area (or in a cupboard).

Anyway, that’s my little way of trying to keep on top of all my projects. I won’t pretend to think this will help me reduce my number of WIPs to nothing…I’ve accepted I will always be someone who has multiple projects going at once. What I do hope to achieve is to minimise the times when I feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done by being able to focus on the small steps in each project and not just the fact that I haven’t done all the things!!

“Organising is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” A.A. Milne

Bodice

WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The fifteenth

WIP Wed

These days I love Wednesdays. Peanut and I go to her swimming lessons in the morning. She didn’t like it much when we first started a few months ago…quite a few times she was sobbing from it all (and occasionally so was I), as it was such a different environment, and it was loud (which she doesn’t really like). Now though, oh wow…a different girl who was BEAMING as she jumped in the water and practised her kicking. Still have some work to do on blowing bubbles in the water instead of drinking it…but so much progress in 3 months. I am so proud of her.

The other bonus is she is soooo tired when we get home, she just wants something to eat, grab her favourite soft toy and to go for her nap…and that means I can blog! Win, win!!

So, a lot of finishes in the past week…had to be as I had to get those presents posted off. I know I probably shouldn’t be posting these pics of the gifts, but I love them so and can’t wait till Christmas to show them off :)

1. Puppets

Full post coming soon

Finished set

Finished set

2. Geranium Dress

A sneaky peak…

Bodice

Bodice

I also decided to add a matching hat..

Hat

3. Superhero Costume

Cape and mask

Cape and mask

4. Aviatrix Medallion

No progress.

5. I Spy Quilt

Must get cracking as this is on my FAL 2014 Q4 and there’s not much left of this month/year!!

6. Aussie Modern Instabee

Not started December yet…Playing Cards is the block this month

7. Secret Solid Project

Oh dear…I am feeling so stressed about this one.

8. Other Secret Quilt

Yep…next!

9. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Progress shot from our meeting this weekend..

Rainbow Skyline in progress

Rainbow Skyline in progress

10. All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

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WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The fourteenth

WIP Wed

Phew…what a busy week so far. I have literally just got in after a morning at Taronga Zoo with Peanut and one of our friends, and Peanut has gone down for her nap. It’s a warm, muggy but overcast day here in Sydney today. I worked up a sweat pushing the pram + babe back up the hill to the exit, but boy what fun we had!!

Quite a bit has been happening this week…lots of actual sewing, but also lots of planning for a venture I have in mind that I hope to be able to talk about in the New Year. So I’ve been spending lots of time at the computer.

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Time to talk WIPs…

1. Puppets

Old MacDonald's farm coming together

Old MacDonald’s farm coming together

All finished…yay! I plan to write a post on these at Christmas when I know the gift has been received so you can see more pics then.

2. Geranium Dress

This one is all finished too…and I made a matching reversible bucket hat to go with it. Once again, a separate post is in the works.

3. Aviatrix Medallion

No progress.

4. I Spy Quilt

Still hand quilting

5. Aussie Modern Instabee

Not started December yet…Playing Cards is the block this month

6. Secret Solid Project

Oh dear…I am feeling so stressed about this one.

7. Other Secret Quilt

Yep…next!

8. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

More news on this one next week I suspect.

9. All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

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WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The thirteenth

WIP Wed

Lucky 13!!

I continue to be impressed by my consistency. Although some weeks I do consider not writing my WIP Wednesday posts, I remind myself it is possibly the only post I get to write this week…and that gives me the kick I need.

What a busy time it is right now. I feel a little overwhelmed by all I want to get done.  Notice I said WANT…I have always been one to take on way more than I really now I can achieve in a short period of time…I don’t know why I do this. I have, however, become better at not being too hard on myself when I am not at the point I would like to be. And I’m able to do that because I am focus on my priorities, what’s important to me right now. I wasn’t that great at that for a long time. I thought it was more important to make others happy. Now, the only others I need to make happy are myself and my family. I wish I had come to this realisation a bit earlier in life.

Anyway, enough reflecting….let’s talk WIPs.

It’s still all about the Christmas presents …

1. Puppets

Old MacDonald's farm coming together

Old MacDonald’s farm coming together

All 8 animals are completed, I just have to buy some more felt to make Old MacDonald…and this gift is done!

2. Geranium Dress

No picture, but this is so super cute. I’m at the point of attaching the skirt to the bodice…so almost done!

3. Aviatrix Medallion

No progress, but I have just purchased this bundle from PinkCastle Fabrics that contains the Pearl Bracelets FQ I need.

4. I Spy Quilt

Still hand quilting

5. Aussie Modern Instabee

November’s block, the Triple Star, is done. Just need to complete the signature block and post off. Only two more months of this bee to go.

Triple Star..the beginning

Triple Star..the beginning

6. Secret Solid Project

Oh dear…I am feeling so stressed about this one.

7. Other Secret Quilt

Oh dear! Next!

8. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

No progress

9. All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

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WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The twelfth

WIP Wed

OK, so pretty much the past month’s blogging has just been my WIP Wednesday posts….great consistency, but really boring, right?? I have had many thoughts on posts to write, but my gut was telling me I was just whining (a couple of disappointments lately) and I have learned to follow my instinct. I’m sure that was the right thing to do, for my own sake as well as you lovely readers!

So, to overcome the disappointment I have channeled my energy into preparing for Christmas. This ‘being organised’ thing has not been me in the past, but I have learned that Peanut just doesn’t work with ‘let’s just do it at the last minute’ …again, I trust my instinct. So, I have been writing lists, ordering gifts, and even making gifts. I just need to plan the food side of things and we should be sorted (albeit the execution will still need to happen)….but I’m feeling a little virtuous.

Pictures I hear you say…stop talking/writing and show me pictures!!

OK…a sneaky look at Christmas presents…

Old MacDonald's farm coming together

Old MacDonald’s farm coming together

1. Aviatrix Medallion

Nothing…I still need to source the blue Pearl Bracelets i have run out of.

2. I Spy Quilt

Still hand quilting

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

I’ve started on November’s block…a Triple Star

Triple Star..the beginning

Triple Star..the beginning

3. Secret Solid Project

{cough, cough} …next

4. Other Secret Quilt

Oh dear!

5. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Another column received…so things are coming together

6. All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant this week:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced though I am very embarrassed at this post!!!

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WIP Wednesday (on a Thursday): The eleventh

WIP Wed

Oh dear…..not much of anything this week.

1. Aviatrix Medallion

Nothing

2. I Spy Quilt

Started hand quilting.

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

Nada

3. Secret Solid Project

Oh dear….MUST.GET.ACT.TOGETHER

4. Other Secret Quilt

Sloooooooowwww progress

5. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Zip!

6. All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant this week:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced though I am very embarrassed at this post!!!

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WIP Wednesday : The tenth

WIP Wed

Cutting to the chase today as it’s late in the night.

1. Aviatrix Medallion

With the centre medallion completed my plan was to get all the fabric cut so I could progress with the borders.

All the cutting....

All the cutting….

I got a reasonable amount done but have since discovered one of my blue fabrics is short …. I need to find me some more of that blue pearl bracelets you can see a piece of in my plan!!!

2. I Spy Quilt

Basted ready for hand quilting.

Basted!

Basted!

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

Oops haven’t downloaded a picture of October’s block yet. Sorry, next week I will have it.

This month’s block is the Triple Star. I’ve been looking forward to that one. Must start thinking about the fabrics.

3. Secret Solid Project

Another block completed….

4. Other Secret Quilt

Began testing the pattern over the past couple of days. May have had a brain wave this evening …. need to test a new idea on how to piece one section. I must say I am happy with how it is looking so far though.

5. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Nothing further on this…may start cutting the background and piecing the blocks I have at some point.

6. All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant this week:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

In other news, I have also been going through the videos of an online course I purchased through Creative Live. It’s a course on using Adobe Illustrator and so far it’s been fabulous.

As usual, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

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WIP Wednesday : The ninth

WIP Wed

The weeks seem to fly by…I can not believe it’s time for another WIP Wednesday! I am managing to sneak in bits of sewing each day…mostly at night while Peanut is having a good long sleep. A little bit is better than nothing though!

So, what’s my progress been like…

1. Aviatrix Medallion

This is where all the work has been this week so I have moved it to the top of the list. EPP piecing finished and we have one complete medallion!

Centre Medallion

Centre Medallion

Part of me is wishing I had perservered with machine piecing this. But then, given I don’t get a lot of time during the day at the machine, I’m not sure I would have gotten this far in a week if I had. I will attempt to machine piece another medallion at some point…maybe for a cushion, maybe for the back???

2. I Spy Quilt

Nothing further on this except that I have cut the batting to size this week.

ISpy + Backing

Front and back sneaky peek

2. Aussie Modern Instabee

I have had a finish here! October bee block is complete and been mailed off. A few sneaky pics were posted on Instagram for the recipient to see over the weekend…here and here

And the finished block… I will show you next week when I know it has been received.

3. Secret Solid Project

The cutting continues…and some more sewing was done. I need to work faster!!

Cutting all the solids...the beginning

Cutting all the solids…the beginning

Secret Solids...the beginning

Secret Solids…the beginning

4. SYDMQG 2015 Quilt

Nothing further on this…may start cutting the background and piecing the blocks I have at some point.

5. All the other things

The rest of my WIPs/PHDs that have been stagnant this week:

Jelly Jam Quilt

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Secret mini quilt.

Other Secret Quilt – I did make corrections on my initial pattern this week, but I do need to actually test this out now!

As usual, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

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A scrappy binding

Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2014: Circus Circus

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Look at me! Entering a second quilt in the  Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side!

This quilt, Circus Circus, was finished only a few months ago now as a gift for our little nephew on his arrival to the world. The original post is here.

I first started this quilt when I was pregnant with our little girl. It sat stagnant for a while but I’m so pleased it’s completed, and I’m so in love with it. It’s perfect for baby S.

Circus Circus Quilt

Circus Circus Quilt

Peanut wanted to help??

Peanut wanted to help??

Helping again?

Helping again?

I machine quilted it on my little domestic machine, and while it was challenging because of the size, I am so happy with the finished product.

Bears on skates are fun!

Bears on skates are fun!

Wonky Square Border

Wonky Square Border

Dotty backing

Dotty backing

A scrappy binding

A scrappy binding

I love how bright and cheery this quilt is.

I love how bright and cheery this quilt is.

 

Details of the quilt:

Title: Circus Circus

Size: 55.5″ x 68″

Pattern: Based on Fussy Fairytales by Kate Conklin Designs

Fabric: Various prints from Kokka Fabrics plus a white linen for background contained in kit from my LQS  Cottage Quiltworks

Quilting: Off centre square quilting on domestic machine using Aurifil 40wt, colour 2021

Binding: Machine stitched with Aurifil 40wt, colour 2021

Backing: Green with Purple Dot print from Kokka Fabrics

Favourite Part: The fussy cut squares and the overall finish. Surprised myself with the quilting!

So, if you have read this far…thank you, especially if you are already familiar with this quilt. If you like my quilt, why not throw a nomination my way by clicking here. Thanks lovely peoples.

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