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Tuesday 6 September 2016

August Progress & News

How hot has your August been?  It's been pretty hot and humid here in NYC, don't know about you but I'm looking forward to cooler temps coming soon.

A month of making, totally new designs to develop into patterns: a two compartment make-up bag and brush holder; a multi pencil case; and a satchel.

Working on a few tutes: how to make a pressing board; how to spiral quilt; and fabric pattern matching

One new tute is already on the blog - a double zippered pencil case large enough to hold a 12" ruler and a notebook too.

There were two blog hops, first the Benartex Back to School Blog Hop - this giveaway is now over, it was won by Apple Blossom -

but depending when you're reading this you might still have time to take part in the Quilters Take Manhattan Blog Hop
it ends at 10 am on Saturday, 10 September 2016 and is open internationally to everyone.

I've made two end of summer Squares Quilt challenge blocks for the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild,

and completed my July Improv Beyond The Bee block too.

I sent out instructions for my Improv: Beyond The Bee quilt blocks - I'm the Queen Bee for September.  I haven't started work on my own block yet, it'll be at least October and probably November before I have chance to work on it but putting the instructions together and sending out the fabrics to everyone in the Bee def counts as an August progress.

Delighted to discover my mini-butterfly cushion was featured in Hendes Verden, a Danish weekly women's magazine.

Oh, I resized a top for Flicky before she headed back to Scotland for her last year at the University of St Andrews and before she left she made herself this laptop case for Moriarty adding a front zippered pencil pocket to my zippy pouch tute

And I sneaked in this fun Hungry Caterpillar quilt, a first birthday gift for the son of one of my husband, Simon's work colleagues.

There were two made by ChrissieD newsletters in August.  Just in case you missed them here's the links so you can catch up:

If you'd like to subscribe and have future newsletters emailed directly to you, you can do so here - and, I'd love it if you'd let your friends know too :D

Projects in the pipeline for September include:

finishing my First Blush quilt for a Windham Fabrics blog hop coming up in October, it's sandwiched and basted ready for quilting;

my Mirabel Bowties quilt top blocks are made (see pic below) and at this stage they're now a bordered quilt top waiting for me to make a backing, baste, quilt and bind.  The Maribel fabric is a Windham Fabrics collection by Annabel Wrigley and the Bowties quilt pattern is from the new book A New Spin On Drunkard's Path by John Kubiniec of Big Rig Quilting - I'll be reviewing the book in Sept/Oct.

I'm off to South Africa at the weekend and when I get back I'm straight into Quilters Take Manhattan and being a contender in Quilt Match there, so there won't be time for anything really, I'll be more than happy to get the First Blush quilt finished tbh and progress on Maribel would be wonderful but at least the top's done.  Everything else will have to wait for October.

Finally, it's time to take a look how my UFO/WIP List looked at the end of July;

and let's compare it with the end of August - those last 8 columns on the right are all finished work:
Completed - AugustJulyJuneMayApril / March / February / January

Can't get over how much I'm achieving though I'd like to move more of the WIP/UFOs to the completed side rather than adding newly completed projects.  I'm using the web app Trello, a digital notebook, you can read more about it here in my January Progress Report.

and here's my updated UFO/WIP list at end August 2016 
I'll carry on including the list in this format too so you can click through to the blog posts and read more but I'll also include my Trello boards because these are such a great visual of my progress.

Bear's Paw quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started December 2012
Transparency quilt - started 2012
5 baby quilts - started 2012
Skillbuilder quilt - started January 2013
Giant HST quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started December 2014
Shirt quilt - started 2014
Cloud 9 circles quilt - started January 2015
Aviatrix quilt - started 2015
Batik animal quilt - started 2012-2015
Improv curves quilt - started 2015
Sliced jelly roll quilt - started 2015
8 Snugglies - started 2015
Sashiko/Kantha quilt - started July 2015
8 Point Star Quilt - started March 2016
Kukulcan quilt - started May 2016
First Blush quilt - started July 2016
Maribel Bowties quilt - started August 2016
Improv Beyond The Bee quilt - started August 2016
Blackboard quilt - not yet started

Jelly roll quilt -  started December 2015/finished January 2016
Quilting By The Lake quilt - started July 2015/finished January 2016
Sliced improv block quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started November 2013/finished January 2016
4 Snugglies - started 2015/finished February 2016
4 Snugglies - started 2015/finished March 2016
Xmas quilt - started/finished July 2016
Hungry Caterpillar quilt - started/finished August 2016
Paintchip Challenge quilt - started/finished August 2016

Quilt Blocks & Pattern Testing
Timeless Treasures NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild challenge - started/finished February 2016
Seahorse FPP testing for Tartankiwi - started February 2016/finished March 2016
NYC Metro MOD QG Improv: Beyond The Bee blocks for Jenny - started/finished May 2016
3 Guild Officer signature blocks - started/finished May 2016
3 Hearts for #Pulse blocks - started/finished June 2016
6 Rainbow Strip for #Pulse blocks - started/finished June 2016
Floating Squares - Improv Beyond The Bee blocks for Audrey - started/finished July 2016
Doodle Patchwork - Improv Beyone The Bee blocks for Caroline - started/finished August 2016
NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Late Summer Squares Quilt Challenge blocks - started/finished August 2016

Hand Sewing
Cross stitch - lilies - started 2003
Coffin hexies - started January 2013
Hexie hexies - started 2014

Hand quilted quilt - started September 2013/finished January 2016

Flicky's dress - started 2012
Flicky's skirt - started 2014
Boxer shorts - started January 2015

Boxer shorts - started January 2015/finished January 2016
Flicky's PJ bottoms - started/finished January 2016
Flicky's PJ bottoms - started/finished January 2016
2 Liberty Aprons - started/finished February 2016
Vendor Apron - started/finished September 2016

Textile Crafts
Pirate dolls - started 1998
Flicky's book cover - started 2010
Jelly Roll block cushion - started 2013
Xmas cushion - started 2013
Flapped tissue case - started 2013
Snail block - started 2013
Fabric game - started 2014
Fabric book - started 2014
Create fabric covers for 2 canisters - started 2015
Tula Pink storage containers - started December 2015
Name Badge - started February 2016

Mini butterfly cushion - started December 2012/finished January 2016
Pincushion Organiser/Thread Catcher - started/finished February 2016
Slouchy Bag - started/finished March 2016
13 Pixie Baskets - started/finished March 2016
Modern By The Yard Issue 1:2 Elephant Tote Bag - started/finished May 2016
Modern By The Yard Issue 1:2 Sevilla Tote Bag - started/finished May 2016
Sevilla Detachable Wallet & Key Clip - started/finished May 2016
Xmas Cards - started/finished June 2016
Penguin cushion - started/finished July 2016
2 Xmas cushions - started/finished July 2016
Double Make-Up Bag - started/finished August 2016
Multi Pencil Case - started/finished August 2016
Simply Chic Satchel - started/finished August 2016
Double Zippered Pencil Case - started/finished August 2016

Textile Art
Quilting By The Lake - Series 1 - started July 2015
Quilting By the Lake - Series 2 - started July 2015

Replace worn blocks on Simon's quilt - started November 2015
Restuff and mend teddy - started 2015
Repair various clothes for family - started 2015

Replace buttons on Button quilt - started November 2015/finished February 2016
Repair handles on felted bag - started April 2012/finished February 2016
Repaired quilting lines on Yuma quilt - started/finished March 2016
Flicky's and Chris' jeans repair - started/finished May 2016
Flicky's tweed coat repair - started/finished May 2016
Flicky's satin dress sleeve refit - started/finished May 2016
Resizing Flicky's king size duvet set to a queen size - started/finished May 2016
Resizing top for Flicky - started/finished August 2016

To keep track of all related blog posts in one place I've created a page you can click through to and see this post and each of my monthly update reports; you can click through to it here.

Have you sworn to clear your UFOs/WIP this year?  How are you going about it?  Let me know if you start using the Trello app too.
Do share your ideas and progress, you might just inspire someone to do the same :D

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