Completed projects 2017

One of my new year's resolutions was to complete a UFO every month. 


This was a project that I started at Scamlesby in January 2015 -we all started it together but most fell by the wayside (including me).  But these things weigh heavy and I chose this to finish first since it was one of the largest UFO's.  It would also "release" a lot of fabric back into everyday use - I keep everything together for a project until it's completed so I do not run out.  This wall hanging was one from Dandelion Design and combined patchwork with applique - encouraging you to personalise it at every stage.


This month I started with a quick UFO - a kit that I bought for £2.50 from the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate.  It's a container to keep in your handbag with 5 threaded needles so that you always have enough for a running repair.

I also managed to complete my Splendid Sampler - 110 6.5 inch blocks, quilted as you go and using French General for the sashing and binding.  This was a project that ran across the world and involved over 80 different designers releasing a block ever Thursday and Sunday for a year.  From the start I wanted this to end up on the spare bed and, in truth, decorated the room around this concept.  I am pleased both with the quilt and with my ability to complete the project.





Terry and I went to a workshop in Lincoln where we made this "Sew Together bag" - a bag which holds much more than you would imagine and tested my patience with zips rather!  It is similar to the Bionic Gear Bag that we made previously but has different proportions and less pockets.  It was therefore a little easier to construct.  The fabric came from America but I love the bright colours and sewing related theme.

 Of course the bag had to have some mini storage bags to match!
 I then set to finishing a sampler quilt that I first started around 3 years ago at my evening sewing class.
 And I started to learn how to crochet - making this mug cosy!

Then I made his simple stitchery for Paula - it was her birthday present and the pattern was from Jenny of Elefantz designs

Towards the end of March I went to a sewing retreat and made a needlecase for everyone as a souvenir.

 Whilst there, amongst other things, I made a "Tooly" - ignore the doughnuts in the background!  Even more shocking is the news that the doughnuts weren't eaten!!

With April came my first felting workshop meet the new addition to our family - a Herdy Sheep courtesy of Lincolnshire Fenn crafts (mine's the blue beauty),

Closely followed by the second workshop of the month where I grappled, and won (I think) with this tulip bag.

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