Friday, 13 April 2012

Finish it up Friday - comment 'hugs'

Here we are at Finish it up Friday already!!  I'll be linking up over at crazy mom quilts.  Be sure to stop in and check out other blog posts too - and leave comments as this is what keeps so many of us motivated! 

As you can see from my Wednesdays WiP post, I managed to get quite a bit done over the past week [I'll add a similar photo at the bottom of this post]!  Yay for me.  My highlight had to be getting the Zakka house pouch done in two nights when I hadn't even planned to make it.  I'm so pleased that I did though as I can now say I'm no longer a zipper-virgin!  I received lots of lovely (and encouraging) comments and feedback from some really wonderful people - so thank you for taking the time to comment.  I needed these little 'comment hugs' to keep my spirits up!

Zakka Pencil Case - Project 5
I have a couple more finishes to share on top of the ones reported on Wednesday.  I'm happy to say that I completed (ahead of schedule) my Zakka Pencil Case.  I LOVE this!  Again, the instructions needed more diagrams but after a little bit of seam ripping and asking Mr Crafty Shenanigans to see what he thought the instructions meant, I ended up with a pretty cool pencil case.  I used some of my favourite scraps (dragonfly, stripes, checks and some plaid - oh how I love plaid!!) and I think it turned out marvellous!  I will definitely make more of these for my niece and nephews in Canada! 

Here is nosey-parker Jax checking out what these 'things' are in HIS garden! 
Zakka Pin Cushion and Zakka Pencil Case of course!  

The interior was a piece of fabric from the 'scrap swap' at the London Modern
Quilt Guild.  The numbers on the fabric seemed appropriate for a pencil case! 
And Jane at sew create it set the Sew Into Solids Flickr group a challenge to complete our Week 5 block by Monday (which will be Week 6) so I did!  It started as a set of 4 strips together and ended up as a bunch of rectangles within a frame!  A little bit of an experiment really - I love the 3" borders in nice Kona Snow - yum!  I'm not really thinking of this as a 'quilt project' but more of a technical challenge to myself to learn some new skills and techniques so I will have that knowledge and sewing experience for the future.  But we'll see how they all turn out and go from there!  This block co-ordinates with Block 3 so I am quite chuffed! 


Sew Into Solids Block 3 and 5 together - DONE
And lastly, I had hoped to have my half square triangle 'thing' finished by today but this didn't happen.  It has to be done the earliest for Monday for the link-up so keep your fingers crossed for me to get it completed!  No progress since my last post about it...  Oh well.  I'm big into greens and turquoise at the moment:

HST 'thing' for the Festival of Half Square Triangles - will it get done?

And that's all I can report on.  I'll also be linking up with Amylouwho's Sew & Tell Friday, sew many ways' Find a Friend Friday and our creative spaces player list and Sew Happy Geek's Manic Monday.  Have a great weekend!





I'll also be linking my finish up here:
April Finishes 

18 comments:

Cherie said...

You always seem so busy! Loving all the things you've been making! =D

Amy said...

I LOVE BUSY!! I am VERY fortunate to live walking distance to work so I walk home for lunch and get odd jobs done during my hour so my evenings are my own to daydream, sew and move fabric from pile to pile, drooling! I tape the tv programs I follow so I can watch them in x12 and skip all adverts in the mornings while I get ready for work and I blog-hop in between doing everything else throughout the day/night. I was always told that if you want something done, ask a busy person - so I seem to get a lot done :) I'm quite an organised, goal-orientated person who likes to 'achieve'. That's me in a nut-shell! ;)

Beth said...

Everything looks great. I've been sewing with solids this week as well.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

cute pencil cases....original too!! thanks for checking our my blog!!

Charlotte said...

you have had a busy week! That pencil case is lovely :-D

Karen M said...

Thanks for sharing your progress. The pencil case is very cute. Isn't funny how it sometimes 'hurts' to use of the last scrap of a favorite fabric?

Amy said...

Oh yes - it hurst to use the dragonflies as I only ever had a fat quarter of it and most of it went into my shaggy quilt. I am carfully using the last scraps.

pizzaeater said...

I love your HST thingy. I think I will use yours as inspiration so I can over come my fear of HSTs.

Art by Wiley said...

I love, love, love that pencil case!!!

Amy said...

Cheers :) You stole the words straight from my mouth!!! [I love it too! hahaha]

Amy said...

Sorry - my typing was rubbish!! Should say 'hurts' and 'carefully'.

susan said...

I love your new solids block. It is a very effective pattern.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I'm so thrilled to hear how the Sew into Solids group is keeping you motivated to try new things ...that is exactly why Katherine and I started the group :-)

Katherine said...

Awesome! So excited to see your progress with the blocks for Sew into Solids. Seeing your blocks inspires me, Amy. Keep up the great work.

elnorac said...

Lovely take on this sweet project! You're lucky Jax didn't mark your projects as his own ;) I have a weiner dog mix, and he, too, would assume that the projects were his own. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pencil case!

Amy DeCesare said...

Just came to see your pencil case, which is so cute! All the other projects you've finished are just as great!

Elizabeth said...

That is such a cute little pencil case! And I love your Sew Into Solids blocks as well. Your colors are beautiful!

Congrats again on such a fun finish and thank you for linking up!

xo -E

Amorette said...

love your pencil case! the colors and plaid are perfect.