January Round-Up

I’ve managed to cross four projects off my Q1 Finish-a-long list this January, not a bad start! I thought I’d do a little round-up, which will also be my contribution to the new link-up party hosted by Mini Archie over at Archie the wonder dog’s blog.
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So from my original FAL list I’ve completed one big project, two small ones and a repair job.

The first to finish was my Luminaries Quilt, which you can read more about in this post.

Featuring the gorgeous Road Trip fabric range by Alison Glass on a lush background of Kona in Nightfall, it’s based on a pattern by Jamie Swanson called Luminary. I doubled up on the main motif and added some free-motion and straight-line quilting to give a fabulous texture to the finished quilt.


This was the first quilting project using my new Janome 8200QCP, or Jean Luc as I prefer to call him. It was a great opportunity to try out some new quilting techniques and I learnt a lot; about my machine, about quilting and about my competence and need to practice a lot more!
I’m hoping to enter Luminaries into a quilt show this year, it would be my first time, so I’m quite excited about the prospect. Now I just need to learn how to fit a hanging sleeve…

Next to finish was a last minute addition to my finish-a-long list, a much needed re-cover of my handy ironing mat. After about two years of use and abuse (interfacing accidents, overly-hot irons, Flatter applications and steam) the fabric was scorched and had a rather unappealing smell when used. So armed with a newly acquired hot-glue gun, my trusty staple gun and a hammer (every DIY project needs a hammer) I went to work.

The mat also featured a really sturdy cutting mat on the reverse, it needed to be removed in order to replace the ironing side but I wanted to try and reattach it if possible. Enter hammer…great for prying up the edges of the cutting mat and carefully separating it from the central core board, letting me remove the original fabric covering.

On top of the core board I layered new pieces of ironing board lining (but you could use normal wadding), insul bright insulated lining and my fabric, stretching them over the sides of the board and securing with glue and then staples. After leaving it to dry for a bit I then reattached the cutting mat with more glue and weighted it down to make sure it dried flat. Good as new.

Lastly, the final two small project finishes were a cushion and a mini quilt.

The cushion was made from an english paper-pieced panel I made as a pattern test; bordered and quilted to make it a decent size and then finished at the back with a concealed zip.

The mini quilt finish was a block that was originally released to help to raise funds for the victims of the Manchester terror attack in 2017, designed by Kristy from QuietPlay. This deserved a finish, some simple ‘bee trail’ quilting and a bit of detail in the wings, slap on some remnants of striped binding (cos bees are stripey, right?) and Bob the bee is your uncle.

I’ve recently cleared a bit of wall space in my sewing room, so Bob the bee and any other mini finishes I make this year will be going up onto a new Wall of Finish-a-long Minis so that I can enjoy them fully.

And so, that was January. I’m hoping to finish at least three more smaller projects in February, including my first foray into quilting with mono-filament…fingers-crossed for that one. I’m also making a swap project which will need my attention too. What will you be sewing in February?

14 thoughts on “January Round-Up

  1. What a busy and productive month you’ve had! I’m going to enjoy watching your minis appear from out of your FAL lists! Thank you very much for spreading the word about furtling *waves pompoms*


  2. Such great projects! And finishing four (!!) projects from your FAL list in the process, even better! I love the mini bee quilt, and I’m looking forward to more mini quilt finishes to come.


  3. The luminaries quilt is just stunning! Love it.

    You’re doing great tackling your projects.

    I’ve got two quilts I’m hoping to quilt in February but we will see how it goes! I’ll be happy if I manage one.


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