May Round-Up

Coming in a bit later than usual this month, but I’ve been a busy woman, what can I say? May has been taken up largely by non-quilty work (got to pay the mortgage and fabric bills somehow), but I did find time for some sewing. Hopefully Mini Archie will forgive my late submission to his Furtle Around The Blogosphere link-up.

First up, some thank you gifts for friends visiting from America. They very kindly gave up suitcase space on the trip over to bring me some Tula Pink wide-back fabric (amongst other things).

For the keen homecook in the pair, I found a great, free pattern for these pot holders on I dug around in my stash for some foody-themed fabric, loving those Cotton + Steel Strawberries and the Ice cream flavours from Art Gallery Fabric.

My second gift was a Triple Pouch (pattern by Aneela Hoey), made for a friend who loves drinking tea, so some of my stashed Alice in Wonderland fabric from Rifle Paper Co. seemed perfect.

May also saw the completion of my Trinket quilt top, finished in time for the sew-a-long deadline so I qualify for one of Alison Glass’s pretty enamel pins, which is a lovely bonus for taking part in this fun project. I’m pleased with how my plan for it turned out and I’m hoping to baste and quilt it in June.

My reward at the end of a month of hard work was to pack up half my sewing room and cart it off to Yorkshire to spend two and a half fabulous days on the Modern Quilt Club Retreat.

Despite having a cold and not really having prepped properly I had a great time, meeting up with some familiar quilty people and making friends with some new ones. I took part in the Pouch Swap, making this Devon Pouch (pattern by @sotakhandmade) using gold-flecked cork with Alison Glass fabric. Making this pouch for my retreat gift was also no. 18 on my Finish-a-long list for quarter 2. In return I was very lucky to pick out a beautiful QAYG pouch, made by @cara_pink_stitches.

I worked on a WIP (ever conscious of my finish-a-long commitment!) and although I moved at a quite sedate pace I did managed to leave the retreat with all my blocks finished.

Sadly the Hotel’s carpet doesn’t really set them in their best light…

I had foresight to book the Monday off work (to recuperate from a busy retreat, of course), so I motored on and got the blocks sashed and into a completed flimsy. Hopefully that will be another project to cross off my FAL list this quarter.

This was The Summer Sampler 2016, which has been languishing five blocks short for nearly three years. All pieced in Amy Butler fabrics and black Kona cotton. Technically this should probably be part of my June Round-Up, but as I’m running late with my furtle contribution this time I figured I would include it.

Now I only have three weeks to go until I need to think about posting a June Round-Up! Better get sewing so I have something to report back to Mini Archie, will try to be more timely next month.

One thought on “May Round-Up

  1. What lovely progress!!! Great job getting your flimsy done on time for the pin. Love your gifts, how appropriate! With all these things completed, MA must be pleased with your progress and give a little extra time to post for being sick and still sewing! Hopefully no pointy sticks today.


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