2014 Finish A Long

I participated in the Finish A Long last year and I really enjoyed having a little motivation to complete some of my many Work In Progress projects.  So it’s the Quarter 2 of the 2014 Finish A Long and I am signing up the following projects with  Katy  @ The Littlest Thistle.

1.  Grandma’s Star.


Grandma Star Collage

I hand pieced this top last year and I now need to  finish hand quilting this 1930s reproduction quilt and put on some binding.  I am hoping to finish it off this quarter.


2.  Triple Irish Chain


Triple Irish Chain r

I would like to complete the pieced borders, baste and then hand quilt.  If I  finish the top by Q2 and then hand quilting in Q3 I will be very happy.  If I spread some of the activities across two quarters at least I will be making progress!


3.  Green Tea & Sweet Beans

I would also like to work on my Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt and I am definitely hoping to make a few more blocks this quarter:


Green Tea & Sweet Beans Collage

These projects are mostly hand pieced, appliqued and/or hand quilted and entering them in the Finish A Long helps to keep me focused and motivated.  Many thanks Katy for hosting the 2014 Finish A Long @ The Littlest Thistle!  Stop by Katy’s blog and check out all the fabulous projects.

I am linking this post up with Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story, So Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts, Lets Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts and WIP Wednesday @Freshly pieced, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts  Stop by these wonderful blogs to see amazing project and support the linky parties.


Wishing you a fabulous week and happy sewing……………Marie xxx


Soft Velvety Bags

It is an overcast, cooler day in Melbourne!  I am sitting in the garden writing this post for my lovely new sewing bag!  It is so nice to be outside to enjoy the garden!

Sewing Bag 2

 I absolutely love this bag it is soft and velvety!!!  I bought the Anna Marie Horner (AMH) Loulouthi velveteen at Amitie Textiles a while ago and, as with all good intentions, the fabric sat in my stash patiently waiting to be sewed.   The bag is based on a pattern by Lisa Chandler @ Chandlers Cottage.  I modified the pattern to exclude the 3D embellishments as this fabric says it all! The bag has lots of room to hold sewing fabrics and large pockets to store sewing notions.


Sewing Bag Interior 1

The bag is lined with Michael Miller “Skinny Stripe” from the Poppy Collection and I love the AMH fabric at the base!  It just adds a point of difference and makes it even nicer!


Sewing Bag Handles

For the handles I used AMH fabric on the outside and lining fabric on the inside.  I attached interfacing to the lining fabric to give a little more support.   I top stitched down each side handles and the top of the bag for additional reinforcement.  I chose not to use any batting for the velveteen as I wanted to keep the bag soft and light!  The bag measure 20″ by 15″ !   I am looking forward to using it on my next sewing day……

I am supporting the linky parties and I am linking this post to  NTT @ My Quilt InfatuationTGIFF @ Quokka Quilts, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!   Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the lovely projects and/or link up and support them!!

As always, many thanks for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Marie  xxx