Wednesday 25 April 2012

WiP Wednesday and Siblings Together

Welcome to Wednesday - 'work in progress' Wednesday (linking up with Freshly Pieced). 

So, at the beginning of March I shared my WiP list (quite a big list!).  I had put the Noodlehead 241 Tote on my  'Projects waiting to be started/have stalled' list because I wanted to do it but just didn't get to it.  I couldn't decide on fabrics.  I didn't have the time.  I wasn't sure if I could do it...etc etc.!  So, I am happy to tell you that I finally decided on some yummy fabrics (mostly from The Village Haberdashery) and have crossed that WiP off my list!  Seeing the brilliant totes that Kelly and Charlotte made last week encouraged me to finally make mine!  So here is my 241 Tote in Melody Miller flowers, Kona midnight, linen and Joel Dewberry Maple Herringbone for the interior. 

I made the strap a little longer which sits perfectly on my shoulder/at my hip.  The bag itself is uber-cool.  And I quite like my colour-combination too!  Linen is a nice addition I think - gives it a 'use me I'm awesome' sort of feel!!  The pattern was easy to follow and I will practise my y-seams for a better finish next time.  For TNT Thursday, I can happily report that I:
  • sewed some curves and Y-seams
  • attached a metal magnet closure
  • sewed 'darts'
  • finished a project in 3 sessions (yay for me)

Pottery class update... Only 5 more weeks to go and I still have 3 trees to finish glazing and fire, a coil pot with a drawing of a dog on the inside to final fire, a slab vase/pot 'thing' to finish, then bisque fire then glaze and final fire, a few ornaments to glaze and final fire and what I thought I would have to share with you tonight were my buttons but they are still in the kiln - oh well - they'll be ready for next week.  Just hope no one steals them!!

My WiP list remains the same as last week.  I still have to do Block 6 and now Block 7 for the Sew Into Solids Flickr group and do some tidying.  It is utter chaos in there at the moment. 

Today it rained cats and dogs so the shiny big ray of sunshine for me was an awesome bundle of fabrics that came in the post from Lily's Quilts, which I won to make a quilt for Siblings Together.  Press here for more information about Siblings Together and if you are interested in helping but don't have time to sew, why not donate to help with the customs and shipping costs?  They would be super appreciative!

Quilts for Siblings Together

I now have a stack of bright boyish fat quarters to make a quilt out of.  This is 'Savanna Bop' by Thomas Knauer - isn't it cute (from what you can see of it! I wanted to get a daylight shot before I went out to pottery class!!)?  I'll keep you posted on my progress.  I am home alone this weekend so am planning a sew-fest with Mr Toyota.  Fingers crossed I can get this one done to share with the London Modern Quilt Group on the 6th May.  This is my personal deadline....  another WiP for my list!

The reason there isn't much to report on the sewing front (apart from my 241 Tote) is because I did LOADS of gardening over the weekend.  I took advantage of Mother Nature giving us a bit of sunshine and did the 'chores'.  I got the lawn mower out, I weeded, I planted some green, yellow and purple dwarf beans to germinate indoors, got the pansy seeds planted and dug more dirt away from the fence.  It's no wonder why I was aching (still am)!  Can't wait for the rain to stop so I can go out and get my raised beds built and the soil in so I can get the carrots and lettuce planted.  I'll take a photo tomorrow of the potatoes - they are coming on a treat!!  

So that's all folks!  I'm off to plan which way I will sew these yummy fabrics together.  Happy Wednesday!  I'm also linking up with TNT Thursday with Happy Quilting and with Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Can I get a Whoop Whoop
I'm linking my finish up here:
April Finishes


Cherie said...

I love the tote! Those fabrics are awesome! Can't wait to see photo's of the garden =D

Also I've added some new fabrics into my swap shop. If you're interested feel free to check it out =D

Charlotte said...

yay!!!!! the bag looks great :-D

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

We're all 'noddleheads' now!!

Annie @ The Village Haberdashery said...

I love that you used that print! I absolutely love those flowers and they seem to just be under the radar!! I want to copy you...

needle and nest said...

What a lovely bag!!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I'm thinking of buying the same print but in the green colourway to make another bag with... it would be nice too. Copy away!!

Kristin said...

Here from Sew Many Ways FaFF :)

I LOVE bags! This one looks like a lot of fun. :) Maybe one day... but for now I just have to resist the urge to even add one more thing to my list of WiP's. lol

Melissa Corry said...

Way to go, the bag is adorable!!! And darts, those bad boys scare me to death :)

Kelly said...

Stuuning!!! We are all going to look awfully swish at the next meet ;-)

Irina said...

I love the tote! i recently made one too, with the zips, and now I'd like to try this version. you did a good job!

Elizabeth said...

Such a great tote. And the linen totally says "use me, I'm awesome!" I love the colors you picked! Congrats on a wonderful finish and thank you for linking up!

xo -E

P.S. Love your new fabric bundle and, Yay! for gardening!