Wednesday 23 January 2013

Of Mice and (Wo)man

We are still battling the elements here in NE England, which means that I have been snugly tucked up in my sewing room (otherwise known as the Middle Son's bedroom!) for the last couple of days. There is definitely an upside to the bad weather!

Top of my list of projects to work on this month has been the HST quilt from In Color Order's BOM. Last time I posted the blocks were all completed and some shopping was required before I could add the sashing and borders. Having decided that I wanted a cream/ natural fabric for the sashing I found myself leaving my LQS with 2 metres of brown fabric under my arm.

HST BOM Quilt top
This is what I did with it. The blocks in the sashing are the maroon/gold dot in the blocks, and the inner border is the same gold that is in the blocks. I had plenty of the gold fabric and initially intended to use that for a large outer border, but in the end decided that it would be a bit much. I am really pleased with how this has turned out.

Why is it though that as soon as I looked at the photo I realised that I had missed trimming one of the corners? I must have looked at that top half-a-dozen times without noticing, anyhow at least it was something easy to rectify!

There hasn't been much progress on any of my other WIP's, but that is fine by me.

So my WIP list currently looks like this

  • In Color Order HST BOM - Top Completed
  • (Almost) Irish Chain quilt basted
  • Tsatime quilt pieced, backed and basted COMPLETED
  • 5 blocks of NY Beauty QAL completed and fabric cut for remaining 5 blocks
  • 14 blocks of Craftsy BOM completed (way behind schedule) 
  • Sunday Morning Quilt Bee blocks completed and sent (on schedule)
  • Star of Africa Bee blocks completed and sent (on schedule just!)
  • Friendship Bag Swap signed up and partner details received
  • Modern Scrappy Bits Swap 3rd Round signed up
  • Curved Seams Challenge signed up
  • And Sew On BOM - first block completed
  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink SAL - no progress
And the mice in the title?

I like to include small items in the package when I send out Bee blocks, so when I saw instructions for some mice pincushions in the winter issue of Making magazine, I couldn't resist having a go.

Mice pincushions
And these were the result! They are made with scraps of recycled denim and cotton. The original instructions didn't give the mice any tails but I thought that was a bit cruel so added some thin cord to give them back their tails.

If one of your resolutions this year was to get organised check out Taryn's brilliant project sheets. They are available to download here

And finally

The first linky party for New to Me in 2013 opens on Friday, so get ready to link up and inspire us all with whatever you have tried for the first time this month.


  1. Your BOM quilt worked up beautifully with this setting ... very stained-glass looking ... :) Pat

  2. Oh I like the brown for the sashing - that works beautifully! Well done on a big finish!

    The mice are very cute!

  3. That brown suits your quilt perfectly! Congrats on the finish. And your mice are adorable - much better with tails :)

  4. I hate to say it but I'm jealous of your weather. Ours turned nice yesterday, 70 and bright blue skies so I felt I had to be outside working in the yard. I would have much rather been inside working on one of my projects. I guess I need to be happy with the weather I have. Love your little mice.

  5. Yay for getting finished, I wish I could just not go to work and hole up in my sewing area... alas, something has to pay for the fabric habit ;o)

  6. Love your little mice, and yes, the quilt looks good too!

  7. Lovely finish. Sweet little mice. The only kind I like ; )

  8. Your mice are very sweet! I love the quilt - it really does look like stained glass - and I looked and looked but couldn't spot the untrimmed corner.

  9. Your quilt is beautiful... I couldn't find the untrimmed corner. And the mice are so cute. It looks that is very cold in England... great idea staying warm in your sewing room.

  10. I love how your quilt top turned out! It's funny how some things only appear when you take a picture! That happens to me all the time :D

    The mice are SO cute! I would love to have those all over the house!

  11. Your quilt is a beauty Fiona! Love the little mice too.

  12. Love the quilt, Fiona... both the geometric shapes and the colours. Cute little mice, too, especially with their tails.

  13. Fiona, your quilt is beautiful, the sashing you went with in the end really does work well.


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