Blink – WIP Wednesday

Blink, and a week has passed. How did it happen? I wish I knew! All over blogland I’m reading how back to school time means it’s back to sewing time. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth here. I’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of our new routine and it feels like my feet are barely touching the ground at times. Instead of the two minute walk to the Kindergarten bus that I had last year I now have a round trip to the school that takes me close to an hour. Twice a day. At the moment I have to walk my little man to the bus stop, then accompany him on the bus to school before turning around and walking home (which is actually as fast as taking the bus when you can set a good brisk pace and don’t have a seven year old dawdling along beside you). I’m hoping that in a few weeks all I will have to do is accompany my school goer to the bus stop and that he will do the rest on his own. Until then I guess I will have to accept that I have very little time of my own left and that sewing time is going to be at a premium, and probably confined to whatever free time I can find at the weekends.

I already have a couple of projects earmarked for finishing this weekend. First up is the pillow I am creating for the autumn round of the Pillow Swap Four Seasons as that is due to be posted by the start of next week.

EPP mapleleaves | Mud, Pies and PinsAll the EPP work is done, and I have finished the basic cushion cover is in place. All that I really have left to do is to appliqué the leaves in place and add some decorative stitching to the leaves.

The second project I want to progress, or better still finish, is my long overdue #selfishswap project. This one should have been finished by the end of June but is still very much a work in progress.

EPP panel | Mud, Pies and PinsThe EPP work is very nearly finished and once done it will be time to remove the papers and convert this odd shaped pieced fabric into a solid shell sunglasses case.

I mislaid my own sunglasses case a couple of months back and it has been sorely missed. The day before we went on holidays I threw together a quick soft case for my glasses (and a matching camera cover) to give them some protection. Glases and camera cases | Mud, Pies and Pins

While the new case has worked admirably I am still concerned that it may be only a matter of time before my glasses get squashed and damaged in my bag and so I am eager to get a harder case made for them.

If after all of that I still have a little free time left over then I plan on sitting down with my seven year old and planning a quick new quilt for him. He spotted a solar system fabric panel in the fabric shop today and I agreed to buy it for him as he is in need of a new quilt.

Solarsystem fabric panel | Mud, Pies and Pins I am determined to get working on this one as soon as possible as I really don’t want it to disappear into my stash to linger indefinitely and with the quilt already promisied I can imagine that there will be plenty of reminders if I don’t get working on it pronto!

Linking this WIP post to Freshly Pieced’s Work In Progress link-up.


Let’s Dive Back in with a Summer Pillow

The holidays are over, my eldest son son starts school today and it’s time for me to dive right back in here. We’ve had six weeks of holidays between the end of Kindergarten and the start of school and they have been fun filled from start to finish. We started off with heatwave after heatwave, our days were spent outdoors and in water as much as possible in an effort to keep cool. We followed that up with several weeks back home in Ireland, most of which were spent camping in west Cork. There was everything from sunshine and calm to stormy days with gale force winds and rain. We finished up with a few days back home in Switzerland with yet more heat as we slowly started to get back to a routine and I slowly got back to having a little computer time to finally sort through a myriad of photos and memories. And now that I am getting back to my computer I can finally start to share all my summer sewing with you.

To kick things off I’d like to share the pillow I made for the summer round of the Flickr based Pillow Swap Four Seasons.

Summer Pillow  Swap Makes | Mud, Pies and PinsI went with an undersea theme for my summer pillow cover as my partner Astrid, who can be found over on Die Fischerin (The Fisher), had declared a love of blues and greens with a little orange as well as the ocean, fish and nauticals.

Summer Pillow  Swap Makes | Mud, Pies and PinsAs I had had so much fun mixing tangrams and EPP in my Springtime quilt I decided that I would use that combination again to form the fish on the cushion cover and I love the colour it brings to the finished design.Summer Pillow  Swap Makes | Mud, Pies and PinsAs an added extra I made a summer tote to accompany the pillow. I went with the same design idea, and added some quilted vegetation in a variety of green threads.

Summer Pillow  Swap Makes | Mud, Pies and PinsI carried this quilting desing, along with a single quiltted tangram fish, through to the back of the bag which I had otherwise left plain.

Summer Pillow  Swap Makes | Mud, Pies and PinsI had some fun goldfish fabric in my stash that made for the perfect bag lining and I picked up the orange in both the fish and the lining in the webbing straps.

Summer Pillow  Swap Makes | Mud, Pies and PinsI was more than thrilled with how this swap make turned out and with how well it was received and it is a design that I most defintiely plan to go back to again in the future as I would love to sew a quilt version for myself at some point.

Summer Pillow  Swap Makes | Mud, Pies and PinsNow that I’ve shared my swap make with you all let me show you the magnificent cushion that I received in the swap from Maxine aka BlueFigQuilts.

Summer Pillow  Swap | Mud, Pies and PinsI fell in love with this beauty the minute I unwrapped it and it has been much used, loved and admired all summer long. The colours are very much me, especially the addition of the purple to the aqua/orange mix, and I love how the colours and design give a sense of both cool and warmth at the same time. It may be very much summer but this pillow is defintiely going to be enjoyed all year round.

I have to say that Maxine totally spoilt me in this swap. Not only did she sent me a magnificent pillow, she also sent me a whole package filled with goodies.

Summer Pillow  Swap | Mud, Pies and PinsThere was fabric, snacks, notions and so many other goodies including a beautiful pouch that has been much used over the summer months. Here it in on holidays in Ireland along with a little EPP project that I had brought with me to work on.

Summer Pillow  Swap | Mud, Pies and Pins

I have to say that I thorughly enjoyed taking part in the summer round of the pillow swap and didn’t hesitate to sign up for the autumn round earlier in the summer. The deadline for that project is drawing near and I’ve been working away on my next pillow, and several other projects over the summer holidays. I look forward to sharing all those makes with you in the weeks ahead.