Monday, February 29, 2016

UFO finish for February ....

Wendy and Dawn have revived the Sew It's Finished blog with an aim to motivate us to finish off our UFO's.... I am trying to at least do one per month....

This Christmas Bag has remained unfinished for a few years now.  I had completed the stitchery and even put the front together so there wasn't a huge lot left to do.

This is one of Michelle Ridgway's tote bag designs called "Amongst the Holly"

.. there is a sweet Robin and holly detail on the ric-rac.

... I quilted the back in a wiggly cross hatch... not too noticeable but it will hold it together.  The pattern called for iron on wadding which I didn't have so I sewed it on!

I did a 9 patch earlier which I showed HERE (I still haven't sewn down the binding but that's my plan in March UFO)

There were still some blocks left after that quilt and Susan kindly passed on to me some of hers she had spare.  AlsoI  had some fabric cut into strips from when we did the swap so I made them up too - as a result there are a few duplicates in this quilt but it has ended up a nice size with 63 blocks.

I chose to sash them in soft background fabrics and I raided my scraps'nstash for this - cut 2" strips and sashed all round.. then trimmed them all back to 9" squares on a slight tilt

... I love using my door peeper to see if I like the way the colours are laid out
(makes a pretty fun picture too!!)

..the blocks are all laid out now - I have sewn the top row together so it looks shorter than the rest here.....

So this is what is on my Design Board this week - I'm linking up with Cath at Bits 'n Bobs

Righto, Gotto Go... those seams aren't going to sew themselves!


  1. hi Fiona oh i love your bag,its so cute and wow your nine patch quilt is stunning,well done my friend and i love that light sign box xx

  2. Great finish with the bag. Christmas is not far away!
    And the 9 patches look wonderful!

  3. Excellent,I agree with your little sign. I love your 9 patch.
    Such a pretty bag...

  4. Love the bag & 9 patch. Hugs, xx

  5. That's a cute bag! Love the nine patch......simple blocks make a big impact.

  6. Lovely to see that cute sign in use. Love your nine patch! Great job on the bag xx

  7. The bag is just sweet and I always love a nine patch quilt , looks great 😊

  8. Oh Love the bag !!! Beautiful work on your 9 patch .

  9. Why did you wait so long to finish that beautiful little bag?
    I love a nine patch too.

  10. A Fun way to finish off the UFO's.....I sometimes wonder why I wait to finish something off lol!

  11. Beautiful bag and beautiful quilt. I really need to practice my sewing skills and get better at finishes, would like to make totes and things as gifts.


  12. It's so good to get UFO's done and out of the way. Love the look of that quilt, happy sewing

    1. Love your gorgeous Christmas bag Fiona. Such a lovely design from Michelle too. As a big lover of nine patch, think your quilt is amazing. Love it

  13. Dear Fiona,
    and I love your nine patch, lovely colors and a smart way to check them with a door beeper. I would had never thought of that, ever.

  14. What a pretty bag and I love the way the nine patches have gone together. Great picture through the peeper too. xx

  15. great progress on the 9-patch blocks Fiona... I'm sure Sew It's Finished will inspire a few ladies with their projects

  16. What a sweet little holly bird!!! I love your tipsy 9-patch.

  17. Using the door peeper is really a good way to make sure you have the right balance of lights and darks isn't it? Anyway it must be because the quilt is lovely! Good job.

  18. Hello Fiona,

    Well done of finishing your beautiful stitchery into a tote bag, love the addition of stitching on the ric-rac. Where did you get your 9 patch sign from.

    Happy days.

  19. Love your bag buddy really sweet bird on the front xx

  20. Your bag looks great, Fiona. I would never have guessed you like 9 patch!


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