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October 6, 2021
Septembre in review from Espritpatch

Another very busy month here but sadly no sewing or anything remotely crafty... all my sewing supplies are still in the same boxes... 

School has started for all 3 children and we've had to get into a new routine. They seem to have taken to the new rhythm and have made new friends, which is great news really. It wasn't an easy transition for them, having studied in an English system and moving to a French one. Beyond the language it's very different.

With that I didn't do anything remotely creative. I found my snowflake quilt ...

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September 6, 2021
August in review from Espritpatch

 What can I say? For sure it has been a VERY BUSY month! Changing country after 21 years and in time of Covid is not a small feast but we made it.... 

We arrived just over a month ago and time has been busy. Sadly not with any sewing or anything remotely crafty... all my sewing supplies are in boxes... 

and they will probably be for a while to come, at least until the dust has settled and we have more or less made our house a home. 

I do have some little projects I could work on but I ...

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July 31, 2021
July in review from Espritpatch

 July has been of course very busy with the end of the school year and all the preparation for the big move across the Channel... I did sneak in some sewing, just to keep sane really! And of course, I had all the leaving presents to complete.

I made lots of bags, some pencil cases and some open wide pouches

I also managed to finish piecing my Impromptu Quilt top, which nearly got quilted but instead want on a little trip with Parcel Force....

I didn't finish the Persephone Purse that I started in April and that was my ...

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July 11, 2021
Q2 FAL - recap from Espritpatch

 That's it, half of the year is already gone... I feel I have made progress, as well as letting go of unfinished, and probably never to be finished projects so all in all my UFO list has gone a little shorter. Not much dressmaking this quarter because I just hadn't had the time...

1. Modern HST triangles -  I have 23 blocks completed and not enough background fabric to make the 24th block from the pattern. I should decide what to do with these. Either finish the quilt or get rid of it... It is 5 years since ...

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June 30, 2021
June in review from Espritpatch

It is now officially summer, but really only on the calendar... we have had about a week of warm and sunny weather mid-month and now we are back to cold/rainy/grey/horrible... This month has certainly been busy, on more than one account really, but let's leave out the roller-coaster and concentrate on all craft-related, that's more fun really!

It has been a month of destashing of lots of fabric, I listed just over 100 (!) FQ on marketplace, lots are still available there. 

Part of my destash has also been for long-abandoned projects. In total, I ...

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June 2, 2021
May in review from Espritpatch

 It must have been the colder month of May ever, it has felt like February for most of it and I have been in my winter clothes almost every day. Let's hope June brings some sun!

Of course I had a long list and plenty to do this month, and of course I barely scratch the surface once more! 

I finally got my HST blocks from 5 years ago out and made 2 more to have a square quilt top. It only needs quilting now!

And I also finished my Nautilus swimsuit

I didn't quite finish my Utility ...

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May 6, 2021
AGF Collection Reveals: 2021 Part 2 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Here at AGF, we celebrate a lot of holidays but there are a few dates that are on our calendar that we treat the same… COLLECTION REVEALS! They are here and here’s where we show you what we’ve been working so hard on for the last couple of months. We are so thankful and proud to have this opportunity to continue bringing you original designs & beautiful fabric collections. Although last year was a hard one for everyone, it was a time that allowed us to get together and work even harder! We strive on having the prettiest fabrics ...

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April 30, 2021
April in review from Espritpatch

 Another month has come and gone, how is that possible really? I am not sure how much I have to report really, it feels like another month has gone in a flash.

Let's see...

I finally made some bags for my quilting frame parts

And while the quilting frame was out, I quilted 3 tops
one is now completely finished!

I also cut out fabric for a new QAL (I know, I know...)

And I worked on 3 other projects that I haven't manage to finsh: a Persephone purse, a raincoat and a swimming costume.
Linking to April ...

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April 5, 2021
Q1 FAL - recap from Espritpatch

 So a quarter of the year is over already and so far, it hasn't been very different from 2020. We have been in lockdown for most of it, with the kids home schooled until 8 March. We were all happy when they finally returned to school, and the increase daylight was much welcomed too... Of course I haven't crossed as many projects as I was dreaming I would but I have made some progress on a few and finished some too... Quite a lot will be on the next quarter list, unless they finally get dropped by getting ...

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March 31, 2021
March in review from Espritpatch

 It didn't start too bad really and I managed to sew at the beginning of the month but somehow I completely lost my motivation/time/energy to sew for a large part of the month. Life has just been too busy, my head has been too full and although I had some (free) time, I didn't sew much for most of the month. It has been quite a roller-coaster of a month actually and that has made me rather tired. Let's hope April is better month, hopefully the dust will have settled on a few other things ...

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February 28, 2021
February in review from Espritpatch

 I don't know if it was the cold or the never-ending lockdown or just everything in my life but February has not been the most productive month really. More than once I had time to sew but no energy and no motivation to do anything. So I wasted a lot of time that could have been spent crafting, time I always craved for before when our lives were so crammed. That sounds so silly actually but this is the reality I guess.

Anyway, I finally made the Lahja dress, pattern and fabric were bought probably 2-3 years ago... My ...

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February 1, 2021
January furtle from Espritpatch

 January has been a busy month and I can't believe the first month of the year is over. I picked up the 365 Challenge blocks project that I had abandoned a long time ago. I managed to make 21 more blocks, not quite a block a day but at least that's more than I have made for this project in a very long time.

I finally finished 6 two-in-one pouches that I had cut before Christmas

I also made a handbag for my Auntie that is on its way to her.

And I finished a quilt that was ...

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December 31, 2020
December Furtle from Espritpatch

 Another month over, and another year as well. And what a year! With so much time at home, I think I have been more productive than I am normally and I am pleased that December has been a particularly good month for my sewing. I finished most of the gifts I wanted to give on time, which is always a bonus!

Both the hexie bear rug and the Tinsel Tree quilt are finished and gifted

The Christmas PJ were delivered on Christmas Eve and my Moneta is also finished, just!

I have made 5 pouches and gifted almost all of ...

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December 30, 2020
Fettle those Finishes - review time from Espritpatch

Just a quick look back on the Fettle Those Finishes list I wrote with Archie the Wonder Dog in October. I had a shorter list than usual and some that I was planning to finish for Christmas, so let's have a look at how much I have completed.


1. Super Mario quilt - I made 4 more blocks
2. Threadology quilt - finished
3. Baby Bear Rug - finished
4. Snowflake Quilt-Along - top finished
5. Tinsel Tree Quilt-Along - finished
6. Retro Tetro Quilt-Along - nearly finished
7. Halo quilt - sadly no progress
8. Harry Potter quilt - sadly no progress

Bags, accessories:

1 ...

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December 27, 2020
Best of 2020 from Espritpatch

 Surely 2020 is not all gloom! I am joining Cheryl to look back on this so peculiar year and find some sparks of joy in my creative world.

So what are my best from this year? In no particular order:

1. The most unexpected project:

sewing scrubs for our local hospital

2. The long forgotten project:

2 quilts from blocks that were in a draw for over 15 years

3. The most satisfying dressmaking project:

Hubby's quadra jeans

4. The tiny-teeny mini piecing:

Mini series quilt-along with Alison Glass and Giucy Giuce

5. The cute present:

Hexie bear rug ...

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November 30, 2020
November Furtle from Espritpatch

The month started very productively but then Covid struck... so I spent a week sleeping a lot and not doing much more than that, which of course, stopped me in my tracks. Thankfully I am feeling a lot better now but I am still tired at times. Anyway, I have managed to advance quite a few projects, including some I am hoping to finish in time to gift for Christmas.

I finished some quilt tops, including the Tinsel Tree, the Bear Rug and the Retro Tetro

the last 2 have also been quilted now

I also made 3 more blocks ...

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November 2, 2020
October Furtle from Espritpatch

October has certainly been busy workwise. I am happy that I have started my new job, even though I have so much to learn! All very interesting so that's good. At week-ends, we have tried to make the most of dry days to enjoy the lovely colour of nature. But I am happy that I have also managed some sewing time here and there. Not many finishes this month, but lots of blocks - all together I counted 27.

Blocks for the Retro Tetro Quilt Along

And all the blocks for the Snowflake Quilt Along

I also made 5 tiny ...

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October 12, 2020
Q3 FAL in review from Espritpatch

The Finish-Along is paused for the moment but if it was still running, it would be time to post Q3 makes. So I thought I would reflect on what I have finished from my long list in the last quarter, which has been such a roller-coaster, what with the self-isolation "holidays", finishing my job, starting a new home etc. I am happy that I am crossing a few of these projects off the list (don't worry though, I have plenty to add for next quarter!!)

1. Modern HST triangles - 1 block missing to have enough for a quilt ...

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September 30, 2020
September furtle from Espritpatch

 I was lucky to have the full month off work! Well, technically this is not true, I am in reality out of work since I finished my last job at the end of August. But since I am lucky enough to have another exciting job lined up for October, it feels like a rest, a break in between the two, to recover from the mad last few months. With September also came the return to school, which of course this year was so particular. I am glad and pleased to say that all 3 were happy to go back, even ...

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September 1, 2020
August furtle from Espritpatch

August has been busy in many ways and in some good ways too! Early in the month, I received (and accepted) a job offer that I am really enthusiastic about. After so many interviews and a few offers, it felt really nice to finally feel more settled and to look forward to an exciting new adventure in the autumn. 

We also managed to cross the Channel and visit family. We went a first time to drop the kids with my mum for a little while and came back to the UK. We were planning to go back towards the end ...

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