As some of you may have noticed, I’m a started rather than a finisher of projects. (The wooshing noise of the Sofa Quilt turning one year old is still rushing through my ears!)
I’m determined that Dragon’s Book not be one of those projects that sits about, mainly gathering complications, until I realise I will never finish it.
I’ve decided to break it up into smaller chunks in the hopes that not having a vast amorphous task to do might make it easier. (Hmm, maybe I should do that with all my projects.)
I have to say that doing the Sketchbook Project has made the whole thing a lot easier to tackle.
As all you more experienced parents doubtless know, your idea of accomplishments is a wee bit slower with small bairns.
Do you remember the Sofa Quilt? Well I’m still working on it, but as it’s getting chilly and I’m desperately trying to have a nap every so often, I find myself approaching it from different ends.
Really, as long as the hoop is by your feet, it’s quite comfortable!
My new goal is to get it done before February (which would give it a year in the making).
Heaven help me, I’m eying up the rest of the woolly blankets in the house wondering if I should turn them into quilts!
Not quite as alliterative as I was going for, but that’s language for you!
It’s probably not exclusively autumn that’s sapping my enthusiasm, but there’s something awfully tempting about curling up on the sofa with the as-of-yet-unfinished Sofa Quilt which I’m finding hard to resist.
I feel a bit like Mr Earbrass…
I’m even enjoying the rain …
But on a more exciting note, I get to announce Sally as the winner of the vintage linen giveaway! Her local charity shop appears to have exactly what she wants whenever she wants it (a bit like Mary Poppins’ bag), but she generously shared the details (the British Heart Foundation in Hay on Wye) so we can all find our heart’s desire there.
So her package will be winging its way to lovely Wales, and I can highly recommend her blog for being almost-but-not-quite idyllically rural!
I finally feel like I’m on the home straight with Dragon, which is nice because I’ve been finding it really hard to get anything done.
They’re really not kidding about baby brain, are they? This means I have a lot of unfinished accounts, but it’s good news for the Sofa Quilt which appears to have benefited most from my need for relatively simple manual tasks. Simple manual tasks are one thing, but they become a whole new challenge (not unlike those one might get in a Pilates class) when sitting on a gym ball or backwards on a chair in order to encourage the aforementioned Dragon to move out of a back to back position.
I’m trying to avoid marking the green sections because I love the fabric with a slightly unhealthy depth of feeling and I’m afraid I won’t like the result when I start quilting it.
I’ve discovered that all those clever folk who suggested quilting with two needles really did know what they were talking about. It’s probably most useful when quilting motifs where lines cross each other (as demonstrated by the half circles and cross hatching above) because you can leapfrog from one section to the other by just running the needle under the quilt top instead of cutting and tying off.
As usual, the Ringmaster dictates the pace of work. I think he’s disapproving, but he could just be thinking about what he’s going to have for tea.
On Friday I dragged myself home after a long day, looked at the rain and the gray and thought that all I wanted to do was curl up on the sofa under a blanket…
..but wait, I didn’t want to curl up under any blanket, I wanted to curl up under a blanket that hadn’t been finished yet. Remember this one?
So instead of curling up and having a snooze I went upstairs and set to at the sewing machine (with a bit of quality control from my assistant).
I’m pleased with it, I have a longer post in mind when I get a bit more done with it. (I may even iron it!)
I gave myself the day off last week, and then had a more productive day than I’ve had in ages as a consequence.
The goal was to work on this, a new quilt for the front room. We currently have two nice wool rugs (one we won in a raffle and the other is Batman’s old Scout blanket) that we use when we’re sitting on the sofa. However wool, as those of you who wear skirts will know, is a particularly itchy when combined with tights.
So when I found a pillowcase with this rather pretty embroidery in a charity shop over Christmas, I had a plan…
The goal was to only use things purchased from a charity shop or which resided in my fabric collection, but I ended up needing to buy some wool to match the pink bits of the embroidery because it’s not a colour I use (not even the pointe shoe ribbons in the bottom right corner were right) and it really needed something to pick it out in the rest of the quilt.
More photos as I progress… I’m really hoping to get this done before it gets warm again.