Work in Progress

I’m usually quite disciplined about how much stuff I have on the go and getting things finished but right now projects seem to be running away with me and I’m starting to feel the need to get on and finish a couple of them.

First of all is Harry’s quilt. It’s nearly there and I must put the finishing touches to it before his mum brings him for his next visit. The quilt is not really late, despite the November birth date. Harry surprised us all by arriving in November instead of waiting until January.  He is doing brilliantly well and is extra special because of his eager debut. I hope I get to give him his quilt soon.

FMQ1
FMQ1

Next up are my learning blocks.  I’ve joined an online class with Leah Day to improve my Free Motion Quilting skills.

My attempts at FMQ have left me feeling less than satisfied. But the broken threads, bird’s nests backs and general lack of control have made me strangely more determined to succeed! I’ve been using Leah’s Free Motion Quilting Project and some excellent blogs – in particular Lori’s Inbox Jaunt to help me along and when I saw Leah’s course I decided that systematic, structured, step-by-step would be just the ticket. So this is ongoing for the rest of the year. The intention is that all the blocks will make up a quilt, hope so.

But ….I have a new Pfaff machine

and lo and behold after all those days of trying hard not to blame my tools I find that I could have blamed my machine a little bit at least. My LOVELY new Pfaff not only has a much longer space for work to fit through, it is infinitely more smooth and I can miraculously control the speed with the foot pedal or let the machine go it alone with the front button. What an absolute revelation! So onward to more projects …..

Number 3 project is the first of a new set of cushion covers. I bought some of Eloise Renouf’s ‘Bark and Branch’

range in the autumn for just this purpose but then I was sidetracked by the red and white Scandi style fabric in Aberdashery at Christmas and had to make the Christmas cushion covers. Now the first of the cushions is well underway

I have prepared the back and made buttonholes. The easiest buttonholes ever (much sewing machine love)!The first cover should be done tomorrow  then to decide just how many to make

IMG_0979Next up is this little ‘Snowball’ Block, which will have the little sailboat appliquéd into the centre sometime before February 7th ready for Dougie’s next visit.

it will be part of another cushion and the latest edition to the seaside themed bedroom.

Finally

Scrappy block centre
Scrappy block centre

When I was waiting to get my hands on some polyester wadding for the quilt I began thinking about the scrap strips I have begun to put together and made a scrappy block  with triangles of

Extra Wonky
Extra Wonky

anything  that came to hand and bordered it with white.  I love the irregular shapes and the bright crispness.

I have started adding the strips around the central block.

 

 

This is another project that will just run on until it’s done.

Circle of GeeseI’m not counting the three quilt tops waiting for the magic day when I think my FMQ is good enough or the ‘Circle of Geese’ block I made last week  now hanging in front of me as I sew and encouraging me to think of how to use it!

Then there are the projects going around in my head and of course the knitting in my knitting bag….

A friend phoned this week to talk about retiring from work, she is feeling a little nervous just as I did not so long ago. Now I wonder why!

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