FAL2016 – Q4 Finishes (or not)

Here we go… the round up… the list was…

  1. Modern Medallion
  2. Winter is Coming
  3. All of the Fandoms Steampunk Quilt
  4. Happiness Is
  5. Yoga Shawl
  6. Pink quilt thing (now the Pink and Grey HST quilt)
  7. Gail Pan Christmas mini quilt

And the finishes were…. *insert drum roll*

The Yoga Shawl… just in time for summer.

The post telling its story is here.

See you all next quarter for the next installment…

I have a blankie – I love to finish

Shawl Complete 1

Back in February I thought it would be a good idea to try and start my PhD. Well that didn’t happen until August, but back at the beginning of the year I started to go to a couple of lectures and start to get my head in the game. But it was cold.

Anyone who has ever been to Australia in February knows that it isn’t cold outside – it is hot and everything is brown from the lack of water and the months of heat (in the part of the world I am in). So to be cold was something different, but that is what happens when the air-conditioning is set on arctic. So I needed a blanket.

At about the same time I had been lusting after a Yoga Shawl from Andrea Mowry. It seemed to me to be the perfect thing for the winter or the in-between times or the middle of summer with the A/C stuck on freezing. So off to the Bendigo Woolen Mills website I went and I started it.

It took months to make.

Not because it was hard, but because I was a bit slow with it.

But done it is.

And I love it.

Katie wearing shawl

It is my wearable blankie.

Just in time for the Australian summer.

 

2016FAL – Q4 Goals

Okay – I can do this.

March - Knitting

I didn’t do the check in for the end of the last quarter for one really specific reason… I didn’t finish anything to link up. That isn’t to say that there wasn’t progress on things, just that there weren’t any finishes.

So we are going to try a similar list this quarter, and see how we go. My progress notes are in the different coloured text below.

  1. Modern Medallion – the hand quilting continues, I really want to get this done. Q4 Update – I have progressed on the quilting and only have three and a half borders to go.
  2. Winter is Coming – well it is here (snow and everything). But this is a quilt. Or a series of cushions. Q4 Update: I bought this out of its box and played with it a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know if I like it or not, that is an issue really.
  3. All of the Fandoms Steampunk Quilt – this is for someone special and I do need to finish it. Perhaps this year. Q4 Update – I have done more of these and am am really enjoying how it is looking. I am not sure if this is going to be a finish this quarter, or one of the ones for next year.
  4. Swoon – pretty sure everyone “needs” to make this quiltQ4 Update – Decided I don’t. I have one block so perhaps it will be re-purposed. 
  5. Happiness Is – hexagons. Need I say more.
  6. Yoga Shawl – sometimes I knit… this is something I want to finish before I start next semester of coursework and I am stuck in a very cold lecture theatre… so I have twoish weeks. Q4 Update – It needs buttons to be finished just in time for the Australian Summer (well known for the need to wear 100% woolen shawls – not)
  7. I shall call him George – an epic monster of a quilt (which I somehow think will be finished in Q4 2040 or something but I am putting him on the list to make sure he doesn’t feel left out). Q4 Update – George is in the naughty corner. We will see how I feel about him in a year or so. But for now the pattern is annoying me to the point of frustration so it goes away.

Additions:

  • Pink quilt thing – it is a fabric pull and a pattern (in my head). It is supposed to be quick and easy so we will see what happens with that.
  • Christmas mini quilt – By Gail Pan and I started it years ago. It comes out at this time of year every year and I do some more. I assume that one of these years I will accidentally finish it. It is on the list for one quarter only, come Q1 next year (assuming it hasn’t been finished) it will go again until Q4 next year.

2016FAL – Q3 Goals

Q3 FLA Goals

So this trying to finish things isn’t going as well I as I had hoped it would. This year I have managed to finish a few things, but nothing beyond a mini. Lets try again for this quarter and see what happens…

  1. Modern Medallion – the hand quilting continues, I really want to get this done.
  2. Winter is Coming – well it is here (snow and everything). But this is a quilt. Or a series of cushions.
  3. All of the Fandoms Steampunk Quilt – this is for someone special and I do need to finish it. Perhaps this year.
  4. Swoon – pretty sure everyone “needs” to make this quilt
  5. Happiness Is – hexagons. Need I say more.
  6. Yoga Shawl – sometimes I knit… this is something I want to finish before I start next semester of coursework and I am stuck in a very cold lecture theatre… so I have twoish weeks.
  7. I shall call him George – an epic monster of a quilt (which I somehow think will be finished in Q4 2040 or something but I am putting him on the list to make sure he doesn’t feel left out)

If you are paying attention you will see that there have been some things drop off the list. This is because I have declared them WOMBATs (Waste Of Brains, Money And Time) and am moving on. Life is too short for quilts that you don’t want to make (or finish). If deciding not to finish them means that they are actually finished then I have done more than I thought I would this year.

I have realised… I don’t have to finish everything I start. I really don’t.

I love to finish – Q2 revisited

Q2 finishes

Almost half way through the year and what do I have to show for it so far?

For the Finish A Long in Q2 I decided I would try and finish…

  1. Modern Medallion
  2. Quick Curve Ruler Playtime
  3. M is For
  4. Winter is Coming
  5. All of the Fandoms Steampunk Quilt
  6. The Redwork Quilt
  7. Swoon
  8. Happiness Is
  9. Yoga Shawl
  10. I shall call him George

Who was I kidding?

I managed to finish one of the things on my list, the Quick Curve Ruler Playtime, progressed the Modern Medallion and the Yoga Shawl (I took my knitting with me to China and actually managed to do a little of it at night in the motel). I have cut out some more of the All of the Fandoms Steampunk Quilt and have things ready for me to do another couple more of the Swoon blocks.

But I have also been thinking about what it is that I want to finish. I think that the redwork quilt is going to head back to the garage. After getting it out I remembered why it was that it hadn’t been progressed as far as it should have been. One of the challenges with swaps is that you don’t always get what you want from it. The work is all really good, but there were a few of them that were completed on the wrong side and that really makes a difference. So perhaps it will just go and be put out in the cold again – and wait for me to decide on its fate.

The Epic George quilt is one that I have written about here from time to time. The trouble I have is that I like my quilts to be big and complicated and generally done by hand – which doesn’t make for a lot of finishes. So I will keep George on the list just so he has some sense of priority. It isn’t like it is the redwork quilt, never destined to see the light of day.

How did your finishes go for the quarter?

And the mini at the top of the post is another of my finishes – but it wasn’t listed in the Q2 goals. It was my Winter Mug Rug Swap 2016 quilt. If there was more time in the day for me to quilt I may consider one of those in a somewhat larger format… but that day is not today. I need to know my limits.

Time for Tea: June Edition

Milo

Welcome to my favorite season – Winter.

While there are people who love the summer months with all the hot and the swimming and “outdoorsy” stuff, I like nothing better than the bracing cold of winter. Today is cold and wet and the rain is constant, so it is a couch day with the cat, some reading and some knitting.

Milo joined us late last year, and this will be his first real winter, he has already endured his first minus morning (not even the promise of food could get him out of bed), and has developed his first real winter coat. He has also developed a taste for pompoms. It kind of started by accident, I had some out which were keeping one of the small children amused, dropped it and then Milo was attacking it with the kind of ferocity generally only seen with teenage boys and food. I think he is training for those brown pompoms – the ones with the tails.

On the sewing front May was up and down. I did some handpiecing and have finished two pieces of secret sewing (both will be revealed in the next couple of weeks). I have also been knitting.

June is going to be a busy month, and I am not sure that I am going to finish anything else this quarter with the F-A-L, but who knows. We will see. The end of the month will also see the Sydney Quilt Show, which I am also taking time off from the day job to attend. I will be there on the Friday, contact me on Instagram or via my Facebook page if you would like to catch up (links on the sidebar).

Quick Curve Ruler – Playtime and a finish

QCR 1

I had been eyeing off the Quick Curve Ruler (from Sew Kind of Wonderful) for quite some time… I am also a frequent visitor of Massdrop (note: this link is an invitation to join Massdrop, you are under no obligation etc, I am just a happy customer – well when the Australian dollar was in a different place I was happier, but I digress). When the QCR plus three patterns popped up and the price was right I bought it. Which to some people may be a bit of a surprise. I have a long term love/hate relationship with machine sewing, and this is a ruler specifically for the cutting of curves and then machine sewing. But I was a grown-up and gave it a shot.

It took some getting used to. I watched the videos on YouTube showing me how to cut and sew the curves. I gave myself a pep talk and then I cut up fabric. I didn’t use fabric I loved (actually I decided that this would be the perfect thing to use the fabrics I bought in Hawaii on), I found them to be somewhat forgiving and by using the big prints and the bright colours coupled with the ye olde Ikea Britten Nummer print I thought that any mistakes/design features would be a part of the overall feel of the thing.

I just had to let go of the perfection streak for the day. I was happy with how it all started to come together and then got too cocky and decided I knew what I was doing (which then resulted in some un-sewing) before settling into paying closer attention to what I was doing and making sure that I was doing it properly.

QCR 2

In the end (pictured above) I was pretty happy with how it all ended up. I will use the ruler again and have since bought a couple of books of patterns and have started to eye off the mini version of the ruler.

I know that I live in Australia, but the pumpkin themed quilts are so cute.

This post is part of the 2016 Finish-A-Long, to see my Q2 FAL goals please see here.

2016FAL – Q2 Goals

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2016 Finish-a-Long Q2 goals…

Following on from my last post and the round-up from Q1 (where I managed to finish two things and not the number I had wanted to). So onto this quarter.

  1. Modern Medallion – the hand quilting continues, I really want to get this done.
  2. Quick Curve Ruler Playtime – I bought myself a Quick Curve Ruler, I had a play with it. I am thinking a cushion. Perhaps.
  3. M is For – I made an ‘M’ (see the photo above). I would like to make this into something for a special someone.
  4. Winter is Coming – well it really is. But this is a quilt. Or a series of cushions (I sense a theme).
  5. All of the Fandoms Steampunk Quilt – this is for someone special and I do need to finish it. Perhaps this year.
  6. The Redwork Quilt – this was once in the garage. A UFO since 2005 (yes you read that right), I just need to do a little bit to it. And I will.
  7. Swoon – pretty sure everyone “needs” to make this quilt
  8. Happiness Is – hexagons. Need I say more.
  9. Yoga Shawl – sometimes I knit
  10. I shall call him George – an epic monster of a quilt (which I somehow think will be finished in Q4 2040 or something)

and I shall blog the progress of them all, and hopefully the finishes.

I love to finish – Q1 revisited

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Back at the beginning of the year I joined in with the 2016 finish-a-long… and here is how I actually went with that…

What I decided I wanted to do:

  1. Modern Medallion
  2. Salty as Shit swap
  3. Rainbow Mini Swap 2
  4. M is for…
  5. Redwork UFO
  6. Swoon
  7. All the Fandoms Steampunk quilt
  8. Winter is Coming
  9. Happiness is…

What I did:

  1. Salty as Shit swap
  2. Rainbow Mini Swap 2

I have worked on other things, and I have started some new ones…  in a couple of days I am going to have the big reveal on my Q2 goals… wonder what will make the cut.

 

Progress – Modern Medallion

Modern Medallion April 1

This quilt has been quite the journey.

Started as part of a quilt-a-long a couple of years ago (I think), I decided not to use any new fabric in it, and instead use all of the precious fabrics I have collected over the years and never really used.

Modern Medallion April 2

I am hand quilting it, which isn’t unusual for me, but isn’t something I had planned to do when I started this quilt – this is the quilt I made to get me over my fear/phobia/hatred of my sewing machine. This quilt is completely machine made. Which is not what I do (well did, I have made a number of mini quilts using my machine over the past 12-18 months).

I would love to finish this quilt, and it is part of my goals as part of the 2016 FAL… perhaps it will be done in Q2… who knows….