Although I wish I could be “standing up there” with all you diligent ladies who’ve finished their quilt to at least their top (Major Congralulations to the ones who’ve finished … especially if I haven’t yet congratulated you!!), I am unfortunately *not* going to be one of you. This past year has been an insane rollercoaster of heath issues, emotional fragility at times (aka apathy &/or depression), and a host of family and personal issues … leaving me lacking in the having-finished-my-SKoW-quilt department, despite my desire to have it completed.
At last update (beginning of November), I had …
- 7 blocks completed,
- 7 prepped for needleturn,
- the rest of the blocks’ background fabrics cut out along with their corresponding pieces of pellon,
- and all my pattern templates & guides prepared for use.
Since then, I have been able to complete the needleturn on all prepped blocks, and finish the stitchery for five of these … with two (the ‘presents’ and ‘sun’ blocks) to complete.
|** The stitching on the "hot chocolate block" is finished ... just a hiding in the shot!|
I am currently down in Adelaide for a couple of weeks holiday with my mum’s parents, so I am a touch restricted on the amount that I was able to bring down to work on while here … especially since I’ve started back in with my uni over this past month, with an assessment due yesterday (done), and an another (1500wd essay) due Friday coming … so I’ve had to be realistic on what I might be able to can achieve while down here.
As I have the full third & fourth rows to work on (plus one on either end row … sweet things pavlova, and chair wine & cheese), I decided to go with those in the third row (house, “gardening” flower garden, tree to sit under, and rainbow) and the ‘shoes’ block. As I only had a half hour to collect everything together, I have also only gathered up the background pieces (already cut), and a collection of fabric choices (separated in little baggies) in addition to my small cutting mat, 14in ruler, rounds of threads and pencil case of cutters & pens.
I am determined to, at the very least, have the basic pieces on the blocks, and the needleturn begun … Dawn, can you guess what I’ll be working on @ the sewing group next Tuesday?!!! LOL!
I am determined that this will be my first “big” finish this coming year - and preferably in January … though, realistically probably in mid-February.
I am looking forward to seeing what Chooky has decided to select for the coming SAL. I’m sure it will be perfect - and that I’ll probably join in ‘sidecar-style’ *wink* once this one is finished. Thankyou Chooky for *ALL* you've done to encourage us along this project ... and thank you for deciding to continue the SAL - it really is inspiring to see everyones progress!!