SAL 41: almost halfway

It’s that time again.

I’ve managed to keep a bit of momentum going this time, and my progress isn’t too shabby.

Here is where we were last time.

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And here we are now.  Not huge progress, but respectable.

sampler-middle-borderDo nip over and see what the others are up to. We’re all working on something different, all at our own speed. And we’re in different time zones, being all over the world, so if you don’t see something new the first time, go back for another look. It’ll be worth your while:

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaSusan, KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLinda and
Catherine

Until the next time, on 19th February…

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SAL 36: Another two

Another post where progress isn’t huge, but it’s still progress, right?

You’ll have noticed I have another rather large 3D project on the go, and being strenuous, it’s leaving me zonked in the evenings, which is when I usually embroider. But there’s no deadline for this piece, so I’m OK with slow and steady.

Where we were before:

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And where we are now:

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It’ll be time for me to work some more border soon, I think, and then the bottom half of the work, which has a bit more going on.

Do go over and see what the other ladies are working on, it’s always worth a visit:

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
LucyAnn at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com
Christina at https://petalsandpins.wordpress.com
Susan at http://susanpblog.wordpress.com
Kathy at https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com
Margaret at https://thecraftycreek.com (our newest member, welcome Margaret)

Next SAL is on 6 November. See you then!

SAL 29: More top border

Lots of stitching has occurred, mainly due to the large amount of time I’ve spent squirming uncomfortably on the sofa, trying to find a position where my back didn’t hurt.

There’s a lot of counting in this pattern, and the general effect doesn’t necessarily reflect how long I’ve spent on it – and that’s not including the unpicking and re-doing bits! Here’s where we were 3 weeks ago. You don’t get a good sense of the pattern repeat at the top yet:

Blue sampler 2

And here’s where we are now – that’s better!:

Blue sampler top border progress

Another flower, another cross and another half flower and this particular border will be done. Then, there’s the simply fiendish border pattern down the right hand side…

As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers, even if they’re not posting progress today. Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; if you’re seeing me first, you may need to drop in to theirs a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com
Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com
Constanze at https://textiledreamer.wordpress.com
DebbieRose at https://sewrosey.wordpress.com

Next SAL is due 12th June. See you then.

A sneak peek

This week, I have been assembling a gift.

It’s to be handed over on Monday 29 February, so I can’t show the whole thing till then, but here are snippets to give you some idea.

Closeup1 Tag Closeup2After our big trip south, it has been surprisingly hard to get back into my ‘sewzone’; many distractions, a lot of dirty, dusty house to clean, but finally I’m making some progress. The patio paving has sprouted a thicket of weeds, the vegie beds have disappeared under a thatch of nutgrass, the lawns are mid-calf length, thanks to all the lavish rain that appeared just as we went away. I look at all of it, and resolutely turn my back and sew, before I realise that it’s time to make lunch, or supper, or bring in laundry, or make a cake because the Dowager is coming round for coffee.

Once we’re into March, and my next short trip to Melbourne at the end of this month is over, normal service will resume. I think… I hope… I have F2F blocks to make, some Selfish Sewing and a couple of items of clothing to finish.

Speaking of F²F; the first year is coming to an end in May. For the 2016/17 session, the participant list will be finalised in April and the next round will start in June this year, so if you would like to join in, let me have your name, blog/email address and contact details and I’ll add you to the list and send you some information. We can easily do it with more participants, but any less and either everyone has to make more than three blocks 😦 or there will not be enough blocks at the end to make a good sized quilt 😦

CaneFinally, I just wanted to share a lovely piece of non-fabric loot. I have widespread arthritis, especially bad in my left hip (replacement one of these years, I hope) and my hands. On bad days, I lurch along with a cane to take some pressure off it. Up to now I’ve used one of those collapsible telescopic canes that you can fold up and put in your bag. Trouble is, they’re not very rigid, a big defect when you’re putting most of your weight through it. My lovely BIL down in New South Wales, a talented cabinetmaker, has tailor-made me my own cane. The shaft is American oak, there is a small collar of Australian oak at the top, and then a hand carved rosewood handle. How lovely is this?  Solid as a rock, elegant, and made to fit. He’s planning to make more to show and sell in the local Easter Art & Craft show. I reckon he’s onto a winner. And he takes commissions…

Right, back to the chores.

SAL 22: more letters

I hope you all had a very enjoyable Christmas break, and that however you choose to celebrate the festive season, it was filled with laughter and happiness.

It’s Stitch Along time again. Here’s where I was last time:

blue sampler

And here’s where I am now.  Not too shabby, I think, considering the Christmas distractions and opportunities to put it off in favour of something else!

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As always, it’s worth your while visiting the other SAL stitchers. Don’t forget about the difference in time zones; if you’re seeing me first, you may need to drop in to theirs a bit later to give them a chance to get their posts up.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com
Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com
Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk
Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com
Cathy at http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com
Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com
Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

SAL 13: Kowhaiwhai’s nearly there…

I haven’t given this the attention I should, due to getting all excited about making my first blocks for the F²F block swap.

Once I realised it was *Gasp! This Weekend!*, I had to get cracking. I should have got it finished, but time got away from me.

Here’s where I was last time.

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And here’s where I am now.

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I think I may just prefer it the other way up… Let’s see how I feel when it’s finished. Just a little bit to go, and I’ve decided to put an inscription underneath, so it’ll be done next time.

This time, we’re joined by not one but two new members – welcome Jacqui and Jess! I may be the first to post because my Sunday starts earliest. Give the others in later time zones a chance to wake up and publish their posts, and then do hop over and take a look at what they’re up to.

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com

Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com

Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com

Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com

Alison at http://minervahandmade.wordpress.com

Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com

Elizabeth at http://stitch4therapy.wordpress.com

Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Cathy at http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com

Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

Worldwide friends: three-quarters of the front

I have only about another 64 flowers and 64 fillers to go and the front will be finished.

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That little section at the top shows how high the top strip will be, and it’ll be the same again at the bottom. It’s 75″ wide and will be about 72″ high.

That’s another 512 hexies to make. 448 to stitch together into flowers. It’s not so bad if you say it quickly! But what it does tell me is that the back of the quilt will not be as complex as the front, or I’ll never get it done in time. There will be hexies on the back, but I think they’ll get appliquéd to a background. There will be a hexie border all round, there will be haiku panels, but it will be mostly larger pieces of fabric. I have another furoshiki featuring carp, and this may well form part of the background piecing.

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The assembly station for the next 16 flowers… Some of those papers badly need to be retired and recycled…

This broad strip is the majority of the front of the quilt. There will be a strip 2 flowers high along the top, and the same along the bottom edge, making the quilt almost square.

I’m on my second 1,000m spool of thread. The EPP papers are mostly on their third usage in this quilt alone. I’ve had to discard two needles which were too bent to be comfortable to use any more.

I need to give some thought to embroidering the kanji symbols for the name of the quilt on the front furoshiki section. I suspect that plain old satin stitch will be the answer. I need them to look substantial, and a satin stitch using 3 or 4 strands of floss should do the trick.

Right, I’d better go and cut some more squares!