Wednesday, 17 February 2016

quilt update (again)

 Last week was the kid's ski week holiday here in Bern, so we headed off to Flims for skiing.  The rest of the family is either learning or loves skiing, but I've tried and failed and am happy at the moment to call myself a non-skier.  While we're in Switzerland and drive to skiing this means I can take things to keep me busy - this year I decided to take my sewing machine and work on my quilt.

I posted a bit about my quilt last year, but before that was in 2008 with the optimistic comment that I wouldn't allow it to become a 15 year project!  Well here we are in year 16 (I started it in 2000) and it's still not finished.  It is growing - but it is starting to feel like a grindstone around my neck.

 Here's some progress set up on the dining room table.  

I worked at it quite hard while we were away.  The kids were in ski school, so apart from the inevitable chalet maid duties one acquires as the non-skier I was able to concentrate on my quilt until the call for drinks and a little apres ski as the kids were finishing up. 

I managed to finish a strip of the quilt - it's constructed like a big log cabin and I'm now onto the outer edges - so this is nearly the full width of the finished quilt.  I'd already completed about half of this strip last year and was able to finish off the upper half during the week. 

This is the quilt after I sewed that strip onto the rest of it (it's on the far right hand side).  That's the best I could do as a washing line shot on a narrow balcony!  I've just got a fairly narrow strip that's the full length of the quilt and then I can get on with finally putting it all together.  My goal is to get the narrow strip done this year and be quilting it next year.  That should be doable? right?  time will tell!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy new year

Dear blog,

I'm sorry I've been neglecting you lately, but I'll try to be a bit better... 

I thought I'd start the new year not with a look back on what I made last year and not with resolutions, but with a to do list.

So, in no particular order:

1. Finish quilt top
2. Sew pair of jeans
3. Sew knickers
4. Knit gloves for me
5. Keep going with city & guilds (I'm just about to start module 6)
6. Laugh more
7. Socks for F
8. Sleeveless jumper for D
9. Green jumper for R
10. Brown jacket

I'm sure that will do for now. 

Finally a picture of my Christmas knitting... 5 repeats of artesian. I should be able to knit one more repeat of chart A and have enough yarn to knit chart B.