If you're like me, you are waking up and trawling through your blog list to see who did what, while you were sleeping :-)
I have not done much on the sewing front, being back at work eats into sewing time in a dreadful way. Do you think If I asked really nicely they'd pay me to stay home and potter around my sewing room? And anyone who's says 'yes, it's called annual leave' is off my Christmas card list! Lol.
I signed up for a few things this year, which are a bit exciting for me. I was too scared to do this last year, but I really want to push myself and learn new things this year.
I have joined the Pile o Fabric skill building block of the month. It looks a little bit daunting, but also really stunning when finished. I'm toying with colour schemes. I need to pull my finger out though, because it's officially started and I dont want to be left behind. I'm going to play on the Palette Builder and see if I can come up with something I like. If that doesn't work, I'm just going to take to the shop and attack the piles of fabric with all my might. I want to go vibrant, but that's outside my comfort zone... Who am I kidding - just using this many fabrics in one hit is out of my comfort zone! I usually buy three or four fabrics and use them together - keep it simple. Instead I'm going to pick 4 colours in multiple values... Eeek! That's at least 12 different fabrics. OMG, what have I gotten myself into?
On a calmer note, I'm also doing the Giant Swoon Quilt Along happening over at the Hopeful Homemaker. I was origninally thinking this might be nice in yellows and greys, and then I could give it to a friend for a wedding present in November. But instead I picked these....
Yummy! I have yet to cut into it and get started. The maths is scaring me a bit. I'm think of deviating from the instructions and cutting strips and seeing if I can make it work that way... Maybe. I'll see :-) It's now going to be all mine and I'm keeping it for our Master bedroom. Tonight is chopping night, so wish me lcuk!
And progress to report! I've actually started on my Handstitched quilt. It's not much, but it's getting there :-) I hate my stitching - it's so uneven and the stiches are different widths and different gaps... *grumble, grumble, grumble. To be fair to myself I've never handstitched anything properly like this before, so I shouldn't be too hard on myself. I'm just grumbly becuase I'm using my nice fabric and I want it to be perfect!!
I had some time off over Christmas, and holidays are the worst as far as my fabric addiction goes. I spent so much time on fabric sites buying up a storm. Everything was on sale, how could I resist?? So far I have recieved 3 squishy packages and I am expecting more to arrive... I'm sure Ashley won't even notice... Maybe... It'll be fine!!
I really need to buy some solids, but I feel a bit lost, like I don't know where to start. So far most of the solids that I've bought have been from Spotlight, and I find they're not as high quality as I'd like. They tend to fray, and I really want these fancy new projects to be un-frayed. I'm kind of hankering for those fancy pants Oakshot shot cotton everyone's raving about. Picture that in my Skill builder! Yum!
Now I've got to get to real work, so have yourselves a fabulous day! Talk soon.