While it is making it somewhat awkward to stitch I would not trade him for anything. In fact he got up a few moments later and I missed him dreadfully. I have officially turned into the crazy dog lady.
But back to the stitching!!!
You might remember me starting Handstitched class back in January 2013. Yes it is officially a year ago that I started this project. I was super excited. Yay for the learning!! But the year was hard and work was busy and I fell further and further behind. And then my little medallion languished. I have still been dragging it around with me (on the train, to babysitting, I've even taken this on holidays!), but I don't think I've actually done anything to it in months.
For whatever reason (mostly because I wanted to sit on the couch and handstitch and this was next to me) I picked this up on Boxing Day and have been pottering away at it for the last few days.
What is really surprising to me is that you can definitely see the difference between my stitching from January to now. I didn't think I'd really improved at all, or at least not that much, but I can definitely see the difference.
The stitches at the top are last year, the ones at the bottom are this year. it's not a good photo, but omg, my lines are so much straighter! My stitches are so much more even!! I remember telling myself that my wonky stitching was a design choice, but no, it was just a complete lack of ability on my part.
I am almost 2 thirds done. I have another 2 red triangles, 4 grey triangles and then I have to go back and do the black. of course I haven't done the satin stitching yet either, but I think I might practice on other things before I try it on this quilt. Just so it doesn't look completely thrown together!
I have added borders to two sides, and obviously have to add the other two. Then I've got some applique and 2 more simple borders.
With a little bit of effort, I could actually get this finished at some point!! It's just for me, the plan is for it to go into my guest room (which currently has bare plaster walls, a concrete floor and a garage door) so I don't need to rush it. Still, it would be nice to get this sorted. Shall we say... March???
Wish me luck!!