Slowly Slowly

I feel like I’m working away at things whenever I get the chance but that I’m not getting all that many chances! Anyway, I do have a few bits to share with you.

First up is Jim’s Weasley Sweater that I had on the needles forever. I really don’t enjoy knitting with more than one colour and I’m really not very good at it. I know if I tried it more I would improve, but the whole tangling balls of yarn just really pisses me off and no matter how I try to get the tension right and twist things in the right place it just all feels horribly messy and uneven.

003Jim, however, loves this sweater and has worn it as often as he can since I made it, which is good as it’s taken so long that he’ll probably grow out of it within a year! The yarn is SMC Northern that I got from Kemps on clearance, it comes in massive balls and I used just over 1 for this along with some Boyes Aran. The pattern is the free one that’s been around forever and a day, I did the Canadian Living version as it matched the gauge of this aran yarn.

For some reason I got a bee in my bonnet about having the Scrap Vomit quilt top squares all over the place and decided that I needed to get the top done. I worked on it and worked on it and had to buy more scraps as I didn’t have enough variety to finish it. I finally got it done and now it will just sit there waiting until I can afford the batting and 6 yards of backing fabric it requires…

004

It’s a really odd length, I almost feel like it’s a row too long but I will leave it as I did it. I am really happy with the mix of colours and the Kona Cerise which is such an obnoxious but pretty colour.

005

As this quilt top is so blinding I am hoping that no one will notice that many of the rows aren’t actually squares any more. My early blocks all came out too small and once I figured out what I was doing wrong I was unable to do it wrong even on purpose so my later blocks had to be trimmed back about half an inch all around. It seems that instead of using the 1/4″ foot as a guide I was pushing the fabric up against it. That doesn’t matter too much in a block without many seams, but in blocks like this where there are tons of them you end up with a block that’s about half an inch smaller than it should be… Hopefully now I have stopped doing that my blocks should be better, we’ll see.

After getting the quilt top done I knocked out the last pair of winter pjs this year which were for Jim.

001

I adore this fabric and it is so soft, inside and out. He’s very happy with them and they’re in high rotation. They’re the usual Kwik Sew 1557 in size 10 and the only change I made was to straighten the legs of the trousers as Jim is perfectly this size at the moment. This was the first fabric I’d ever seen with arrows on the selvage showing you which way up it went, useful!

And last up for this post is this month’s Siblings Together Bee block.

002

This was another really simple block made even easier as 80% of the cutting had already been done by the lady in charge. I only had to rip out one seam which isn’t too bad!

Next up on the sewing table is my Christmas quilt which I cut out over the weekend and then realised that I had hardly any white thread to sew it with. I am waiting for a delivery of Aurifil and then I will get sewing on it as I’d like to get it done by the start of December so it can live on the sofa, must remember to order some batting for it too!

I feel a bit scattered with these blog posts, maybe because my crafting is so scattered feeling. Maybe I’m working on too many things or maybe the change in the weather to really cold quite suddenly has slowed me down but I don’t feel like I’m getting much done, nowhere near what I’d like to. My sewing to do list is huge and my knitting projects are all over the living room. I must power on and get things done before it all becomes stressful and annoying rather than fun which is never good!

September Was Hard

So, I for one am glad that September is over. Due to having fallen behind in my PhD work and being determined that I would not once again have to go to my Supervisor with excuses (even if they were somewhat legitimate) about why I couldn’t keep to the timetable that I had only agreed a few months back, I put in some serious working hours from when the boys went back to school until Monday when I finally emailed off the 55 page draft and was officially back on track. I have spent most of my time in front of a computer and therefore didn’t really get all that much done anywhere else besides essentials (anyone want to come and clean my house for me?) but I do have some pictures of finished stuff so let’s get up to date with the FOs as well!

004

This was the September Siblings Together Bee block. Nice and simple this one and made even easier by the fact that the lady in charge this month had cut all the strips the right width so all the rest of us had to do was cut them to the right length!

005

The weather turned and it suddenly became time for winter pjs again. The fabric for the bottoms of these isn’t the same but it’s pretty much the same shade so I went with it. Jim said to me the other day for the first time that he’s not sure he wants matching pjs with his brother again so these might be the last. They were made using Kwik Sew Sewing for Children and 1556 and 1557 all cobbled together with extra length added here and there as needed. The bottoms are sort of velour for one pair and a sort of terry for the other and the tops are PRR jersey.

012

Jim can still wear a couple of pairs of his pjs from last winter so there’s no rush to get to the other pair I’m making him, but Piggle grew out of everything so these got moved to the top of the pile! They’re Kwik Sew 1556 as usual and I added an inch in length to the body and sleeves of the shirt as he needs it. I love this flannel fabric print and he looks ever so cute in them. I am actually at the end of my flannel stash, amazingly, so I will have to start stocking up, summer is usually a good time to find good deals though so I’ll wait!

008 009 010 011

Whilst sitting and reading I often find there are bits I don’t need to take notes on and, as I don’t sit still well and have a short attention span, I try to have a plain bit of knitting to work on that I can put down in my lap and pick up again easily. This pattern is incredibly simple, it’s called the Holey Square Shawl and between the holes there are about 12 plain rows to knit on just over 200 stitches. My shawl isn’t square as I had 840y of this bamboo cotton laceweight from Yarntopia Treasures so I just kept weighing the ball and knitting until I’d used it all up. The colourway is Sunset and I love the shades of it. As you can see from the pictures you can wear it a few ways too which is nice. I didn’t do the suggested crochet around the outside because I wanted it to stay as stretchy as possible.

So, that’s it really. I cast on for another 2 simple projects to do whilst reading, some socks and another plainish shawl and pulled out yarn for a few other projects. Near the end of September I was feeling the lack of making in a big way and have planned more projects than I can possibly finish anytime soon!  I also finished some log cabin blocks that I finally have a ruler big enough to trim so I can get on and finish that quilt top soon too (the backing fabric is in the post from America so I may have a finished quilt in the near future!).  Besides that I’ve not done all that much making. Hopefully things will get back to a more even keel now though and I can have some time in the evenings to sit and knit in front of the tv. Looking to beside me on my desk there is also a cardigan that is almost done bar the button band which I’m about 2/3 of the way through and have started to sew on, so maybe that will be done soon too, we’ll see!

Breaking Even in May

As you might remember I keep a log of how much fabric I bring into my house and how much I use each month. The goal is to use more than I buy, something I failed at horribly last year so the desire to reduce a bit this year (along with the fact that I will have to move the stash to a new house in the summer) has meant that I’ve cut right back on the buying and have just been allowing myself one Flat Rate Envelope along with my Simply Solids Stash Club bundle each month. This strategy has worked well, not only for paying enough off the credit card to afford to pay some movers to transport the stash and the rest of our possessions to wherever we end up but that in May I broke even in the buying/using stakes which bodes well for the rest of the year and the reduction of my rather large stash!

So, here are the early June projects that are moving the fabric used balance further into the lead.

014The matchy matchy dinosaur pyjamas for the 10 year old. The boys were so excited about matching pyjamas that they wore them the same night I finished these and every time one pulls out the dino pjs the other one does too! As per usual these were Kwik Sew 1557 and I widened the legs on this pair. I almost had a cutting disaster as the trousers are a single pattern piece and when you get to this size it’s so big you have to cut it with the fabric open rather than folded. As this was a directional print I had to cut the fabric and turn it, after I’d made the first cut along one side of the leg I realised I’d not remembered to flip the second bit of fabric and I was going to end up with 2 legs for the same side, close call! This is the last pair of the summer pjs, I already have a plan for winter as I had to dig through the stash to find the summer fabric, hopefully the winter collection will make a bit of a dent on some fabrics I’ve had for ages.

002

In 2008 I made a dress with a Vogue pattern that has sat in my wardrobe or in storage ever since. I’m really not sure where I thought I was going to wear it or who I thought I was that I needed a dress like that but for some reason I never gave it to the charity shop. I was having another round of ‘do I really need to move this again’ filling bags to give away and I came across the dress again. I went to put it in the bag this time and realised that it was the fabric that I loved so I took it into the sewing room to see if I could do something with it. I used the Grainline Scout T-shirt pattern and it came out really well I think. I placed the pattern piece on the finished hem of the dress (which I’d sewn by hand, I never do that!) and cut my usual size. I didn’t have enough fabric to do the facing so I used some fold over elastic around the neck which I think came out quite well. I didn’t actually count this fabric as being ‘used’ this year as I’d counted it in a previous year but I’m really happy to have something made from this print that I can wear and it’s nice to know that the pattern works for knits as well as for wovens.

011I bought this charm pack a while back and knew what I wanted to use it for. Once I was fed up of knocking it on the floor all the time I finally got around to making the cover for my overlocker. I really don’t have  good grasp of how much fabric you get in a charm pack (like with the previous quilt) and I thought that this pack would give me enough to make covers for my overlocker and sewing machine, whereas this cover actually used all but 2 of the squares from one pack…

013

I found the plastic dust cover stuffed away in my sewing room and ripped it along the heat sealed seams to make the pattern for this cover. I added some length as I noticed that the plastic one didn’t reach the table. I sewed together the squares and then quilted it before using the ‘pattern’ to cut out the cover.

010009

I used stippling for the quilting as I wanted to practice it on a larger piece and I’m happy with how it came out. The backing/lining is Free Spirit in Grape, I have no idea why I bought 2 yards of dark purple fabric as I don’t use purple so this was a good way to use it up. For the bobbin I used Jeans Stitch thread in Jewels, I have tons of this thread left from my nappy making days and figured I should start trying to use it rather than it sitting there any longer. It didn’t do much for the tension in my machine, I tried moving all the different dials up and down separately and together and nothing worked, but as it’s the inside I’m not too fussed, the lines still look cool in the variegated thread. The thread for all the rest of this was Aurifil white in 50 for the sewing and 40 for the quilting. I used french seams for the cover (there were only 4 seams in it) for a neat finish inside.

012

I think the binding is perfect and I will use the same for my sewing machine cover once I figure out which fabric I want to use for that. This project took most of a sewing day working on it on and off and I’m really happy that it’s done and love the way it came out, it makes my sewing room a bit brighter.

Finally, a not sewing project, I had a bout of ‘I want to knit this and I want to knit it NOW’ with the Bolting pattern. I had some lovely Motomo Laceweight Cotton that I bought a really long time ago. I had been planning on using it for a cardigan but I figure that after four or five years of thinking that if I hadn’t actually done it then there wasn’t much of a chance of it actually happening so I used the yarn for this instead. The colourway is called Thunderstorm and it’s a lovely mix of heather like purple with some brown, green and blue shades in there.

003004

The pattern is written for much thicker yarn so it must be HUGE if done that way. I used 3.75mm needles due to the thinness of my yarn and I think the gauge came out well for it.

005006

Most of this was knit during my obsessive flash with the programme Nashville, it’s all stocking stitch so pretty mindless, the rows are mega long near the end which makes for good tv knitting.

007008

I’m really happy with the way it came out, although I’m not sure quite how to wear it with it being so large. I’m sure I’ll figure something out though.

Still got what feels like hundreds of things on the go and hundreds more planned so hopefully I’ll have something more to show you soon.

 

For the Boys

001

The ‘summer’ pyjama sewing continues, if only we could have some weather to compliment these it would be great… We had about a week of warm evenings and we’re now back to cold nights, it’s gone well past dull and boring now. This is the fabric I bought for Piggle at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year. It was really wide and £8 p/m so I only bought one metre of it hoping it would be enough. It took some very creative cutting and some plain white fabric for the facings to get this short-sleeved version out of the fabric, that boy is getting big now. I didn’t widen the legs on these due to lack of fabric but they look ok on the leggy soon to be 6-year-old.

001

Final pair for Piggle using fabric from Fabricland in Brighton. I’ve got the same in a different colourway to use for Jim this summer too, once again they picked to have ‘matching’ pyjamas, I keep thinking they’ll grow out of that soon but am always glad to find out they haven’t! The pattern for these pairs is the usual Kwik Sew 1556, I think there’s one more size left before he moves on from it.

003

This is Tama by Kelly Brooker. I went to buy the larger sized pattern for the cardigan I made for my nephew and discovered that there was an Ebook for not much more that had this jumper pattern in it too. I have had this CottonEase for god knows how long and was planning on doing a jumper for Piggle with it anyway, this pattern just finally motivated me to use it up! I made the 6-year-old size for him (the largest on the pattern) and made sure that there was enough length in the sleeves and body for him to wear it for a good long while. It looks like there’s a pattern on the yoke but really it’s just that it’s knit back and forth and my gauge when I purl is looser and messier than when I knit in the round. It will even out a bit with washing (I couldn’t be bothered to block a kids jumper) but I wish I could figure out a way to make it less obvious as there are so many patterns now that have some parts knit back and forth and some in the round. Anyway, Piggle likes it, I like it and I can finally tick a jumper for him off my list and get rid of the last bits of this yarn to the charity shop.

001

Jim only needs two pairs of pyjamas this summer and these are the first of them. Again there was some creative cutting on these as I didn’t have as much fabric as the pattern called for, I need to start buying 3m for him instead of 2.5 as I have been. There’s some mirroring across the front of the shirt which is a little annoying but nothing a 10-year-old boy would notice. The pattern is Kwik Sew 1557 and I moved up to the 10-year-old size for him.

A while back I saw on a blog that someone had sewn on buttons in a fun arrow way, I’ve wanted to do it ever since but haven’t used buttons with four holes until now.

002

It’s not actually that clear in the photos but Jim and I find it amusing so that’s ok.

The pyjamas using the dinosaur print are going to be a cutting nightmare as it’s a directional print so I’m putting off working on those for a bit, I’ll get them done eventually.

Next up hopefully is a finished quilt. I’m doing the actual quilting at the moment so as long as I get on with it it should be done during half term, then I can move onto something else, this one feels like it’s been on the go forever for some reason!

Bobbing Along*

I feel like I’ve not achieved that much with my crafty stuff, but when I have time to put it down here I feel a little better as it does seem like I’m making some sort of progress, even if it’s slow!

Meet Dipley Veg, as he’s been christened:

001

Jim turned 10 last week (I know, 10, I’m still wondering where 10 years of my life went, maybe I should read back on the blog as I started it when he was 15 months old!) and I made him the dinosaur that I bought the booklet and yarn for at the Knitting and Stitching Show. He’s a Diplodocus and turned out to be a pretty large chap.

003002006

He has the sweetest feet though.

005004

The pattern is from Patons booklet 3847 and uses Fab DK. It was easy to follow the pattern but very lacking in detail when it came to construction, ‘attach legs’ doesn’t really tell you a lot does it?  It took me a while day to sew him together and get him stuffed. The pattern suggests wrapping florists wire with pipe cleaners and inserting them into the neck, tail and legs. Personally I know my boys well enough to understand that at some point this Diplodocus will become a weapon with which to attempt to inflict harm on each other so wire of any sort no matter what it’s wrapped with was out of the question. I just stuffed it really firmly and it seems fine, the neck and tail can be bent into different positions and it stands up well on its own. I’m now working on a Triceratops for Piggle’s birthday in June, it has many more pieces to knit and eventually attach so I intend to make sure I get on with it so I’m not attaching horns at midnight the night before!

I haven’t done much sewing recently. I had an accident with my rotary cutter a fortnight ago and ended up in the Minor Injuries Unit. I’m still not sure whether it was good or bad that I’d changed the blade the week before, I guess at least it was a clean cut… Anyway, I need to cut the sashing for my Chicopee quilt but I’ve been a little worried about cutting (injury was down to pure clumsiness, caught the edge of the ruler and went off at a random angle rather than managing to run the blade down the side of it), plus I’m worried that I did my quilt math wrongly and I won’t have enough fabric. I just need to woman-up and get on with it really.

I did manage to get started on the summer pyjamas though which made Piggle very happy as he’s been asking about these since the fabric landed here almost a year ago!

018

The bottoms are Kwik Sew 1556 and the t-shirt is Kwik Sew Sewing for Children, Piggle is officially too big for the Toddler’s book now, sob… I had to go up a size again as he’s growing like a weed. I’ve got another 2 pairs planned for him and 2 pairs for Jim who hasn’t grown quite as much as his brother and can still wear a few pairs from last year.  Looking at my fabric I’ve hardly got any flannel for next winter, but I do have a ton of knits so I’m thinking it will be a knit year to stash bust some of that.

And finally, some socks. I finished of last year really well with getting everything off the needles and the promptly cast on for everything in sight right afterwards… I am now trying to get the number of projects down again and finishing these off is at least one thing less.

019020

These are Nemesis from Knitty and I used Yarntopia Treasures Bamboo Cotton in Lemons and Limes on 2.5mm needles. This pattern was lovely, so easy to follow, and I love a sock pattern with a long chart, only 3.5 repeats of it and the socks are done, fabulous! The pattern looks a lot more complicated than it is which is always nice. I love the colours of this yarn so these were a joy to make and took just over a month.

Next up to get off the WIP list is a jumper for Piggle which will be the fastest thing to get done as he’s so small. I’m 2/3 of the way down the body and then I just have to knit the sleeves in the round and it’s done. I found some buttons for it today so hopefully it should be done within a couple of weeks.

Back as soon as I have something to show you!

*Hopefully I now have everyone of my generation channelling Angela Lansbury and singing the song from Bedknobs and Broomsticks…

A Bit of Sewing

I did quite a lot of sewing last month, and I made a good dent in the balance between fabric bought and fabric used.  My favourite activity at the moment seems to be filling shopping baskets in online fabric shops and then leaving quickly before I enter my card details.  The odd one is still getting through here and there but I’m a lot more restrained than I was last month!

So, I finished up the pyjamas for the boys, these are for Jim using Kwik Sew 1557 and flannel from the Color Me Flannel co-op group on Yahoogroups.

The sharks are pretty big on the fabric which made placement a little difficult but I think I did ok with them!

Next up were the final pairs using the same pattern for Jim and 1556 for Piggle.  The boys still like having matching things, I’m sure in the next few years Jim will refuse to be seen in anything his brother would wear!  Flannel came from the same co-op.

When cutting out the trousers for Jim I remembered to put the fabric back to back so I didn’t end up with 2 legs of the same side but totally forgot that I had decided to cut this as a directional print so one of the legs on his pyjamas are ‘upside down’, but I don’t think anyone will notice unless I point it out to them (his are under Piggle’s in this picture so you can’t see either!).  I had to buy buttons for these as I didn’t have anything suitable, my Mother actually chose them, they’re clear and a little chunky and I think they look great.

I’ve had this Summer Reading Library Bag tutorial from Sew Mama Sew bookmarked for ages.  I can only think that someone else linked to it as I don’t read that blog!  Anyway, I was sorting my bookmarks and printed it out.  Later on I was ordering another quilting ruler from Cotton Patch and saw that they did duck cloth so I let the boys pick a print each and bought the fabric for them.

The pattern has an apple on the front to match the fabric but the boys wanted their initial on them.  I played around in Word with fonts until I found one I liked and then went up and up in font size until I got it large enough.  I actually loved the typewriter font the most but it was too thin and would have been a right pain to sew around so I went with this fatter font.  I ironed the fabric onto the fusible web I’ve been using for years now (you iron it onto fabric, pull off the backing and iron that onto something else, very handy), cut out the paper letter and then pinned it onto the fabric and cut around it.  After ironing it onto the bag I machine stitched around the edge of it.  I’m so happy with the way the letters came out, however, the pattern tells you how far over to put your apple/letter from the edge but not how far from the bottom so when it came to sew the corners to make the bottom of the bag square I had to sew at one inch rather than one and a half otherwise I would have sewn the bottom of the letters in.

The bags have a pocket on the strap to hold the library card and I found some great buttons in the button box to go with the fabrics they picked.  The only real mistake I made was whilst cutting the fabric for the first bag.  I should have cut the strap lining first rather than the square pieces as I had to piece the strap lining together on the above bag.  The fabric is so bright you can’t see it but it was a stupid mistake!  Also, the pattern calls for half a yard of patterned fabric and I have tons left over from each, you only need the width for the strap lining.

I love this duck cloth, it’s not cheap but it was really nice to work with.  I washed it first as with kids they’re going to get them dirty at some point and I didn’t want shrinkage.  It was a right pain to iron it flat afterwards but well worth it I think.  The bags also have french seams which was funny to sew on such thick fabric but gives it a lovely finish.  In fact the finish on this bag is really good all around, very well planned by the designer.

There is a front pocket on the bag for storing lists or reading scheme info or just another book or two.  The bag is big enough for the larger books that Piggle gets and holds 5 ‘chapter’ books and a book on CD for Jim.

Overall I’m really chuffed with these, sometimes things don’t turn out how you hope and I made these totally on a whim but we all love them and it’s made keeping track of library books easier as the bags hang on the bedroom door handle and the boys put the books in them when they’re done with them.

Another bit of recent sewing for the boys are some long sleeve t-shirts for Piggle as he’s grown out of most of the ones he’s got.  I used the Minikrea 50220 pattern.  I had traced the 4 year old size for him but when I held it up to him it was going to be too small (he does have long arms and a long torso for his age) so I traced the 6 instead and it fits him very well in that ‘I’ll grow into this soon and it’ll fit me perfectly for about two weeks and then look too small’ ways that kids clothes seem to fit!

I finished up the stripes and bugs fabric finally, used most of the helicopters but still have tons of the emergency vehicle fabric left, I’ve no idea how much I bought but I seem to have been using it for years!

These t-shirts have the cuffs and collar bound with ribbing which took a little getting used to, it was hard to catch the ribbing sometimes but I got there in the end and I like the way it looks.

I’ve made a sweatshirt for Jim too but the sleeves have come out far too long for him so when I have better use of my hand I need to go back and shorten them so he can actually use his hands whilst wearing it.  I’ve got a couple of other things still to show too, back soon!

Getting It Out the Door

First up last week’s FO, a shirt using Simplicity 8523.  The fabric is from my recent Abakhan haul, I ordered 3 metres and it came as a two metre cut and a one metre cut.  For some reason I just really wanted to use the fabric right away so I looked through my patterns and came up with a simple shape for it (it’s really slippy synthetic, not what I usually sew).

This fabric frayed more than any fabric I can remember working with.  At one point, turning it right side out to press a seam I somehow managed to rip the seam, the fabric just gave way.  I used french seams as it’s quite see-through and overlocking would have showed through.

I was glad in the end that this was a simple pattern as I found the fabric really hard work, it took a lot longer to make this than it would have done a cotton version.  As you can see from the picture it’s too tight around the hips for me at the moment.  It was supposed to have side vents but I’m not a fan and I also couldn’t figure out how to do them with the french seams.  Apparently they’re worked into the fit of the garment rather than being for looks, but it will fit one day.

It’s been hanging on the dressform in the hall for a week and I still can’t decide if the fabric is great or something my 99 year old Grandmother would wear though…

On the way to bed Friday evening I stopped off in the sewing room to see if I could decide what I wanted to make over the weekend and get anything ready for it.  Each time I open the door I’m faced with this

and I thought to myself ‘shit, that’s a lot of fabric’….

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not ashamed of my stash, nor do I usually feel that it’s too big.  I’ve been collecting fabric for about 8 years now and it’s all been bought very cheaply, I still go by the rule that if I can’t make it cheaper than I could buy it I won’t do it.  What’s getting to me, I think, is that I’ve bought an awful lot of fabric recently and since the new electric heating has been installed (you can see the thingy in the right of the picture) I can’t put my stash neatly in the alcove any more.  This means that it’s very precariously stacked and every time I go looking for something there is an avalanche and it ends up piled up even more messily.  Combined with this recent buying is the fact that I’ve not been sewing a lot so my ‘try to sew more than I buy’ strategy isn’t anywhere near working at the moment (I don’t mind if I break even as long as the stash doesn’t grow and grow and really become too large to deal with).  I know I have just under 6 months to bring it back into balance and I’m pretty sure I can do it, but right now things are looking a little grim and I really need to see some progress.

The best and quickest way to make progress is pyjamas.  I had a good look at how the boy’s pyjamas are fitting them and made the relevant decisions on which sizes I needed to make and then got to work.

These two pairs are for Piggle.  I used Kwik Sew 1556.  I really like this collarless version, it looks really neat I think and does away with having to fiddle about fitting a collar on a small shirt. This flannel came from a fabric Co-op and the buttons are from my button box.

After those I did a pair for Jim

The bottoms of these are Kwik Sew 1557 (the larger sized patter identical to 1556) and the top is Kwik Sew Sewing for Children.  I did want to do a red or yellow top with the opposite colour cuffs and neckband but it seems I have used up both of those colours so I used the light grey that I found whilst looking for those colours in the stash.

I’ve got another pair of the collarless ones cut out and overlocked for Jim and then there is one final pair for each of them using robots flannel that they both picked out and love.  So this weekend I’ve managed to get six and a half yards of fabric out of the stash and the other three pairs will get another seven out.  I’m going to work on my quilt next weekend when the boys are with their Dad, the last of my supplies for it should be arriving in the post this week and I’m quite excited to have a go with quilting and get it finished.  That project alone will get another 10 yards out of the stash which will feel like real progress.

After that I just need to keep going and keep making things (and stop buying for a while!), I have plenty of ideas it’s just the time and the motivation that are sometimes lacking!