Q3 FAL 2015 - serious startitis

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So quarter two was as predicted with 2 finishes and 2 roll overs.

My list is a bit longer this time around as I have been a bit distracted by new ideas and have several barely started projects.

  1. Kingfisher tapestry (for mum). I have progressed slightly on this, but haven't taken a new photo. I am going to try to do a few stitches each and every day in the hope that it will eventually be DONE!SAM_2062
  2. Delectable Mountains quilt (as proposed here). Still currently no more than a pile of triangles. SAM_2204
  3. Duvet cover for Daisy (the dog). Currently a bunch of nine-patches. 20150629_073956
  4. Dresden quilt. I bought a new ruler and this happened. I have a plan, I think it's going to be great!20150709_175756
  5. Merchant and Mills Madison dress. This appeared on a list I made way back but I have only just bought fabric for it a couple of weeks ago; I purchased the pattern in April 2011!
  6. Artisan Apron, made as a bit of a dressmaking warm-up before tackling the above project, it is in need of a serious bit of embellishment before I can properly call it finished! 20150709_200638
  7. Scrappy spiderweb quilt. I have a bunch of "middles" done, I am thinking that this will be next years Siblings Together quilt, so I am not really expecting it to be done this quarter, but I am adding it to the list just in case it turns out to be the project I feel like working on most. 20150709_200726

Linking up with the rest of the Finish-alongers here.

Q2 FAL 2015 - optimistic or realistic?

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So quarter one was much more productive than I expected with 4 finishes, 1 abandoned project and 2 roll overs.

My list is a bit shorter this time around as I have been too busy finishing things(!) to start anything much in the way of new projects (strange but true). 

    1. Acacia quilt. Currently being quilted. Will need binding and labeling on its return.SAM_2005
    2. Kingfisher tapestry (for mum). Long way to go on this one! SAM_2062
    3. Two patchwork tote bags (similar to this one). SAM_2208
    4. Delectable Mountains quilt (as proposed here). Currently no more than a pile of triangles (hence the title of this post!). SAM_2204

I think 50% success rate should be guaranteed (items 1 and 3). I would love to get the tapestry done, I have stalled completely because the waterlilies have several very similar colours in them which proved to be hard to distinguish in the winter light. I am also curious as to whether I can make a whole quilt in 3 months, definitely sounds like a challenge to me!

Linking up with the rest of the Finish-alongers here.

Project Swapping

When I shared pictures of the fabric bucket I made back in August, I promised to share details of its' contents but never quite managed to do so.


Back in February I agreed to tackle this Elizabeth Bradley tapestry kit for my Mum. She has done quite a few tapestries over the years but always in half cross stitch, and she just couldn't get on with the Victorian cross-stitch required for this kit.

I got off to quite a good start, this is how it looked at the end of the month:


And then in July:


Shamefully it still looks much the same, so I really need to "crack on" with it! Especially as Mum has already delivered on her side of the bargain, knitting me this lovely jumper from some of my long hoarded stash.


Thanks Mum! I will fininsh your tapestry in 2015! I will post a photo here once in a while to try and keep me motivated :)


Quilter know thyself

Wow, it's been a while since I posted! Alex and Daisy have been in the wars a bit lately and there have been a variety of trips to vets and hospitals and doctors to contend with.



Daisy is all fixed up (minus a few patches of fur) and Alex is getting there (he was knocked off his bike on the way into work 2 weeks ago by some bonehead in a BMW).

So there has been a little bit of crafting, not much, but a bit.

Firstly I made the blandest, most un-me quilt ever.  Thank goodness I regained full control of my senses before proceeding to queen size as per the PLAN.

Want to see it?


Flat, lifeless, boring... yes... but at least it is done!


It doesn't seem to matter how old I get, I still seem to keep making these kind of errors of judgement.  It is fine to admire and appreciate other peoples work, but before leaping straight in and embarking on the same project myself I REALLY need to stop and think!

Would I buy this from a shop?

Will it fit our style and decor?

Will I enjoy making it?

Truthfully I could not answer yes to even one of these questions in relation to the city sampler quilt AND I had already made pretty much the same blinding error of judgement with the farmers wife quilt, so why was I so keen to get stuck in? Who knows?! What I do know is that I am going to try to take a more considered approach in the future, and to that end an aide memoir:


I used those pesky FW blocks and this easy tutorial to make a lovely bag/basket/bucket :)


I actually really like the blocks all smooshed together without any sashing, such a fun project, useful too (more on the contents in bottom left photo another day...)!

Tapestry tuesday

About this time last year I purchased an Emily Peacock tapestry kit and started stitching away enthusiastically. It was packed away at the end of the summer when we moved house and I have only just rediscovered it.  I am going to post a picture each week to encourage progress!  I love those new alphabet cushions on Emily's site... must stitch faster!

Sorry for the terrible picture, not sure if it is me or the camera at fault!