Friday, January 05, 2018

The Year Review

So, 2017, well, it was a break year for me really. There were many small reasons for this, nothing too major. Partly I just wasn't feeling it. I have such a pile of quilt tops to baste as no space to lay them out in. It's not my favourite part of the process and once I have them basted my quilting table area is just not big enough to work them through the machine without pulling it all out and making a mess.

A mess. The house is a huge mess. Just piled up to the brim with stuff that needs sorting out and throwing away. I didn't want to make a big quilt mess on top of this.

Time. We've started school here which has been great but has also meant that I have gone back to work full time. I get one afternoon off a week and that's taken up with a long standing playdate.

Then I decided to just read in the evenings as there was nothing much to watch on telly. So no hand quilting in front of Stranger Things anymore.

It all adds up to nothing much getting done! I did manage to do a few things.

I finished the quilt top just like mum's she made in her quilting group. It looks kind of gross I know. But it's excellent scrunched up on your lap. I can't explain it. And of course it reminds me of mum which makes it extra special. I think this is my batik phase over though. So I am going to use all the scraps to make up the back and use some 80/20 batting that mum was throwing out. Another quilt top to add to the pile! oh no!

Smitten update. So I have completed 13 blocks. I am really not sure how this quilt will look finished but I have decided to not think about it too much. Maybe the smaller blocks will help even things out. At the moment it's all a bit of a train crash.

I did manage to make it to Birmingham with mum and set myself up to make this Monkey Buttons pattern. I just need to get cutting.

So that's it. The sum of 2017. What's the plan for 2018? Well, I'd like to ease back into things a bit. I just want to finish off things. Here is my list of things to finish...

  1. Jitterbug Quilt
  2. Jitterbug

  3. Farmer Wife Quilt

  4. Smitten Quilt

  5. Batik Quilt

  6. Monkey Buttons Quilt

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