Once again, it's time to write my new FAL list, and once again, I find myself copying and pasting last quarter's and making minimal changes. Maybe this is the quarter where some of the long-standing projects get finished? *watches a pig fly across the sky* Just for fun (??? humiliation, more like), I've gone back through my past FAL lists and have made a note of when each project appeared - sometimes the project was partially started, other times it was a pile of fabric and a plan. Depressingly, the latter projects seem to be the least likely to have changed in the intervening months/years. I'm hoping that this will enable me to pinpoint the oldest items on the lists and tackle them. I won't be tackling them first but... *grins*
1. (Q2 2013) I have finally started hand quilting this quilt!!
|I'm on row five. Of seventeen...|
3. (Q3 2015) I'm (still) planning to make two 'bolster' cushions to go with the blue and white quilt and intend to use the 508 'bonus' HSTs which resulted from making the snowball blocks. I (still) need to decide how to arrange them, but something like the middle one (with all the triangles pointing out) is the front runner.
4. (Q3 2015)
5 and 6. (Q1 2016) Mam and I need a bag to take our cutting boards and rulers to workshops. We don't usually go to the same one so we can easily share a bag rather than having one each. (I'm not quite sure why I've been landed with the job when she takes her board far more often and will probably use the bag much more!) We got this off-cut (with an extra 30% off!) just before Christmas (2015) and I'm just going to make a simple bag (French seams, no lining, short handles) for the board (item 5) and then a padded pouch for the 24" x 8.5" ruler (item 6). I'll use the curtain fabric for the mat bag and the canvas for the ruler bag, unless there's more fabric in that bag than I think. (That's right, I haven't even opened the bag!)
10. (Q4 2014) This is a cushion kit which I won from Kerry/Seamstar. It's been on my list for a while now and I have made some progress since this photo was taken: I've ironed all the fabric!
11. (Q3 2015) A friend bought me this lovely embroidery outline a while ago and I'd love to make it into a pouch. (Yes, another one!)
12. (Q3 2015) This project has been long in the planning (well, more long in the fabric collecting and thinking!) and was going to be simple squares with lots of hand quilting. I've slightly changed my plan and it will now be a scrappy trip quilt, inspired by Lynz's version. I have some gorgeous low volume strips (sent by a wee treasure!) to add to these, they're in the photo below this one, and I'm going to add two or three shades of aqua/turquoise to act as accents.
13. (Q4 2015) This table runner (block pattern by Reene Witchard - find it here) is now ready for quilting.
14. (Q4 2015) This is also going to become a table runner for my new coffee table, once I can bring myself to cut into the embroidered (not by me!) table cloth!
15. (Q1 2015) Oh, this poor quilt! It's been on several of my FAL lists and was, briefly, a finish. Then I realised that there was a problem with the quilting (the bobbin thread keeps snapping) and I've been meaning to replace the quilting. I've done one line (with different stitch length and tension from the first time) but, I'll be honest, it's mind-numbing work. I'm going to change my plan slightly and replace the lines where threads have snapped and then leave the rest but quilt in the ditch of all the sashing strips. That should be enough to stop the bias stretch on the quilt, which, I think, is exacerbating the problem with the quilting. If it doesn't, I might quilt in the ditch round the grey block borders. I have to be careful not to add too much quilting as it's already bound but I'm hoping I'll get away with it...
16. (Q1 2016) These are the last remnants of the grey and yellow fabric that Mam bought to make her sewing machine cover and I'm hoping to cobble something together to use them all up. Two pieces have wadding fused to the back (the result of a miscalculation) and I'm planning to make a storage basket with these last oddly-sized bits.
17. (Q1 2016) At the end of last year, Hadley had a 'win my WIP' giveaway in order to
18. (Q2 2016) I'm making a mini quilt from the test block (and friends) for my Oakshott runner.
19. (Q2 2016) I have been planning this quilt since at least 2013 and would like to at least make a start on prepping blocks. I have a range of backgrounds can't decide whether to go scrappy or not, which is why I have quite a lot of some of them) and some gorgeous Oakshott (Scandinavian, I think). The block pattern is in the photo and I've already completed a test block. (See the fabrics third and fourth up from the bottom? They're supposed to be the same colour...)
20. (Q2 2016) If I don't get the pointy points quilt started, it would be nice to make progress on my ET quilt instead. I have two blocks pieced and pieces cut for more blocks (but not enough background to make a whole block). One more completed block would be nice!
21. (Q2 2016) I also need to start preparing for the FAL tutorial I need to provide in January 2017. I'm going to make...wait for it...a table runner from these gorgeous Oakshott fabrics. I think I need to add a tiny bit of colour and I'm edging towards...wait for it...aqua!
22. (Q2 2016) I'd like to make a sewing machine mat out of the remnants of the fabric I bought for my trug and sewing machine accessories.
23. (Q2 2016) Lynz and I have started another leisurely knit-along. This time we're making the Pebble Beach shawl, and Lynz has finished. I'm still plugging away on my large version.
25. (Q3 2016) I'm going to knit myself another pair of socks, using the same toe-up pattern as the pair I've just finished.
26. (Q3 2016) I'm knitting a pair of socks for myself in DK yarn
27. (Q3 2016) I've started a bag for me
28. (Q3 2016) I've cut out the fabric to make a pinafore version of the Kate dress
29. Once I've made the pinafore above, I want to make another one in this pink pin cord
30: This black and white lawn is going to be a Kate dress
31: This rather 80s winter sports print (it really could be from then as it came out of someone's loft!) is going to become a version of the Kate dress, possibly with a v neck and long/elbow length sleeves.
32. I started these jama bottoms in 2013 - they're made from an old quilt cover.
33. I'm going to make another pair of jama bottoms from this rather snazzy fabric, which I think my mam bought my brother in the early 90s when he made himself a few cushions for his room.
34, 35 and 36. More socks!
37. This fabric is going to become my second Everyday Blouse
38. I want to make another Lola pouch from the remnants of this shweshwe fabric, together with the Oakshott
39. A friend bought me this lovely fabric to make a drawstring bag for my knitting. The one Jan gave me is really handy, so I'd like another about the same size.
40 and 41. I bought this yarn in a sale to make a couple of friends a feather and fan scarf for Christmas. I'm just not sure which Christmas!
Is anyone else joining (or retaining membership) of the #ridiculouslylongFALlist gang this quarter? I'm sure I'm not going to be alone...
Meanwhile, Mam bought Archie a new blanket, so at least someone's going to be comfy this quarter:
|Look into my eyes...you will work hard on your FAL list and finish many, many things...OR ELSE!|