I reached my goal of finishing everything that was on deck before the new year. barely. I was still binding the quilt new year’s eve night until we had to go out. I love the way it came out (and having it finished!) and wish I had photos showing the whole thing. but being short and not finding an empty enough wall have made that hard. I might trick tom into helping me next weekend though; I didn’t have the heart to make him stand outside when it was super cold this weekend.
I originally started quilting in close together, vertical wavy lines with grey thread. after eight lines and what seemed to be eternity, I decided that this wasn’t the way to go time and texture wise. I really wanted this quilt to be soft, something I could sleep under. the close lines were creating a stiff and rough fabric. of course this change of plans meant I had to rip out all the quilting, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you sit and do it. remember, this is a queen size quilt! I started over, this time with orange thread in random diagonal wavy lines. sooo much faster and drapey and so much easier to maneuver. the binding is carolina chambray in peacock, the best color ever.
with all this finishing, I have nothing on the needles or by the sewing machine. there are worse problems to have I’m sure. but now I really don’t know what to do with myself, there are almost too many opportunities. I know I want some cardigans and socks, I’m just not sure which cardigans and socks. this makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to walk to one of my bookshelves, grab some fabric or yarn, and make whatever I want. I think this is going to be my goal for this year, just being thankful. let’s face it, sewing and knitting aren’t the cheapest hobbies out there- especially if you add stashing (and a love for cashmere) to the mix. this year I just want to use what I have and enjoy the moment. not really a resolution, but more of a reality check.