I do have a finish but nothing I can show right now. I doubt the recipients ever read this blog but since this is directly linked to my Facebook page I do not want them to have a sneak peek by accident. Between my secret projects and cheer season I haven’t had a chance to work on anything on my to do list. However I was able to get back to Raining Cats and Dogs and make significant progress on Block 2.
Here’s the last picture I posted a couple of months ago:
And here is it now:
I’m really happy with how my applique is turning out. Here’s a close up of the flower:
I don’t think all the tiny stitches are clear with this picture but I’m happy and I guess that is all that matters. I find that it is easiest and comes out best when I’m working on a flat surface like a table with a lot of light. I usually do handwork when I’m waiting for stuff outside of the house so the quality isn’t as good as when I’m at my craft table. But it works and I am once again enjoying this project. I only have this and another block left and I can start putting them together for the final quilt top. I’m still debating on whether I want to use the QAYG method. My quilting skills have much to be desired and I really do not want to mess it up. The smaller the piece the better chance I have of doing a decent job of it. So QAYG is probably what I’m going to go with. It will make the end project larger but I think I’m okay with that. I might not have enough fabric for the border or the backing but I’m sure I can figure something out. If I have to, I can always make the borders larger by piecing more fabric onto it. 🙂
Aside from the handwork, I’ve also been learning how to knit. Thanks to the many Craftsy classes online, I’m actually learning something. I just finished Knit Lab with Stephanie Japel which covers the basics along with a few extra stitches. I’m still finishing up the scarf/head thing but I’m at the tail end of it. No pictures yet but once it is completely done I’ll post something.
Up until yesterday I was doing a decent job of not adding more to my stash. But the girl had cheer pictures yesterday and we found ourselves in front of Quilting Quarters in Stockton. I bought the backing of another secret project I’m finishing up and found their clearance section had a lot of favorites that I’ve been wanting but haven’t bought yet. I ended up leaving the store with 9 yards, Foundation paper and a block of beeswax. I know normally we use the wax for our thread but this is a 3-4 inch block of beeswax and I plan on having it on hand for those many other things we need beeswax for. One of which – sticky drawers and doors. Now I just need a sticky drawer or door. 🙂
Used this week: 3 yards
Used year to Date: 7 yards
Added since the last report: 9 yards
Added Year to Date: 47.5 yards
Net Added for 2014: 40.5 yards
I have never tried QAYG as I have a hard time understanding how to put the blocks together after they are quilted.
Congrats on learning to knit.
I have never tried it either but one of the Craftsy classes I took went into it in great detail and it looked pretty easy! I’ll be sure to post how it goes when I actually do it.
Great freshening of your stash and fantastic planning for the future!