We are now back home from our Christmas/New Year holiday and it’s that time of year when quilters and crafters like to take stock of what we have achieved during the year. Whether it’s been a little or a lot, each finish is special and something to celebrate. I’ll never be in the league of some of the “super quilters” out there in blog-land, but I’m still happy with what I have done.
Lace cushion for niece’s 50th birthday and table cloth recording our South Island holiday
For the caravan, hand stitched native birds, and two sets placemats
Winter wall-hanging and mats/blankets for the new kitten
Two piggy quilts
Then I had some big finishes, Soul Searching and Our Australian Adventures, both commercially quilted.
And last but certainly not least, I completed Alphabet Noel in time for Christmas. These stitcheries were done over the previous two years, machine pieced and machine quilted with wonky stars. I have to say that this was a most enjoyable stitchery project.
I’m not as clever as it might appear - some of these projects had been already started and hanging around as UFOs for a while, so just needed finishing off, and others were brand new.
What now? As some of you know, I have been listing six projects at a time and throwing the dice to see which one I will work on each week. I will continue doing that, but first I want to clear two long standing projects from my list, Animal ABC and Horse Quilt No 2, both which didn’t seem to have their numbers come up very much during the previous year. I’ll be pleased to see the back of both of these two, so watch this space.
Then I will write a new list and continue from there. It seems that there are still plenty of UFOs lurking about in bags and crates waiting to see the light of day, plus a few new projects I want to make. I’m still working on my current stitchery project, the New Zealand Botanical designs, and once these blocks get completed the project will get swapped over to my List of Six to get made into a quilt. And I really should make more of an effort to get on with my knitting. As I often tell Robin, I’ll never run out of things to do.