Awww. Isn't that the prettiest picture you've seen recently? (I think so!) I finally got my sixteen patch off the board and what a great relief. It's been feeling like Groundhog Day around here for too long.
You can see that I've left it in panels. Not the original plan, but as I was preparing to pin these for final assembly, I realized that I'd be saving myself a lot of ironing if I left it in four panels until I'm ready to layer and baste it for quilting. I marked the panel tops with tags for sequencing and now they're awaiting my decision. Handquilting? Machine? Or shall I consider sending it out to a longarm quilter?
I'm feeling more kindly toward it now that the top's pieced. When Molly was home in November, she headed to my sewing room to see what was new. "Wow," she exclaimed when she saw this on the wall. "It's nice but it's not you." You'd think I'd have been crestfallen, but I was actually relieved to hear her say it. She'd put her finger squarely on the problem. Like most quilt tops I pieced last year, it was exhilarating to work on, but too bright to live with. Or, perhaps not too bright, but too pastel-ly. Not me. I think this may end up being a summer bed top. In any case, this is the last you'll see of it here until it's bound. (I have a great binding choice for it, which may be what propels me forward.)
And looky here. I think I've finally got the hang of knitting with two colors in lightweight yarns. This was just a little practice piece but I continued until I felt comfortable and am now priming myself for Vicki's Latvian Mitten knitalong...choosing a pattern, yarns and colors. (She is still planning to host this, right? Must check...) In the meantime, I'm finishing up some odds and ends in the knitting basket...the Christmas socks, a scarf...and frogging a few, as well. Looking for a fresh start!
Speaking of a fresh start, little post-it notes are starting to pile up on my desk, so I'd better share these noteworthy links!
- Tonya and Bonnie spent a week together over New Year's and used the time as their own quilt retreat. Their productivity was amazing and the results impressive. Sounds like it was great fun. Make sure you check out what's Bonnie's been doing in the week since she's been back.
- Here's a nice use of some newer fabric lines in these pillows by TskTsk.
- Nancy had an opportunity to spend a weekend retreat with Kaffe and Brandon, knitting and playing with fabric. She gives a nice overview of the classes and got a shot of KF that he could use in his next book!
- Poshyarns has finished this quilt which I would like on my bed. Lovely. And while you're there, do read this charming story of sari shopping for a friend's wedding. This is the kind of post I love to come across. An unusual topic and lots of fun.
- You must visit this little shop that I came across at Littleshika's, even if you aren't a quilter. Go! Check it out! Amazing.
Is it my imagination or have the knitting blogs been a little slow in getting back to speed after the holidays? I'd guess that I'm not the only one trying to get my knitting ducks in order for the new TV season. This premieres tomorrow...four hours over two nights, which could be a good opportunity to start on a new project. It is hard to look away from, though...I may have to stick to finishing up the socks.