I figure its about time that I post considering I've been paying to maintain this blog that I don't use. I'd seriously be surprised if this post is read by anyone. This is going to be a quickie drive by post.
I've pretty much taken a break from knitting. I've been doing alot reading, relaxing and I've been trying to spend more time on quilting. I think read more quilt/craft blogs than I do knit blogs lately. I DID actually take some time out to knit this dress for my co-workers first grand-child. This was a fast knit which was what I needed. Because I have no mojo, I was kind of anxious to be done with it. I LOVED the results. Most importantly, I loved that it was appreciated!
The bulk of my time has been spent working on this Paper Lantern quilt. I've been working off again and on again for MONTHS. It first started out as my quilt guilds workshop project. I originally planned on making it with 9 blocks. Then 12 blocks. The twelve blocks soon became 20. I finally put my foot down at 25 blocks. The original pattern calls for 30 blocks total. When I sewed on the last border I was just happy that it was done. Then I laid down and... I JUST WASN'T FEELING it. It seemed off to me. I felt the borders were too busy and taking away from the center of my quilt.I worked so hard on the blocks and yet my eyes kept going to the borders. The borders are beautiful flowers. But to me, on the quilt, they look like red and white fireworks!
It seems that I quilt like I knit. I wasn't pleased so I ripped the borders off. I havent' decided if they will become binding or end up on the back. But NOW, I am just really over the moon with this quilt. Oops... I mean quilt top. I still need to piece the back. I will probably use some scraps. Then, I'm sending it off to be quilted. I hope to have it completed in time for when I return back to my quilt guild in September.
I already have moved on mentally to my next quilt project. I have a few ideas in my head but picking which to do next is the hardest.
plan to HAVE to cast in within the next 3-5 days for a test knit pattern. It would be easy to say secret but everybody always has a secret project. LOL!
Also... I have actually been crocheting a baby blanket for a good family friend. Hopefully, by the next time I blog I will be able to show that!
Til Next Time....