Monday, January 05, 2009

Next!

OK, two finished things in the last two posts, but what about the unfinished stuff? There's lots. First up, recent progress on my scrap X quilt:


The smallest-size blocks have been finished for ages, but over Xmas I sewed them together into panels of 12 (i.e., 3 Xs). I haven't sewed those panels together to finish the top, but I laid them out on the bed to see how it looks. (Once everything is sewn together with quarter-inch seams, the quilt top will measure 60 x 72 inches.) Since I won't get around to basting the quilt sandwich together for a while, I'll leave the top in panels since they're easier to stow away. I bought solid red cotton for the back. I think I'll use this quilt to practice machine quilting. We'll see. The whole project is being packed away for a while. (To recap, this quilt was inspired by a scrap X quilt at happythings.)

Second, I'm crocheting the Knotty Pillow from the latest issue of Crochet Today. If I'd never crocheted anything before, I would learn how just so I could crochet a wood-grain pillow. I love this project.

Still working away on my Icelandic Top -- also crochet. So far, so good.

As for knitting, I started a front piece of the Tweedy Aran Cardigan, using Patons SWS; the gauge is right, but I think the soy-wool yarn is too soft for the project. I think it should be something else, and I should knit the Tweedy Aran with something like Briggs & Little. The SWS may want to be the Vaila pullover instead -- but with a split collar instead of a turtleneck. We'll see. I need to start spending a lot more time on my schoolwork starting NOW, so there will be less knitting, etc. It might be a while before I finish another sweater.

Oh, I have some thrifted yarn to show you, too, but my camera batteries are charging. Next time, then.

14 comments:

Tish said...

I love your colors. The red back will really make the turquoise bits pop. Be sure to wash the red backing before you go to all the trouble of sandwiching, etc as red is notorious for bleeding excess dye (ask me how I know!!).

Jodi said...

Oh, I love the quilt top! The pink, aqua, and red really speak to me.

meezermeowmy said...

I was going to post an urgent note about red fading, but I see Tish is on the ball first.

Alissa said...

Oh such a beautiful quilt top!! I love it. And good luck with the machine quilting! That's become my favorite part of making a quilt - so much fun to see all the fabrics "unify" as you quilt along.

gleek said...

that quilt top is amazing! i love it so.

Ashley said...

LOVE that quilt top. It's fantastic!

Jane said...

LOVE! It's gorgeous. I'm tempted... :)

Gudrun Johnston said...

I'd love to see Vaila with a split neck!

puffthemagicrabbit said...

Beautiful!

Veronique said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the rockaqua colors :)

amberlee said...

Oh I love this! Great mix of fabrics. It will look awesome with a red back.

Nadia said...

I love the white negative space to offset all the great colour action going on.

DJB said...

Tegan and Sara, my favourite Canadian lesbian sisters, are playing at my Uni this evening!

Shelley (Pink House) said...

Very cute! I like the scrap quilt. I love working with multi-color scraps of fabric and seeing what happens as you sew.