04 January 2016

A Year of Learning

Like most people my free time is limited, and coupled with my on going joint issues, I want to make sure that when I can quilt or knit or embroider that I am working on something I really want to make! It is so tempting to join in all the new year fun and start lots of new BOM projects, but this year I have been very restrained! I would like to broaden my skills this year too and learn some new techniques. Embroidery class will start again in a couple of weeks, I have signed up until Easter and I would love to finish my Owl and Pussy Cat piece by then. This is the photo of Jenny Adin Christie's finished piece.
mine has some way to go...

I have signed up for a new BOM by Sarah Fielke of The Last Piece, Sarah will provide video instruction and tuition throughout the year in lots of different techniques including:
appliqué -  hand or machine
foundation paper piecing
English paper piecing
traditional machine piecing - with template options to piece by hand
step down piecing
The quilt will finish at Queen size, however there will be advice on making the quilt smaller and changing the border size. I think I will work on a smaller version. There is only a sketch of the final design at the moment.

I would really like to improve my machine skills, so I am hoping that I will learn lots from this quilt! I think I will use my Liberty fabrics, we will get the fabric requirements later this month so I will decide then.

I would also like to improve my knitting this year, things have really moved on from when I learnt to knit about 40 years ago! I am joining in my first ever KAL (Knit along) to make a mystery shawl. It is hosted by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting. The design is a mystery but I do know that it will be cosy and warm and combine lace, textured cables and knitted leaves. I have the yarn already, I frogged an earlier attempt at the end of the year. It is an aran weight yarn by Artesano, a lovely mix of wool and alpaca.
I have finally finished making new curtains for our bedroom, I love the blue and ivory Toile fabric we chose, and am not sure why I have been putting off making these, I bought the fabric in July! I think it was probably as I needed three pairs, and I find curtain making boring!! The curtains are lined with blackout lining so hopefully will be warm in winter and cool in summer.
Now I need a new quilt for our bed! I made this one a few years ago, it will retire to the spare room as you can see it doesn't go at all!
I would really like a scrappy blue and white quilt to replace it, but I can't decide what to make! I am saving patterns at the moment for The 1857 Album Quilt by Sentimental Stitches

and The new Quilt Show BOM a copy of The Rajah Quilt.

I will just save the patterns for now and decide later as I really need to finish the lap quilt I am making for my son's new flat. Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville has finished releasing all the clues for this year's mystery Allietare, it is a beauty, but I am only on clue 3. I need to get a move on!

I am linking up with Freshly Pieced and Esther this week


  1. It seems to me you have really quite a lot planned!

  2. You have lots of plans for the New Year !!!

    1. I couldn't resist after reading about the BOM of Sarah Fielke, so I joined as well ;-)

  3. Looks like you will have a great year with all those lovely projects. Will look forward to seeing your progress :)

  4. I too love that 1857 Album quilt ! :) You have lots of lovely projects lined up for the new year :)

  5. It's nice to see someone with as many projects as me! Last year was when I hoped to finish many of them, but somehow I have even more. I love the fabric of your curtains.

  6. It's nice to see someone with as many projects as me! Last year was when I hoped to finish many of them, but somehow I have even more. I love the fabric of your curtains.

  7. I love the build up of texture on the embroidery project. The toile curtains are fabulous, well done! Enjoy your stitching time!

  8. Fantastic! You have so many skills and talents. it's fun to see all you plan to work on!

  9. You've got a variety of beautiful projects to work on this year. The embroidery piece looks very challenging, but it will be gorgeous when it's finished. Pattern selecting is always the hardest part for me when deciding to make a new quilt for a particular reason, you've got some great choices picked out.

  10. I have seen so many of these group projects that I would love to join in and work on some of them too but feel I would start and never finish them - the Bonnie Hunter pattern I love as well as the Raj and 1857 - but I know if I get them and start it will be a long time to finish as I have so many going on already - i might collect the patterns and wait as well