Pretty much all my crafting falls into two catergories – very fast and very slow. Sweaters probably fall somewhere in the middle, but I don’t make too many of them…
It’s working well for me just now. Keeping a balance seems key – if I’m working on a slow sewing project like Swoon I can pick up a quick hat to knit for relief. And when the Beekeepers Quilt or those massive colourwork socks get too much I stitch up a quick potholder, or spin a little sampler. Its helping to keep me sane and focused right now, which is just what I need.
Finishing Swoon gave me a little more confidence in my ability to actually finish big, long-term projects. So I started another –
The first patchwork I ever did was paper-pieced (and small), and this is the first time playing with it since. I even managed to find my old hexagon templates, though, um, I’ll obviously need a few more. This one is destined for another family member, and one with an extremely large bed. I’ll need to get some sneaky measurements of it… Just as Jules said in the comments on Swoon, one stitch at a time is the best way to undertake big projects. I’ll do this the opposite way to Swoon – hand pieced and then machine quilted.
I’m in a kind-of methodical mood at the moment, taking my time with things and being thorough. I did a little spring cleaning (including cleaning and oiling my sewing machine – eww), and came up with a little giveaway. In my embroidery box I found two of the same Dropcloth samplers – the original one shown here. I’ve decided to give one away, and will throw in some hand-dyed silk from the Yarn Yard. It’s lovely, dyed just a few miles from my house, but is a little thicker than I like to use for my embroidery (but is loved by others, I’m sure.) If you’d like these threads and the sampler just leave a comment letting me know, and on Tuesday night I’ll pick someone at random.