Sunday, 6 November 2016

Winter project link-up - November

Jennifer's winter link-up party is my favourite of all link-ups and I am always really looking forward to the next instalment. Did you see the fabulous sampler Jennifer is stitching for her daughter? I wish that was me. It has been a long time since someone crafted something for me.






I don't seem to find any energy to work on my two projects, a knitted jumper and Sam's quilt. Most evenings, I just stare into the distance or watch mindless TV programmes. I did however go to a stitching Sunday at the Stitchery just before our half term three weeks ago and I very nearly finished Sam's quilt top. When I laid it out at the end of the afternoon, it didn't look quite the right proportion, it was too narrow and I added another two rows to satisfy my need for the 'right' proportions. It is now 12 squares by 15 squares in size. If my maths is correct, this is 159 cm x 192 cm (60' x 75'). I don't know if this is a standard size - probably not - but it looks right to me. This was three weeks ago and I haven't touched the quilt top since. I enjoyed stitching it.

With the leftover fabric I am planning to make a stripe across the shorter length. I bought a masculine darkish grey flat sheet in Ikea (£9) as a background for the stripe. If there is still fabric left then, I'll use it to make binding.

Now that I am writing this I would like to get my sewing machine set-up... but unfortunately, our living conditions are not conducive to sewing at the moment. I have booked a place for the next Sunday sewing meet-up at the Stitchery at the end of November and it will have to wait until then. I hope to finish the back in time for the next link-up. Then, in time for Christmas, I'll be ready to quilt, by hand. Imagine a beautifully scented Christmas tree, a couple of candles and a glass of mulled wine. Just the one so the stitches stay straight.

In other news, I have been thinking of making socks. I haven't knitted a single sock since my year of socks, when I designed 12 different pairs (you are welcome to use the patterns, they are all on the blog). I only have drab grey sock wool in but I think it would make a fine pair of socks to wear with my Doc Martens. It is that time of year.

What are you making? I'd love to see it!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Have a lovely day. xx

23 comments:

  1. wow that quilt does look beautiful!

    If I could make things like that I'd probably never leave the sewing machine, But I'm afraid its my better half thats the dab hand at that sort of thing around here.

    We're lucky, in the place we're in at the moment we have a dedicated sewing room so the girls can work and can leave everything where it is if they need to stop for a while and go back to it later, I'll maybe get some photos of the room and setup for a blog post, the sewing room is a cave room so its pretty kooky!

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  2. the quilt is looking beautiful x I'm knitting socks at the moment, I didn't use your cable pattern in the end, but I read all your instructions about the cable and I'm loving knitting them x

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  3. Christina such a beautiful project. I love the quilt top and its stunning array of colour. I am always in awe of anyone who can knit socks, I am always a tad envious of hand knitted luxury on feet.

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  4. I just love Sam's quilt, the colours are so vibrant. I remember your year of socks, that was when I first started reading your blog. I was so impressed with the socks. X

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  5. This quilt is brilliant, I am in love with the fabrics. You have such a great eye for how you put it all together. Now for socks, I am still vowing never to make another pair, but it does get tempting.

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  6. The colors of the quilt are so bright and warm! I'm working on a cross-stitch that I'm probably not going to finish in time for it to be a Christmas present and an Autumn table topper that should have been done last week, not life got in the way.

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  7. The quilt top looks amazing Christina and it will be a perfect project to finish off on cold winter evenings before Christmas. I have socks on the brain too at the moment - crocheted ones though - and if the first pair work out I will make some for my girls. Have just finished a cowl and not before time, it's been a cold day! Have a good week. Jane x

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  8. *squealing noise* it looks so brilliant. Here is the boring bit - Beds are 200cm long so your hunch was right with the border and binding you should be spot on. I am knitting socks (in 30 min increments due to my frozen shoulder) because I eventually want to try one or two of your sock patterns but I don't quite 'get' socks yet enough to start messing around with details. But it will come with a few practises. Have a Happy but colourful week. Jo x

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  9. I can imagine quilting in your house at the moment would be difficult. At least you can escape to the stitchery which sounds great. Fingers crossed you will be hand sewing by Christmas. Very therapeutic. I have just finished some dk socks from my stash. Just ordered some gorgeous sock wool to make four pairs for my men for Christmas. Thank goodness it's 8 ply wool. Hope you have a good week :) B xx p.s. Your quilt top looks fabulous. Sam should be very pleased.

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  10. Hey Christina,
    I'm wearing the socks that you made and I won as I write! They are so comfy, and I admire them every time I put them on. Sam's quilt is gorgeous. You are clever. If it's any consolation, most of my evenings are spent staring at the wall right now. No inspiration or desire to much more I'm afraid.
    Leanne xx

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  11. Your quilt top looks fabulous, such a riot of joyful colour. Dark grey binding ing will look so good with it. I remember your year of knitted socks. I think that was when I first discovered your blog.

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  12. The quilt is looking fab. I have numerous projects on the go and I really should be at my sewing machine now finishing some swap gifts. Alas I am blogging instead. x

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  13. The quilt top is fabulous, you've got such a lovely mix of colours and they go so well together. I've just had a request from Eleanor for a pair of socks and what colour does she want? Grey.

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  14. It's amazing! So colourful and yet so ordered at the same time. I really understand why you don't feel like being creative at the moment. If I could knit socks, I'd definitely try to knit yours as I have always admired your patterns. Maybe sock knitting would be a nice small project while your house is in chaos, something to do in front of the tv in the evenings? xx

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  15. It's beautiful and the grey stripe and binding will anchor it really well. I need to check out your socks. I knew you were a creative genius Christina but I had no idea you could design sock patterns.

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  16. I'm definitely of spacing in front of the TV when I could be crafting.:) But this quilt is so beautiful, the fabric is just lovely!

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  17. Hi Christina, the quilt top is looking great. I like the combination of colours and all the triangle pieces are lined up so neatly. I look forward to seeing how you hand quilt it. I can only knit square or rectangular things so I'm always in admiration of people who can knit all sorts of garments and socks - even more when they design them too! x

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  18. Oh wow! It's stunning. And your comments about quilting it in the run up to Christmas have inspired me to get on with my own quilt-in-progress so that I can do the same thing - thank you!

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  19. That quilt is pretty awesome :)) The recipient is going to be very lucky indeed. Oh I am so into knitting socks at the moment. I would love to see what socks you have designed, thank you for sharing :) xxx

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  20. Fab quilt, love the colour palette. I've never attempted to knit socks (I'm well aware of my limitations) and admire anyone who can make a pair. Currently there's a sweater for me in progress on the needles though I have a feeling I know where it'll end up.

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  21. Gosh, this is gorgeous, Christina. I am super-impressed. Building work (especially of the kitchen extension kind) is definitely not conducive to doing anything other than staring blankly at the tv! But just think about when it's over :-) A grey backing sounds perfect. Sam is one lucky boy. I have no crafting projects on the go but I am doing a four-week sewing bee class (two hours once a week for 4 weeks) which will hopefully kick-start me. S x

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  22. Hi Christina, thank you for joining in with my link party! (And for saying such nice things about me, thank you). Sam's quilt top is absolutely gorgeous! Wow, it's just stunning. It's hard to tear my eyes away, there is so much interesting detail, pattern and color in it. Just beautiful.

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