Tuesday, 30 June 2009

My first finish for 2009!

It seems rather strange to be reporting a finish! Just goes to show how used I am to doing large projects that take up to or over a year to complete.

I finished The Fabric Collector half way through the second week of my last rotation. I knew I could finish it during that rotation but, a you may recall, I'd made a boo-boo on it right at the beginning of the rotation and then didn't pick it up for about 4 days because I knew I'd have to fix it up and that's a drag. Well I fixed it up at the same time as working on a new area--did a bit of fixing then a bit of new stuff--and that kept me interested enough to go on with it. I am just amazed that I finished it in 3 and a half weeks!

This is the first time I finished something while using this rotation system and all of a sudden I wondered what to do with the remaining half week of the rotation. Should I do another Fabric Collector for my sister-in-law who is also a quilter or should I sort out the colours from the Latrobe Terrace kit and get that ready or should I get a half week's head start on my next rotation? All possibilities opened up. In the end I decided to start another Fabric Collector as a second Christmas gift since the first one only took 3.5 weeks. I think I've made more progress on it the second time around than I did in the same amount of time on the first one. I'm being more careful this time about counting my rows so that the pattern elements are correctly positioned. Not that it really matters with the first one. I think it looks great!

The kit contains enough fabric and floss to make 3 samplers but there were only enough buttons for one (the buttons go in the corners and mid way along the top and bottom) so I went to Lincraft and bought 6 buttons for the second one. I'm hopeful of finishing this piece when its rotation comes around again.

Second round of The Fabric Collector--another Xmas gift!

So now it's the end of June, about the time when I planned to add the Christmas calendar to my rotations. I've decided I hate the map of Australia so much that I'm going to put it aside for a while and work on things I like. So I started back on the Christmas calendar again. I've been working on this off and on since about October 2007. Back then I finished the pockets and nearly all of the ornaments that go in them to count down to Christmas. Last year I started a bit earlier, finished the last ornament and then worked on the top part of the design with Santa and the pine trees. There's a lot of work involved in cutting out the felt and sewing the sequins on the various pieces there so I didn't finish it in time for Christmas again. But the kids used it as it was and it was fine. This year it's going to be finished. In fact it will be finished this rotation.

Yesterday I started in on it by doing the sequins on the part with the pockets. That was fiddly especially as some of the beads wouldn't thread through the needle. Anyway, I got that part done last night then started on the part with the pine trees. I stuffed and sewed the snowman on and part of the sign in front of him. I've worked again on that area today and he's coming along well. I have yet to sew on his right arm, hat and the sign in front of him. Then it's on to the reindeer which is the last element in this area. Finally it's attaching the top to the piece with the pockets and sewing the backing on and it's finished!

Piece with the pockets with sequins--finished!

Santa and the snowman (nearly finished) waiting for the reindeer.

I haven't yet decided if I'm going to start Latrobe Terrace next in lieu of the map of Australia or if I'll go back to the Golden Gate Bridge and the start of my rotations. I'm mindful that if I add too many projects in rotation it's going to take me longer and longer to get around to them. Hummmm. I'll see how I feel when I finish the Christmas calendar.


Tempewytch said...

They all look wonderful - well done you! I think I would go with Golden Gate next (says the girl with waaaaaay too many things on the go!)

Diane said...

I've started sorting the threads for Latrobe Terrace so it looks like I'm going to start that once I finish the Christmas calendar. Golden Gate will be the next rotation after that.

Tempewytch said...

Ah well! I'm sure Latrobe Terrace will be great as well! Have you got a picture of it? or do I need to hunt the internet :-)

Felicity said...

Great finish, Diane! Latrobe Terrace will also be gorgeous!

Dawn said...

Love your finish and all the felt projects! I have been fiddling around with some felt ornies I was given. Way fun for me!! Great job!

EvalinaMaria said...

Congrats on the finish! It looks lovely (so do the other projects too)

Diane said...

Hi Tempewytch,

(Boy your name is hard to spell!) I've just put up a scan of Latrobe Terrace on my latest blog entry. It's an Australian cross-stitch kit done on linen using Ginnie Thompson flower thread rather than DMC. I've done quite a few of these kits in the past. The street scenes take me about 10 months if I'm not doing rotations. It will be interesting to see how long this one takes with rotations.

Tempewytch said...

Sorry about that Diane - a lot of people just call me Tempe if that is easier!

Going to have a look at your next project now :-)