I’ve been kind of hung up on knitting lately. Have you noticed? Of course you have. How could you not?
I was thinking about what I’m currently working on: three baby sweaters and a pair of socks. All knit.
I suppose there is nothing wrong with that. It’s a great time of year for the needles, what with the days getting colder and darker and all. But any time I get on one of these kicks, I can’t help but think about my blog, and the fact that I haven’t entertained you with anything other than yarn for about a month. Some of you may really enjoy the yarny things, but some others of you may be thinking that it’s been one big snooze-fest.
Ah, well. You can’t please everyone all of the time, and ultimately you have to create what you are inspired to create.
But that’s the thing. Once it occurs to me that my blog has been very one-track-mind-like, I nearly always get inspired to inject a little something else into the mix. And right now, I am thinking about quilts.
I have five quilts in progress, and they are all made up of simple squares.
One is for my living room. The squares are all cut and arranged in the order I would like to sew them, and they’ve been that way since (I think) 2009. Oops.
Another is for my bedroom. To call that quilt “in progress” is really being generous, since all I’ve really done is collect fat quarters in the proper color scheme. It’s nothing more than a bag of fabrics at this point.
A third is for my niece. I started it for Christmas last year. It was meant to be a slightly more feminine version of the one I made her brother, but I gave up after I started quilting it and made a real mess of the back. If I ever finish it, I will first have to pluck out all of my quilting stitches, and that is not going to happen without a lot of cursing (and perhaps a lot of wine).
The other two are for the boys, and were also inspired by my nephew’s little lap quilt. The boys’ quilts are to be twin bed sized. Both tops are complete, and I have the batting and backings set aside. I hit an emotional wall, though, after the debacle with my niece’s quilt, and decided that I really do need to use a walking foot. I have one. I’ve had one for several years, but I’ve always just gotten by with my regular sewing foot. I don’t want to risk it with these, though. I really want these two quilts to be special.
Those first three quilts are probably not going to see any action for some time, but the last two? I would love to get them done soon. I think I could probably finish them in a weekend, if I hunker down. It’s just a matter of getting that walking foot on my machine – a challenge that I have failed several times in the past.
I found a YouTube video this week, and a blog series that should demystify the whole thing for me, so maybe I can actually cross these suckers off of my list finally!
I think it’s time to clear off the dining room table and give it a go…