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The crochet continues, we are now onto week 2, I was a bit late starting. 

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I am finding lots of odd balls of wool around the house now that I am looking for them.

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A bit of Kogin.  Because of 'habit' I always write an evaluation of each class I teach with the aim of improving it.  I think I have another project here.

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I have only worked on my new "envelope" bag over the last week.  The going has been slow.  Working with a lurex thread requires a lot of patience.  Many of the normal stitches that one would use for decorating seams just will not work with this thread, so, trial and error prevail.

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Not only is the thread difficult to work with this stitching uses a lot of thread.  I will have used more than a whole reel and will need to buy more thread to get the piece finished.  Another problem that has arisen it working with different weights of fabric.  Many of the pieces I redyed and then put block prints on top of this, then stitched on top of this again.  Trying to NOT stitch through the lining has complicated things.

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But, I think that I will be able to achieve my goal at the end, even if it is taking a lot more time than I had planned.

 


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A lot of different projects under construction.

I have returned to my "Tea Cosie" knitting now that I have a new knitting bag.  Progress is slow but it is an enjoyable process.

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Experiments with different sized envelope bags progresses. This one includes fabric that I dyed and printed with gold paint, so, I'm using lurex threads for the stitching.  I make sure that it is coated with bee's wax to stop the shredding of the thread.

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Very slow progress on my plant bag. I misplaced the thread I was using, found it in my equipment bag, so I can get back to this.

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And I have finished my quilt block for International Women's Day.  The ladies are Tilda fabric, the stripe is some of my own dyeing and the lace is a scrap given to me by a friend.

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I have now finished my version of the sewing/knitting pouch.  As I was using the quilt left-overs it took a bit of effort to get it square.  In Kate's original it was hand quilted, I no longer can manage this so mine is done on the machine just a simple circular pattern.

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This bag is for my knitting project for tea cosies.  (I will write a tutorial for making this bag and post it at a later date.)

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As you can see it can be rolled up to make a smaller size and expand as your knitting grows. I folded the sides to make and envelope, joining the edges with a slip stitch and then over sewed this with a decorative stitch to give a better finish.

 

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I added a tie and button to the flap for the closure.

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It was a very pleasurable thing to sew and although I said I would never teach again I have agreed to teach a class for this project.  It has got me thinking about how else I might make this style of bag.  Watch this space!

 

 


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I have 'the scraps' sewn together.

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I can't hand quilt this piece of fabric so will have to machine stitch my version.

The other work in progress is trying to get all the files from my desktop to my new laptop.  There are too many files so I am going to have to sit and 'cull'.

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My daughter came over to the island to help me with this and she also brought a flu virus which I am now dealing with!

And the hen quilt is quilted and I am sewing on the binding, an endless job!

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Nothing like being prepared.  A bundle ready when I feel like stitching more Kogin.

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I think planning counts for work in progress as I intent to work on it soon.  So I have all the fabrics out to make the stitching challenge of Anne Wood.

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I do like her mantra "Done is Better than Perfect", and as this challenge is only 15 mins a day (although I'm late starting and might have to do more than the 15 mins each day) it can be done.  I really like how she assembles this book, which she shows you before you begin, and it's free, although you could make a donation.

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I have also finished the first botanical drawing for my stitched Tote Bags. As I have made this a 'vector' drawing I want to try those printable, water dissolvable A4 sheets, everyone is sold out here,  (supply chain problems.)  It is just a bit complicated to hand trace for my sore hand.  (I plan to post all these patterns when they are stitched up.)

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The last border has been sewn on the quilt.

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Usual problems.  Didn't measure correctly and came up a bit short.

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But I just added a piece on.  I will have to wait till after the holidays to take it to the long-arm quilter and because I messed around with the size of the boarders and blocks the wadding I bought is about 10cm short on one side. Luckily, I had some other wadding in the cupboard that will do the job.  I had better measure the backing fabric as I think I might have to add a bit onto that.

I have also put aside all the scraps to make a quilt bag.  I came upon this pattern on-line, it is called "Hens and Chicks".  Just what the doctor ordered.

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So now I have to draft a pattern.


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I have entered the "mushey brain" part of my treatment.  I am vague, tired, fatigued and not with it.

But, I only have to add the last borders, which are all pieced, to the quilt.  Heaven's knows when I will get to do this.  There is no way I can quilt it so I will have to wait till after the holidays and give it to the long arm quilter.

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My right hand and wrist are still giving me trouble so I thought I would take this time to learn how to knit,  continental style.  I have been knitting, English style, for over 70 years and I have a feeling that this has contributed to my wrist problems.  For the past week I have been practicing, or should I say pulling what I do undone.  But, I have finally mastered longtail caste on.  I need more practice but I think I have got the hang of it.

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And I also think I have got my head around continental style plain knit.  I will just keep knitting these samples till I am more confident.  (This is nearly 2 weeks work!!)

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Then I have to attempt purl knitting.  I might make a blanket will all the samples.  I could have made a blanket out of all the samples I have pulled undone.


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This is a bit late.  I am STILL working on my chook quilt.  (Will it never end.) 

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Just the borders to complete, they are all cut ready to sew, and then it is off to the long-arm quilter but that will have to wait till after Xmas.  (Then there will be the binding to complete, and I mustn't forget the label and the quilt bag.)

I am thinking about another quilt that I designed years ago.  I was going to use English Paper Piecing but that is now out of the question.

 

So now it is going to be squares assembled into a plus sign and sewn on the machine.

 

I think shades of blue for this one.

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But I am now entering the intensive part of my cancer treatment, every day for the next 8 weeks, so that is going to come first.  No Xmas for me this year.