2018 / 2019 – Week 4

Socks! Again! Can you believe I finished a pair of vanillas within a mere week? Open that bottle of bubbly, we’ve got a reason to celebrate!

Seriously, I can hardly believe it myself. Inspite of a week full of travelling and long work hours, I managed to get this pair done, and even started a new project:

I started cutting the squares for my rag quilt. I got 46 of the 80 squares I need done today, and yes, there was a change of plan, I doubled the squares in size. I wanted to do 10 x 10 cm squares but now have settled for 20 x 20 cm. Of course, being the busy bee I am, this was not about getting that quilt done any faster, it was all about showing of the beautiful pieces of cotton I assembled for the quilt (that’s my story, and I’ll stick to it).

Another 34 squares, plus 80 squares of batting, and I’ll be ready for the sewing and assembling part which will be the quickest of all. I want the quilt to look similar to the pillow cover I did some time ago:

I have a couple of days off next week so who knows, I might actually finish the entire quilt. At least I should get some progress done, and make quite a dent in my fabric stash. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to get back to being creative and crafty, and to just take the time to make something with my own hands. All of a sudden, I’ve got lots and lots and LOTS of ideas and plans and projects in my head, and I’ve got another two week holiday coming up in September, and a few vacation days left for November. The second half of this year could well turn out to be rather productive. Wish me luck, please.

12 comments to 2018 / 2019 – Week 4

  • I wish I could make a pair of socks in a week. Mine take at least 3 weeks. Yours are lovely.

    That quilt will be beautiful when completed. So glad you have some time off work to work on it.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Marsha. Well, the first three pairs took me six months, so 3 weeks really is fast. I just learned that I’ll have Friday off as well, so a long weekend all set up for sewing.

  • Well done on finishing a pair of socks in a week and what a gorgeous pair they are and all! I can’t wait to see how your quilt comes out, I’ve not tried quilting before but have cut out pieces to make my first square. I am just deciding if I need the walking foot for the fabric parts as well as for when I add the batting which is the part I need it for. It’s a fun challenge. I’m looking forward to popping back in next week and seeing what you’ve gotten done.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Ruth. I love the colourplay in the socks. I’ve got three more balls of that yarn in different colours, I hope they’ll be just as lovely. I’ve never used a walking foot, I don’t think I even have one, but I won’t do much quilting with these squares, just cross through, so I think it’s going to be fine. I hope I’ll get most of the quilt done.

  • How are those quilt pieces joined? That’s such an interesting texture on the pillows!

    Nice socks, and wow, done in a week?! That’s at least twice as fast as I can manage it!

    • Ella

      Thank you, dear. Actually it’s going to be a rag quilt so you just sew the squares together with the seam allowances to the front, then cut into the seam allowances and then throw the entire quilt into the washing mashine. The seam allowances will fray and get beautifully soft, and they even get better with every washing cycle. I’ll try to get some photos of the sewing while I’m working on it.

  • What a fun and pretty pillow! I love how the ragged edges wear. Can’t wait to see your new one, Ella. And YAY! You, on completing pair of socks in a week’s time. They look great!

    • Ella

      Thank you, Becki. It’s so much fun to get something done, and I’m so looking forward to making that quilt. I talked about making it for years…

  • Lucy Bowen

    What a beautiful pair of socks, and finished in a week – well done you! Your squares look ready to go, can’t wait to see your next cushion cover.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Lucy. I still have to cut a few more squares, and the batting, but I’m so much closer to getting a lovely quilt than I was for years. LOL

  • Great socks, really like the colours, and well done on finishing them so quickly. It takes me absolutely ages to finish socks, don’t know what it is about them that makes me so slow, so finishing a pair in a weeks sounds awesome to me!

    • Ella

      Thank you, Iris. Well, considering that the first three pairs took me more than six months to complete, this new pair kind of whizzed by. LOL.

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