Sunday, January 10, 2021

How is everyone?

 Here we are...a week already into the new year. 

In Ontario, where I live, we are in a lockdown situation to try to curb the numbers of Covid cases. I think the next week should give us a bit of an idea of whether it is working or not, as we are now 2 weeks into lockdown...which is also 2 weeks after the pre-Christmas scramble. 

I'm going to try to continue to look on the bright side of things. I feel fortunate to be someone who has always been a homebody....and extremely fortunate to have a number of hobby's to keep me active...quilting, knitting, reading. 

I have to admit, this time of year is always difficult for me so I'm going to double my efforts to look on the bright side and keep somewhat active. Maybe a nice walk is in order today.

I've been enjoying my knitting...I had started this sweater early in 2020 but it got put aside so I could work on Christmas knitting. I knitted the sleeves since Christmas and it's now complete. It's also very comfortable and I'm so glad it fits!

Of course, I had to start on the next sweater right away!...

As for applique, on Saturday I worked on some of the blocks for my A Curious Journey BOM...

There are so many assorted 6.5" blocks that I still need to do for this BOM...but it's getting there!

This morning I worked on some of the applique blocks for my Spice Market quilt. This quilt is mostly machine-piecing, but there are 5 circle blocks to do. Here are the three that are done, so far...

See the little block in the above picture?...68 more are needed! I'll just do a few every once in a while and they'll get done.

The difficult part of these blocks is that I feel no forgiveness with the solid fabrics. It's hard to hide stitches!....I will just do my best and be happy with them. 

These blocks start with some reverse applique. Here is the block from this morning...

Here it is stitched, and cutting away a layer to start the next bit of reverse applique...

....and here is where I left things this morning....

I think next time I'll have to get pictures of the design wall showing my progress on Spice Market and on A Curious Journey. 

I've continued to "cull the herd" when it comes to my UFO's. It is such a relief to let go of some of them. I'm hoping this will free something in me to actually get some of them completed!

I did finish my Farm Girl Vintage quilt this week. This was a UFO that I never had doubts on finishing. I just need to do the hand-sewing on the binding....not my favourite thing, although I know many who enjoy it. 

That's all for now. I hope everyone is doing well as possible...and keeping busy doing something you love doing. 

I  am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.


  1. I love your "take" on A curious Journey--so neat--great fabric circles...

    Try to stay calm ;000 it is difficult for sure--Hugs, Julierose

  2. Your sweater is beautiful, especially the sleeves. They were a surprise to me. I am not a knitter, so I look on the beautiful details of your sweater as a bit of magic, lol! I love all your curvy blocks. Your curved applique is so precise! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress in the next weeks and months.
    This has been such a challenging last 12 months. You are right that it is good to love quiet, homey habits. I hope you were able to get out for your walk. Thanks for sharing your work and your story. It's inspiring to others.
    p.s. Your Farm Girl Vintage quilt is amazing!!!

  3. How lovely you look modelling your gorgeous sweater! Wow, such a clever knitter you are! The fair isle pattern on the yoke is amazing. Oh my, your A Curious Journey BOM's are filled with whimsy and loveliness. I can only imagine how beautiful this quilt is going to be. Your Farm Girl Vintage quilt is a beautiful finish. I am one of those who don't mind hand stitching quilt binding.

  4. Lockdown is difficult, but quite necessary to curb the spread of the virus. As you say, we are so lucky to have the love of handicrafts to keep us centered and happy. Lovely sweater I've never attempted fair aisle knitting.

  5. Beautiful sweater, and i love the colours used for the new one. Sewing binding on I do not like but I do it so that I can wash and use the quilt. But I work very slow so it takes me so days to finish.

  6. Hi, Sandra :) Your sweaters are beautiful. I love the colors in each of them. Wow! A Curious Journey is such a neat project. I'm anticipating the whole. :)

  7. Great sweater and the perfect weather to wear it on your walks! Your Farm Girl quilt turned out beautifully. I am spending almost all my time at home too. I go for walks everyday and on the odd essential errand. Thankful for my hobbies to keep me busy and engaged!