Those of you who have been following this blog for some time may recall the half-year I spent chipping away at my gargoyles – the unfinished projects that lurk about in dark cupboards, taking up space both physical and mental.
Pre-eminent among these gargoyles was the rose quilt, which – hold on to your hats – I’ve been working on (or rather, mostly not working on) for about half my life now. Since I last wrote about it, some three and a half years ago, progress has been made, and it now looks like this:
As we draw to the end of the year, so we draw to the end of the Gargoyle Chip Reports.
Since July I have sides-to-middled, patched and darned one pair of queen-size sheets; appliquéd a large spray of roses to a circle of cloth (with thousands of tiny stitches); decided on and marked a quilting design; made a quilt sandwich, tacked/basted it, and begun the quilting.
Is this where I wanted to be by the end of the year? No, but it’s a considerable distance further along than I think I would have been otherwise.
And after all, while the reports may cease, the work can still go on. I’m hoping for some cool and quiet evenings to work on the quilting – all this progress has made me feel rather more kindly toward the project than I have hitherto.
What have you accomplished since July? Take a moment to think it through, write it down, and celebrate!
For the first time in my life, I have been quilting!
Unfortunately due to the fatness of the batting (or possibly my total inexperience) I can’t use the ‘proper’ method of rocking the needle back and forth to pick up tiny stitches. So instead I have been using the stabbing method – stab down and stab up.
So here I sit, merrily stabbing away at my gargoyle, being pleased to see that progress is visible, if not startling.