Monday, October 5, 2015

FAL Quarter 4 and ALYOF October

October is one of my favorite months of the year. Not only is it just getting warm enough to not want to wear a wolly-mammoth jumper and bed socks every second of every day, but it also has a holiday which I kind of love. HALLOWEEN!!!

Halloween is not that big in Australia, but it is slowly creeping up there. I blame it on the inevitable increase of brightly colored cheap plastic decorations, and promo-themed candy packaging designed by marketing teams everywhere that giggle with glee knowing women like me will buy them with the intent of saving them for Halloween - but then end up eating them all singlehandedly and need to buy more. You can see why I try not to go grocery shopping that often.

For me, though, it is the fabric that I love the most. The striking greens, oranges and purples that feature the cutest little Halloween creatures and scenes. As a lover of fantasy and paranormal fiction, these types of fabrics call to me, but are not often popular in the world of fabric designers. Hence my slight *cough* obsession with Halloween themed fabric has lead to an obscene modest collection of fabrics which I hope to turn into a quilt sometime soon. I'm not picky. I've had some of it for five or more years now, so I'm certainly in no rush.

But what I am in a rush to complete is my newest quilt project creatively named "The Galaxy Quilt". I am using a pattern called The Rhonda Star by QuiltJane recently taught by the designer herself at my place of work - Patches Indooroopilly.

My love for this quilt was reignited by its almost Halloween color scheme and whimsical nature... it was also brought back to my attention when QuiltJane's son attended my children's Make a Quilt class at Patches a week ago. So out it came - and made itself my October A Lovely Year of Finishes goal and #1 on my FAL Quarter 4.

I have only made the one block so far, but QuiltJane's instructions were so easy to follow that I know I will be able to polish this one off in no time. Though for anyone wanting to make this quilt yourself, her tip of using the Tri-Recs Ruler is an excellent one. I tried cutting out my triangles without it, and had great difficulty getting them exactly right, so I bought the ruler and finished cutting out 108 triangles in no time.

#2 is a carryover from last quarter - my Elizabeth Hexagon quilt. I managed to finish piecing the blocks together, but decided that it was too small. So now I have to add a large border to float the hexagons before I can quilt it.

#3 is another carryover, and a long overdue one. Mum's knitted socks have made some progress, with one sock almost complete.

#4 The ABC quilt - pattern from Moda - is no closer to being completed (I only had about 5 blocks to go). Still, this quilt is a manageable size, so I'm hoping this is one that I will have the pleasure of quilting myself if the top makes it to completion. One small insignificant problem... I can't find the box the project is sitting in! So here's a photo of the pattern front, and hopefully I'll find this one in time for it to make it off my list. 

#5 Iron Caddy's. Still waiting to be finished.

#6 Granny Square quilt. Still waiting, but also a self-quilt able size. 

#7 Cutlery Christmas Stockings Sets (x3). Christmas present for my mum and nanna, as well as a third set for me. 

#8 Halloween Socks. My token actual Halloween project for the month of October. Instead of tasking myself with the job of starting my Halloween quilt, I decided to work on something a little smaller.

#9 Hitchhiker Scarf 2 in progress, with one and a half balls of yarn left to go. 

#10 Diamonds in the Sky quilt. This kit is amazing. I bought it at the annual Craft and Quilt show about two years ago (coincidentally that same show is on again this week). Out of a total of 13 rows, I have just finished attaching the 10th row. So naturally this is project number 10 on my FAL Q4 list. I already have the backing and binding patiently waiting for the top to be completed. I am certain that this will be the year that I can finally add this quilt to my completed list.

Well that is it for me this quarter. Linking up to ALYOF and FAL Q4 start posts.

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