So, now that the hand quilting is complete, I've started three or four other projects. I've been itching to knit, so I started on a wrap using Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red. I modified the pattern to make the wrap a bit wider because I think I'm using a yarn that is not as thick as the yarn suggested (but I'm not a terribly experienced knitter, so I'm not entirely sure WHAT I'm doing!). I had gotten four rounds of cables done and found a few mistakes that I know would have bothered me, so I took it off the needles last night and flattened it out to see if the modifications I made to the pattern worked or not. On the needles, the end looked wavy, but off the needles it looks like it will lie flat. So, I ripped it all out and started again. One of the mistakes was on the very first cable and I thought the stitches I cast on weren't particularly even. This is how far I got last night.
And, I've got a project I started on the retreat I went on a month ago. I've gotten all the triangles pieced together and have ironed then and am working on getting them trimmed to size. Again, I spend less time at my machine than I do hand sewing, so this is somewhat slow going. This is the pattern I will be making with those blocks. It's from "Scrap Quilts - Fast and Fun" by Patricia Wilens. Once I get all those blocks trimmed, it will go together fast - if I can spend some time at my sewing machine.
Then I picked up the Tea Leaves pattern again. This is my traveling hand piecing project at the moment. I made one block a while ago and disliked making it so much I thought it would be an orphan block. But, I decided I REALLY like the pattern, so I'm working through it and learning new ways to work on the block without hating it. Each leaf is about 3" long and less than an inch wide. I found that easing the curves together without pinning was making this a little easier, so perhaps this won't be the struggle I thought it might be. And, I'm putting my new block envelope to good use.
And, because it just makes me happy, here are a few pictures from my quick trip to the beach last week.
It looks like there will have to be some work done to move the sand to make that bench usable before the summer comes. But, I don't think I'll be swimming on this beach any time soon.