new quarter - new list

So, what I'd like to finish this quarter? Let's see:

1. The quilt for my godfather, rolled over from Q2 - it only needs binding and thread burying.
I can't wait to see it finished, I'm quite proud of it even now.

2. A hopefully-still-surprise quilt - this I really need to finish as soon as possible. Both the top and the back are ready and I even have an idea about the quilting.

3. Mittens for my friend Malwinka

4. The denim skirt you've already seen - not a must, but it would be nice to finish it

5. The medallion quilt for my friend - even if I won't finish it this quarter I'd still like to work on it a bit, at least.

6. The corduroy skirt - more as a reminder than a real hope to finish, but I do hope to discover a way to make it wearable.

I'm sure there will be other projects in the meantime, I can already think of at least two more, but let's stop here, to make the list even partly realistic.
Of course this list is for:
Finish Along 2014


Is it a pass?

Time to sum up my Q2 makes:

1. Euro siblings together quilt - done.

2. A quilt for my godfather - almost there, but it still needs binding and thread burying, so it's moving to the next quarter.

3. A potential skirt disaster - done, although it finished as a top not a skirt.

4. A denim skirt - not done, I haven't even touched it, maybe next quarter.

5. Gilbert's scarf  for my brother-in-law - done.

6. Anne's sweater for me - done.

7. In-fashion-again medallion quilt for my friend - not done, fortunately my friend is very patient.

8. Corduroy skirt - not done, I haven't touched it and I still have no clue how to make something wearable from it.

4 out of 8 - not brilliant, but better than Q1, so I'm quite happy.
Are you happy with your Q2 finishes, too?

catching up - knitting time too

The last finish (from the list) that I can show you this quarter is again a knitting project - this time a scarf for my brother-in-law.

It took me a bit long to knit it, as I did it on the train only and I'm a slow knitter, but the pattern is super easy and relaxing and still makes an interesting texture.

right side  --------------------------------------------------------wrong side
And to add some colour, I couldn't resist to take a photo against my beautiful cushion from Susan.

catching up - sewing time

My sewing hopes from the Q2 FAL list have been fulfilled in 1/3 only, and required a certain twist.
If you remember, I was going to finish a skirt, although I was afraid I wouldn't look good in it.
As it was half sewn already:
I kept trying it on, but no matter how hard I looked, I couldn't see myself wearing it even at home. The pattern, lovely as it is to sew, was completely not me in this fabric colour and weight, and I was beginning to feel I would just use the cotton for quilting, when inspiration struck.
So I measure things a bit, pulled out a certain pattern I used once already, pulled a bit more fabric so that the pattern pieces would fit and made a pieced:
 Wiksten tank top

I didn't have enough fabric to make bias tape for the armholes and the neck, so I lined it instead.
The lining part was fun, because I was sure there was a way to do it so that all the seams were hidden between the lining and the outer fabric, but despite watching and reading several tutorials, I just couldn't get my head around the trick. You can picture me doubled up with laughter after the fifth time I turned everything inside out through one opening only to get a strange one armed garment with half of the fabric hidden somewhere between the layers... I couldn't even get frustrated because it was so funny. In the end I gave up and just stitched the top seams normally.
Still it's finished and I even wear it to work (OK, with a cardi, it is cut a bit low).

I hope it still can be counted as a proper FAL finish, even if I started with a skirt and finished with a top, so I'm linking it to the Finish Along party.