Author Archives: Jules McMahon

Something to share

I’ve been working on so many quilts recently that I’ve not been able to share… some for classes, some for new patterns

This one though, is one of a couple I’ve been making for pure pleasure to gift to people I love. I’ve been keeping them secret in case the recipients clue onto the gift before time.

I can finally share a project with you as today, I gave this quilt to a gorgeous friend who I just adore. She’s an amazing woman, wife, sister, mother, friend and nurse. These past weeks she needed a cup of tea, a block of chocolate and a great big hug. I think a quilt made with love is all of those things put together.

Here is my hug for you lovely lady, you are an inspiration and such a fabulous friend, love ya lots!

The quilt :: St Louis 16 patch
Size :: 64″ 64″
Fabrics :: all Anna Maria Horner quilting cottons from many different ranges. Backed with AMH Flannel
Quilting :: by me using Heidi’s longarm

#CultivatingCreativity :: #100Days :: A wordy update!

So I’m still practicing my 100 days of #cultivatingcreativity, albeit quietly. And I guess that’s the point really, spending time in the still and quiet, allowing my mind the space it needs to have ideas.

The view from Heidi's kitchen!

The view from Heidi’s kitchen!

I’ve been really fortunate the past few weeks to have two amazing short breaks. The first break was with a group of mates who are just some of the funniest, most intelligent, genuine women I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. We had a two night break to the coast for a craft camp which involved the most incredible food (made by us of course!), lots of creativity and laughter. Oh how I laughed, so much so that my stomach and cheeks hurt for days afterward!

Then, I was incredibly blessed to have a few nights away on my own. The first two nights I spent at a house near the beach and the next night I had the pleasure of being a guest in Heidi’s home where she allowed me to use her long arm quilting machine. Four quilts quilted in 24 hours and not a single photo to show for it!!! Clearing the clutter of the unfinished projects was the aim of those three nights and it’s been the best thing I’ve done for myself in such a long time.

As a mother of three small people, a wife, and all the other hats I wear, I really needed to find some time to be still and quiet. To have my own time on nobody’s schedule. And while I could have done with a few weeks(!), even just a few short days was the break I so desperately needed.

As a result of my alone time, I had the time to sit in the still and quiet, write some lists and make some decisions. And… I resigned from my real and proper grown-up job. Phew! That was one of the most agonising decisions I’ve ever made and I’m yet to see how it plays out for our family but the relief of walking away was so very liberating.  Working a day or two a week in a fabric store is providing a little of the essential finances but other than that, let’s see what this next year has in store!

Not quite where I thought this challenge would take me but I’m so glad it’s leading me in this direction.

Next time, not so many words :)