A friend of mine is selling her house and asked for a pillow in blue with an orange accent to brighten up the spare room. With the Mr overseas for two weeks, painting of the pergola beams happening as well as life with three small people, this was as much as I could cobble together:
Fabric :: Freespirit Designer Solid in Soldier Blue purchased from Pink Chalk and scrap of Lotta Jansdotter Ruta in Poppy from her Bella range, purchased at Marmalade Fabrics.
Size :: 13″ x 13″
Quilting :: free-motioned in my favourite go-to pattern using Gütermann.
A quick suggestion from a friend last week and a bit of encouragement from another friend yesterday and I find myself in Cooma for the weekend taking a Chris Jurd class and sharing a night in a motel (not a hotel) with Heidi.
Chris offers the options of three different patterns for this workshop, I’m working on the Ancient Dahlia. So far, so good. The hardest part of this whole process was fabric selection – I love playing with these beauties and have been stashing some of them for five or more years so cutting them up was a BIG step! And it feels good. Really good. To be using and not hoarding. I feel inspired to do more chopping now!
I’ve had so much fun today and can’t wait to get back tomorrow. The photo above is what my bed looks like right now so best I go and remedy that.
Tonight I’m sitting on the floor of the sewing room, eating dinner and reflecting on this space and all that has happened here.
This in progress quilt on the as yet unpacked design wall is the last project I will work on in this home. The home that had housed my husbands family for more than forty years, where his Mum crafted for all those years. Crochet, lacework, quilts, spinning, knitting, cross stitch, tatting, embroidery, dress making. There is a whole lot of creative energy here in this home and I’m finding myself wanting to hold on to it, to pack it up and take it on an adventure. Do you think I can find a way to bottle it?
The quilt :: improv blocks started in Denyse Schmidt’s improv piecing class at QuiltCon in February. I’ve finished all the blocks I had fabric for so am going to add yarn dyed Essex linen in natural (purchased from marmalade fabrics, also at QuiltCon) to make up to a queen size for our bed. I’m thinking I might spread the blocks out randomly to make them look almost like they’ve been thrown on the linen. Thoughts on layout gratefully accepted!