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!
It’s getting towards the end of the school year for us with the biggest two finishing up on December 12 for eight weeks of summer holidays! I’m really looking forward to them being around during the day and to not having to rush out each morning to get to school on time.
Today is their class celebration (they’re close enough in age to be In the same class!) and all the parents contribute a gift to a big class hamper for the two gorgeous teachers we are lucky enough to have.
I always want the teacher gifts to be something useful and nice that says just how much we appreciate the job they do. Quite honestly, I think they are saints.
This year, I’ve made market tote bags which fit the practical factor and hopefully they will know that these are made with love and care!
The bags are about 12″ wide x14″ high with a 4″ base. I cut 2.5″ squares from a variety of low value prints, mostly purchased from Westwood Acres and PolkaDotTea (both on etsy). There are a few Liberty squares as one of the teachers shares my love of fabric and Liberty in particular. One is quilted with wonky lines, the other with various sized circles and they are both fully lined with Flea Market Fancy in Daisy Dot (the same as the handles).
I didn’t use a pattern, I just kept sewing squares until the size looked about right and then constructed a simple lined bag with the quilted piece on the outer.
I’m looking forward to handing these over and I hope they get a whole lot of use!
My favourite time of day :: it’s 10:30pm, the whole house is asleep, the pot of tea is brewing next to me and I’m sewing.
It’s the one time of day when the house is quiet and I have an hour or so to just be. Some people are fortunate enough to rise before their family and fit in their time in the early hours of the day. That time of day is so peaceful and certainly my mind would be more rested but our children are early risers so they beat me out of bed almost every day.
Now that the girls will settle a little easier at bed time, the evenings, they are mine.
Tonight I am trying to channel my inner Cheryl Arkison (who is freakin awesome, just in case you weren’t aware of that) and use up some of the LV stash – I am a fan of big bold colour so there’s some random bits of Liberty for extra prettiness!
These pieces are destined for a gift for Monday and I need two matching ones so best I get a wriggle on!
Are you a morning or night person? When do you make time for your crafting? And please tell me I’m not alone in leaving things to the last minute even when I’ve been planning them for months?!