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16/10 :: #myfirstquilt :: #tbt

#tbt or throwback thursday is such a good excuse to delve deep into the archives of our lives – there’s the really precious moments we’ve forgotten that are great to remember and then there’s the moments we’d rather leave lurking in the deep recesses…

Here’s a great one – my first ever quilt…

It’s such an appropriate throwback because it’s when my quilting journey truly began. Although I’ve sewn my whole life, since I was a small girl at the knees of my dressmaker mother, it wasn’t until one of my high-school besties was pregnant with her first bubba that I decided to teach myself to quilt.

It’s been so satisfying to discover this quilt again and to recognise that I really am an improv quilter through and through – it’s how I started and how I still work. Even when I’m not improv piecing, I definitely design by improv! I started this quilt with no plan in mind, just a sea theme – it grew from there. I appliquéd some blocks and pieced the rest and then hand quilted bubbles and outlines with stranded embroidery floss… It was a simple start but oh so effective – I enjoyed making this so much, I’ve never stopped!

Since making this quilt almost 15 years ago, I’ve learnt so many new skills and techniques but remembering the process of this, the improv design, I feel contented that I’ve remained true to my own creativity (and oh so grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned along the way).14-10-16-Procrasticraft-MyFirstQuilt

The other lovely thing about this one? Until a few days ago, I didn’t have a photo of it. I sent of a quick note to Chookie* and asked if by some chance she had a picture of the quilt somewhere. I never expected her to say that she still had it and that it is still a treasured item in her home. She snapped a quick shot and emailed it to me. That there is the reason I make for people. This quilt, so many years on and so much water under the bridge of our lives, is still valued and valuable.

* definitely a strange nickname for a woman I admire for her strength, courage and unbreakable spirit. We lived next door to each other for a few years as teenagers, and she was a stalwart of my teens and twenties and definitely my partner in oh so many crimes (figuratively speaking of course!). Even though we are now, ahem, grown-ups, I still can’t call her anything but this.

I’d love to see photos of your first quilt. Post them on your blog or over on Instagram with the hashtag #myfirstquilt – let me know in the comments if you’ve blogged it so I can come and have a gander.

And this week, I’m linking up here:

15/10 :: WIP Wednesday

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About five weeks ago, I started a gorgeous Liberty quilt for a pattern I’m writing and a class I’m teaching… One last border to go and this one will be done… I can’t wait to share this one with you – I’m so very proud of it!

This week I’m playing along with Lee

WIP Wednesday- Frshly Pieced

100 Days :: Cultivating Creativity

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I believe that creativity is a gift we are all born with. Somewhere along the way to growing up, we surrender our freedom to create, we try to fit a mould and we end up losing sight of our inner creative selves.

This past year has taken me on a ride to a place I’ve always known I wanted to follow. I’ve never before had enough courage to open the passage door, to take the steps towards a more creative life. I’m not sure I even have the courage just yet. What I do know for sure is that I’ve been presented with some amazing opportunities and it would be insane to squander them.

This leads me to my 100 Days project. The aim of the project is to choose one creative activity and repeat it everyday for 100 days. It may seem like the obvious thing to choose for me would be to quilt. I’m not sure I can be so obvious. Don’t get me wrong, I want to make all. the. quilts. But right now I’m struggling with my creativity. I’m finding I start things to explore an idea but don’t seem to follow through. My mind is cluttered, my sewing room is overflowing with unfinished projects and a stash that is out of control and I’m completely overwhelmed. So, my aim for the next 100 days is “Cultivating Creativity”. Clearing the physical clutter, making room in my mind and slowing down enough to notice my thoughts and ideas. To unearth the previously disregarded curiosity and creativity and to find inspiration all around.

I can’t promise my documentation will be daily or pretty but I am committed to cultivating my creativity. So please, keep me on track will you?