I’ve been missing a month or so…

December is a busy month for most people I hear.  Nothing new there.  For us it was extremely busy and challenging financially.  Our businesses is having a downturn and we’ve had to lay off a staff member and cut the hours for the other, however, the workload is just the same, if not busier.  This has meant we’ve had to put in 7 days a week, juggling the finances, running two farms, three kids on school holidays and probably a thousand other things.  I can’t say it has been fun and still is not fun, I’m just hoping the worst is behind us, but as usual, there are no guarantees.  At times I feel like a mouse in a spinning wheel, just running to stand still.  I had decided 2017 was going to be the new, fresh start, where everything would magically just fall into place.  I. WAS. WRONG.  2017 started with some really sad events that I just can’t go into.  As January 2017 comes to an end, I just hope we can move forward, take a deep breath, remembering this is life. Real life, where some ordinary shit happens and you just have to pick yourself up and march on.

Strangely enough I have managed to do some sewing.  Only very early in the mornings, between 05-07am.  Me, sneaking into my sewing room, still half asleep, with my huge cup of coffee, listening to French music (that I am so addicted to these days) and sewing away. Whist doing that, none of my other problems and sadness can touch me.  I go into another world, one stitch at a time.

I finished a quilt that I started a long time ago.  It was my very first scrap Log Cabin quilt.  I love it so much, as it has so many different fabrics in it, from so many projects.  Looking at them, remembering what I made, who for, etc is a nice little memory quilt which I will keep for myself.

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I also started on another baby quilt.  Midway through I decided I would make it a single bed size as my daughter Mia fancied the fabrics featuring dogs and horses.  I only had half a yard of this old fabric by one of my favourite designers, Heather Ross.  This one was from her old collection Mysterious Bugs and other creatures – Dogs on Yellow.  I became curious if anyone else in the world was still selling this old print and found someone on Etsy selling it for $60 per yard.  Good on them.  I get it.  Some of these old fabrics are like gold to us sewers.  I have set myself a goal that no fabrics of mine are off limit.  What I mean by that is that some fabrics I just love a little too much. So much so that I can’t bring myself to cut them.  I seem to have overcome this and I find I’m loving using these old prints, that are no longer available, that I could sell for a small fortune, but I wont.  They are there to be used by me and just enjoy the process.  I cannot sew with fabrics I don’t like.  It’s just not me.  So here is the quilt I finished last week for Mia.

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Blue, Green & Lemon Baby/Lap Quilt

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I finished this quilt last night.  This quilt can either be for a baby or an adult as a lap quilt, or just hang nicely over a chair.  The colours used are mostly low volume prints, mixed in with a few stronger colours for contrast.  I have used fabrics from some of my all time favourite designers such as Amy Butler, Urban Chics, Lotta Jansdotter, Michael Miller, Heather Bailey and Sandra Henderson.

Finished size is 35.5 x 46″ –  or  – 89cm x 115cm

This quilt has just been listed in my Etsy shop, you can find it here!

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