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.
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.