I think I may have a touch of ‘bloggers block’ or maybe the struggle to sit myself down at the computer has more to do with living with the combined traits of procrastinator and plodder? Procrastinator I am, whenever a task becomes urgent I head off in the opposite direction to do something else! By nature I am a plodder, it takes me time to get anywhere, both in thinking things through and in completing practical tasks. What seems a life time ago I was a nurse (I believe I would have been a better, more effective nurse if I’d taken up that career a little later in life) and at the tender age of eighteen I did begin to understand myself. I discovered I was best suited to working on wards which had a lower ‘through put’ of patients, where there was time to work out the best course of action and where outcomes for individuals gradually emerged. I hated the pace of work in such places as A&E, theatres, short stay surgical wards; left behind in thought and action, watching in awe as my fellow student nurses thought so quickly on their feet and read fast changing situations so clearly!
Ah! Well! That was a very long time ago but of course I am still the same person, plodding (happily) through life. So, what have plodding and procrastinating got to do with patchwork & quilting and this blog? Basically I’ve been concentrating hard on a couple of projects (at that plodding pace), working slowly through the process of setting up an Etsy shop (more on selling craft in a later post) and being worthily distracted by all sorts!
My latest project is a first attempt at making a bed runner. The inspiration for the colour scheme came from a project in the book ‘Quick Change’, compiled by Karen M. Burns.
I managed to find enough gold and light blue fat quarters and pieces of fabric in my stash to make the top. The border, backing and binding are ‘lucky finds’ at the local Hobbycraft store that is within walking distance of home. They have such a small range of cotton fabrics compared to a dedicated quilt store but what-do-you-know the matches I needed were right there on the shelf 🙂 Perhaps that is an instance where lack of choice is an advantage?
Gold and blue fabrics made up into one of twelve 12″ Contrary wife blocks.
To make the half square triangles I used the method taught by Alyce in the second of her series, Modern Half Square Triangle Sampler. Making four HSTs at once saved quite a bit of time (an important factor for a plodder!) and I didn’t find the exposed bias edges troublesome.
Next steps for this project are to sew in the thread ends, add the binding and make a simple label.
As a side note I would like to say how blessed I am to have a sewing room (or was that guest room?). Although I have found there is a downside to having a dedicated craft space; it’s easy to become immersed in the craft and completely detached from other activities! This morning I walked out of the sewing room at 10.30 after 2 hours of quilting to discover that the dishwasher needs loading, the bed is unmade, there’s a shopping list to write and errands to run… But I fought the procrastinator in me and made my way to the computer to write this post – bloggers block is banished! Shame the errands remain…
I’m linking with Lee for what maybe her last Work In Progress Wednesday.