First of all, a big thank you to the community of quilty bloggers for responding so readily to my plea for assistance with some machine quilting issues I was experiencing last week. So helpful and encouraging 🙂
I’ve continued working on the Monsters and Aliens quilt (rather than letting the quilting monster in me throw it to the back of a cupboard) and although it is not perfect I can enjoy it once more.
Like Nancy of Joy for Grace who put out a plea for help a couple of weeks ago I have been really cheered by the willingness of quilty bloggers to come to another’s aid whether it be to resolve patchwork and quilting queries or or bring fresh thoughts to other subject matter entirely.
I’m going to try out some of those suggestions when I quilt the next project in the queue, hoping that the quilting monster will be banished! I made this pink quilt top at the same time as Monsters and Aliens so the sandwich filling is the Hobbs Poly-Down again. I intend to reduce the pressure-foot pressure on my machine and stitch diagonal quilting lines. Originally I had plans to try quilting curved Baptist Fans over the quilt but in the circumstances I think this may be a touch over ambitious – it wouldn’t do to have the quilting monster trampling over these pretty fairytale castles!
On 16th October my blog will reach its first anniversary (and I still haven’t run out of things to write about!) As part of a review process I’ve been rationalizing the categories list that appears in the side bar of the page. (Incidentally, I wonder how many visitors to a blog page make use of the categories list and what in particular is being looked for?) It’s been an opportunity to look over some of my earliest posts and I’ve noticed a difference in the nature of my writings: There is less reflection going on these days. On reflection (ho!ho!) this has quite a lot to do with the ongoing building project being carried out at home.
Work began on extending the house back in May and we are in the most disruptive, closing stages of the exercise now. The kitchen has been gutted and the contents of cupboards heaped around the sitting room, bedrooms and my parent’s home too! Although my main contributions to the project are innumerable mugs of tea for the thirsty tradesmen and the occasional wielding of a paint brush I do feel really tired-out by the whole process now. Patchwork and quilting projects have been a helpful distraction and provided satisfaction in what has been an unsettling time. All the various tradesmen have been very courteous and respectful of our home but it is a strain having strangers about and not being sure quite who is going to turn up to do what from one day to the next!
I hope to get back to having more contemplative, reflective thinking times once the building project is complete and peace and order have been restored. Maybe I’ll even find myself musing whilst sat in the new dining space in the new kitchen! We are very blessed to have these changes to our home and I’m sure the four months of disruption will only make us more appreciative of what has been accomplished.
Something new I’m excited to share with you is the start of a new quilt blog link-up.
Nancy of Joy for Grace has just launched Quilty Inspiration which gives a great opportunity for us to reflect and write about the inspiration behind our projects. Perhaps the link-up could be the inspiration for the subject matter of future blog posts? Hum! Maybe it is time to reflect…
Linking with Alyce and her guest blogger Joy for Sew Cute Tuesday.