Just because I have not blogged in a very long time does not mean I haven’t been busy sewing:) If I post new creations on Instagram or Facebook, I tend to think it’s posted so there is no need to blog about it. This is one excuse. The other excuse for not blogging is I am spending more of the mornings at the gym, yoga, juicing or simply just getting outside. So I have created a better balance. I sew when I sew. I don’t feel guilty anymore when I don’t spend time in the studio. There is no love loss for sewing or creating. Whereas I used to want a quilt finished in record time and spent every moment I could working on it, I now get to it whenever I do. No sense of guilt and no stress. Probably one of those ‘as you get older’ things people talk about but whatever it is, I am fully and completely content and at the end of the day, I believe this is what they say matters. Disclaimer: Most of the time I remember to blog in the most inopportune moments such as when driving, juicing, at yoga or working at the ‘real’ job.
During the long blogging absence, I completed a quilt which had been on my bucket list for a long time. I finished The Gypsy Wife quilt (pattern created by Jen Kingwell). This is my version:
I enjoyed every moment in creating this quilt. I can’t calculate how many hours were spent cutting, placing, re-making blocks but every hour was so worth it. By far the most detailed quilt I have made and now having tackled The Gypsy Wife, I am looking forward to creating more Jen Kingwell Designs patterns.
Also on a bucket list, but more near the bottom of the list, was to make a herringbone quilt from scraps and only scraps. I ordered Modern Quilt Magic from Amazon and began immediately upon the arrival of the book. I had a lot of low volume scraps saved for this quilt. What I loved best about this quilt is all the scraps needed to be cut to only one size, 2″ x 8″.
This quilt has me wanting to create more low volume quilts. Initially, I was not sure how the quilt would look using mostly low volume fabrics but I’m glad I just went with it and assessed after the quilt top was complete.
Currently, I am slowly working on creating a Blaze quilt for myself
because I need another quilt in this house. .
I selected the Blaze quilt pattern as I have more solid fabrics in my healthy stash of fabrics than I realized. I love that the Blaze quilt is not overwhelmingly bright and bold as the low volume contrasts outnumber the bold, bright solid fabrics.
Time and experience has proven I love to make quilts far more than any other project. Thus, I have decided my little shop on Etsy will eventually comprise of quilts only. There is something weirdly fulfilling about cutting up vast amounts of fabrics into small pieces only to turn around and sew them all back together. And quilts keep me warm during the long, cold winters. I found the pouches did not keep me warm enough (I know, bad joke but kinda funny?). There are, as of the time in writing this post, 264,992 pouches available on Etsy. That’s a lot of pouches! I searched ‘baby quilt’ in the Etsy search bar and the results show 109,108 baby quilts. Obviously, the amount of available baby quilts is still generous but in my mind, I have better options and avenues for being creative and unique in making a quilt as opposed to a pouch. I believe originality and uniqueness is a coveted aspect when selling in a huge marketplace such as Etsy. As I do not have the talent to create a ‘one of’ or something no one else has created which also has a practical and functional use, I will bet my odds in the quilt department and hope to create warm and cozy images via the quilts I create.
This post became a bit more long winded than intended but is in no way attempting to make up for the long absence. I am so grateful to all who continue to follow my creative journey.
Thanks for stoppin’ by!