On Evelina’s first birthday, I proudly presented her with the quilt that I had lovingly made for over a year (so started when she was not even yet born). I had chosen gorgeous Tilda fabrics and roughly followed a pattern. My inexperience did not matter because the end result was lovely and special. When I had Austin, I wanted to do the same for him. And I did. It just took a little longer.Continue reading “A Quilt Made with Love”
This year I have been enjoying the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast as well as Happier in Hollywood. Gretchen and Liz (her TV writer sister) are creating 18 for 2018 lists and since I have been missing my birthday lists, I thought I’d jump on board. I have made most of them finite things I can do throughout the year with just a few that are year-long goals.
It’s been a ridiculously long time since I sewed anything more than a button. I am hoping that I will get to make at least of couple of projects that are at the very early stage of I Want to Make It.
Like I did for Evelina, I want to make a twin bed size quilt for Baby Boy. I have really struggled to find the fabric I want, though, and I may have to resign myself to paying high import fees / VAT and buy it from the States. These are a couple of quilts I have seen on Etsy that are inspiring my vision for the nursery and I would love to get fabrics like these (in similar colouring).
I also want to make a wall hanging for the nursery inspired by this wall mural:
I have bought some fabric for this project so I am hoping to make a start on it this week.
I haven’t done much in the way of crafting lately but I did manage to knock up a small piece of embroidery for my work bestie Louise for her birthday last month. We were almost Buzz and Woody for the staff talent show before Christmas but decided the costumes were too elaborate. I also liked the generally friendly message!
- Put up our Christmas decorations
- Write and post our Christmas cards / thank you cards from Evelina’s birthday
- Make a handmade gift for the final sew make believe meetup tomorrow night
- Plan Christmas Day dinner
- Watch Elf
Look! I made a thing! A pretty thing! Head on over to sew make believe to read about it.
In a shocking turn of events, I managed to a) make it to our latest sew make believe meeting and b) (even more surprising) make something!
That something was this gorgeous bobble purse. It was made from a kit which Zoë bought me for my birthday from the wonderful Berylune. I managed to make the whole purse in an evening, making the perfect kind of craft for me to do. The kit had everything needed (apart from scissors, needle and pins) to make the purse and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. All in all, I was very impressed with the kit and very, very happy to have made something.
When time is so precious and work is talking over, it is very easy to stop doing the things that you love but that are not essential to your day-to-day life. For me, crafting has always been something that I love but not something that I need. So it has been something I have stopped doing at home almost completely.
On Wednesday, I went along to the sew make believe fabric bird workshop knowing I wanted to be there but thinking I ought to be marking or lesson planning. I did not go because I needed to craft but because I needed to give my support to Zoe and because I wanted to see some friendly crafter faces.
I spent an hour and a half making this bright fabric bird, using gorgeous Moda fabrics, and when I was finished, I had such a sense of calm. I felt I had actually achieved something, a feeling all to elusive at the moment as I grind my way through my course and a failed interview. I felt content and at peace. I realised I need craft.
So thank you to my sew make believe friends, thank you particularly to Zoë for all that she has done to keep this club going while I am busy trying to become a teacher and Cie is busy with her two baby boys. And thank you to craft for making me feel good despite of everything.
With all that I have on my plate at the moment, something has had to give. It makes me sad that this something is crafting. The last thing I crafted was the embroidery I sewed for our sew make believe lucky dip present and that was only because I had to (although I was so glad to have an actual deadline to make something).
At our first sew make believe sit ‘n’ sew of the new year, I didn’t have anything to bring with no hand sewing projects on the go. I brought a few books along to try to get inspired. Everything Alice is a book I have had a while but I had not actually read properly. It certainly helped to pique my interest but there is not getting away from the fact that at the moment, the thought of getting my sewing (or crochet) out feels like a chore rather than the relaxing past-time that it actually is. I am not sure if I need to just wait for my teaching course to be over or whether I can try to get back some crafting time. I am sure I could use some of my (admittedly limited) relaxation/TV time to do some sewing or crochet but I just need to get past the lack of enthusiasm.
It is at times like this that I am so pleased that I have sew make believe to go to – and I want to try to make it to more meetings this term since it will give me at least two hours a fortnight when I can concentrate on my King Size sampler quilt or my huge granny square crochet blanket and hopefully I will find my crafting mojo somewhere along the way.