30 June 2011

Rainbows

Great fun, cutting small sample pieces of all the Kona solid fabrics in my stash.

Handy to take along with me when shopping for more!

26 June 2011

Every year

I buy more spools of Spagetti 12 weight thread from the WonderFil stand at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair. This year's choices SP33 (green), SP05 (blue), SP32 (yellow) and SP01 (red). 
I was organised this year. By taking a list of the colours I already owned, there were no double ups.

Thanks to everyone who stopped to talk with me at the show. It is so lovely to feel that we are all part of this wonderful quilt-making world!

22 June 2011

Sydney Quilt Show winners


OMG. There are some AMAZING quilts on display at the Sydney Quilt Show! 

You can see photos of the winning quilts here. Enjoy!

21 June 2011

Midwinter

Tomorrow is the winter solstice here in Sydney - hooray! That means that the days will gradually become longer than the nights and that's a good thing. Lots of chilly weather still to come, though.

This time of the year also means the Sydney Quilt Show is on. It starts tomorrow, as part of the Craft and Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour. I'll be helping on Cecile's stand, Unique Stitching (stand A24), so if you are passing by, stop and say hi!

18 June 2011

Hand piecing again

Heads up! If you live in Sydney and want to learn how to hand piece (the technique that is closest to my heart), you may like to join the next batch of classes I'll be teaching. They will be on Saturday mornings at Hobbysew Top Ryde, starting in July.


I'll post details of the classes soon. I can't wait to spread the joy of hand piecing again!

13 June 2011

On the floor

Today's job is laying my kitchen floor tiles and this is the progress so far. Crawling around on the floor is not my idea of fun and I don't know what is worse - doing this task or basting a quilt!

11 June 2011

Reflections on: imperfection

Striving to be perfect is overrated. There, I’ve said it and you know what? The sky didn’t fall, the earth didn’t stop spinning and the world didn’t come to an end. Certainly, though, I feel a huge sense of relief and maybe you do too.

I had a conversation with a woman at my workplace recently. She had misplaced an item and was working herself into a state of anxiety, mixed with anger and disbelief. Over and over, she kept muttering, quite seriously, “I can’t have lost it. I don’t let myself make mistakes. I am perfect and I have a faultless life. I don’t make mistakes.” I was horrified and took a step back from her in case she self-combusted from all the internal friction.

Since then, my recollection of that woman’s reaction to what I thought was a trivial matter has stayed with me. What had happened in her life to result in that behaviour? Why did she feel that being perfect was the only way to live? What a heavy burden she is carrying through her life. I think it is a sad way to live.

It seems an impossible quest, to be perfect and without flaws. This isn’t to say we should not endeavour for continuous self-improvement – that’s different. Developing our skills and opening our minds are ongoing processes that will often enhance our lives, but there is a huge difference between striving for improvement and forcing ourselves to be unfeasibly perfect.

The same applies with our quilt making. There really are no such things as perfect stitches or flawless quilts. Even those showstoppers and prize-winning quilts have tiny imperfections, often only seen by the makers. Our enjoyment and appreciation of these quilts is not diminished, though, as we focus on the skill of the maker and the beauty of the design and are in awe of the results.

As we stitch our pieces of fabric together, as we rearrange sections to form patterns more pleasing to our eyes, we try to improve our techniques and our design skills. Attempting to become better at what is important to us is a human desire, but sometimes I wonder if we are too hard on ourselves, demanding too much.

Being overly critical of our own quilts and taking to heart what other people think of our creations will not help us develop our own style and our own way of self-expression. What it will do, though, is make us fearful and mistrusting of our own judgements. Advice is useful, harsh censure is not.

We need to be gentle with ourselves and acknowledge that we are fallible. No one is perfect and nor do I think anyone should aim to be. So the next time you see wonky stitches in my quilts, please don’t think less of me. Just accept that I’m human.

01 June 2011

Happy stories

Happy story 1: four pretty new blue printed fabrics purchased today.


Happy story 2: with a discount of 20%!

DS Quilts Collection: "Picnics and Fairgrounds" by Denyse Schmidt. Exclusive to Spotlight in Australia.

Happy story 3: my snow pea seeds have withstood the heavy rain of the past few days and have sprouted. I love the miracle of seeds.