I've finally cracked my fabrics and done a bit of sewing, and it feels SO good. Yes, I had been doing a little bit here and there, but most of that was off the boat at friends or work, and it was nothing I had to think about. The sewing that I'm talking about was creative designing and sewing. The emotionally soothing and brain nourishing work that feeds my soul.
Aotearoa Quilters have issued another 12 x 12 Colour Challenge. This time it is purple (previously they have run red and blue challenges). I opened up my hand dyed fabrics and began to pull purple's. I felt like using the improv skills I learnt with Gwen Marston at the last NZ Symposium, so I just began to cut (without a ruler, gasp!) and piece. I was soon absorbed be the process, the intricacies of inserting little flickers of interest, the auditioning of strips, the thinking about whether the design was working or not.
Here's as far as I have got. It's approaching the correct size, although I'll face it, rather than bind it, and I need to remember that more than a quarter of an inch is taken up by that process (ask me how I know).
It's a different sort of quilt for me, but I'm ok with that, because I'm in a different place, working within a different frame of reference. For example (and a touch of real life) here's my working space:
Yep, a mini, portable design wall, cutting mat and ironing pad on the dining table, fighting for space with the lego and toy helicopter.
But these compromises go hand in hand with the benefits of the life we've chosen to live. Like the sunrise while I walk the dog. Hmm, I just noticed that there are plenty of similar colours in my quiltlet and this photo - the benefits of working in a intuitive way?
And my son being able to jump in his new birthday present any time he likes and go for a paddle.
I'll leave you with this photo of my son's tenth birthday party. I think it sums up the slightly chaotic but wonderful party that was had on a rainy day in a boat!