The snow has gone and so has Christmas. Here in deepest middle England we’re still drying out from a second major watery incident involving a LOT of gushing water around and over old oak beams, old plaster, old brickwork and old wiring, and gathering ourselves to get started on a whole new year. Lots of things to do, both stitching and teaching, and I’m ready to dive in and make lists, chop up fabric, make more lists, stitch fabric back together, write instructions, draw patterns and generally create a small quilting whirlwind. This is absolutely not one of those New Year Resolutions – more a New Year Have To Do, which is not quite the same thing.
Rummaging through my bookshelves after the first watery incident, I “found” this slim Dover book
which arrived as a gift (from a friend who knows me only too well!) this summer. There’s most definitely enough in here to get some creative juices flowing
The upcoming set of Chris&Barbara local evening classes have given me the perfect excuse to cut into my (very small) stash of Cherrywood Fabrics and I’ve spent a happy couple of hours cutting strips and squares to start the class samples in a cloud of spray starch.
I got sidetracked during some blogreading and found that I’d downloaded a full set of applique patterns for a most delightful quilt “Florabunda” designed by Erin Russek over at One Piece at a Time – these are only available until 5th January so you’ll need to move quickly.
I didn’t get around to spending time with the Whigs Defeat templates after all (thanks to the watery incidents) but somehow I did manage to lose my favourite silver thimble somewhere in the house. Funny how you get hugely attached to particular tools/equipment – I have several other equally good thimbles, but that one was absolutely the most comfortable etc etc and I shall miss it dreadfully. Of course, it’s my own fault for always carrying it around in my righthand trouser pocket – if it was kept safely zipped into my sewing kit this wouldn’t have happened. I’m nursing the secret and irrational hope that, by mentioning it here, it will magically reappear from wherever it is hiding …
The first stitching of 2011 will probably be the binding on 2 quilts and then perhaps I’ll get that much-anticipated hour with Whigs Defeat, or at least just a few lines of handquilting. Memo to self – must put in some time on my website and get that tidied and updated too.
May we all have more quilting time in the year ahead – very best wishes to everyone for 2011.