I'm very excited to say that I am one of the first members of the 'London Modern Quilt Guild', part of an international network of Modern Quilt Guilds. You can find more information about how to get involved here.We're currently working out the best time for everyone to get together for our first meeting, which should be in central London in the next few weeks.
The new Guild is starting at the same time as a new magazine, 'Modern Quilting', is being launched by the publishers of 'Sew Hip'. It's about time the UK had a contemporary quilting magazine. I'm working on some proposals for features at the moment. Exciting stuff! This quilt was made last year for a colleague's baby. I had a fit of inspiration and sewed the quilt top very quickly, then it sat for many months waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. Story of my life!I love the effect of the dense straight line quilting, but when I was sewing it I thought it would never end! I think though, in the end, it's my favourite of all the quilts I've made. Although I do seem to say that every time I finish one.
Monday, January 02, 2012
It's been a funny old day today, the last day of my Christmas break before returning to work tomorrow. This has been the first Christmas in four years that I haven't been ill with some kind of chest infection, flu or sinus infection. Nice! I've had the laziest ten days in a long time which I must have needed, because I usually feel guilty if I'm not sewing, or knitting, or planning. I've done so little really, just a lot of eating (oops!), sleeping, watching television and knitting, mostly at my parents' house. They only live a half hour walk away so I've been there most days, being waited on!I only knitted one Christmas present in the end, a scarf for my Dad, which I need to photograph. Having said yesterday that I want to knit more for myself, the only thing I'm currently knitting is a 'Puerperium' cardigan for my parents' neighbours, who are expecting a baby in March. The cardigan in these photos is the version I knit as part of my nephew Ethan's 'welcome wardrobe'. I absolutely loved knitting this cardigan. Mum asked me to knit a version for her neighbours, in a pale greeny-blue. I'm hoping I can get some of my favourite polka dot buttons for it. It should be a lovely little cardi for a wee Spring baby.I've got some peppers roasting in the oven at the moment, stuffed with new potatoes, feta and pesto. The recipe is from my current favourite book, 'River Cottage Veg Everyday'. The flat smells amazing right now!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Ah 2012, I'm so glad it's here! I don't want to dwell on 2011 as it was a really tough year with a mixture of health and work related problems which left me emotionally exhausted by September. I've been ready for a New Year for several months!
I've got so many 'resolutions' this year that I'm bound to mess a few up, but it is definitely time for a bit of a life overhaul, so here goes:
1. I'd like to knit myself at least a couple of garments this year. I have a tendency to knit for the babies and little people in my life and I think it's time this year to put my knitting skills to a more selfish use!
2. When I am knitting for the aforementioned little people, I will try to knit patterns that I haven't used before, to keep learning new skills.
3. I have some beautiful yarn in my Stash (Tosh Sock, I'm looking at you!) and this year I want to spend time knitting it into beautiful items to be worn, rather than it being hidden away in my stash box.
1. I want to sew garments for myself. I've been blog stalking a few garment sewers this year and have developed a slight obsession with Colette Patterns. It's time I started to try actually making one of these garments, instead of just reading the patterns all the time!
2. I want to make some pretty things for the flat I live in: new cushion covers, a table runner and possibly a quilt for my bed. I got a lovely quilting book for Christmas and am feeling very inspired.
General Life Stuff:
1. I need to eat more healthily and exercise. A year of comfort eating, hormone treatment for endometriosis and a total lack of exercise have had a disastrous effect on my weight and fitness. I need to lose 4 stone (56 lbs). I doubt it can be done in one year, but I am ready to start working on it.
2. The elusive work/life balance. This is a big one for me, I really don't have any balance at all and will drop everything for the sake of my job. I need to put myself, my health, my friends and family first, or at least give them the same attention I give to work.
3. Do things that are outside my comfort zone. I've just turned 31 and should not be spending every evening sitting at home watching TV. I need to get out and socialise, whether that's with friends, my knitting group or at a gym class. Despite my anti-social, shy exterior I actually love meeting people and seeing friends, so I need to do more of it, instead of hibernating on my own.
Finally (phew!), this quote is my inspiration for the new year, courtesy of Eleanor Roosevelt:
'You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Do the thing you think you cannot do'.
Oh, and obviously I'll be blogging more this year, starting with the 2011 makes that remain unblogged!
Happy New Year, I hope 2012 is a great year for you.