Sunday, 1 January 2012

Confessions and Resolutions

Happy new year and all that exciting stuff! Really, to me, it doesn't feel like a new year, let alone a new week! It could perhaps be attributed to sleep deprivation. Thank you, darling daughter for waking me up no less than 5 times, with one of those times being to the sounds of little feet dancing on the stove top. Yeah - my kids inherited quadruple doses of the climbing gene. I wouldn't mind so much if they didn't exhibit said gene at 3 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING! So here's to a better night's sleep tonight and perhaps I'll start my new year tomorrow.

So as with any new year, there are always the obligatory resolutions. Lose weight, get more sleep, do more, be more blah blah blah. I've decided I'm not going to bother with those as official resolutions. Instead I'm going to focus on more interesting ones - and ones that I'm likely to achieve. Quilty resolutions!

Where does that fit in with confessions you ask? Well my resolutions relate directly to my confessions - quilty-wise anyways. Now if you're a fully-fledged, pearl-clutching, member of the Quilt Police, move along now. It's not pretty.

  • Confession #1 - I don't do binding. It hurts my hands. It takes too long. I don't like it.  But I feel like a fake quilter by not having binding. so...
  • Resolution #1 - Attempt to learn how to machine bind quilts. No excuses - it won't hurt the hands like hand sewing surely.  Hello tutorial!
  • Confession #2 - My quilting aspect of the quilting business sucks. I don't believe it get any more boring than my average and token few lines of stitches around prominent features of the quilt. Squares anyone?

  • Resolution #2 - Practice FMQ and actually try it on a quilt. This time, don't unpick each stitch, girl. Not only is it time consuming, it's demoralising. Rejoice in your wonky FMQ! Oh and look! Laura from Quokka Quilts is hosting a FMQAYGQAL - a quilt along! hmm maybe now's the time?

  • Confession #3 - I'm a fraidy-cat when it comes to bees and swaps. I'm terrified what I sew isn't going to be good enough for strangers who are potential members of the afore-mentioned Quilt Police.
  • Resolution #3 - Oh and I've already met this one! I've signed up for a Quilt Bee through Quilt Club Australia. Yay! I guess this is kind of a cheater resolution to pop in, but gosh it feels good to say I can tick one off my list. Oh and if you're wondering - my month is April. Can't wait!

I think that's enough confessing and resoluting (ha, is that even a word?) for now! Let me add a few more things to what I want to achieve this year - quilt-wise.
  1. Make a snowball quilt
  2. Make a king size quilt cover for my sister's 30th that will be awesomely out of this world
  3. Sort out that terrible excuse for a craft cupboard that houses my fabrics
  4. Take some kind of quilting class. Ooh fun!
Well sorry for a boring post with no quilty pictures. The only photo I had that could possibly fit this post was a terrible blurry one of my FMQ practice on some felt scraps. But I don't think it's fit for public consumption. I will post a pic of my "A Walk in the Woods" quilt soon though! I finished it today (does that count as my first finish of 2012?!) but it's currently in the washing machine. Better go hang that out on the line!

1 comment:

  1. Re Confession #1: I love this tutorial for machine binding. I could never get it before, but going back to front is so much easier to get it sitting right on the front. Hope that helps a bit :).


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