Hello my lovelies. How are you all today? This is the time of year when some of us get a little stressed. I did feel a bit stressed a couple of weeks ago and so started concentrating on getting a few extra things done every week and now things just seem to be falling into place. Thank goodness for that! Today I’m looking forward to Christmas and everything it brings.
I’m a firm believer that we get inspiration from everywhere and everything. For instance, the internet holds a great wealth of inspiration in all manner of crafts. Books and magazines are at the top of my list of best inspirational tools. And of course, all the different ranges of wonderful fabric help me along to creating wonderful things. I have also noticed, that what’s happening in the here and now all around us affects what we create. For instance, if we’re really busy and we need a sewing fix, we’re more likely to work on small projects. If life all around us is full of bad news and sadness, it might affect our colour choices; we either choose brights to cheer everyone up or muddy sombre colours which match the tone of the mood.
It’s the time of year when I start thinking about what I want to make next year. And apart from a couple of projects which I posted about recently and finishing a few UFOs, I have no other ideas. So once again I will be consulting all my books and magazines to see what’s trending and perhaps even consider what fabrics I have in my stash and take inspiration from those. What is your best source of inspiration? Do you just follow the trends?
I popped over the High Street Quilting to visit Hilary this morning. Hilary’s ladies pieced blocks back in September which Hilary joined together to create a Quilts for Comfort quilt which I offered to longarm quilt for the group. So we had a good chatty catch up and to my surprise I was very reserved and did not purchase any fabrics for once. However, I do have my eye on a colourful fabric bundle that my Sarah and I can share. So I will probably make up for not buying today next week when I deliver the finished quilt! Here’s a little peek at the quilt top which I loaded into my longarm quilting system this afternoon …..
And here’s a little look at the pieced back …..
I think piecing a back is a terrific idea when your backing fabric isn’t quite wide enough. It uses up scraps of fabric and also makes said back much more interesting. Now I’m left with the decision regarding what all over quilting design to stitch on this funky cheerful quilt. I have already chosen the thread and I can’t wait to get started in the morning. In the meantime, I had better start flipping a coin.
Have you got the festive spirit? Have you decorated your home? Are you still working on handmade gifts? Or are you relaxed and enjoying the journey? All that stress for one day. You can certainly tell it’s not far off. The roads are jammed with traffic, tempers are flaring at times and quite often disappointment reigns when we can’t find what we want in the shops. Well I’m very pleased to say that apart from food and writing a few cards, I think I’m on track. Yay!
So for this evening, this very happy longarm quilter will be doing some appliqué prep work watching some mindless TV. I hope you have a super cosy evening, away from the stormy winds, doing something you truly enjoy. Until you read me again,
Happy stitching. ♥ ♥