I Quilt and think


It’s Thursday – yay!  Time to link up your quilty process <3  This week I’ve had a lot of time to think, I’m under the weather and have been doing lots of little jobs and taking it easy.  Having time on my hands has led me to pondering.  I’m not used to having free time and as much as I claim that part of my drive to become a full time quilter is to have work-life balance, I am certainly nowhere near achieving balance!  I read a quote somewhere that said something like, “Business owners will work 70 hours a week to avoid working 25.”  That pretty much sums it up really!

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This week I caught up on some bee blocks :)  This improv block for Jess of The Elven Garden.

Bee block for Jess

Bee block for Jess

And this cat block for Adrianne from On The Windy Side.

Cat block for Adrianne

Both blocks were fun (they’re both around 24″ x 30″) and both are for the same bee.  The cat block was not in my comfort zone at all, I not only got out the graph paper but gave myself detailed cutting instructions.  I love the block and it turned out just as I’d hoped (but much bigger – my quilt math sucks) and most importantly, Adrianne loves it too :)  The block for Jess was totally in my comfort zone; improv all the way baby!  Both she and I love it and I need to pull myself together and part with it 😉

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Having all this thinking time has made me realise that I constantly need to be productive.  Today I sorted scraps and tidied up the studio.  I admit that I even cleaned the house over the past two days – I really am desperate for outcomes!  Usually my complete focus is on quilting but I don’t like to quilt when I’m overtired or not well.  That’s when mistakes happen and I do enough unpicking as it is!

School quilt on one of my favourite rugs <3

School quilt on one of my favourite rugs <3

I finished binding the quilt for the school fair this week and washed it yesterday (I ALWAYS pre-wash quilts in cold water with no detergent on a quick cycle and then put them through the drier.  It means they are colour fast and pre-shrunk which is really important to me. If the colours run I wash until the water runs clear.  I throw in a couple of colour catchers to pick up any dye.)  I can’t get enough of the texture post-laundering.

Lovely quilting crinkle post-wash.

Lovely quilting crinkle post-wash.

Now it’s your turn to link up your quilty goodness!  Please remember to visit three other linkers and share the love xxx



4 Comments on I Quilt and think

  1. Michelle
    July 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm (2 years ago)

    So sorry you haven’t been well Gemma. I find I clean when I need to sort stuff out in my head too. Win win really!

  2. Kathi Riemer
    July 25, 2014 at 2:09 am (2 years ago)

    I hope you feel better! that darn balance thing. It will never happen, sorry;( Let it go and just decide to be unbalanced, it is so liberating;)

  3. Deana
    July 25, 2014 at 3:23 am (2 years ago)

    Hooray for your finish! I really like the quilting on it.

  4. Jo
    July 25, 2014 at 10:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Sorry you haven’t been well. It feels like spring is getting closer in Canberra so I hope the promise of warmer weather helps you get better soon. I agree with the washed quilt texture – it is the best. I also love your bee blocks especially the improv one for Jess – gorgeous


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