Where did it go?

Slowly, but surely, I am making my way back to quilting.

Taking large pieces of fabric and turning them into small pieces of fabric and then back into large pieces of fabric has been what I have done to keep myself sane and together for the past couple of decades. It has seen me through a great many things in one way or another, it has given me focus when I needed it, it has been a distraction from the bad times, and a way that I have forced myself to look at and sometimes go out into the world – but for the last few months it hasn’t been enough.

The hexagons I am working on at the moment seem to be very hard to complete. Which I am finding frustrating, as they are generally the thing I go to first to try and come back again (I have the ongoing My Happiness project for this task). But this is a challenge. One that I am going to meet. After all, I made a commitment.

Thinking Big

I am a sucker for a sampler quilt. I have actually finished a couple of them too… they aren’t all like the Dear Jane WIP that is languishing in a box somewhere, there is one on a bed in Eldest’s room (confession, it needs binding), there is the original sampler quilt I made as a beginner (confession, it is hidden away and will never see the light of day)… okay so I am crap at finishing sampler quilts (confession, there is a reason why I call this blog Katie Quilts Sometimes).

So in an attempt to A) finish a sampler quilt, and B) continue my year of redefining by connecting with the online quilting world… I have a plan (confession, I thought this up while I was very sick so it may be a tad questionable and is subject to change).

Enter: The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt (I got mine from The Book Depository during the 48 hours where the stresses of work had lead me to a period of “buy all the things”, which then led to three weeks of “waiting for all of the things to arrive”)

Now there are 99 blocks in this one, all of them 6″ in size… I *could* try and work with one of the quilt-a-longs that is going to be happening (Angie is running one starting at the end of September, and Kerry’s starts on September 14th), but honestly, I don’t know if I could commit to making all of them. I did think about making one that is more lap sized, just something for me to have for myself, but I have a few of that sized quilt about now and I really need something new for my bed… so I had an idea… I am going to go big.

I want a new king sized quilt for my bed. I was planning to make a Swoon Quilt using some Tula Pink Moonshine I picked up from Massdrop, but I think I am going to change that plan a little.

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My Farmer’s Wife Sampler quilt blocks are going to be upsized a little… to 20 inches (I think). There will be 13 whole blocks (I think), but I am not sure if I am going to do the half blocks to make up the other parts, or leave it plain (one of the mysteries of life I suppose).

To make this something of a challenge for me, I want to upscale the blocks using EQ7 – I say a challenge, because while I open the program often, I don’t get to the bit where I am happy with what I have designed.

So there we are, I am kind of going to participate in the quilt-a-longs, but I am also going to do something which *may* be more achievable for me.

Of course this could also become a series of cushions, so I guess time will tell.

A finish {finally}

A few years ago I started a disappearing nine patch quilt for my youngest offspring. The year was 2008 and the top took me a day to put together, so decided to hand quilt it… fast forward to 2015 and it is finally done.

Disappearing nine patch

The child has sometimes been a little impatient with me about this, his older brother is the one who has gently reminded me that I needed to get it finished. In hindsight, I should have either overcome my dislike of machine quilting things for myself, or sent the thing to be professionally quilted.

I have even put a label on it…

Disappearing nine patch

And then there were three (more)

This year seems to be the Year of the Swap; and it continues. Just above here is my #handpiecedminiswap run by Jo of Life in Lists. It has been received by its new owner, and I loved making it (but then I do love me some hand piecing).

Next up was the #superherominiquiltswap, I am not saying anything about this one – it has’t arrived as yet… so still in the secret squirrel basket… but it was loads of fun to make (I hand pieced this one as well).

And last, but not least is the #theanimalinyouswap. I have blogged about this one before, I wasn’t sure if doing the swaps is good for me and people having a sense of what it is that I do… well except that if I was honest about it, I love hand work – and the sharks are appliqued, so it is kind of me… but it is more my partner’s (and apparently I totally nailed this one).

How about you? Do you swap?

Vivid – One Crowded Hour

I love fireworks. There is something about the colours against the night sky, and the bang and the flash and the rain of colours that happen next. So it isn’t surprising that I also enjoy the light shows which have become popular over the past few years (here I am thinking Vivid in Sydney, and Enlighten in Canberra).

Last night I tried to enjoy myself at Vivid.

But we abandoned the tour following a walk through Martin Place, and taking in the sights at Customs House.

Next year, we try for midweek. Because not even being able to make it into the crowd in the Rocks or Circular Quay (even the train station was closed due to the crowds), made for a challenging evening.

Coming out of the night was a new reference point – it was busy at the shops, but it wasn’t Vivid busy… 😉

Is my Instagram feed really me?

Something occurred to me last week, and it has taken a but of time bouncing about in my head for it to come out.

Given that most of my quilting time is currently taken up with swaps – is my Instagram feed really me? Or is it me channeling my partners?

Take The Animal in You Swap (#theanimalinyouswap) that I am currently involved in.

Just keep swimming #theanimalinyouswap

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This quilt is something I am proud of (currently it is waiting to be quilted), but the style of it isn’t what I would go for myself, it isn’t “me”, which is making me think… if you were looking at my IG feed expecting to find a snapshot of my life – would you?

I think I shall continue to ponder this some more (while figuring out if I am going to be doing any more swaps this year, or if six is enough…).