Autumn has finally hit Canberra – it is dark when I get home from work, there are piles of leaves everywhere, and last night I turned on the central heating for the first time this year. The first frost is predicted for tomorrow morning, and the way that the air feels this morning, I believe it! It has been snowing in the mountains and the wind is carrying that icy feel very effectively.
This week I had a day trip to Melbourne for work. The meetings were extremely worthwhile, and I managed to see a beautiful friend for 10 minutes before heading to the airport on the principle that 10 minutes was better than not seeing her at all! I took my green bag and it had the traditional airline lounge photograph but I have to say that amongst all the traditional Melbourne black and grey it did stand out as I was striding about the city with my glamorous companions.
Then on Thursday I attended the beginner resin workshop I mentioned in my last post. I loved it! It was amazing to see the different products that each of us produced when we were all presented with the same options in materials, colours, shapes etc. I decided to go for a sea feel so used a transparent green tint, with a blue metallic powder (love) and then a swirl of a rich blue at the end. Although I can see where I can improve on buffing the end results, I was completely delighted with the colour results! So if any of you are in the Canberra region I highly recommend checking out the Canberra Creatives site – not only do they have great classes, but there is a mega craft day at the Downer Community Centre on 4 May that looks amazing.
So after a week of interrupted evenings and some fairly long days in the office, trying to manage the ever increasing workload, by Friday night I was ready to collapse in a pile when I got home. However, after doing a bit of tidying up and sorting through little piles that had collected, it occurred to me that what I needed was some sewing (of course!!). I have been struggling with getting to the quilt I started for the boy last year, and have been feeling all of those pointless emotional responses like guilt, avoidance, etc. So last night I pulled out what I have done, came up with a plan, and starting sewing and cutting. I am working on having 6 large blocks that I will then join with sashing, and then make up any size shortfall with a border.
This quilt is a classic example of what not to do – I didn’t have a plan when I started, hadn’t calculated block sizes, and kept changing my mind at each point. I don’t love the result – but can live with it, and am filing it away as a lesson learnt. The next quilt will have a design and a plan, and will probably be much more fulfilling to make! This one will end up like an explosion of colour and pattern and be very scrappy – but I know that at the end of the day the boy will love it, no matter what, because I made it, just for him, and with love.
The rest of the weekend is looming before me, full of possibility. In fact so much possibility that I am almost (but not quite) frozen with indecision! I want to make a Tova tunic dress from some lovely fine corduroy (the cold weather is pushing me that way!), to start on orders that my sister sent me when she heard that I was finished the last batch (thanks sis!), and to make a bag design I have been playing with in my head. On the practical front I need to clean out the children’s wardrobes for the seasonal change over, clean out their toy boxes before they return so that things can disappear to someone who will use them, and attend to a bit more de-cluttering. So much to do and so little time – I think I will start with a cup of tea and contemplate it all!
I hope that you have a great weekend, whatever you are doing.