Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sewing like a mad woman and the broochy GIVEAWAY!!

So I'm really getting into this baby quilt now. After weeks [maybe months] of procrastinating I think I've finally hit my stride. I have planned to do 35 blocks (5 x 7 rows), but now I'm wondering whether that will make the finished quilt a bit too big. If I was a planner (which I'm not), I would have worked all of this out already, but I mostly avoid numbers if I can. Not that I can't do numbers, but it's just not how I tend to work. Anyway, I'm never terribly good at making decisions, so I'm just going to keep stitching up a storm and see how it's looking when I get to the 25-blocks mark. And I'm sorry about the rubbish photos. I *lost* my camera somewhere last year, and have temporarily replaced it with a $69.00 point-and-click 14mega-pixel digital, which clearly isn't doing the job as well as I'd like. But perhaps it's me and not the camera. Another thing I should read up on ...
Anyhoo, I have decided to make this a quilt-as-you-go job [note: I made a decision about something]. My days of tacking up big quilt tops and then trying to wrangle them under the machine are pretty much over. I am finding sitting at the machine, even for these easy blocks, is playing havoc with my dodgy back and my other failing body parts. I really do infinitely prefer the gentle rhythm of hand-work, but time is pressing, and so I am pretending that the machine is my best friend at the moment. I have been working on setting goals (thank you for your advice and encouragement JE), and now I am feeling on top of the quilt, instead of feeling as though the quilt were on top of me!!

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And as well as all that, I have lately been reflecting on the whole *time* thing [as have numbers of people in my sphere]. I wonder whether women in generations past felt the pressures of life in the same ways that we do? Perhaps when roles were more defined, and social mores were unvaryingly prescriptive; when there was limited (or no) choice, the strictures of daily life meant that routines were adhered to and the boundaries made safe. Monday was wash day, Tuesday was ironing day, Wednesday was sewing day, and so it went on. There was no expectation that you could pack more into your hours than was considered appropriate for the day. Well, that's my thinking anyway [I have been known to be wrong before].

But since I left full-time *paid* employment a number of years ago, and my small kidlets have grown into big ones, I think I have let go the rhythms and routines that keep one on the straight and narrow. And in having more time, I now realise that I have not been using it all that well. Tomorrow I am doing a one-day seminar on "Tools for Personal Productivity", or something like that. It's at "work" (I am still a part-timer 'cos it helps to pay the bills), but I can see this as being very "timely" for my home life/sewing/knitting/everything else life as well! I have always been a bit of a listmaker, but it feels like I'm ready for a change of focus in how I approach the use of my time. Will keep you posted on this one. Maybe you could share your tips as well? It's always good to hear how other people manage to try and juggle all the balls at once and gives food for thought and contemplation!

Now my other reason for posting is that I want to remind you about my little brooch GIVEAWAY!!!
I'm out here in Stitchitybits-land because I need somewhere to share what I'm doing and what I'm making and what I'm thinking, and I'd really welcome some feedback about what it's like for you as well. So please, if you could leave a comment here on the blog, or head over to facebook and like my page, I'll add your name to my little list and on Sunday afternoon Watson and I will draw a winner for this pretty brooch by the talented Alexandra Callow.

In the meantime, I'm really hoping the ye-olde-laptop doesn't completely pack it in. It's been getting the jitters a bit in the last few weeks, and yesterday it had a complete meltdown. I think the interwebs gods must have taken pity on me, because it's back on deck today, good as gold. Otherwise, I will have to resort to le-iPad, and that just isn't the same for this 'ol gal.

If you leave me a comment, I will always reply.

Love love,

Evie xxx

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