Full speed ahead
Weeellll... it's been a while since the sewing machine has been out. Too long in fact. Sometime last year, we had a great couple of days creating with some friends: the kids were interested in the quilts I make and asked if we could have a quilting day where they each got to make their own quilt. We sorted out the details, I devised a simple pattern, we took the kids on fabric-buying missions and on the day let them raid my stash for bright and happy coloured fabrics.
The results were five eye-poppingly bright and gorgeous quilt tops, which are now at varying stages of completion. The projects had gone on the back burner in the hurly-burly of every day life (not uncommon in a long-term project like making a quilt).
Don't ask me quite where from, but inspiration struck yesterday and out the quilt and the sewing machine came. Skills are a bit rusty, but as these quilts are going to be very well used and loved rather than exhibition pieces I'm running with 'a good game's a fast game' and aiming to finish fast!
Quilts are a labour of love, with multiple steps in the process: it's not uncommon for hundreds of hours to go into each one. But you can't beat snuggling under natural fibres pieced together by your own hand and the hours are all worth it in the end.
I always say that every piece of art has a stage in the process where you hate it - can't stand the sight of it and don't know how you'll ever finish. But I've learned you just have to stick with it, grit your teeth and keep going. The feeling at the end - when you know you've done good work - is worth the creative struggle.
The thing that got me yesterday was how insanely excited Conor was as I started quilting his quilt. Literally whooping and shouting how cool it was - my boy excited at the whirr of the sewing machine, the stitches pouring onto the fabric and us co-creating something just for him.
Now that's cool.