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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Quilter's Holiday

Along with the completion of the wedding parament came the fulfilment of my last work commitment until the fall.  What does time off  look like for someone whose work is quilting?  Something like this:
In addition to gardening, deck staining, barn painting, lawn mowing, meal making, a little travelling and lots of cat-herding (!), I will be spending my leisure time playing in the sewing room, creating simply for the sheer joy of it. There are no deadlines, page restrictions, copious notes on construction, or piecing diagrams to slow down the process; it's simply a time to play and hone my technical skills. Patchwork is a very technical and exacting process. I've started a Feathered Star in gorgeous Hoffman batiks, a block I've never sewn before, and already I am thrilled to learn the subtleties of its unique construction based partly upon the shape of the centre patch.  My burgeoning silk collection has been patiently waiting for my attention and I am excited to open the boxes and see those glorious colours and textures spill out onto the table.  Some of that silk is shown above, pieced into segments measuring 2" x 3". The blocks may never find their way into a quilt but I've had the pleasure of making each one and learning as I go. I guess my vacation is not so much holiday as sabbatical.

7 comments:

  1. Karen, enjoy your well deserved break and play, to just please yourself!

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  2. What fun! I find I spend more time knitting in the summer, because I can carry it with me.
    Looking forward to seeing what your play looks like. I can see those silk blocks in an evening bag, perhaps?

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  3. I hope you can fit in some quilting playtime in with your busy chore schedule. Golly girl!

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  4. Well, now - aren't they rather lovely pieces of silk! Beautifully pieced too. It's summer for you, so it must be playtime!

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  5. Whatever you do Karen, I know you will find joy in the doing. It's a wonderful thing about play, and work, they both can give joy

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  6. Hurray for summer!! It's finally reached the shores of Cape Breton. I'm looking forward to some outdoor chores, too. Enjoy!!

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  7. Read down through your blog on this rainy windy NS day. Great reading. Exciting about your book. Mrs P's shop looks good. I was in there the day she was rushing off to play her pipes! (Donna Stewart) So proud that some one from NS has accomplished so much in the quilting world. Good job. I live about and hours drive from the shop so would love to come on a sewing day in the fall if you have one again!

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