Wednesday, January 29, 2014

December Crazy Scrappy Do. Good Stitches Quilt

Thread alone cannot make a person happy.  Fabric alone cannot make a person happy (unless one has a "mild" obsession *cough*cough*).  Batting alone cannot make a person happy.  But combine all of these together and add a little handmade love.  Then you've got a quilt.  And I don't know a single person that wouldn't find themselves just a little bit happier when wrapped in the comfort of a quilt.

I love being a part of Do. Good Stitches and I love that our group is the Happiness Circle.  I love that we can bring happiness to others and I love how happy it makes me to finish a quilt with this group of ladies I now call my friends.

In December I asked the members to make crazy scrappy blocks following Aneela Hoey's tutorial in reds, purples, oranges, pinks and browns.

These are my blocks.




And in the end, this is our quilt.  




 


I like to think that our little Happiness Circle could make people happy, one quilt at a time.





 

Friday, January 24, 2014

THE BALANCING ACT

Ever feel like you're living on a tight-rope wire without a harness while attempting to do house work?  That's what this year has felt like.  Between my part-time teaching gig, being a mom, trying to run my own business, my duties with the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild and the other little odd jobs I tend to pick up here and there, I don't ever feel like anything gets my full attention.  I mean, how can you actually full-on concentrate on anything with a two-year-old whose favourite phrase is, "Mommy!  Come see!"

As I write, I am eating my lunch at the computer desk so I might sneak in a little moment to write this quick post.




 
Yesterday I managed to get something done.  Something that is giving me hope that next year I might be able to find some calm in the creative.  Wouldn't it be great if I could eliminate a stresser from my life and immerse myself in my creativity, and actually make that a safe and successful place to be?  I would call that place home.  And I would live there with my little family in a quaint little life.  And I would drink a lot of tea.  And eat a chocolate.  And maybe enjoy a book now and then.  And it would be wonderful...