This isn't intended to be a Mother's day post, but before I start I would like to give a special thought to any of you who are not mothers; who would like to be, or hope to be mothers. it can be a very hard day. I remember.
It's coming to the end of Mother's Day and writing on my blog is quite a 'self nuturing' activity for me. So, if Mother's Day is all about mothers I am very happy to end it thinking and writing in 'my space'. I need to remember that to be in the best possible place to parent I need to be in a good place within myself- so I can enjoy my children not resent those (sometimes constant) needs for attention, conversation, interaction, etc. - the need for a relationship with their mother!
The ol' 'I have to care for myself so I am able to care for others' thing. Not always what comes naturally, I find.
Onto the Big Day Out - Look who I got to spend the day with yesterday- Kellie of 'Don't Look Now!' fame.
I did a one day workshop which of course wasn't long enough, but gee, it was good. Kellie was
a slave driver (!) an enthusiastic teacher who was very generous with her knowledge and very genuine and natural in her approach. Whilst also being awe inspiring with her amazing work (we got to see them in the flesh and photos just don't do these works justice) and professional (she didn't laugh at my attempts and was very encouraging!). Kellie, thanks for a really great day, it was well worth it for me.
The idea is that you stitch very very close to the applique shape edges..hmmm, as my childs teacher says 'practice makes progress'
These are some of Kellie's beautiful pieces- can you see that machine quilting? oooh ahhhh.
I reckon I know what I will be doing next Saturday at 'Sew it Together' , drawing applique shapes onto 'Lite steam a seam 2'! I also might take some Ottobre mags to trace some patterns out of. My to do list is growing, this is it without thinking too much about it:
Belt for Mason and Lauren (shut your eyes mothers of those two, in case you read this!)
Leggings for Annie
PJ's for Annie and Jack
Tunic top for Annie
Dresses for Amy and Mhairi
Way overdue pot holder for Helen. Sorry Helen, I haven't forgotten.
These things are on the fun list, as opposed to the needed to Winter clothes or presents list;
Finish wavy quilt
Finish this purse kit
Start a new Kellie 'project'
Start a hand pieced hexagon quilt (well, my kids have started playing sport, so I anticipate that sitting and watching (stitching) time.
Actually, it's true, a trouble shared is a trouble halved- this was troubling me a bit- how to move forward with a massive to do list, now that it's out there, doesn't look too massive. BREATHE...