An Update

Greetings from Switzerland on yet another dreary, January day!

First of all, I would like to apologize to my readers for my blogging absence.  I have lots of photos though, to help make up for it.

Since I last wrote, I have been very busy learning a lot of exciting new things, some of which, you can get a glimpse of, below. I will try to post more on these topics as soon as possible.

The art of quilting

My Latest Quilty Obsession is Hand Quilting:  My Pinwheel Quilt
My Latest Quilty Obsession is Hand Quilting: My Pinwheel Quilt
I love the effect of the hand quilting I did on my Windy Days Quilt
I love the effect of the hand quilting I did on my Windy Days Quilt
Hand Quilting Essentials: A nice cup of black tea with milk and sugar and my favorite Swiss cookies.
Hand Quilting Essentials: A nice cup of black tea with milk and sugar and my favorite Swiss cookies.
My Hand Quilting Essentials: Clover Thimble and Roxanne #10 Betweens. The purple snips are a pain!
My Hand Quilting Essentials: Clover Thimble and Roxanne #10 Betweens. The purple snips are a pain!
My Quilting Companion: Sheepy
My Quilting Companion: Sheepy
A little me time in my Creative Space: A cup of Tea and the last piece of Black Cake.
A little me time in my Creative Space: A cup of Tea and the last piece of Black Cake.
Tracy's mom sent T.  her Christmas Cake straight from Trinidad. And it was still delicious!! I definitely want to make this Trinidadian version of Fruit Cake.
Tracy’s mom sent T. her Christmas Cake straight from Trinidad. And it was still delicious!! I definitely want to make this Trinidadian version of Fruit Cake.

The art of blogging

Blog what you love! This week I’ve been planning a few future posts.

Journal Shot of Quilty Plans
Journal Shot of Quilty Plans
My Homeland Flag: Bermuda
My Homeland Flag: Bermuda
Sorting My Scraps
Sorting My Scraps
A 'Scrappy' Shot. Love Photography!
A ‘Scrappy’ Shot. Love Photography!
Annual Wine Guild Gala Dinner at 'Bad Horn'. That's the name of one of my favorite local Hotel's.
Annual Wine Guild Gala Dinner at ‘Bad Horn’. That’s the name of one of my favorite local hotels.
Simple Flower Arrangement at 'Bad Horn' Gala Dinner.
Simple Flower Arrangement at ‘Bad Horn’ Gala Dinner.

The art of homemaking

A ‘creative date’ with myself and a nice Austrian magazine that has been sitting on my shelf for a few years, waiting for a photo shoot. It’s the Austrian version of Country Home/ Country Living.

Austrian Magazine: Servus
Austrian Magazine: Servus
With the mild weather here in Eastern Switzerland, I'm dreaming of Spring. Primula's are out in my garden! (No these are not a picture of them.)
With the mild weather here in Eastern Switzerland, I’m dreaming of Spring. Primula’s are out in my garden! (No these are not a picture of them.)
I love picking up foreign magazines. This Austrian one "Servus" has a great section about local Austrian dialect, which for someone who is interested in languages, is a lot of fun to read.
I love picking up foreign magazines. This Austrian one “Servus” has a great section about local Austrian dialect, which for someone who is interested in languages, is a lot of fun to read.

The art of cooking

Since Christmas I’ve been learning the art of cooking from my pantry. (Is it possible that I have only been once since the New Year to the grocery store?!!)

Pinterest Cooking: My version of  Quiche inspiration  from Sonja's  Blog 'Honey Bee'
Pinterest Cooking: My version of Quiche. Inspiration from Sonja’s Blog ‘Honey Bee’
Made "Gebratener Reis mit Ei" Can't remember what this is called in English! I had never had it before.
Made “Gebratener Reis mit Ei” from my big rice cookbook. Can’t remember what this is called in English! I had never had it before, will certainly add it to my Emergency Cooking recipe box.
Pinterest Cooking: Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe from the Eatniks blog.
Pinterest Cooking: Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe from the Eatniks blog. Loved them!!
A late night cooking adventure: "Milchreis" Somebody special's favorite. I had never made REAL tapioca pudding, or do you call this rice pudding when it's not out of a box?
A late night cooking adventure: “Milchreis” Somebody special’s favorite. I had never made REAL tapioca pudding, or do you call this rice pudding when it’s not out of a box? You have got to try making this from scratch!!!
Pinterest Cooking: This was the Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup I made. It was delicious considering it has cauliflower. Another one for Hubby.
Pinterest Cooking: This was the Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup I made. It was delicious considering it has cauliflower in it. Another one for Hubby.

So back to Quilting.

Yesterday, when I decided to start the beginning of my blogging week with a “beginner quilter” series, I thought I had the idea all sussed out. I thought “ok, this will be easy”. I mean I have been plotting* and planning the launch of this series since before this blog existed!

As usual, nothing is as easy as it seems at first!

Take quilting for example. I know I should give back to the quilting community that has given me so much support over the last year.

I realize that I should be putting out tutorials into our online community, but after a lot of thought, I have decided that tutorials, maybe just aren’t my thing right now, because I am a ‘beginner quilter’.

If you are a ‘beginner quilter’ too, how ever you may define that term, let me give you some advice. There are so many resources for beginner quilters out there, you only have to look.  For this reason, I am more than happy to be your tour guide of the online Quilty realm. (Now that’s something I could write a tutorial on….!)

As quilters, beginner or not, we all have something to offer to our quilting community both on and offline.  I am in the process of finding out what my personal and Quilty goals are, so I can update my blog, in order to make my blog a ‘springboard’ for achieving those goals and for leading the Blogging and Quilty life that I want to live.

I’m sorry if I am stressing you out talking about goals, but I have learnt that making goals and meeting them is my way of maintaining a stress free life and that is my ultimate goal.

For any of my, Quilty or Non Quilty, readers who may have actually read this post to the end, I thank you!!

If you have anything to comment on, from this post or in general, I would love to hear from you!

Sweet Dreaming readers!

Jodie

* I mean the literary term here. 

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    1. Well hopefully I can inspire you you to start. It was certainly the second best decision I’ve made. To learn to quilt. Just try it! It is a great way to make something for your family that is lasting and beautiful!

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  1. Love the sheep! My mom will be proud it’s on the web too! You are very creative, and inspiring me to stay creative! My art show will hang in a small cafe space at the end of February. I’m here working away, distracted so I clicked your blog to read. It was exactly what I needed to get me back to painting

    Xx

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    1. Thanks Robyn love reading your comments. Or any comments for that matter. But actually happy to finally have gotten to the bottom of sorting though all my emails so I am finally caught up on life. For the moment. I love inspiring you or giving you an inspirational kick in the but. I know sometimes we need that. It’s snowingg!!!!!!! Finally here!! Just sitting in my hole looking out. Going upstairs in a minute to have some lunch!!! Love you!
      Jodie

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  2. Loving the little Sheepy! Did you make that from a pattern? It’s adorable. And the cauliflower/garlic soup sounds like something I need to make this week. Ummmmm. Which recipe did you use? No snow but it’s been cloudy & rainy looking. Dreary at times, though the sun has peeked through today. Take it when we can get it. 🙂

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