Wow, it has been a really long time since I last blogged. I haven’t touched my blog since the end of May. Yikes. Half a year has passed, so what have I been up to? Well first the good part: a lot of holidays, some short long weekends and this last one in November was a long one to Bermuda.
Jungfraujoch, Bern and Bern city
Lauenen & Gstaad
And last but not least, my island paradise:
Quilter’s Block: I was blocked. Maybe you are a quilter or maybe you’ve experienced this phenomena in another creative area of your life. It was not nice. From the time I finished all my quilt group responsibilities in May until the time I cancelled an Australian magazine project I was working on, but not making any progress, I was blocked, completely unable to get anything quilty done.
It wasn’t until June or July that I started preparing my fabric again to make a completely different quilt. I decided on something easy. Beginner easy. I was so convinced I didn’t have it in me to do anything more complicated: squares, no boarders, checker board pattern. But it was the fabric that saved the quilt, the fabric that brought me slowly back to life again, back to my quilting.
I must say I am not my 100% quilting maniac self again, however, but I am getting there. I had a breakthrough this week. The kind of breakthrough which sends you back into quilty heaven, dreaming of your next project. I had just dragged out one of my quilts to curl up with on the sofa. I was trying to do my husband a favor and not curl up with his flannel quilt which is just so tempting at this time of year.
So I had just spread out the quilt over me, curling up in front of the TV to watch another Christmas Hallmark movie (yes I know cheesy-but I love them), when suddenly I began to admire my quilt. It is my best quilt, #4, the Granny Squares Quilt. Such a classic pattern. I love how it is so simple and yet with the fabrics I chose, looks classic, almost antique. I also am extremely proud of the hand quilting (I am not much of a machine quilter). But what stole my attention was the fabric. For a moment I couldn’t believe I made this quilt. It was just perfect and each little piece telling a story of who I am, as a quilter at least. Sure, some of the fabric, some may say, doesn’t really go together. But you don’t notice it much when you look at the quilt as a whole. Oh just talking about it makes me want to open my fabric drawers right now and start planning my next project. Organizing them is more what I need to do.
I am sorry I don’t have anything more for you at the moment to share but at least this one picture of the fabric for the quilt I am hand quilting. I will write and share more on that in a future post.
Ok the two modern prints, the wordy one and Kaffe Fasset print I took out.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this post, the unedited version. Please let me know what you are up to creatively, I love hearing from readers.
I realised the other day we hadn’t been hearing from you and it has been on my list to get in touch. Glad you’re back and I’m sure your mojo will return soon (I lost mine a little while ago; maybe they were on holiday together!). Stunning pics of your holidays!
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Thanks Meredithe for your thoughts, who knows hopefully they were together and in good company! In any case it is a relief to know it comes back eventually, after being bored stiff. Yes Bermuda is a beautiful place, I am so lucky to have grown up there.
Hi Jodie! It’s Jodie, lol. Not CouchQuilts anymore, I’ve rather veered off into soap making but do still make quilts!
I was thinking it had been SO long since I’d seen any posts from you but figured for some reason I just wasn’t getting email notifications. I totally understand how time can fly by! It’s been ages since I’ve been on my quilting blog and I admit I’m behind on my soap one too. I spend most of my days on my Facebook page, trying to generate soap sales 🙂
Your pictures, the places you’ve been, are gorgeous! I’m glad you’re finding your quilting groove again and look forward to your next creation!
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Hi Jodie, I was wondering what happened to you too when I started reading blogs again. I couldn’t remember the name, just yours! That is great that you have gotten so into the soap making thing, especially since you could sell them faster and easier. It is so difficult to keep up with multiple social media accounts, Instagram is totally lost to me since they made changes. I will check out your new blog and hopefully you will keep us posted on any quilty news when you have the chance!