How is 2019 treating you thus far? Have you got the January blues yet or are you enjoying all the newness and freshness of a blank year of possibility stretching ahead? I've read so many "New Year, New Me, New Goals" blog/social media posts and magazine articles lately that I don't know if I should feel inspired or overwhelmed by them! If I'm honest, life here feels a little more "same old, same old", but perhaps I will have some new things ahead for me, too.
My WIPs list isn't looking quite as "same old, same old" as I thought it might. Looking back through my posts here, I'm surprised to discover that I finished 5 quilts last year and a mini too! Of course, most of them were already well on their way to a finish before 2018 began, but yes, in spite of how hectic and unpredictable life has become, I pushed them over the finish line, which means my WIPs list looks a little more manageable going into 2019, and maybe even with wiggle from for some new things :-)
I had a nice long break from work at the end of the year and made use of the post-Christmas part of that to prep some little projects I want to stitch this month - some to finish old projects, some new. For me, with time always so tight, a few good preparation sessions really boost my productivity on evenings where I can actually crank up the sewing machine. I'm hoping to find more preparation time in 2019 to enhance my machine time - fingers crossed.
First for 2019 is picking up on a little project started back in the unexpected heat of 2018. Last summer, on a lovely relaxed weekend with my sewing besties, I had a go at hand-piecing for the first time. I don't seem to have shown my efforts here, but encouraged by and provided with a few handy hints from Trudi, I tackled the 'Daisy Do' flowers from Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely.
It's hard to have an idea of scale from these floor pics, but this is only a wee cushion at 14" square (it fits the small IKEA IRMA filler cushion). I completed the cushion panels with a little perle hand quilting to stabilise and accentuate the daisies. The big stitches were a very satisfying finish!
For such a small project, this cushion cover had everything thrown at it - hand piecing, needle turn appliqué, perle hand quilting, machine piecing and an invisible zip. What's not for me to love?
So, 2019, what's say you and I do some stitch dancing a little more often this year?
Sounds like a plan then!!