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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and I write a monthly humour/sewing column for the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

I don't quilt, but

The holiday is preceeding nicely.
My husband is reading an ad for a three day golf school to me as I write this, and I am too busy to hear him. I am blogging aren't I?


Nice man, and I did say I would learn to golf didn't I? So we would do something together. Apparently he would like to expand our vacation togetherness beyond being patient in various fabric stores.


Which reminds me.


Fabricmart Fabrics.


Do you believe that a person drove 2,200 miles and managed to zone in on Fabricmart by 5:03 p.m.?


It closes a 5:00.


However there is mercy in this world. I just received an email that there is a sale on and of course I am in. Plus if I order enough they throw in a Mystery Box. I have had those before and mostly there is stuff in it that is not in my colours, but every once in a while... I will spend some happy time this afternoon filling up my virtual shopping cart, before I go off to the driving range.


And I have been doing some sewing.


Yesterday while my husband went off on his motorcycle to buy me a cake (definition of a middle aged man- they buy a fancy motorcyle and use it to go to the store - I don't mean to be unkind, and I do like my cake) and while he was gone I set up my machine and sewed together a bunch of strips from a jelly roll I bought because it was on sale, not because I quilt.



Two things.  First of all it is amazing how much nicer pictures are when you have actual outdoor sunlight to take them. Second my plan is to cut this up into strips and make a sort of Chinese Coin quilt like this:


I am not sure if I will use black or white or another neutral colour (any advice please from someone with actual taste and a good eye would be appreciated). Also the machine I brought here is my old Pfaff and I don't have the part for covering the feed dogs, (although I think I can make something) to free motion it. And I don't feel like doing a big heavy duty basting thing with a whole quilt top. I am on vacation, so I think I will just channel quilt, stitch and flip the strips instead.

It was extremely soothing to just stitch this up, just to run the machine after all that car time. Soothing is the right word.

It is interesting to me that sewing gives you what you need in different ways at different times. Sometimes it gives you a challenge, stimulation, or makes you feel like a creative and exciting person when your life seems just about everybody else's routine. Sometimes it gives you a future or brings back the best of your past. And sometimes it just settles you down so you can just chill.

2 comments:

Myrna said...

YES - sewing soothes and stimulates in so many different ways. It's such a part of my life, and the way I think, that there'd be a HUGE hole without it. I'm not sure what could fill that. As I've gotten older, I've been even more convinced - and thrilled to have - about the importance of having a path to learning and creativity and peace when I need it. Enjoy the holiday.

shams said...

Wait! WHAT?! You got to FM just as it CLOSED? Oy vey, I am sad for you.

At least you got cake. ;)