Off Kilter

I recently received a catalogue in the mail from my local Spotlight store – and in it was a paragraph about how “Sewing is the new Yoga”.

I’ve always found it difficult to explain in words why I like to “cut up perfectly good fabric and sew it back together again”. This is a relatively new hobby (obsession?) of mine and most of the time I don’t even understand it. My non sewing friends – and my husband for that matter – definitely don’t understand this strong inner urge and almost desperate need I have to regularly create things via cloth and thread. If I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed, a few hours at my sewing machine can bring me serenity and calm.

Well, this article in the Spotlight catalogue really struck a chord with me and I’d like to share an excerpt with you:

“Sewing is a great way to relax the mind, body and soul…it provides an opportunity to create art along with having the opportunity to relax and enjoy your surroundings…listening to that soothing sound of needle going through the cloth is the most amazing sound in the world. The contentment and peace that it provides is difficult to explain in words…”

I was chatting to a lovely sewing buddy of mine at our last Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild meeting and she made comment on my then apparent lack of sewing enthusiasm this year. I’ve thought a lot about her comment and realised that a few things that happened towards the end of last year started eroding away my love of sewing/quilting. I’ve done some soul searching and have come to the conclusion that I love to sew AND I need to sew…

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that my sewing mojo is back with a vengeance!

Life is hectic this year. I’m now working part time and our three children, aged 10, 8 and 7 have a crazy after school schedule that includes Scouts, swimming, basketball, gymnastics and an upcoming soccer season! My husband works long hours, we have no family living close by and free time, as most busy mums’ know, is at a premium…

But I have been working extra hard to find time to sew and have a few new projects in the works…

Last year, Tula Pink’s “Elizabeth” finally made an appearance in our Tasmanian stores. I spent my birthday money on a Layer Cake  (feeling a little excited about precuts atm 😉 )

I scratched my head about what to do with this lovely bundle,

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I knew that I didn’t want to cut into this loveliness anymore than necessary.

So I settled on a nice and simple pattern “Off Kilter” by Konda Luckau @ Moose on the Porch Designs. I found this pattern in another of my library book loans “Jump-Start Your Quilting“.

This week, I managed to make my 42 blocks – 24 x A1 blocks and 18 x A2 blocks,

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and sew them in columns:

 

I am seriously crushing on this beautiful fabric and hope that this week I’ll get a chance to add the sashing strips.

As an exciting end note, I just received an email from Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs to say that I had been chosen as a winner for the Midnight Mystery Quilt Along. You can read about my quilt here. I was lucky enough to win two free digital patterns from Cheryl’s etsy shop. Cheryl is a quilter and blogger who I very much admire and I feel very privileged and fortunate to win this wonderful prize.

You can view all of the incredible finished quilts from this Quilt Along here.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Deb 🙂

Linking up to Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts and Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts.

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10 thoughts on “Off Kilter

  1. Wow, what pretty colours, and what a lovely Quilt top you’ve done, congratulations on your Midnight Mystery Quilt a Long win. You’re certainly going places with your Quilting. Thanks for sharing with me. Love Heather XXOO

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  2. I’ve been finding that life has been interrupting my sewing a bit more than I would like lately as well. Congratulations on your win. Your new quilt looks lovely and shows off the fabric quite nicely.

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  3. Hi… I hopped to you from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. I, too was a lucky winner from Cheryl, and I have chosen my digital patterns, Cheryl was so generous to add some prizes from her own collection of patterns and goodies. Love your quilt, I added a border, and am not sure about the quilting, that is daunting!!!

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  4. Hi! Deb, I found you via Sew Fresh Quilts too. The patchwork pattern you’ve chosen makes the very best of those Tula Pink prints – the quilt top is looking great! And congratulations on winning a prize for the Midnight Mystery QAL – enjoy your prizes.

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  5. Hi Deb! I’m impressed that you can find any sewing time, but then I also know that when having so many things to do everyday, you do need even short sewing moment to relax your mind. This quilt is going to be gorgeus! x Teje

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  6. The Spotlight article is right, sewing, especially hand sewing, can be an informal meditation. Looking back at my life I can see that at times of greatest stress I have done lots of hand sewing, cross stitch, embroidery, and knitting. I still do them all although quilting is my first love, but also practice meditation formally now. Linking up from Sew Fresh Quilts.
    Smiles from
    Kate

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  7. Congratulations deb on your well-deserved win in the Midnight Mystery Quilt a Long,so proud of you!- fabric chosen for this quilt is lovely and when your heart of love combines with your creative hands,the result will be a cherished keepsake love mum xoxo

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