Tuesday, 24 November 2015
I felt like doing something little, that I could do at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee. At first I retrieved my box of granny squares and yarn but after doing one round, my shoulder twinged and I reluctantly I had to put up the crochet. I pushed through it a week or two ago, and while I added a few new squares to my granny square box, I ended up with a sore neck and arm all day as a result.
I've long wanted to make a hexagon quilt and making hexies is fun and relaxing. It's something I can do quickly or when I don't want to do any machining. To be honest, the machine has been sitting a little dormant since I finished my previous business, a girl's fashion label. I guess after spending a rather intense last year at the machine day in day out, the novelty has worn off a little. I just need a good break before I can enjoy sewing again. That and my shoulder needs to get better.
I've been randomly making hexies here and there, putting them in a box to start a 'hexie collection.' I decided to get a little more serious about it today, so I pulled down a few fabrics from my personal stash and set about cutting out some hexagons-to-be. This wasn't terribly easy, because some of the prints I had gotten out are long hoarded treasures and required fussy cutting - it was hard picking and choosing which parts of the print were going to make the final cut. So much so, I momentarily considered just putting it all away and cutting them out into bigger squares.
But I love hexies and the quilts I have seen made from them. I know it will take a great deal of time before I see the final product and impatient as I am, I have decided to commit to growing a hexie collection first to ease into things. I will build up a collection of these tiny little fabric pictures before starting on a blanket. That in itself will take awhile, but it feels more achievable to me. I'm used to sewing clothing and producing quantities rather quickly, so getting back into creativity just for the sheer joy of it and albeit at a much slower approach is taking a bit to get used to again!
I'm so used to doing such long hours at the machine, that I was surprised the other day when I decided to make a couple of blocks on the quilt I am working on, that it took hardly any time at all. It's funny what you get used to isn't it? Only a few years ago, I was flicking through craft magazines and made things for fun. Coming back down off the busyness it takes to produce for a small fashion business is taking longer than I anticipated.
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