Autumn is here. And thank goodness – it’s been a HOT summer in Melbourne. Still many more crazy hot days to come but the days are getting shorter, the mornings are a bit cooler and Easter is fast approaching.
This past week hasn’t been a good one for me. I am my own worst critic. Very hard on myself, and highly stressed when things don’t go my way. I want to sew ALL THE THINGS but I have very limited time. Being a Mum is my day time job and between nap time, kindergarten drop off and pick up, grocery shopping, cooking and tidying up endless toys, I only have small windows of time for sewing during the week. I want to sew in the evenings but I find that we put the kids to bed and I am so exhausted, collapsing on the couch to some crappy TV and a few chapters of Game of Thrones is all I can manage. Last week I mucked up a project and felt horrendous about it. I took it so personally – there may have been tears. (If only I was so dedicated to housework!) Lucky my husband is good at bringing me back down to earth and making me see that it’s all good and easily fixed.
So inspired by Suz’s latest post over at Sewpony, I’ve decided looking back at my achievements over summer is just what I need, rather than focusing on the all things I haven’t done yet.
Clockwise from left: One of my favourite projects ever, my Quilted Sewing Machine Cover; Anna’s Ariel the Mermaid dress that I made her for Christmas; a baby boy gift set for Lewis; the quilt-as-you-go iPad cover; and the Ruffle Butt Nappy Cover for Pippa.
Clockwise from top left: Zipper Pouch for my Sweet Pouch Swap partner; my first quilt for Lucy; chrevron baby gift set for baby Stella; hosting the Sweet Pouch Swap; patchwork zip pouch. (Can you tell the quilting bug has bitten over this past few months!?)
Clockwise from top left: Quilted Mat for the Pink Stitches Love Day Swap; my cute girls and Lucy wearing a dress I haven’t blogged about yet; Marmalade Quilt for baby Mabel, born last Thursday (squeee! She is totally cute and I had newborn cuddles with her on Friday!); heart embroidered zip pouch for the PS Love Day Swap; wet bags made from oil cloth.
So when you look at it like that, I have actually had a very busy summer. Two quilts!! Wow. And when I look at this collection, I really see that my skills have improved a lot. I think delving into patchwork has refined a few things, made me more careful, and in some ways, made me more creative.
Note to self: stop being so harsh on yourself and just keep swimming! (Ah, Dory. So much wisdom!)