Ok, I've just finished reading through your suggestions for blog topics and thought I'd jump straight in with a few questions from the lovely Diane.
1. What is the favourite thing you have ever made?
Now you see, I didn't put enough time in to choosing the first questions to answer - because this question takes some thought and all my thought energy is being used up at the moment with concentrating on keeping hold of the apple pie I have just eaten whilst also resting my laptop on my too full tummy!
That said, I think that my favourite thing ever is the quilt I made for Bella's first birthday.
As with most things since the birth of my daughter, I was not really prepared for her first birthday and of course left it until the last minute to get started on her quilt. Even though I knew well in advance that I wanted to make one for her. Duh.
My inspiration for the quilt came from two points. The first was the fact that I knew I had to use my all time favourite fabric - Liberty's Kinnear print in red - but that I couldn't use too much of it, because it's just too prescious. Which then led naturally to me finding a pattern that allowed the fabric to play a major role in the design without actually using too much.
And as soon as I saw the Japanese book Machine Made Patchwork I knew what I wanted to do - it had to be a log cabin quilt using just red and white fabrics.
This meant that I could use children's fabrics without making the entire quilt too juvenile for use past childhood as well as being able to use girly floral prints without limiting it to being too much of a feminine quilt.
Log cabin quilts are great when you want to make a multi-tasking or long lasting quilt because the overall effect can be quite different when viewed up close. It's great for making a quilt that lasts long in to adulthood, because the colours are what defines the piece rather than the individual prints.
When I started cutting the strips for the quilt I panicked slightly that it just wasn't going to work but frankly it was just too late to start anything else so I persevered.
And in fact, it wasn't until the entire top was pieced that I knew that I liked the overall look and that my fear of it being too disjointed were fortunately unfounded.
For the backing I chose a piece of fabric that I had been hoarding for a special occasion. It was a Paul Smith cotton that I couldn't replace and that needed to be used as a whole piece. And Bella's quilt was perfect.
I really love the fact that the top of the quilt is so busy and quite childish, and then you turn it over and you're looking at a piece that has such lovely clean lines and is so graphically pure.
For the binding I used a plain red cotton which gives it all a lovely simple border.
I'm not sure how Bella feels about her quilt and if I'm really honest I have to admit that I'm not overly vocal about the fact that it actually is her quilt! And rather than sitting on her bed, it sits on the back of the chair in the front room. Of course when it comes down to it I'll tell her it's hers. Honest. I will.
2. Do you get bored making the same thing more than once?
In short, yes a little. I don't mind with most things, especially if I can alter it a little each time. But if it's a piece that's fiddly or intricate then I kind of dread doing it again and again. For instance, it's not a coincidence that I've only made one (whole) hedgehog! That thing takes a lot of work!
That said, I also take a little comfort in making something that I know how to make. I often find working through a new design quite daunting and some days really do enjoy just cutting the pieces for an existing well worn design. (except at the moment, because leaning over my cutting table makes me want to vomit!).
3. How many hours a week do you spend sewing?
Well, obviously almost none at the moment. Bah. But when I'm not preoccupied by my stomach contents, I usually spend pretty much as much time as I can sewing.
With Bella at nursery two days a week now, I have those two entire days. And for the rest of the week I fit it in where I can. If Bella naps then I use those two hours and as soon as Jim walks in the door I head up to my studio for the rest of the night, and Jim puts Bella to bed.
I also hand sew whilst Bella plays in one of the many indoor play centres that I take her to, and can even occasionally manage a little whilst she plays in the house (although that is usually dependent on Dora being on tv!).
In short, if I'm not looking after Bella then I'm sewing. I'm not wonder woman at all, I fit in so much crafting at the expense of almost all housework and definitely all relaxation!
Thank you Diane for asking such great questions and I hope I haven't bored you all with my answers.
Oh and although the answers may not immediately illustrate just how much thought I put in to them, it's actually taken me 4 hours to write this post!
Brain dead? Yup.