I'm already missing the luxury of time. Today is the first day since being back at work that I have touched the sewing machine and I felt that I just had to sneak in a couple of hours and plod on with an ongoing project, rather than get my creative juices flowing and start some new ambitious project. Work is already reducing the time I can devote to my creativity. I know time with my sewing has done me good today so I am determined to find the time tomorrow to do the same. For me, my work life balance has to feature sewing.
I learned to make Cathedral Windows in June. Since then I've seen two of my friends finish adorable Cathedral Windows quilts, whilst mine has been a "dip in and out" kind of project. I love the look of these quilts; I think they are as charming as a quilt can be, but there is just so much preparation and the progress is slow!
In July I started my quilt. I chose a simple and cheap pink with white dot fabric for the "lead" and low volume fabrics for the "glass". I like the way these look together, and I am pleased I made the lead in a colour because I think it makes a change from the typical white fabric I see all over Pinterest. I am certainly pleased I used a cheap fabric for the lead. I have two metres of this dedicated to this project, yet you see very little. It easily uses twice your normal amount of fabric. Now I understand why people tend to make Cathedral Window cushions; cushions don't eat up lots of fabric and are a lot less time-consuming.
I have had to add low volume fabrics to my stash for this project because I didn't have too many of those before. As someone who loves novelty fabrics, this is a great project for showcasing them by making them the centre of the circle. (Incidentally, this is just a small section. I have done way more of this since July than you see here.)
As I am now back at work, progress with this quilt will probably be slow but at least I have taken back some control today and asserted that sewing time is important. Regardless of my work commitments, I have to spend time at the machine to feel balanced again.
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