2014 and all that …

Putting aside all the hype and hustle and bustle of Christmas for a moment, I do enjoy this time of year for the opportunity it provides me to pause and catch my breath. Most years I manage to achieve a break of approximately two weeks, in which I unwind, reflect on the year that’s passed, and look forward to what may lie ahead.

On the whole, 2014 was not a vintage I want to savour and remember, nor look back on with a feeling of things achieved or plans met and dreams fulfilled. That’s not to say there weren’t any highlights or good times: there were, but sadly, in my mind they are overshadowed by the dramas in my bridge-playing life back in March, which eventually led to my decision in November to resign from both my bridge clubs, and to stop playing altogether. (Interesting to note since then that I’m not actually missing it as much as I thought I would, which reinforces my feeling that it was the right decision to make, and that it is time to let go of the hurt and the anger and the frustration. That part of it – the letting go – is still a work in progress, I have to say, but distance and not being involved in any way are certainly helping.)

Having more time on my hands has meant I’ve been able to do more reading and quilting, both of which give me so much pleasure. I recently had a go at doing some Big Stitch quilting, which I’ve seen mentioned on quilting blogs, on the quilt I mentioned here – I was reasonably pleased with my first attempt, although I definitely need more practice on achieving more consistent and even stitching on the reverse side! πŸ™‚

Here are a couple of photos of the end result:

DSCF6625 cropped

DSCF6627 cropped

I’ve also been doing some more work on the scrap quilt mentioned here – as you can see, it’s moved on a bit and has now reached the stage where I need to start thinking about what I’m going to back it with, and then start putting it together.
Scrap quilt 2014-11-23
I do enjoy this sort of workΒ – I find it very satisfying taking all those itty-bitty pieces of fabric (which would otherwise be thrown away) and creating something like this (pause while I bask in all those wonderful feeling-virtuous waves washing over me … πŸ™‚ )

A couple of days ago I decided it was time to do an audit of projects I’ve got on the go at the moment, and sort through my fabric stash. I have to say my findings were both startling and embarrassing … 18 works-in-progress (WIPs) at the moment. 13 different kinds of cat-related fabric in my stash. 19 different kinds of children’s fabrics. Over 50 kinds of batik fabrics. And over 200 different kinds of floral fabric (200??? Good grief!!). So, some stern resolution is required of me in 2015, to finish off some of the WIPs, to use my fabric stash for any new projects, and not not NOT to buy any more fabric!! I’ll let you know how I get on … πŸ™‚

In the meantime I’ve lost track of what day of the week it is, been enjoying the Test cricket on TV (NZ vs Sri Lanka), and laughing at Henry Lee’s antics as he played with a paper bag next to me while I was quilting – he’s a great time waster, that cat! πŸ™‚

December already!

Can’t believe it’s December already! Let’s hope that we get some warmer weather soon, as it sure ain’t been very summery so far πŸ™‚

Now, please don’t be offended as I offer a little (very clean) ‘toilet’ humour … this was on the back of one of the doors in the Ladies at work and I thought it was too cute not to share! πŸ™‚

Cat-book joke