Friday, 11 January 2019

2019 - Here's to a Great Year!

Wow that went quick - one minute it was 27 September and the next it's January 2019!!  Happy New Year to you all and I hope that the Christmas and New Year period was a good one.

Oh how I miss my lovely spacious studio ....
Since I last posted here we have been rather busy.  The house move finally happened - in the end we had one week from exchange to completion so that was one week to pack up my studio, pack up our family home, keep 2 children and a cat settled and not go crazy in the process!

It was wonderful to see the shelves emptying and lots of bags went to a lady who makes charity quilts - there was no way it could all come with us!
It didn't seem quite so big when it was all boxed up!

Followed by work commitments, illness and Christmas it's no wonder that my blog has been somewhat neglected.  I aim to remedy that this year.  Whilst Instagram is quick and portable I miss writing here and I especially miss having a fuller record of my creative life.

The girls only went back to school this week so I have been somewhat late entering the New Year and making plans and goals.  There is going to be lots going on this year and some stuff I am SOOOO excited about.  There will be sewing and quilting as usual but also house renovations, a studio conversion, teaching and talking - more on all of that soon.  I have temporarily housed my longarm machine at my Mum's and it felt great to finally get the frame back up and be able to quilt.

I had a play with some of Jane's rulers and some FMQ inspired by this video by Sherilyn Mortensen.

Up until last Monday I hadn't sewn a stitch for almost 3 months.  It was not good.  I had itchy fingers.  My mind was making in my head which didn't leave much room for much else.  I have finally got a sewing space set up in the house, my family are very obliging when it comes to giving up rooms (not!), and today I made a start on a lovely QAL that I have signed up for.  It is the Tumbling Spools QAL hosted by Jo over at The Crafty Nomad and is a lovely leisurely way to start the year and end up with a gorgeous wall hanging.

There's still plenty of time to take part if you want to.

Here's hoping I will be back here again ...... very soon! x


  1. I'm glad that you are starting to feel settled and that you have been able to sew again. Happy New Year!

  2. It's great to get an update on what you've been up to! I'm glad the move went well and that you are back to stitching again! Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2019!

  3. Hey congrats on a move and may things settle down and allow you much more crafty time in the near future.

  4. one week to pack up-well done that you survived the move. Glad you are settling into your new home and your year ahead sounds like there will be some great ventures. You may not have quilted for 3 months Abigail but your playing looks fantastic.

  5. When we moved last year it felt like it took forever to get settled and have my sewing room to a place where I could be productive. It didn't help that the thread mast on Peggy, my Avanté snapped so I think I wasn't able to sew on it for about 3 months as well. Love the QAL you're participating in. It's going to be a cute wall hanging.


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