Why another blog, you may ask. Well, I think I needs to keep my hobbies separate and try to keep track of what I do, when I do it and hear what others think of it. I enjoy trying my hand at many things and even if I only give it a go once, at least I know that I have tried it and can always decide later whether I liked it enough to go back later to give it another try. Having tried my hand at numerous crafts, I have to admit that, at times, I stop to think - Who am I? Where have I come from? How did I get here?
So, what have I tried so far? Now let me see ...
Sewing, embroidery (including ribbon-embroidery), cross-stitching, knitting, macrami, rug hooking, tapestry, miniatures, dollhouses, wooden boat building (scale model of the Bismarck in progress), making biltong and boerewors ('jerky' and 'sausages' for all non-South Africans) - and now: quilting! And this was something I always said was not for me. Just shows you how wrong one can be OR how little you know yourself!
How I got 'infected' with quilting is another story on its own. I have the pleasure of working with two highly talented quilt artists; Sally W and Mary-Jane A. Two great ladies, each specialising in her own area; however, lovely Sally always brought her projects into work for me (and others) to have a look at. This was not an action of bragging or rubbing it under your nose - I looked at it as sharing their talent with those who appreciate people who use their talent, and expand on it. I always appreciate these gestures of them, little knowing just how deep the 'seeds' have been sown LOL.
I started my first quilt lesson on 5 January, 2010 - it was only a beginner's quilt - the size of a lap quilt. Wednesday, 6 January, 2010, I finished sewing the quilt and that Saturday I finished hand-sewing the binding on the edges. In the meantime I had seen a number of patters on the web that I found interesting - and bought - and saw some incredible material that I liked - and bought. My stock is growing and so is my stash (I think I might feint if I saw both Sally and Mary-Jane's stash!) - and also my quilting knowledge.
Having bought myself an Elna 8600 for my birthday in October 2009, all I needed for quilting were some extra attachments to get me on my merry way! Now I feel quite invinsible - nothing can stop me (just the budget!).
So, not only to share my journey with this new hobby, but also to find out just who I am and where I belong in the craft world, I will be keeping track of my doings. I cannot predict the outcome, nor will I try to speculate. All I know is that I need to try and find me!
You are welcome to give advise - good advise is always welcomed - and suggestions to try this or try that.
I look forward to this adventure.