Last night I finished putting together the latest step of the Fire Burst Mystery quilt. This is a laid back QAL hosted by Tish and it is fun to see the quilt beginning to take shape.
I went back to work yesterday after a two week staycation. I managed to get a fair bit done but I don't have a lot I can show you yet. I finished the quilters planner top and I will be picking it up from Mary's this week so once it's bound I'll share that. That could take a bit of time because I am off to the big city this weekend to hang out with my sister. We were hoping to do that during my time off but the plans fell through.
I did manage a trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario with my daughter and a trip to the Brantford Zoo with my son and the boys. I somehow managed to pry Dwight away from work for a day off to join us. Here's a picture our son took of the four of us. You can see by the look on Dwight's face that it was worth it.
The last time I babysat the boys which was about a week before the vacation I managed to do something to my right hip and lower back. This has cramped my quilting productivity to some degree, and I didn't manage to accomplish as much as I would have liked to. I am seeing an osteopath at the moment and I'm hoping the issue will resolve soon.
I made sure I spent time outside every day soaking in the sunshine and lush vegetation. It was very good for my soul. During my time in the garden my thoughts went to creativity and what helps/hinders it in my life. I spend a lot of time quilting for others (and organizing quilting for others) and I don't take enough time to fill the well. This is an ongoing issue and one that probably most of us struggle with.
Another thing that puts a damper on my creativity is visual clutter. You would think that this one would be easier to deal with but for me it's not. Some of the clutter is a result of quilting and I decided to solve one problem I have in this area. I have been cutting most of my fabric at the dining room table and it seems that my dining room which is in the middle of the house is always a mess. I decided to move the cutting station into the sewing room and with my back issues in mind I took a trip to Ikea where I picked up a standing desk to use as a cutting table. It has a crank to adjust the table height. No more bending over a table. I also picked up a shelf intended for pictures. that has a lip at the front which I am using for rulers and a rod that I can hang things from. Here's my new set up. You have no idea how happy this little space in the sewing room makes me!
This space used to hold a bookshelf with my fabric in it. My fabric is now temporarily stashed around the room (some of it under the table). The plan for the fabric is to get shelves built in to the cupboard for fabric storage.
Another issue around creative play is finding the time for it. I promised myself that once I finished the planner quilt I would make some time for it. I'm happy to report that I'm working on it. I've been doodling around with the current challenge for Curated Quilts. No expectations around this project for me at all. It gave me some good parameters to play with and if I like the result I'll link it up. As we move into the fall and things pick up in the guild I'm hoping to keep finding the time to fill the well.