To be honest, we've had a few tough weeks around here. Last week things were really getting on top of me and I was in need of some time out, to recharge my batteries and get myself ready to face the week ahead.
Saturday night I popped my laptop, a movie and myself in the car and headed over to my little studio to do some much needed stitching. Because I had decided that I would do a lot more stitching 'just for fun' this year, I decided that was exactly what I would do, stitch something just for me. I had recently purchased my very first online class through Craftsy, being run by Sarah Fielke called Big Techniques from Small Scraps. One of the things I miss about being a teacher in the Patchwork Industry is being a student. I LOVE to learn, challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So when I discovered this class I was so excited and super eager to begin.
In her class, Sarah teaches a selection of mini quilts, each teaching a different technique. Some I already knew how to do and some were new to me too. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Sarah's instructional videos and couldn't wait to begin.
So Saturday night, with our Claytons cat (more about him later) for company and the extremely heavy rain pelting down, I stitched, and sang loudly and watched a movie and made myself a mini quilt using a method called 'Deconstructed Piecing', something I had never done before.
As the hours flew by, I felt myself relaxing for the first time all week. I soaked up the quiet and alone time, and reveled in learning something new too. By about midnight I had to drag myself away from my stitching and head home to my sleeping family. I was thrilled with all I achieved and can't wait to complete the hand stitching on the binding and complete my first mini quilt from the class. I will be back to show you photos of my finished mini quilt as soon as it is complete.
Tell me, when you need a little de stress, is there something you always turn to. For me it is creating. It is food for my soul and I am so glad I took those few hours just for me, to recharge my batteries. I think I might make it a weekly event. Anyone up for a Saturday night stitch along? xx