This Monthly Sewing Update is all about organization and finding your focus. I lost my focus after finishing my master thesis in July. After that, I moved to Kenya to build a life there. Also, I was a student for more than seven years and it is strange to not be anymore. As a student, it is easy to decide what you have to do because there is always an assignment, a test or a thesis to focus on. Also, you get gratification you get from the grades you get. When you are no longer a student gratification and motivation to work on projects, and most of all focus, has to come from somewhere else.
The past few weeks my posting schedule has been irregular because I was figuring out what to focus on next. One of the things I’ll keep my focus on is this website and my artistic career. I will switch focus towards articles about sustainable ways to execute your fabric art and inspirational articles about techniques and amazing fabric art by other people. In this way, I aim to motivate people to start quilting or embroidering for themselves in a sustainable way. Fabric art has brought me a lot of good in mental health and self-esteem and I want to transfer that to other people!
In this article, I’ll show you the projects I’ve worked on this October and I’ll tell you a bit about what’s going on in my life in Kenya. I got a lot of new Kenyan fabric, so the two things are related. Last month I published two posts, one monthly sewing update and an article about finding materials for quilting and embroidery in an environmentally friendly way.
- Monthly Sewing Update: September 2019
- How to get good materials for quilting and embroidery creatively and cheap
This is not quilting or embroidery, but because it’s my first year joining Inktober I’m going to talk about it. It is my goal to learn how to draw this year so pattern design becomes easier. Inktober was the perfect opportunity for me to start with that goal. Here are two examples of my Inktober quest: Day 15 legend and day 16 wild. See all my Inktober drawings on my DeviantArt profile: Bella Inktober 2019. I can proudly admit that I finished this years’ Inktober. It was a lot of fun.
Coat of many colours embroidery patch
The stitches in the coat are finished and my boyfriend loves it so far. Now I have to decide if I will stick to only the coat, or if I add some background to the embroidery. My man is an MC and artist and he wanted something with his artistic name, Jessey Baby. However, it depends on whether I can make the design work. This piece is based on the Dolly Parton song ‘Coat of Many Colours‘, which is about a patchwork coat. To symbolize the sentiment behind the song I used leftover floss from embroidery projects.
Positivity contest: Colourful cross stitch biscornu
There is a contest on DeviantArt with as prompt: make something that makes you happy. I love colourfull art and birds, so here you go. I am designing this piece as I go. The next step is to think of a good quote which will lift people’s spirit which isn’t cheesy. Does anyone have any recommendations? The deadline is for the 10th of November, my birthday, so I’ll report back next Monthly Sewing Update!
Dear Jane hand quilting sampler
This is one of my long-term projects, meaning that I plan to finish my Dear Jane quilt in 10 years. Considering I am quilting this one by hand and that there are more than 200 of the blocks you see here, that is not a pessimistic estimate. I am two years in and have finished 115 blocks so far. I also write about the Dear Jane blocks I finish. You can find the posts and more information about the Dear Jane Sampler Quilt here:
I started this quilt the first time I came to Kenya. Now I am back I work on hand quilting this amazing project. I finished about 1/15th of the hand quilting so far. Read more about the Kenyan quilt and to see the finished top here:
One of the nicest things that happened this month is that we got a bookcase! A home is only complete with a bookcase. This bookcase helped me to sort my quilting and embroidery supplies. Sorting my supplies has helped so much to have a clear mind and to figure out which projects I should be working on! You can see that some of my embroidery projects have also found their way outside the bookcase. I swear quilting and embroidery materials fly in at night into your home without anyone knowing!
That was my month. I hope your month was equally nice and filled with wonderful colourful projects. I’m especially pleased with my new bookcase and my steps towards having a more organized and focused life. Some questions for you:
- How many projects can you work on at a time without losing the plot?
- What is your best organization post?
Would you like to know more?
- Kenya 2.0: I’m back! Or did I ever leave?
- Quilting patterns 101 with the Dear Jane quilt: The Four-patch block
- The Dear Jane quilt: white with shock
- Picknick blanket scrap quilt
Next week’s post:
– An update hand quilting the Kenyan quilt
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