I have just spent the most delightful morning out fabric-shopping, drinking coffee and eating pastries with Phoebe. We are both excited to be starting new projects with each other for motivation. Sewing alone is not nearly as much fun as doing it with another, like-minded soul. I know I would never have got started without a more experienced friend for encouragement. Phoebe has helped me enormously to overcome beginner's jitters.
The picture above is of my next project, a garden sampler quilt from Creative Patchwork, which is a volume in The Australian Women's Weekly Craft Library. I have decided to make this quilt for a number of reasons; because it can be machine-pieced, because it is a lap quilt and I'm not ready for a full-sized effort yet, because it uses different types of blocks which will give me practice at block-making, and because it is hand-quilted, and I want to learn how to hand quilt. Lastly, and most importantly, I chose it because I like the look of it.
I am a little scared to be putting the cart before the horse like this; if a make a mess of it I'm going to have to 'fess up for all to see, and that will be embarrassing. On the other hand, I have lived 37 years seeing myself as someone who 'can't sew', so if I show that I can learn, then I guess anyone else can too.