Two wings lift a person up from earthy concerns: simplicity and purity. Simplicity should be in intention, purity in feelings. Simplicity reaches out after God, purity catches hold and tastes. ~ Thomas A’Kempis

Thursday, 15 July 2010

An obsession with fabric...

I thought I'd share some of my sewing projects...things I've made over the last year or so, and new things about to be made.
The first quilt I made (Rail Fence Design). This quilt is on a little bed in my 'Amish room', so called because its decorated with all my trinkets from my travels in Amish Country OHIO (2008/2009) .
Quilt no. 2 - 'Memories of America' (note the red/white & blue theme). I made this quilt from recycled mens business shirts (the blue & green stripe fabrics) I purchased the red joining strips and the backing material. I had this quilt professionally quilted.

This is the most recent quilt I designed. I made it for my little newborn grandaughter Lily Elizabeth Jane, born July 2nd 2010. I did all the piecing, but had it professionally quilted. I don't have the patience or the right equipment to do it myself.

Now scattered around the house I have various fabrics that I plan on making some new cushion covers with..a mix of applique and patchwork of my own designs. Maybe some pretty pot holders or placemats too??

I recently had a big wardrobe designed and built in a room I call my office. Its painted in a lovely deep cream shade and inside are lots of cubicle style shelves. I purchased a whole lot of clear plastic containers and store all my fabrics stacked in them, colour co-ordinated of course :0) fun fun..

A Poem: The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the green heron feeds.

I come into the place of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light.

For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

by Wendell Berry

Source: "The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry" © Counterpoint Press

Wednesday, 14 July 2010



While I was travelling in America in 2009, the word ‘Simplify’ seemed to be everywhere I went, plastered all over little craft and gift shops on wooden signs. Twice I almost brought a little plaque but didn’t.

Anyway when I returned, I became obsessed with ‘clearing’, with simplifying. For those who like to go a little deeper you'll be able to relate to this thought ‘A cluttered ‘space’, can often be linked to a cluttered mind’. I found I was holding onto too many things…and why?

1. Maybe I’m not trusting that I will be provided for?
2. Many of my ‘things’ hold memories.
3. I’m a bit of a hoarder.

But the ‘stuff’ was starting to make me feel oppressed. So I set to ‘clearing’. I began with my wardrobe, and ruthlessly threw into rubbish bags everything that either was too big, too small, outdated, or I simply didn’t like anymore. I filled 6 rubbish size bags full of clothes and have now taken them to a local second hand clothing store. Then I started on shoes…and went through the same procedure. Now my hangers move freely in the wardrobe, and I can easily find what I want. Everything in there, I like, and I wear. Then I moved onto my kitchen cupboards. I set aside a big pile of extra dishes and storage containers, no longer needed and have given them to my daughter.

Then I started on books…I’m yet to finish this task…
So if you too, feel cluttered, up or ‘stuck’ in some way, I suggest you meditate on the concepts of simplifying, purging and clearing.  If nothing else your house will be less clutterered :)

Thats all for now,
love Linda

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