New Year Resolutions

So with the start of a new year it seemed appropriate to review last year, and think about next. I thought I had written some aims for 2019, but on checking the last were for 2018, there are a few others for earlier years back to my earlier blogging days in the 2000s. Life has changed since then with retirement and becoming a grandma.

I am continuing to try and record what I read, and while reading 50 books a year may be something to aspire to 25 is more realistic (I still have to record 2 I read last year).

I also try to keep fit – with walking and other exercise – I have had a Fitbit for several years and it does help me to ensure I walk a reasonable amount each week.

I enjoy making stuff – both crafting and cooking. I have tried to record my experiments in gluten free baking, and will continue to.

I am also do bits of academic work, however on retirement I did decide to say “No” to things that weren’t convenient or interesting.

Got some ideas for travel this year, got a guide book on the coffee table.

But a lot of what I will do will be family oriented, I enjoy spending time with all of them, and having the opportunity to spend time with the grandchildren each week is delightful – if exhausting!.

Book #16 “The Complete Machine Quilting Manual” by Joanie Poole

My sewing machine has lots of features for quilting and I have only used a few of them. SO I thought this book would inspire me to try a more of them.

I had to read the book twice as there was a lot of background information in the first half, some of which didn’t have any context until later on. I have tried a few of the techniques on sample squares, and have renewed my loan of this library book to try some more.

Book #10 “The Quilter’s Legacy” by Jennifer Chiaverini

One of my sewing friends lent me this book. An easy read. The plot has two strands: the first set in the presence with an elderly lady searching for her mother’s quilts; the second following her mother’s life, and the making of these quilts. There is a lot of tension between various characters in the tale, some explained and some not. There are historical events included (WW 1, The Titanic, the flu) and also an explanation of the role of quilting some 100 years ago.

I would definitely read another book in this series.

Bag making and MORSBAGS

Yesterday I met with a few friends to do some sewing. Our plan over the next month is to make quilted bags, but at the moment I don’t want to start a new major project so I decided to make a basic bag (an alternative to a carrier bag). I leafed through a few patterns, but didn’t see anything that grabbed my attention, so I looked at an existing bag and worked out the pattern myself. The result is this:

Owl bag


Subsequently I discovered a project MORSBAGS which promotes the making of similar bags and then giving them away. They have a pattern which is very similar to the one I invented, except I had a seam at the bottom, otherwise half my owls would be upside down! And I made boxed corners using a method described in lots of places, including Method 1 here.

I like the idea of the MORSBAG project and think I will have a go at making some bags to give away, so I’ve sent for a hundred labels and try and make some over the year.