You know that feeling when you haven't been able to speak but your brain was bursting to say something. That's how I feel now. There is so much territory to cover, so many loose thoughts to corral.
While I was on holidays (vacation) I derived enormous pleasure from reading all your blogs. Even though I was away from home I felt connected. So thanks to all you bloggers who give me quilting satisfaction. As you can see, my "must read blogs" list has expanded as I discovered more and more fabulous quilters/artists/personalities.
Of course I couldn't take all my quilting supplies with me. I was reduced to just a few tools. What I missed most was, surprisingly, my threads!
Don't you just love the colours!
Of course, I had to tidy them up for their photo op.
So then they had to come out for a play. Some of them are practically empty, some unused, waiting for their moment in the sun. A few have been chewed by the dog, but still they get pressed into service.
And there is no relationship between the colours of thread and the colours of my quilts. For instance, I don't seem to do many blue quilts, but look at my stash!
Particularly when I applique, I enjoy having a lot of colours to choose from. I mainly use one brand, probably because that is what I used when I started. Everyone has their own favourite and I have come across "thread snobbery", but it really is a case of using what works for you. Recently I discovered that these threads are not suitable for machine quilting, otherwise, I use them all the time.
Waiting for me when I arrived home was a wonderful gift from Em, the happiest blogger in the world.
Em's blog never fails to give me a boost. And it's her birthday. So please, when you've finished with me, pop on over to Em and wish her a happy birthday. (I've just discovered she is having a temporary malblog issue). From all the way over here to all the way over there, a big thank you for your cheery reminder of enjoying every day. It is energising!
As for quilterie's law. It still holds. I took 3 projects with away me (small but intense) and don't have much to show for one month. However, I did spend quality time with my family. Good as quilts are, they don't match that.