A year ago next week, some very bright lights triggered a massive migraine which hung around like a bad smell for six months. I had a foggy brain for most of this time which made thinking difficult and writing next to impossible. Since emerging from this pea soup existence earlier this year, I have struggled to write – hence my silence – until now.
It is not that I don’t want to write, it is just that I feel like I have lost my writing voice and have nothing to say. That might be true. However, a big part of me wants to find that voice again, so I am going to start – very slowly and write about small things. You are welcome to read if you want, but this is really for me – so that I can regain some level of confidence.
In August I finished a quilt for my niece Talia in time for her sixth birthday. She has been waiting patiently for three years and when you are that age, three years is a very long time. Talia’s favourite colour is pink and her favourite animal is a pig. This has not changed in the three years since I started making this quilt. Her Mum Julie had some fabrics put away to use in a quilt which she gave me. I used lots of other small scraps sitting in my boxes for the other parts of the quilt.
I found this quilt pattern in a gorgeous book called Material Obsession by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. “Annie’s Garden” was designed by Sarah Fielke. To be honest, it was hard to give this quilt away as it gave me such pleasure to construct.
For the last year, Talia has been asking her mother “do you think Auntie Sarah has finished my quilt?” As you can see, she is thrilled with her new quilt and that made it easy to give as I know it will be loved and treasured.