Monthly Archives: January 2012



It’s still raining, and I’m getting a little bit sick of it. Everything feels kind of damp, one of my skirting boards is sprouting black soot, and I can’t get out in the garden to mow my lawn. I’m not sure that the last one is such a bad thing, I may have mentioned previously that I hate mowing, but it doesn’t stop growing just because it is raining and if it gets too long it will be harder to mow later.

Plus all the grey is really putting a dampener on my mood and my energy levels, and I get tired because I don’t sleep. It’s not just me, it feels like the whole city is kind of on edge. I don’t think psychologically we have really recovered from the flooding last year yet. Even though we have had nowhere near as much rain, it’s not in the right catchments etc and mentally you know that we are not going to flood there is an emotional response to the rain now that wasn’t there before.

As for progress on my goals – not a lot.  

Words written – none. The problem is I have about 15 possible beginnings, 2 possible endings and no idea what happens in the middle. I know I am just going to have to pick one and go with it and I can change it later if I need to, but I am not quite ready to abandon possible stories and go with one yet.

BMI – no change. I was doing alright at the start of the week but kind of had a chocolate blowout towards the end which undid all my good work.

Places visited – 1 . Actually made some progress on this one. Would have been more without the rain dampening my efforts. I went to Sew Creative in Gatton. I know it’s a Patchwork shop, but I had never been there before. It’s been on my list of places that are quite close by but not close enough to be convenient and that I probably should check out at some point. Plus I now know that a return visit to the area is probably justified to see some of the other stuff that I would have stopped to see if it wasn’t for the fact that it was raining. 

I am going to have to find other places to visit besides patchwork shops though, because otherwise I will go bankrupt. Spent far too much money yesterday. I realised during the week that the reason my rotary cutter blades were going blunt really quickly was because my cutting mat was stuffed so I bought a new one that is bigger and quite cool because it rotates,  as well as about 10 metres of fabric (to use to put together some of my 1000 quilt blocks) and also some bigger rulers. I spent so much money the shop lady actually gave me a discount, which was very nice.

Nothing finished quilt wise, but definitely some progress towards something that will be finished soon. I should have taken a photo of the shop so I can keep a visual record of all the new places I visit, but I think I would have felt like a bit of a crazy lady taking a photo of someones shop. You will have to make do with a picture of my new cutting mat and rulers. I was a bit disconcerted by the brightness of the rulers at first, but they do make cutting a whole lot easier.

New Challenges


I can’t believe it but I am bored already. Really. The last week or so I have just been trying to relax and do nothing, but I am now so used to doing something that it just doesn’t feel right. I was going to give my self till the end of January to set myself some goals but I figure if I am ready I might as well start now.

My goals for the year are, in no particular order:

  1. To make something from all 1000 quilt blocks – this one is quite straight forward and I’ve already started (pictures below)
  2. To get down to a healthy BMI (body mass index). I hate to say it but my BMI is currently 35.9. Which means I’m officially obese. So more exercise and less chocolate for me this year and by the end of the year it has to be 25 or below.
  3. To write a novel. Has to be at least 50,000 words, they don’t have to be good words or edited words, just get something down in first draft. And it has to have a beginning, middle and an end (because I’ve read Ulysses by James Joyce and thought it was pretty pointless).
  4. and lastly…because I am kind of crazy and need something that is really going to push me creatively… I have to go to 100 places I’ve never been before. I think this one is pushing it, I don’t know how I am possibly going to cram in 100, I picked it because it seemed like a nice round number but now I realise its 2 new places a week so maybe I’ll aim for 100 but I’ll be happy if I get to 50. 

So there you have it. I’ll keep you posted. I’ll try to blog at least once a week on a Sunday to let you know how I am going and to show off the things I am making from my blocks.

I have already put together some of the blocks into a quilt top.


Also, I put a border around another one of my blocks and mounted it on one of those canvas frames you get from craft shops. It is now hanging on the side of my kitchen cupboard. I quite like this idea, I have a few spare picture hooks round my house and thought I would gradually collect something to put on them. Having quilt blocks hanging round the house might actually be quite fun. I could even get a bigger frame and sew a couple of blocks together, or do some embellishing as well.



I am finished.

647 pages of Sartre and 1002 quilt blocks.

In the book they go up to  1003* but there is no 548. A while ago that might have bothered me, but it doesn’t now. There are other errors in the book too, but overall I think given its size and scope there are surprisingly few. It’s no more perfect than my blocks are, probably more so. One thing I have learned over the course of this journey is that I am not a perfectionist, and I think I am okay with that.

I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet that I am finished. My brain is still in the what do I have to do next kind of thinking.

Thanks to everyone who has read and commented and given me encouragement over the last year. I really don’t think I could have done it without the sense of accountability the blog has given me.

Here is your last lot of blocks, then I am going to go update the gallery, then I am going to go to bed. I will probably not blog for a while. Will post some pics when I make something out of all these blocks.

*I know I said in an earlier post there was 1007, but if there is one thing that you should have learnt by now it’s that I really can’t count.

12 January 2011


I am really close to done now. Only 8 more blocks to go. I am trying to resist the temptation to stay up all night and get it finished. I might just be able to finish it, but I don’t know if I would be any good for work tomorrow.

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