somewhere to sit
It’s not quite Sofa Cosy Chapter 3 … but it’s certainly in front of the sofa!
When you’re 12 and you want to chill out in the family room … reading, drawing, sewing dolly clothes, watching a film or some tellie with mumma and dada, playing a bit of Mario, or creating noisy chaos with the dogs … you don’t want to sit all prim and proper on the sofa. You want to sprawl on the floor. And a bit of extra comfort wouldn’t go astray. Thus – a long promised beanie cushion.
Made from a quilt top I pieced last year. Quilted on to a thrifted blanket. Backed with some nice heavy linen/cotton. Held shut with some velcro. Bound with some new Momo.
Why has it taken so many months of procrastination? Well … I was convinced it would be tricky and time consuming. And you know – it was time consuming but not awfully tricky. I think I have become too brainwashed by all those book titles out there – Quick Knitting, Quilt in a Weekend, Crafting When You Have No Time. Do you know what? That’s not my kind of crafting and personally, I don’t find it’s particularly satisfying crafting, nor do you always wind up with something that you truly love, is meaningful, and worthy of your time and effort.
Now, that’s not meant to sound all high and mighty – and I’m just as fond of saying, “It knitted up super quick!” or “It came together in an afternoon” as the next person. And quick is sometimes really necessary and good. But its not the sole criteria upon which to judge what project we should tackle next. Materials are too expensive and time too precious to just keep whipping ‘em out, rather than relishing, celebrating, exploring, growing … I’m ready to enjoy sliding backwards slowly, how ’bout you?
I saw a new knitting book the other day, and the author declared, she wasn’t interested in quick knitting. Nope. Quick knitting is simplistic, repetitive and a dependence upon it will result in limited skills and the vanishing of hundreds of years of exquisite, time-consuming, detailed skills. I say – Here! Here!
Yep – we are all busy. We all have much to do and many other demands to meet during our days, but I do truly believe … if it’s worth doing, it’s worth taking the time to really enjoy the process, explore what you can do, and love the finished product. And, I think if we slow down and take our time, test our skills, add new ones, and really think about what we are doing and why; our lives won’t feel as rushed and demanding. It will give us time to breathe, to ponder, to put thought into every stitch.
So .. I pulled out one of the quilting books that was looked at for five seconds after it arrived from Amazon and never opened again.
I sat in the sun in the sitting room with a cup of tea and slowly looked, studied, read and thought. I chose a design that wasn’t too taxing and marked other more complicated ones for practising on cushion covers.
The quilting came together sweetly and with each square, I got that little bit better. There I sat, in my little sewing shed, listening to a mesmerising radio program analysing and playing the piano concertos of Brahms, and snailed my way up and down. It was very satisfying. Then I began the cushion back – had a momentary thought of “argh! don’t know how! too many steps! too long!” – firmly banished them and set to work. Bit by bit, step by step it came together with such a sense of achievement.
Onto the inside – an old flannel sheet, sewn with French seams, filled with those dreadful beans, and sewn FIRMLY shut. ‘Cause I need to be able to take off the cover and wash it. When it was finally done, and the beans stuffed inside – I was as giddy as Anne at the thought of being allowed to host her very own afternoon tea party!
Abby was dragged from her bedroom and made test it out. Oh it looks so cheery and cosy! And, according to Abby, is so very comfy.
And so greatly yearned for by the doggies. They just cannot understand WHY it isn’t theirs.