emmajane's blog

Double-front quilt

I've been starting quilts for a little over a decade. My favourite part is planning and creating the top of the quilt. Apparently at this point you can send your quilt off to someone else who likes the quilting part best and get a finished quilt (in exchange for a bit of money). But this doesn't seem right to me somehow. I think it's because most of my quilts are "rustic" at best in terms of their construction. Adding someone else's quilting to finish the blanket would somehow depersonalize the object. As a result I have a lot of quilt tops sitting around waiting for the next stage.

As part of my reduce-the-stash-by-using-things-already-in-house plan, I pulled out my quilt tops a few days ago and started digging through my fabric stash to see what I could use to back them. Most of the fabric I have is small pieces (a fat quarter would be a big piece of fabric for me). While I was staring at fabric trying to decide how I was going to make my quilt backs a shocking revelation came to me: I don't need to make a front AND a back for my quilts. I can make TWO fronts.

This, my friends, changes everything.

The problem with thinking

To say the least, 2011 was an interesting year. My first solo-authored book was published, I was a Green candidate in the federal election. I launched a new training program, I released seven new information products, I travelled less, but took up beekeeping. I got a ukulele. The list goes on and on. And even though I wrote thousands of words in 2011, what I didn’t do was capture my thoughts. I guess that’s the problem with thinking too much—there isn’t necessarily a place to put the thoughts while they’re still forming.

Thanks, LUSH. I've got this one covered.

I have allergies. I've had them for a little over a decade. When I was initially diagnosed the reactions were very scary and often landed me in hospital. Over the years (and as I've gotten better and eliminating the "bad" foods from my diet) the reactions have gotten less severe. I still suffer from impressive eczema on my hands which flares when I come in contact with things I'm allergic to (ingested and contact reactions).

For the most part the eczema is under control and the reactions are infrequent. When it does flare up I use topical steroid cream and ingest antihistamines to reduce the severity of the reaction.

It probably comes as no surprise that skin care is a bit of a pain. The hypoallergenic skin care lines are good, but very limited. (I buy Cliniderm from Shoppers Drug Mart although I'm sure it's available elsewhere too.) When I get adventurous I have to read all of the ingredients on the label and then try to decipher what the ingredients actually mean (for the love of a flying duck why can't they call water, WATER?!).

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