This week we satisfied one of our civic duties by completing the 2006 census. Among the many questions was an estimate of the number of hours per week we undertake unpaid housework. My husband is very domesticated so I get off lightly but I have been doing my own kind of housekeeping over the last couple of days.
First there was the unexpected, but very welcome, visit of friends from Ireland for lunch on Friday. I whipped up some homemade pumpkin soup and a variation of Rooruu‘s splendid scone recipe with extra tasty cheese. Alex and I weathered many gruelling transactions together when I was a law firm partner and it was great to catch up. It was also fun to make the acquaintance of 1 year old Finn for whom I made this quilt:
In my view, making baby or cot quilts is too often wrongly maligned and devalued. Smaller quilts are a great medium for experimenting with new techniques and mastering skills. Especially when I was lawyering full time, many of my quilts were destined for little ones. Smaller quilts are manageable projects and give you a creative buzz without being overwhelmed. We should celebrate the baby quilt accordingly.
Another housekeeping task that I have been undertaking is the preparation of Bali batik fabric sets for my forthcoming Colour Rhapsody workshops. I am offering a selection of palettes including wildberry, rainbow and ocean:
I’ve also been doing some frontend work on the establishment of a new website concentrating on my contemporary quilts. I expect to unveil the additional website in a week or two although my Mum is arriving from New Zealand later in the week so it’s entirely possible that I might get sidetracked.