The discussion topic today is 'Obsession: is it a good thing?'
There has been lots of lovely chat and conversations with many different friends and family over the last week, about their Christmas experiences and the families the've interacted with. Stories about lots of wildly different people and they way they live their lives. One lady lives to drink, plans all her holiday excursions around what will be available and how cheap, and whether she will have to travel far to get it, or if she'll be have to do some work to feed her family or be able to make them just look after themselves while she gets down to the bottle in hand. Maybe not a good obsession.....
Another woman is fanatical about housework, won't have a thing out of place, demanding utter perfection in her house and grooming. To the point of taking two hours to get ready to leave the house, immaculate down to the last hair. Lots of people would think this is a good thing, but it's not for me. So this obsession gets a tick from some people and not others.
A quilting friend announced on Boxing Day that she was working on a quilt, and added that it would be the last one, she wasn't going to make another one. She will turn 80 very soon, and has supplied all her family with quilts for many years. It will be an honourable retirement, but knowing her, there will always be just one more.
My obsession? Whatever is on my design wall. I didn't used to be like this, but just lately I can't rest until the project up there is done, or almost done. (I'm still on track for the DJ to be in one piece before the New Year, but it's not up on the wall anymore.) I know I said I wanted the strippy quilt to take a little longer, but that didn't last. I just wanted it done.
I can sew for hours at a stretch if I have something good on the TV, and my something good lately has been DVDs of Transatlantic Sessions. They feature a mix of Celtic and Bluegrass musicians, and I just adore them. There are five series, and we own 2, 3 and 5. Next on the list is 1 and 4, and we'll have the complete collection. So I've spent hours and hours in the company of Ally Bain and Jerry Douglas, and now I have a finished top.
I just love the way the grey, pink and shirting prints look against the green and yellow.
I think there will be a quilt in my future with those colours predominating. Every quilt I make sparks ideas for a new one. At this rate I'll never be able to say 'Well that's all the quilts made'.
As for Dolly, she has four main obsessions; food, balls, small animals who run away and pop-up sprinklers.