The blog has been pushed to the back burner. I think about it a lot and I think about things I’d like to share, it’s just not happening. So here I am, with apologies and determined to post. Friday sewing days still happen as much as we can make them, and there has been so much creation and skill building and learning happening. So let’s jump into the heavy things first.
At the end of January, I lost my grandma.
This photo was taken when I went home for Christmas in 2012. I’m so happy she met my son, and helped us celebrate his first birthday that next year. She was 91 years old and it still wasn’t enough time for me. I miss her terribly.
Her and my grandfather were my safe harbor. I have seemingly infinite memories of all the time I spent with them, and I’m so incredibly grateful I had that time. They made me a better mother, wife, and person. She is also responsible for my love of quilting. In fact, one of the quilts I have that she made has been such a comfort to me the last couple of months.
Three days later, we received a call that my brother was on life support. Matt and I headed down to LA to see him and help make some very difficult decisions on his care. He passed away early on Feburary 2nd. He was 33 years old. His death wasn’t entirely unexpected, I had just always had hope his life would change. It didn’t, he didn’t. I’m so grateful his partner reached out to us and let us be there for her, and say our goodbyes. He taught me so much about love, understanding, patience, empathy… and his loss is devastating.
I’m adding this in my creative space because in the past, grieving has meant sewing. For most of February I could hardly sit at my sewing table without crying and went from sewing every day to once a week and not really enjoying it. I had some baby quilts to get done and some UFO’s from 2017 that I really wanted to finish. February just wasn’t the time to get it done, everything I touched turned to mush. In the last two weeks, as I finally start to feel a little more like me, so much has gotten done. So, with the past in the past let’s talk about the finished tops done in the last week.
I had a couple of baby quilts that needed to be finished. The first one is a pattern called Esmeralda by Preeti Harris and featured on the Moda Bake Shop (click the link, it will take you there). I needed something in dark colors, using purple. I had NO idea that dark purples are hard to find!!!
This one is from my first class! I was so lucky in November that my friend took the kids so I could take a class from Dora Cary of Orange Dot Quilts! She’s one of my favorite pattern makers, I’ve made three of her quilts already! This one is called Arabesque. It is paper pieced, and really so much easier than I thought it would be. If you haven’t tried paper piecing and want to, it’s a great way to start!
My biggest finish this week was my first mystery quilt! Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville puts on a free mystery quilt beginning on black Friday and lasting through the holidays. It will put your skills to the test and was a huge challenge for me. I loved it though. Flying geese and I are in an uneasy truce now. They won’t give me too much trouble and I won’t hate them as much! This one is called On Ringo Lake and she has it for sale on her site.
I’m not gonna lie, this one almost didn’t get finished. It’s a lot of work and was way outside my skill level. I stuck with it with a little help from Christine, who threatened to come pick it out of my trash when it ended up there one night (half done). Blood, sweat, and tears ladies!
Lastly is a quilt that I did not finish this week, but around halloween last year. It’s another Bonnie Hunter pattern that isn’t for sale but was in Quiltmaker magazine last year. I’m adding it because it’s one of my favorite finishes. It also has a ton of glow-in-the-dark fabric. Yes that border is all 1 inch squares and yes it was the bane of my existence for awhile. It’s also a little lettuce-y but I don’t even care I love it so much. Take care guys, and happy quilting!