Skipping over the dog that nearly died, the cat that was hit by a car (he's better now) and the very dear friend who's been diagnosed with kidney cancer (operable) as well as a spot on her lungs, I'll move on to the thing that keeps me--and probably many of you--sane and balanced (sort of). That being quilting. Except, my quilting life doesn't seem very balanced just now. Reasons being:
1. A Michael Miller panel that's been all but butchered, in an effort to use two repeats in one landscape without anyone noticing:
Actually it's probably do-able, if only by using other landscape pieces to cover the obvious duplicate areas, but I'm losing interest after all the hours of debating, cutting, re-joining and re-cutting. Not to mention the nagging awareness that this can hardly be called an original design, even if it is sliced and spliced and separated by marble columns.
2. Twenty-four 12" quilt-as-you-go squares, for which I suddenly realized there is no fabric in my stash for joining-strips or binding
3. The label I forgot to sew onto the lighthouse quilt before so neatly rolling and wrapping and storing the quilt away
4. This project, which has gone almost nowhere
5. A week (so far) spent sorting and cutting fabric and peeling the paper backing from 142 (yes, one-hundred and forty-two) sample books filled with drapery and upholstery material. These and eleven bags of assorted fabric came free from a lady who was clearing her house for a move. My washer and dryer have been going almost non-stop for a week and my living- and dining rooms look like a hoarder's paradise. Although small, these fabric pieces have already filled five 29-qt. storage containers and will make some nice quilts for our local shelter for families in crisis.
7. The e-mail I received saying "The Visit" has been juried in to the AQS show in Chattanooga, TN this coming September ...yay!!! Now I get to use that pool noodle I bought on impulse for $2 at Walmart for a lightweight shipping core. Maybe that's what did it...positive thinking ahead! Anyway, this now means paperwork, extra labeling, painstaking packing and shipping, and hotel reservations for Chattanooga. No complaints, mind you!--but definitely a bit of distraction to add to my current disorganization.
Yesterday it occurred to me that, after 6 months of being so intently focused on one quilt (The Visit), quickly followed by the lighthouse quilt, this period of disarray and discombobulation could be simply natural. And maybe even necessary. A sort of forced reconnoitering and regrouping. "To everything, there is a season..."
I feel saner already. :)
Hooking up here with Muv at Free Motion Mavericks Linkup. Have missed her and Leah Day and Sarah Craig and all their reader hookups these last few weeks. Sarah is getting ready to raffle off her Nathanael's Ladder quilt! Go to her Whoop Whoop Friday post for details on the quilt and how to enter.
Everyone have a wonderful weekend and, if you're in the U.S., a great 4th of July holiday!