…since I blogged, my lovely blog followers. So, thought I’d take a quick minute to post a new entry about some of my projects, and do some introspective musings with y’all, because you are all so very understanding and sympathetic!
You know, life goes on, and with that journey, one can have moments of contemplation. Serious contemplation. Maybe life-changing contemplation. I’m at one of those “moments” of my life. My job may be in flux, and, “at my age” (hate that phrase, but sadly apropos in my current situation), it makes me take pause to do some serious self-inspection. What should I do?? Ooh, I feel really like I am at that proverbial crossroads in life. It’s hard when you’ve invested decades into a career and have been able to achieve a fair degree of success and thus, obtained a certain income level that allows you to enjoy life in a fairly comfortable manner. And, being on the older side of adulthood, now, there is that tendency to be looking over your shoulder a bit, knowing I could easily be replaced with someone younger and cheaper.
So, I’ve hit that un-sweet spot in life, and it’s making me think. A lot. About what I want to do with the rest of my life, and what is going to make me truly happy. We have an awful lot going on in our lives right now, with a wedding on the horizon, our first grandbaby on the way, so I am very happy about my personal life in that regard. Deliriously happy, in fact. We’re gaining an incredible son-in-law that we adore, who will make my my baby girl very happy. We are going to finally get to be the grandparents we’ve longed to be, and my oldest daughter and her husband are going to become the parents they have longed to be. My middle daughter is enjoying some really awesome career success. So, what’s not to like? Well, it’s that part of me that needs to feel fulfilled on a more personal, individual level. I need to be productive, feel like I’m doing something fun, helpful, beneficial. And frankly, I like the money I make from being in a professional field for several decades. So, now to come up with a way to replace my income, but feel happy and fulfilled with what I want to do. Such a quandary! Certainly more to come on this front, no doubt.
So, enough about the boring stuff. Now, to my projects. What have I been up to these last few months? A bunch of really fun projects! Not only do I have a wedding and grandbaby on the horizon, but I have a a niece expecting at just about the same time my daughter is (they’re first cousins, 4 months apart, best friends and their babies will be 4 months apart, very cool beans!) So, I just finished up her baby quilt top, and going to send it out to be machine quilted, since my quarters right now are too cramped to tackle machine quilting. My dream would be to squeeze in a sit down quilting machine into my already cramped studio space, or, set it up in my garage. Until then, out they go for machine quilting. Very simple quilt pattern, “San Francisco Window Boxes” by Sweet Jane. She has a nice little Etsy store front: Sweet Jane on Etsy and I used ‘Clementine’ by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics. The background fabric is Kona Cotton in white. Super pretty, and since my grand-niece will be a little girl, I think very appropriate, fun colors. Love this fabric collection to pieces, and no doubt will be making more things with some of the extra fabric I have left over. Here it draped over my quilt board:
And, some close up photos of the blocks:
I found a wonderful longarm quilter, Teresa Silva. I love her blog and follow it, Quilting is my Bliss Blog. She is delightful and very talented. So, as soon as I get the binding and quilt label done, I will be starting another baby quilt, oh joy, oh joy! Have waited what feels like an eternity to be able to make baby things, I can hardly stand myself, hah!! So, the next big project in the line up will be the baby quilt for my daughter, It will look like this:
I came across this quilt when I was Googling for a charm quilt pattern using Daysail fabrics by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I had settled on this fabric, then started looking around to see if I could find a nice pattern that used 5″ charms. Up pops this photo and I say, “that’s it, that’s the pattern I want!!” This darling quilt pattern was created by another wonderful longarm quilter, Darby Zackory who also has a nice little blog, The Quilted Squid Blog. She used a great tool to make this quilt, and I have to say, I have this little love affair going on with the gals at Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog, the makes of the Quick Curve Ruler, the aforementioned cool tool. You can make some very cool quilts with it. Darby came up with this pattern herself, and I just love it. It is so charming, and delicate looking. So, this is my next project. With the very kind assistance of Helen from Sew Kind of Wonderful. A phone call from Helen, and then Helen kindly sketching out how she thought the blocks were constructed, and emailing it to me, should get me far enough along to replicate this cute quilt. Hope my daughter and son-in-law like it as much as I do!
And, to wrap up today’s musings and meditations, I have yet another quilt in mind, in the holding pattern. Same ruler, same love affair with curved piecing. It is the ‘Twisted Blossom’ challenge Sew Kind of Wonderful posted a few weeks back. If you scroll down to their July 17th entry, you’ll see some of Helen’s blocks. As soon as I saw these made up with Anna Maria Horner’s BoHo ‘Folk Song’ fabrics by Free Spirit, I was hooked. Here are the luscious fabrics. Can’t wait to get started on this quilt. It will be a throw quilt, and hopefully, my youngest daughter and her soon-to-be husband will like it!
My next blog entry will have some Daysail Charm Quilt blocks made up, and a few more decisions made by Yours Truly on what she wants to do with herself. Until then, Cohen says, “Go sew!”