September 28, 2013 § 21 Comments
It’s been kind of a crazy last couple of months. My father-in-law passed away in August. Then my sister-in-law and I had our planned trip to New York to celebrate our birthdays. And it feels like it took us all summer to recover from our kitchen remodel. (installing the rest of the flooring and putting up door trim & baseboards) Now the rains have returned and it feels like winter. Well, autumn. But the leaves on the trees aren’t really turning color so much as just falling off. I just feel like settling in and nesting for the winter. Knitting, fires in the fireplace, pumpkin goodies and homemade soup. I don’t have much of desire to quilt. There are things I need to finish but I just don’t have the enthusiasm to do it.
Last week someone asked me what I was working on. Not much really. At first I thought that it may be because it’s been a crazy couple of months. But the more I think about it I think it might be more than that. I’m afraid to admit it, but I’m not that inspired by the whole quilting world at the moment. I’m not that crazy about the celebrity-ness that quilting has taken on. I read a recent quote from a well-known designer where she called her quilting a “brand”. Not that I don’t love what people are making and doing. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of fabulous things being made. I’m just not in that same place.
I feel like I need to slow down and find my own voice. Or explore other aspects of quilting rather than quilts that will be made into the next pattern. (I do have a few patterns that I need to finish and there are a couple of people patiently waiting for me to do that! Sorry I’m so slow about it!)
I admire people like Folk Fibers whose quilts are hand-dyed and hand quilted, speaking to a past time when there was more of a story to the making of a quilt than the latest hot pattern on the market. I’m fascinated by ‘slow quilting’, however that might look for me.
In the mean time, I am sewing a stitch or two on the many ongoing projects in my sewing room. Plus, tomorrow I’m starting a new decade. It’s a good time to start down a new path, evaluate where I’ve been and where I want to go, and let life be more than just the next project.
There, I said it. I’m in a slump of sorts. Or at least a crossroads.
* The blocks are from my 2011 bee group on Flickr.
* The sashing fabric is an old Amy Butler that was in my stash.
* The binding is an old fabric that I inherited from my hubby’s Aunt Pauline when she passed away several years ago. I didn’t quite have enough and had to add a dark brown piece at the very end.
* The backing is a seersucker from JoAnn Fabrics that I found on sale. I had wanted a pink denim for the back but couldn’t find anything at the time and this seemed like a good option.
* I intended for this to be our picnic/beach quilt. I finished quilting it in May but didn’t get the binding finished until August. Now it is September and the rains have returned. It won’t be until next year that we get to try it out on the beach or for a picnic.
* Finished size after washing approximately 68″ x 70″.