Thursday, October 13, 2011

Time to gather all the splinters, build a casket for my tears (also, teasers)

Pin It So.  Yeah.  So much has happened since the last time I blogged!  I'm not even sure.  I had to ask a friend of mine what the last thing I wrote about was... 
My "Too Much" turned into waaaaaaaaaay too much.
Not only do I have too much work stuff going on, now my personal life is, uh, hmmm.  My boyfriend and I broke up.  I'm not going to turn this into a woe-is-me-my-life-sucks-I'm-so-pitiful type of post, I promise.  But that's how I felt for a couple of days.  I wondered if he was thinking about me.  I wondered if it was easy for him.  I wondered what could've been different.  I wondered a lot of things.  But then I was slapped in the face with the realization that all of that wondering (obsessing?  surely not) wouldn't change anything.
I have friends rallying around me all over the world, offering words of support and encouragement.  Telling me how "amazing" I am (really?) and tipping their wine glasses to me.  Megan even wanted to take him out of the Quilters Shirtless Man and Spicy Burrito calendar.
After quite a few days of neither sleeping nor eating, I'm back!  Not entirely, but I kind of feel like myself again (after lots of chocolate).  I don't know how long it'll take to heal but I've been spending my time quilting like the wind.  You all know that I have a major deadline I'm dealing with, right?  Yeah.  I thought this quilt was going to take me at least two weeks to get it off of the frame.  But since I have nothing else to do, I've thrown myself into crazy quilt lady mode.  It's almost done.
I can't show you anything on the "other" (main) version of this quilt, but "my" version... here you go.  I have to say, it really sucks looking at super-up-close pictures of your own quilting in contrasting threads!  All of these pictures are of the back of the quilt, and super cropped so that you can't see the actual design of the quilt.  Wait a couple of weeks and you'll see it all.

That's intensive quilting.  And I just started on Sunday, really.  So I've been busy.

Aside from that, the embroidery party over the weekend went off without a hitch!  Little did I know that it was the educator's first party.  We had so much fun and I made some new embroidery friends, whom I'm sure you'll read about in the future! It was nice to "teach", but in a different setting.

Did I mention I cancelled my classes for this month?  SO GLAD. 

I also took the time, since it seemed to fit the mood, to draw out a pattern for my "me project".  The breakup only adds to the need to do this.  You'll understand when you see it come to life.  =]

We leave for Market in less than two weeks.  Things are surely about to get even more crazy.

I hope you all are doing well.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I've been dying to share this quilt!

Pin It So, forever ago, Megan over at The Bitchy Stitcher asked me to quilt a quilt top for her.  Of course I agreed because I kind of adore her.

The problem is, it was supposed to be a surprise for the person that would eventually give this quilt a forever home, so I didn't want to blog about it and ruin the surprise!  You can read more about the great story behind this quilt here.  But basically, one of her readers gifted her a plane ticket to visit her brother after his brain cancer diagnosis.  All that reader asked for in return was a quilt made by Megan.  And I got to be a part of that, which is a pretty cool thing to me.  So here it is.  Megan took several pictures, which I am grateful for because they look so much better than the ones I take of the quilts draped over my cutting counter. (Click the pictures to get a better view)


This is my favorite picture because I love seeing her girls' little legs and feet from underneath!





That sucker will forever be one of my favorite quilts.  Ever.  I just love it.  Forever.

After finishing that one, another favorite person brought me her quilt top.  When she saw Megan's, she said she wanted hers quilted really similar.  EXCELLENT!  I don't mind doing the same thing over and over again if it's pebbles and feathers.  If you couldn't tell.  So here is Lynn's beauty.



And then there's Glenda, who deceived me by telling me she had a "baby quilt" for me.  Now, technically it is a baby quilt, because it's for a two year old.  However, it was not baby-quilt-sized!  But I'm okay with that.  Because I got to do pebbles and swirlies.  Now, I had a bit of a breakdown during the quilting of this top.  I don't mean a mental breakdown.  An actual breakdown.  Of the quilting machine.  That... sucked.  But I put about 300 drops of oil in the sucker and the next day it was good to go again.  Here's how far I got before the thing died on me.  All I had left to do was that bottom right corner!


It would've been a one-day job which I was really excited about, but that's okay!  Because here's a horrible picture of it finished.  =]



I also got two king sized quilts, two queen sized quilts, a wall hanging and a door hanging quilted.  I was productive over the last week!

I finished putting together the top of my super-secret quilt last night.  Now I have to prepare it for quilting.  I'm thinking of cancelling my classes for this month if my students will allow it.  If you're reading this, and you're in one of my classes, please allow it!

Twenty two days until Melissa and I leave for Houston!  And then I will finally be able to show and tell you all about why I'm a total space cadet lately!
Will I see any of you there?