Here is the newest quilt top that I am getting quilted by Judy Irish this week. It is based on the ideas presented in the book Collaborative Quilting by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. I only really collaborated with myself, but I had a blast doing it. I made it to send to Connecticut for the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild quilt show. I was invited to send a quilt to their invitational show entitled Man-tastic: Fantastic Quilts from the Hands and Hearts of Men……so this is the quilt that I am sending. It is just a little over 4 feet square, and much brighter than I usually make for myself (I do make Baby quilts like this, but we tend to be a bit more subdued here at home) I am looking forward to finishing it as I do look forward to every quilt at the end, I love the final product!!! My machine is acting up big time as the foot pedal airhose seems to be giving out. After 15 plus years of sewing, I am not surprised, but I am a little irritated a the timing of it. I have class to teach this coming Saturday, and I need to make some samples. I end up holding the cord pushed into the machine. Right after the class, I am going to drop my machine off for it’s overdue service, and for a week try to concentrate on figuring out my quilting machine and frame system. By the time my regular machine is done being serviced, Judy should be done quilting my quilt, and I can bind and finish it for the Connecticut show.
Totally non-quilting wise, it is pouring outside today, the frogs are still croaking in the evenings, and it is less than a week to daylight savings time. I have to be at the new job at 1pm, and the new job I thought would be great is very much un-great, and I am longing for the old job that drove me nuts, but did afford me a lot of flexibility that, at the time, I apparently took very much for granted. I am now in the process of getting back to my old job and positiion, which may take awhile, but not too long, for I was pretty good at it. I always felt a little “trapped” by the old job, but in hindsight, I think that the bars of that “cage” were very fluid, and that was not a bad thing. I did not burn any bridges behind me that I know of, so I don’t feel bad going back, and I think it will not be too hard to get back in the swing of things there. I will still do real estate on the side, along with designing and quilting. I hope to someday even be designing my own fabric line….dishes….everything someday….that is my real dream…..
for now, I keep plugging away on all the things that need to be done (well, except cleaning in the studio, I manage to avoid that fairly well).