Here today with us is my little wall quilt, Rain. Rain‘s story is a somewhat sad one, especially shortly after the time it was made, but now, years later, I am pretty okay with it.
I made this quilt as part of my efforts to try to start a book proposal back when that was the thing to do and a LOT of the current “big names” in the quilting industry were becoming big names.
Including Angela Walters who quilted this for me. But due to failures on both the publishing company’s part and my part, the book never came to be. And thus, this quilt lost its joy for me.
It is not that I don’t like this quilt, I still do. And I am even fine (okay, fine enough) with the book deal never working out.
Life is what it is, no sense mourning what you cannot change. Everything goes on.
A Little about Rain…..
so Really this quilt is about life too though, particularly life in the Pacific Northwest United States.
It Rains a lot here.
That’s why it is so beautiful and green in the spring and summer. Those are glorious days.
But THIS time of year can be hard to deal with the rain.
We have one window that leaks whenever there is a gusty rain. It has for a few years now, and I caulked it this summer thinking that I should have fixed it. I did not. 🙁 So this spring, we are going to have to get some help and the Lord knows how much that will cost. Here’s hoping He brings in some extra money to cover that cost!
Also, I have been under a different type or rain cloud since just about Thanksgiving week. Not bad, and not awful.
Linda described my mood as “happy sad” and that it was very strange. I did indeed feel quite strange, and it was hard to get myself creative; it took a lot of work (this post was written in the height of that funk).
There were a lot of various things that attributed to that. My late brother’s birthday was the Friday after Thanksgiving again (this happens every 5-6 years or so because the date of Thanksgiving changes yearly), My last uncle died, The anniversary of my brother’s suicide, another Christmas without Mom. These all hit me harder than I expected this year.
Not all is Gloomy though…
We had many good things too, including a White Christmas which we SELDOM see here. And my fabric line solidified – now we are awaiting strikeoffs and some quilts based on the line are forming in my mind. Getting them to be real full patterns by Spring Market is going to be an interesting ride and already May is looking WAY TOO SOON in the quilting industry sense.
So thankfully, I think I am coming out of that weird “happy sad” state! I am feeling motivated again and have to be working on a TON of new things for you this year. If you don’t see me here, look for me on Instagram where I will post what I can. The sad thing about having a collection of fabric and new patterns and OTHER fun surprises (besides the PAPERWORK – ugh!) is that you have a lot of secret sewing for a long time. But I am hoping you will find the wait worth it.
That’s all folks!
Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,