I always seem to go into a mini funk whenever I finish a large project and in this case, I'm referring to my "man quilt". I like to compare it to coming to the end of a great book. I want it to be over so I can see how it ends but after I read the final "The End"...or in this case, the last stitch...I feel somewhat melancholy because after enjoying it so much, I want it to continue.
We all give so much of ourselves with every quilt or hand made project we make, don't we? Because of that, I personally like to take a little "me" time between each.
One of the positive things that happened during our four day loss of power following tropical storm Arthur was that I came up with a new design that I had hoped to start last week. Well, I didn't. My head just wasn't there. So rather than talk or guilt myself into it, I did a bit more organization in my studio, read a bit and spent more time in the kitchen preparing home-cooked meals.
And then the good things started happening!
First, my friend Lucie and her husband decided that they are going to take a "little" detour and will be paying us a visit for two days in August before making their way to PEI to attend a wedding. I can't tell you how excited I am about their impending visit. We haven't seen each other in almost five LONG years.
Not too long ago, Lucie asked me to design a Fall themed mini quilt and that's the design I worked on and came up with during our power outage. Now I have the incentive to get the sample done before she arrives! So tomorrow, the sewing begins!
Then yesterday, look what arrived in my mailbox...
A box of my favorite threads from Aurifil!
Don't they look good enough to eat? The colors are so rich and yummy!
Good things happen in threes, right?
On Monday of this week, I put the finishing touches on yet another new design that crept into my head over the weekend. I started the initial sketches on Sunday but stalled about half way through. Then on Monday morning, the proverbial light bulb came on and I was able to finish the design.
Yesterday, by coincidence, I heard from Jeni, the Editor and Creative Director of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine. She was writing to tell me that my latest project for the Spring 2015 issue had arrived safely, that they had just finished shooting my project for the Winter 2014 issue and that they would be sending me a photo just before the magazine was ready to go to print. I'm over-the-moon excited to see it because her words were, "It's stunning!"
While we were "talking", I told her that I had just came up with another new design and to make a long story short, it is now scheduled for the Spring 2016 issue. No hurried deadlines with this one! Whew!
So that's been my last week and a half. My funks never last long because it doesn't take too much to make me happy.
I have SOOOOOOOO much to be thankful for!