Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Well, the weekend in Chicagoland for my dad’s 80th birthday is behind us and the weekend in Baltimore with George’s 92 year old aunt is coming up. I was able to finish the top of quilt #5 Wednesday night before we left for the trip west and I have been busy cutting out the block work for quilt #6 (tentatively called Santas on Parade) and quilt # 7, official pattern name “Lady of the Lake” (my own name for it yet to be determined). So even though we are traveling tons of time here, I am making progress on the quilts. I hope to have all of #6 and #7 pinned this Baltimore weekend and sew those two tops up between now and the end of the month when we leave for China for nine days. Then I will start #8 upon our return March 10. I have the fabric selected for #8 but am still working on a pattern selection.
Two remarkable things have happened in my little quilt world this past week. The first is that I finally sent off Ati’s quilt to Germany, hopefully for keeps this time. As you may recall, I sent it to his family home for his 21st birthday and it got returned to me for non-payment of customs dues. Ati’s brother forgot to tell him it was waiting for him at the post office and they returned it (Thank God!). Ati had me send it to Marie’s (his significant other's) house where he often is and they will make a home together with it eventually. So farewell to one of my quilt children. I will be on pins and needles until I hear that it arrives safely.
Secondly, and this one is less tangible but more upsetting, I had one of those moments of self doubt this past weekend that can be so unsettling. Isn’t it Thomas Wolfe who said you can never go home again? Well, going home always rocks my psychic boat a bit. My parents, siblings and I are very different from each other in many ways, one of which is our take on material possessions and our homes. My parents and siblings keep state of the art homes, elegantly decorated and eclectic is not an adjective I would ever use for their living spaces. My home is not professionally decorated, rarely coordinated and very eclectic! Also, my home is not as clean as theirs. Obsessive housecleaning leaves little time for quilting. It is important to note, my mom and my sisters do not work full time and do not have an obsessive art passion so they have more time (and inclination) to keep spotless, well decorated homes.
So, knowing I am making these quilts for them, I am looking at their homes and worrying that I will make the quilts, send the quilts and they will sit in boxes or on shelves because they do not fit the décor. I actually considered scraping the entire project as gifts for family members and giving the quilts instead to people more like me who would treasure them, regardless of how they fit into the home décor. That idea was short lived. I am 98.9999% sure the quilts will go to family members. I will just have to make sure certain quilts fit certain décor. Grrrrr….gets in the way of the creative process, to say the least.
More on all this later. Hope you are all having fantastic quilt weeks!