As you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much. I haven’t been able to progress on my Reaching For Stars Quilt as much as I would have liked. I was able to get all the blocks sewn together, but not the borders yet.
A few years ago, I had hip surgeries, a back surgery and a fractured sacrum. I worked hard at physical therapy, and although it took a long time, without my team I wouldn’t have been able to have had a few good, pain free years. The pain has been coming back and then hit very hard. I couldn’t sit at my sewing table and sew or perform any of the activities needed to finish this top, baste it or quilt it.
Lots of doctor appointments and test have happened since. And this is now considered a chronic condition. I am slowly getting back to my quilting, but for short periods of time. I am able to sit or lie down and work on embroidery stitches. It’s been so calming to do that work.
I have been reading many of your wonderful quilting blogs, fb and IG posts, and they make me smile. It’s great inspiration, and although this sounds corny, I have to say, at times, it has been “the wind beneath my wings.”
On another note, this is a photo of my Reaching For The Stars quilt; blocks sewn together.
Last year Lindsey Rhodes from LR Stitched, started a movement, May is For Makers Month. We celebrate our Indie Makers buy purchasing patterns or books from the talented designers in our industry. It is a celebration of the creativity, hard work and acknowledgment of the artists in our industry. By purchasing from each other this way, we are joining together and supporting each other in our sewing endeavors.
I love the quilt that my fellow Stitching Stars Blossom Blog Hop designed and created. It’s amazing what collaborating can do. I wanted to make a block, but not this round. I knew I had my regular job, at the library as a part-timer, getting ready for the upcoming holidays, two articles to research and write for a publication, two quilts on the sewing machine, (I’m tired just writing this), and I’m trying to finish my first quilt top design to send into a publication. And, I know one thing for sure, don’t over commit.
So when I learned I could participate with the support of a blog post, some photos of my blossom creations, and offer a give-a-way, I was really happy.
Don’t worry if you don’t win, because I created the pattern free for everyone! It will be posted after the winner is announced! I would love to see pictures if you make it, and I really appreciate constructive criticism on my pattern writing.
Please visit all the partipants in our Blog Hop and help us all Blossom.
One of many classic quilting questions is ; Do I choose the design/ pattern, and then the fabric? Or the other way around? However, Joanne Kerton makes a compelling case for creating the design first.
“When I design, my mind is working with color. I come up with the design first, then go browse the fabric aisles for the fabric colors and print textures that will fit my version, rather than falling in love with a fabric collection and designing to fit the collection. I think that may be a bit of a handicap as far as partnering with fabric companies to help publicize my designs and brand, but it’s how my mind works! I’ve tried picking a fabric first, then designing, but it hasn’t worked for me yet. I won’t say it never will. Working in the shop I see lots of gorgeous collections as they arrive, and maybe one of these days, one of them will speak to me and tell me what to make with it!”