Thursday, June 5, 2014

Swift Kicks in 2014

It's time to reactivate this blog.  The last post was in 2011, you say?  Yes, I know but that's ok.

Every once in a while life gives you a good swift kick.  So far in 2014 those kicks have been coming hard and fast.  Some good - my son got his first job out of college and is on his own living in Washington, DC and is happy, healthy, and has a wonderful group of friends who care a great deal about him.  Other kicks - not so good. 

My rescue cat Alice died suddenly in January of FIP.  My 92 year old father is very ill and has been in the hospital twice as well as a rehab facility.  He's home now but needs full time care as he's very weak.  There are more kicks that keep coming but why dwell...

In the gentle good kick department I was given the opportunity to help Melanie Testa sew samples for the launch of her fabric line "Meadowlark" for Windham Fabrics.  It was just what I needed to get me out of a creative slump.  I haven't worked with fabric in several years because I've been playing around with mixed media, journaling, and painting.  Working with fabric doesn't give me the instant gratification that sitting down and painting does.  Although my results are hit or miss, I find that sitting at my drafting table drawing and painting are very soothing.  I don't really care so much about the end product. Quilting and sewing are different.  I am very results oriented, probably because my mother, who taught me to sew, always sewed perfectly and finished everything she started beautifully. I, on the other hand, am a procrastinator when it comes to needle and thread.  I have several projects that need just a little more work to be complete.  I have one project that needs a lot more work. 

But Melly's fabric launch gave me a chance to get back into designing and sewing.  It was great fun and as a result the quilting bug is back.  Just when I thought I was over it...they sucked me back in...or something like that.

Anyway, I am guest blogging on Melly's blog on June 12th as part of the blog hop for the launch.  Check it out.  Below is the link to all of the blogs participating.  My post is the last one.  If you go to each blog and leave comments you have a chance to win some really beautiful fabric as well as Melly's book "Dreaming From the Journal Page."

Melly – June 2
Vivien Zepf – June 2
Chrissie D – June 3
Sue Bleiweiss – June 4
Leslie Tucker Jenison  June 5
Jamie Fingal – June 6
Lyric Kinard – June 7
Jen Eskridge – June 8
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun – June 8  <——-Jacqui will be guest posting on Melly's blog!
Stephanie Forsyth – June 9
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – June 10
Teri Lucas – June 11
Scott Hansen June 12
Helen Eckard – June 12 <——-Helen will be guest posting on Melly's blog!

So, hopefully, after you tour all the other blogs, I will see you back here with a new post - before 2017...

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