I have to say that this quilt has it’s own special story…or the way in which I was able to come about quilting it.
So I live in a small town..in Central WA. I have only lived here 9 years.
Most people here are born and raised here…everyone is related to someone or connected in some way. It is a typical small town where cliques are formed and people stay in their own little groups. I am not that way.
I come from a bigger city but love the small town feel.
I went to a quilt show in the next city over…it has about 20,000 people…LOL so it’s the “Big” City within an hour of here.
Anyway while browsing through the quilt show I noticed someone looking at me. I turned around a few times throughout the day and noticed this same woman looking at me. I didn’t recognize her. But I used to work in my local hospital for several years…and I thought ..well maybe she was a patient or something?? due to confidentiality I couldn’t go ask..so I kept to myself.
Finally she came up to me and said “Are you that girl on the internet?”
I said “What?”
That could be a loaded question. what if she had mistaken me for a bad person on the net? My mind couldn’t comprehend??
She said “the one on that quilting site?”
me : Oh yes..the quilting board?
Yes I am Charisma.
Then she asked me if I would be willing to quilt for her. She happens to live about an hour from me…but she has to drive to the big town to do her shopping.
So anyway….she gave me this quilt when my machine was broken…I got WAY behind ..and I just finished it the week before Christmas. So I am glad she recognized me…She happens to be the nicest person. I ran into her and her DH in the fall and they gave me fresh produce…and taught me how to process banana squash…
I just love my job….have I said that before?
You know I pieced this top a LONG time ago….and I LOVE the fabrics. They are a mix of Kitty Yoshida’s line called “City Girl” I think…..and also a cosmo Cricket line. It was a free pattern that came out with the line called “City Blocks” I knew it would be an easy enough pattern to complete…and I think I got the fabrics on sale at the time.
I wanted a quick quilt that I could finish up in an evening. I made every mistake on this quilt I think?
I didn’t have an idea of what I was going to really do until I loaded it….I should have loaded it sideways for what I did..which made it all the more painful for me …all the starts and stops. UGH! I used a variegated thread…It was a mistake. The thread is all the right colors but I think it would have been better if I used a light brown. I think this particular quilt would look WAY better with an all over type of design like swirls…instead I decided to pratice feathers. There are several different types of feathers and ways in which to complete them..I have not mastered every technique and I can’t do that on a customer quilt. So I thought I would practice on my own…a sacrificial top. The ribbons in the striped sashing…all wrong. Let’s just call it like it is…LOL.
So this CUTE ….top that I pieced has been ruined by poor quilting decisions. Oh well. It happens..I don’t like it when it happens ..but I am SUPER glad it happened on my own quilt. It’s not a complete loss….honestly It still has a charm and it served a purpose..it is by far not the ugliest thing I have ever made..and I will still find a special home for it.
I can’t tell you how many times I have tried posting this post and no matter how many times I keep saving it as I type it won’t save it.
I am a horrible typist..LOL so I misspell everything and I have to go back which means I spend a lot of time in the post and it erases everything……I am calm..deep breaths..starting over!
Well crumbs for today.
Virginia came over to quilt today,,,which was really nice. I like having the company because I work alone most of the time.. when I have company the day goes by faster. That’s always a good thing.
Rob is taking the kids to Newport tomorrow for a long weekend with his family. They are going to have Christmas and they also need the kids to do some labor around the house. They are building their dream home in the forest…It’s beautiful. They feed the kids well…plus they get presents they are excited to go..the best present is they get to skip a day of school. YAY!
I am staying home..because I need to get organized..I need to make about 12 DJ blocks before my opening class so I can teach the class….and I want to get all my customer quilt finished up by Monday before the next rush comes in. Plus we didn’t ask anyone to watch our dogs…It’s a good thing for me not to have the distractions.
I have been so relaxed and having a great time working on some of my quilts. I made myself finish two customer quilts today and then I pinned on one of my own….I thought I could get it finished pretty quickly…I don’t know what I was thinking? I will post it tomorrow…I am hoping that over night I will have fresh eyes and I will like it? I am glad I experimented on my own quilt rather than someone elses’ HA!
With this new outlook of being content….My inbox will never be empty. There is always going to be some obstacles in my life…and I can create 20 million deadlines for myself….I can conquer all of these big things …and still find something else I need to do. I realized before Christmas ( with the help of my therapist) that I am actually living my dream life. This is the dream for me. I am not famous…I am not rich..I am not successful on wall-street. By many standards I maybe not have lofty goals. But I am content with where I am. I dreamed for a “normal” life as a kid. I know “normal” is defined differently by so many.
But my normal is healthy happy children, Healthy happy marriage, going to church on Sundays ( it’s actually having a relationship with God that counts) , working a normal job….living in a STABLE environment…sure I could want more things?? but I have come to conclusion that things are just things? Right? Last summer when our house was being threatened with a fire the only thing I was rushing to save after my family and pets were out of danger were quilts and pictures. Nothing else mattered to me.
So externally I am living my dream and I am content with that. I need to quit killing myself to prove that I am worthy of this “normal” dream.
Internally..I am realizing…I am just like everyone else..I am not flawed….therefore….quit hating on myself! LOL WOW! What a relief!
So step by step I am getting there…what a GREAT feeling. My Grandma J always said that the 40’s were the best years of her life. I think it’s true….during our 20’s and 30’s we have so much work to do so so we enjoy that season in our life. I have 6 years to get to my 40’s but if I do all my homework early…heck maybe I can enjoy it more! My kids will be leaving in my 40’s…that doesn’t seem as terrifying anymore. Rob and I have our golf clubs….LOL
Becky sent me this quilt as well….and she wanted an all over type of design on this one and suggested spirals. So I didn’t have to think about it..sometimes I over think things…..I know you all know that about me.
I love the way it turned out…..it gives it the right kind of movement.
She actually sent me two. She lives in WA so these didn’t travel far. Thsi particualr quilt …she wanted custom quilting and her only request was that I didn’t quilt any flowers. Which is a good thing because I didn’t see flowers on this quilt anyway.
I quilted little twinkling stars, and I tried to mimic the pattern in the final border to give it dimension. Teh rest is all different kinds of block work. I used two different colors of thread charcoal and natural.