What a thrill to know I've been missed! Some have asked if I'm o.k.; I am ~ just a little weary and wondering if I should continue blogging. My daughter started this blog site and asked if I would like to contribute a story now and then and show some of my quilts.
It was fun and exciting to read comments about my work and soon, every stitch I made was examined and carefully done so I could write about the quilt. That was the way it was for all the years I entered quilts in the county fair: what will the judges think of this or that, and soon it almost became a chore, rather than an enjoyment, trying to be perfect. Now I almost feel burned out with quilting, because the last one I put up stayed on the frames for about six months, just sitting there, covered up to keep it from fading. Yesterday I took it off the frames, folded it up with its batting and lining, and put it in the cupboard.
Does this make me a failure? I don't think so; I feel relief that it's out of sight, and now my frames are open for baby quilts and doll quilts, and I can still piece tops when I want to.
Many hours were put into paper piecing the top. I just didn't feel up to trying to hand quilt through all those seams and didn't want to take a chance of ruining it by machine quilting it, because it is a pretty top.
The pattern is a Marcia Hohn design from the Spring 2003 edition of the Quilt magazine, called Flowers of Friendship.
Now of course, this set-back in my creative spirit isn't the reason I haven't blogged. I'll try to find time to post that story tomorrow. I have tried to find time each day to read your words and look at the beautiful pictures you post. So, let me thank each of you who looked for my words and wondered about me; makes me feel special...