My Mothly Newsletter on Surface Design
My Mothly Newsletter on Surface Design
It is hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone and it is even harder to believe that 2016 is coming to an end! Our boys are becoming young men and the hubs and I are noticing our own signs of aging. It sneaks up on you. It really does. Those things that you thought that “SOMEDAY” you would be or do…. those things that haven’t happened yet? Well, the time is now.
I am realizing that “someday” is now and there is no sense in waiting for the future. At the risk of sounding morbid, none of us knows what tomorrow holds. So whatever it is that you want or feel as though you have wanted to do… DO IT NOW! I’m not waiting anymore, if any of us have any doubts about this, look at the string of celebrity deaths that have occurred lately! It’s shocking! Some of these people in their 50’s, which, when you are in your 20’s seems old, I know, but it isn’t in all reality!
So you have a special dress you are waiting to wear? I say get it out and wear it now, create an event! Celebrate Monday, if nothing else comes to mind to celebrate. For me, I am pushing full steam ahead with my designs. Any rejection is just going to make me push harder. So all those textile companies out there, better watch for me, because I am coming.. whether you are ready or not!!!
The end of the year has been very busy for me. It has been full of awesome surprises as well as some very big disappointments. I am choosing to focus on the great things that have happened, and allow those icky disappointments to encourage me to try harder, create more and to also remind me that “nothing worthwhile comes easy.”
I participated in an Instagram Challenge in December. It was an advent calendar instagram challenge. The challenge was created by Four Corners Art Collective. This group of talented designers created prompts for December 1st- December 21st. It was loads of fun, and I am so grateful to all of them!
You can see all my renderings by clicking on my photo below, it will take you to my portfolio website.
Doing this challenge was a great exercise! You have to put your work out quickly and it needs to go out every day for 3 weeks.
On to another topic. I made a quilt for my sister-in-law Sheri. The last of the sister-in-laws to get the gift of a quilt for Christmas. She’s been waiting. Finally, her day came!
I went WAY off script with this one. I let all the fabric do the work for me. I chose bright solids and all the Cotton and Steel prints I had in my sewing room. I used them all!
I used my Accuquilt Go Cutter to cut lots and lots of triangles! It really does make cutting go faster.
In the picture below, I was trying to figure out how to put these half square triangles together. You can really see how the fabric is doing the work for me.
In this picture below you can see the quilt assembled and nearly ready for quilting.
I didn’t even start to think about what I was going to do for Sheri’s quilt until after Thanksgiving. When I finally had some kind of idea, I was overtaken by a dark cloud of depression. It usually comes on this time of year, when our days are shorter and there are a million things that need to be done before the holidays hit. I pushed through though. I would sew a little bit each day and luckily I finished up the binding on Christmas morning. Just in time!
Sheri’s finished quilt was created with many half square triangles and some solid 6.5″ x 6.5″ squares as well.
Sheri has had a hard year, in 2016. She had a huge family loss herself. I hope she knows that this quilt, as with all quilts I have made are more than just a quilt, it’s a hug as well!
Happy New Year to you all!
Sometimes something happens right when you REALLY need it! I often talk about how being in the business of surface design is like a rollercoaster ride. Many times this rollercoaster ride seems to have more nosedives than blastoffs! Those nosedives? They are usually provoked by that “evil little inner voice” that likes to compare my work to others and tell me “you’ll never amount to anything”. Most days I can push this “voice” aside, not listen and not buy into it, but some days it gets hold of me and pulls me down that rabbit hole. Ugh, if any of you have this issue, you know the place I am talking about. It’s a dark, ugly space where creative juices dry up and optimism is unheard of. You know that song by Sam Phillips, “Where the Colors Don’t Go”? well, her lyrics explain it all. Nothing grows there, especially color!
So getting on with my story, and it’s a very good one! Two weeks ago I did a little four question “e-mail interview” with a lovely woman named Rose that works with the “On The Surface” (SURTEX) E- Newsletter. You probably remember I exhibited at SURTEX 2016, last May. This e-mail popped into my inbox (which usually I tend to delete even before reading because I think it may be junk from an on-line marketer trying to sell their services), but this time I opened and read it. Thank goodness I did. This was JUST WHAT I NEEDED, JUST WHEN I NEEDED IT!
This e-mail was from a lovely person by the name of Rose Gilbert. She had questions as to what I did last summer, how my summer inspired my creativity and about life after SURTEX. At the time, I answered the questions attached some artwork, as they requested and sent it immediately back, thinking “this may end up being nothing, but who knows” and I totally forgot about it!!!!
A few days ago, to my surprise, and in a slump, a newsletter popped into my inbox from “On The Surface”, the e-newsletter from SURTEX. I scanned through it, completely forgetting about the interview I did and all of a sudden I saw my face! OMG! I didn’t even read it, I handed my phone over to my husband and he started to read it to me! To say that I was shocked, was an understatement. I really did forget about it. Rose made me sound so much more like an artist (and a grown-up) than I view myself to be! Below you can read part of the SURTEX e-newsletter!
When you head over to the SURTEX website, there doesn’t seem to be a place to access this particular newsletter. You will find older newsletters there, but not this one for some reason. I am not sure why, but I am sure many, many attendees and exhibitors received this e-newsletter edition in their mailbox, just as I did.
So I guess you can say I am on the upswing of the rollercoaster ride. I know it won’t last forever, but I am going to enjoy this feeling for a little while before it’s time to experience the next dip.
Have a great week everyone!
Last week I started cutting pattern pieces for Noodlehead’s Campfire Messenger Bag. There are many pieces to this bag. There is not only the main, lining and accent fabrics, but there is also the fusible fleece and fusible woven interfacing pieces. Sadly, I am not the most organized when it comes to sewing- so I tend to cut woven interfacing as I move along with each fabric piece as needed. YOU would think I would learn, and cut all the lining pieces ahead of time, but no, I don’t- I just continue to use my method of madness. Oh well, what are you going to do? I did get a pretty nifty bag out of the whole deal, so I guess in a way my method worked!
The Campfire Messenger Bag, in my opinion is a MUST MAKE and should be put on the top of all of your “to make” lists! It has just enough pockets both inside and out. The backside of the bag has a snap pocket, and once you open the flap there are 2 roomy and easily accessible front pleated pockets. There is a zipper pocket above those pleated pockets, and on the interior side of the bag, you have two pockets, side by side. There are many options that Anna presents you with in her pattern for flap closures, heck, I may try them all. Why not? I did go with the snap closures for this particular bag. I feel it gives this bag a nice clean look, very professional. There is also an adjustable strap that makes it easy to wear the bag either “cross body” style or just over the shoulder.
This bag is roomy enough for all you essentials and then some. I don’t have an iPad, but I am pretty sure that would fit also!
I basically used the fabrics I had around already. I had some Cotton and Steel fat eighths on hand and I used these for the flap and linings. This particular collection of Cotton and Steel looks really great with navy blue so… I constructed the strap, snap closures and bag binding all in a solid navy blue. I think from these photos, it may look black, but it is a very, very dark blue.
I didn’t have a navy blue zipper of the correct size on hand. So I opted for an ecru instead. I also did not add the zip bag closure (optional) for top of the main part of the bag.
My friends went wild when they saw my Campfire Messenger Bag. Then they went even more wild when they found out I made the bag!!!
I hope you make this bag and enjoy the process as much as I did!
Have a Great Weekend!
One more thing also, I am having a pretty nice giveaway through my instagram, @Traceywirthdesigns. Hop on over to instagram and follow the qualifying rules. The giveaway closes on Monday September 26th at 5:00 pm PDT. Best of Luck for those who enter!
I had a stack of fabric in my large pile of fabrics, that has been slated for a particular quilt. The quilt, you ask? The Bright Heart Quilt, by Amy Butler for Free Spirit Fabrics. I love the color green, so this quilt kit, as it came, was a no brainer for me. The deep hues of emerald, along with a lime green and a bright pink, which is hard to see from the photo, called to me. I had to make it and so I did.
The quilt pattern is available for free on the Free Spirit website, and it’s easy. Any of you out there with “half square triangular” experience will certainly find this to be an easy and quick quilt to construct.
The fabrics that come with the quilt kit are all voile. I have to say, I have never, never made a quilt with voile before. It’s texture is more slippery than quilting cotton, which for me at times was a little frustrating, but I managed. Above is the quilt top only.
I quilted and bound this baby in less than a day. I did a straight stitch on either side of the “ditch” instead of in the ditch. I chose this particular stitch because I like the way the stitches look when they cross over each other. The photo above is an outside shot and below you will see an inside photo of the finished quilt.
Making a quilt completely out of voile, (even the quilt back is voile) really makes for a lightweight quilt. It has such a different feel that all the other quilts I have ever made.
Well, I hope you all have a great weekend.
I am official at many things in life. Many that know me, know that I officially love Pie. Not all Pie, if it’s apple pie, it is only my moms pie, and other pies should be tart, with just a little sweetness, and it must have REALLY good crust. Some that know me, know that I am the official Gold Medal Holder for the best napper- in both length of time and style. If you don’t know, there really is an art to napping. Still there are others that probably think I am officially crazy, and yes, I am certain at times, I am. All that do know me, know that I officially identify myself as a Doris Day fan. I may not be her number 1 fan, but I am a FAN nonetheless!
This OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT is about the Agency that has made me into an official artist with official representation. See? I am official. Sue from Vivid Art Agency says so. Sue is my most valuable agent, ( Let’s call her Agent 99) hahaha, but all kidding aside, there really isn’t any secret covert operation happening here, but I do feel like there is a whole lot of magic. I cannot even tell you how great it is to have someone in your corner, helping you with the ins and outs of art licensing. Sue (who is also the owner of Vivid Art Agency) supports me and looks at the bright side of things, even when I may be looking at the half-empty glass.
Having an agent, frees me up to do more of my artwork and less researching for art director contacts. In the past I would spend days researching for valuable contacts, googling and using LinkedIn. I must say though, it does makes you feel a little like a detective, which is a kind-of enjoyable, but very time-consuming. All that time should be used to generate new art, because let’s face it, without new work there wouldn’t be anything to submit to art directors, right?
It would be wonderful if all of you who read this would hop on over to instagram and follow Vivid Art Agency. I think it would be fun for you to ride along on this adventure with me!
Have a Great Weekend!
As my earlier post stated, I was super busy with SURTEX preparations for the last several months. In February my sister-in-law Debbie approached me. You may remember I gave Debbie a quilt I made for her Christmas gift. She asked me if I would help her make a quilt for her daughter (my niece) Taylor’s graduation gift.
It’s funny, she said help- and of course I would help- but I knew she hadn’t sewn before, and even though we meant to do a few lessons over a year ago in preparation for this very moment, those lessons never happened, and I knew that helping meant more like making. Help=Make
“Not a problem” I told her. And I really meant it. Somehow I would get all these sewing projects done for SURTEX, I had no idea how and if it were even possible, but I told her I would have it done for Taylor’s graduation.
You know it always seems impossible, until it’s done.
Since the word HELP was thrown into the mix of our conversation, I thought I would have her hold up her end of the deal. So I first asked Debbie to pick a pattern from Pinterest. She was looking for something that was saturated with color, beautiful, young and sort of bohemian. She said she couldn’t decide, there were too many to choose from and she didn’t know where to start. So I did some assisting by choosing a handful of designs that seemed to lean toward the aesthetic she was looking for.
She chose that one I thought she would. It is the prettiest and most saturated, AND also the one that had the most cutting and piecing! So I had her come over one afternoon to help me cut, and cut and cut and cut. And then cut some more!
The quilt pattern she chose was the Garden Wall Quilt, by Anna Maria Horner. This quilt has 5 different sizes of rectangles and squares. There were 9 blocks in the quilt, with each one consisting of 51 cut pieces!! I can safely say that the cutting was the most labor intensive part of making this quilt.
I used all Anna Maria Horner fabrics, from many of her different collections and they were mostly purchased from Etsy. It was pretty impossible for me to find any of Anna’s Garden Party collection anywhere, so I had to wing it and I used her other fabrics.
I did follow Anna’s pattern as closely as I could, with fabric substitutes and the results were fairly similar. After all the cutting was done, the quilt went together easily- and it was great that Debbie came and spent an afternoon cutting fabric.I really enjoyed our time chatting it up AND the extra set of hands were hugely helpful!
Taylor’s quilt was made larger than Anna’s pattern called for. My niece has legs for days and I really wanted the quilt to cover her from head to toe.
I used some small pieces of my designed fabrics with Anna’s fabrics on the backside. It was fun to see my designs quilted in circles. I completed this quilt in about 2 weeks. Whew, I did cut it close!
I always take a “box shot” with my completed quilt tucked neatly in a box ready for gifting.
My lovely niece Taylor!
Taylor seemed to really love her quilt. This should keep her cozy at college, and remind her of all of us who love and miss her when she is away. I hope she feels all the love that went into every cut and stitch of this quilt.
Gosh, I really have no idea where time goes!
It’s all I had been talking about. “I’m getting ready for SURTEX”, “I’ll do that after SURTEX”, “When I go to SURTEX, this could happen”. SURTEX, SURTEX, SURTEX! MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA! This 6 letter word had consumed my life, by dictating sewing projects, both at home and at out of town workshops, and by creating a stress that until now I had avoided most of my life. Yep that’s right, I am an AVOIDER! If you ignore it, it will go away, right? NOPE! Don’t even try.
So as this blog’s title states, this is about before and after SURTEX, so let’s talk about before, shall we? Many, many errands and projects (not sewing or design related) were put on hold until after this event. You know, like house cleaning, laundry, folding and putting laundry away- let’s just say that my house was in desperate need of some TLC and so was my entire family. Almost every waking moment was spent on preparation for this event. Luckily SURTEX had some great webinars. These were key for us first timers that opted for the “telephone booth sized” booth.
They talked about banners, lighting, trash cans, backdrops (heights and widths), podium sizes (which was impossible to actually get the correct measurements) and last, and my favorite, PRESS KITS! These weren’t really my favorite, especially since we came home with over 100 press kits that nobody wanted. I say my “favorite” because Jim, Will and I put 200 of those little devils together, which we were told to do in one of those informative webinars. I even asked if we were new to the industry and haven’t any clients yet, will we also will need 200 press kits? Yes- we were told.
Well, I am here to tell you now- DON’T DO IT!! 75 would have been a very nice number. WE were told to make and bring way too many. WE spent countless hours assembling these kits, not too mention, Aaack I hate to even think of it, but the money that was spent on these- I haven’t done the math- and I don’t think I am going to.
This was how the kits were assembled
200 Kraft paper folders were purchased. Dum Dum lollipops were used as a closure for each folder. I think this is a genius idea, clever, and if you would like to borrow this idea I would be flattered. All folders needed to be punched twice (through both front and back of the folder) for the lollipop insertion.
I created a special coloring booklet just for SURTEX
I printed 300 Coloring Booklets and each was packaged in a vellum envelope with a box of 12 colored pencils, (not 8 as it stated in the photo above this photo). The extra 100 booklets and pencils were to give out at my booth.
It’s The Little Things That Make a Difference
In the photos above you see a bunch of embroidery hoops and a custom stamp I had made in my logo from Tailormadestamps on etsy. I highly recommend them, the quality is awesome and they are quick! I used the stamp to put my logo on the embroidery hoop backside and the backside of the swatches.
On to the “Phone Booth Sized” booth. The Floor space, was a mere 5 feet x 5 feet. I couldn’t get exact measurements of the shelving that was offered through GES at the Javits Center, so I opted for these shelves…. Actually- they are shoe racks, but they were light weight and they fit the space nicely!
These were purchased from The Container Store, they were cheap, they came flat in a box and they didn’t need any special tools to set up! This photo was taken in the container store- this was not them set up in my booth.
This is my by booth before! I know! RIGHT?! It is SO roomy and spaceous! I wish I would have opted for the next size up- It would have cost more, but this space was so small that I couldn’t even change my mind in it!!! Also, there was no privacy, those on either side of you could get in on your conversations, and dare I say it??? I’m going to- steal your potential client! Yep- it happens, and did!
That tiny space to the left of my booth is where I put those stackable shoe shelves. They fit perfectly!! You can see them in the photo below.
Here is the booth during set-up. My banners were AWESOME. They were done by Production Resources of Boston. I put mostly characters on my banners and with the black background they popped! People came around the corner and saw my pig on a vespa and couldn’t help but laugh! That made my day!
A shot of my amazing and handsome husband (my BUMBLE) Jim, hanging my banners with care, he also helped many others hang theirs!
Setting up in progress! I am holding a spring-loaded curtain rod- this was put on the backside of my podium and was where I would hide my handbag and other things that I didn’t want to be seen.
I had these items I sewed with my fabric printed from Spoonflower represented in my shelving unit. You can see them in the photo above in the
shoe rack shelving unit.
The Sewn Items
This little clutch made from Noodleheads Rainbow Clutch-(pattern from her book), The fabric is from my Lily Pond Collection.
This skirt I also sewed from my Lily Pond Collection, the pattern is from Colette Patterns The Ginger Skirt. It is super easy to sew, but I feel like it never feels right when it is on- like it rides up or something- I wore it to SURTEX anyway.
This is also a pattern from Noodlehead. The divided basket, sewn from my Lily Pond Collection
The blouse above is the Biscayne Pattern from Hey June Patterns – the fabric is from my Splendor In The Grass Collection and the large pouch and small change purse were sewing projects from Sew South. The fabric is from my Granny’s Rock Garden Collection.
You all know that I really want a fabric gig, so I really put that medium to the test to show what my collections can do for a plethera of patterns! I really think they work well with clothing and bags- and quilts of course.
Since my characters were mostly represented on my banners, I put my design repeats into a portfolio I had printed through Shutterfly. It measures 11″ x 14″.
Over 100 of my design repeats were represented in this lovely tidy book. It made for a great display on my podium. I purchased a book holder to keep it upright to catch peoples eyes.
Here I am on my second day. Wow, look at that, I am having a good hair day!
What I learned and what I would/would not do again
I may do SURTEX again. Now that I got that all out of my system, I feel like I am ready to start planning for next year. I did make many contacts, I learned from others and I got some really great feedback from folks. I am also working on a contract with a company, and this happened because of SURTEX. Things are moving ahead- I’m pushing forward and it feels great.
Thanks for reading and visiting.
Stay Well and Stay Crafty
Around the middle of December, I started watching The Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I have watched them before. The show was on television from 2001- 2007 and I would catch an episode every now and again, and when channels are running reruns, I am sure to watch as well, even if I have seen the episode a million times. Gilmore Girls episodes are like fine wine, they get better with time.
From the very first episode I was hooked! I binged watched, all 7 seasons. Yes, I am addicted. I love all the characters and I love the town “Stars Hollow”. When I watched the last episode, I cried. NO! Not because of the way the series ended, it was because it was the LAST EPISODE and it was over, I would be missing all of my fictional townsfolk and my fictional town of Stars Hollow. I am now watching it again, all 7 seasons, and even though I know how they end- I STILL hope it ends differently… Crazy.. I know…
Stars Hollow may be a fictional town, but there are many of us, (you know who you are) in the world that are in search of this town. We want to live there. We also want all those crazy, quirky townies in attendance as well. Yes, even Kirk. The man that sells everything and has every single job ever!!
This quaint little town is in Connecticut, and instead of giving you all the history of how Stars Hollow came about I am going to refer you to Amy’s blog, Finding Stars Hollow. Amy does a great job of telling you all the ins and outs of Stars Hollow. She also shows you places that are very similar to Stars Hollow, of course you won’t find all the key components of SH in one town- I guess that’s why it is a fictional town.
Can we talk about the fact that Netflix is going to do a series revival of the Gilmore Girls?!!! To that I say YAY!!!!!
The story goes, as I have read, that Netflix is planning on doing 4 one and a half hour episodes, each depicting the 4 seasons of an entire calendar year. You can read more about it here. I wonder where Rory will be, will she be working for the Obama administration in some capacity? Who will be her love interest?
Can we talk about Rory’s love interests, for just a moment please?
Dean was great! I loved him as a boyfriend for Rory, sweet and responsible (except when he slept with Rory while married to his wife). As Lorelai had said, he was the perfect starter boyfriend.
How about Jess? When he first showed up he was so disrespectful. He was okay towards the end of his time on the Gilmore Girls, when he got his crap together and was much nicer. He wrote a short novel, and seemed to have grown-up a little.
Rory’s last boyfriend, Logan? Well he makes me crazy. I really, really, really dislike him. He is so condescending, has an air about him and unfortunately reminds me of my first real boyfriend. Logan’s family dynamic is so similar to that of my unfortunate first real boyfriends’ family. There was a particular breeding that was optimal, and I didn’t fit the mold. (Thank you God)! That hideous broken heart I suffered from my freshman year at MSU brought me to where I am today. I landed in a very great place, with Mr. Swellsewing! He is my Knight and Shining Armour and the love of my life.
So who is your wish? Who would you like Rory to end up with? I know I don’t want it to be Logan.
Now let’s talk about Luke and Lorelai, shall we? First before I say anything, I want to say spoiler alert! Just in case there is someone out there, that hasn’t watched the series yet….
They ended the Gilmore Girls series with Luke and Lorelai embracing and kissing in the middle of the street. At the time they were broken up, AGAIN. The camera panned away- with an ongoing long kiss.
That’s where they left us! How rude! Right?! So, one thing that bugs me about Luke and Lorelai being engaged……they never, ever say to each other “I love you”. HOW can you get engaged to someone, and not say those 3 words to the person you plan on marrying? It makes absolutely no sense! It’s a mystery to me, I hope when we visit Stars Hollow again, Luke and Lorelai are together and they exchange those 3 little words with one another.
I guess time will tell.
There is still time to catch up before the revival- so get watching!! AND stay away from the “Pickles”!
I think I have mentioned in earlier posts that we draw names for Christmas present exchange on my husband’s side of the family. He has 4 siblings, and they all have significant others, and it just makes life much easier.
This year I had my sister-in-law Debbie’s name. She is married to Jim’s brother Lou. In fact, our son Kenny was just 5 weeks old when they got married. I remember this because Jim and I took Kenny with us to their wedding in Napa, and he slept through the nuptials and reception, and ultimately was up the entire night there after. Ugh- I use to really dread those kind of nights. Now I would give my left arm to have just one of those precious nights back!
So that was about 20 years ago! Anyhow- my deal for the name drawing for Christmas has been, (at least for the last 3 years) to make a quilt for that person. Part of the fun of this is to really think about what this person means to me, and how this quilt should reflect their personality.
Debbie and I live less than a mile away from each other, but we don’t spend a ton of time together. Not because we don’t want to, but because we both have kids in different schools, our interests pull us in different directions and well, I just don’t do a lot with anybody. I guess this is mostly my fault, I like to be home.
Her personality is interesting, you could say she is opposite of me, but I think that would be wrong. The places I lack confidence and experience- she does not. She has been in the corporate world, helped build huge businesses, been a boss several times to many people, unafraid of an unfamiliar experiences and has traveled to many foreign places. Me? Not so much, unless you want to count- being a night-time manager for Crate and Barrel and traveling to Canada and Mexico as “The Corporate World” and “Foreign Travel” -but hey, it’s all Greek to me! Nope! – I don’t think so, but I wouldn’t want that either, I’m a homebody- remember? You would think the earlier mentioned attributes of Debbie would make her a “stuffed shirt”, but she doesn’t fit that mold either!
She is wicked smart, athletic, likes to run (ugh, I hate it, the only thing I love about running is when I am able to stop!) She appreciates her children… I do that too- and she seems, to someone looking in from the outside, that maybe she is very stoic and tough- and she IS a strong woman, but she is also a very sensitive and gentle woman-touched by small things that others do, those little things mean a lot and those small moments when she sits back and takes it all in she is full of emotion… happiness and gratefulness for the healthy family she has- and for the close relationships she has with us… I know this about Debbie… I do!
Maybe, in these years going forward I will be fortunate enough to be able to spend more time with Debbie… Maybe. Next fall her oldest will be off to college, and I know she is going to need support with that. It is a very tough, life changing situation to get used to. Most of it not fun!!!
So- for Debbie’s quilt I chose Anna Maria Horner fabrics. In fact- I purchased a kit. I don’t usually do kits- but I wanted to make it easy on myself since I didn’t start this quilt until December 6th!
I downloaded the pattern from Make It Coats.
I first made templates out of some bookboard. There were 2 different sized triangles. So I thought using the bookboard was going to be the best option.
It worked out wonderfully. I just pasted the paper templates to the bookboard. It was awesome. My rotary cutter didn’t slip once!
Each row was sewn together in the photo above, but all the rows were not yet sewn together.
Once I had the rows all sewn together, I realized it was smaller than I thought it would be. So I had some of Anna’s Innocent Crush hanging around my sewing room and I sewed a generous border around the entire quilt.
This photo was taken on Christmas day before I packed it away into a box for its new home. I hate giving up my quilts!
When Debbie found out I had her name. Her response was so touching. She knew, as everyone does, that if I have your name, you are going to get a quilt… She started to cry because, she said she couldn’t believe that someone would want to make something so nice for her, or spend so much time doing something so nice for her!!! She hadn’t even pulled the quilt out of the box yet!
When she saw it she melted. She wrote such a lovely thank you note to me also. She is pretty convinced that her new quilt has improved her sleeping… Her husband snores like mine does- I wonder if she uses her quilt to put over his face to muffle the sound- that would improve your sleep, right?!
You’re worth it Debbie. I enjoyed every minute, It’s conception all the way through to its completion. I love thinking about that particular person, while I am working and customizing their gift to their personality. It is so much fun. Building a quilt is a journey. It is so much more than “just a quilt”!
IT’S A JOURNEY!!!