This and that

I’ve noticed that after I finish a project, I usually want to take some time away from the studio. Sometimes, it’s only a few days; other times, it can be months. This time, it’s been about a month.

I finished the motorcycle quilt that I was working on for Chris. Overall, I”m pretty happy with the way it turned out, though if I had it to do over again, I would of course, do it somewhat differently. For instance, I wouldn’t cut the motorcycle fabric squares half an inch too small, then have to sash them! But for the most part, I’m satisfied with it.

Motorcycle quilt

Motorcycle quilt

I really enjoyed working on this one. I really enjoyed doing the motorcycle embroidery along the borders …

Vroom vroom!

Vroom vroom!

So after it was done, I decided to take a little break. Like I said, that’s my process. I think about sewing, but I don’t actually sew much during a break.

Then my grandmother passed away on the 9th of June. She hasn’t been well since January, when she had to have some heart surgery, and she just really never recovered. She meant a lot to me – I spent most of my summers as a teen with her.

Betty Reaid, 1923 - 2015

Betty Reaid, 1923 – 2015

She was 91 years old last December. Even though she wasn’t doing well when this photo was taken in April, she looked fabulous didn’t she? It’s like a piece of my heart has been stolen away from me.

But her passing awakened my need to be busy, and so I started a new quilt. I’ve been wanting to make a patriotic log cabin for a long time now. I once made a very small one and gave it to my former mother-in-law many years ago, but I wanted a big one for myself. This is the prototype square.

Prototype square for patriotic log cabin quilt

Prototype square for patriotic log cabin quilt

At first, I wasn’t too pleased with it, but it’s growing on me. I think it’s going to look really nice once I’ve got a few of these done. Of course, there will also be some blue in there as well. I’m hoping to have this quilt finished by July 4th, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

After this, who knows? Maybe I’ll actually tackle that applique quilt I want to do, or make myself some new clothing or something. That reminds me, I have been working on making myself a bra, but that is a post for another time.

In closing, just let me say – if you don’t spend much time with the older generations of your family, do it now. Ask them to tell you about their lives, and what things were like growing up. Because trust me, you don’t get a second chance.