Sometimes I sign myself up to do the impossible, and decide to try to do it anyway. I have to say that I am apparently a glutton for punishment at times.
I’ve got one project where I’m hand-sewing the binding (and I’m about to swap to machine sewing the binding because I’m frustrated, and have about half to go).
I’m working on a baby quilt that is impossibly difficult to quilt (but I signed up to work on it anyway….and it’s so cute, too!).
I have another one that is a TON of applique. Did I mention ANYWHERE that I just really love applique? Good, I didn’t. I won’t. I like binding more than applique most days. Not always, but when there comes a point that you’re “over it”, you’re just going to be over it.
I have another that’s half-quilted. It’s been that way since 2013.
I have two other tops needing quilting. Can I just say my project list at the moment is longer than my finished list? Or at least it feels like that. At points like this I decide to go back and finish other projects, reorganize my studio, or look at my finished projects stack and remember how I pushed through on some projects. It’s sometimes really tough. Sheesh!
I’ve gotten the 4 stars done I started last night, and have nine more to go (I already had 5 done). So here’s a pic of the 9. More colors coming in the next ones. 😉 Join my patreon site to see the quilt pattern and these two pics. You’ll see what the plan is for this quilt!
The hardest thing to do sometimes is the right thing. It’s really hard to admit defeat when it comes to a quilt project that you design and created. I’ve had to do this for the third time in my quilting career. I couldn’t even really talk about it much yesterday. I have a project that I’ve been working on for 3 years that is just due to be scrapped. It would take me another three years of stress and tears to finish it, so I’m about to repurpose the parts are important into a simpler version of the quilt. There hard version it’s just too hard the way I did it, and my patience has worn through.
So today, I’ll go get more fabric, and start the replacement quilt process.
In other news, I also scrapped another project because my hands just couldn’t do the work that was needed. It’s not a quilt, but a home décor project. Alas, some days just prove that you weren’t meant to be productive.
And so many more to go!
I got my fibromyalgia awareness quilt finished “Regardless, I Go On”. In spite of the pain, in spite of the body-crippling pain and fatigue, I choose to go on with my life. Doesn’t mean my path actually looks like what you’d expect. It kind of spirals out of control, but not in any kind of predictable spiral. It’s tough to realize you’ll never escape this path once you’re on it, and it’s incredibly tough just living with it. That’s the idea behind “Regardless, I Go On” and what it stands for.
It’s 20″ x 20″ square, and has crystals attached to it. There’s stars (and admittedly, in photographs, they really don’t show up as well), and then there’s a crystal at the front of each forward-facing point on the path. A “normal” purple day has a normal purple crystal, but each flare has an amber/orange crystal to signify it’s significance. The “back paths” where my path turns back on itself, you’ll see the backs of the fabrics. You’ll also notice that each time I have a flare (indicated with some color other than purple), my path darkens. Even if you’re just looking at the backs of the fabrics, you’ll notice the path continues, but you can’t see any crystals on those points.
You’ll have to wait a day or two for pics of the other one. It’s a bit big and I need good outdoor conditions to take the best shot of it. The one I can’t show you tonight due to the quilt’s size is going to go up on Etsy for sale.
If you feel that this fibromyalgia quilt is something you’d like to make, I have everything prepped to make it a pattern and include tutorial videos. 😉 Just let me know!
Okay, so I’ve been silent for a few days. I’ve been working on a HUGE project. Only my Patreon supporters get the details, so join my Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/thesiberianwind for the full updates! 😉 I need the financial support, so I must push it a little.
Here’s a little sneak peak into what I saw in my room while working on the first part of this huge project.
I’m also starting back on a “path” quilt as part of a challenge. I’m looking for a way for it to start supporting Fibromyalgia sufferers, so once it’s done, you’ll likely see LOTS of pictures of it EVERYWHERE! If you have anything to offer me, hit me up here, or get to my public Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/SiberianWindQuilting. To get notifications about updates, you can also sign up for twitter feeds at @wind_siberian!
This is what my sewing station looked like during production!
Basket 1, step 2 complete
are we done?
Nope! Next step up!
Are we done this time?
I’ve been out of commission for a few days, and am really not up to speed again yet (& not sure I will be for another week almost). Fibromyalgia and back injury gave been really attempting to run my life for me.
Anyway, I wanted to post a picture of what I’ve been working on and pushing through to get done. This is my basket of over 100 blocks waiting to be pressed and have the last seams sewn. On to pressing and sewing I go!
So, after much careful thought, I’m going to shift my photography a bit more in style and intention. I’ve learned that, for me anyway, I have to feel like things have a purpose to be of value to my life. I want to photograph the little stuff, or the “oh that’s really cool” stuff because I’ll remember it. One of the most socially debilitating things about fibromyalgia isn’t the pain, the constant explanations about how I feel and what fibromyalgia is, but it’s the “fibro fog” that comes with it.
“Fibro Fog” as it is not-so-affectionately called, is simply the memory issues and lack of memory function. I can be in the middle of a conversation, and suddenly, I have no idea what it was that we were discussing. This post took me about 3 hours to complete because of the memory issues I have .
I quilt because I can work with fabric and touch the fabric, thread, needle, machine, scissors, iron, rotary cutter, rulers, and other things native to quilters and form memories from them. I can look at items I’ve sewn or quilted and remember what I was thinking, touching, doing, living, etc. from these items. I want to capture that in my blog. The feeling of fabric. The texture of fabric. The beauty of perfect or imperfect seams. All of that gorgeous stuff that helps me. Maybe it will help others to see through my eyes, and not just see through a generic camera lens pointed at what the popular photographers shoot.
Take a look at a quilt that I was inspired to create for a friend who was just entering back into the harsh working world after the blessing of being able to stay at home to raise her children. I knew it would be a huge change for her, and I wanted her to have something that would make her smile at work, no matter what.