Since I last checked in with everyone, I have been busy celebrating my freedom. My latest quilt booklet has been finished and is being printed right now.
I have been celebrating that “freedom” in several ways:
1. I cleaned my studio. My studio is only clean about twice a year. Honestly, if it is really clean more often than that, it means that there is no creative work being done. So, I love when it is clean, but I don’t feel all that bad when it isn’t! It usually means that there are quilts in progress!
2. In addition to celebrating my freedom from work deadlines, I am celebrating my last bit of “pre-baby freedom”. What better way to do that, than to host a quilt retreat in my clean studio? I have a group of quilters that I have been meeting with once a month for the last 12 or 13 years. We meet in the evening to do handwork, have dessert, and visit. Every so often we get together at someone’s house and bring our machines for some marathon sewing. There are about 9 of us in the group, so we just barely fit into my studio.
All the furniture is moved out of the way to make room for tables. All of the quilts that were piled around as trunk shows have come back from shops have been neatly stacked under the quilting machine to make more room.
New Ikea bookshelves have helped me clear out some clutter and provided some much needed storage. CD storage towers work great for organizing my fat quarters. A few favorite quilts are displayed on long poles between the two bookshelves. We set up an extra ironing board and were ready to go. I had lots of fun and hope the others did too!
3. The next week a hosted a sewing day for another quilt group that I hang out with periodically. They are called the Qui-Knitters, as half of us quilt, and the other half of us knits. I have been meaning to have them over for a while now, and I really wanted to get that into “celebrating my freedom”. (I didn’t harass either group by taking their pictures)
4. The last little celebration was a sleep-over with two of my nieces. (The guest room where they slept will soon be taken apart and turned into a nursery). We had a movie night and spent several hours the next morning painting and crafting. I probably had more fun than they did, as I hardly ever get to do silly crafts like painting rocks or making tissue paper rainbows. (again, sorry – no pictures, but I had paint all over my hands!)
5. Next, I get to celebrate my freedom by working on the nursery. I told myself I couldn’t start the nursery until the book was done, and I actually stuck to my rule. About that book coming – several of you have asked why I haven’t been sharing any pictures of the baby quilts that I have been working on. In case you haven’t already guessed, the theme of the new book is:
The book arrives Wednesday, so I’ll be back as soon as I have a post put together with the rest of the projects from the book!!! Can’t wait!!!!!
Edit: I should clarify that Ethan is not our baby’s name. We are keeping that a secret until he comes. All of the quilts in the book feature names of my neices and nephews. (It will just give me an excuse to make all of the quilts again, this time with our baby’s name!)