Today was unusual. Having just finished up a couple of minis for swaps (I'll post more on Finish Friday), I decided to dust off one of my UFO's, which led to dusting off a few more. Now before we get all excited, I didn't actually finish any of these UFO's, but I did touch them!
First, I decided to get a jump on my Lazy Bum challenge for March. My goal is to get my Lucky Star 2013 BOM top, backed and pin basted. I know that doesn't sound like much of a challenge, but it is!
I spent at least an hour cutting and sewing up a proper backing, then another 2 hours with the tweezers picking out the tiny bits of paper that I missed when I removed them from the blocks. Man! That was a chore! I have changed up my paper piecing techniques a bit since I completed these blocks and don't usually leave the papers in the seam allowances any more. Today, I pledged to continue that practice so I could avoid the hassle of today. Finally, I started pin basting everything together.
I got nearly finished and ran out of pins! So I had to get another UFO out that is partially quilted and steal some pins off of it. I still didn't quite have enough, so I concocted a plan to do a little more quilting on that UFO tomorrow so I can have enough pins to finish basting this quilt. Sounds a lot like robbing Peter to pay Paul to me, but I guess I will get a little further along on both UFO's.
****CAUTION: Please excuse me one moment while I talk about FEELINGS. It is abrupt and the transition back to quilty talk is awkward. Skip ahead if you need to.****
I couldn't shake a feeling while working on this one today. I think it started by thinking of the fabric bundle that started this project - Sunshine and Clouds from Connecting Threads (I don't think it is available any longer). Somehow, these thought led me to think about a high school friend that passed away last year. Tracy Hayslip. She died of breast cancer. Other people from my graduating class have passed away, but none struck a chord like Tracy's passing. It's a combination of 1) knowing the person well, remembering all the times we rode around in her mustang, toilet papering other people in our church's youth group (believe it or not, this was an acceptable form of reckless fun in the group), how she wouldn't take crap from anyone, always told you how it was and should be, and was always willing to defend a friend, and 2) not really wanting to acknowledge that people still die from breast cancer. My head was in the sand. I recognize that there is no cure, but I guess I just thought that the people who die from breast cancer, just didn't realize they had it until it was too late, Even when my mother was diagnosed several years ago, I didn't once doubt that she would survive.
Anyway, this quilt really made me start thinking about Tracy. The yellow reminded me of her laugh, and the good times we shared in the Florida sunshine. The light gray makes me think of all the years since I last spoke to her, not good, not bad, just time passing by and growing apart like people do. The darker spots make me think of the sadness associated with losing someone we care about.
I was going to give this quilt away when I was finished with it; but, I think I need to hold on to it. Not only to remind me of Tracy, but also that crap still happens to people we love. I hope the next quilt I make that reminds me of someone has a lot more sunshine, and a lot fewer shadows.
***OK, emotional outburst over, quilt talk resuming NOW***
I also got out one of my oldest UFO's today and put it up on my new design wall.
The way I had my blocks stored suggested this layout. But I think I like this next one better.
I'm leaning heavily toward the 2nd. I think it feels more balanced. What do you think?
I don't want to apologize for today's little blurb of emotions. I really needed to get them out. As this is like my online journal, it really helped me to try to put into words what I was feeling. I am not good with feelings, and even worse at expressing them sometimes.
Thanks for sticking it out, and for reading today,