Last fall was a whirlwind for me. It all started with overcommiting to several projects that were due in Sept and Oct, then my computer died, we found a house way earlier than I thought we would, moved, and then my Dad passed away one week after we moved. In the midst of all that, I had committed to doing a project for Kelly at Superbuzzy.
I really adore Kelly. She and her family used to live in Fort Collins, so we immediately had a connection. And then for her to ask me to make something for her to display in her new brick and mortar store was such an honor.
She sent me some Magnifique' and some Suzuko Koseki fabrics and once I finally got around to starting, the "Superbuzzy picnic quilt" is what I came up with. It has picnic baskets pieced in the center, and a tic-tac-toe board on one end and a checkerboard on the other end. I also made game pieces for the quilt, but in the middle of making them, my computer died and I didn't get photos. The photo of the quilt was actually taken with my iPhone!
Anyway, I had to send it back to her unfinished since I had underestimated how much fabric I would need, and also, with all the turmoil going on in my life, I felt overwhelmed. Kelly was so gracious and said she would just quilt and bind it herself and I am so thankful she offered that!
At first, I didn't really care much for this quilt, but it has steadily grown on me. For me, this quilt represents a very sad and chaotic time of my life. And when Kelly offered to take it back without it being finished, I have to say I boxed it up as quickly as I could just to get it away from me. And that's probably why I've never shared about this quilt. It was too painful at first, but now, when I look at it, the pain is gone. It still represents a hard time of my life, but it's ok now.
Through all that, I think it is so awesome how a quilt that we have made with our hands can help to remind us of events and times in our lives. That's one reason I have fallen so hard for quilting. Every quilt has a story behind it!
On a lighter note, I have some heart thumping exciting news for you! Kerry and I have been scheming and conniving for a few months now and have something really fun up our sleeves. We have embarked on an adventure we're calling "Sew-Ichigo" and I can't wait to tell you more about it! We don't have all the details worked out quite yet, but just know if you love patchwork, you're going to love it! So keep your eyes peeled for more info soon!