Last week, I finally felt like I got my groove back. This year at work has been an incredibly tough year on me and things that I normally enjoyed doing at home were not my favorite things to do anymore. There were many nights and weekends where I was much happier sitting on the couch watching tv or doing absolutely nothing. It took a toll on me big time. I didn’t feel like designing anything, I didn’t feel like sewing anything, I didn’t feel like being creative and sometimes I didn’t even feel like cooking. For many of you that know me personally, that is hard to believe. Unfortunately, it is very true.
After making a couple of big decisions with the help of my loving husband a weight felt like it was lifted off of me.
A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that we go to Joann’s because I wanted to look at a couple of new tools to help make the sewing process more proficient. (Sean had just gotten a bunch of new stuff for the trains….I only thought it was fair to spread the love.) Sean agreed to go with me. He was actually very helpful in picking out a new rotary cutter, a cutting mat and some measuring tools. I had been eyeing new patterns, that I hadn’t tried, on Pinterest and I felt like the new tools were going to be helpful.
I couldn’t have been more right and the process of cutting the fabric became much easier. In turn making the quilting process shorter and giving me back a small piece of my life that I had been missing for a while. Sure I had completed Christmas presents and they turned out awesome but the pure joy of sewing was missing from that project.
The new tools and the brightly colored fabric brought me back to wanting to sew again. I wanted to be back in my office sewing and creating awesome quilts. You know what is awesome though? I actually found the style of quilt that I like making best. Squares together with many shapes and patterns. Simple, I know, but there is just something to be said about how these turn out. In two weeks, I have now turned out a quilt, a burp cloth, a new bag, and another quilt. Granted both were baby sized quilts but they still take a lot of sewing since it is all squares.
The first was this awesome pink, orange, and gray quilt and burp cloth. I don’t know the recipient of this one yet but it is beautiful. I love it. The colors are fun and it really did turn out to be awesome.
The second project was a bag. I had the fabric for a while but just didn’t have the motivation to make this one. I knew the time would come when I would want to finish this one. That time has come and the bag is really awesome!
The third one was very planned. A snow day that ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day turned into to a trip to the fabric store. Since I knew the baby girl that was on the receiving end of this one’s room was being painted navy blue and coral, I knew exactly where to go in the store. Once I started picking fabric and 12 different yards later, you end with this. Even though I knew momma of this little girl would be excited to receive this blanket, I almost didn’t send it because it was so pretty. Luckily, I have more fabric leftover from this one and you can count on another one of these being made.
A third quilt is already in the works and this one I am super pumped about. There may even turn out to be a big and little version of this one because I like the fabric so much.
Honestly, it feels so good to be back enjoying to sew and do creative things again. (We even painted the first wall in our house on Sunday too. Different post, different day. Be ready though.) I am gradually starting to feel more like Emily again and not someone who is dragged down by stress.
Fortunately, for me, I have the best husband ever and he has stuck with me through this rather difficult time. I can’t imagine what it has been like to deal with me for the last six months, I am sure it hasn’t been fun. I am just glad that it was only six months and not longer. He is the absolute best and I am so glad that this revelation came at the time it did as we leave this weekend for a short vacation, mainly planned by him. I. Can’t. Wait. Just wait until you see where we are headed next!
If you read all the way to here, sorry for the long and honest post, luckily it came with some awesome quilts!