Monday, April 27, 2015

Christine's Turtle

Look at this fabulous quilt!  No, it's not mine.  Christine Penna made this colorful fellow after seeing a photo I posted on the blog back in 2012.  

I love Christine's interpretation and her fabric and color choices.  Those whimsical dragonflies are a great addition!  It's an honor to have someone be inspired by a photo I've taken, and it's even better to see such a great result.

Thanks for sharing this with me, Christine, and for allowing me to share it here!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Starting Again

Hey there!

This past week, I was off at a quilting retreat and a friend asked me why I haven't been blogging lately.  "Is everything okay?" she asked. I didn't know how to reply.  Everything is fine, I assured her.  And it really is.  I'm just.... well, I couldn't figure out how to explain why I've just not had much to say.

I've already alluded to the fact that my marriage of 20 years has ended.  That's actually been a very positive thing overall, although it has been and continues to be strange and difficult and just weird.  Some days I feel like I don't know who I am or what my life is any more.  And some days I get a glimpse of the "me" that I haven't felt like in a long time, and I've missed.

I try sometimes to think of a good analogy for how I'm feeling these days.  Maybe it's like wandering through the woods ... they're pretty and peaceful and I'm seeing all sorts of new things.  But I lose the path from time to time, and some days it feels like I'm just hacking at a lot of branches and some days I need to just sit on a rock and rest.

Or perhaps it's like what I've been experiencing after getting new eyeglasses after wearing an old and scratched pair for a long time.  Suddenly the world looks clear and I see things I didn't notice before and think "how did I tolerate that hazy view for so long?"  And then other days all of that clarity gives me a headache. 

At any rate, as soon as Wendy asked me about blogging I realized that I didn't want to stop.  And not stopping meant, obviously, starting again.

So bear with me as I try to clear a new path for myself!  Who knows where we'll go?