Friday, December 21, 2012

Is it December 21st Already?


And we're all still here? Those wacky Mayans and their unfinished calendar. Guess I can start thinking about 2013.
 
My theme for 2013 is JOY. That's all. Joy in absolutely everything that has to do with life, living and existing on this here Planet Earth.
 
The last six months of my life have been anything but joyful. They have been full of homesickness, missing my husband and sons, and the loss of my sweet lab Heidi. I wasn't there for her and  it devastated me at the time.
 
I've been in Tennessee taking care of my mother since June 7th of this year. When I came I didn't have a clue that I would be here this long. It was just supposed to be for a few weeks, maybe a couple of months. But now the time has come to make long term care decisions for momma because I have a family at home in Florida and Tennessee is no longer home.
 
I have to admit that the first few months were kind of sweet. I mean people here talk like me! It's been so long since I've heard "home" in people's voices. Then another shock was seeing all the UT t-shirts. Been a very long time since I was in Big Orange country.
 
Here are a few things in my WIP pile:
 
 A friend of my mom's gave me her mother's last quilt squares to finish. Her momma would piece with whatever fabric was around and a few of the blocks had this creepy clown fabric in them. They don't really go with the other rail fence blocks so I have pulled them out and will make them into a true lap quilt. Something to keep in the car when you have a few things in your lap and don't want them tumbling into the floor board. There are a few blocks that haven't been turned into bigger blocks so I think I will make those into a mug rug because what goes better with coffee than a creepy clown?

 Here are the four completed clown sections. I think I'm going to back them in a yellow gingham but I'm not sure. It'll be a nice car quilt, especially as a lap quilt or even as an impromptu beach picnic quilt. Just the right size. If I make it to the big city this weekend I'll see what I can find for backing at JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby. I do love getting to make a quick road trip to Jackson, TN.
 I managed to complete this very long term WIP. Hester's Needle's Liberty Sampler. I started this back in 2001 I think. I can't remember exactly. It's been quite the traveled piece of needlework. I've worked on it in Rochester, NY, quite a few airports, especially when I spent the night in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport when I was flying standby on my way to Grand Rapids, MI to hook up with some stitching friends and couldn't get a seat on a plane to Michigan. The coldest place in the world remains the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport at 2a.m. It's also had a good bit of quality time at the Panera in Ft. Walton Beach where I would sit and stitch and wait on my sons to do their mall business. What ever that is for a kid these days. So it's all stitched up with many, many memories. I finished it in November I think. I pulled it out to finish on election day and had way more to stitch than I remembered.

Since being here in Tennessee, I started a hand piecing project. This here is my pile of what I'm calling my Tennessee River Log Cabin. I have been acquiring orange fabrics from where ever I can, the local Walmart seems to be my main source, a few here and there from random trips to Jackson when momma would let me run in JoAnn's for some comfort. Believe me a trip to JoAnn's can offer a bit of comfort and joy even in July when the biggest excitement is getting to run over to the Walmart in Savannah, TN. JoAnn's is like Saks Fifth Avenue for a deprived crafty chick. My blocks are all different sizes. Some so much smaller I kind of freak out when I see them, some huge. Whoops! I am ruler challenged, obviously. But I think I know how I will set them all together when I get home to Florida so I'll keep cutting and piecing and sewing until I get home and then I'll put them all together into a wonky hand pieced log cabin that I hope will be somewhat pretty! There's questionable piecing and questionable fabrics but this is all about handwork and working with what I have readily available to me. Makes it fun and stressful at the same time.
And my current focus project is Time & Tide from Long Dog. I'm stitching it on 32ct antique white linen using good old DMC.

I have missed blogging so much and found that while I wanted to, I didn't have much to contribute beyond whining and crying, now I'm jumping on my JOY theme and going with it.

May 2013 be a joyful year for all of you. Thank you so much for reading and inspiring me with all your stitching and sewing and cooking.

May every little X you make over the next year be crossed with joy and happiness. May we all see the light in our lives during 2013 and fewer shadows. It's so easy to let the shadow suck us in. It's so easy to let misery take hold and our sadness wrap around our heart like kudzu. Let's fertilize our hearts and stitching with JOY in the coming days and weeks and months.

To quote Granny Clampett:

"I got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart to stay".

Wishing you all a Blessed Holiday Season and a new year filled to overflowing with joy and happiness.

9 comments:

Kim said...

And a blessed holiday season to you, Melissa!! I can't wait for you to get home!!! Great projects you've been working on though! I must say I love your orange log cabin blocks! Embrace the differences...it will be wonky and wonderful! JOY to you in the new year! :o)

natalyK said...

What a beautiful finish on your liberty sampler. I love it! It looks like you have plenty projects to keep you busy.

The Scarlett House said...

My biggest wish is for you to find YOUR joy again! It's been a long haul for you my dear, dear friend.

Margaret said...

It's good to see a post from you, Melissa! Love seeing your WIPs and your finish. Beautiful, all. I hope 2013 is a year full of real joy for you and for your family. Make it happen, like you say. Grab the joy!

Katrina said...

It's so nice to see a post from you!!!! Hoping 2013 is a joyful year and you get home ASAP, Big hugs!!!!!

Siobhán said...

Great post, Melissa! Yes, we all need to embrace the joy. It is there, even when things look miserable. I need to remember that, too. Your projects look great, and I love your finish! I love the color in your TN blocks and Time & Tide--they both look like a whole load of happy.

MamaLadyBug said...

Your orange quilt blocks are SO Tennessee!!!

mdgtjulie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, Melissa. It's hard when a parent is ill, and making those long term care decisions is hard. I hope you can find peace in your decisions, and your mom can too. Great job on the stitching and quilting. You're making good progress on the orange quilt. (It's one of my fave colors too, especially paired with black in Bengals stripes, lol.) Here's wishing you the best of Christmases and a happy new year.

Love Crochet said...

Sorry for your difficulties but you have the right approach going on....stay psoitive!

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