A New Quilt Journey

Pondering

Back in July I finished Summer Blues A Quilt 7 Years In The Making. It was the end of a long and significant personal journey. When I started the quilt it marked a new start in my life: the end of a relationship, a new home and hope for the future. It feels wonderful to have it on my bed and remind myself how far I’ve come. But now I have to move home again (as I’m sure many of you know).

© Stephanie Boon, 2016 Cornwall UK All Rights Reserved Summer Blues hand made quilt http://wwwDawnChorusStudio.com

Summer Blues. Turned back to show the Phillip Jacobs backing fabric

It struck me the other day that this quilt was started and finished in pretty much the same time that we’ve been living here (8 years). When I was reflecting on the quilt-making journey I said it marked the end of an era, another new beginning full of hope for the next 7 years. I had no idea how prophetic those words would be! This quilt has come to represent a complete period of my life, from start to finish, and this quilt will take the good memories with me into the next one. Wherever that may be.

No Solution

I went to look at a property yesterday that we thought would be a temporary solution to our current predicament, but it wasn’t suitable at all (only 1 bedroom for a start). So we’re back to square one with the clock ticking and only two weeks left to find a new home. I don’t believe it’s going to happen, which, for someone with chronic depression, doesn’t bode well. I’m trying to quell the feelings of panic with the idea of beginning a new quilt.

If we find somewhere it would be a great opportunity to mark another new beginning in fabric and thread. I’ve got plenty of things on the go already of course, who hasn’t, but they’re definitely rooted here. Something completely new might help me to look at the positives of a move I was forced to make, rather than dwell on all the difficulties and heartache it’s presented. I’d like to make an improv bed quilt, something made from a more creative place perhaps. It all feels very amorphous at the moment.

Improv Quilting

It’s been difficult to do much stitching lately, but I plan to show you some more progress on my improv quilt ‘On The Edge‘ tomorrow. It’s Ann and Kaja’s monthly Ad Hoc Improv link up, so make sure you pop by to say hi and see what everyone’s been up to over the last month.

The other improv quilt I’m working on, Fete, is still on the design wall (aka easel).  I like to work on the floor and the floor’s currently buried under piles of boxes, so progress on this quilt has been more in the mind than on the the quilt! It’s a bit worrying to be honest, since there’s a deadline at the end of December – and how fast is that creeping up on us?! I’m barely a third of the way through making the top, let alone hand quilting it. I must resolve to make some floor space and do a bit more before we move. This quilt is on a journey I can’t afford to stop just yet…unless my sister wants it for her 50th birthday instead of her 40th!

Patchwork quilt in progress, displayed on a design board (easel). © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Fete on the design wall (easel!). The dresser’s all packed up and moved somewhere else, the table’s covered in more than just the cat and the floor’s barely visible, but this improv quilt is still up and taunting me!

Friends

Fabric and thread takes us on so many journeys. I’m overwhelmed with all the kind thoughts and good wishes you sent on my last post, and the journey that brought us together is one I really cherish. Thank you so much for being there and listening to my woes!

Back tomorrow (assuming there are no more crises in the mean time!), until then happy stitching every one!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

9 replies
  1. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    I had similar thoughts about “my” quilt a day or two ago so I feel that it’s right for you to have it. Seriously, though, I hope you find somewhere very soon.

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  2. Lynne Nicholson
    Lynne Nicholson says:

    Steph Megahugs. I know how hard it is to have life up in the air- for me it waiting to have my eyesight assessed at the hospital and hoping it is something simple and not another manifestation of my immune system problem. We will get through these things.

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  3. Colleen
    Colleen says:

    X hug to you. Just keep doing, work toward doing, that depression wants to keep you still and stuck. Rest when needed and then get up and do stuff

    Reply

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