Happy Monday! I hope that you have been doing well and have had much time to sew! I haven't done a lot of sewing, in many ways I have been a bit stuck. You could call it Quilter's block or a creative catastrophe. Much of it has to do with the events of the past year with my sister's death and coming in contact with my father at her funeral.
The one year anniversary of Tammy's death is on Thursday. In many ways it has been a long and tumultuous year for me. I haven't socialized with my friends, or done much blogging. Once I get past Thursday I want to try to take some Baby steps to find my way back to blogging and creating again. I have had bouts of anxiety that have been pretty paralyzing, so I need to find a way to begin to move on. In many ways I miss the person I used to be before her death. So much has changed since February 26th of last year.
This week I am working on some projects for some swaps to try to find my Sewing Mojo. I am not taking on any new swaps or Bee's this year because I need to get caught up on the things I had promised to sew last year and just couldn't find the energy to complete. (if that makes sense) It has always been so important to me to follow through on swaps and I just feel so bad that my mind was so bogged down with grief. So moving forward with baby steps, my goal is to get caught up and start to find the joy and love in creating again.
One project that was finished is pictured below. I made a Kindle case for a swap on Flickr called The Fairytale Swap. My partner was Courtney and I just wanted to create something magical and beautiful for her. The picture below is the outside cover before it was assembled. Many of the fabrics were found on Etsy, ordered from Japan, or pulled from my scrap bins.
The Kindle Case pattern that I followed was a free pattern from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. The free tutorial she had was excellent! Her case was pretty basic, so I used my imagination with patchwork to create this for Courtney. This is how the front cover looked when it was finished.This was the back cover of the Kindle Case. I think I spent more time creating the patchwork than assembling it! All of the little bits of fabric created the feeling of walking in through the woods and the joy of fairytales. I had also made a coordinating fabric basked, but didn't photograph it.
So what have you been sewing lately? I have a few more projects to work on and will share them as I go along. I wanted to apologize for not blogging, but the year has been filled with so much turmoil that I have just pretty much been trapped within my own thoughts.
My goal is to restart the Birthday club within a few months. I apologize for taking some time away from it, but now it is time to move on and start fresh. Until next time, Have a Happy Monday and Happy Quilting!