Do you remember me? I’m the quilter who used to blog all the time. So where have I been?
Ahhhhh, life. It does what it wants to do, and takes you places you’d rather not go. The last time I posted anything was on AUGUST 24, 2013. Since then, I lost my day job, but it was a true blessing. I won’t go into details, but we’ll just say that things were not all happy and glamorous prior to my leaving. I spent just under one month being unemployed. I think that’s pretty good! However, during that time, I also got to experience what people go through when they try and collect unemployment in the State of Michigan. It isn’t pretty, it isn’t fun, and I still have not collected a dime. The State of Michigan’s website – which you have to use to file for unemployment, report on your job search, and communicate with whoever works at the unemployment office – is the worst site I have ever used. It is not user-friendly at all, nobody gets back with you, it crashes all the time, etc. There is another option to call the office, but in all the hundreds of calls I made to the only phone number that they have, I never once got through to a human. What a pain!
<==WORST WEBSITE EVER!
I applied for many different jobs during my few weeks of unemployment. I knew that the first job I applied for was the one I wanted. I was called in for an interview, asked to come in for a second, and knew I wanted the position. It was offered to me, and I must say, I feel SO blessed! But during the time that I was unemployed, my mother-in-law’s health took a turn for the worse. She was in a care facility about 15 minutes away from us, and we were visiting with her almost every day. I started my new job, and just days later at work I got the call that we dreaded. Mom had passed away. Ours is a very small family, so decisions and tasks were placed on just a couple people. To say it was stressful would be an understatement, but we got through it.
I presented for two quilt guilds over the past two months, and what a joy that was! The C.A.M.E.O. Quilt Guild in Clawson is such a great group of quilters! Not only did I do a presentation, but I taught two hand quilting classes to them as well. Lots of fun! I also did a presentation for my own quilt guild, the Evening Star Quilters in Davison, Michigan. Fun, fun, fun!
So what am I doing now as a quilter? Hmmm. Hand quilting. I am still working on my Feathered Star quilt, and making good progress. However, it is slow going, as I am quilting diagonal lines across the entire quilt which are about one-quarter of an inch apart. Yes, slow going. Here is a photo of the quilt taken by Anna Palmer from my presentation at the Evening Star Quilters. I gave them a sneak peak because I have been working on this for so long and don’t really have much else to share during our show-and-tell sessions! Yes, that is my arm in there pointing to the stitching.
I made a quilt top for my hand quilting students to work with. It’s a simple 60 inch square Amish-looking Center Diamond quilt in grey, plumb, purple and green. I know, strange colors to put together. But I think it will look good when it is finished. The photo shows it prior to any quilting. I am now hand quilting it in my hoop using black thread, in-between sessions of quilting my Feathered Star quilt. Perhaps I will give you a sneak peek of the quilting on this quilt in my next post.
NOTE: The colors on this quilt don’t look right in the photo. The center is lime green, not yellow.
What are YOU working on? Please share when you leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!