I’ve jumped in and out of A Lovely Year of Finishes this year. I did commit to (and finish it!) my blue bicycle clutch back in April and now I need to dig out an old WIP and get it DONE!
Meet Running Though Daydreams; it’s the popular jelly roll run style design. I pieced it quickly then hemmed and hawed at the LQS about the borders and backing (which got made and added in record time) and then it got folded and stashed with the thread and batting. I got lost on the quilting part, as I often do. Part of my problem is acknowledging: I’m a total topper, I love piecing but quilting doesn’t call to me the way it does for others but I really want to push myself to give it a fair shake. I suspect it’s due more to inexperience as I’ve often outsourced to a long armer.
I usually try not to make my this site’s blog super personal but this post just kind of came out of me when I was free writing and I wanted to share it incase someone else would benefit from it.
The Way Quilts Hold Memory is Fascinating…
I mark most of my quilt’s start and end’s along the timeline along side life events, as I’m sure many of you do too. I started this quilt right after finding out that I was losing my job because the California based company that had acquired the start-up I was at had decided to close our office. This was so jarring for me. I’ve never been fired before and now for the first time I had to unwillingly leave a job. Not just any job: the best job I’d ever had. I was spoiled, as I’ve told my former boss when I caught up with him. I loved the people I worked with, they were all so smart and passionate. Above that I loved the product we worked on; despite the 2+ hours commuting per day I really did look forward to going to work. It was a job with a great culture and with a full staff never totaling over 20 us in the office it was a family. We had our ritual Taco Tuesday lunches, pizza Fridays (until I brought on the great salad revolution) and the margarita machine in the office that we fired up on a weekly basis (yup that’s real life.) If you’ve ever watched the HBO show Silicon Valley, I was living a lesser version of that life at times, it was bizarre and so different from anything I’ve ever done and it was AWESOME. (If you don’t know my background: I’m a web developer 9-5 M-F.)
I can be a bit dramatic but I recently admitted out loud I wasn’t over that breakup, ya’ know, where the company broke up with me. There! I said it again and I actually just felt tension release from my shoulders when I typed that last sentence.
So back to this quilt.
Dear Running Through Daydreams,
I can now reflect that your name has two meanings and I’m going to own you this month. I will not let anything hold me back from finishing you alongside my other to do items and I am going to allow your completion to close a overdue chapter in my life .