Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quilting Again



by Leann

I have not made a quilt in a long time. I have been overwhelmed by the task of getting books in on time. It really does seem to be all I do. Don't get me wrong, I love writing and will be doing it for as long as I can fit words together to make a story. But because of the fatigue illnesses, it does take all my energy.

But for some reason--call it crazy--I decided that for the charity auction coming up at the mystery convention I am attending next week, I would make two little quilts like the kind my heroine Jillian Hart makes for cats. Since my sister was visiting, I asked her to help me. I swear, that was the smartest move I've ever made. See, she actually has energy. So she pushed me to go to the store for fabric, get out the sewing machine and get to work.

Besides, she wanted to learn. She can sew--beautifully--but she doesn't quilt. It's too different things. Many don't understand that. One thing she does along with sewing, however, is paint. Watercolors, mostly. So she's good at looking at something and turning into her own on paper. She designed a little quilt and we went with it. But her visit was short and though we got most of the pieces together for the small quilt top, we didn't finish while she was here. But now that one we started is done except for the binding. And I have to say, it felt good to get lost in putting even a little quilt together. Even though I don't really have the time--I should be finishing a book--I made this commitment to the charity auction and will see it through. So below is the little quilt I thought I couldn't make.
It's not quite done yet, but what do you think? (The other one will be in browns and golds and not quite so "asrtsy-fartsy.") But this one was fun.