Ever since I returned home from Houston, I've been suffering from what I dub PPQSD: post-partum quilt show disorder. I'm home from the show I look forward to most every year, and now I'm back in my sleepy, bucolic town of Stow, MA. Quilt show season is officially over, and it's time to settle in for the winter. While I was away, it got colder, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and it now gets dark at 4:30.
While dressing for work this past Tuesday, I opened a drawer I hadn't opened since March: my sock drawer. I hate wearing socks, but I laughed because I couldn't find a single sock that matched. I'm not joking. See what I mean?
I'm a spring and summer girl; I'm chilly when it's 70 degrees out. I never take a beautiful day for granted, and I love wearing sandals and open-toed shoes with heels and ankle straps. I love a good pedicure and also frilly summer dresses. I am not ashamed to say I'm a girly-girl.
A panic sets in when Houston is over as I think about winter and no big event to look forward to, at least not for a few months. While I unpacked my Open Studios supplies at home, I thought to myself: What now?
I actually made myself do something I'm really terrible at: be quiet and still for five whole minutes. I sat there thinking about my list of things I need to accomplish over the winter, but I also contemplated the freedom I have in being home for the next couple of months. I will have more time on my hands. If I could carve out a few hours a week to do anything I wanted to do, what would it be?
After my self-inflicted time-out of five minutes was up, I walked over to my pile of sketchbooks, and lo and behold, I found myself leafing through my sketches for—you may have guessed it—the "Sopranos" quilt that never got made. I spread them onto my worktable, and remembered a conversation I had in Houston with Melanie Testa, who laughed at me as I tried to explain to her my obsession with this series. "It's so incongruous with what I know of you, Pokey!" she told me.
My love (and it's nothing short of love) for this series is tantamount to my Jane Austen obsession, so that is saying something. There is a brilliance behind this show that I feel I can only explain visually with fabric and thread. So I'm going to see this quilt through and maybe share my progress here on the blog. I'm not making this quilt for any other reason than to humor myself.
In short, to maintain my cheerful disposition through winter, I am making some plans:
• Girls' Art Quilt Weekend: Every Super Bowl Sunday, my husband leaves to go on "Man Weekend"--his annual ski trip with his college roommates. I am always able to find ways to amuse myself while he's gone, but this year I'm thinking of inviting five or so fiber art friends for a weekend of stitching, wine, and imported cheese. Pure heaven! (Note to readers: don't tell my husband I am thinking of doing this. If he finds out I'm going to turn the living room into a wet studio, he'll never leave.)
• Chip away at my "Sopranos" quilt and share the progress here so you can give me feedback.
• Periodically giving screen-printed fabric away to you, kind people, because I am happiest screen-printing fabrics then sending them off to good homes.
So why don't we start giving them away right now.
Answer the following questions and I'll give away some fabrics along with a copy of my new book (The Quilting Arts Book) to eight people. (They sent me ten complimentary copies, and heck, I only need one or two.)
Want to play?
Questions: What activities do you do to help get you through winter? And have you ever participated in an informal stitching retreat at someone's house? If you could plan a three-day weekend retreat, what would the festivities/plans look like?
I'm giving everyone until Monday, November 10, at 5:00 PM EST before I close this and choose eight names.
And see the sock image below? I'm going to turn this sock shot into a Thermofax screen, and I promise you it will produce some interesting fabric.
See? I'm embracing winter and winter wear.
I'm turning lemons into lemonade.