Well guys it is going to get pretty quiet around here for a while because I have big news.
I got a new job!!
Only it's on the other side of the country in Boston, MA. So I am in the process of turning my entire life upside down and move almost 2,000 miles away from my home in Texas. And holy cow y'all moving is the most expensive thing ever. I have moved a couple of times before but always for school - always with set time limits. So I could leave things at home and only take what I needed in a dorm or an apartment. Now I am taking everything - or actually it seems like nothing as I am getting rid of almost everything I own, which is a lot harder than I thought. Although when I get there I am going to buy a whole new wardrobe as it apparently gets a lot colder in the north east than it does in the south!
In moving I am leaving a lot behind more important that just stuff - namely my entire family. My immediate family though is very close. Especially my little sister who is who I made this quilt for back in 2008. Even as I type this I am questioning my decisions like crazy. In taking this opportunity I am giving up my life here, my possessions, and precious time with my family. I know they want me to be happy and do what I need to do for my career, but damn its really hard especially since this inst like school and I will be around again in 2 or 4 years.
To date this is my favorite quilt I have ever made. I used Heather Ross's mendocino line because the Little Mermaid is her favorite movie, and those mermaids were just to die for. So even though I am going to be almost 2,000 miles away I hope my sister will continue to love her quilt, which she uses everyday now, and I get to come home and visit them all often.
I quilted it really heavily by following the piecing and following my previous quilting line, so they are about the width of the walking foot apart. As a result of all of the crazy time consuming quilting and the softness of the mendocino fabric it has the most lovely drape ever. Plus I am a total sucker for white bindings. I love them because they just totally pop. You can especially see the denseness of the quilting and the brightness of the binding on the back side.
So as I prepare to cross the Mason Dixon and head up north (geeze I am going to miss BBQ and Tex Mex) I am trying to stay strong, keep breathing, STAY WARM, and spend wisely (no crazy fabric purchases for me anytime soon) as I start a new life.