i don’t even know if that is a real word.
months ago i sent away the entry form and $20 for the HMQS AdornIT Fabric Quilt Challenge.
they sent me 6 1/2 yards of AdornIT Crazy for Daisies fabric and WinLine Textiles (i think?) batting.
i had a great idea for the quilt.
and as i drew, then made up a sample with other fabrics, i just couldn’t see it in the Crazy for Daisies fabrics.
the fabrics sat there.
on my table.
a week and a bit (possibly even two’ish weeks) before the deadline (april 5) i read an article about doris brunettes win with her challenge quilt.
(her quilt was ah-mazing!)
she said she started cutting triangles and…
well, that’s my interpretation of what she said.
it stuck in my brain.
so i pulled out my 60 degree triangle ruler and cut and cut and…
with a rough idea of what i wanted i started laying fabric out (at mystery quilt retreat, no less).
after i started laying it out i realized a couple of things:
1) it had to be a certain size and
2) i didn’t know how big it was going to be
so i started sewing pieces into rows.
then i started sewing rows together measuring as i went.
unfortunately i forgot to take a picture of what it looked like when i finished piecing.
but i ended up being able to put a strip of white along the top and bottom edges of the quilt.
then i got it on the frame and started quilting.
people…at that point i had days left to finish the quilt.
quilting, binding, hanging sleeve and label.
so i worked.
it took 10 hours’ish to quilt the stars and all the circles.
then 10 hours to do the little lines.
i used my channel locks (which aren’t push of a button on my machine so i would stretch over the frame or walk around the back or i did, for a little bit, hire one of my girls to lock and unlock) to make the lines.
each line of stitching is between 1/8″ and 1/32″.
it’s varied because i wanted the texture to be uneven.
when we pulled it off the frame i was beyond thrilled.
(sometimes there just aren’t english words…)
then my hubby turned it around…i nearly passed out.
it was almost better than the front!
here are some close-ups of both…
i used a ruler and a pencil to draw the line that the binding would go along…all those triangle points got cut off.
close-up of the middle…
close-up of the back…
and the finished quilt…
i took this picture, folded it up, stuffed it into a box then ran down to the shipping store.
it was thursday just after 4pm.
UPS had all ready left the store for the day.
but those people are my heroes!
the owner said he knew where the UPS guy would be at 5pm so he would (personally) drive it over there.
plus it didn’t cost me $100…just over $25!
so it went off to utah and i went home.
i purposed to forget about it.
which wasn’t hard, i’m so swamped with work and life.
then last saturday i got a call from HMQS.
they wanted the name of my quilt and a description.
which was good…it meant they were hanging it.
i didn’t ask…really, we were driving and though i thought about it i didn’t want to be nosey.
i would find out at the right time.
the waiting was harder this time.
and every day that went by i was getting more and more anxious.
what do i do?
with a packed schedule i didn’t have time to just go to utah…
and yet, if i got a ribbon it would be amazing to go to the awards ceremony.
but nothing came.
so i simply accepted the fact that i didn’t win anything.
which was fine.
(really…i was fine with it.)
it was the very first show i ever entered anything.
i couldn’t expect a ribbon my very first show.
then late last night while watching telly i decided, on a whim, to check my email.
i got an email from my friend and mentor, cindy that said,
“congratulations on your win! you go girl!!”
and sure enough…right there in the link she forwarded was the list of winners.
on the third page under the AdornIT Fabric Quilt Challenge under 3rd Place was my name!!
OH. MY. GOSH!!!
so though i slept last night (very well, btw) i woke up with this new reality.
but here i sit in my pajamas with my puppy squeaking her ball and my girls next to me (one reading and one with her head on my shoulder) as if nothing in the world has changed.
i’m sure that if i had been at the awards ceremony it would be more real.
but that isn’t my reality (at the moment).
no…at the moment it’s all a bit surreal.
and now it’s 7:37am and i get to lead a “normal” life and go to work at 9:15.
to teach quilting.
personally, my “normal” life is the most wonderful, exciting and enchanting “normal” that i could’ve ever imagined.
and i am thankful.
more thankful than i can express in words.
i’m thankful God hears the song in my heart.
and that it is all His alone.
because if it weren’t for Him, i wouldn’t be here and neither would the song be.