Well look who sucks at blogging these days. That would be me. And my Aunt Susan, but I'm mostly just talking about me right now. And don't ask about the title for this post, we've just been watching a bit too much Toy Story 2 around here lately.
I've always appreciated getting the business end of current events out in the open before moving on to lighter topics. So let's get on with it:
Effective today, on its first birthday, I've stepped down from my role at www.writeclickscrapbook.com and have handed over the reigns to the very capable and very creative Elizabeth and Marnie and the rest of the growing WCS editorial team. This was a very emotional, hugely tough decision to make but it needed to be done. I'm very proud of what our entire team has accomplished and I'm honored to have been part of such an amazing adventure. The three of us took an idea and made it happen and watched it grow, and, well, it's not every day you get to say that about an idea. Thank you, Marnie and Elizabeth, for everything.
And if you've been a reader of mine for a while, you might have noticed a pattern over the last year or so. I closed my photography business, I stepped down from the Studio Calico design team, I've left WCS, and now I'm signing off here for an indefinite long while. The pattern is time with my family, my three kids who never stop growing and changing and surprising me with their wit and wonder. One day, not long ago, I realized that so much of their growth the past several years was captured in photos and the random scrapbook page, but not in my own personal memory bank. Maybe it's just that I'm over 40 and my brain capacity is maxed out, or maybe it's just how things are with three kids and constant chaos. Or maybe it's that I haven't really been fully present in my family, distracted by the computer and various deadlines. If I can't remember so much of their toddlerhoods, do they remember me being a part of it?
I'm going to step away from the computer - an e-break - and get down on the floor with my kids and suck up every last drop of their youth while I can. I will still scrapbook and photograph and quilt, but at my own pace and without anyone's expectations but my own. I'm looking forward to working much harder on being the wife and mother I desire to be and that my family deserves.
My first post here was on November 8, 2005. So much has changed in my life since then and so much of that has been documented here. And I'm thankful for that. Thankful for your kind words when times were tough, for your support and encouragement in the things I've accomplished, and for your laughing at all the right times. Thank you, friends and family, for everything.
So this is sort of an open-ended so long, a good-bye without the bye, just the good. And a few photos of the quilt I recently finished for my brother who continues to struggle in his own life. I hope that when he receives this quilt and wraps it around himself that he feels the love and caring that his stupidhead big sister put into making it and then washing it free of cooties:
For the front, I was inspired by this quilt which is made with 5x5 charm squares, with half of them cut in half. I pulled all the blues from my stash and cut them into 5" strips and then into either 5" or 2.5" lengths and sewed them together in coin-like strips with grey sashing (Kona Ash). The binding is strips of the blue fabrics from the quilt and I did straight-line quilting on either side of the vertical seams. The whole thing came together quite easily and it has turned out to be the largest quilt I've made to date. I love how it turned out and I think my brother will, too.
Here's a close-up of the front and then a photo of the back for which I used a queen-sized flat sheet from IKEA in a solid dark blue. No fancy piecing on the back this time around: