I've been sewing things off and on for many, many years. Last year I made bags, this year pillows and quilts. A long time ago, about 18 years, I was pregnant with my daughter. She was my first and I had such high and lofty ideas of all the wonderful things I would make her, all the time I would spend sewing cute things. Then she was actually here. And all the time that I thought I would have to sew was suddenly not available for sewing. It was spent with her. My sweet girl. Almost 18 now.
I did actually start a quilt for her. I embroidered 26 little Precious Moments letters. This part alone took about 2 years. Then the whole project was put away and left to sit for several years. I pulled it out sometime around 2000 and started piecing it together with tiny little squares (postage stamp style). I remember taking weeks to cut and put those little pieces together. There was so much frustration every time I tried to work on it that I eventually put it away again. There it sat in my fabric pile neatly folded. I would see it each time I reached for fabric for various projects, sometimes feeling a slight pang of guilt that I never finished it, though, most times I could only recall the frustration of piecing it together which made me not want to even pull it out to take a peek at it.
Well, I've been quilting now and I feel like some of my skills have improved and I'm ready to tackle it once again. This time I am going for something pretty simple. Maybe log cabin blocks? Maybe just some sashing around each letter? Not sure yet but at least it is out! I spent a good part of an afternoon seam ripping the cross-stitched letters out of the quilt top. I have renewed inspiration for this project and I can't wait to get it done! I've imagined it done so many times over the years and now it may finally happen!