Happy Fall, y'all! My windows are open and the cool, fresh breeze is blowing through. As I finish quilts I have been throwing them over the couch and the kitties and I get some serious quality testing done while I drink my coffee in the mornings.
These quilts were not made by me, both were pieced by Jan at The Colorful Fabriciholic and quilted by Ray on his longarm in Florida. Jan made this top from Pat Sloan's Solstice Challenge and Ray quilted it with a playful swooping dragonfly motif.
Jan said this blue and green sampler was called "Emerald Isle" by the LQS where it was a block of the month, which sounds perfect since the colors are so ocean-y.
This one got a butterfly motif. Perfect! I'm so grateful to the many quilters who have helped with getting quilts quilted ever since I asked for more help back in the spring. I went through a period in July and August when stressful circumstances in real life meant that I didn't have the focus for spending the several hours at a time it takes to sit down an quilt, plus a constant low level headache kept me from being able to crawl around on the floor to baste - or else risk a migraine.
The efforts of many volunteer quilters kept us from having a noticeable lag in output while I was away from the quilting machine. (Since mid September I've been back to normal and cranking out the finished quilts and quite a rate.) I know many of my usual volunteers have mentioned in emails and notes that's you've gone through similar episodes of depression or distress; I've been calling it The Covid Malaise. Obviously this is an extremely weird time when all of our schedules have been interrupted and the touchstones we normally rely on are missing. Remember to be kind and gracious to yourself and it's ok to take time to take a break from obligations.
When in doubt, act like a cat: nap in the sunshine, get outside and sniff the wind, and spend time with friends.