Friday, March 1, 2013

Don't worry, be happy.

Happy March 1st, it's a new month for new beginnings!

February was difficult, to say the least. I sprained my ankle and tore some ligaments, I had to resign from my job due to the injury, I'm still not back at work, D has had some medical issues, and my cousin passed away. I just got news that the elderly woman I help care for is not doing well, and this week may be her last. 

It's been a turbulent month. A month of tears and excessive anxiety. I'm ready to move on, and I'm glad I have Express Your Love here to help me. 

This is my progress so far. It's beautiful and I am so proud of it. I am also proud of myself, that through all of my heart ache I've continued to work on something solely for myself. 
I've really been pouring my heart and feelings into the quilt, and I think it shows. Today, I'm linking up with FMQ Friday, on Leah Day's website. As I've said before, this is where I've gotten the pattern for the Express Your Love quilt.

I worked on the hair of my goddess the day I found out my cousin, Kevin, passed away. Through tears and sorrow my McTavishing turned out quite sad itself. 

Luckily McTavishing is a very forgiving form of FMQ and the finished piece doesn't look all together that bad. I am still proud of my work. I think my feeling and grief show through in the hair of my goddess. 

I also worked on echoing... probably my second favorite part of this quilt! 

It reminds me of graffiti art. It's just so raw and awesome
I love the purple color of it, I love the effect it gives my thread painting, I love everything about it! It's just so fun. I did this after I gave up on McTavishing for the day, and it lifted my spirits. It reminded me how fun my cousin Kevin was. How every little thing to him was made fun. How his favorite song to dance to was the YMCA. How I need to make my life more fun. 
Rest peacefully, Kevin.
Kevin (right) and sister Donna (left) at my parents wedding in '88.

In loving memory of Kevin T. Smith
3/10/81 - 2/25/13


  1. I am so sorry you had such a troubling and sad month. This quilt really does seem to heal as you stitch. You are doing a beautiful job and you should be very proud! Good luck and I pray you have a much better March!

    1. Thank you, Pat. I've found the whole process of this quilt very therapeutic.

  2. So sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family!

    1. Thank you very much! It is greatly appreciated by me and my family.

  3. Sorry for your loss, it´s a good thing you have your quilting to express emotions. All the best for you and your family in these troubling times.

  4. I'm sorry for your loss. Quilting can be so soothing to the soul. Please keep up the good work. May the new month balance last month's heartaches with comfort and joy.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, JoAnne. Quilting is absolutely soothing to the soul, couldn't have said it better myself.

  5. I am sorry to hear about your disappointments and loss in the past month. Hopefully your spirits and luck are rising.

    I am excited to see another Express Your Love quilt. The phrase you added is simple yet profound, and I too like the purple thread! I look forward to seeing more of this project!


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