In The Midst of Winter

My friend Lee sent an email reminding me that I should update my blog, since it's been a few month and there is no longer any snow on the ground. That was the prodding I needed to post some photos I've been thinking about. (You should go check out Lee Thomson's work. It's beautiful and inspiring. And it makes me happy.)

As some of you know. I am a finisher. I have just a few unfinished projects, but really, not many. Because when I start a project I usually see it through to completion before starting another one. 

But...

This year has been a bit crazy and my head has been all over the place, which means my work has been disjointed. I have started some projects, finished others, and generally been a bit scattered. I started the appliqué on this quilt during the winter of 2014 and this is what I had last August.

Inthmidstofwinterblocks

By October, my helpers weighed in on the border options.

inthemidstofwintercats

Then the top sat in a bag while I mulled over the quilting design. Actually I just fretted, because I couldn't even come up with something to mull over. And it was winter, which I really dislike and it puts me in a funk. But being optimistic, I sent in the entry form for the Vermont Quilt Festival, knowing that if I had a deadline I would complete the quilt. Naming the quilt for the entry form was challenging since I was not liking the quilt much at that point. I found an Albert Camus quote that summed up what this quilt is about for me. Hard, but optimistic. Dark, but pretty and resilient. 

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger - something better, pushing right back.

And so it became "In the Midst of Winter".

These past two weeks, I've been quilting it. 

inthemidstofwinterearlyquilting

And I ripped out tons of stitches, like the ones in the block below.

Inthemidstofwinterrejectquilting
inthemidstofwinterquilted

The quilting is finished, the binding is on, the threads are buried. Now I  just need to hand quilt around the little circles. And since we are no longer in the midst of winter, I can like this quilt once again.