At least. . . that's what it feels like for me!
Every year, right after Fall Quilt Market, I treat myself to doing a project that is not one of my own designs. . . & I most admit. . . it feels wonderful!!!
Don't get me wrong - I love what I do! Designing quilts, needlework, & now fabrics is a joy - but there are times I just itch to be working on a project that I didn't have to write the instructions for. It's like therapy for me. Soothing even.
Last year, I made a few stitchery projects. First I made 'Heart of the Home' by Meg Hawkey (Crabapple Hill Studio), & then I stitched 'Summer Reign', by Kathy Schmitz. I loved making them both. . . (I was surprised & how quickly they came together!) . . . so this year - I knew that I would jump in with great anticipation . . . & I did!
Although I've been working on a very special new little quilt this past week (peeks soon), I also spent a lot of my time (as often as I could!) stitching on a wonderful project. This is just as I was finishing (I saved the big acorn for last!) 'Harvest Home' by Kathy Schmitz . . . I just couldn't resist this one. . . (look at all the sweet little acorns!)
. . . And, here it is - a moment after I took the last stitch.
I was almost sad to be done! . . . (although I still have the borders & finishing to do. . .)
. . . but then all I had to do was look through my new pile of patterns that I got from Kathy at Market. . . & sure enough - my smile came right back.
There's just nothing like stitchery . . . to help me think, to sort through all my thoughts & ideas, & just to relax. . .
. . . Yep. . . the best kind of 'therapy' I know of!