Our Guild held a quilt show this weekend. It was fantastic! Lots of quilts and wall hangings. Lots of vendors, a boutique, an auction and results of our quilt challenge. I spent my afternoon viewing the quilts and then manning the admissions table. I managed to get a few photos of the quilts. I will show some more of them later, but for now here is the quilt I entered into the show. It measures about 60 inches by 84 inches.
This is the quilt I started a few years ago when I was in a rehab hospital recovering from a rare neurological disorder. It was an attempt to relieve my depression over not being able to walk any longer. I was given large doses of steroids to stifle my auto-immune system, but even after several months things did not get much better. I was offered mood altering drugs by several doctors, but I didn't think my body could stand even one more chemical. I told them to give me fabric instead of pills and they just laughed at me. But even as they were laughing I turned my hospital room into a sewing studio. Boxes of fabrics, lined my walls. I hand pieced and appliqued during my free time between physio and OT and often far into the night. The nurses were very supportive. They would come and visit my room to see what I had accomplished that day. I based my quilt on one that I saw in the magazine, Australian Country Threads. And guess what? My therapy worked! A creative heart is a happy heart!
I got many compliments on my quilt today and that felt good. A wonderful woman named, Janet Chisholm long arm quilted it for me. She did a wonderful job. I don't think my quilt would have looked as good if she hadn't spent so much time on it.
And now I am off to bed. It's been a long, exciting day!