Why did I not know of this "liberated quilting" movement? Oh. My. Gosh.
So I'm talking about this "winging it" process of quilting that I do - totally a neccesity because I don't like math or rules for that matter - and I just happen to be looking in the quilting section of my fav bookstore and I stumble upon this book, "Liberated Quilting II" by Gwen Marston. I love, love the abstract quilts and wonky blocks that I'm seeing so much of lately - I had no idea that there was a woman who lives in Northern Michigan who started it!
So I read that she does a quilt retreat every year in one of my favorite places on Earth, the Traverse City area. She lives on Beaver Island in the middle of Lake Michigan between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. I have never been to this island, but I have poured over real estate listings from this area for years. I have imagined the charm and scenery of this place countless times. It gives me a lump in my throat that I can only recall feeling about one other place - Prince Edward Island of Anne of Green Gables. I've never been there, but I sure would love to one day...
Anyway, back to reality. I have a severe case of ADD lately. My kids are now home for the summer and the pool runs, the sleepovers, the mess and their social calendars have shifted into a different, yet familiar, version of life. Gotta get a handle on things before I become homicidal.
FYI - etsy is rough on the ego. I keep holding out hope that I'll be a hit on etsy, but the reality is I'm just not and probably never will be. It's okay. At least that's what my therapist tells me.