Saturday, August 29, 2009

Irish Chain Quilt

This week I have been working on this quilt. It was huge!! 109 x 110 inches.

I did the feather circle centers and pebbling to fill it in.

Feathers and leaves filled in the borders. Here's a shot of the back. I love how it turned out.

So, this next week will be crazy as I get ready to go to Romania. I tried to make it so that I didn't have any projects to have the week before I leave, but it looks like my magazine quilt will have to be done this next week, so that's what I will be doing. Plus writing a couple of patterns, it's going to be a fun, but tough week. I am excited to leave for the trip, but I am feeling completely guilty about leaving the kids. The hardest part about this is thinking about my kids. I am with them 24/7 and I am worried that it will be hard on them and me. Not to mention all of the terrible scenarios I have conjured up in my mind which make me absolutely nuts. Is it just a mom thing, or do I just worry too much? The kids will be fine right? My baby won't forget me after 8 days? Please help me! I think I might just go a little mad.

28 comments:

Christine said...

It is a mum thing and it will never change, no they won't forget you but love you even more once you are back.
I would love for you to quilt a quilt for me at some stage, I know I am in Australia, but still.
I will talk to you a bit more about once you are back.

Have a great time
cheers
christine

QuiltSue said...

It's definitely a mum thing. They won't forget you and will be so happy to have you back again. Try not to worry too much about them, which is easy for me to say and not so easy for you to do, I know.

QuiltSue said...

PS. Meant to say the quilting you showed us is just wonderful.

Shari said...

Don't worry, the kids will be fine! It is such a mum thing to be in a bit of a panic at the thought of being parted from them but it really is such a short time. I hope your trip goes to plan.

Your quilting is just exquisite. Just love it...

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Mom's always worry and the kiddos always survive.

Your quilting is stunning.

Priscilla said...

It is a mum thing, I keep doing it too, even when they are with their father who looks after them just as perfectly as I do. I still keep imagining the worst all the time they are not with me, and of course, they are perfectly all right without me.
And no, your baby will not forget you, and I think you will be so busy that after the first days you might find that you have not thougth of them for minutes :-)
Have a good trip!
Kristina

Jilly's Space said...

The quilt is stunning!! What beautiufl machine quilting...holy smokes! One of my earlier quilts was a double irish chain I made for my sister and I just "tied" it...sucks to be her ;-)

Kaye said...

They will do just fine, you have to get okay with it. Just let the good you will be doing outweigh the guilt and 8 days is not too long. Concentrate on the fun of the reunion!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Mom's worry..that is what we do. Just wait until the day comes that they drive the car away for the first time. Whew...a doozy! LOL
Quilting is gorgeous as always! Your a pro!!

allsewnup said...

Judi, breathe just breathe. Everything will be all right, Mom's are suppose to worry...it's in our "job" description.
This quilt is awesome.

Carolyn*

Jackie said...

It's a total mom thing! But totally normal. Try not to worry so much.

Love the quilt!

Barbara said...

Just wanted to say that this quilt is gorgeous! Terrific job.

sdgodfrey said...

Beautiful quilting on the Double Irish Chain!

Needled Mom said...

I think that they say that 90+% of the things that we worry about are spent wasting our time. The kids will be fine and you will be so happy to get home to them.

marilyn said...

Your quilting is such an inspiration to me. wow, when I grow up, I want to be you!

As for the kids, mine are 19, 14, 12 and 5. My oldest got mad at me for worrying that she would have troubles on her cross country road trip back to college. I told her I got paid overtime to worry. It is your job to worry, but there is nothing you can do but put it in God's hands, he cares for them more than you ever can.

Praying for a safe journey for you and a blessing for the kids in Romania

Heather said...

Definitely a mom thing, me and my DH went to Dominican this past spring and I was worried my baby who had just turned one would forget me - but she didn't and they all were perfectly fie.
Love the quilting on the quilt by the way - it is stunning.

karenfae said...

Beautiful quilts. Don't worry about the kids after the first half day or so they will hardly miss you. Have fun. We all worry about leaving the kids for a little bit whether it is a day or 8 days and normally really after a little while and reassurance from whoever is taking care of them they know mommy is coming back.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Gorgeous quilting!!

onlymehere said...

Definitely a mom thing. I never could leave my kids when they were little either. It killed me when I had to. They'll still remember you and the reunion will be so sweet, especially if you bring them gifts, lol!! I love this quilt. I especially love how you've quilted it. I want to quilt like you when I grow up! Good luck on the trip.

dotti white said...

Judi...the quilt is amazing! Your little ones will be just fine! They will miss you but 8 days is not too bad. Who is taking care of them! I was so like you when my kids were little....I would have a migraine and be sick for 2 days when I went to Utah to Education Week once. Crazy...but it's just how us mommas are!

Julia said...

Judi,

I have 10 kids and I STILL do the same thing you are doing. Just the other day I told my husband that it's time that we went on cruise/vacation without the kids and he asked me if I would be able to leave them. I really had to think about it, and to be honest, I told him we could wait another year. (I know, I'm a sucker...)
But I think that it's harder on you than the kids. I hate to be gone from my kids. But they're fine and they won't forget you.
I just found your blog and would love to know how you started your quilting. It's something that I've been thinking about doing for a while. Did you have someone teach you or did you do it naturally. Cuz if it's naturally, I'm in trouble! LOL!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Gorgeous quilting!

Carin said...

First your quilt is fabulous!

IT is a mom thing and you can always think of awful things but they almost never happen or anything close. Try to relax and enjoy yourself.

Stitched With Prayer said...

As everyone else has said, it is definitely a MOM thing. The kids will be just fine, truly they will. My honest thoughts on this are that it will really only bother while you are in flight and thinking about them. Judi, the 8 days you are taking out of your own time and your little ones time is for such a wonderful cause. Once you arrive in Romania and get busy with the task at hand, you will be surrounded by less fortunate children that will take hold of your heart and thoughts and ease your worries about your babies. When you arrive back home, if your babies are like mine were, they will be so happy to see you that they won't even realize you have been gone, they will just know you are there now. Of course, on the down side, mine cried because they wanted to stay and grandma's longer, LOL. Good luck with the magazine quilt and have a safe, wonderful trip. On another subject, the quilting on the Irish Chain quilt is absolutely stunning. You are so very talented. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.

Amanda said...

It is totally a mom thing. I'm leaving mine with my in-laws next week for a few days and am worried too! The quilt is beautiful and I'm so glad that you have enough quilts for everyone next week! I have good intentions, but am really slow to actually get anything done - you are awesome!

Laurie said...

The kids will be OK - it will be wonderful for you and them when you return. Do you have a webcam so that they can see you? Sometimes that helps.

Your Irish Chain is just beautiful! I've always wanted to make one for myself. If I ever do get to it, I'm sending it to you to quilt!! You've done a absolutely GORGEOUS job! Thank you for showing it to us - it really is beautiful!
laurie

a little bit biased said...

Oh, I worry all the time. It must be a mom thing. Well your quilt is beautiful. Front and back. I love how much quilting you do. No big empty spots! The feather border looks amazing! Great job!

Cindy's Stitching said...

The quilt is beautiful. I have done some quilting in my time. I personally do not do the top quilting. You did an amazing job.