I still sew for our Mardi Gras krewe. My husband and I spent a year as king and queen of our krewe. What a great year that was! My DH and I made almost all the court costumes. There were only two of them that we didn't make. We made the collars and trains and capes. Needless to say, there was a year of planning and sewing and building and constructing in the making of all of this. Was it worth it? Yes. Will we ever do it again? Not together. It took a toll on us emotionally, mentally, physically and definitely financially by doing this at the same time. But we loved our year as King and Queen.
Since the last I've logged in here, I have joined a quilting guild in our area and have once again become and avid fan of quilting and even more, I have fallen in love with quilting and color again. That doesn't mean I do it any better. But I've had lots more practice. And for the lovely woman that once just cut me to the core and stopped me in my tracks for what I thought would be forever from quilting with her words of telling me that I was just a "wanna be" quilter. I have realized (after almost 10 years) that she actually did me a favor!
All of the capes and trains in these costumes were not done the traditional way of just gluing things on and then gluing sequins on. Instead Every cape and all 15 feet of my train and 17 feet of DH's train were appliqued and then quilted before gluing sequins and rhinestones to them.
In addition, I have since then made many crib size quilts and 2 queen size quilts that have been made to completion and quilted. Now that doesn't include how many tops I've completed that I've never quilted, all because that line kept going through my mind--you're just a 'wanna be quilter." But remember I said it turned out to be a favor?
Well, I figured out that EVERY quilter is a "wanna be" quilter. Why do I say that? Because every quilter wants to be a better quilter. They want to learn more, they learn new techniques, they want to learn new ways to do old things, they want to learn the new Modern Quilting and Fiber Arts. So YES every quilter is a Wanna Be Quilter. So I'm now proud to say that I'm a Wanna Be Quilter! Or I should say I'm Proud to Say I'm Proud to Want to Be a Quilter, I'm Proud to Be a Quilter! I may not be perfect--only LOTS of practice will get me to where I will ever even get close to that. I may not be great--all quilters consider themselves to be worse than they really are. Have you ever heard a quilter tell you all the faults in their quilts? We all do it! We know where all the faults are, but no one else can see them. Everyone else sees the beauty of the work, not the mistakes or your oops. Besides the Navahos and the Amish believe that only God is perfect so no human can make anything perfect, so they cannot make any anything perfect. So even if anything is considered perfect that they are making, they purposefully put in one mistake so that it won't be a perfect piece of work.
Here are just a few of the ones I've made in the last 2 years. This is by no means all that I've made. I forget to photograph most of them. Most of the ones I make are for charity quilts that go to infants in our local hospital NICU so that some infant will be wrapped in love or go to CASA children that will be able to have a quilt of their own that can never be taken from them. It will always be theirs to be able to offer them a small means of love and comfort when they need it. So yes, I am a wanna be a quilter to be able to make something that can provide love and comfort when there isn't a pair of loving arms that can offer it for them.
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