Wednesday, October 13, 2010

As The Stomach Turns

I am writing this post at 2:37 AM. Yes, that's right--AM. No--I don't know why. I think it has to do with the change of life. Seeing as I've been sleep deprived for nearly 22 years now, this hardly constitutes a change. Usually I am awakened during the night by someone or something. Now I just can't fall asleep. So I guess that IS a change. Any suggestions for making this stop would be greatly appreciated.

As I lay in bed earlier--much earlier--staring into the inky blackness, I kept thinking about Ruby Slippers. That is the name of the quilt pictured above. The one I have cut and pieced since midnight tonight. After I looked through all the patterns I have pulled but not made over the past ten years. The ones that live in clear page protectors in my bookcase in a magazine file. Now I at least have refreshed my memory and can dream of others that have suffered neglect for far too long. Like
this one that I only had the pattern for 14 years or so before making it this fall.

I only cut up the red scraps still in a pile on my cutting table from the huge mother load I bought from my sister and the cream from a bolt. The quilt top is half-finished if it's a twin size. I might make it larger. This truly worked up sooooo quickly. The pieces are larger than I usually use. It's an Atkinson Designs pattern, so there is no pinning...all the pressing assures that the units just fall into place.

The reds run the gammit from pinkish to bright red to rust to barn red. One has tiny bits of green, but you sure can't see it from the distance from which the picture was taken. All Thimbleberries naturally. Gotta use what you have.

Instead of Ruby Slippers, this might be Insomnia Solution.



Leeanne said...

Very nice I hope you get some sleep one of these years!

Kerri said...

Hi Joan, I had to laugh ( or cry) cuz I got out of bed at 3:30 am since I was wide awake. Sometimes reading is the only solution me, so the internet saves me, and I came upon your post! Ruby slippers looks great. I decided I am giving my blue (sapphire) slippers to my MIL this Christmas. It is such a pretty quilt. Sorry, none of my sis's or friends have found a lasting solution to the insomnia either. On the bright side, my day goes pretty fine and I don't seem to miss the extra sleep!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Very nice! I sympathize with you on the sleep problem. I am retired now and should be able to sleep past 5:30 AM, but no. I am usually awake around 3:00, tossing and turning until I get up, usually at 5:00 to 5:30 AM. Ugh! I'm afraid I don't have any help for you. At least I can get an early morning walk in, plus start on some sewing.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you decide to call it, it looks great! Hopefully you'll be able to sleep soon.

~ Meagan