As I plan for my new life on the road I am beginning to let go of the stresses that I have been under for the past six years. When I think about all I have been struggling with, it is so overwhelming that I wonder how I have been able to survive it. I know that sounds dramatic, but seriously, it is true.
Stress is measured by the severity of life changing events. All of the events I have experienced have been in the upper levels of the charts and I have been fighting them. I have put away all of my projects that I wanted to do. The Quilt Study Center and Research Library has been put on hold and may never get off the ground. I gave up the Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show, which is the oldest quilt show in the State of Kansas. I gave up my quilt pattern documentation project and I gave up my participation in MOKA, the four state quilt study group. I gave up my work to develop an online quilt study group. And lastly, I gave up sharing the Memories of Baltimore quilts, giving them life beyond their inspired inception.
So now that I have no more choice to fight for my homestead, I am slowly letting go of that herculean effort and beginning to resurrect some of those old projects.
While packing my quilts for storage, I came across the Memories of Baltimore quilts. I reflected on them; what they represent. And I began to realize that I could have room for them in my camper. I could take them with me. I could have the time to spend on the documentation and posting of their story. I could even show them as I move around the country. I could offer them up for viewing at fund raising efforts in the areas that I travel.
So, dear friends, I am putting this project at the top of the list. I will be writing their story, posting pictures on my web site, and offering them (with me included) to events, quilt groups and shows for display.
Stay tuned, as this is a story you wont want to miss.