So far I have talked about the emotional, mental, and logistical trials of writing the book; but I have yet to talk about the very best day by far! It was the day I shipped my quilts to C&T; May 16th to be exact. Two days before the quilts had to be shipped, I still had 11 quilts to bind...can you believe it? It wasn't a matter of procrastination, it was just a matter or not having enough time. So each night I stayed up until about 2 in the morning sewing on bindings - is that terrible? I've gotten very good at it. At first I was horrified with the thought of sewn bindings, but I'll tell you what - I got over it quick! Sewing on bindings is still a time consuming event, and I will never know how I got it all done. I told my Mom that I thought sewing angels were helping me along the way. She is convinced that it was all of my dearly departed sewing grandmothers were coming to my aid. Either way, miraculously it got done.
On the morning of the 16th my Mom arrived early, bring breakfast (thank you Mom), along with little scissors for snipping last minute threads and lint roller brushes. I had cleared the living room of the furniture, and made sure the carpet was freshly vacuumed, laid down a clean sheet for extra protection, I threw the cats outside (gently), and banished Mickey to his little bed. Even on the morning of the 16th I still had the last quilt to bind; that quilt is called City Play - I can't wait to show it to you, but it is definitely the pièce de résistance so I don't want to spoil the surprise. By this time I was so brain dead I couldn't decide which color binding to use, so I let my Mom decide.
As I brought each quilt downstairs, it went through the process of being gone over with the roller brush, and checked for loose threads...isn't it amazing, no matter how many times you check, you still miss threads? As each quilt was finished it was laid in the center of the room. Soon the process began of labeling, numbering and measuring each quilt. As soon as this was done, each quilt was added to a master packing list for C&T's receiving process. My best friend, Rich soon joined us in this packing task. The two people I love best in the world (besides my children) were by my side, helping to make this dream a reality. As I sat printing out photos, forms, packing lists, and everything else required, I looked up to see everyone working so hard on my behalf, and I was filled with gratitude, and pride for what had been accomplished. Soon the quilts were being bagged, and packed into a huge cardboard box. It was so big, we had to measure the car to make sure it would fit. Soon we were on our way to FedEx to send this labor of love on it's way to California. Rich wouldn't let me drive, he thought I was too giddy, and too sleep deprived to be trusted. What an incredible relief it was to hand off those quilts. I was beside myself for days after that...all I could think was, "I did it, it's done!". What had seemed an enormous, impossible task, was now done. In reality it was far from being done, there was still a long way to go before it was finished; actually it's still not quite finished - but close.
It was such a good day, the best day ever I'm sure, until I actually get a copy of my book - I can't even imagine how that will feel.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me now, it was so hard to not be able to talk about the process, during the process; but I'm glad to be able to share it now!