Hey Campers! Been a while! I've been on a little hiatus called depression. And what is so surprising is that I didn't even realize it. That is the thing about depression, it sneaks up on you. It comforts you with it's dark dragon wing embrace so you don't notice that you are just an empty shell. The walking dead.. It was exactly this time last year when somebody close to me made me realize something was wrong. And for that I am grateful.
Everything in my life suffered. My hobby work, my regular daytime job and my relationships. I was a walking zombie, empty of anything warm or real. Maybe even a pulse. I couldn't concentrate on anything , I couldn't remember anything, and I was so tired that by the time I got home from work all I could do was go to bed. My soul was devoid of all passion. I wanted no one and nothing.
And finally one day it all came to a head. Some stuff happened that I was responsible for (or irresponsible for, really) and finally I had to face myself. That day was very ugly. I will never forget it. That was a very dark moment in my life.
Before the depression, I knew something was also physically wrong with me, so I had started going to doctors.. I had vertigo, severe tiredness and some other symptoms that I knew weren't right. Long story short, after a few different doctor trips with no answers and lots of money, I finally found a doctor who discovered that I have hypothyroidism and it can be easily managed with medication. Many people have it. This was also a cause of the depression.
Who would have thought such a common condition of lacking a simple hormone could wreak so much havoc into one's life and turn ya into a walking zombie?! I am so blessed to have a wonderful and caring husband and family! As well as being surrounded by good and kind people at work and in my life. Know that you all helped me get through a very difficult and confusing time in my life.
Well, here I am one year later feeling better. I'm back! I'm not 100 % , but I am better, and I do have a pulse. Yay!
So I had some favors to loved ones that helped ease me back into sewing. Once I got started the fever hit, lol. My husband actually had a pretty creative idea for a denim quilt. He does come up with some awesomely creative project ideas quite often. He does his own thing, but when it involves sewing, I get to help out, lol.
The project I'm going to share though, is not the denim quilt YET, but a T-shirt quilt I sewed for a friend. The T-shirts are her father's who passed on. Such a sweet and creative way to preserve the memory of a loved one, and wrap yourself in the warmth of their love by way of a quilt! I looked up tutorials on You Tube, and even bought a Craftsy class, but eventually just did my own thing. It turned out better than I expected.
Mind you, I have never sewn a quilt before. Ever. So this was truly nerve-wracking because the T-shirts were so special. I just took a deep breath and started cutting the T-shirts. At the beginning, I was following along with the Craftsy class video, but I didn't like their quilt idea for just using the logos, and then more of a quilting pattern in the background. I only had 10 T-shirts to work with and only one had logo writing on the front and back. (So that made two squares). I ended up with one blank square and no more t-shirt logos, so I utilized leftover T-shirt material.
The back of the quilt is just plain black fleece. I did not use any batting as it didn't seem necessary. The fleece worked out perfectly, not too bulky and still cozy enough to keep ya warm cuddled up on the couch. This meaningful project was a perfect end to the Winter Blues of depression, and the perfect beginning of a new and grateful me. Spring has begun! Here in the beautiful desert, and in my soul.
Love and Light to all!