Postpartum isn't the technically correct term for it at this point (especially since my son will be turning 4 in just over month). It's called Dysthymia, which is not a term most people are familiar with. If you are interested in understanding a little bit better what dysthymia is, here is a link that describes it very well-- and includes a couple great quotes from Goethe and A.A. Milne (Pooh/Eeyore). Right now I have a case of "double depression" in which I'm going through a period of major depression (which happens with us dysthymic people from time to time). So I'm laying low until I can pull myself out of this.
But enough about my state of mood. Since my blog is titled "Postpartum Quilter", I did/do feel a certain sense of obligation to share and educate about that aspect, rather than retreating in a hole, (which is my true preference, at the moment).
But let me not forget that the second part of my blog title is "Quilter" and I have been doing a some quilting these last few weeks as part of my very first swap. Cindy across the sea at Fluffy Sheep Quilting has organized a wonderful Mug Rug & Goodie Swap. Check out the Flicker photostream to see the amazing things that people are creating. There are sixty-two of us, from novice to advanced.
Here is my mug rug for Partner 1:
Partner 1 if you are reading this (and you think you know who you might be), I am about to reveal a clue about you-- so don't read further if you don't want the "surprise" to be spoiled.
Partner 1 has three children, hence the fussy cut of the big bird with 3 little birds on the branch. All of the fabrics I used are from Valorie Well's Wrenly line (which I LOVE).
You might notice that I cleverly avoided adding binding. For now, I'm calling it finished, as the mailing deadline is fast approaching. If I can manage it in the next few days, I'll try to add binding, because, to my eye, it looks like it could use it.
For Partner 2, who likes bright colors, and especially blues, greens and purples, I came up with this:
|close-up detail of some of the stitching|
I have made one of my two goodies so far, so I will post those in a few days time (or more).
Thank you, virtual blogging friends, for helping to sustain me, in your own way(s), through this difficult period. You give me inspiration!