Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Of Quilts, Designs, and Other Fancy Things

Around November of last year I started working on a quilt project at the request of Deb Hearn, editor of Quilt Magazine. They were looking for a designer to make a quilt with David Butler's debut line for Free Spirit under the name Parson Gray.  Curious Nature was set to release in early 2012 and they contacted ME to design something with it.  I couldn't believe it!



Shortly after accepting the project and submitting a few designs for Deb's approval life started getting VERY chaotic. My marriage fell apart, a stress-filled vacation took its toll, a new son was born... I began retreating from my blogging and designing duties (and life somewhat).  I spent almost no time being creative.  You may find yourself saying, aaaahhhh... it all makes sense now.



Long story short, I was able to get the quilt finished in time to make the deadline, but the pattern needed some work.  Along came Deb and her staff to my rescue.  For that, I will forever be grateful.  If I haven't said it enough before, Deb (and everyone else at Quilt Magazine) thank you for giving me a hand with finalizing this project.  I appreciate you standing behind my design and writing a terrific pattern based on the measurements I sent you.



Several other projects suffered at the hands of my crazy life... An inclusion in a modern blogging quilt book from Martingale/That Patchwork Place, Fat Quarter Gang over on Art Gallery Fabrics.  I silently slipped out of those two projects.  I may not have dealt with everything the "right" way, but I did it to the best of my ability.  I'm sorry if my sudden decision to terminate my association with everything caused anyone stress or hurt feelings.



I'm slowly beginning to crawl back to life.  I've been designing quilts again, finished up several projects in the studio for submission, and have been smiling a lot more.  The silver lining so far is that my wife and I are still great friends (despite the direction our relationship has taken) and I can see our boys will benefit greatly because of that.  I try my best to keep the quilting and personal drama separated here on the blog and that probably best explains my absence over the past several months.

I thought I'd share some photos I took of my quilt before I sent it off to the photographers.  They did a wonderful job with the photos they took for the magazine.  I think you can still purchase copies here if you're interested in the pattern (Spring 2012 Simple Quilts & Sewing).  I'd like to work on offering it as a stand alone, but until I get a chance to talk about it with Quilt Mag, you'll have to wait.  Sorry!







Hope to see you all again soon! Thanks so much for your continued support of RWQ!

27 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your marriage. It can't be easy for you but the fact that you and your wife have found friendship is really good and can only aid the healing and growing on either side. And it really is awesome for your kids that you have that together. Sometimes, things don't work out OR they work out exactly how their supposed to by growing into something else. (Ok, enough fortune cookie talk from a virtual stranger! :-)

    Congratulations on the new wee one! That is spectacular news!

    And the quilt design is gorgeous. Male energy is needed and appreciated in the quilting world and you and "Parson Grey" are shining examples of why. Thank you for being such a great part of it, regardless of how often you can blog, or design. You owe us nothing but we're really glad to have you. :-)

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  2. I'm glad to hear that things are looking up for you. Sorry to hear of all the troubles. Great looking quilt!

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  3. Love the quilt..the movement, the colors, the pattern!
    Toni
    www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

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  4. I always paid attention to your name being thrown around the quilty world, but only started following your blog right before you took your "break". I didn't (and don't) know you, and was worried about you.
    It's unfortunate that you retreated during a time when you probably needed all of the positive energy that could have been offered had anyone known. Though I can completely understand your thinking in doing so. When things get rough I tend to go hermetic as well. My misery does not love company, I always say.
    All that said, I'm glad that you're returning to business as usual, and glad that you're able to maintain a positive relationship and example with your wife and kids.
    Do the best with the circumstances you've got and if that isn't good enough, make new circumstances. Pour it all into your work and good things will come of it.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about the rough waters you've been passing through - I am happy, though, to see you back here and read that you're starting to come out on the other side of it all. Your contribution to the quilting world is so important and necessary - I'm glad that you're feeling able to do more here. You are so very talented!

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  6. I really love the pattern it nicely showcases that fabric. Quilting will always be here. I stopped quilting for ten years for a variety of reasons including illness and graduate school. Anyone who cannot understand your need to retreat and focus on your family is not worth bothering with. I had just found you when you disappeared. Welcome back! (and since blogger has screwed with word recognition since you've been gone just turn it off like everyone else has)

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  7. Welcome back. Happy to see you made it to the other side intact. Lovely quilt. I agree with Colleen. The new word verification stinks.

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  8. Welcome back, Ryan! I used to check in sometimes just to make sure there were no issues with me reader and I was loosing your posts... I'm really sorry to hear of all those things happening... But now that you're back, we're all so glad to see you... Quilt up a storm!

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  9. Hope things are settled and good luck with this new leg life has thrown at you.

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  10. Welcome back. It is great to see you posting again and moving forward. I love the quilt. I started following you when my son requested a quilt, he still does not have that quilt but I am still here following you :o) Now I really must get around to making my son that quilt so hang in there, and please keep up the creativity ..... hugs

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  11. So sorry to hear life threw you such a curve ball this past year. Glad to see you're back and that things are getting better. This is such a great looking quilt. Gives me all kinds of inspiration and ideas. Thank you!

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  12. Ryan, I hope everything will be work out for you to be okay. Glad your back and I love your quilt! Hildy

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  13. I am so sorry about your marriage - that's a hard one esepcially with a brand new baby. But I am happy that you and your wife are remaining friends because when my daughter and son-in-law split the only thing I said to them (and this is a biggie for a Jewish mom not to interfere) was you have to be friends for your children's sake and never ever say anything bad about your ex-partner no matter how angry you get at something he/she has done. They are chldren and deserve a childhood not two warring parents. They have now been separated for almost 6 years and their children are 12 and 9 so they were young and have mostly kept to this advice.

    Now about your quilt. IT IS STUNNING!! I just love it you clever man you. I always knew you could design but this is spectacular and I love the fabric too. Hope you can bring it out as a stand alone pattern because I sure would love it. Looks easy peasy to make and I need easy peasy still.

    Seems like you are more like you now and for this I am glad and enjoy your children especially the new baby.

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  14. Sorry to hear this Ryan,but glad to hear you are still friends. The children need that and become a #1 priority.
    You have been missed and I'm sure I am not the only one who is glad you are back!! Your quilt is spectacular. May have to buy the magazine...mine are all packed for a move next week so not 100% sure I have.
    CathyC in Alberta

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  15. Welcome back from the edge! So glad you were able to get the quilt done. It looks fantastic! Looking forward to seeing more of your creativity.
    Trisch from www.sewnsew.co.za

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  16. Glad to have you back... we're all still here... life threw a doozy at me this year too so I totally understand... I am loving that quilt, will have to add it to the one-day list :)

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  17. Glad to see you back and sorry to hear of the reasons behind your absence. Just have to say your quilt is gorgeous, but in a totally masculine way - love the color combos!

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  18. It takes time to redirect ourselves when life's road takes a detour. You're figuring out how this all works now, and your creative outlet will serve you too as you find the new directions. Glad to hear you are working together.

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  19. Ryan, I am sorry that things went crazy for you and I am glad that you and your wife are still friends. Keep the kids as close to you as possible. Glad you are back love the quilt and waiting for the next. Life will turn out the way it is supposed to. Dennis

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  20. Best Wishes as you continue to move forward.

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  21. Welcome back. I really do love the quilt and what a great design. Life takes us down many different and sometimes quite difficult paths. Glad your getting to smile more these days.

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  22. It's so good to see you back, Ryan! I'm sorry for all that you are going through. I can't wait to see everything else that you've been working on!

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  23. I'm so sorry about your marriage. I have been through this and can testify that becoming friends and being nice to each other is the best gift you can give your children, and yourselves! Best wishes to you and your family.

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  24. So sorry to hear you have been going through such a difficult time. I hope that you and your ex continue to find a way to be friendly both for your own sake and for your children's sake. Congratulations on the new baby. I hope you continue to find ways to smile and find joy and beauty in your life.

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  25. Hang in there. Divorce is HARD. No other way around it. But being on the other side, there is a rainbow so keep your chin up. The quilt is beautiful.

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  26. As a lurker on your site and one who appreciates your talent, I am sorry to hear your troubles of late and happy to see your return. That quilt is splendid and I really like that fabric!

    I hope the New Year is a good one for you.
    Chris

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  27. Beautiful quilt, love the design and fabric choice.

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