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May 12th, 2010

I’ve never done so much sewing and un-sewing - then I have in the last few weeks.  That didn’t come out right.  I’ve never done so much sewing and un-sewing WHILE NOT ONLINE - then I have in the last few weeks.  My in-box, my blog pals visiting, my Twitter, my Words With Friends, my Face-what?… all neglected.  To be fair, I neglect Facebook regardless of sewing.  I feel like a such a sucky friend.  A super duper sucky friend.
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I feel so out of it, so disconnected.  Like I’m down in one of those holes on Lost - and everyone else is up top… laughing, having fun, eating Dharma peaches out of a can - and I’m down in the hole glued by the magnetic force that emanates from my sewing machine - the evil clock clicks, clicks, clicks… mocking me.  The Smoke Monster is actually the exhaust coming out the back of my sewing machine.  Ooops, sorry.  Spoiler alert.
bag-o-holiday happy
I’m leaving for Quilt Market in a week.  I’m actually looking forward to the flight - to sitting and doing nothing.  I think I’ll load up my iphone with a couple of Gilmore Girls episodes.  Maybe four episodes should do me between Seattle and Minneapolis?  Maybe I’ll get lucky and catch an episode of Lorelai sewing.  I think I’ll loop the scene and watch over and over and over - watching someone else sewing.  And then I’d be wishing to be sewing too. Because I heart sewing. And these are the inner workings of my absurd universe.

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53 Responses

  1. The fabulous jaybird allegedly said:

    so that is what the smoke monster has been all this time?? i never would have guessed! oh well lost just makes me mad right now anyway… anywho all the sewing will pay off at market.. i’m sure!!!

  2. The fabulous Cherri Lyn House allegedly said:

    Poor thing :-( My only hestitation in turning my passion into a business was exactly what you are describing now. Sewing and quilting are only suppose to be fun, right…right??? Hang on another week, then the fun will begin!

    Can’t wait to meet in person!


  3. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Sewing machine smoke - yikes. I had an imac a couple of years ago that let out a belch of smoke and the stench of burning plastic. Disconcerting.

  4. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Absurd universe? I don’t think so. Totally darn cute universe? Absolutely! I’d like to join you for a bit there.

  5. The fabulous kate spain allegedly said:

    Beware of things labeled “Drink Me”…because it could be the rabbit hole you’ve fallen down. Can’t wait to see you at Market! i’ll be smiling all the way to your Holiday Happy. xxoo

  6. The fabulous elizabeth allegedly said:

    It will all be worth it when you see the amazingness that will be a certain Happy booth!
    I don’t exactly envy you right now tho…

  7. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    That smoke coming out is the sweet smell of success! We are all so happy for you and we do know what pressure it is to get things done for market. You’re to enjoy every moment of this. Remember that.

  8. The fabulous Jamie allegedly said:

    Can’t wait to see you and the new things you’ve sewn next week!

  9. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    Yes, enjoy this crazy busy time…it will all be a whirlwind soon!

  10. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    I think I actually made a little squealing sound when I saw your last photo (ADORABLE bag filled with Happiness).

    Have a grand time at Market!

  11. The fabulous Kate allegedly said:

    That Lorelai sure had a way with the sewing machine didn’t she? I love that show and hated to see it end, but I have all the DVDs and someday I am going to sit down and quilt while watching every single one of them. Have fun at market. My husband and I went to the Huston market when we had our quilt shop. So much to see and do.

  12. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    Sounds nuts but fun too! Is that little Holiday Happy bag for me? It is right? Oh it’s so cute! I remember that feeling you described, being alone on the plane…I felt like that when my kids were little and I had to go to the dentist. I had all that time to SIT and do nothing! LOL

  13. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    I am so anxious to see everything you’ve been working on! And I have alerts set up several places for when fabric is finally out for the rest of us. (PS next time, more stunts sewers…and be sure I’m on the list please)

  14. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    It loses some of the magic when it HAS to be done, doesn’t it?
    Enjoy your trip, we’ll be awaiting your return:)

  15. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    See you NEXT WEEK!!

  16. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    YAY YAY can’t wait to see it all…

  17. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    I know how you feel. I feel disconnected, too, but it isn’t because I have been sewing. :(

    I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on. I’m soooooooo happy and excited for you.

  18. The fabulous Sarah Fielke allegedly said:

    Just read the selvedge of that fabric you’ve been sewing all the way to Minneapolis, that ought to distract you :)

  19. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    I want You to be My super duper sucky friend. Then I could be your super duper sucky friend, then we would be super duper lucky duckies, ’cause we would appreciate each other for the inner workings of our absurd-edness.

  20. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    I’d prefer eating Dharma potato chips with Hurly, but I would probably end up eating canned peas with Nikki and Paolo…while you suck in exhaust. Enjoy!

  21. The fabulous pat sloan allegedly said:

    breath… you’ll be fine.. hugs!

  22. The fabulous Kristen allegedly said:

    Take deep breathes and become one with the seam ripper. I’m sure it’s just nerves, excitement and a little bit of perfectionism! Market will be a blast for you, not the hatch kind… I think Jack will be the last one standing with the Man in Black. ;)

  23. The fabulous Robyn - Coffee and Cotton allegedly said:

    You just need to enter your Parallel {not absurd} universe and talk a slow walk in Stars Hollow, have some coffee and that diner food that always looks good and chant “Oy with the poodles already” - don’t worry Grasshopper, you will understand that chant of wisdom when you get to that Gilmore Girls episode….ohmmmmmmmmmm. Seriously, we all love your talent and can’t wait to see what you have made!

  24. The fabulous Brandi Frey allegedly said:

    ohhh I can’t stand how much I love your blog and your new fabric line. I hope to meet you at market!

  25. The fabulous Evelyn allegedly said:

    Sewing is always more fun when you don’t *have* to do it. I hope the rest of your week goes by very smoothly and productively, and that you have a great time at market! And then you can come back home and sew just for fun again. :-)

  26. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Please take a deep breath and then smile - you’ll feel a lot better ;-}

    Just think of all of us waiting here, very patiently, for a report on your latest adventure. We love how you take us along for the ride! Please enjoy yourself a lot!

  27. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    I never would have guessed that the smoke monster was your sewing machine!
    I will be so sad to see that show go off the air. I live for that show.
    Glad you will have some relaxed time on the plane. Have fun.
    I think this might be my first comment on your blog even tho I visit it daily.

  28. The fabulous Kim Walus allegedly said:

    Have a blast at market and enjoy all of the excitement over your new fabric line. I’m sure it will be fun for you. I look forward to pictures and news from market. It’s always so fun to vicariously be a part of market. Thanks in advance.

  29. The fabulous Marcia allegedly said:

    Do you know what your booth number will be? Will you be under Happy Zombie?


      No booth for me - all of the Holiday Happy goodies will be in Lecien’s booth.
      - Monica

  30. The fabulous kerri allegedly said:

    Love your fabric collection!! I’m sooo excited I just ordered some for my shop!! Can’t wait to see it in person!! :)

    I wish I was able to come to quilt market. Hopefully in the fall! Have fun!!

  31. The fabulous Dorothy allegedly said:

    Have a wonderful time at Market, Monica.
    Your fabric line is fabulous, and is sure to be a big hit! Wish I could be there.

  32. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Hol.ee.Crap. Look at all those people who are going to meet you next week. Your stupid dance card is all full. I’ll just wistfully sit back in the corner and dream — watching the swarm around you!!! (And speaking of Lost — what the heck? How long can they go without showing Hubby. It’s ridonkulous!)

  33. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    You need some Happy Sewing Gnomes in the closet of your sewing room Monica! I’m volunteering! Need to know if you are my sister - like Gilmore Girls - I thought I was the only one! Use the word “gription” (saw it on your Facebook comment about your brother’s iphone). See you here in Minnesota next week!!

  34. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    If my plug would reach to your house I would be sewing up a storm for you!! So excited for market for you..hang in there…it’s all going to be so worth it and so wonderful! ((hugs))

  35. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    PS…..no way Josie are you a sucky friend :-)!!!

  36. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    You could never be a sucky friend. What sucks is that I cannot come to MN to see you, even for just a quickie hug. Dang it. If only you had come out when I LIVED in the midwest. When is Market coming to DC??! :) Have fun my cute little busy friend.

  37. The fabulous Jenny allegedly said:

    Well my sewing is done, but on the whole ours is not. I have been doing other kinds of work though and I hate flying but can’t wait for the plane ride either because it is the time to breathe in between the moments of madness. I wonder what I should take to watch on my laptop. Or what drug I should take to sleep from Utah to Minneapolis?

  38. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    You my friend, are the opposite of sucky, sure you have BO… And I want to live in Stars Hollow, and live in Lorelei’s house. My dream town and house. Btw, that last picture of your post is giving me heart palpitations, it’s so dreamy. Have sweet BRB dreams! BZ xoxo

  39. The fabulous Sabine allegedly said:

    Ich wünsche dir eine wunderschöne Zeit auf dem Quilt Markt!
    Thumbs up, dear Monica ;o)
    Sabine xxx

  40. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    I picture it like this …. the wicked step mother has you locked in the castle tower until you are finished with all of that sewing (because she knows you work best under pressure including the pressure you feel because your bladder is about to explode …. there isn’t a bathroom up there in the tower)…..meanwhile you let down your long hair so the delivery guy can tie on another shipment of Depends, Twinkies, and diet coke …… you haul up your supplies and get back to work and finish all of your sewing in plenty of time ….. and they lived happily ever after! The End. (Good luck and have fun at Market!)

  41. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    p.s. Kitty wants to know if that guy up there is seeing anyone …. no not the baseball player with the seam ripper …. she kinda has her eye on the gnome with the sparkly outfit … you know how she likes older men who wear sparkles ….

  42. The fabulous KathiD allegedly said:

    I was actually thinking that you probably had the answer to the smoke monster. You know everything!

    I’ve been down in that hole with you. Coughing. Yes, that’s me you’re hearing all day and all night.

  43. The fabulous Ina allegedly said:

    Well, if you have to be chained to an ‘appliance’ I would pick the sewing machine over the washing machine anytime. ;0

    Besides, look at all that gorgeous fabric that Y*O*U D*E*S*I*G*N*E*D!!! You’re playing with your own beautiful fabric! I heart your new fabric. 8-)

    I may have to break into your sewing studio and steal some while you’re in clammy Minni whatever. ;0

  44. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    That must be just the oddest thing…at first anyway; sewing with one’s OWN fabric line! Can’t even imagine, really. I’m just really happy for you and wish I could happen upon your booth when you *show* at market. :-D I’ll look forward to other people’s posts, fo sho!

  45. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    You always make me laugh, even in your misery. Still so topical. How dare they schedule the last Lost episodes during Market!
    I’m thinking of you, and all my other quilt friends who are in the pre-Market frenzy. Bless you all with stamina, luck, and accomplishments. Don’t forget to take your vitamins daily.

  46. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Glad you could come up for air. I’m so excited for you and your super duper happy fabric that coming out of the closet this coming week! WHOOT-WHOOT!!!!
    Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    (P.S. Hope you bought some pink boots to go along on the trip….heheheh)

  47. The fabulous Nancy Lindblom allegedly said:

    Oh My Dear . . . think of you leaving others in the dust or smoke as it were. Your projects are delightful and fun . . . you are a smashing hit and you are not even on the plane yet . . . have some chocolate and just go with the flow . . . happy thoughts to you . . .
    Nancy in Arizona

  48. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Dear MSS I have sent fabulous happy wishes your way on your debut at Market. I also have asked Marsha from Morning Star Quilts to search you out and give you a big hug from me…so get ready! Have a truly wonderful blast!!! xoxo Pam in Chico

  49. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    You are not neglecting- your talents are just needed elsewhere right now. Plus we all like to see what you sew so we can wait if it means we get to see all of your goodies soon! Speaking of Lost, only two more episodes!!

  50. The fabulous Kersten allegedly said:

    I can’t wait to see how Lost ends up. I hate waiting. So impatient. It had better be good and not leave me more Lost than ever!
    Enjoy the flight. Loved the pic of Hurley.

  51. The fabulous Kate allegedly said:

    Monica, thank you so much for the free pattern. I love your fabric so much that even though I have told myself I am not going to buy anymore Christmasy fabric, if I don’t get some of yours I will cry. It has really got my imagination going with all that I could do with it. You are a dear and if this is any indication of your talent as a fabric designer, I sure hope you keep doing it!

  52. The fabulous Tefi allegedly said:

    Oh I love Gilmore Girls (always and forever)! I get my GG fix from time to time on the WB site - Google “gilmore girls full episodes.” Funtimes!

  53. The fabulous Tefi allegedly said:

    Egad! Delete comment #52. I done broke the rules and posted a URL.

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