Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is my oldest grandson, Hunter. He is 5 years old and just started kindergarten in September. I took off time from work to go to the assembly at the school to see him get his first Citizenship award. Waiting for the assembly to start, I was flooded with memories of my kids at school. All those PTA bake sales, reading at night, the model of the mission for 4th grade, school plays, report cards. We spend countless hours helping them with math or English; squabbling about homework versus playtime; and just worrying that our morals, values and message gets through their little heads. We invest so much in our kids. And sometimes..... (Jacob's entire sophomore year, for example), it is hard to believe that they listened or learned anything that we taught them about life. But somehow we get past the struggles, and they are through high school. Where did the time go?
Why do we do it? You remember the words you spoke to your children. The payoff is when you hear your children speak those words to their children. OK, I guess he was paying attention.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I used Quilter's Dream Puff and Signature Garnet thread. The thread looks a bit bright pink but it perfectly matches the colors on the front and back.
The owner of this quilt has been collecting rose fabrics for a while. She made a beautiful log cabin set in the diamond setting. She had seen my Feather Meander on other quilts and wanted that on this quilt. In case you haven't heard, I took a Feather Meander class at MQS 2008 with Suzanne Earley. It makes so much texture on the quilt. Now people request it by name "that feather meander thing you do...." Also with this quilt, I felt like I needed to put some roses in with the feathers. It is pretty hard to see in the photo so I ran it thru PaintShop Pro and removed all the red and you can now see the rose quilting stitches in the dar photo.
The name of this pattern escapes me. The quilt is made with a large collection of Asian fabrics. One half of a block is a half-square triangel that has been pieced and the other half is a large triangle of the focus fabrics. I used Quilter's Dream Puff and PermaCore Roseate thread. The piecer had me use bleached muslin for the backing. That Roseate thread on the back really stands out. It's like having two quilts.
My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.
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