Friday, April 29, 2016

Quilter’s missing from my life…..

 

In the last few weeks, I have lost two sweet friends….both quilters and both from lung cancer.

The first was a woman who I have never met in person, however she encouraged me from afar by reading and commenting on my blog posts.  Her name was Maggi  Birchenough, she lived in the UK and I was looking forward to meeting her sometime.   I will miss her!!!

The second was a woman named Cathy Rowan.  Cathy and I met many years ago when she joined our quilting guild.  She was active in the guild and in quilting for a long time but had moved on to other things in later years.  She was an avid photographer and always took photos of our quilt shows.’'

Professionally, she was a Child Advocate in the Court system and many kids in our area owe their existence to her.

When we first heard that she was sick I asked guild members to provide patches to make a quilt for Cathy, but unfotunately we heard that her condition had worsened and that we didn’t have a lot of time.  So, instead, I put together a small lap quilt for her…..

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When I took the quilt to her, she was so excited to get it and kept saying that she couldn’t believe the guild still remembered her….how could we forget her!!!

We talked aboult quilting and she told me about the favorite quilts that she had made, including a beautiful White-on-White hand quilted one.  She also remembered with fondness the people who she made quilts for and I know that those lucky recipients remembered her just as fondly.

She passed away 2 days later and I am happy that the quilt brought a bit of brightness into her life.   She was a woman who spent her life helping and she will be greatly missed!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Let’s play Catch-up .…

 

Once again, I have not found time for blogging over the last two months, but have actualy had a bit of time in my studio.  SO….let’s catch up…..

First of all, the last post was about a quilt for a special baby and the other day I saw a photo of him sleeping on my quilt……

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It makes my heart warm to see this!!!!

I also have a wonderful friend (Phyllis) who collects selvidge edges of fabrics and makes mug rugs from them.   Several years ago she gave me one as a thank you for serving on a guild committee……photo 31

I was talking to her back in January and told her that I had a great time using  it.  She smiled and told me that she makes  a new mug rug each month for her sister and that she would add me to the “Mug Rug of the Month” club!!!  How exciting!!!! 

Here is the first one that I received for March……

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It fits perfectly on my desk and was such fun to use.   She has since given me the ones for April, May and June…..

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I love coming to the first of a month and getting to pull out a new one.   This is such a thoughtful and special gift!!!

 

Moving on…… When my Cre-8-tive group met back in November, we discussed the fact that we always make our challenges using our “go-to” technique.   For me, it normally has something to do with Machine Quilting!!  So, we decided that our next challenge project was for each of us to move out of our comfort zone.  We met back in February where we each presented our idea for a new project and the idea had to be approved by the rest of the group.   The ideas ranged widely but we all seem excited to be truly challenged!!

My idea is to do something by hand rather than using my machine.  To that end, I started looking a recent purchase…..

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…..and playing with paper piecing using a pentagon shape as a starting place.   And, since I love Sunflowers, I pulled out some fabric and started playing with the shapes.    Here is where I am at the moment…..

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I love the fact that the center sunflower is actually made up of five different pieces!!!  I will post more information about this piece later.

There is another challenge in progress from my quilt guild.  This one is entitled “It’s a Southern Thing” and the size is only 12 inches square.   I have had a wonderful time with this, playing with wool roving and hand embroidery stitching.   I have loved working in the small format because, if I didn’t like what I had done, it wasn’t that big of a deal to re-do it.   

Here is a sneak preview……11

 

I will post more after the reveal meeting in June.

 

Finally, this time last year I found a beautiful needlepoint project from Kaffe Fasset and was given it as part of my birthday present.  I am very slowly working on it but really enjoy the colors and designs…..

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Speaking of birthdays….although mine is still 6 weeks away, Michael bought an oil painting that I found and liked…..

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It is wonderful to see it as I walk thru our Den!

 

OK….that’s all for now.    There is more coming in the next day or so and then on Saturday we are off for 5 weeks in Portugal and Austrai….lots of blogging to come then!!!

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