Happy 15th Birthday to Preston

My baby boy is 15. I can hardly believe it. I have been accused of babying Preston just a little bit…..because the start of his life was a bit rocky…his dad left us before he was even a year old and he came into a broken home. I was a wreck and so was his father at the time. I felt (at the time) like he didn’t get a fair shot.  But I also thought he would be my last child. He was the only child that I thought looked a little bit like me. :) ( now I have a mini-me)

Preston is very generous. He is the child who remembers to buy gifts for holidays, birthdays and if he isn’t around for those occasions he always calls. Preston wants everyone to love him. He is always trying to fit in….( which will be his downfall) I think that all stems from birth order. He is the youngest of 4 boys and has always been treated by the men in his life like he should be older than he is…he was a tall kid (always) and he not only wanted to keep up with them …he was kind of forced to because it was expected of him. There were times I had to step in and save him and point out that he was younger ect. Now he is pretty much on an even playing field. He is 15 and taller than most of the other boys..and not far behind one….he is pretty muscular and competes well in anything he does.

When he was in middle school he would go to the high school and work out with the high schoolers…they would beat him around like a rag doll…but he took it….because he knew it was good for him to compete like that. By doing that he won some respect from his brothers as well. Bryce would come home bragging about how great Preston handles himself.

Preston is also really smart. Not just smart but smart in the fact that he applies himself. I was pretty proud this year.One of his favorite teachers has experience getting kids ready and prepped for College. She has helped many students get to an ivy league school. She said Preston has everything he needs to get in. If that was the path he wanted  take we could start prepping him ( he is a freshman). We discussed it and it’s not a path we are going to take…..but I just have to explain what that meant for me.

I had this burst of PRIDE that just welled up deep within me. So much I couldn’t process it fully in a day or two. I raised a child in such a way that his gifts are revealed and that I could offer him a path to follow in those-> if he so wished. Coming from where I come from? I still tear up thinking about it. I knew he was crazy smart…..I am not saying that I didn’t know. I am not saying that I limit my kids’ abilities or anything. I am just not a rich person and I guess I limit my own abilities (always). But I know that I would do anything I could to help my son.  Preston keeps thinking that he wants to be a math teacher or a dentist…after he pondered that …he thought wasting time & money on an IVY league education wasn’t very practical. I love him for that. That takes a lot of pressure off all of us…..and I think practical like that.

Preston still gives me a hug every night before he goes to bed and tells me every day he loves me. I love that about him.

Preston’s nickname around here is “Prestone”…”Prestino” is also thrown around.. Rob gave that to him when he was little because he always flexed his muscles. LOL!

Prestino Skeleton Man

Preston also had his first Summer job interview this week. We are waiting to hear if he has a job. :) I think he did great! I am praying for him. In 6 months he will be getting his drivers permit and I will have another child driving …that makes me sad..but also happy for him and this milestone. Watching him grow into a man has been such a joy for me. God knew what he was doing and in the perfect timing. I thought maybe we didn’t deserve him because  of our circumstances…but he has been an absolute joy and bright spot in my life. He is always smiling….and cracking jokes..even if the rest of us don’t understand them. He laughs at dumb things that none of us understand…..LOL.  But we laugh because he is laughing.

Preston is also a dabbler. He dabbles in a bit of everything to see what he likes (I am a bit like that myself). I think until we come into our own we will do things to fit in….but I think Preston has a much better foundation than I had so he will find stable footing faster than myself. I don’t really worry about him a lot because he is so smart and resourceful and he actually applies himself. There is nothing worse than having strengths and gifts and not using them. Preston will actually use his to benefit himself and others around him. Preston is also a terrible liar. I kind of like that….and as he pointed it out when his brother was making fun of him last night   -> “Being a good liar is not a good quality” I couldn’t agree more!

 

So to my wonderfully handsome, intelligent and delightful son. Happy Birthday. I am amazed and awed by you every day. I am amazed that God gave you to me. That he trusted me to be your mom. I don’t take that task lightly. I am honored that you are my son. You make me so proud. I am excited that I get to be a part of your journey. I can’t wait to see how your life unfolds and how you will live to use your gifts that God gave you in order to honor Him.

Love forever and always,

Mom.

 

 


Anne’s 1st quilt

Anne sent this quilt…she has sent several other quilts…but she has been holding on to this one for several years. It’s her first quilt.

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I think it’s a beautiful first quilt….it’s amazing to me all of the colors and the different fabrics. When I chose my first quilts I was so basic with everything choosing solids and blenders….I was afraid of mixing to many fabrics ( weird right? Considering I am completely wild now?) .

This is a beautiful display of Asian fabrics.

Big blocks of pattern & color. So pretty!

IMG_1539I complimented it with feathers & swirls. I think it turned out lovely.

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Thanks Anne! always a pleasure working with you!

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!

Charisma


Mod Vintage Flowers & Fans

I am so in love with the quilts Jackie sent this time around….especially this first one. I love the BIG flowers and the soft sweet shades of fabric. The fabric colors are very vintage inspired and with the size of the flowers it’s just a great mix of modern and vintage. So pretty! One of my favorite combos.

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So this time around the photos reflect the quilting really well..but not the pattern or fabrics.

I quilted feathers and leaves…..in the outer border I quilted roses and vines. Each flower received individual block work.

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It has such great texture:)

IMG_1544 IMG_1545 IMG_1546 IMG_1547 IMG_1548Here’s the back:

IMG_1549This second quilt is a fabulous sampler. Jackie is donating it…and I thought a good classic design of Baptist fans was in order.

IMG_1534 IMG_1535See how the different angles looks so much different >love that!

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Here’s the back:

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Thanks so much Jackie! always a pleasure working with you!

I hope you all have a blessed day!

Charisma

 

 


Milky Way X2

I am giving a presentation on April 29th..At the Wenatchee Quilt Guild meeting. I am pretty sure it’s open to the public if you want to come and see me ramble on about quilting.:)

..I decided when I had been asked to sign up-> that I wanted to have new eye candy that nobody ( especially local) had seen.

I am showing these 2 now…and a sneak peek….but I have 7 more that are finished and waiting to be shown. :) I will post them all together after April 29th.

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So I had one of these quilt tops finished in my bin ( Thanks Deb!) and Jenn sewed up the second one for me. ( Thanks Jenn!)

Now…I have to have a disclaimer that the lighting in these photos isn’t the best. I tried from several angles to get it …but unfortunately it doesn’t work out all of the time. The good thing is that when I had them under florescent lights in the church ( while I was practicing my presentation on my Modern quilt guild members)..you could really see the quilting…YAY!

A few details is that I used Tula Pink Fabrics for both quilts. The blue water themed one is from her Prince Charming line. The second bright colorful one is moonshine. ( There is an extra green color in there….I just liked it)

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So I have quilted several of the Prince Charming versions..it was a kit at my LQS and several people loved it…..and I had quilted the original sample they had hanging in the store…so I quilted a few more like that…and of course I wanted one.

IMG_1513 It’s difficult to see ..but the background is all water themed tone on tone. So I quilted charisma curls…swirls ect to match it. an all over background filler. Then I quilted the big stars with one design and the little stars with their own design…but all of them the same respectively. I put a fern in the outer border..looks a bit like seaweed…I think.

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The quilting and  quilt are very nice.

IMG_1514 IMG_1515 IMG_1516Here’s the back:

IMG_1512That is a typical way in which I would quilt a custom quilt….and it appeals to modern quilters and traditional the like…..but I think it leans more towards traditional, myself.So roughly if I were to quilt this one it would cost 236$ ( if it is the same size as mine)

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So this second one is bright, colorful and I quilted it completely different. I wanted to show how quilting makes a difference in the finished product…and also how you can make secondary design in the quilting.

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I wanted to show how I connected the stars with a thin line…then I added different quilting motifs in each background square ( that’s on point behind the stars). Now if it was for a customer I maybe would have chosen 2 designs and just alternated them…something flourishy and then something linear to bring out the best effect….but since it is to show a variety of designs and what the possibilities are….mine is less powerful in that respect. But I needed to be able to show what is possible…and that’s good for my purpose. Even the stars are center stage…with the more dynamic quilting..because they are bright and stand out. So the quilting doesn’t take away from them. But I feel the quilting makes the quilt look a bit more modern. :) This one required a lot more work…so the price of this one would be $393.00. So there is a price difference…..but all depends on what suits you best. :) I just wanted to give you an idea of what the difference is.

 

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I still kept with a similar recipe for quilting. I quilted all of the big stars the same…all of the little stars the same. I framed it all in with a feather in the outside border.

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I pretty much love it when you can bring out a design within a design. I think I need a third one …just to quilt it another way. This is the fun thing about quilting. seriously. Everyone has a different take on it.I used a gray swirl on the back…but forgot to take a picture. I wished I had used a solid back when I was finished…but again I am trying to use stash…..so it’s ok. LOL

So here’s a sneak peek of what is to come shortly. :) Fun!

Can I just say how much I love my job? I may hate myself after my presentation….I am terrible at public speaking….and I am hoping I can say what I really want to say without freezing up…but this will be a good test. *sigh*

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday~

Charisma

 

 


Sun Bonnet Sue

Celia sent this little lovely.

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She did a great job on piecing this and the ladies were so cute in all of their bright colors.

IMG_1488 IMG_1489Curls, leaves and loops seemed to be a great recipe for these little ladies. :)

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The white backing:

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Thanks a bunch! I hope you all have a wonderful day! It’s monday!

Blessings

Charisma