Grandma’s Love

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I have shared with you all so much of my life. It always makes me so vulnerable..but as you know I have learned that vulnerability is something that makes me…anyone….all of you/us…it’s that special thing that makes us different and it also lets you identify with me. And also me to you. It brings us together. If I don’t let myself be vulnerable than you can’t relate to me and it makes this space superficial. I don’t have time for superficial. :)

So as I get older and I start realizing things about myself, my life and my family….I keep making these full circle moments. Last summer I made amends with my step father….and I have learned so much in the last year that he & I have been talking….( I could go on & on about this…..but It’s not the reason for this post). He & my brother also made a first step towards amends last weekend. My heart is full of joy…to see the love and healing spreading. Honestly, I am. I told you all about my Grandfather’s long lost daughter that found us a few months back…..and  I have just found another long lost relative.

It’s brought up a lot of things for me. I found my Aunt Marti. She isn’t my biological Aunt….but in all ways she was my Aunt growing up. ( she is my Brothers’ Aunt…but her and her parents never made me feel that way…they treated me like family.}  She spent a lot of time with me before she had her own children…I love(d) her. I remember thinking she was so pretty. She always made good desserts . :) I think on one of the last visits I had with her..I stayed the night and picked raspberries…and she made jello parfaits with them. That may have been a small thing for someone else..but she even had the cool parfait cups ( or they were wine glasses…:) ) and I thought it was so special. We were getting family pictures taken that day and she put my hair in hot rollers and fixed me up for the pictures. I have many memories…..I don’t have enough space to write them all down…..:) But all of the little details that makes a kid feel special…I felt like she took the time to do. I have done the same thing for my kids.

 

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Well we have chatted a few times on Fb and she sent me a box from my Grandma. {Her mom}. I am not sure how much time I spent with Grandma & Grandpa…but if my memory serves correctly I would say a lot. But that may not be true…..because it could just be that they carry most of the good memories I have of that time. My grandpa owned a TV repair shop and sometimes we would have to go to work with him for a little while until someone could pick us up ect.   I remember my brother and I making ceramic coffee mugs for Grandma & Grandpa…they were painted with every color under the sun..they were like mud colored when we were done and we were so proud. I remember telling my brother , Nate….”Ok ,You paint Grandpa’s mug because he’s a boy and you are a boy..I will paint grandma’s because she’s a girl and I am a girl”…makes complete sense right? Maybe I was a bit bossy? LOL. He would probably still say I am. Everytime we went over after that we had to make sure they were using them…but of course. :)

But Christmas…Christmas was the best! Honestly, Christmas was grandma’s favorite holiday and it was celebrated to the max. Not only was there always good food….and lots of laughs. She always personalized things. Those of you who have been following me know that I do that with most of my personal art as well. There were Christmas ornaments made with our names on them…I remember vividly always looking for the one with my name. The best part was that at some point on Christmas eve we had to go driving around in the cars and look at the Christmas lights in the neighborhood.  So we would all pile in several cars..and have a train of light lookers…we would come back to the house  and the bathroom door would always be locked because grandpa was always in there……. {the food always got to him I guess?} but Santa would come in through the back door with all of our presents. After Santa left Grandpa would always come out of the bathroom  and be sad that he missed Santa yet again!   My brother and I LOVED this! In fact my step dad even made it to one of these events and he said it was the best Christmas he has ever seen..and he told us last weekend that we loved this! (He had no idea why we stopped contact…my brother filled me in on that. It’s my mother’s again…ugh!…oh well only focusing on good things.) I have so many more fond memories..I can’t eat cabbage without thinking of my Grandma because she made me my first cabbage patch doll…I adored that doll.   Even though we lost contact and it seemed those things were forgotten…I never forgot. Everything is still so real for me. In my weak moments I have to admit that I feel like an orphan. But then something like this happens and I realize that I was loved & cared for …God always seems to bring people in at just the right times to show me he is there. It is only by him that people show that type of love to a girl that doesn’t technically belong to them. I find myself feeling that way many times with people I meet along the way who have adopted me into their lives and love me. So it’s nice to reflect back and see that it has been there all along in my path……it’s nice to have good memories. :)

 

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My grandma also came to a few of my girl scout meetings…when I was in the 3rd- 4th grade. She taught us how to make our own sweet cream butter ( no margarine for me..yuck!) and she taught us how to make potpourri stuffed sachet pillows..so we sewed. :) I do have a memory of her sewing with me which is special. More now than ever because it’s my profession. :)

Anyway, in this box my Aunt Sent to me..there was a quilt that my grandma made and hand quilted..it was sent for my brother. And just like all quilters..grandma had some unfinished projects. So she sent me some scrappy string blocks that she thought I could make into something for myself. I thought & thought about these.

Should I make a traditional setting? Something that maybe she would have made? Back in the 80′s when these were probably made…? But then I thought…you know this may be the only time I can collaborate on a project with my grandma since she is gone.   It is something I am keeping and I need to add some “Charisma” flair to it.  While thinking about it I just kept thinking about the love. A Grandma’s Love. Grandma’s Heart. So I made a heart using her blocks. Then I outlined the heart with some Phillip Jacobs fabric ( part of the Kaffe squad).

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Now I just have to say when I looked at the string blocks purple kept popping in my mind. I kept seeing the purple..even though I don’t think there is more purple than pink..( there isn’t there is way more pink blocks!)….and pink is my favorite color. Do you know how much purple I have in my stash? very little…like I can count how many cuts-> little..on less than one hand , little. But I have been hoarding this fabric from Kaffe for quite some time and it had tons of purple….so it’s modern..to add that bit of flair. Even if I wanted to keep it (the quilt) looking like the other fabrics…I couldn’t have found anything in my stash..I have no calicos…and everything left ( due to my fabric fast) pretty much are big modern prints..or french general, or pastel ect. Nothing that really matches the theme. But I knew I wanted purple.

 

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I grabbed some background fabrics and I used another one that had purple in it. Also another fabric I have been hoarding for something special. I put the quilt top together…the whole time piecing it I just had my mind  wandering through so many memories. Tears flowed because I wish I would have had a chance to say good bye. I wish I could have recognized how evil my mother was earlier so I could have made different choices. Maybe things could be different. But You know how this always ends…right? I can’t dwell on the bad things. I can only pick up from where I am and relish in the truth of what I know in this moment.   God is working all the time that all of this is happening. Working in my life. Everything happens for a reason and in His timing.

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I finished the quilt top…and immediately as always I start to think…..”oh you shouldn’t have made a heart… You shouldn’t have added flair…you should have made it simple.” Then I decided to let it sit over night before tearing it all apart and think about it some more. When I woke up the next day and looked at it I loved it. So I contacted my aunt again and asked for some personal info on Grandma so I could quilt it in. What was her favorite song, verse, poem? Favorite color…can you guess? Purple was her favorite color. That kept coming to my mind…and I had already focused on purple. God was directing me.   I thought if she had a favorite song I could quilt it in the background……favorite song is AMAZING GRACE. I love that song. Not that so many people on earth don’t ……it has withstood the test of time for sure! But what if I had not followed my intuition to ask?  So Grandma’s Heart (love) I made will be surrounded by amazing grace…..inside the heart I quilted  her name and DOB. and my own with her nickname for me. And some other fill in stuff. But to outline the heart I put in a feather.

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I put minkee on the back of this huge quilt…because I knew I would want to use this quilt often.   I didn’t ever think that I would have the chance to make a quilt with some of my own relatives blocks..honestly …I thought that would not be me. I hear all of these other quilters get blocks and quilt tops from past generations…and  I wouldn’t say I was envious or anything. I just knew it wasn’t going to happen for me. Now that it has…I just want to be surrounded with a hug from my grandma’s heart often. So I will use this quilt while I am stitching on the couch or watching tv.  You might think I have enough of those…but I don’t. There are lots of us here ..and my kids are quilt hoarders as much as I am. I want those happy memories. What good will it do for me if it sits on a rack on on a shelf collecting dust? I don’t think she would want that. Also of course I am attaching a label so if something happens to me..my kids all know the story behind this quilt.  I hope I have done her blocks justice…..but mostly I hope she knows that I loved her and cherish the times we had. I think above all else (like most people) I wish I could have told her she made a difference in my life…even if our time together was short.

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Tears flowing again. The best quilts are the quilts that tell a story right?

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I want to say thank you to Aunt Marti for sharing with me..and loving me. My hearts swells with love!

 

 


Fabric Fast Stats

This was a weird week for me. We had dentist appointments several days this week…and 2 days were for me. :( So I didn’t get much accomplished on those days. I also took some time to donate items to fire victims. So it’s been a weird week. Hoping I get more done next week on the quilting front.

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Fabric Count  411 yards+1 = 412 yards

I am counting 1 yard for felted women…border, backing & binding.

 

Bolts I have purchased this year:

Black -3

White -3

Gray-3

Extra Wide Muslin -1

 

Personal finishes for 2014 (these are ones I made from start to finish):

1. Scrappy Squares (pieced & quilted)

2. Amy Scraps (quilted)

3. Scrappy 500 HST (quilted)

4. Soothing Gray quilt ( quilted)

5. Modern Monkey Baby (quilted)

6. Dresden Flowers (flimsy)

7. The Grinch Quilt  (quilted)

8. Mod Vintage Tablecloth quilt (quilted)

9. Scrappy Swoon (quilted)

10. Scrappy Owls (quilted)

11. Scrappy Postcards (quilted)

12. Double Delight (quilted)

13. Deep Sea Bubbles (quilted)

14. Red, black, white & gray Big & Bold (flimsy)

15. Scottie Dog Houses (flimsy)

16. 9 Patch Scrappy Pieced & quilted

17. Asterisk Quilt

18. Pumpkin Pie (quilted)

19. Baby quilt (whole cloth/cheater) pieced & quilted

20. Scrappy Jelly Race pieced & quilted

21. 2 Shopping Bags

22. Galleria (pieced)

23. Bubble wand quilt (quilted)

24. Charisma’s Flock of Birds (quilted)

25. Valentine Quilt pieced & quilted

26. Celtic Solstice pieced & Quilted

27. Improv Charms pieced & quilted

28. 2 Hope quilts

29. Granny squares flimsie

30. Scrappy Sassy pieced & quilted

31. Scrappy Sassy Pieced & quilted

32. White Star Quilt (flimsie)

33. Gold Ring (flimsie)

34. 9 Patch Delight pieced & quilted

35. 9 Patch City Planner (flimsie)

36. Everlastings quilt (flimsie)

37. Everlastings Wall-hanging (flimsie)

38. Favorite things pieced & quilted

39. As for me & My house pieced & quilted

40. Christmas Flurry (Flimsy)

41. Christmas 9 patch table runner pieced & quilted

42. X’s & O’s pieced & quilted

43. Hour Glass Quilt pieced & quilted

44. Sister’s Choice Table Runner pieced & quilted

45. Sister Choice Quilt pieced & quilted

46. Glow Happy Quilt (flimsie)

47. Winter’s Lane tablerunner pieced & quilted

48. Beth’s Graduation quilt (pieced & quilted)

49. Round Robin quilt – quilted

50. Spool pieced & quilted

51. Spool Pieced & quilted

52. City Planner (flimsie)

53. Over the river (pieced)

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54. 30′s Round Robin (quilted)

55. Felted Women Pieced & quilted

 

 

Scrappy Trade Quilts Finished:

1. Harmony’s Soothing water quilt (Quilted)

2. Plaid Bouquet (quilted) Made by Annette

3. Snowman Advent Calendar (quilted) made by Karin

4. Snowman Welcome sign (quilted) Made by Karin

5. Squared Origins (quilted) Made by Harmony

6. That Thirties Thing (quilted)  Pieced By Annette ( will post this later today) Some pics are posted on Fb.

7. Wing It! Rectangled (quilted) pieced by Annette

8. Scrappy Origins (quilted) pieced by Harmony

9. Peaches & Cream (quilted) Pieced by Annette

10. A Tisket A Tasket (quilted) pieced by Nelle

11. Snowman Country (quilted) Pieced by Nelle

12. Table runner (quilted) Pieced by Harmony

13. Birdie Wall hanging (quilted) pieced by Karin

14. Birdie Welcome sign (quilted) pieced by  Karin

15. Baby Boy Tumbler Quilt (quilted) pieced by Jolinda

16. Scrappy log cabin (quilted) pieced by Jolinda

17. Crazy squares (quilted) Pieced by Jolinda

18. Meadow Lark (quilted) Pieced by Teresa

19. Green Stripes (quilted) Pieced by Annette

20. Roll Roll Cotton Boll (quilted) Pieced by Tisha

21. Birdie Round Robin (quilted)

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22. Sunshine & Roses (quilted) Pieced by Jolinda

 


Fly Free

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Well I have shared with you all a few of the Round Robin quilts that I have received back from my group..or quilted for a  few of my group members.

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This is another one from my local group. I absolutely adore this quilt. When we started our group Marcia just bought a group of fabrics that she liked…  She chose the piece that she wanted in the center and then put it in the robin. I happened to be the first one to get her stack. She said I could cut the main piece to whatever size I wanted …and I could add whatever I wanted in the center…..

 

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So to start everyone off I cut out & appliqued the bird cage on to the center and added the piano keys.  Then Cindi later on added the birds that are flying free from the cage. She also added the quote that says ” The caged bird dreams of a strong wind that will flow beneath her wings”

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So perfect!

I think everyone did an AMAZING job on this quilt! Marcia is so blessed!

I think we have a really good group. Thanks a bunch for looking. The front photos don’t show the quilting all that well…but you can see all the thread on the back. :)

 

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Pateros

Hi Friends, I wanted to update you on my trip today. I drove up to Pateros, WA with Cindi from The Fabric Patch today. I am sure you have seen the media coverage for the Central WA fires. I happen to live in Central WA. Thankfully we are not involved in the fires…but no matter how big Central WA is ..it’s like we are all one big community. So we need to help each other.Pateros 10

Pateros was the town with the most devastation in the wildfires with 400 displaced. In these small towns that’s a lot. I am not sure is that’s displaced families or 400 total people. Either way it’s devastating.  That’s just one town…and the fires are not controlled yet. we have 2000 fire fighters here from all over. Pateros 9

I have to say that when we pulled up to the high school which is the volunteer station. The red cross, national guard ect were all there. We pulled in …they unloaded our trailer of donations and  thanked us profusely for everything. They told how much it means that people from all over are helping them. Pateros 8Pateros 11

I have to say it was very overwhelming…it really took my breath away. Driving in you could see all the fire damage,….many houses and crops destroyed. No electricity or running water. Generators and what not have been donated.  Pateros 13 Pateros 12

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I walked in to a few rooms of the donation/volunteer area to snap some pictures with my iphone. I have to say that I felt like I was invading a little to do that. It didn’t seem right. But I did that for a few reasons…one of them being so this could be documented. I was blubbering. It was all lost on Clarissa…I don’t think she could really grasp the devastation.Pateros 7 Pateros 6

It was very heart warming to see all of the activity, love and help that was pouring out on these lovely people. But walking away I felt a piece of my heart sink..because after all the media coverage and volunteers go away and there is not so much busy-ness……to distract…they will be left alone with only the devastation. It was like leaving the mission field….when we arrived we were all ready to jump in…experience & share life with these people..and a few weeks later we leave and a piece of us stays with them…..and they are left without the distraction of the rich Americans…..for a brief period of time they don’t think about the devastation around them….and I hated leaving for that reason.  which made me cry even more. It seems like the every day mundane things in our lives that we focus on are so superficial. Something like this happens and springs me back to reality.  Pateros 4 Pateros 3 pateros 2 pateros 1

They are taking Quilts. We have a gal up there that is part of the guild. She is taking all of our quilts so they don’t end up as dog beds or used to move furniture. They will be gifted to the people who lost their homes. So if you have some quilts your would like to donate ..please contact me and I will get you my address. I will also take any tops…I am sure I can get backs and finish them up …or create a team from the shop to do that. The Red Cross is also taking donations.

I would also ask for prayers. This community is worthy of all the love & support they can get! I think I am taking another trip tomorrow to fulfill a need they have…and The Fabric Patch is going back again on Sunday. Please pray! Blessings!

 

 


Red, White & Blue

I love the look of this quilt. Kelly made this …she is a local beginner quilter.

 

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As soon as I pulled it out & started loading it on the frame Roo said “Ooooh that’s pretty” I thought the same thing. Even though it’s patriotic colors the look & feel of the fabrics are just kind of comfortable & soft…in a way. In my house the kids see quilts so often they don’t usually get a response…if they do..it’s worth noting. LOL

 

 

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Thanks so much for looking everyone! I hope you all have  wonderful day!

I am hoping I can share pictures with you later today or tomorrow. Clarissa (Roo) and I are going to drive with Cindi over to Pateros with a trailer full of donations for the fire victims.  I am sure you have heard the news about the devastating fires in our area…of central Washington. Clarissa really wanted to go…and I thought it may be a good “mission” experience for her to see. I really want my children to have compassion and help humanity as they grow. So I know there is nothing we can do to in a major way to help all of these people….but I hope we can help with comforts for a minute at least.

Please pray for these people. We will be taking any quilts or other donations. Please contact me if you have any to send. Thank you so much! Blessings