I think this may be one of my all time favorite quilts on earth!..Well of the ones I have quilted I should say….and I just like to put that disclaimer out there that I fall in love easily…especially with quilts…but this honestly is lots of work and lots of love….and visually interesting to me….It will all make sense to you when I post the full pictures..this is just a sneek peek of what I am doing……Not the best pictures..but I think you can capture it…..
Well I found a few quotes on LOVE today.
Do I love you because you’re beautiful, Or are you beautiful because I love you? ~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella
and this one:
For you see, each day I love you more Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. ~Rosemonde Gerard
I talk much about loving your neighbor, loving your friends and family. I don’t talk much about romantic love. I don’t talk about it becuase I am a romantic at heart and my DH is not. He is socially challenged and the thought of even watching a romatic comedy makes his skin crawl..mostly because he doesn’t understand the appeal. I am such a romantic at heart that I can watch the same cheesy romantic comedy 100 times..I will laugh at all the same parts, cry at all the same parts and my heart will grow at all the same parts…wishing that my life was like that….then the movie is over and …it’s back to reality. Which is this:
1. What’s for dinner?
2. Is there gas in the tank..where’s the keys?
3. How much money is in the account?
4. where’s the remote?
5. What are we doing tomorrow?
6. What’s for dinner tomorrow..LOL
see a pattern?
It’s not to say that we don’t love eachother or anything…it’s just that we come from two different planets …and we have adapted to this plan..and to fill that void there are many movies on the market.
and this quote suits me perfectly because if you were on My first date with Rob you would have seen me fall three times. I am not even kidding! By the third fall he tried to catch me and he just started laughing..LOL That should have been a sign to me then about how compassionate he is…
“You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.” ~Jonathan Carroll, “Outside the Dog Museum”
You know how I am?..if he were to fall and trip..I would be worried about the medical bills that would be rolling in because of it..LOL! So I guess we make a perfect pair.
I will be at Zumba on Valentines night…..no celebrataing the “Love” day….and that is perfectly fine because that’s not practicial…and we seem to be more practical around here….That’s probably why I get to day dream about quilts all day…I get to be creative in my mind….so I can function in the everyday world. Big Dose of God’s love,Little dose of creativity, a romantic comedy here and there and a practical kind of love.
My boys…(Dh included) always make fun of my music choices….Most of the music I love? as you can already tell..love songs. The love songs by men who wrote these amazing songs talking about the woman of their dreams. Bruno mars song( it’s on my playlist) “Just the way you are”..yeah…who doesn’t want their guy singing that to them? My all time favorite MB song? “Everything:. I LOVE that song I have heard it 1001 times…I could listen to it 10000 times and I will still love it! His other song is “Haven’t met you yet” He is singing a song to the woman of his dreams that he hasn’t met and he makes all of these promises…to her. AWE! That gets me everytime. I try to explain to my boys that this is how they need to treat women..women LIKE this stuff…they need to be vulnerable ..heart felt and sentimental…..I will spare you all their responses..but I am hoping if I say it enough it will sink in somewhere…..I know most of my romantic inclinations are just fantasy …and the real world isn’t like that. ( just like I can’t picket chicken coops..and get voting rights taken from roosters) ….But I am so thankful that God at least gave me an imagination….so I can dream..day dream and create things in my mind….
Like the dream that I have a perfect family…I am raising 4 almost human boys that totally love and respect me each and every day…and that they will grow up and go to college get respectable girls to marry and give me loads of grandkids that will be well behaved…smart children. LOL
In that same dream I have 2 girls that will be self respecting….ladies with manners….and not need a man in their lives because they will be well educated and self sufficient and marry nice self suffecient respectable men..and they can have children if they choose to….LOL.
Ahhh to dream.
The boys are fighting..my dream is over gotta go….what do you know?
Well Cindi (the LQS owner) is out of commission right now. I quilt for my LQS as well as here. She has given me a few quilts to quilt for her…this one in particular she has had laying around for awhile..I have seen it used for lots of different examples..but the poor quilt has never been quilted.
This is the type of quilt that I would think would appeal to Cindi or her family because they are western/wildlife type people. They own a cabin….it has no electricity, or running water or phone service and they go there on VACATION? HUH? When I go on vacation, I was LUXURY. They have to build a fire to cook and heat up the cabin. Ummm yeah why do I want to do all that work on vacation? No thanks. LOL I will take the big city and a comfy hotel bed for my vacations…throw in a chlorinated pool and I am there! LOL
But i actually like this quilt as well..I love the way the blocks are set in…the on-point setting of this quilt is just beautiful. It’s amazing how different you can make a few blocks look by setting them on point. It looks so much more tailored or something …doesn’t it?
I just wanted to add simple leaf designs..it’s being donated to a charity at the end of the month…and I had complete freedom to quit how I wanted…had I had more time maybe I would have done something a bit more dynamic..but I have to give Beth time to bind it and I have a few detailed projects waiting for me…so I had to let it be a simple custom job…which actually suits it.
Well first of all I slept in…which is unusual for me. I woke up, Clarissa was in the bath..I decided to go back and lay in bed and fell asleep. Everyone was gone by the time my eyes opened again….Bryce woke up late again as well. I don’t know I have been stressed all week and I struggled through Zumba Tuesday night…so it probably all caught up with me. I have been stressed by a few things and just on the outs lately. There are a few things I can pinpoint…others I can’t..and others I just want to deny. LOL So tension in my body..and restless thoughts.
Tuesday night I came home and helped Bryce with his face…LOL. I had to shave his unibrow, teach him to use the zit popper and work on his face. Teenagers right? he has been avoiding it..I feel really bad for Preston he is the youngest boy and has been fighting pimples for a couple year..all the other boys seem to be getting them at age appropriate times. Bryce is a freshman ..so that seems about right…Poor Preston is only in the 6th grade. So I have been helping him with that…nice chat huh? I am sure they would love me sharing all this. But I have to say I was actually happy that Bryce wanted my help. It made me think of when he was a little boy and we spent all of our time together. I was a single mom..all four of us would climb into my bed and read books, watch the disney channel ..we were so content. Somewhere along the way they quit talking to you (me..the parent) about personal things…they quit cuddling and they pull away. So even something as gross as helping him “pop” zits and teach him how to take care of his face …makes me feel connected to him in some weird way. It would be a bad, bad thing if our relationship didn’t change..I understand that…sometimes though, I long for those long ago days when it was appropriate for him to cuddle and say funny cute things that made my heart grow for him. Now when they say something to me, it’s usually something inapropriate to get a reaction from me. LOL Bryce was my oldest and he had been through the roughest part of the divorce…so we kind of licked our wounds together…and made it through. I am not sure what they actually remember about those times. I kept him pretty busy in sports and activities so he wouldn’t feel the loss so much…But there was no changing anything. He has adjusted well.
Anyway….so today I got up ripped out a couple of quilts…LOL. I had a rough night tuesday. My 26 inch machine tension was acting up..I have no idea how it can be fine on one quilt and not on the next one….same thread ect. But it went whacky. SO I had to rip out half a quilt. The quilt on the small frame is a BEAUTIFUL quilt and I was auditioning designs….got it worked out now..It’s so beautiful I can’t wait to post it. Then I spent a few hours at my Dear friend Cindi’s house. She recently had surgery…( breast cancer) and found out she has to go back in tomorrow for an additional surgery …so she was a bit down.. I took her family dinner and visited for a bit. Rough times..if you could all say a little prayer for her to have rapid healing that would be appreciated.
I came home and ate dinner with my family ( I had it all prepared for them so all they had to do was heat up a few things and cut the chicken…I have a double roaster..which is nice cause it rotates teh chicken and I can time it perfectly for dinner. ….then the kids had their first youth group meeting at church..which apparently was a success. It was the first night ….new leader, They cleaned out a new room in the church and there were 20 kids! Which is pretty amazing for our small ..small church. Our last church was a lot bigger and didn’t have that many kids. So I think once word spreads there will probably be more kids..which is pretty exciting. They also had the spread of food for the kiddos. Goodness! My kids are uber excited to go..looking forward to next week …and they are talking about their plans..and fundraisers to get programs and activities going. It was nice to see the spark in them. I think they are excited to be “founding” members and help make the decisions. The boys are really excited about their leader..they really like him. I have to say that I love his enthusiasm and willingness to work with these kids.
OK so about 5-6 weeks ago my husband ran some update on my phone..I hate it when they do that. Cause something always goes wrong. I can operate a quilting machine, I can paint, draw, scrapbook…sew…but technology..I am defunct! So I kept getting this password code coming up on myphone…I have never put in a passcode..so I just thought it was being dumb. LOL So I kept by passing it. Well I had gotten a few phone calsl from people asking did you get my VM? Ummm NO. Even they guy that called to tell me my furniture was in..said he had called the week before…I was like “yeah sure..lol” Well clearly there was a reason I had to put the passcode in..to get VM’s. Carla called and said that my VM box was full..I was thinking maybe it was just a glitch..LOL. See weeks go by and I still think there is a glitch in the system?? WOW! SO I called At&T and got it all worked out..I had 6 weeks worth of VM to sort through. I felt bad because I am sure people were thinking I was avoiding them..Dang!
I try not to do that anymore. I remember when I was young..living on my own…my family would call me and leave messages. I would hardly call back cause I was far to busy. Doing what…who knows? Well I remember one time my grandpa telling me he wasn’t ever going to call me again..cause he was sick of talking to my machine and never getting a call back. I felt terrible because ..my grandparents LOVED me unconditionally and they saved me from my life so many times as a kid. What I wouldn’t give now for the chance to have them call me….Both of my Grandpas were special to me and favored me. My grandma favors me too. I still have some of the cards they gave me..and I re-visit them sometimes….they both thought I was the best artist. they just knew I would make it someday…..to have someone believe in me was incredible…My Aunt Kristie and Gramdma were the same way. Special people.
Anyway so that little mix up tonight had me hoping that all those people would forgive me for not calling them back right away..I will try and mend fences tomorrow if so…technology is difficult for me…I have to have it..but I only know enough to get by…UGH!
Well that’s enough for tonight..it’s almost midnight…I need to answer some emails and shut down the studio. Blessings
Well You all know that I had sent several of my quilt tops to Jane and Darby. We all own innovas…I think we bought them around the same time..well Jane and I did…Darby came on board a few months later.
Jane and Darby both have MAD quilting SKILLZ ( as my kids would say) and I needed some of my own quilts finished. I wanted to help boost their confidence because quilting for a quilter is difficult. I was amazed many times when LAQ would hire me. It’s intimidating. I wanted these gals to know their worth! I was willing to pay them (although they wouldn’t accept it at first) to prove to them they had MAD SKILLZ!
But then you know the funny thing is that I love their styles..sometimes it mimiced mine…but most of the time they brought their own flavor to my quilts. I was intimidated to quilt my own quilts. I have no idea why? Like they needed to be something more than what they were because I have an expectation…but I don’t even know what that expectation is…because I certainly didn’t put that on these gals when I freely handed them over. I fully trusted them to quilt how they wanted and I knew in the end I would love them. I honestly do love them….Do you know how it is being a mom and always having to cook and make dinner? Then you go to sit down to a meal at someone else’s house and they cook a nice meal for you and do the clean -up…you know that feeling of being taken care of for once..not having to do something …That’s how I felt. It doesn’t matter what that person makes for you to eat…you know it’s going to be good. That is exactly how I felt about these quilts. I knew whatever they quilted would be fabulous..and it is! Now there side of itis that they were trembling with their own unmet expectations…and picking out every flaw..I didn’t ever see a flaw. I am like that in most situations anyway..LOL. Usually if I do see a flaw I love it anyway.
So yesterday was the big day…..2 of my quilts from Jane arrived.
One is from the book called “Material Obsession” The quilt in the book is far different from mine..But they are huge log cabin blocks with a focus fabric next to it. I added the side borders because I wanted it a bit wider and I also just loved that fabric So I used it on the back and front. I was honestly stumped as to how to quilt this ….all I could picture was outlining…which is what Jane did on the focus blocks…..but she put feathers on the borders…she called them “Dr. Suess trees” Which I loved..we have a special realtionship with Dr. Suess in this house. He is intertwined in our lives…isn’t he? and then she put a different design in each part of the log cabin blocks..I love that!
So that was the first quilt I pulled out of the box yesterday….it got here a few minutes before I had to take Clarissa to ballet. So she was helping me unload quilts. She looked at the quilt thinking it was a customer quilt and said “Wow that lady must love Amy Butler?” LOL I said well actually this quilt is already quilted it’s my quilt..a friend of mine quilted it for me. She said “Oh That makes sense.” LOL My 8 year old can spot out Amy Butler fabric! Then she looked at me and said “Wait…you had someone quilt for you?” I said..Yeah..let’s go to ballet”…I didn’t want to explain it to her too. Oh bother!
This second quilts is called “Wedding Star” and it was a kit that was gifted to me by my husband’s grandmother. She is a wonderful quilter who pieces and quilts everything by hand..or she did when she was younger. She gave me her hand quilting frame. When my kids leave home I will display it…in the mean time we don’t have room and I don’t want it ruined…but a game of football in my livingroom that happens so often. So when we spend time at her house we are covered in her quilts. I love that! It’s so comforting. I want to be a grandma like that. It is actually supposed to be a memory quilt but I couldn’t bear to put photos in those open spaces….I thought a quilting motif would be so much better. I was right! Jane did a beautiful job on this quilt..I am so thankful I sent these gals some of my quilts because I need to be inspired too.