Friday, July 07, 2006

Both of my kids leave for Nashville, TN today for a week. They are competing on the national level of FCCLA – Family, Communities, and Career Leaders of America. They are representing Michigan. Who cares how well they do??? They are going to have a ball. It’s great that they are going together with their teacher because with Eric leaving for college in 6 weeks. It should be packed with lots of fun memories. They are so close; Chelsey is really going to miss him this fall.

I’m left home alone with just Don …. And Ransom…That’s not so bad either.

Time to change quilts around again.
This one will hang in the kitchen/breakfast area. When I saw the pattern at Thimbleberries club I thought—ugly quilt, I’m going to pass. But I saw a friend with it and it reminded me of summers at my Grandmother’s. It kinda spoke to me so I had to make it. She was a neat lady. She always kept a vinyl tablecloth on the kitchen table that looked just like the print of big red flowers in the border.
They grew watermelons, and she canned and froze every vegetable under the rainbow. I think of her every time I look at it. Hey – she quilted too.

So what makes you pick out a quilt pattern? Is it because of a season, a holiday, or a technique you want to practice?
I guess because I don’t get to quilt a lot, it always this sacred process of what the quilt means or what it reminds me of. Since I only get to quilt in little ‘spurts’, it’s got to have meaning to carry me over to completion.

Gratitudes:
1. Evening drives with Don.
2. Fridays
3. Sprinklers watering the lawn
4. Cinnamon Jelly beans

9 comments:

Vicky said...

I love this quilt. My friend, Mar, made one, and now I want to do it, too. Your quilt reminds me how much I like it! Great job!

Linda_J said...

A "Tribute to Grandmother" then--it looks like a fun quilt especially for its designated area of the house.

cher said...

it's good to have a story with a quilt-you might consider writing yours down and putting it on the back of this quilt. welcome to stash ring!

The Calico Cat said...

neat quilt, great reason for making it. (What is in the canning jars?)

GREAT question...

Without kids and only recently married, a lot of my time was "my time" so I was free to quilt what I wanted when I wanted. Without a real reason...

Judy said...

I know exactly what you mean. I started making 9 patches to use up some 30's prints and then found a border print that reminded me of the old oil cloth tablecloths we had for picnics and a new picnic quilt was born!! Came right out of my memories!!

Wonderful quilt! I can see the tablelcloths!

ForestJane said...

I've never made a quilt from a pattern... I did join a block of the month sampler club, once, the kind where you pay $10 at the beginning then get the blocks each month free if you continue to attend and bring last month's block to show. But I ended up not liking some of the fabrics they used, then didn't like the number of seams they had on a particular block, and the setting was awkward too - so ended up putting it in EQ and doing it myself.

quiltpixie said...

I'm not much of a pattern person -- more create as a I go, or try a sample of something and it simple expands... Only after the fact/during the end stage of a project, do I really get what its symbolizing for me... Different approahces, same end point.

Enjoy a few days of "empty nest".

Fiona said...

I like the colours - the design has kind of a 1950's feel to it - maybe that adds to your nostalgic feelings about it.

Shelina said...

That is a great question and I absolutely don't have an answer. There is a long list of quilts that wind up in the "quilts I want to make someday" list, and there are others that have the "make me now" assertiveness. I'm still trying to figure out what makes it a "now" quilt rather than a "later" one.