Yesterday was the annual Quilt Walk in Collinsville. What a beautiful day and SEVEN historical homes filled with quilts from seven states! Our guild was in this beautiful house pictured below. We had 76 quilts on display.
This week I had the privilege of spending some time with this sweet family of girls. They learned how to String Quilt on paper. Here they are with their almost finished quilt. It is made of Christmas fabrics. Do you see the smiles on their faces? They are like this all the time. :o) A pure joy to be with. When they would make a mistake they'd just laugh it off and try to fix it. They showed great perseverance this week. Way to go girls!!!
The next Domestic Day Camp class is about Bread Making! For more details go here:
Here is a T-Shirt quilt top. I am making this for a friend. Her husband died (very young) and she wanted a quilt made for their son from his T-Shirts. It is a very humbling experience to work with something like this. Those who think quilting is just a hobby or just making a "blanket" are sadly mistaken. I can't wait to get it finished to give her so she can bless their son with something so meaningful.
We try to volunteer at least one Thursday a month at the Quilter's Guild, which I am president of. Our usual days are Tuesdays, but there is so much activity then that it is hard to concentrate. Our guild is committed to be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and two Saturday's a month. Thursdays are usually pretty quiet.
Joining the guild is one of the best things we have done. We have been members for about 4 years. Not only have we learned TONS of quilting skills for a very small cost, but all the money that we raise goes back into the community and we give to a wide variety of groups.
I've started a Double Irish Chain I think I am going to donate for our family reunion's auction. Right now life seems so over whelming with "To-Do's.
This is what hangs on the wall over my desk. Jeff had some old wooden windows and I glued in some OLD hand pieced squares that someone gave me. When you look closely you can see the uneven seams and how the stitches are loose, but oh how I love it. Today quilting is so much like a math/art project. When these squares were made there was no rotary cutter and twenty different rulers to choose from, nor were there sewing machine that you have to have a degree to understand how to use. I love modern technology, I LOVE my rotary cutter and rulers, perhaps that is why I truly appreciate a square (even more so a whole quilt) that has been hand cut and pieced together!
Jeff's Mom received her Sisters Wall Hanging, yesterday and called us crying! She lives 1100 miles away. I can't explain the feeling when you make something to give away and the recipient truly loves it. That gratitude becomes priceless to the maker. Even though I did not make this one, Olivia did, I feel like I was part of it.
People who do not have a creative outlet are missing a whole world of challenge, excitement and satisfaction! Even more so, people who are greedy must be so incredible miserable!
Olivia (with a tad bit of help from dear ol' mom) made this for her grandmother (Jeff's mom). After seeing pictures of the wall hanging Olivia made earlier this year, grandma has thrown hints of wanting one for herself. It will be a belated Christmas gift.
Here is the label that is on the back. One of this sisters has already passed away, which makes it even more special.