Two wonderful Women

Here are the latest things I’ve been working on. Not too big or impressive but these last few months have been difficult to focus and get much done.

I really wanted to do some christmassy sewing and after changing my mind a hundred times and with time running short I started cutting out the pieces for a single ‘swoon’ block .

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I added a couple of borders and it now measures about 36″ square – a good size for a table topper I think.

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Unfortunately Christmas has come and gone and I’ve only got to the basting stage – Oh well, early for next year.

The other bit of sewing I’ve completed is this little pot holder. I watched Jenny Doan’s (Missouri Star Quilt Co.) video. If you haven’t seen it yet you should have a look, it’s really cool. For some reason I can’t recall, I used 8.5″ squares instead of her 10″ squares.

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The above is a shot of the back, to quilt it I stitched in the ditch as usual.

As this year draws gradually toward an end I have to say it’s been a tough year and I’m glad to see it close. There have been more than the usual struggles, disappointments and sadness.

Most notably; in early November my mother in law passed away and 29 days later my Mom passed away.

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This picture was taken quite sometime ago but I choose it for this space because both of them are in the frame. That’s my Mom and my daughter blowing out the candles and my mother in law watching the fun on the right. They were friends and they had what they referred to as their “mutual admiration society”. They lived hundreds of miles apart but would talk on the phone occasionally, musing about how wonderful my kids – their shared grandchildren are. At my Mom’s funeral my 3 “children” overcame their sorrow and read a tribute they had written to their Grannie. I am so thankful and proud of them.

There is so much more I should/could say about these wonderful women but words just can’t encompass my loss. I will simply quote Kahlil Gibran:

“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight” – Kahlil Gibran

 

linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday

 

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Rainbow Kisses

I finally have something finished to show here ! I’m calling this one “Rainbow Kisses”.

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The quilt measures approximately 48″x60″. I used Alyces’ Tic Tac Toe block tutorial to make the blocks. The batik kiss fabrics are from a Timeless Treasures 10″ square bundle I bought several years ago. I’m so happy that I have been able to use half of them… I’m taking suggestions on how to use the remaining 20 squares ! The background fabrics were all bought here and there as stash fabrics.

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For the quilting I had started doing an organic wavy line pattern and then picked it all out and went with this crosshatch grid-work. I’m happy that I went to the trouble of starting over; I think this emphasizes the kisses better.

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After auditioning several binding fabrics I used the same fabric for the binding as I had used for the backing – another batik. I think this is the “year of the batik” for me !

Sorry about these pictures. The quilt is actually quite square but it was hard keeping it pinned in place against the building. The pictures were taken earlier in the week under grey skies and windy conditions. I had looked at the weather forecast and decided to do the photo shoot under less than perfect conditions because the temperature was dropping through the week and it is now minus 27 degree celsius !!! and still windy !

Keep warm !   Thanks for having a look !

I’m linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.