Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I was thinking about my Mom the other day, it's been 9 years since she passed away and that's hard for me to wrap my head around. As I have said, my mother could re-do anything and make it look new. She could take plaster ducks that were broken, fix them and repaint them to look brand new. She had a talent that I will never have, although I try. I have thought about what my mother loved most in this world, beside her children and it was animals. Dogs, cats, birds, you name it she loved them. When my mother passed away, we were trying to figure out what kind of card to do for the service and it came to me her love of animals, we decided to put St. Francis of Assisi on the front of the card, as he was the patron saint of Animals. He was also my patron saint for my confirmation. I have been playing around with a quilt idea for about a year now and I think I have finally come up with the tribute quilt for my mother. I am going to applique some animal blocks, do some photo blocks of animals we had as children and the main block will be a photo of my Mom and Dad. I may add a photo block or two of my brothers and I, but that will have to be auditioned when I start putting the quilt together. I have several other quilts I need to make, but I am thinking this one will become a priority.

I miss my mom, more than I ever thought I would, but she deserves to have a quilt made just in honor of her. Without her inspiration and that of my grandmother, I would not be the crafter that I am. So Mom, if you are watching, let me know what you think of the quilt when it's done!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Beth's Angel Quilt

Well, finally Beth's quilt has the binding on it. All that is left is to cover a couple of boo boo's with some yo yo's and put the label on. I have thought a lot about the label for this quilt. I made this quilt for a wonderful young woman who is being treated for Sarcoma and is currently having radiation therapy. She is like a daughter to me and I have tried very hard to make this quilt special. I put a lot of love into this quilt and got lucky with the colors. It has lots of lavendar in it and unbeknownst to me when I started it, it is the color for Sarcoma. So I lucked out there. Beth loves butterflies and I found a lovely butterfly flannel for the back, as I wanted it to be warm and comfy for her.

In trying to come up with something for the label, I tried to think of something that would be encouraging and comforting and for her to know how loved she is. I came up with the following.

"Protected by the Angels that have gone before
Loved by the Angels yet to be
Cherished by all are thee"

Poetic I am not, but it all kind of worked out. I am hoping to deliver this on Sunday with any kind of luck.

Have a great rest of the week.


Monday, September 1, 2008

Wonderful Weather

I am involved in a swap on one of my Yahoo groups and this is what I have made for it. I took an old glove that I found at an estate sale and "redid" it. I had so much fun and a little help from my friend Suzanne in Australia. Such a nice lady she is.

We have been experiencing wonderful weather here in Oregon. At lease for me. I am praying that the heat is over and we continue with the cool/sometimes rainy weather. I have finally been sleeping well and being quite productive in the sewing room. I am almost finished quilting a quilt. I made 7 tissue cases on my embroidery machine this weekend, I did a lot of clean-up in the sewing room and made a really cute vintage spool pincushion as you can see above.

I know it's only September, but I am looking forward to December. I have two weeks off from work and I am not going to fall, do Christmas, or anything else that my DH wants me to do. I AM GOING TO SEW and enjoy my time off. I am gathering fabric (like I don't already have enough) and projects to work on while I am home. i promised myself I was going to do this last year, but had a nasty fall at work, that I am still recovering from, so this year is it.

This year is going to be ANETT time....sounds selfish, but that's the way it's going to go this year. I sound like this is really going to happen don't I! Well, if I can make it happen it will, but I rarely can pull something like this off. I know someone will come along and need help and I will not be able to say NO. I am still not very good at that one, but I am trying.

Have a good week all.