Monday, May 13, 2013
You can see the planning and initial work on The White Quilt [My Mansion In The Sky, Crystal River Running By] in the first article: http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-white-quilt.html.
For a long time I had the all white, log cabin quilt roaming around in my head made up of white on white prints till one day I had collected enough of the prints and laces to begin.
The quilt kit was kept kind of handy to be worked on here and there, off and on, mostly off. I was working on the quilt as I sat with my husband in his hospital room and had several of the log cabin blocks done. It was going to look just as I had envisioned. and this is when I lost custody of my quilt.
My niece, Kyrstie, was visiting from Roanoke, Virginia, saw the log cabin blocks on top of the basket and laid claim to the quilt.
I must tell you a little about Kyrstie and why she would get the quilt. We are so very proud of her. She was in her junior year of nursing school at the time of the visit with us, had been working sometimes 3 and 4 jobs at a time to get through, had her own apartment and is just one of the most awesome young ladies you will ever have the privilege of meeting. So, yes, the quilt was Kyrstie's from the time she saw it.
There was so much going on when we came home from the hospital, the basket with its quilt makings was set aside but suddenly Kyrstie's graduation was looming and I wanted to give it to her for graduation. There would be no more hand piecing. The blocks were finished by machine and assembled. For one of the few times in my memory, a project was finished several weeks early. I wouldn't be working on it the night before delivery or on the way there-I am so proud.
Here it is- Kyrstie's "My Mansion In The Sky, Crystal River Running By"
The quilted blocks and corners
every quilt needs a label
My daughter, Donna, took me all the way to Roanoke, Virginia so I could see Kyrstie graduate and deliver the quilt to her myself. I'll have to tell you sometime about the awesome daughter that I have also that takes the time to make sure I get to do what I want to do.
I hope Kyrstie enjoys the quilt as much as I have enjoyed making it for her. God bless her.
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Monday, May 6, 2013
Trish, a member of a online sewing group I am part of, asked for suggestions to make for her mother for Mother's Day. That brought to mind the beaded pillow I had made for my mother.
There was a bead to represent each person in Mom's life. The head of her life was Jesus Christ, her Saviour. He is represented by the cross in the top corner surrounded by pearls. The large ruby bead below is for my Dad who was the head of this family and always sat at the head of the table.
Mom, herself, is the star and center of the pillow as she was our home.
A cluster of ruby colored beads and pearls is for each family of my siblings and myself around the bottom.
The larger ruby bead in the center of each group is for each of us and the pearl with each is for our spouse.
This cluster in the left corner is for my sister, Shirley and her husband, Larry, surrounded by beads for their 3 children and 6 smaller beads for their 6 grandchildren.
-this grouping [center, botttom left] represents my brother, Larry, his wife, Delores, their 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.-
-[center,bottom right] my brother, Jim, his wife, Shirley, their 2 children and 3 grandchildren-
-sister, Jackie, her husband, Gary, their 3 children and 4 grandchildren plus 2 great, grandchildren [right corner]-
-and my family in the bottom corner with beads for my husband, Len and myself, our 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 12 great, grandchildren
The Bible verse: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Prov 31:10, was the reason rubies were used.
Pearls were sewn beside each ruby bead because we are each a pearl of great price that Jesus paid the ultimate price for:
No, the pillow didn't go together over night. There was a lot of planning and preparation in the weeks and months before. I had a lace pillow cover that I wanted to use but scoured my bead catalog until I found just the right beads in the right sizes.
Birthstones might be a thought instead of the ruby ones I chose for a different look and message. Mom was a deeply religious woman who had asked me to paraphrase Proverbs 31 years before and I guess this is my way of completing her request.
I used the pillow to tell about our "Virtuous Woman" at her funeral services because due to circumstances it wasn't done before she lapsed into a coma but I know she saw it and heard me.
God bless you
Saturday, May 4, 2013
When I need a gorgeous model I call for great, granddaughter, Maizin, and you can see why. This time I wanted to see if she would like my latest creations using recycled stuffed toys to make her a chair and for her dolls-she did.
This time I borrowed Maizin and her family's farm, WaiBack Forty. No expense had been spared on this latest masterpiece of mine so it had to have the perfect setting-- kind of like the Shirley Temple movie, Heidi. WaiBack Forty is home to all kinds of animals and I thought just maybe there would be a perfect spot for a little girl's tea party under a tree and sure 'nough, as soon as I pulled in I spied just the setting.
While editing Maizin's photos and video [I cut come of the photos from the video], I tried different effects and here are the results:
I couldn't resist the baby goats [I had been principally attacked by 4 orphans when Joey [Maizin's daddy] opened their gate a little while before-they didn't listen when I told them I was not their mama]:
and I have to include these shots of Maizin from a couple of years ago that are in the same folder:
Maizin enjoys her tea party set and I enjoyed creating them for her so here they are:
If you would like to try your hand at these, here is a video tutorial if you need any help for the little table and chairs:
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy crafting and quilting as much as I do, especially when I can turn things that would just be thrown away into something useful or to be enjoyed.
God bless you
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