Mdm Samm for this inspirational theme and our lovely host and head cheerleader, Linda . I share the day with these wonderful word players and I hope you take the time to visit everyone:
Vroomans Quilts (me)
IN MY OWN WORDS
I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this project as it was something already on my mind. A project that was a mix of words and fabrics that was me, in my own words. The faithful tiny scraps that I so love to play with and the challenge of working from just 'that special scrap drawer'.
Selecting a block that I love to make with this mixture of scrappy fun - the framed floating star. I wanted the centers to be my focal of the growing list of words that were formulating as I went from fabric to machine - yes, not a word or two, but a list of words!
How quickly those stars and words piled up and there was an urgency. In the middle of all this was the horrid news of Sandy Hook. It made the need for this project to come to fullfillment on a more personal level. And I mini stippled all those stars with that word list at my side and so many thoughts in my head.
Even when my faithful helper decided this was a good napping spot in the middle of free-motion quilting all those words into the sashings - it did not matter to me. I think my sweet Bella sensed what was emoting from me - my medicine pet that she is. She made me take a break, to breath, to calm. And it didn't matter that those words were a bit wobbly - my hand writing is a bit demented anyway - but I filled all those sashings with those special words that were my family, me, home, and life.
Of course, I love to use something a little more untraditional for binding. Polka dots, stripes, plaids are all fun, but I wanted something special to go with the 'In My Own Words' quilt.
FRIENDSHIP - CROSS STITCH - OUTDOORS - APPLE ORCHARD - GRANDCHILDREN - COWS - QUILTING - KITTIES
COFFEE - SPORTS - BIRDS - CAMPING - CHICKENS - FISHING - THREADS - BUTTERFLIES - FLOWERS - BUTTONS
SCOUTING - DUTCH - HERITAGE - BIRD HOUSES - QUILT LANE - DRAGONFLIES - HIKING - FAMILY - LAUGHTER - NANA (my name)
PINETREES - SUNFLOWERS - HORSES - ATHLETE - BRICK HOUSE - BLUE -
FARM - LILACS- SKIPPER (farm dog)
GOOD LUCK - PLAIDS - BASKETS - CUPS - NATURE - SUNSHINE - APPLES - CHILDREN - POLKA DOTS - MEMORIES (quilt date)
Yes, a quilt evolved that was a need to express myself . Not a lot know but I have a grand daughter that I don't get to see very often. With the Holidays in bloom, my Mom's health scare, and then a disaster thrown in - I have wanted to make a 'memory' quilt that will be saved for her. (No I am not ill - just that the year 2013 is the year of the BIG 60 and that is a bit of a scare.) When she is old enough, a gift to share a part of something missed over time. My daughter is going to hold this for Lily's 16th birthday and share the story of it.
Thank you for letting me share my WORDS - maybe there is a word quilt inside you.
GIVEAWAY - I have a layercake of 'Noteworthy' by SweetWater for Moda. Simply leave a comment and be sure I have a way of contacting you. I will ship international. Comments will be left open until Midnight (EST) Jan. 16th (Weds.) and the winner announced the next day.