Archive for August, 2008

Welcome Changes!

August 29, 2008

Last night while watching the Democratic Presidential acceptance speech, I thought about how things were when I was a girl. My Mother and Dad both worked and with 5 kids, 4 at home, things tended to be more than Mother could handle. Back then, we wore dresses to school and each dress was starched and pressed to perfection. To assist Mother, she and Daddy hired an african-american woman to clean house and iron. She came in once a week. We had several before finally finding our Miss Sophie and she soon became a member of the family. I remember one Easter, I received 2 chicks from the Easter bunny that eventually grew into really ugly and dirty chickens. I kept them in a storage room in our garage and Mother finally put her foot down and said they had to go. Miss Sophie offered to take them and any time I asked her about my chickens, she would spin the most beautiful story of their lives. More than likely, they were eaten but she would never have told me that.

I remember Daddy taking Sophie down town after her days work and seeing all of the African-Americans that worked in town standing outside of the grocery store. They were waiting for their rides to their homes (we had no African-Americans living in our town).  It never occurred to me that they stood outside the grocery store because they were not allowed in. I don’t know whether they were or not, my memory fails me in remembering if I ever saw any in there.

When I was in 6th grade, we moved to a new house but Miss Sophie continued to come. One day at lunch, Daddy and I sat down at the table to eat and Miss Sophie was standing at the counter. Daddy invited her to eat with us and she fixed her plate and returned to the counter. Daddy told her if she was going to eat in our house, she would eat with the rest of us. I didn’t understand at the time why Sophie hesitated, now I know.

I guess I lived a sheltered life. I never saw the discrimination against the blacks where I grew up in Texas and never knew it existed. Maybe it was because there were so few around in our town. They came to work during the day and left at night. I never went to school with any until high school but didn’t realize they were any different than I was.

As I grew up, I began to learn of the terrible things they experienced and still didn’t understand. I still don’t understand how one human being can judge another only by the color of their skin.

I have been very fortunate to have had a lot of African-American friends in my life and I can still say, they are no different than me.

I celebrate the accomplishment of Mr. Obama and his family and celebrate the acknowledgment of the people of this country that black, white, yellow, gold, or whatever, we are all humans who have the same feelings, hopes, and dreams. Good luck Mr. Obama and Miss Sophie, I think of you often.

Another Quilting Day

August 26, 2008

I have been working on my design for the wholecloth for Miss Elly. I have it all drawn out and now need to get it on the fabric. I realized, after receiving my silk fabric, that I didn’t order enough. The quilt is 45″x45″ and I only ordered 2 yards….what was I thinking. So, now, I have to figure out what to use on the back. I had ordered some silk batiste that should arrive any day and may use that for the back. I don’t know though, it seems pretty thin. I will have to see what I think when it arrives.

As soon as I decided to do the wholecloth, I received 4 quilt orders. Never fails. I need the orders but have a lot to do for the christening. So, I’ve been frantically getting quilts ready to quilt and hope to have them all done this week so I can concentrate on the christening things.

Here is the latest ordered quilt being  put in the mail this morning. This one took a little longer since it has applique/embroidery as well as piecing. The next 3 are panels so should go fast. It’s fun to know I have quilts scattered all over the US being drooled on by babies.

Now on to the next 3. Happy Quilting!

Christening Blanket/Quilt

August 21, 2008

I have been asked by our daughter to make a blanket for Miss Elly’s christening.  I’ve been debating on whether to make a single layer heirloom type quilt or try to do a wholecloth. I’ve decided to try my hand at a wholecloth. I’ve ordered some silk and am now trying to decide on the center design. Missy indicated she would like to have Miss Elly’s initial on the quilt and I have come up with a design for the center if I use the initial as the center focus. What do you think of this?

Or, I’ve been thinking since it is a christening quilt, maybe I should use something more religious. What do you think of this?

Of course these will be embroidered onto the quilt and then I will do my quilting. If I use the Trinity Cross for the center, I plan to do an oval around it and then feathers around that. I want to do feather hearts around the edge of the quilt and then scallop the edges (if I can figure out how to do that properly). If I do the Trinity Cross I will put the initial in the center of the heart feathers in each corner and curved cross hatching in the others. I got up at 3am this morning thinking about this so need to get it on paper so I can get some sleep.

Any suggestions on this are very welcome.

Happy Quilting!

I’m Among The Living

August 7, 2008

I haven’t had anything to show as far as quilts lately. I have been working on ordered quilts since I returned from Kansas City. I have to admit, every time I have gone to Kansas City, I had orders waiting for me when I returned. Maybe I need to make more trips.

I got to spend a few days with Miss Elly a few weeks ago. She is so sweet and I just couldn’t get enough of her. It was so hard to leave but will make the next time even better. She’ll be visiting next weekend and I can’t wait.

The heat here has been unbearable. Yesterday I think the heat index was at 105 degrees. Too hot to be outside for sure. It is supposed to cool off the rest of the week.

Well, that’s it from Wishbone Lane. I have a root canal this morning and am not looking forward to it. At least I know I won’t have a golf ball on the side of my face for the next MQS.

I can’t leave without including 2 new pictures of Miss Elly. Happy Quilting!

I forgot to publish this so will do so now. My root canal went fine and it is such a relief to get this over.

Happy Quilting!