A Place for Breathing More

by Feb 10, 20200 comments

Breathe in…Breath out…in and out

It’s a good thing we don’t have to think about breathing. 

Where we can actually do the breathing is a different story.

Breathe in…breathe out

Leonard and Margaret Ford, my parents, 1993

In my last post about breathing and quilting, I mentioned my wonderful mother and how she started me on my quilting journey.  (To read that post click here.)

 Along with mother’s help, I have a sister that quilts.  Well, she used to.  She machine pieced her quilt tops and hand quilted them.  She did some wonderful work and her goal was to create the tiny stitches our grandmother stitched by hand.  

Speaking of our grandmother (and I know there are pictures somewhere and this would be our maternal grandmother), she made quilts and then some for each of my 8 siblings.  When my husband and I got married, the wedding gift from my sister was a quilt from our grandmothers pieces Grandma had cut for my quilt.

Dresden blade pieces  are from our grandmother

and the quilting design and quilting by my sister.  1983

Now, I know that hand quilting was NOT for me!  I’m more about gettin’ it done!  I love to create, but I don’t have the patience for long, long term projects.  We clothing sewists love to see our projects done and being worn.  I wanted to get quilts done and so they could be used!

Funny thing is I enjoy picking the colors and fabrics as much as I love the rest.  And I don’t just pick the colors, I love to pick the colors and fabric to match the person.  Especially if I know them well.  It wasn’t long before I had quilt fabric and patterns picked for each of my siblings.  Shamefully, I still haven’t done most of them.

I finished the quilt for my sister that helped to inspire me in quilting, but she no longer knows who I am.  I have given that quilt to one of her daughters and that same quilt adorns the header of my this website front page and several other pages in her honor.  My heart aches that I never got to the 3 other quilts for the 3 other sisters that have passed on.  The fabrics will be made into quilts for their families one day.

Well, that is, aside from this one.  The embroidery designs for this quilt struck my attention since I did A LOT of flower garden work at our home in Alaska.  This set of designs is courtesy of Crab Apple Hill Studios.  I love their designs!!

The hand work was admired by another of my sisters and on a whim, I threw it together into a quilt for her.  It was a simple lap size.  As far as I know, she loved it.  She passed away in 2016.

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In 2010, my husband and I moved to Hawaii where one of my brother’s and his family has lived for many years.  We moved here to care for my parents after my dad retired from the ministry.

We’ve managed through both my parents passing away and the previously mentioned sister.  One of my brothers nearly died and I’ve had back surgery.  It’s been a wild and crazy few years.

Fortunately, for me, I’ve had my place for breathing.  I’ve had my quilting space set up in the master bedroom at first.  I couldn’t sleep in there after dad died.  Then I moved it to dining room for the time.  Finally, we moved into the master bedroom for sleeping and my sewing went into the remaining 2 bedrooms, dining room and living room. 

I started quilting in earnest by this time.  I definitely needed to get air back into my lungs.

How about you?  Do you go to your quilts for air and peace of mind?

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

 

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Later this week I’ll give you some more of the Twinkling Stars journey!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

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