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Here we are, sitting near the end of February. Cold and snow is all around us. I crave warmth and sunlight and quiet, especially the sunlight. I feel it in my bones, a weariness that just won’t go away, no matter how much sleep I get.
The crystal clear day helps…sun reflecting off the mounds of snow piled everywhere. It helps to see the blue sky and sense the endless possibilities of what Spring may bring.
Balzac Billy, the groundhog Prairie Prognosticator did not see his shadow this past February 2nd. That’s supposed to mean an early Spring, but there are no signs of it so far. I’m not sure Balzac Billy can be trusted.
So…what to do in the meantime, while we wait for warm breezy days and Robins to return and sprouts of crocus in the flower beds?
Definitely getting outside helps; bundle up as much as possible and walk (or run) as far as possible.
Act like a kid again and play in the snow.
Keep doing those things you love to do – go to yoga class, or to the gym. Sit still and embrace the quiet in meditation. But don’t forget to be creative. Don’t forget to quilt! Be creative with fabrics, love the new ones on the scene and make up your own patterns. These things will keep your mind busy, your body active and spirit intact until it’s time for a change…a time to be living more outdoors. After all, mind, body and spirit are all connected in a way that makes three components equal one.
These are some incredible fabrics I received yesterday. The collection is called Summer Garden from Benartex. I can hardly wait to get started working with them.
My dream is to write picture books for children; I’ve been learning all I can in the past few years about writing for children. I’ve taken many courses online (mainly through writers.com) and have loved and learned from each and every class. I’ve been working with a wonderful, established American children’s author, who is assisting me with invaluable feedback on my work. When my first children’s book is published, I will owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude.
Grandma Forgets by Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston is just the type of book I aspire to write. It touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you all. Grandma has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t always remember her children or her grandchildren. Undaunted, Grandma’s family perseveres, visiting with her often, reminiscing about her wonderful long life and all the activities they have done together. The illustrations of their memories moves the story along. The most lovely part of the book is that Grandma is always cheerful, always willing to engage with her grandkids, even if she doesn’t remember who they are. To the young granddaughter in the story, the most important thing is that Grandma knows how much she is loved.
Maybe a family member could make Grandma a “quilt of memories”? Maybe that would help her to remember? Maybe that’s another story.
As quilters, part of what we attempt to do is preserve memories. We preserve them in fabric – like a snapshot.
Last week online, I came across this adorable photo of quilt with a little girl nestled underneath it. I mean…just look at that little face! She’s so precious.
Memory quilts are her specialty…she uses her client’s old/too small clothing as fabric for the applique hearts on the quilt top. Robin does not use a pattern for her work, creating each quilt individually and custom to her client’s request.
Robin’s quilted creations capture the imagination. Just looking at them makes me happy! I love the menagerie of fabrics and colours, and they way they all mesh together in the end.
Good Wednesday to you all! Thank you so much for joining me here.
Last Wednesday, I posted stage one of our first contest for 2018. If you scroll down to last week’s post, you can browse through all wonderful, thoughtful comments that we received.
Last week, I came across a Facebook post for Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018 – which is Ultraviolet. You can see the beautiful, rich colour here.
I think it’s an inspiring colour and I love pairing purples/ultraviolets with teal and pink and sometimes yellow.
Now, for stage 2 of our contest.
Here is my fabric colour palette that I put together from some fabrics in my stash. To enter the contest, please leave me a comment here on the blog – what do you think of these colours? Do you like them? Which one(s) would you remove? Which ones would you keep?
By leaving a comment on the blog, you are entered into the contest.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you all. Thanks quilters.