Jobs to be Done

Time is both standing still and slipping away at the same time. It’s some kind of weird end-of-year phenomenon that happens every November and December. I’m sure Cindy is calmly approaching the holiday somewhere in Ohio, but I’ve got lots of work-work to do, and plenty of quilting to try to complete as time performs its slippery two-faced performance.

I’ve been sewing the tops for two queen-sized Garden Gate Charm quilts. I am in love with these colors! The quilts are Christmas gifts for the granddaughters of a dear friend. They must be quilted and then mailed to Canada. Since we’re past the US election, I hope the post office has worked out the kinks so that gifts can arrive on time.

Garden Gate Pearline version.

There is a third, smaller quilt required for the toddler cousin of the Garden Gate Charm quilts recipients. I don’t even have an idea for this quilt….I think I’m going to be late.

After Cindy helped me finish the Karen String Quilt, Ms. G. the quilter worked her magic and fixed all of my piecing errors. Really, that women is a quilting pixie. Now I’m looking forward to a night or two of hand-sewing with a good light and a glass of wine at hand so I can finish the binding. The really good news is that this recipient has found an apartment and she’ll escape the nursing home where she has been trapped because of Covid. The quilt will be a combined house-warming gift and Christmas present.

I’ve been walking a lot on the farm and I’ve been practicing my Hamilton poses. I am not throwing away my shot!

It’s been a rough fall, hasn’t it? Stillness and reflection are important to healing — I hope this picture from the farm helps you as much as it helps me.

Veterans Day – Quilts of Honor

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio AND it’s Veterans Day!

Last Thursday, my quilt guild hosted a luncheon to honor 63 Veterans in our local area.  For the past year, my guild worked diligently to make 21 Quilts of Honor and we presented them to 21 grateful Veterans at this lovely luncheon ceremony.

It was very humbling to have FOUR World War II Veterans join us and this quilt sums up what many of us were thinking.  Home of FreeThe quilt below was presented to a Vietnam Veteran who was a Prisoner of War (POW) for over two years.  He is a recipient of two purple hearts, a bronze star, a silver star and many other military honors he is reluctant to mention.  CharlieThis wall hanging was even more beautiful in person. Eagle One of our guild members even did a bit of hand quilting for a special, personal touch.  Quilted StarI really like these stars on point…this design may be a July 4th quilt in the making!    Stars on PointIt was fun to see how each guild member put their creative stamp on each quilt.  Patriotic phrasesThe quilting below resembles wood grain because the recipient used to do woodworking as a hobby…what a nice, personal touch!Single Star

It is a privilege to honor our Veterans today.

Veterans DAy 2019

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