Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaack!

The past few weeks I've been very busy with my family. You see, my BabyBoy is leaving July 8th to report to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah to begin his training to serve a missionary in Auckland, New Zealand. He'll be in New Zealand for two years. These past few weeks we've had lots of family and friends stay with us to bid him farewell. Some nights I was fixing dinner for 20 people. Other nights it was just 8. Most nights I was calling out for pizza!

Between all of this, I have been trying to quilt...believe it or not! I have so much to share! I don't even know where to begin!

First, let me show you a small wallhanging I repaired and finished for a woman. She recently lost her mother and in her mother's belongings, this is what they found:I don't know if you've ever pieced a lone star quilt, but it is not easy. This woman's mother hand pieced this lovely wallhanging. Notice the waves in the mauve areas around. Can it be saved? Will it ever lay flat? Well, I'm no miracle worker, but this is what I did...

First I removed the mauve areas around the star. Next I pressed them and trimmed as needed. Then I pinned them into place, so they would lay flat. After re-attaching the mauve areas, I quilted it. What do you think? I think the woman's mother would be pleased.
It made me think of my own mother. She and my dad stayed with me for about a week. We enjoyed many good times together. I even interviewed them for a family history project my sister is working on. We spoke of their childhood and school memories. It was wonderful.

My mother has slowed down in the past view years and walks with a cane. Occasionally she uses a wheelchair. Her memory is not what is once was and she gets confused once in a while. But she is always smiling and that makes me happy. She seems to be in a 'happy place.' The picture below is one of my favorites. It was taken about 4 years ago. I love it because I love the way she is looking at me. I can tell she loves me.
Now, get back to quilting, Vivian! Have a great day, blogging friends!

9 comments:

LaVonne said...

I love your parents. I love your family. Please be sure to forward me Todd's address @ the MTC. I want to write him everyweek like to do for my 2 nephews. Love you Vivian!!

Shannon said...

I'm sooooooooooooooo glad! Thank you for saving this quilt!

Vicki W said...

Great work on that quilt!

QuiltSue said...

Welcome back. You will miss your son I'm sure, but 2 years will pass fairly quickly. As for the rescue work you did on that quilt, that was really clever, and the quilting made it look just awesome.

Material Mary said...

You did an amazing job with the wall hanging. Good luck with your son going on his mission.
Mary

Dawn said...

First, congrats to your missionary!! Mine has been out 17 months! Wonderful blessings instore! Next, the quilt is stunning...you saved it!!

Sheila said...

Your rescue on that wallhanging makes me want to mess up a quilt just to have you fix it. ;0 Absolutely beautiful work.

UtahMOMof7 said...

The quilt is beautiful! She would have loved how you finished it.

Elizabeth said...

Vivian, you did a beautiful job on that lone star. Absolutely amazing. I love the picture of you and your mother, as well. Thanks for sharing.