Bow wow - That's me, working like a dog

/ Sunday 12 June 2011 /
Lupins and poppies

Thanks to my husband for being such a good yard man.  These are some lupins and poppies in our front yard.  When I took this picture it reminded me so much of a fabric stack I had seen somewhere.  I finally hit on it - these are 1001 Peeps by Lizzy House.  Good match, eh?

Isn't this stuff just gorgeous?  I am treating myself to a load of this fabric after I finish this report I am working on.  Hence the title of this post - I am slaving away on that report, and as a result I am on a no-sew diet until I get it finished.  My late mother-in-law's passing and all the activity associated with that really put all my regular life out of whack.  That includes both my university-related work and my quiltalong.  I'm feeling like everybody is enjoying a bit of a slower pace, so perhaps that part is okay.  This report, on the other hand, is definitely not okay.

Also, I wanted to share with you all something I read recently in The Globe and Mail.  A woman wrote an essay about how she made a quilt out of old t-shirts, so that she could preserve the memories they carried, in the same way memories were captured by the fabrics in quilts made by her mother.  And the end of the essay, she speaks sadly about her impression that quilting is a craft that is dying out.  "Unless I am mistaken," she writes, "there are no young quilters."  I can hear you laughing from here.  Go read her essay - although she is definitely mistaken about the presence of young women in our vibrant quilting world, her piece about the emotional resonance of quilts is very touching and right on the button.


{ Judith, Belfast } on: 12 June 2011 at 13:53 said...

Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mum-in-law Lesly. I hope life resumes some normality and balance for you soon. Jxo

{ Cheryl Arkison } on: 12 June 2011 at 14:41 said...

I thought the same thing when I read that essay the other day! We need to invite her out to sew!

Take it easy.

{ Dara } on: 12 June 2011 at 15:09 said...

I hear you about trying to fit in quilting time! I have this beautiful stack of fabric looking at me saying- please make me into a beautiful Oggee quilt- I just have so many other things pressing on me now. There is a time and a season for all things.
Good luck with your project.

{ Thelma } on: 12 June 2011 at 18:02 said...

It seems like everyone's summer is off to a slow quilting start, myself included. At least I've been busy with trips and redecorating, fun activities, but still not much quilting going on at my house.

Thanks for the pretty pictures, I hope you get into that stack of fabric soon

{ elle } on: 12 June 2011 at 18:43 said...

Great yard man. Great fabrics. Here's to a slower pace!!!

{ Riel Nason } on: 13 June 2011 at 13:47 said...

Hey Lesly, Thanks for posting the link. No young quilters?? Goodness, she should have Googled! If I had a Globe account to comment, I'd put my blog link there. I assume you were in F'ton for Congress. I heard great things about it! Happy Quilting. Riel

{ Claudia } on: 13 June 2011 at 18:00 said...

Thanks for the link, I'll get to the article soon. I couldn't pass for young myself, but definitely a quilter who is "young at heart". Sorry to hear about your MIL, Lesly.

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