Monday, April 15, 2019

Design Wall Monday - April 15, 2019

I finished putting together the cheddar baskets quilt top.  Sometimes when I am grieving, I get a lot of quilting done.  I have heard from other quilters that this is true.  Quilting is a comfort when I'm sad, and a joy when I'm happy.  

Here's a picture of the completed top.......but maybe it needs a border?  What do you think?




This is why I have a heavy heart:   My wonderful longarm quilter, Janel Rhodea, died suddenly last week.  After struggling with cancer, she thought it was beaten, but it was not.  I know she is in heaven right now, which is a comfort to me.  As a longarmer, she always knew just what I wanted, and did a fabulous job.  We were always on the same page.  She even recently hand quilted a doll quilt for me.  She will be missed so much, and my heart will always love her.  She has quilted most of the quilts I have made, and I have that beauty as a memory.  She was only 62. 

Also, after boarding Penny Lane for the time we were in Virginia, she came home with a virus, one of the kennel cough kind.  It is air born, highly contagious, and even though all the dogs at the kennel had been vaccinated against it, the kennel had five cases of it during the busy Easter break week.  The vaccine works for most virus bugs, but not all.  She is contagious for the next three weeks, according to Internet reading.  Good news is she is acting fine (nothing bothers a Labrador)  and has no symptoms except a cough that sounds like a duck quacking. 

And, after enjoying the sunshine and warm weather in Texas and also in Virginia, yesterday it snowed again in Michigan.  The pine trees outside are covered with a blanket of snow.  See picture taken yesterday:


WHERE IS SPRING???

What are you working on this Monday?  I am looking forward to looking at your projects.  The only request I have is to please link back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!






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23 comments:

  1. So sorry for your friend...
    Your basket quilt is beautiful

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  2. You'll always miss your friend. I'm sure you meant as much to her as she does to you. I would put a border on baskets to frame it. Make the border something plain so it doesn't draw attention to itself. You want the baskets to be the center of interest. We got snow yesterday too. This is April, you never know what is going to happen with the weather. Blessings!

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  3. So sorry on the loss of your friend and co-creator. The basket top turned out beautifully. It was cold here and we got rain, but no snow. Hopefully winter will let go after this bought of storms and we'll see much more spring.

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  4. Hi Judy.
    I am sorry to hear about your friend. Like Gretchen said, I'm sure you meant as much to her as she does to you.
    I had a friend like that that died suddenly. I was working on a quilt that she helped me with. It was a wonderful putzy quilt and it was good for the grieving process. Working on the quilt helped me think about her for a long time. When it was done I was done actively grieving. Now I just remember her with smiles. I retitled the quilt name to 'Remembering Judy'.

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  5. Judy I am so very sorry..your friend was so very young. Wonderful memories are not the same as your friend being there. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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  6. What a wonderful quilter and friend. I'm sorry you lost her to this world. And so young. I love your statement--"Quilting is a comfort when I'm sad and a joy when I'm happy." Sew true.

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  7. So sorry for your loss. I'm a survivor of that terrible disease. When we get to Heaven, we can compare notes but mainly rejoice!
    I think your little baskets need a border. Have a blessed day tho grieving is hard & takes much time.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about your friend and am thankful you have so many wonderful memories of her. Your baskets are beautiful.

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  9. Of course, your basket quilt is beautiful!
    I can hear in your voice how saddened you are about your quilting friend's passing. So sorry.
    Yes, our snow is finally falling as rain which is a good thing.

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  10. so sorry your friend did and so young that is just plain sad, cancer takes so many we just recently found out my sister in law just a little younger than that has cancer she hasn't started treatment yet and needs surgery first. I love your baskets

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  11. Sorry that your friend passed. Keep those wonderful memories. I would also do a border, a thin border maybe the brown to stop the baskets, then you might consider a border with the same fabric of the background! Hope Penny gets along OK!

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  12. so sorry for your loss, she was too young

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  13. Oh such a lovely quilt the way it is. If I were to add a border it would have to be more baskets but I don't know that I could make that many more. Kudos. So sorry to hear your loss, it's never easy. Thank you for the linky party.

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  14. Losing people you love is just so hard. The baskets are wonderful. It does need a border but something light and airy. A pieced border might be too much. Maybe a fabric with a light background and a sprinkling of a print that matches the baskets.

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  15. SO sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful woman and talented quilter... she will be missed! Keep quilting through the tears... it helps!
    Hope Penny Lane gets better real soon!

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  16. Love the cheddar baskets. I would border the quilt even if it were just the same background fabric that you have used. Maybe a narrow border of cheddar first.

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  17. I lost a friend last week, it's devastating. Even when we know their spirits are even more alive than a body can be, it's hard to let go.
    My lab had kennel cough and it is treatable at least. My dog met a traveling dog this weekend and I didn't want him to do it because of all the doggie illnesses going around. Your basket quilt is astounding!! Love.
    LeeAnna

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  18. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. May your quilts bring you comfort and happy memories. I think the hardest part of getting over is the way death sneaks up on us more frequently. I love what you said: Quilting is a comfort when I'm sad and a joy when I'm happy. So true. It is an art that heals both the maker and the recipient. Peace.

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  19. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I definitely use quilting as a "calming" effect when sad or grieving. I hope it works to ease your pain. Your cheddar baskets are so sweet. I'm sure your friend is smiling down on you.

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  20. So sorry to hear the news of your friend Judy. Your baskets are lovely.

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  21. Hi Judy, quilting or doing anything we love can be a good thing when we are sad. I'm sorry for your loss. Your cheddar baskets are lovely. Take care.

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  22. I am so sorry for your loss. Handwork does help...a little at least. Glad Penny Lane is acting normal and wishing her a very speedy recovery.

    -Soma

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