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OMG Oh My Gosh is amazing and to have made more than one is really amazing. I just love the pink American rose, so pretty.
I' m working on another fruit salad quilt for one of my nieces and nephews. I call it fruit salad because it is a series where each child (some all grown up with children of their own) is represented by a different fruit. Like our family, with each person adding their own unique flavor to the whole. I've got a total of eleven to make and I've finished the Cherries (sometimes sweet and sometimes tart), Apple of my eye, and I'm finishing up when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I 'll be working on getting fabrics together for she's a peach, which will be next.
The block pattern I am using is cut from 9 different fruit fabrics, cut from 9 inch squares. They are then cut four times and resewn and trimmed to 7 1/2" blocks. Picture shows the backing, binding and a portion of the top.
I got this idea from my maternal grandmother who made each of her grandchildren a quilt. She had 12 children and a whole lot of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Grandma's quilts are a reminder of her love for all of us.
Paul, your wife does phenominal work. I, too, like Cival War quilts, but have not reached the skill that she has for the blocks that she has obviously mastered... hers, like the other members of this forum, show the care and patience that is put into every triangle and stitch.
What I have done is recently purchase on Ebay 22 12.5 inch blocks done in vintage type fabrics, all the same pattern. They were done by a friendship circle. Will be using them, with blocks that I am receiving from a swap on this forum and some of my own, to make a version of a vintage-type quilt. It will allow a different block pattern in between the repetative pattern from the set bought.
Share with your wife my adoration of her work. When you finally have her quilt put together, it will be another example of her artistry. And it will be filled with love having been assembled by friends.
Paul, Your Kathy is truly a QUILTER. The piecing, the colors, are all just so exquisite. The striped binding on the Christmas quilt adds so much more than any other would have. The OMG quilts have rendered me speechless...
Thanks to both of you for sharing these quilts. Does she do the quilting herself? I hope someday to get half as good!
Ohmigosh, she's amazing! I've gone insane for Civil War repros and I have an Oh My Gosh in the planning - although it looks like her patches are teeny - about Ĺ" maybe?
She uses color so beautifully - the "planned randomness" is just enchanting! You can tell that she has a special affinity for the fabrics she's working with - she must love them to spend this amount of time and care on them. They're truly wonderful pieces!
Has she seen the Barbara Brackman Civil War Block of the Week blog? http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/ Very interesting to read, with Barbara Brackman being the historian that she is.
Your dear wife, quilts have touched my heart. I am sure that she wishes she was well enough to complete the Civil War Tribute you mentioned. I don't know what Kathy's illness is, but from your words its sounds very serious. I am sorry and if prayers can work miracles then I am sending a thousand your way. I will keep her in my heart and prayers tonight.
Kathy is truly an artist and craftsman. You have many wonderful memories tied up in those beautiful quilts to last a lifetime. You have been blessed with a wonderfully gifted woman as I am sure you know or you wouldn't be sharing her gorgeous work with us all.
I will keep you, Paul, and your dear wife, Kathy, in my prayers.
Hugs and blessings.
I have been MIA for a while from DG and I just came across your wife's amazing quilts!!!
What works of art to be treasured for years to come.
I am sorry to hear that your DW is not feeling well enough to quilt again, my thoughts and prayers are with you both.
I wish there was something I/we could do to brighten your DW days.
Sending you lots of Love and many Hugs to a great quilter and her DH
I want to sincerely thank all of you for your kind comments. I read them to Kathy and it makes her smile. She has ALS but still has some quality of life and I treasure every day. My sister-in-law who is an experienced quilter is going to finish the Civil War Quilt. Her cousin just finished one similar and will help her. One of my favorite hymns reads in part..."Improve the shining moments. Don't let them pass you by." good advice.
My thoughts and prayers are going out to you both Paul. May that quality of life that Kathyl has linger for quite a while. She is most fortunate in that she has you who obviously loves her dearly. Hope you can show us the finished quilt one day...
I hope and pray that you both have a lot more happy memories together...Paul the love and admiration you have for your dear wife shines through every time you post here, you are both blessed to have each other :)
Wishing you both a sunshine day and my love and many hugs
Enclosed a flower for Kathy :)
Paul, I just read the lyrics to " Improve the shinning moments" It is truly a beautiful hymn.
I see why it is one of your favorites. My Daughter is LDS and she probably knows this song well but I didn't so I looked it up.
Prayer are still in my heart for the both of you. and if you folks would like to see the lyrics, Here they are.
1. Improve the shining moments,
Donít let them pass you by;
Work while the sun is radiant;
Work, for the night draws nigh.
We cannot bid the sunbeams
To lengthen out their stay;
Nor can we ask the shadow
To ever stay away.
2. Time flies on wings of lightning,
We cannot call it back;
It comes, then passes forward
Along its onward track;
And if we are not mindful,
The chance will fade away;
For life is quick in passingó
íTis as a single day.
3. As winter time doth follow
The pleasant summer days,
So may our joys all vanish,
And pass far from our gaze.
Then should we not endeavor
Each day some point to gain,
That we may here be useful,
And evíry wrong disdain.
4. Improve each shining moment;
In this you are secure,
For promptness bringeth safety,
And blessings rich and pure.
Let prudence guide your actions,
Be honest in your heart,
And God will love and bless you,
And help to you impart
This is a very warming hymn. Thanks for sharing that and letting me know about your dear Kathy's illness. You are such a lucky man to have such a wonderful soul mate to have shared your lives together with.
Hugs and blessings
Pat...it so kind of you to think of us. Kathy's disease is progressing slowly for which I am so grateful. The days are long for her because her mind is just fine but she is so limited in what she can do. She uses an i-pad a lot to communicate, text her friends, play games, read, and listen to music. She understands it's use far better than I do. I am still able to take her outside and get her into our truck and she loves to go for a ride each day. Our children and grandchildren are wonderful as are our neighbors. I have much to be grateful for. Again, thank you for thinking of us. Your message is a bright spot in my day. .
Paul, Kathy is a very lucky lady to have such a wonderful husband to take care of her. That "taking care of" part is never easy but atleast you are enjoying every minute you can and that is what counts. It is so much easier (if that is truly possible) when you have great children, grandchildren and yes, neighbors.
Paul and Kathy, I was thinking of you both today and wondered how you were both doing. Did you ever get your American Rose bound? It's my favorite! (But then it would hard to NOT be favorite, it's pink and green!)
The weather here is turning cooler and I'm wishing our furnance was fixed! Thank goodness for our gas fireplace since our central heat is not working.
Thanks for thinking of us. We are hanging in there. My Sister-in-Law is working on the Civil War quilt and when it is done she is going to work on the American Rose. She teaches school so her time is limited. We turned on the central heat a few days ago, we went from AC to heat in a week.