Tag Archives: Courage

for pam

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Earlier this month, one of my friends at work was diagnosed with cancer for a third time.  It’s a form that doesn’t respond well to chemotherapy, so she was referred to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  When I found out, I had visions of Christmas in 2009, when my mom was hospitalized just before Christmas and it was horrible.  I was able to get her free on Christmas Eve- in a blizzard!- and she made me drive her directly to her favorite Chinese buffet for lunch.  It’s one of the happy memories that I have of the last few months of my mom’s life.  So, I didn’t want Pam to have to go stay at a hospital without something to remind her of home & her friends who love her.  I pieced it together the weekend after I heard the bad news by referencing a photo from Angela Walters’ book (you can see it here)  using Texas A&M colors and hand quilted it all this week.

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I decided today would be the best day to give it her, since my office was having our Christmas luncheon and it was the last day that the majority of us would be at work before the holiday break.  I hid it in a big paper bag and sneaked around the office to all my coworkers so that they could sign their names on the pink stripe that runs across the bottom.

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Afterwards, I sealed it inside the paper bag with copious amounts of tape and I’ll let these next photos speak for themselves…

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pam

 

Pam is an amazing woman and I’m so proud to call her my friend.  I hope this helps her with her fight…  Merry Christmas everyone. r

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it’s not a total betty, but a vast improvement…

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My giant 8’x8′ design wall is up and I’ve got my rulers organized thanks to 3M Command hooks.

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All my rolled up patterns, freezer paper, and mylar rolls now have a safe cubby to call home. This is a first for me!

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My chandelier is still yet to be hung, but I won’t let it get me down…

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The best part is that I’m back in the saddle again!  Rory is oiled and ready to go! I found my iron after searching every corner of the house!  My rotary blade has been changed! It’s time to get busy, yo!  But it’ll have to wait until tomorrow, though- I’m sleepy! lol  -rebecca

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off to see the wizard…

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I think I’m finished! I might add a bow to the corner, though… Anyways, my lightbulb moment took me back to how the Wizard of Oz told the Cowardly Lion that he really was courageous on the inside, & the real problem was that he lacked a medal to prove it to the world. I thought maybe I would have more courage, too, if I had my own medal. So, now this little piece is hanging on the wall right by my desk & maybe it will help push me farther than I think I can go. Yay! Happy quilting, Rebecca

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foil madness!!

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I really haven’t done much sewing since Houston, so I decided to play with some of the stuff I’ve been hoarding for a while. For about six months, I’ve had two tubes of Jones Tones foil & glue sitting on my dresser patiently waiting for me to get inspiration. I cut some pieces of white fabric & glopped down the glue to see what would happen. After it dried for a few hours, I covered them with the foil & burnished it with a spoon. Let me just say, my arms almost fell off during the process! Someone should make a workout video with this stuff…

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But the end result was oooh so pretty! I love me some sparkleriffication!!!

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So, now I had to figure out what to do with it. There was a post on the Quilting Arts Facebook page about an Affirmation Quilt Reader Challenge due on December 1st & I had a lightbulb moment. My word of the month has been “Courage”, so I knew exactly what to make. First, I drew my pattern onto the foiled fabric.

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The I stuck some stabilizer underneath & thread painted the ribbon area. I don’t have a pic of this part, because frankly, it’s a hairy scary process. About five minutes into a project, you immediately think,” THIS LOOKS TERRIBLE!!! I’M RUINING MY WORK!!!!” But I pressed on & kept stitching until Rory started getting angry with me & making crunchy noises. & then I sewed some more! It took forever and a year, but I did feel rewarded at the end. I think the blue is gorgeous against the silver. Yeah, so then I removed the extra stabilizer & sandwiched it up with two layers of wool batting & some scraps for the back. Then I quilted it in a dark gray isacord thread. Tadaa!

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I’m not done yet, btw. It’s going to be trimmed down into a fluffy little appliqué. I’ll post the whole thing when I finish. This seems to be the year of the mini quilt! I’ve made four now, I think. But it’s getting my mind clear & allowing me to be creative without sapping time away from my Thanksgiving duties. Anyways, thanks for reading & happy quilting! Rebs

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