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Saturday, May 31, 2008
Other than the many prayers that were offered up for him on that day, I had two majors blessings during this time. Smokey's sister and her husband were here to see my mother-in-law--who has been in the hospital--and they decided to stay on until after the surgery so Smokey could stay home and rest up and recuperate from a bad cold so the surgery wouldn't be canceled. And they also were tremendous beyond the limits in helping resolve a major family upset that came up at the same time and would have been devastating for Smokey to deal with.
The other blessing occured when the team came into the room to take him to the surgery. The nurse on the team was a fellow quilter who has been in a couple of my classes--Jane (sorry I don't remember her last name). We looked at each other and said, "Oh, my goodness." She personally called me every hour and even took part of her lunch break to assure me that things were going as they should. I cannot even begin to tell you just how much that meant.
So, for me, the reminder is that even when you're in the midst of something that is overwhelming and scarey, there can be unexpected blessings. And I'm so thankful.
Note: Just saw Corky Ledbetter's Award-Winning Quilt on Quilt University:http://quiltuniversity.com/quilt_show_winners.htm. It's really a great celebration of Charleston.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
And the food and conversation was every bit as great--and entertaining. And afterwards, I took a tour of Karen's flowers and their vegetable gardens--it's a special piece of countryside that they inhabit and I look foward to my next trip there. The icing on the cake was that when I went to a Quilt Show meeting this afternoon, Karen had her completed quilt top there--and, also, her friend Jolene's! I was more than a little impressed --and also humbled that they were excited enough to want to complete something that I presented. What a personal joy for me. Thanks, girls.
P.S. I see that Karen has posted the class to her blog so you can see more pictures there--especially her version of the quilt--so nice . . . See it at:http://quiltingwithkaren.wordpress.com/
P.P.S. And more pictures can be seen on Corky's blog: http://fiber-thoughts.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 16, 2008
After a year of being on the road, my Charleston Beckonings is back home with me. It was a finalist in the $100,00 Quilt Challenge--which was a great experience. However, at Guild a month or so ago, someone mentioned to me that the the magazine that sponsored the challenge had suspended its operation--and I began to worry since I didn't have my quilt back. I contacted a former editor and she gave me a couple of email addresses and I finally made some contact and was told it would come back after the show in New Hampshire. Well, that was about a month ago and, again, I began to worry. But, oh me of little faith, it was at my doorstep yesterday--and all is right with the world!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I was going to do all this yesterday, but the weather was so crisp and the windows were open throughout the house and something just got into me that said, "Shampoo the carpet in your studio." Now, I guess I could have ignored the inner voice that kept nicking my pysche, but I happened to actually look down at the carpet and that was all it took. Off to Lowe's I went and brought home the shampooer and cleanser. It wasn't too bad (just a backache today!) and the carpet looks about 1000% better. I thought about hiring a company to do it, but I just didn't want to have to worry about my fabric and all the "stuff" in my studio that could have been "in the way" while the cleaning was going on. Do you think I worry too much about what may or may not happen? Probably, but if something can go wrong in this house, it usually does. At any rate, it is finished and I still had time to just enjoy the beautiful weather and plant another tomato plant and some sunflower seeds.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Another of our local quilters, Lucretia Pope had two pieces there and I have included her silk, appliqued vest. I believe she won a first place ribbon at the Cobblestone Quilt Show with this vest and it's quite nice.I have included a few photos of some of the other crafts represented so you can get an idea of the scope of the show. There were several wooden pieces there. Some were straight forward furniture pieces with some very original ideas. This piece, I believe, was turned on a lathe after gluing together many smaller pieces of wood. (I may be wrong).
This one to the right is a hand-made paper book . I don't remember the name of the artist but she has things in the show each year and they are always interesting.
And this was a wonderful hand-painted dress with peacock feathers along the sleeves. The bowl to the right is hand-woven from some kind of metallic fibers. There were several pieces by the same artist and they were all beautifully wrought. (Please double-click on any of these photos for a more detailed viewing experience)
After we looked at the Palmetto Hands exhibit, we looked at the painting exhibit out in the hallway. There are so many very talented artists in Charleston and though I didn't necessarily agree with all of the choices for awards (it is, after all, a subjective process) did think that the Best of Show was incredible and I'm sorry I don't have a photo here of it. It was a black and white modest nude drawing (I say modest because you couldn't see any of the essentials) of a young woman. It was very low-key compared to many of the other paintings but it drew you in.
So, this was my "cultural" experience for today. Tomorrow, it's Celtic music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in North Charleston (again, part of the Arts Festival).