The weekend is coming! The weekend is coming!! :-)
And it's gonna be a good one!!
I've gotten several things done this week, and I'm as pleased as punch about it! Nothing like actually finishing something (I am, after all, Queen Starts-a-lot) to make me feel that I'm not THE most useless person on the planet right now!
AND! I'm getting company! My friend Jennifer and her boys are coming up for a special Memorial Run for my Sam...more about that in a minute....
Look what I've done!! :-D
This is a "Little Jo" pattern from Jo Morton. I've had it pieced for a while, and finally machine quilted it on my Bernina. I used the walking foot on the 4-patches, and did some free-motion "L's" and "U's" in the sashing strips and some curly waves in the borders. I used matching thread, of course! So you can't see my blunders, but I'm thrilled with the finish!
I also managed to complete two t-shirt quilts I had in the works for a friend. One is bound (yippee!) and the other is at the quilter.
They are for members of the same family, so they are similar, but uniquely their own with their memories represented in those wonderful t-shirts. The mom asked for quotations on her son's quilt. It was fun figuring out how to do the letters, and they turned out really cool....
So much so that I used them on Jennifer's quilt -- which is actually finished in time for her visit here this weekend!! I've called the quilt "The Best of Times" -- and it is representative of the many places we went and memories our families made together. I wanted the quilt to be a kind of scrap book of our time together.
A dear friend of mine, Mary Greene, made a scrap book for me of Sam...She is such an artist!! Look at some of the pages she created:
The rest of the album is just as beautiful, like memory eye-candy! My quilt doesn't approach Mary's kind of artistry, but at least it brings to mind many of our adventures together. We'll reminisce while they are here.
Also this weekend, Cumberland Homeschool Athletic Teams (CHAT :-) is hosting the Sam Casada Trail Blazer Memorial Run. This is the organization through which Sam and Jennifer's boys got to compete in cross country and basketball. Jennifer and her boys are coming up to participate in the run and spend some time with us.
A local girl drew a likeness of Sam for the run's t-shirt.
It's gonna be a great weekend!
The book of Proverbs tells us that "The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot." (Proverbs 10:7 NIV)
At the end of the story of Esther, that brave queen who intervened for her people in the Old Testament, the writer admonishes us, "These days should be remembered and observed in every generation, by every family..." (Esther 9:28 NIV)
How are you making memory eye candy? Will your memory be a blessing?