A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
It is my good fortune to have the best siblings ever.
This morning, I met my sister, Emma, for breakfast.
We met at mom’s favorite restaurant, Jim’s.
Emma is a talented, creative author and illustrator.
Her fourth book in the Pig in a Wig series will be out soon.
She was invited to attend the TLA Conference in San Antonio,
and it was so nice spending time with her.
Emma is the youngest of the siblings, and I do believe the wisest.
It was a morning of great conversation and much inspiration.
After such a great morning, I returned home and started making the quilt in memory of my dad.
His full name was Jose Leon Virjan, but everyone called him Pepe.
Last night, I designed a lap quilt.
When I opened the bag where I had stored my dad’s shirts, I couldn’t help but smile.
The bag had a faint smell of my parent’s home, and it was so comforting.
The shirts are a bit more frail than I thought, and I was thinking of not making the quilt.
Then I thought that the quality of the fabric isn’t what matters.
The quilt is for me.
The memories, the process of making this quilt, is what matters.
I spent the afternoon cutting the shirts and thinking of my dad.
Today was definitely a family day, where minds contacted with one another.
Dad and his plaids! I can just see him…
wearing these shirts and his bermuda shorts !
This is the center block for the quilt.
We knew this first December without mom would be tough, but oh my…
Thankfully, I have three super siblings.
My youngest sister was in town this week.
We went to eat breakfast at Jim’s, my mom’s favorite place for breakfast.
It was great being together.
We miss having our brother near.
He lives in Seattle, but we do keep close contact.
It has been a great week.
Emma, the author and illustrator for The Pig in a Wig series, was scheduled in schools and at Barnes and Noble for author visits and book signing.
It was a thrill to see her with the children.
She connects with her audience and inspires them.
Today, one little boy said he was going to go home and write his own story.
The teacher in me just wanted to dance with joy when I heard him say this!
I took this photo as she was setting up at Barnes and Noble.
The wig and pig nose are big hits with the kids!
I am so proud of her!
Oh, at Barnes and Noble, I found a great book by Lucinda Ganderton.
I haven’t had a chance to study it, but, I like what I have seen so far.
Upon returning home, I got right back to work on a Christmas stocking.
My youngest son said he was looking for a stocking for his son, and I, of course, volunteered to make one.
I made my own pattern for the stocking, but I did find a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
When my sons were little, I made stockings out of felt.
I followed the tradition of placing a felt, beaded tree and train.
This time, I wanted to quilt a stocking.
This is what I have so far.
I made my own tree applique, but cheated and used already made Christmas and bird appliques.
I hope to finish this tomorrow morning.
My friends and I will be volunteering at a school on Thursday.
I let my friend talk me into her bird brain idea of making 97 bird seed ornaments to give the students.
I will be teaching an art/writing lesson on Thursday, and I need to prepare for that.
It is my honor to be the sister of a great author and illustrator, Emma Virjan.
Young readers are delighted with the adventures of Pig in a Wig.
The rhythm, rhyme, and word patterns make it easy and fun to read.
I’m also proud to say that my son, Sean Cunningham, is the creator of the trailers for Pig in a Wig.
BookPeople, in Austin, hosted the book launch for Emma’s first book in this series, What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig. I wanted to make something special to celebrate, so I decided to make my first tote bag. I purchased a pattern, but found the instructions were confusing. Even people with experience confirmed that the pattern was not user friendly. This became a real learning experience for me.
I used one of Emma’s images of Pig in a Wig (with permission) and made an applique to add onto the center of the tote.
Cindy, at Las Colchas, demonstrated the bullion stitch, and I thought it would be great to add dimension to Pig’s bouffant. By the time I got home, I had already forgotten how to do the stitch, so I researched and found a tutorial for the bullion embroidery stitch.
I wanted my two youngest grandchildren to participate in the celebration, Pig- in- a- Wig- style, so I added and applique of Pig onto a dress and a t-shirt.
It was a great day, celebrating my sister!
Acquired /Improved Skills: Reading and adjusting a pattern, making a large tote, boxing the corners of a tote, bullion embroidery stitch, applique techniques