This week was all about celebrating my youngest grandson turning 5. He had a Pokemon birthday party, with Pokemon balloons and delicious power ball cakes that resulted in black tongues. A great time for a great young man.
Block # 41~ Friday, October 12
Background: Black/color swirls
turquoise polka-dot backing
In my post, Quilting Grandma, I shared some memories I have of time spent with my grandmothers. I have spent the past two rainy days just thinking back to special moments with my family, especially my grandchildren. This led me to think of a design for my hexagon block for this week’s fabric journal entry.
The elephant is one of my favorite animals…so majestic and beautiful. I read that the elephant is a symbol of family, love, patience, strength and good luck. The elephant has strong memory. It is a symbol of the gift of remembering beautiful moments of joy and happiness.
I have a collection of small elephants that my mother collected. I have also added some of my own elephant figurines to the collection.
So, I decided to make an appliqued elephant to represent the gift of special memories.
Collection of Elephants
Block #37~ Friday, September 14
Gift of Special Memories
Background: Light blue print; pastel leafy background
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Butterflies are know to be the symbol for happiness, life, and love. I read that butterflies also represent life celebrations such as weddings.
Next month, I will be attending the wedding of my youngest son. My daughter-in-law is a beautiful person. Our family really has something to celebrate.
The block for September 7 represents my anticipation and excitement about the wedding.
After viewing the photo that I posted, I could see that the hexagon is off. I will have to do some repair work.
Block #36~ Friday, September 7
Background: Sky blue 100% cotton; white and red polka-dot backing
Technique: origami fabric butterfly, FMQ
This last week was filled with so many things to celebrate. But it wasn’t difficult to choose what I wanted to do for my quilt entry. The days with my grandson were beautiful and I wanted to capture a very special moment…he read his first book!
My grandson has been read to since the day he was born. He loves books. It is so much fun seeing him delve into the National Geographic Books for kids. He spouts off information about space, dinosaurs, and just about any topic. I could see that he was recognizing certain words as we looked through books. He has also been getting reading readiness training at his daycare. I knew he was ready to read. One of the greatest pleasures of my teaching years was the joy of seeing the look on a child’s face as they realized they could read.
I gave my grandson a book and told him it was time for him to read with me and then to me.
I used the Neurological Imprint Method of teaching reading. The look on my grandson’s face when he read the book himself is something I will remember forever. The look on my son’s face when his son read to me is also imprinted in my memory.
Step into Reading Series
Block #35~Friday, August 31
Background: White,100 % cotton; blue on blue polka-dot backing
Technique: *Thread-sketching; fabric paints and colors; *FMQ
*This is the first product made with my new Juki machine. I was able to use a letter writing decorative stitch. The FMQ and thread-sketching was so smooth.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
True friends are blessings, and I am fortunate to have been blessed with beautiful friends.
This past month just confirmed how blessed I am.
First, I reconnected with Patsy. She was the para-professional that taught with me in my Pre-K class in Georgetown, Texas. As part of my Migrant Teacher duties, I would have to drive out to the farms to visit the migrant families and recruit students. Patsy would accompany me on these adventures. She was a great teaching partner.
Then, I was able to visit with Sharon. She and I have been friends since we were three. Even though we have not seen each other in ages, we were able to pick up as if we were still living across the street from each other.
This past week, I met with Nancy. She went to elementary school with Sharon, and we met when we were about 9. We both went to the same high school and the University of Texas. I love to meet with her whenever I am in the Austin area. She is one of the most creative and inspirational people ever!
Nancy brought her grandson over to swim with my granddaughter. My granddaughter enjoys his company. They had fun splashing in the pool.
I also got a chance to meet with one of my Meemaw friends and her granddaughter. Marti and her granddaughter met us at the Meadows Center in San Marcos, Texas. The two girls hit it off right away. They are the same age.
It was so much fun, seeing my friend’s grandchildren interacting and becoming friends with my grandchildren.
The fabric journal entry for this week just had to be about friends. I decided to use the Celtic symbol for friendship on this block.
Block #34~ Friday, August 24
Background: Gray cotton; floral gray, daisy print backing
In a previous journal entry, I posted a thread-sketched and painted block of the pets that are part of my youngest son’s home. Today’s post is about two other sweet pets that are in the family. The two dogs in this entry belong to another one of my sons. I spent two weeks taking care of them as I spent time with my granddaughter, and house sat for my son and daughter-in-law.
Cimbri and Vandal are beautiful Rottweilers that are now about 12 years old. I love to see my granddaughter interact with her precious dogs. She has been in charge of them since she was in diapers. They follow and protect her; and live for her doting attention. At night, Cimbri would settle right in front of my granddaughter’s bedroom door. Vandal was sentry in front of the room where I stayed. I loved it when I would be watching television, and Vandal would just plop his massive head on my lap. He would stay there until I rubbed behind his ears. Cimbri is playful and silly, yet she is the one who routinely gets up at night to patrol the house. Vandal is more serious and quiet. Both dogs are beautiful and delightful.
A Napping Cimbri
A Nappy Vandal
Block #33~Friday, August 17
Cimbri and Vandal
Background: Off-white cotton; beige plaid backing
Technique: Thread sketch, fabric color and acrylic paint, FMQ
Spending time with my grandson is something I love to do. We recently spent time together, and it was non-stop fun and action. Scavenger hunts, conversations, reading, drawing, playing games…so many special moments.
He is one Incredible Kid.
So I wrote this fun poem and made a block to capture these special days with an incredible boy.
There is an Incredible Kid I know.
I am his Gramma.
He is my Super Hero!
Judah has all the great qualities to be had.
He happens to be just like his dad!
Block #29 Friday, July 20
Background: White on white star print fabric; red and white star print fabric for the background
Technique: Drawing, applique, fabric colors
On July 11, 1982, I was blessed with the birth of my third son.
Sean is the song in my heart.
I am so proud of him.
Block #28~Friday, July 13
Song in My Heart
Background: Red fabric; patriotic polka-dot backing
*I know I have used hearts on some of my other hexagons, but it is a favorite shape for me.
This week’s block has brought back many childhood memories. My childhood home was in a neighborhood a bit south of downtown San Antonio. I was a Downtown girl. Today, the neighborhood is called Southtown.
My elementary school, St. Mary’s, was a four story building. We had recess on the rooftop. Each morning, we would go through the tunnel under St. Mary’s street that led to St. Mary’s Church. The school library faced the San Antonio Riverwalk. I used to love to sit there and read.
My mom worked at the Tower Life Building, further down by the Riverwalk. When I was in second grade, I convinced my mother to let me stay downtown after school with my friend, Jodell. I promised her that we would stay at the San Antonio Library, which was near her building, on the Riverwalk. Things were a bit different back then, and my mother allowed my friend and I to stay downtown from 3:00 to 5:00. We would walk to her building where my dad would pick all of us up.
The San Antonio Library was located on Market Street, right along the Riverwalk, from 1930-1968. The Riverwalk was not yet developed as it is today. It was still a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. Jodell and I spent most of the time in the library. I remember the excitement we felt when we moved from the downstairs children section, to the upstairs level, where we checked out Jane Eyre! We sat by the river reading this classic. The library also had the Hertzberg Circus Collection. There were some pretty odd and awesome things in this collection that kept us pretty enthralled. We used to climb up on the elephant that sat in front of the library. At this time, the elephant was grey.
Luckily, San Antonio preserved the elephant. It is now located in front of the Witte Museum. It is called Cinnamon Kandy, and it is now painted like a circus elephant.
My granddaughter, daughter-in-law, and I went to the museum last week. When I saw the elephant, it surely brought back so many memories.
I just had to capture this memory for my fabric quilt journey. I decided to make the elephant without the circus painting, since that is how it was when I was a child.