Monday, October 17, 2011

~ Peace, Love, & Family ~

 The past few months weeks I have experienced the stress of work, the heartbreak over the loss of a dear friend/colleague, and, well, all the emotional ups and downs that go with life. Fortunately for me, I was able to spend this past weekend my family in Mississippi at our annual family reunion.

It is hard to explain/express what our annual family reunion means to me, as well as all of my family. Our annual reunions began about 40 years ago, or so, but for the past 35 years we have spent them at a state park in Mississippi. It is a beautiful area deep in the woods of Morton, MS. The first morning, I awoke to this beautiful view behind my cabin...

For some reason, this next shot is one of my favorites...perhaps because it has a fallen tree that has been there for as long as I can remember. Maybe it symbolizes to me the stability of my family, the long tradition of the reunions, or just that some things do remain the same...

Along with family and fellowship is lots and lots of good eating...

My dad's famous shrimp, served (of course) with his infamous Harper Sauce

My sister and I were given our great grandmother's quilting frame, which my dad estimates to be at least 100 years old. I loved hearing the stories my dad shared about how he would sit and watch his grandmother quilt by kerosene lamp when he was a young boy. It barely fit in my car, and made for quite an uncomfortable 9 hour drive, but well worth it. My sister was smart enough to take a picture of it, and I hope to post more as we figure out how to set it up (as we don't have a clue). As we will be sharing joint custody, I anticipate (with much pleasure) lots of quilting time with her!!

Have a great week!

~ Michelle ~

Sunday, October 2, 2011

~ The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...~

That pretty much sums up my feelings about this past week's quilting projects. Fortunately, I started the week with the "good." I made a couple of mini quilts for two of my school peeps who have been feeling the stress of work as I have these past few weeks.

I have really been enjoying making the mini quilts, and I think my friends enjoyed receiving them :)

Now...on to the bad and ugly. First of all, I hesitate to refer to anything hand made (and made with lots of love) as bad or ugly, but...

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on my first disappearing 4-patch. Instead of using contrasting darks and lights, I was hoping that contrasting colors would be okay. After completing my first block, I was feeling pretty happy...

...thinking the colors contrasted pretty well. So, I finished the remaining blocks and threw them up on my design wall (aka my bedroom wall...bless my husband and his patience).

I was really afraid I would have a seizure...way too "busy" as my son put it. I was hoping that adding sashing would calm it (and me) down.

Now, THIS I can live with :)

Hope you all have had a week full of just good!!

~ Michelle ~