Still processing the family reunion and all the greatness that came with it, but I do have a story about it that fits right in with what I was working on Friday night.
While at the family reunion, my Grandma and I sat down to talk "crafty" which started with her story about the quilt she recently made for my cousin Jacob. It really is quite lovely and my cousin (a very tall Marine) really did gush on and on about it. Grandma tells me she was actually going to make a smaller quilt but ended up with leftover blocks and then figured (please enter Southern Accent here) "Jacob is so tall, I just figured I'd add one more row to the quilt". This made a perfect quilt for Jacob that is more precious than gold (I am jealous just a bit because I don't have a quilt made by Grandma, ha, ha). Apparently when my father was at the farm visiting my Grandma, he liked the quilt so much that when he was packing up to go back to Missouri, he thought he would just pack that quilt up as well!
Grandma may be 92, but she is sharp as a tack and stopped him in his tracks! Jacob now has the quilt safely at his home so no one else will be tempted to "pack it in with their things before they leave".
So I pulled out "SKULL" to discuss the quilting I'm doing on this one. At that time I had just started the embroidery quilting in the upper right hand corner. Next thing you know there are several other family members surrounding us and (as per usual) we all talked over each other...it's quilting and crafting and all that goodness...YOU know!
Grandma's first comment was that she did not like the "subject", but then I pointed out it's cross stitched which brought gasps of disbelief from the surrounding lovlies.
This is also when I found out that my beautiful family READ my blog! I was dumbfounded! Smiles of love and appreciation came from their faces. I'm honored to have such wonderfully talented people read my blog, but to have my family read it and LIKE it is beyond wonderful!
When I returned to my home here in Juneau, Alaska, I finished the quilting and added the binding (this would make three times I have put the binding on since I took the first time off to quilt and the second time was too thin and the third time just right). All during this time I went back and forth between "This is going to make Cyndi scream with glee" and "My Grandma and family laid hands on this!!!"
So for my Friday Night Sew In, I quilted, and on Saturday I finished the quilting and added the third binding. It really is incredibly wonderful. As my Grandma said, "It's not the subject matter I care for, it's the skill".
I gave this to Cyndi on Monday and she LOVES it! Now I know I need to do more like this. It was an absolute pleasure to quilt this way.
Carrie is here visiting which is why I haven't caught up on my blog postings and shared my family reunion yet, but soon!
Until next time...Keep on Stitchin'!