Thursday, September 21, 2006

this WILL be one for my sister



When my sister came down to visit at the end of August we chatted at length about her marital situation and where she would live once the final split took place on the sale of the marital home

For long enough I've wanted to make her a quilt, I wasn't into quilting when she married 20 years ago and in some ways I'm glad I've never got round to it since, as the quilt would have been part of the marriage and wouldn't feel as good now they're divorcing - that probably sounds a little strange but I don't like to think of any quilt I've made being unhappy :o)

The pictures show a top I completed almost three years ago with her in mind - it had been a kind of 'Ostrich' at our quilt group with a different member each month introducing another theme or technique. The general theme for the year was 'Leaves'. The photo isn't brilliant as the sun hasn't come round fully into the garden yet this morning but at least the wind dropped long enough for me to take it as when I first pegged it out I thought I would lose the entire thing into next doors garden - fortunately I'd put in sufficient pegs :o)

She admired it once part way through construction so it kind of grew towards her as it developed. The colours came about by chance from a bunch of fat quarters DH brought me back from his first trip to Cleveland , Ohio.

Now she's looking to getting a place of her own I'd really like to complete it for her so she has something special with no history attached.

The move should happen over the next month or so (house sale permitting - keeping everything crossed on that one) but as things stand here in our house I can't really see me getting it sandwiched and quilted in that time.

We have ordered a conservatory to be built on the back of our house here in Taunton. It was the only box that wasn't 'ticked' on our wish list when we chose the house and we decided we could live with having it done ourselves (gulp!)

Although a company will come in and do the main of the work DH (in his infinite madness) decided that in order to save money he (with the help of his electrical engineer father) would sort out the electrics himself.

While I know he is more than capable of this, pressures of work etc may not be conducive to a trouble-free smooth process which must be organised and completed prior to the arrival of the builders at the beginning of November

So as you can imagine I'm putting my tin hat and flak jacket on and keeping my head down while trying to keep on top of the house to ease the operation - sometimes your time and sanity really isn't worth the money saved

Dragging out and starting to quilt another 'brute' will certainly not make for a stress free environment during this transition process

Guess my sister might just have to wait a little longer for her special quilt

Still if it's worth waiting for what's a few more weeks between us eh?

20 comments:

Hedgehog said...

What a beauty! Good luck with the home improvements and with the quilting! I love that you call them brutes! Best wishes to your sister, too. Great idea to have a new quilt for a new start.

Screen Door said...

What a sister---and friend. Beautiful quilt, You're rounding up another UFO. Your sister will love it.

Fiona said...

Building work ALWAYS results in stress in my experience. You could build a small fallout shelter under your sewing table! Lovely quilt - your sister will be pleased with it (whenever she gets it).

The Calico Cat said...

Lovely quilt & a great gift under those circumstances...

KCQuilter said...

Ohmigosh, do you ever do beautiful work!! What a lucky sister.

quiltpixie said...

its a wonderful top to complete for your sister, and yes, there are times to not start a project and keep harmony...

Dawn said...

Oh that quilt is beautiful and what a great gift for your sister! Now just to find time to quilt it - isn't that always the story!

Shelina said...

That is a pretty quilt. I'm sure that your sister will love it. Have faith in your husband's ability to do the electric. Support him, and be positive, and he will have faith in his own ability, and will probably be able to get the job done better and faster.

Jeanne said...

Oh, this is a beauty! And how nice that it will be her own special quilt for her new life.
Good luck with the building project! I've had more than enough of it for this year.
Jeanne

Linda_J said...

Good to hear that your sister is able to move on to a fresh start--hard and probably scary to do but she knows she has your support.

Maybe once it is done you can tell her you are sorry that it was not done sooner but she will surely understand the timing part. Now you can make it more uniquely hers. Big plus that you know she already liked what she had seen previously.

Lois R. said...

Another beauty. Boy, is she going to love making up her new bed with this quilt the first time. I can just imagine how comforting it will be to her.

Good luck with the conservatory. Once you're done, you'll wonder how you lived without it!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

It's beautiful and I know that your sister will feel tha love that you've put into that quilt. She can't help but feel your hugs, too.

You do incredible work!

Judy said...

I just love you RR quilts. They all seem so lovely and big! I think marking the beginning of your sister's new life with this quilt will be perfect. Just give her a picture of the quilt and tell her the real thing will come later!

joyce said...

THe quilt is beautiful. I'm sure your sister will love it. Maybe itwould be less stressfull to stitch in the ditch or some other simple quilting this time. It would be done faster too. Good luck on the building. Always stressful at our house too.

DubiQuilts said...

Great Quilt! Your sister will cherish the quilt forever.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Anne, what a lovely quilt and how nice that you're doing it for your sister - something new to start her new life with - she'll love it!

Your work is so nice. Looks as if the Beta-Blogger people have fixed their problems - it's wonderful to be able to comment on your blog again.

Lily said...

Everyone else has said it best.

But: "The colours came about by chance from a bunch of fat quarters DH brought me back from his first trip to Cleveland , Ohio."

Your husband buys fat quarters for you? From the US?

How wonderful is he? Try to remember this magnanimous gesture when he's going slowly mad re the electricals :)

Katjaquilt said...

This quilt is beautiful. Despite her divorce your sister is a lucky one to have someone in her life who make her such a gift.

Laura said...

It is a stunner! What a beautiful quilt for your sister. She will definately know how loved she is!

Helen in the UK said...

How great for your sister to have this quilt to start up her new home. Good luck with the building work :)