Tuesday, January 24, 2012

… putting your heart into it


If you've been a reader of my blog for a bit,
you will recognize the name 'Nubin'.
Nubin (her 'proper' name is Karolyn) is my quilter. . .
. . . but she is also my dear friend & one of the sweetest people I've ever met.

A few years ago, a couple of us (Nubin, our friend Susan, & I) thought it would be fun 
to make 'Aunt Millie's Garden' - by Piece 'O Cake Designs.
First we aimed to meet every other Monday evening. . . 
. . . & sometimes it was hit-or-miss. . .
 But now we are meeting pretty much every Monday evening.
(We love the mini retreat each week!)

So. . . fast forward a bit. . . 
. . . & Susan & I are still working on just getting our blocks done.
(. . . even though we each decided to make 9 of the 12 blocks)
. . . But, Nubin finished hers.

. . . oh my. . . did she ever finish hers!

To set the scene for this post. . . I must tell you that Nubin never. . . ever. . . does anything halfway.
. . . it's not in here genes. . .
She gives everything her very best . . . & then some.

So, when it came to putting this quilt together,
Nubin hand-dyed the background fabric. . . & the fabric for the sashing & outer border.
She picked bright fabrics, to reflect the busy, crazy way that life can be.
. . . then her imagination & her love of her family & friends took over.

Nubin decided that she would make a cute little 'lizard' to represent 
each of her immediate family (we do live in Arizona!). . .
. . . & then she added a birdie  to represent  people who mean a lot to her.

. . . the design became Nubin's work of 'heart'. . .
. . . She knew that she wanted to submit it to be in the quilt show for this year (2012),
. . . & even though there were a few times she wanted to give up on it. . .
. . . she never did.
(in fact she didn't leave anything out!)

Nubin was finishing the hanging sleeve just days before the quilt needed
to be turned in for the quilt show. . . but she did it.

It is a very special quilt. . . 
. . . it is a very bright & busy quilt (just like her life!). . .
. . . but it is a very special quilt to her. . .
& she wanted to share it.

(by the way. . . Nubin (a very mild-mannered, sweet lady) gave the quilt the name 
'Queen Mother Beast In Her Garden'
. . . after a fond, & funny, very hot afternoon 
working in the back yard with her family where they were laying some brick. 
Her husband wanted to be sure that Nubin didn't over-do 
& he made sure the boys kept the shade umbrella nearby - 
& they (lovingly) referred to her as 'Mother Beast'. . . 
& she corrected them - calling herself the Queen Mother Beast!)  :o)

So, now to the past week. . .
Late last week, Nubin got a call from the head of the quilt guild show
to let her know that a couple of her quilts had won blue ribbons!. .  (she also won many, many ribbons for her quilting on other people's quilts!)
. . . then before the lady let Nubin go. . . she told her that it was also her honor
to inform Nubin that the judges chose 'Queen Mother Beast In Her Garden'
as the 'Best In Show' quilt!

(insert happy dance here!)

Honestly. . . all those who know Nubin cried tears of joy.
For Nubin's work to be acknowledged this way is so perfect.
. . . & that it's for a quilt called 'Queen Mother Beast. . . .' is so wonderfully ironic. . .!

So,. . . now that I've told you the whole (& a wee bit long - sorry) story. . .

Here's my dear, sweet Nubin 
. . . shining next to the 'Queen Mother Beast in Her Garden'. . .


Here's the entire quilt (photos do not do the quilt justice!).
The two lizards circling the center block, are Nubin & her hubby. Bob)




Here's my dear, sweet Nubin . . 
a happy, happy girl! 
(& the 'Best of Show' ribbon behind her!)




. . . a close up of the lizard for Nubin. . . she put Swarsky crystals on each of the toes!
. . . a little bling for the 'Queen Mother Beast'!
(all of the lizards & birdies have beads/crystals for the eyes as well. . .
. . . the quilt actually sparkles as you walk by!)




 . . . & here's me! I'm the pink & green birdie!. . . just to the left of the right corner.
(. . . can't tell you how much that means to me!)




. . . & at the base of the quilt is the fountain, which reminds me of Nubin's home. . .
. . . a place that is open to everyone & where everyone is welcome.

So that's my Nubin. . . & her wonderful, amazing quilt.
I count myself to be very blessed to have watched her put her heart into this quilt.

. . . & I count myself blessed to have Nubin as such a dear friend!

All Hail the Queen Mother Beast!  ;o)  (hee- hee!)



Bren

Friday, January 20, 2012

… just popping in. . .



Hi. . .
. . . I'm just popping in to let you know that my little quilt,
'By My Hand'
is on a little bit of a journey & if you are going to the Road to California quilt show this weekend. . . you can see it in person!

Jennifer at Shabby Fabrics will have 'By My Hand' on display in here booth (1304 & 1306) & she took with her bunches of patterns! But, if you would like to sign up for the block of the month that Jennifer is going to be doing with 'By My Hand'. . . you can do that there too! (You can also sign up online here.)

I know that Jennifer has ordered the fabrics that I used on my quilt. . . so if you would like for yours to look just like it. . . here's your chance!

I hope all of you going to 'Road' have a wonderful time. . .
(. . . & I think I need to plan to go next year. . . it looks like an amazing show!)

We also have a quilt show here at home this weekend. . . 
a lot smaller than 'Road'. . .
 but it's a wonderful show too! I used to do a booth there. . . but no longer. I just couldn't keep that up. . . 
I will be going to the show on Sunday. (. . . & I'll be taking photos of some very special friends who have some incredible quilts in the show.)

On Saturday, I'm going to help out at the quilt shop,
as our local quilt show brings in folks from Texas to Colorado to California too!
 So, it's probably going to be a wee bit busy! 
But it's always fun as everyone is so happy getting fabric & goodies for their projects.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Bren

Monday, January 16, 2012

… my word for this year


I chose this word. . .
. . . weeks ago actually. . .
& even though I knew 
this was the word . . .
. . . & it repeatedly tugged on my heartstrings. . .
for some reason I felt the need to keep it to myself.

. . . But, in my heart
. . . with the events in my life 
in these first few weeks of the new year. . .
I know that I want to put it out there. . .

Because it's what I so utterly depend on. . .
. . . what I treasure in others. . .
. . . & what I strive for in my own thoughts & actions. . .


It's going to be a journey. . .

. . . but there's no other journey I would rather travel . . .
. . . than one filled with this.


Bren



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