Labor of love.

Dear friends,

I had the most wonderful holiday weekend — four days to be exact — nestled in the comfort of family, food, and love’s labor.

Kate was home from college with no agenda other than relaxing and catching up on family time.

Mr. Mom was home and, with the mountain burden finally lifted from his psyche, happy and present. (As opposed to restless and distracted — not that I’m criticizing him, but holy cow it feels good to be on the brighter side of that ordeal).

Only Parker was absent — busy earning money in Missouri’s productive hay fields — but still popping in long enough to share a meal or two with a family hungry for each other’s company.

Since no one had an agenda, since everyone was content to just be (with long stretches of “being” in front of the television to keep up with the US Open), I was happy to putter. And my puttering consisted of light cooking and cleaning with some heavy-duty sewing.

You could have guessed, couldn’t you, that I would tackle another project during the long weekend? I started Friday morning and finished Sunday night and couldn’t be happier with the results.

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This one is going in the mail today to a friend. That’s all I’m going to say, lest I ruin the surprise.  But few words don’t mean few photos, so here’s another view:

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And another:

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If ever I worried I might someday become a crazy cat lady, I can now release that fear for I have become the crazy quilt lady. I’ve definitely descended deep into the rabbit hole, but it’s become a labor of love, a vast creative outlet that offers an irresistible opportunity to stitch up a tangible and lasting expression of my love and admiration and send it to an unsuspecting recipient.

It’s like the quilt lottery, only you don’t have to buy a ticket and I’m the real winner (with huge recurring payoffs in joy).

With gratitude {for long weekends with my favorite people and pastimes},

Joan, who thinks a quilt with an inspired back is a lot like a purse with a pretty lining . . . delightfully unnecessary but so worth it

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Comments

  1. The stars look like they were just tossed out there. Like it bunches. Courtney and Janelle are in NYC for the Open. Cell phone pics showed them in rain gear!

  2. This is my favorite so far! Love it!

  3. What a bright and cheerful color story this quilt tells. Very modern prints in wonderful contrast with the old-fashioned stars. I’m throwing my vote in with Kathleen – this may be my favorite so far as well!

  4. It’s a beauty, Joan-Marie, and I agree with you about purse linings and quilt backs. My navy and white spectator bag (Santa Monica Maxx!!!) has a day-glow chartreuse lining.

  5. Oh I love this quilt, so bright and summery. Great pattern choice. :)

  6. I think it’s way better to be a crazy quilt lady than a crazy cat lady. Much easier to give quilts away than cats. ;-) Besides, you’re a natural quilter- your quilts are gorgeous!

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  1. […] the way, another one of my longtime friends received this quilt in the mail last week and called to say she was thrilled. I was so happy to hear she liked it […]

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