Friday, March 13, 2009

I joined another quilt guild!

Yes, it's happened, I didn't have enough quilting in my life, so I joined another quilt guild.  The guild is Y Knot Quilt?.  We meet every other Thursday at the Buckner, Kentucky YMCA.  This is where the young quilters can have babysitting and go to quilting.  The Y offers lots of tubes and toys and responsible watchers for the kids.  The maximum they can stay is 3 hours and guess what, that's how long quilting lasts.  

This quilt group is predominanty beginning quilters.  I don't mind this, because the pattern we are currently working on is easy.  I have so much fabric, that it's nice to have some sit and the machine and sew and not think too much about it.  Making something with your hands and seeing the completed top is a wonderful thing.  We are making a Christmas quilt pattern, and I've started 2 Christmas quilts I haven't finished, so the fabric is prepped and we traded squares for a charm quilt scrap effect.  

In the past this quilt group has made many charity quilts.  I happened to have some connections at Kosair and so they gladly gave me 7 quilts to deliver for distribution or possible sale to benefit the hospital.  I machine quilted this one and the rest were done while the quilt group was learning .   Jennifer went with me to deliver the quilts at the Cancer Research Center in downtown Louisville.   

It's always a good thing to suppliment your quilting and it's not uncommon for quilters, who recognize a good thing, to go out and find another group to join.   

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jennifer's Gallery Opening Night was a huge success

The opening of the Bone Fractured Fairy Tale, My Year Lost in Cancer Land was a huge success.  What would a fairy tale be if not starting with "Once upon a time", which gives people a place to start to read the story within a story of the nightmare that becomes a happy ending, for us at least.  The show is composed of essays and journal entries that circle the room and progress through the many stages of frustration in diagnosis and the subsequent treatment.  Between the written words are photos and paintings of the surrealness of the experience and reality of the experience.  

 The success of the Art Show was a small "compensation" for the awfulness the treatment of cancer.  But, it did turn into a bright spot in the roller coster. 

 Jennifer got to sign some of her artwork for $25.00 a picture and the wonderful people in attendance supported this local hospital that does so much good, Kosair.  

Before cancer, Jennifer had long blond hair.  My daughter started the night with the wig on.  Like a curious security blanket she held on to the perceived "normalcy".  By the end of the event, when she was feeling more confident and off went the wig, or what remained of it after a year.  Long blond monofiliment fibers found around my home, were not invisible quilting threads, but, the cover that prevented her for being herself.  Out came the purple hair, that is my beautiful creative daughter.  

This is Jennifer with her nurse friend that shaved her head bald when Jen lost all of hers, notice the picture on the wall behind them.  You really do meet some amazing people in times of difficulty, both on the treatment side and the reality side.  


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