Friday, May 18, 2007

Old Pieces


I canceled by sub job for today. DD kept me up too late last night, and I knew I wouldn't feel up to subbing today, so I canceled it last night. I did a good bit today on the guardian angel, but it was mostly on her dress and it was white, so it wouldn't really show up in a new pic. Therefore, I decided to show some "oldies but goodies" that I found in my big box of stash. The piece above is the first piece I ever stitched that wasn't just practice. I had it framed, but for some reason that I don't remember, I took it out and put it up. In case you can't read the year, I did this in 1979! This piece is probably older that most of you who read my blog! lol As you can see from my initials, it was also before I got married! I'm going to frame this again and put it out in my house. I think I'll put it in a stand-up frame and put it on my wall unit in the den.

The piece above makes me sad. I did this in 1988 when my son Glenn was 2-years-old. I wanted to make it into a pillow to put in his crib, but when you have a 2-year-old, you don't have time to do things like that. And then I just never seemed to find the time to make the pillow. So here it is 19 years later and it's still not a pillow. And as most of you know, my son died 2 years ago at the age of 18. I really like this piece. It's a Stoney Creek pattern. I got it out because I'm going to make the pillow and put it on Glenn's bed. We still have his room pretty much as it was when he died. I feel real close to him when I go in there, and DD won't hear of changing it! And she has enough to deal with, so I just leave it alone, which is fine with me! DD turns 18 on Tues. She told me yesterday that she is afraid to turn 18 because that's the age Glenn was when he died! She's afraid something will happen to her! I'm afraid, too. I really couldn't live if something happened to her!!

The last picture is a piece I did in 1997 - ten years ago! I was into quilting back then. But I haven't done any quilting since right after I did this piece. This was a piece that I got for VERY CHEAP at Big Lots. I'm going to frame this. Someday when DD is out on her own, I'm planning to turn one of the kids' rooms into my sewing room. I want to cover the walls with cross-stitch and other things I have made (maybe I'll do some more quilting by then!). I will hang this piece in my sewing room. So 3 pictures that cover 3 decades. I didn't plan it that way, but it really represents the way my life changed over those 3 decades. In the 70s I was single, fresh out of college, and really into my teaching. I did a lot of pieces about teaching and school. In the 80s I got married and had my 2 children and my life was centered around my family. In the 90s I juggled a lot: return to single life, my kids, my teaching, my home. I bought a new house. I did a lot of stitching to decorate my house with. Wow! I haven't been this philosophical in a long time! lol Guess I'll close-I'm sure you have had enough of my ramblings. Have a happy day and may God bless you!

7 comments:

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Virpi said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your son. The teddies picture is cute.

Mary Ann said...

I loved seeing the 3 pictures covering 3 decades of your stitching--I may have to borrow the idea sometime. :) My favorite is the teddies one--very cute.

And, the angel for Briannah's quilt is looking great!!

Carla said...

all three pieces are beautiful! My favorite is the one with the teddies :)

Bev said...

Its nice to look back at the pictures that you have done, as they always bring back memories, the teddy one is beautiful.

Chiloe said...

That's right : that's why I like being a teacher but in France , it's only july and august (but with many vacations in between and a month of may full of holidays !!! yeah !) It's great when you have kids! I have 3.

Sorry for your son...

the bears are soooooooo cute. We seem to have similar tastes!

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