Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sampler Quilt Name & More Than You Wanted to Know About Me

The name of the sampler quilt a few posts ago is Hearthside Memories. I've had a few people write and ask. It was the sampler quilt of the year for the 2002 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I saved all the issues and pieced the top in spring 2007. And to think it's nearly hand quilted. I'm speeding up in my old age.

The top above is made from left over triangles (two colors each) from Bonnie's Pineapple Blossom quilt. One of my daughters and I made a patriotic one. I'd been wanting to try the tilted block thing on the edges, and this seemed like a good one to try it on. I took my L/O HST units and made churn dash blocks. If they were primarily blue triangles, I put a red square in the center and vice versa. I want to make this a bit bigger before figuring out borders, but I love the play of movement in the blocks.

Today was a flash from the past. I am a sign language interpreter. For a while we had deaf in our church every single service for a long time. All at once, they all left for other churches (this is common in the deaf world). We haven't had a deaf person for about 9-10 months. Last night (out of the blue) one of the deaf girls called to see if we could pick her up for church. So I dusted off those signs and got interpreting again. It only took a few minutes to get into the swing again. Like riding a bike...or falling off a horse...or something!

Also tonight I had a young lady ask me to teach her how to play the flute (I taught a class of 5 new students two years ago at church, but she didn't have a flute then). Three of my family played an offertory on the flute, DS2 on the violin and DD3 on her clarinet.

Good night!



Leah S said...

Wow, I had no clue that you were an interpreter. Now I'm wishing you lived near me! I was born deaf, and have been wearing hearing aids since I was 2. (Too scared to do cochlear implant at this time). It was important to my parents that I could be able to communicate verbally, so they didn't teach me sign language at a young age. When I started college, I took sign classes, some with my baby sister. We ended up doing 3 out of 4 semesters of sign - I quit because I married and moved, she got college burn out. Sarah was planning to be a sign interpreter, but has diverted her attention to early childcare. It still works out though, we have the same level of sign knowledge and can understand each other just fine. :)

But that's just too neat, thanks for sharing Joan. :)

Kairle said...

That's not "more than we wanted to know", Joan. Actually very intersting.

Your churn dash quilt looks great, as do the coasters!