I've received a lot of interest on Twisted Craze. Here is the link to the individual pattern.
I would love to see other versions of this - please feel free to send pictures!
Twisted Craze was featured in the March/April McCall's Quilting 2015.
This isn't just a blog about quilting. Although quilts are a huge part of my life, there is so much more to my story. I feel like a little bit of my heart was taken with all the quilts I gave away. I suppose my heart should feel bigger - but the truth is; so many people that received quilts from me don't understand the love that goes into each one. I now understand my Grandma and my Mom - in all the things they have made and given... how awesome it is to give the gift, to be blessed enough to make the gift... but it's kind of like making a minature ship. Hours, love - then you place it in the water and watch it float away, never to be seen again.
Tonight I'm reading C.S. Lewis...
"There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vunerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it up carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket–safe, dark, montionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
I believe that the most lawless and inordinated loves are less contrary to God's will than a self-invited and self-protective lovelessnness... We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the suffereings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as a way in which they should break, so be it."
C.S. Lewis; The Four Loves
Should I look at my stats? The number of people who read my blog? Would I continue to do this if there was only one? Yes. Funny thing is, there is SO much I don't blog about - but yet there are more people telling me that I'm too much of an open book. I tell them, "loves, wait till I publish a book before you say that."
Two more quilts done. Made my me - hand quilted by my 97 year old grandma. I have NO doubt in my mind that I am her granddaughter. She gave me the patience and love to teach me what most days defines me... the love of making and giving someone a quilt.
She never learned how to drive. Could only have her quilting frame out during the winter months - too many chores to do in the summer months. After grandpa got sick, she left it out all year long. Probably the most rebllious thing she ever did regarding her husband.
Final note for this blog post...
Goof ball Orange Phart signing off.
He's awake with me tonight. I can't sleep. He'll be 12 years old this year. My Red Fawn Italian Greyhound, St. Louis.
Louis is the second adopted puppy of the gephart pack. he is a tresaured red fawn iggy. he was born in kearney, ne and was the only pup in his litter. louis was named after the st. louis cardinals. he can often be caught watching baseball with his mama.
louis spends most of his time curled up under his st. louis cardinals fleece blanket or jumping on things or over things. he is capable of jumping a 6 foot fence. his hoomans, ryguy and myself, have made many modifications to keep him from escaping.
make no doubt about it - i love my dogs.
The front of the shirt reads "Good Girls Never Miss Church" Well, um, OF COURSE NOT!
Regarding our Eric Church concert experience.
A) Eric Church was amazing live! He played for hours and was so into the crowd. I'm amazed of the amount of people who have never heard of him. He first played in Denver at the Grizzly Rose, and then the Fillmore, then Red Rocks. Oh my how I would of loved to see him at Red Rocks. Did I tell you guys I drive by Red Rocks on my way to work?
I absolutely LOVE where I live! Back in the day when I had the energy I use to run Red Rocks on the weekends. It's become quite popular and I'm not a huge fan of crowds. That goes to show you how much I love Eric Church; crowds kind of freak me out. However, people watching is a blast.
B) I saw enough plaid last night to last me awhile.
C) Although I think Eric Church is very handsome - I think RyGuy's got this.
D) He became the biggest entertainer of Section 110. He put on my shirt to be silly.
What letter am I on? Not doing my best writing tonight - RyGuy has Scorpion King 3 on and I don't concetrate well when there's racket. He's not feeling well. There is a bug going around his station, it's a miracle he doesn't get sick more often. These guys practically live together, constantly around sick people, in and out of hospitals, nursing homes etc.
E) Ryan's partner, I call him Willy Bean and his girlfriend went with us last night. Oh my gosh - RyGuy and Willy Bean are hysterical together! There really is nothing like the sense of humor of paramedic/FF's.
I wouldn't do any of their stories justice. They kind of need each other and I really like Willy Bean. So they can have their bromance.
Oh my gosh! We decided to leave early because I had to work today, since Willy Bean drove we took a cab. The most hysterical cab experience I have EVER had. I can't even blog about the stories our cab driver told us. By the time we got home we were laughing so hard we could barely breathe. I mean seriously what people do in cabs is beyond me. Just thinking about one of the stories I'm laughing!
So in order of awesomeness of last night here's how I rank things.
#10 I was in the same room as Eric Church!
#9 RyGuy and I had a great time spending time together and I was in the same room as Eric Church!
#8 Dwight Yoakam
#7 I got my wings
#6 We got to spend sometime with amazing friends
#5 I got to hear my favorite song live!!!
#4 The most interestingly funny cab ride of my life
#3 We took a really great selfie. Well, I did. ;)
#2 We went out and had fun; let our hair down and lived life.
#1 I have the most amazing partner in crime in RyGuy - he makes me laugh, love and live. I got to see my favorite male country singer and he was by my side. Oh, did I mention, I was in the same room as Eric Church!
The silliness of my beautiful ladies at work. When I told Susan that I was going to Eric Church, she thought I said, "I'm going to her church." Group text message:
Tracee: Oh my gosh! I went to Susan's church! Be there soon!
Share Bear: Hope you enjoyed the sermon!
I sent the picture of Ryan in my shirt.
Share Bear: Wow!
Valerie: LOL. Just now seeing this!
Suz: Glad you too the shot before he flashed.
Tracee: Moving like a turtle - up past my bedtime. But will be there with bells on, can't let my ladies and gentleman down.
Valerie: SG, you're hysterical! See you soon, churched-turtle-girl!
Tracee: with my wings on. Did I mention, I went to church?
Share Bear: I sewed a church yesterday.
Suz: I drove by a church.
That's all I got for now. Should be back sewing tomorrow. The adventure of life... continues.
I have been so blessed and humbled by the people God has put in my life. Beautiful, creative, loving people - so many of them. It's these people I hold onto when someone breaks my heart. That happens a lot to me. I let people in very easily; I fear more the loss of not knowing someone then a broken heart. I would like to introduce you to Care Bear.
Care Bear use to be my partner in crime at McCall's. Her and I stuck together and she was always so kind to me. She often told me that I was a "breathe of fresh air." I don't often see myself the way others do. I'm really hard on myself. We really are our own worst critics. Care Bear and I started eating lunch together - I often think of the times I had her laughing so hard tears were coming out of her eyes. She is an amazing person and a very gifted artist. She resigned from McCall's to pursue her paintings - and I so admire her for that. I am so glad we stay in touch; she's one of my faithful blog readers and I am SO blessed to call her my friend.
She received my Kaffe quilt as a parting gift - she worked for McCall's for 5 years and was a very valuable part of our team. She actually liked doing the PPO (Pattern Pull Out Section) - OH MY GOSH how I miss that! She looked as it as a puzzle and always made it work. I look at it and sigh. Her personality, her heart, her spirit is more beautiful then any fabrics, any quilt I could of given her - but I think this one did the trick.
We were such goof balls together!
But were are the dearest of friends.
I got this beautiful picture last night from her. What a beautiful baby!
But I'm the one that truly got the gift. The gift of her friendship. And this beautiful painting.
She knows how much I love Tod - she watched me melt with the loss of Anaheim. Tod would sometimes come into the office with me and he was my sunshine when I was in a very sad place. Not that the other dogs didn't make me smile - it's just "There is not psychiatrist like that of a puppy licking your face."
I think maybe, just maybe - she was inspired by this.
I don't know if she has named the painting; I call it "Tracee and her Tod Jeffrey Allen Nightwing Halfhorse Toothless."
Here's to you Care Bear. I love you!
Hold please - Mr. Willis (my lappy) is down to only 13% battery and of course Lilli Joon is pawing at the door. I'll be right back!
Alrighty then - no news to report today. I was super lazy. I took the day to be one of the dogs.
Need I say more? Sometimes you just need a quilt, a couch and a day.
Sweetest of dreams - just so you know; reading my blog makes you as crazy as me. (wink, wink)
A later start than I wanted, but this morning - I loaded Bernie in the car, put the seatbelt on him and off we went to Share Bear's house to work on a quilt that needs to be done ASAP. As Uncle Sid would say, "A S A Please." Of course Bernie and I had to stop by Starbucks for a Venti Iced Coffee, Tall NonFat Latte and my beverage of choice, hold on to your hats kids - a Venti Iced Quad Shot Upside Down Caramel Macchiatto. The entire drive I watched as the Iced Coffee was seriously TOO close to spilling on Bernie. Side note: Tracee, it's time to clean out your car.
It's so much fun to sew with other people. It was Susan, Sherri and I. I have to admit it's been too long since I've sewn with someone other than myself. I think it's something I want to start to do more often. There is such a community amoung quilters. Not even just quilters - crafters. It's like we fuel each other's passion and love for our craft. What's even more awesomer is Susan and Sherri are also as big of dog lovers as myself. I got to hang out with Cookie (Sherri's dog) and Hobson and Mazie (Susan's dogs). The only down side is when I got home my dogs accused me of cheating on them. For the love of pizza I sure which they would cut out the insecurities. I mean, seriously, they're the ones I come home to every night.
On a complete different note. RyGuy and I have an ongoing bet to, who loves who more? Well kids, I'm losing - very badly... but maybe really kind of winning. RyGuy got us tickets to go to the Eric Church concert next week. I told my brother that this morning and he wrote back, "Who's Eric Church?" I told him he was FIRED! My brother is a musican and doesn't know my all time favorite male country singer!
In case any of you don't know who he is - here's one of my favorites:
Sweetest of dreams!
There are just those days when you think to yourself, "really?"
I was once asked what job have I had in my life that I hated. I've never hated a job that I've had. I've disliked people that I worked for and with - but never hated a job. I started working at a very young age, I can't exactly remember how old I was... but I had a paper route that I shared with my brother. I remember "collecting" money and having to send a check to the paper - oh that made me so frustrated. Why was I paying them?! My dad tried to explain it, but I never did quite get it. Then I worked at a bakery when I was 14. An older German couple owned it, their images are very clear in my head. It's where I learned how I like to write my A's, properly twist tie a bag of bread, learned what a short changer was, and how much I loved pastries. After that it was the Gap, for years and years, I learned how to fold jeans, wear clothes that fit me, how to curl my eyelashes and met my first boyfriend. While working at the Gap I also worked at an outdoor sporting goods store - where I learned Wicker furniture is not Wicked and my love for snowboarding . A small deli with the most amazing coffee - cut the tip of my finger off, went to the doctor with the tip on ice, the nurse dropped it and stepped on it - that's where I learned what cauterizing is. Applebee's for 15 minutes - my double pierced ears were not allowed. As IF! Oh I forgot! I was a lifeguard for many summers, detassled corn, worked at Christian summer camp. Then came Colorado. New Media Designs as a Web Designer, Athletic Motion as a Web Designer, People I Know Communications as a Web Designer... Direct4Media aka Valpak, BrakesPlus as a Graphic Designer. McCall's Quilting Magazine and a Dispatcher for a few months. Oops forgot another one - I taught at Red Rocks Community College. That's where I learned I DID NOT want to become a professor.
In a discussion today with my boss I said, "We spend more time with our co-workers than pretty much anyone (awake hours) - they kind of become your "family for now." I think it's important to have healthy relationships with them. Some of my old co-workers are now my closet friends, others created some amazing memories that I will cherish forever. Some created memories I wish I could forget - but that doesn't make them any less important. I think at the end of the day, we all need to remember that people are human and we're all in this together."
So, on that note - what I want to be when I grow up is full laughter, love and kindness... I want to be Tracee.
I only ordered 3 -
A texting conversation with the owner of It's All Dakota to Me:
Me: Whatcha doing?
Him: Cleaning. I'm living in a pik sty for cryin' out loud!
Me: Well I live in a dog house.
Him: Snoopy has the coolest pad ever.
Me: I love Charlie Brown. What am I going to do when I grow up?
Him: Old Chuck's going to kick that football someday.
Me: Thanks Buddy! :)
Now, what am I going to do tonight?
I'm SO super duper excited I still have some blog readers out there! Today was a really great day. Lots of laughing. We're always so busy at work we very seldom have time anymore to take a few minutes to laugh.
I thought when I got home today I'd work on my redo of a version of "Not Your Grandma's Flower Garden." Sadly - I think another thimble has gone to the dogs. Literally. So, that's it! I'm ordering 10 and making RyGuy always keep one safe. I can't bear it when I want to sew on something that needs a thimble and I can't find it. I call my timbles "tubtubs", you know me - I name everything! I tried to make shift one out of medical tape, then duck tape - bud sadly, if I punctured the tape the thread got stuck and well, um... A LOT of rethreading.
(Just so you know, I had to google to see if it was bear or bare; guess it really could been either way... I'm baring my thimble situation with you.)
I've tried SO many different thimbles in my battle of the dogs vs thimbles and I only truly like one. It has to be ordered. So, I'm extremely happy I have my original tubtub safely displayed at my office... he's going to have to go back to work for awhile. Suppose I'll put him in an offical shadow box when he gets retired.