Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Janet- Interwoven Friends

I'm very blessed to have a core group of friends some of them going back to when I moved to Texas in 1975 and some who have come into my life fairly recently. You are lucky in life to have one or two trusted friends but I have several. The kind of friends who you have gone through every experience a woman can go through in her life, childbirth, divorce, marriage, infidelity by a spouse, re-marriage, death of parents, death of siblings and close family, changes in finances, bankruptcy, moves to new homes, loss of home from fire, babysitting, chicken pox, financial loss, not knowing how to get through the next day, hospitalizations too many to count, cancer, loss of a child, exhaustion, packing and moving in the middle of the night to get away from an abusive spouse, the list could go on and on. But there has also been great joy, laughing till you snort wine out your nose, misadventures which lead to more laughing. We are blended together like ingredients in a cake, each with our own part to contribute. I know the next few years will add another experience, losing them at some point. So we overlook irritations, differences of opinion, politics, religion and we tell each other how much we love one another, just in case. The different colors of strips in the quilt represent their personalities. It is paper pieced, big surprise, and Rita there are 256 pieces so you don't have to count.

13 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, Janet! This is spectacular. And paper piecing 256 pieces! Girl, you are a glutton for punishment. But the results are truly mind-blowing. As always, too, your narrative about your quilt is so wise and with touches of your sense of humor, but also so much poignancy here. I love the quilt, the way you write, and I am so very glad you are in our group!

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  2. WOW is right. Your color choices are spectacular. I love the energy in this quilt. I'm blown away by that much paper piecing!! So far... this is my favorite. Simply striking.

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  3. What a truly wonderful piece of art and writing for all of us to admire and to enjoy. Thank you for the big effort!

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  4. This is just delightful to see. I love bright oolors on black so I think this is my favorite.
    It looks perfectly done! What a great work of art.

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  5. Beautiful Janet! But we now all expect nothing less from you. Friends are truly what keep us going sometimes. They give us a soft place to land............And Miss Janet, I would count your pieces why? :)

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    1. You counted the pieces on the spiraling out of control quilt, so then I had to go and count the pieces so it wouldn't bug me for the rest of my life.

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  6. I love this piece and the story behind it truly makes it a quilt that speaks volumes. I know I saw it last night in person and could tell that it is truly all pieced, but this morning looking at it on the computer it looks like you wove tubes of fabric together precisely. It is amazing and beautiful! Having the binding 4 different colors adds an extra yum to it.

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  7. A beautiful quilt, Janet, and a wonderful tribute to friends. I, too, have a group of friends that I treasure. What would we do with GIRL-friends? I love the colors, the precise paper piecing and the fact that you actually pieced 256 pieces of fabric! And, I'm with Judy, I love the binding in 4 colors. Gorgeous!

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    1. WOW the binding even has mitered corners! Janet, you are amazing, truly!

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  8. The only response I can give to this is WOW. I love the piece and the narrative

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  9. Gorgeous work! Everyone has said it all! The writing, beautiful colors and precise paper piecing!

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  10. I'm sorry to be repetitious, but like the others...WOW! Your quilt really "pops" and thank you so much for your candidness with your so well expressed words. I've not snorted wine, but have snorted coffee out my nose over something funny that a friend said when we were on a quilt get-away many years ago...and she has NOT let me forget, as I "hit" some of her quilt blocks!

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  11. This piece is beyond my imagining, and to think that you paper-pieced all those 256 pieces is staggering to me ! Beautiful work, personal and very touching narrative. Thank you for this exquisite work of art....

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