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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Surviving the Colorado Flood on: September 19, 2013 11:17:15 AM
I am in the midst of the disaster zone.  It's been a week.  We had no idea the extent of the devastation in the beginning.  As the flash flood warnings and evacuations came one after the other, I still had power so I began to sew.

I had a baby quilt to make for Ivy (a friend's newborn).  So I used scraps to peice together her name.

News came in from the next town over - homes were being washed away.  I made some new houses.

I got an email from a college friend that he had a sister stranded on top of Longs Peak.  How do you tell a dear friend that even the helicopters can't fly.  There are 1000s in trouble.  The roads are all washed out.  No mountain access.

My Mom sent a photo of her backyard.  The bridge has collapsed.  How many roads are out?  We are separated by a huge dangerous river.  She is safe.

Must keep sewing.  I made some 'crumb' blocks to add to Ivy's quilt.

Train tracks washed out.  More bridges.  More towns.  I am so tired of watching for evacuations.  More rain.  Walls of water.  More devastation.

I can't have a meltdown.  I have to be ready for when we can get out and help.  More sewing.  Bright happy colors.

The rain stops.  The family is all safe.  Friends are checking friends.  All are accounted for but major need.  We load up the rubber boots, rubber gloves, food and great spirits BECAUSE I'VE BEEN SEWING!


We work tirelessly, endlessly, holding our friends while we empty basements, clean precious photos, rip up carpets.  Strangers show up.  From Puerto Rico, Utah, Canada, Las Vegas, Roswell, North Carolina.  They have strong backs, food, happy smiles  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  We were so grateful for the help.  

I was exhausted from hauling.  But that night, I pulled out all my peices and started putting them together.

Next day, more hauling.  More saving family photos.  I am so grateful to be able to help my friends.  

This is going to be a long process.  I must maintain my own sanity in order to keep showing up.  Last night, I put the quilt top together for Ivy and it's done.  I think it may be the most beautiful thing I have ever made.

I have enough blocks/pieces to make another full size quilt or two!  I will keep sewing as we continue to clean up our beautiful state of Colorado.  I am so grateful that I have crafting.  To me, it's like calming meditation.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: And just who is Sarah Fear? on: September 12, 2013 04:53:38 PM
The letters are great! paper pieced?

They're sort of paper pieced but not really.  The author of the book shows you how to eyeball the letters by looking at a 'pattern' of numbered shapes.  I'm guessing that most experienced quilters (which I'm not!) could wing it just by looking at some of the quilts made in this style.  Alas, I had to buy the book  Cheesy
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: And just who is Sarah Fear? on: September 12, 2013 03:34:52 PM
Thanks for the shout out, WO, but it's not me. I just checked my pins and I don't have her stuff. But I will be pinning like crazy now that I know her name.

Smmarrt - That's too funny!  I could've sworn it was you as you like those bright wonky kooky quilts like me Tongue  This lady Tonya took classes or something from Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston.  Tonya is on pinterest!!!  I can't find a blog; she's probably too busy making fun quilts.  If you find that she offers classes or retreats, lets go!  FUN FUN FUN
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: And just who is Sarah Fear? on: September 12, 2013 03:29:09 PM
Oh yeah.  I guess that was as clear as mud.  We're living in the midst of some major flooding and I'm crafting to keep insanity at bay as long as the power holds out.

Sarah Fear was a member of the quilt organization.  She died and therefore will have a block in the memorial quilt.  We know who most of the former members were.  For example, one former member made crazy quilts that raised crazy amounts of money and so the woman who is making her memorial block is making it in the crazy quilt style.  As for Sarah Fear, no one (including myself) can track down anything on her.  Is that still as clear as mud?
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / And just who is Sarah Fear? on: September 12, 2013 01:51:10 PM
I don't know.  No one seems to know.  

I joined a quilt group that makes quilts to raise money for a battered woman's shelter and a food bank.  The group is making a memorial quilt for all the quilt group members who've passed away over the years.  I took the block for Sarah Fear.  No one knows who Sarah Fear is.  We've done hours of research but alas all I know is that she was a wonderful woman who made quilts to raise money for the less fortunate ones.

Anyways, I've gotten a new book by the 'UnRuly Quilter' Tonya Ricucci.  It's called Word Play Quilts.  I think Smaarrt had a bunch of pins showing Tonya's wonky kooky way of quilting letters.  So this is my wonky kooky block for dear Sarah Fear.

16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Inchie House Swap (Signups closed; Send by 8/23) on: September 11, 2013 01:41:34 PM
Kosmic - oh my dearest.  I have been checking the gallery every few days to see your third creation as your observatory for AlwaysInMyRoom and your boyd house for Teag are AMAZING!  That is such a bummer for both you and Zalphinian  Cry Cry Cry  And for the rest of us waiting on pins and needles to see another one of your unique ideas!!!
There is a process for an angel to step in.  I'm guessing that our dear swap organizer will reach out to you shortly.  Huggs.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: three generation afghan on: September 11, 2013 07:30:22 AM
What a treasure!  And a treat to read. 

There's a culture out there (Amish?) that actually add in a mistake to their quilts because they believe that only God is perfect.  Something like that.
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! on: September 10, 2013 02:35:15 PM
Yoopidou!!! Oh my gourd!  I'm loving your little neighborhood.  Do you always do everything so amazingly?  I wanna hang out and craft with you.  Looooving it!
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! on: September 09, 2013 05:22:56 PM
onecrazymom - I like how the trees are 'raised' from the house.  It's an idea that I'm gonna have to borrow!  I'm glad that it made it safely albeit a bit wonky of a package  Cheesy  I'm sure for blu it was worth the wait as it's neato!!!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! on: September 07, 2013 05:25:52 PM
Thanks Blu!

And Lime... that's exactly what I was going for.  Hah!
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