What do you think about getting your wife & daughter to go away for a
retreat? Or would that be *** you? Of course, you could probably go
with them & amuse yourself during the day. I see that you are a flytyer -
as is my DH - maybe you could find a quilting retreat that is near a good
fishing hole? I think you're back east? or is it Midwest? In Northern
California, there is http://www.FoundCollection.com/;The location is
next to the Pacific Ocean. The property is beautiful & you could find
plenty to entertain yourself while they are in classes. What about a
quilting cruise? There are lots available & you could do your own thing
while they are in classes & when the ship docks, you could all go
As far as projects, I've just joined a group that is making Sylvia's Bridal
Sampler - I call it a cheater Dear Jane. In the group I belong to, we make
a block a week, but your wife & daughter could structure it anyway they
like. It doesn't have to be made in the sample colors - I'm making mine
very scrappy. http://www.FoundCollection.com/
Again, please accept my condolences - This must be devastating for all of
you. Her poor husband - what a sad thing to happen.
Again, please accept my sincere condolences.
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
A quilting seminar or cruise [if they don't get seasick!]. Are they
enamored by batiks? How about a trip to Bali to see batiks made? Is
there a style they like to do - how about a trip to Paducah or
Shelbourne [VT]? Do they like Hawaiian style quiilts - how about a
trip to Hawaii to the quilt museum there?
Ginger in CA
Memory quilt sounds like a good doable project. Made SIL a memory pillow of
her husband's ties and she sat there telling us of when he wore which tie
where as he didn't wear ties on a daily basis to work. they with you could
tell of 'where' she wore what for which occasion whist deciding if it would
work in the quilt. What about your finding pixs of her wearing said outfit,
if you have any of such, whilst they are choosing the fabrics, clothing?
Buttons from said outfit could also be a part of the quilt.
You've always seemed like a friend after so many years of helping you with
your shopping and all of us bantering back and forth. Please pass on my
condolences to your wife and daughter. May they find some comfort in
finishing the quilt together.
I don't have any ideas for you, but I will ponder on it.
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Please pass on my sincere condolences to Brenda and your daughter.
"Bobbie Sews More" wrote>I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and that of
her husband. Maybe you,
Yesterday Dr. Quilter (Marissa) mentioned that she is taking a seven month
Design Principles course with Lorraine Torrence. Dr. Q is in Seattle. I do
not know if this is a course at her LQS or an Internet course or what. It
gives me an idea for your family though.
Brenda and your daughter may like to imerse themselves in a long term course
that involves design or another aspect of quilt making. There is a book
called The Artist's Way that has attracted a following among various artists
and craftsmen. They might want to get together to work through that. A long
term course through Quilt University may be suitable instead. I am thinking
that an intellectual and lengthy program might be appropriate for them.
Maybe you could join them in discussion from time to time too.
Please accept my condolences and prayers for each of you at this very sad
Pat in ***ia
I am so sorry for your loss. Devastating. Bless you for thinking of your
wife and daughter.
Laurie G. in CA
I'm thinking about a memory quilt using pictures. Have your
wife and daughter dump the pictures on the living room floor
and cry and look and cry and look until they find the ones
they want to print on cotton to make that special memory
quilt. Special memories of everything they hold so dear.
They could then print the fabric pictures, make a pattern
choice together, shop for fabric together and then sit down
together at their sewing machines. Coffee and chocolate
are always welcomed.
ps why don't you sit down with them and help pick out the
pictures? Crying and sadness are part of the healing process.
And no one should have to go it alone.
> I'm thinking about a memory quilt using pictures. Have your
> wife and daughter dump the pictures on the living room floor
> and cry and look and cry and look until they find the ones
> they want to print on cotton to make that special memory
> quilt. Special memories of everything they hold so dear.
> They could then print the fabric pictures, make a pattern
> choice together, shop for fabric together and then sit down
> together at their sewing machines. Coffee and chocolate
> are always welcomed.
> in WA
> ps why don't you sit down with them and help pick out the
> pictures? Crying and sadness are part of the healing process.
> And no one should have to go it alone.
>> Okay folks, many of you know me as the guy who gets the Xmas present
>> list together. Need your help.
>> I need a gift for my two loving quilting ladies (wife and daughter)
>> that relates to quilting. Something that they can do/use together.
>> Actually, I would prefer it if it is something that will definately
>> take both of them.
>> Here's the situation. Last month, my older daughter passed away
>> unexpectedly, 6 days after I walked her down the aisle. One of the
>> first things my wife said through the tears was "I didn't finish her
>> That quilt will be finished. It will go with her teddy bear that is
>> sitting on top of the curio cabinet watching out over us. Now I need
>> a project for the both my wife and younger daughter to do together so
>> they can start to move on. They are very close, both extremely
>> talented quilters, so... they already have everything (up to and
>> including a long arm machine).
>> So, any ideas? Projects that you know of? Very special fabrics?
>> Thanks in advance for your help.
>> Frank Reid