Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thank you Anita!

I am one of those very fortunate people who has been blessed with an occupation that is also their passion and dream...teaching. I have been teaching for 11 years now and many of the students I have taught have become very dear friends.

A special group of those students has been dubbed with the title of "Linen Ladies" and they have tapped into my passion of turning old linens into wholecloth quilts. One of those Linen Ladies, and one of the first, is Anita Bolton of Corning, California. She comes to my monthly Sew Days about 2-3 times a year and each time she races into the room with several armloads of projects she has worked on during the year and inspires us all. This past Sunday, and last year at this time, her armload of goodies included a beautiful Christmas present for me!

This first quilt shown is from an old tea towel that she placed on top of "new" fabric and she quilted the devil out of it. It's breath taking...I placed it above my insane schedule/calendar for next year. It sort of calms me down and is the first thing I see when I walk in the room.

The second little piece is my gift from last year. She took a small linen piece and again placed it on "new" fabric. She hand embroidered my name, added bead embellishments and again added her own style of beautiful quilting. This hangs on the wall above my "to do" box...again a calming force for what the day has in store.

Anita...thank you for your blessed friendship, your talent and your passion. You are an inspiration to us all!

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