Sunday, June 5, 2016

Opposites Attract Blog Hop and Giveaway!




Hi, and welcome back to my blog.  I know it's been over a month since I've written. 

I've been working on some things, but didn't blog about them.  I think I had mentioned that my dad was ill.  He had an infection, and passed away on May 15 from complications from the antibiotics he was given.  It's been a rough 3 months.  Although we were hoping that he would have continued to fight, he had just lost too much weight to fight again, when he had the final relapse of C-Diff.  He was a great man, and loved by many.  He's taught me so much, and was always proud of what I could create.  We are all missing him.  

In the meantime, I've also been working on getting my new studio set up, and working on some projects for custom orders, and my piece for this blog hop.  Marion of Seams To Be Sew invited a variety of bloggers to help celebrate opposites.  

We were to create a small quilt using 2 colors.  Since I had planned to make a pink and white wall-hanging for my new bathroom, I searched for a pattern to use.  I had planned to make the December 2015 Aurifil Designer of the Month mini, so I picked some of my red/pink fabrics from Island Batik, and Sprinkles, a fun neutral from the basics collection.  I had a sample of the main deep magenta from my Ambassador box, but purchased more.  I also used Raspberry, a basic from their collection to add the medium shade.  I picked these fabrics because they went well with my towels from Lands' End, Hot Fuchsia.


 Although it was rainy, the quilt matches some of the roses in my yard.  
 Island Batik's colors are so pretty!  I love the texture and quality of the fabrics.  Being an Ambassador is awesome!



When the quilt is finished (with the darker fabric for a binding) it will hang here, on the quilt rack I purchased for it.  All will be mounted correctly, not with tape and thumb tacks, lol.  I'll share when the whole bathroom is done.  I think it's going to add such a fun and pretty touch to the wall!  

If you hadn't heard, I moved back home to help my parents, and have a small basement apartment in their house.  The bathroom and kitchen in the apartment had black mold, so the bath was ripped out, and I've had most of it rebuilt.  I still need to do another coat of paint and add some shelves. but picked deep pink for the towels and accents.  We still need to finish the kitchen, and I'm using the 2nd floor bedroom for my studio.  Mom's really been glad I'm here for her, now, and she's having fun doing photo shoots and helping me pick fabrics for projects.  She even went to a quilt show with me.

With all the changes and happenings over the last few months, it feels really good to be sewing, quilting and blogging again.  Each day brings something fun, even with the sadness of missing my dad.  

Please also visit the other bloggers sharing today, and enter the Rafflecopter link for a chance to win a gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop, and another prize from DJInkers.

Visit:
Ravelry1
Teatime Creations
123Quilt
Sew Many Yarns

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the opposites!  

Maryellen

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53 comments:

Vicki H said...

Sorry for your loss. It's great that you can be with your mom. The quilt looks great in your bathroom.

QuiltShopGal said...

I am truly sorry for your loss. Your father was a wonderful man and you were an amazing daughter. I hope you find strength in knowing he lives on thru you.

Love your red/white quilt and bathroom decor. Total #CreativeGoodness. I've always loved red/white quilts but I think you've inspired me to decorate my bathroom this way. Love it!

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desertskyquilts said...

I'm so sorry about your father. There is no way to measure how much you loved each other. I'm glad that you can be there to help your mother through this time. Having lost my husband six years ago, I know that's a difficult thing. Your company may help. I love the little wall-hanging you've made. It looks perfect with those towels. So glad you could get rid of the mold - that stuff is awful.

Marian said...

Losing my father was one of the most difficult periods for me and I know that he is their watching over his children. It is the same with you. He's watching over you, keeping you safe, and he knows your going thru this period of adjustment to. I feel for you and I truly am sorry for your loss.

Your red and white hanging is gorgeous and I love how it hangs aboe the towel rack in the bathroom.

I truly admire that you were able to participate in Opposites Attract, as I know it couldn't have been easy having to deal with your loss, but we are all grateful that you showed us this beautiful project and shared your loss with us today. Many Many Hugs!!!

Edie said...

I lost both my Husband and Father in 2014, so I can sympathize with your loss. I am glad that you and your Mom are creating a more special bond with each other in this trying time. Your project is fabulous. Love the "Hot Pink". Your Mom is probably having a blast helping with the photo shoots. Take Care. raydeer@memlane.com

Anita said...

I am sorry for your loss.
Your hot pink wall hanging is gorgeous, and it fits perfectly in your bathroom! Thanks for sharing.

Dorian said...

What a pretty little wall hanging, love that pink! I'm so sorry for your loss.

Michele T said...

So sorry for your loss. Love your pink wall hanging!!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your quilt is lovely, and will look great in your finished bathroom!

Rhonda said...

I'm sure your dad was honored that is daughter was there in his time of need. It is a wonderful thing when children are there for their parents.
Love your project!!

Monica said...

I lovely addition to your bathroom.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ohhh, it is so pretty! Good luck with all of you renos

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

My husband is facing this soon. No matter, you can never be prepared for the loss. It seems trite to tell you the quilt is beautiful, but it is and the color choices are perfect.

sewlost said...

I'm so sorry about your Dad. That Cdiff is a terrible complication of antibiotics.
Your quilt is lovely and will look great in your bathroom. Thank you for sharing your project with all that's going on with your life right now. I hope it provided a little bit of distraction for you.
Sandy

MissPat said...

My condolences to you and your Mom. It is a blessing that you were able to move in with them and support both your parents through a difficult time. It is good that you have a focus to help you move through this stage.
Your wall hanging is lovely. Let your quilting be part of your comfort.

Allison CB said...

I am so sorry to hear about your father! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Hoping that your heart heals!

JANET said...

Sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your Mom. Love the colors in your quilt!

Gene Black said...

Your quilt is adorable. I find sewing a great way to work through difficult times. Grace and peace to you.

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

So glad you are able to be creative!!

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

So glad you are able to be creative!!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful wall hanging and of course I love the batiks! I'm sorry about your dad.

anna brown said...

Nice little happy looking quilt ....happyness04431@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

Your quilt is a lovely one. I hope quilting helped you through the tough road you have traveled in the last few months.

Lori Smanski said...

so sorry for your loss. how wonderful you can live with your mom. your quilt is lovely.
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Laura said...

Love the fresh feeling to your block design and the colours you chose.
It feels very happy. Good for you to design such a lovely quilt.

Claire Sutherland said...

So sorry about your dad. Gorgeous fabric choices. What a lovely wall hanging x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Quilter Beth said...

Such a time of transition for you. Maybe sewing will help you through it. I love the pink!

Calicojoan said...

Gorgeous new opposite quilt for your brand new bathroom. So sorry for your loss. I know that his memories will live of forever in your heart.

barbara woods said...

beautiful quilt

Magpie Sue said...

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. That's always hard. Glad to learn things are beginning to get back to normal and that you're enjoying sewing again. I love the two color quilt you've created. Those are some of my favorite pinks. :-)

delaineelliott said...

Sorry for your loss. Your mom is lucky to have you with her. I love your quilt. The more I see quilts made with pink and white, the more I like the color combination. Thanks!

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Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty quilt to brighten up your bathroom. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Sewgirl said...

So sorry to hear about your dad. It is so kind of you to move back with your mom to help out. Love your pink and white piece...don't see just those two colors to often, but it's really quite striking. Thanks for sharing.

Melody Lutz said...

I did the same thing. Mom and I have never been close, but she's my mom and she's still daddy's girl that deserves dignity and respect. Quilt on girl!

Vicki in MN said...

Your quilt is so pretty!! So sorry for you loss, it is not easy I know.

Lisa Marie said...

Even at a difficult time you have made something beautiful. So sorry for your loss, I hope you and your mother will be a comfort to each other.

Needled Mom said...

You've had a couple of rough months. I'm really sorry to hear about your dad, but I'll bet your mom is glad to have you home.

Love your hot pink quilt-ette!

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I know how hard it is to move. I know your parents are glad to have you close and able to help. Your pink and white quilts is really pretty. Happy sewing.

Emily C said...

Very pretty. I love how it matches your flowers.

Seacoast Quilter said...

It's scary how fast life can change... I love your bold pink plan for the bathroom. Thanks for sharing.

Peaches1003 said...

That's a really cute mini. It looks so festive!

Kathy said...

So sorry about your dad. I love the colors you chose for your quilt.

Kathy said...

So sorry about your dad. I love the colors you chose for your quilt.

Kathy said...

So sorry about your dad. I love the colors you chose for your quilt.

Tina Jeo said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. I am glad sewing helps. tljeo@yahoo.com

Barb Johnson said...

Love, LOVE L-O-V-E the hot pink and white quilt. Bright pink has always been my favorite color, but I have never had the nerve to decorate with it!

Teatime Creations said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your father. It sounds like he was loved a lot and your mother is lucky to have you around to help her.
What a pretty project you created. Take care.

Diane' said...

Sorry for your loss. I've been there. Very nice looking wall quilt.

PK Sews said...

Bless you for being so supportive to your parents. And I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. I hope sewing brings you comfort. Your wall quilt is beautiful!

Katy M said...

I'm so sorry about your dad, the hope that quilting is bringing you some joy x

Bec said...

My sincere condolences. Sounds like you have lots of good memories to hold in your heart.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. I'm sure it's a blessing for both you and your mom to be together during this tough time. At least your dad is at peace now. I went through a similar situation with my dad - but it was the ugly C word and he fought so hard until we finally told him it was to rest.
Your quilt is great - I love the colors! Thanks for the chance to win :)
Debby E
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