Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Feelings Wo-o-o Feelings (Insert Musical Notes Here)

My daughter and her family came to visit on Sunday afternoon and I gave Sam and Caroline the immense set of markers I had bought at the beginning of the Great Coloring Book Craze about six months ago (for the record I did complete two postcards and part of one page in a coloring book). Joe brought up a stack of paper; they were delighted and set right to work. Sam started with a man in serious need of a haircut but unwilling to get one, reminding me of someone else I know but that's another story. When I left the room to get the dinner on the table, Caroline was working on a wallpaper-type design with hearts, flowers, and squiggles in all the right places.

Between dinner (choose between regular cheeseburgers and sage-apple-turkey burgers) and dessert (Sherry's offering of decadent peach and raspberry cupcakes with creamy lemon frosting), Caroline left the table for a while and returned to bring me a new drawing. "These are the six feelings," she explained, and I looked them over.

Feelings and I go way back, back to when I was a child and was not really permitted to have any apart from guilt, shame, and remorse. In my mid-to-late twenties I was a volunteer at Help Line, the crisis intervention center in the college town where we lived. I'll never forget that first class which was on Feelings. "You can't solve their problems," Mark told us. "But you can validate their feelings." When I taught the Feelings class to my Stephen Ministry students, I always gave everyone a big green paperclip to mark the page in their book that listed scores of feelings, pointing out that for many people in crisis, the most helpful thing is for someone to understand how they feel. And as a hospital chaplain, probably the single most important thing I do is acknowledge feelings of patients, family members, and staff. Feelings matter.

I cannot tell you everything I love about Caroline's drawing, but here are some of them:

  • Even at the age of eight she can identify six feelings, and they are varied
  • The facial expressions reflect the feelings
  • As does the wallpaper for each vignette
  • The colors for some of the feelings are so appropriate (mad, sad, discusted)
  • Silly is included as a legitimate feeling
I can also tell you some of the feelings I have as I contemplate the work of art that now graces my fridge:

  • Proud
  • Moved
  • Warmed
  • Impressed
  • Dazzled
  • Hopeful

Charcoal Pinwheels

I feel like this flimsy doesn't look like my quilts, but at this point, as Honna might point out, there's really no telling what my quilts are supposed to look like.

I had a packet of various colored F8 hand-dyes that had been sitting around for a couple of years and then Waterwheel sent me a packet of FQ spots and somehow they ended up together. Nearby was a piece of Essex linen and I just started making Louisiana blocks. I had some different spots left-over from It's A Girl, and they insisted on being the cornerstones with that nice light grey lattice. I was kind of "meh" about this quilt until I got that border on and then, all at once, I loved it.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Block Seventeen

I'm surprising myself by staying current with the Project 48 blocks. One of the participants asked me to show all of my blocks so far in one picture, so I put them up and they looked like this. I posted the photo last week and remarked that although there will be a total of forty-eight blocks in the series, I'm about ready to be done with the current theme, Word Salad.

The blocks finish at 9" and it seems to me that twenty of them with some nice lattice might make a cute snuggle quilt. We'll see when I get those next four done; it might turn out that I need to go to twenty-four blocks.

Here's this week's block. I knew I needed more of those nice sage greens, so I used them here and prolly will use them again next week. I might have had more contrast in this block, but as I said to the Project 48 group, most of the other blocks are so straightforward that I kind of like the idea of having to look at this particular block for a few minutes to see just what it's about.

For reasons you possibly can guess, I need to have the final name for this quilt chosen before I put it together. Word Salad is too reminiscent of You Remember Who for me to use it on this quilt, much as it's been a nice working title. I'm considering "You Don't Say"! and "Oh, My Word!" at this point and am completely open to your brilliant ideas. Please do share them.