Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pink and Green for Clara

I've never sold a quilt. I think I've written this before. It isn't that we couldn't use extra money -- for supporting the fabric economy if nothing else -- but it is more like a fear that making a quilt for money would somehow take the joy out of it.
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I have, however, donated quilts to auctions and raffles, and at school I have on a few occasions made a quilt as a gift from the school to one of the employees, and let the school pay for the fabric.
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That is the case with Pink and Green for Clara. Clara's mom, Tracy, came to us at a very difficult time. Our beloved librarian, Rosy, had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer the week after school let out last June. She underwent treatment all summer long. At the start of school, Rosy's future was uncertain; one thing was for sure -- if she could come back to work, it certainly wouldn't be full-time.
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Enter Tracy, young, cute, full of energy and creativity. She breathed new life into the library, doing things that would have been impossible for Rosy to accomplish in her diminished state. We lost Rosy in January, and everyone hoped that Tracy would apply for the full-time replacement position. But she turned out to be "unexpectedly expecting" and furthermore, her husband was being transferred this summer to Cinncinati.
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It is the custom of the school to give a gift to departing employees. I've been very fond of Tracy, and offered to the Gift Committee that I'd make a quilt for Clara, who is due in July, if the school would reimburse me for the fabric. So here we have a couple of pictures of the quilt, with Bodacious -- who doesn't normally seek publicity -- jumping in to investigate. It is a modified Yellow Brick Road, tied in variegated pink floss. I love the true apple green (as opposed to the sage that has been the rage the past couple of ears) with the in-your-face pink. The first picture is better of the quilt, but the second one is better of Bo.

9 comments:

Lisa said...

What a neat baby quilt - I love those colors!

tami said...

Nice baby quilt. I love your color combinations.

QuiltingFitzy said...

I love it!

Cincinnati will be lucky to be the recipient of these folks.

You really do nice work.

Mary said...

Its lovely! The colors are just great!

The Calico Cat said...

Pretty... I think I just gave a bundle of those fabrics (definately the plaid) as a birthday gift.

Cute kitty!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Lucky little Clara! The colors are delicious, the quilt pretty as can be! (Bo is handsome and makes a great prop!) You've been a busy bee, Nancy!

Bonnie said...

It's perfect! I love the apple green and pink together too...and it looks so comfy out on your deck!

Bonnie

Sharon said...

I love the brighter green, too - and of course, Bo just adds the right touch of class to the quilt, too!

atet said...

That is a lovely quilt -- and wouldn't you know I agree with you about the fabrics? I just bought some of them myself to make a dress for my daughter!