Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spring.....

........a time for rebirth....
 
...A time of growth, renewal, of new life.....
  

All I can say is "I certainly hope so." Yesterday we were dealt a tough blow. After 19.5 years with Boeing the Bearded One, along with 1023 other fellow employees were given their 60 day layoff  notices. At least 500 of these IT people are all from the Puget Sound area.  A lot of these people have many more years with the company than the Bearded One has....some close to 30 years. Others just a couple years from retirement. 

And, on a quilty note, I have actually finished something. 

 
As you can see from the VW bus, actually a Syncro (AWD), this is for a fellow VW friend who is facing some tough times health wise. All of the fabrics came from my stash. And, even tho, 3 years ago, I swore that I would NEVER, EVER quilt another quilt with meandering pine boughs, I just had to for this quilt. A lot of the green fabrics are pine bough prints (this IS the evergreen state afterall.)
The pattern is from Mary Johnson's website, Double 4-Patch
The Bearded One had some very specific input on this quilt. He said it must contain the VW bus and it needed to be climbing some rocks or a hill. He also was quite adamant that the block was NOT centered. He specifically wanted it off center and down towards the bottom. Whew! All that presented a few challenges to my stressed brain as the Double 4-Patch blocks are 8" and the bus block was 12". Easy, right, getting the correct placement of the partial lit and dark 4-patches was more than my stressed out brain could handle.....but, the 3rd time seemed to be the charm. 
So, let's hope that this truly is the start of better times, and hopefully SOONER rather than later.




6 comments:

backporchquilter said...

Nice job, Liz----and hang in there! See you in a few days---

momhooten said...

FYI-Bell Helicopter in Amarillo, TX is hiring, especially people with aircraft experience. Good Luck!

Trish said...

I am so sorry! I hope he finds an open window! Oh a lighter note, your quilt is wonderful!

*karendianne. said...

I know we've talked about the News so I'll let that rest and focus on this quilt. I am ever so impressed with your talent. Each time I see a new quilt come out of your house I think "you've got to be kidding?" You amaze me. I'd say that VW climbing the rocks surely did pose some challenges the way you explained it - 8" blocks then a 12" blocks and adding to that the complexity of fitting it in with the darks and lights. I'm blown away. My brain would have burst into flames. Might have helped with the lesions but seems an extreme measure...

I spring into your day with love and hugs and prayer and hope, *karendianne.

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Roy Atkinson said...

Wow, Liz! I love the pictures - thanks for including them with your beautiful quilts!