Thursday, September 06, 2007

WINTERGREEN, ETC.

The local quilt shop, What's Your Stitch 'N Stuff , is having their Open House on Saturday to introduce new classes. They do this a couple times a year so people can come in and see what classes are being offered, talk to the teachers and ask questions, etc. I have a new design that I already sent off to the quilters, so I made up a sample version to display until I get the larger one back. Except for the green and white 4-patch blocks, the fabrics are from Judie Rothermel's Christmas line, Spirit of the Season II, by Marcus Brothers. At the suggestion of my good friend I am calling the quilt Wintergreen.
By the way, Tazzie has a photo of her newest class project on her blog. It is really darling. You should go take a look! She also used Judie Rothermel's fabric, but from a different fabric line. She used Charm Squares and gives big hints on how to make it.

I am going to cut this short and get some work done around the house today. I am not happy about it, but my maid hasn't shown up here since, well, ever. So here I am, quilt designer turned house cleaner. I read recently someones opinion that quilt teachers are nothing more than glorified housewives. I think it was supposed to be an insult, but really I wonder if that person thinks that housewives and homemakers should never do anything else? Why do people feel the need to denigrate housewives and mothers? I say YOU TRY AND DO IT! I always loved being a housewife and mother. I like to use the term "homemaker" because it sounds like it describes someone who creates a special place--home! But you can't hurt my feelings calling me a housewife. It's a good working description. Although of late I am more of a retired housewife! But I did my time with the kids and the canning and the cleaning, and the laughing and the loving and the laundry. Not always pleasant, sometimes annoying, but very rewarding, and I wouldn't trade it for the world! And guess what? I can do other stuff too!

14 comments:

Lisa D. said...

I love your Wintergreen quilt design! The fabrics are fabulous and the pattern is complex, but also looks easy enough for a beginner!

Yvonne said...

I love your Wintergreen!

I'm thinking your maid might have run off with my maid.....

I've always been proud to be a homemaker, housewife, stay at home Mom....And I loved every minute of it!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Very festive!

mereth said...

The new design looks really good, Judie Rothermels fabrics are to die for.
It was in one of my posts you read that line- someone said it to Keryn. I too loved the whole experience of staying home with my kids (and usually other people's too). I used to be known as "The Earth Mother" because I always had so many kids hanging around. Loved it, but I was also quite happy when I moved on, I suppose because I had this whole designing and quilting thing to explore fully. I love each stage as I come to it, and grandkids will be the next I suppose! Can still wait a bit though....

Kim said...

Love that pattern! I'd sign up for the class, but the commute is a little long! ROFLOL!

Lindah said...

Amen, Marcie! I loved it then with all the children and heavy duty housewifing; love it now with the less intense housewifing and time to explore more thoroughly the things that interest me, namely quilting with all of its facets. As Mereth mentioned the phases of a woman's life, I'm thankful for those phases.
Beautiful quilt design! And the fabrics! I am so ready to be done with the summer look and get on into fall and Christmas stuff.
Blessings.

Finn said...

Hi marcie, love the new pattern, and the name is perfect! It looks like it would be fairly easy and quick to make up, and look good in a variety of fabrics. Good job! Sorry about the maid's demise...hang in there! Hugs, FInn

Darlene said...

Love your Wintergreen quilt - perfect name, too. Like Kim, I'd love to sign up for the class but dang that commute. LOL

Like Finn I'm sorry about the maid's demise - you just can't get good help these days. LOL

Eileen said...

Like the rest, I love your Wintergreen quilt.Also your comments about being a retired Homemaker. Why can't we? Seems DH has been retired for 25 years but my work just goes on and on. But I spend more time in my sewing porch than in the kitchen. LOL

Nicole said...

I absolutely love what you have done with the Judy Rothermel group!

Jeanne said...

Wintergreen is very cute and looks like it will be fun to make. Hope you get lots of sign-ups.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

This is really a lovely, eye catching quilt. I'm glad I stopped by your blog to see it.

*karendianne.

Libby said...

Love the new quilt - can't ever go wrong with those colors.

I love being a homemaker. I worked (of necessity) for many years and now feel so blessed to be able to stay in our home trying to make it a pleasant place to be.

pat said...

Marcie--LOVE the new design! It is so you--crisp, clean and fun. You rock, lady.