Friday, April 27, 2012

Virtues Quilt

When I saw Jean's blog post about sewing UnRuly letters, I just got a craving to sew some letters. There is something about that process that is more relaxing and creative than other kinds of sewing for me.
But what to sew??? I decided to add to my Virtues quilt and went to the master list of words and guess which word I picked to sew next?!?
After spending almost every non-work moment this past month with my brother, the only word I could sew was "DETERMINATION". The definition of determination is  - "You focus your energy and efforts on a task and stick with it until it is finished. Determination is using your will power to do something when it isn't easy. You are determined to meet your goals even when it is hard and you are being tested." 
My brother's determination to continue to live through pain, has been always been inspiring to say the least.  Here he is on his first outing (outside of hospital or his apartment) in over a month, at his favorite tea shop. The lung drainage tubes are cleverly hidden in the shoulder bag...it was an ingenious solution.
Here are the virtues I have sewn so far. I have no colour co-ordination for this project and have just been gathering dotty fabrics that I have found on my travels. To sew all 52 virtues would make a humongous quilt, so I think I will pick my favorites and soon decide how big of a quilt this will be.

11 comments:

  1. "Determination" looks great--in your block and on your brother's face!!
    Could you use more "dotty" fabrics? I don't have a lot, but I just got a few pieces in a grab bag. If you'd like them just send me your snail mail!

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  2. I am so sorry your brother has been ill, those Chest tubes are no picnic! Love your words!,

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  3. that smile on your brother's face reminds me to appreciate the little pleasures each day.

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  4. Glad your brother is making progress and is at least up and about.

    Your virtures quilt is looking good. Looking forward to see how it develops.

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  5. What a great idea!! And a great way to honour someone who sounds very courageous and determined.

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  6. Looks great! Happy to see your brother's smile and lack of hospital garb, despite his hidden drains :)

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  7. 52 virtues, you made me wonder, so I had to go and find the complete list. What a great collection from which to choose. I am sure your quilt will be a wonderful representation when you decide it is done.

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  8. So glad to see your brother up and looking so very good. Love the quilt.

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  9. Love it...you would pick a huge word to get back in the swing! Glad your brother is doing so well!

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  10. You remind me I have more grandchildren names to make...Gotta love the freedom of making each letter unique. Glad your brother is doing better, too.

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  11. I still have this project on my wish list . . . love how your words are coming to life!

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