|East wall (Design wall possibility?)|
|South wall (Maybe a ribbon wall?)|
|Closet interior (No wasted space here!)|
|Gianni supervising the sewing area.|
And then there is the quilts. Lots and lots of quilts. My husband's grandmother Laura Kassik once reminded me of how important it is to share my quilt bounty with others: Years ago, I asked her about what had happened to the many quilts and quilt tops made by her mother, Ken's great-grandmother, Alice Cayot. She replied, "Oh, don't you remember, honey? All of her quilts were lost when her house burned down. The only quilts that survived her were the ones she gave away." The ONES she GAVE AWAY! Isn't that a lesson in life?
When I look at my closet bulging at the seams with quilts that I cannot possibly use up in my lifetime, I decided it was time to distribute some of them on to people who will appreciate them. My sons and daughter-in-law, my web designer and dear friend Ruth Hirsch, our brother and sisters, nieces and nephews, and charities like the Mennonite Central Committee Oklahoma Relief Sale. I can think of so many who would benefit from a quilt or two. I certainly have enough to go around, and will still have enough left over to use for my trunk shows. What a blessing it is to be able to make something that has love stitched in every inch, and that can offer comfort and warmth to another person, or the opportunity to provide funds for a worthwhile organization.
In the meantime, we are enjoying our new quiet neighborhood, and the cooler weather of this past week has provided a welcome break. We've been able to be outside, and I have one flower bed ready for the fall planting. There are 3 more gardens in various stages of preparation. There will be plenty of time this winter to work in the sewing room.