Jubilant: Weekly Photo Challenge

Story #21 for Story A Day Challenge May 2016 and double duty as the Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

Until further notice, celebrate everything!

Until further notice, celebrate everything!


“Oh, good, you’re here.” Jenny led Sarah into the kitchen. “The others will be here soon.”

“That’s a cute cake, but what is it for?” Sarah checked out the quilting notions  made of icing.

“Tonight I will finish putting the binding on my latest quilt. Time to celebrate!” Jenny opened the drawer for the forks.

“You’re celebrating finishing a quilt?”

“A little party every now and then helps the world go around, don’t you think?” Jenny looked at Sarah but didn’t wait for her to answer, as the doorbell rang and she walked back to the front door.

The rest of the group arrived, en masse. Sarah was the newest member of the quilting bee, having just moved into town recently. She sought out the nearest quilt guild and felt extremely lucky to have found a bee with an opening almost immediately. But the culture here seemed a bit different than where she’d come from. This was only her second meeting with the bee, so she guessed she’d figure it out over time.

“Oh, isn’t that just darling?” “Congratulations, you finished another quilt!” “Another one?! I am so jealous.” Everyone passing the cake oohed and aahed over it.

“I just have a little bit left to do but it’ll be done in no time tonight. And you know what that means!”

“Cake! Cake! Cake!” They all sang out, except for Sarah, who was looking on in wonder, wondering if she was right for this jubilant group.

Everyone took their places, some at the dining room table, some at the tables set up in the living room. They called themselves the Tornado Threaders because they all had sewing rooms that looked as if they had been hit by a tornado. It was the natural state of things, in their minds. They even had a motto: If everything is out in sight, we don’t have to look very long for it, right?

Everyone seems nice even if a little rambunctious, Sarah thought, so maybe it’ll work out for me.

The chatter rose and fell as they worked on their projects, a natural ebb and flow of attention to their work and to each other.

“Ta-da!” Jenny announced. “Another one hits the dust! Quilt binding finished.” Everyone clapped in appreciation. “And now for the presentation. Sarah, will you come over here, please?”

Sarah looked around only to see everyone looking at her. “Um, okay.”

“Sarah,” Jenny said, “we are so happy to have you in our group. It is our tradition to give a small quilt to each new person who joins the Tornado Threaders. This is your quilt.” Jenny handed her the quilt whose binding she just finished.

“Oh,” Sarah said, her heart starting to swell with all the love pouring in from the group, “I don’t know what to say. Thank . . . thank you.” She started to weep, and looked around for tissues, as she didn’t want to get any of her runny mascara on her new quilt.

Someone handed her a napkin. Sarah wiped her eyes and then there were hugs all around from her new quilting family.

“Here,” Jenny handed her a plate, “have the first piece of cake. Let’s celebrate.”

Keeping It Simple

I discovered that I actually can make large quilts, as long as I use simple patterns. These are the quilts I made for my uncles. I made the quilt tops and backings and had them professionally quilted. I’m not into struggling to quilt large projects on my home sewing machine.

A big Thank You goes to the USPS: I mailed these quilts from Buda, Texas on a Saturday and both were delivered to my uncles (one in Colorado, one in east Texas) the following Monday.

Quilt for Uncle Rod

Quilt for Uncle Rod

Quilt for Uncle Roger

Quilt for Uncle Roger

Patterns: Black & White

I decided to stay close to home for this challenge and looked at my sewing projects in black and white. Not all of them showed a lot of contrast without their colors, but a few did.

A red, black, and white bowl I made for Shelly.

A red, black, and white bowl I made for Shelly.

A 9-patch quilt from 2010

A 9-patch quilt from 2010

A quilt with wildflower fabrics (color photo scheduled to post 16 Nov 2015)

A quilt with wildflower fabrics (color photo scheduled to post 15 Nov 2015)

A blue and black jelly roll quilt. (Color photo scheduled to post 16 Nov 2015)

A blue and black jelly roll quilt. (Color photo scheduled to post 15 Nov 2015)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns

Wall: Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

This is a full-sized quilt I made for my brother-in-law; I named it the “Beach Quilt” because of the fabrics. My brother-in-law lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, and I thought the blue/beach theme was appropriate. Corpus Christi is on the Gulf Coast and doesn’t get all that cold, but when needed, my brother-in-law can keep warm under a quilt made just for him.

The front of the beach quilt

Front of the Beach Quilt

Close up of the front of the beach quilt

Up close

The back of the Beach Quilt

Back of the Beach Quilt

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth