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HEXAGON MESS!
Friday, 17 January 2014 09:03

Let's revisit my progress on the infamous Hexagon Insanity Project...or H.I.P for short!  As you glance at this picture I am certain you are thinking...That looks pretty good...hmmm?

Not so much.

As you can see I have a pretty group of Hexagons all made up and in a nice, neat little pile...right?  Well...

To the right of the pile is the beginning of what I thought was going to be a great start to "joining the little hexagons"!

Once again...Not so much!

As I began to add the red pieces around the lime green ones I realized that it was getting "wonky"...not matching up, and simply a bit off kilter!

Good Grief...the frustration level was high...what was I doing wrong?

I picked at it...I ripped a couple hexagons out of the line up and I tried a couple different joining methods to see what might work best.

Ugh...I have literally made a huge mess of this little bit of progress and it was beginning to look extremely tattered...so...

In the garbage can it goes...

Let's start fresh!

Whew!  I got that off my chest!

Kathleen

 
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!
Thursday, 16 January 2014 08:29

Happy Birthday to ME...

I'm 29...AGAIN!

Really...I ask you...just how many times can you be 29 without any one noticing?

I digress!

With today being a celebration of sorts...you know...cause it's MY BIRTHDAY...let's take a look at some of my Life's PROUDEST Moments...

 

Let's start off with my absolute Favorite "Proud Moment" in my life...this quilt is called "Tomorrow's Hope" and it was originally made for my Spectrum of Color Series...Playing with Paper.  However, it was several months or so after I had completed this beauty that the Perfect recipient walked into my life...literally...unannounced and and completely unplanned!  Her name is Loni and you can read the original post HERE!

I love this particular Proud Moment in my Life...because it was so completely Random and unforeseen.  The whole thing played out like it was written in a script somewhere...it was more than memorable.  Can it get any better than that?

Over the years of my Philanthropy work there has been so many more wonderful stories...they tug at your heart strings and make me proud that I was able to be a huge part of someones hope and recovery.

You can read more of my Proudest Moments in life...HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Yay...a little light reading for ya there!

There is one more little Random Act of Kindness story that I would like to share...on this Proud Moment Day...

I have NO picture to upload...this particular quilt was made over 10 years ago for a Man in Aiken, SC.  I guess you will just have to visualize how pretty it was.  The story goes like this...

Houston and I had just moved across town in Aiken, SC to the outskirts of the city in a little housing development called Beaver Creek.  We Loved it there and actually ended up living in that particular home for 9 years before making our move to the Upstate of South Carolina.  We lived in the back of the neighborhood on a dead end cul-de-sac and I would have to pass lots of houses before arriving to mine.  One could describe me as an over observant person...that's where the OCD comes in to play!  Lol!  Any way...I happened to notice on my way into the neighborhood that one of the homes, where I knew a young couple lived with their young children, had a new wheelchair ramp installed at the front entrance.  My first thought was...they must have an elderly parent who has come to live with them.  But, this was not the case...as I soon learned from another neighbor that the young father had brain cancer and Hospice had "stepped in".  My heart sank.

After I had collected my thoughts, I went right to my sewing room and began pulling fabrics from my shelves...A "Comfort Quilt" was in order!  I worked quickly...hoping to get it finished within the week...the quilt was half done...

when the news came from the other neighbor...The Young Man had lost his battle and passed on.

I was devastated...in all the years I had been making "Comfort Quilts", this had never happened.  My thoughts were cluttered...what should I do?

I finished the quilt...it turned out Beautiful, and I decided that the Young Mans Family should have it...as it was made for HIM.  I contacted my neighbor and asked her if she knew anyone in our neighborhood who "knew the family" that would serve as a third party to deliver the quilt.  I didn't know the family, they certainly did not know me and I didn't want them to think I was a lunatic!  She knew exactly who to ask...phew...the hard part was done.  I wrote a simple note explaining about this Special Quilt that was made for their Loved One and how important it was for me that they have it in his honor.  I wrapped it up, dropped it off to my neighbor and I moved on to the next quilt on my list.

Fast forward a couple months...my son...Mr. Computer Engineer, was home visiting from College...

The doorbell rang...

I went to the door and I could see a young woman standing on my front porch from the side window in my foyer...and as I opened the door it hit me just WHO she was.  I had never met this woman, her husband or her family...but I knew instantly who she was.  She immediately introduced herself...my mind went blank as the tears began to well up in my eyes, I realized it was HER...the wife of my quilt recipient.  She asked if my name was Kathleen...Kathleen Bowen...the quilt lady.  I trembled...YES...that's me, I replied...my voice cracked.

Well...she said...you are one hard woman to find...and I simply HAD to come here today and meet the lady who made that beautiful Quilt for my husband and our family, and give you a hug and a Big Thank You!  I cried like a baby...it was the saddest moment, but the happiest moment all rolled into one.

My son came to the door and said...Mom...are you OK?

Yes...it's a Beautiful Day!

Kathleen

 
A DOG AND HER BED!
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:24

Here's a story about a Dog named Adrian...

She's our "Puppy"...yeah, she's 5 years old, but she is still our PUPPY!  We adopted her from Happy Tails in Augusta, GA when she was 2 and yes...she's a Queen...well she thinks she is! We Love her bunches!

About a year in a half ago I decided that Adrian needed a new little bed...with her name on it of course, for the crate you see in the background.  Adrian LOVES her crate, she always has.  It's her comfort zone and all around safe place.  Adrian is a very even keeled sort of dog...

She doesn't bark...unless she's told to.

She doesn't jump on people or lick their faces...she was trained (before we got her) to NO FACE...which means NO licking.

She will stay, sit, roll over and lay down on command.

Really...the only thing you can say about her is that she sheds...all the time, but she is so sweet...you just simply have to overlook that...

as you vacuum 3 or 4 times a week!

I decided to make her little crate bed out of a heavy denim for durability...and what's a quilter to do but Applique her name across the front?  I loved the way it turned out and a king size pillow was a perfect fit for the filler!

However...

Adrian hated it...literally disliked it from the moment I took out the "old towel" that was in her crate and placed this cute little comfort bed inside!  I told her..."in the crate" to which she would normally go directly to her crate like sweet dog treats were being served there.  This time was different...

First...she looked inside the crate, then she glanced back at me with a puzzled look on her face like "really...seriously, you want me to go in there"  and "what in the heck is that big blue thing in there...that's not my holey towel, I love so much"!

With a little coaxing on my part, she finally stepped into the crate...behaving as if the new bed was on FIRE...she continued to stand inside the crate and then walk around and around in circles like it was simply hurting her little paws!  She darted back out and looked at me like..."forget it chick...bring me back my old holey towel".

I even tried taking it out of the crate and putting it in front of the big windows where she LOVES to sleep and see if she would just "get use to it"...

No...can...do!

So...now I have a really nice denim doggie bed, complete with the name ADRIAN embroider-appliqued onto it...sitting in the closet, collecting dust.

And Adrian has a towel folded up in the bottom of her crate...I went and bought 4 or 5 of them so we could change them out and wash them...

The moral of the story is this...when it comes to your dog...simple...is BEST!

Kathleen

 
BABY PILLOWS!
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:34

I'm dusting off the cobwebs in my Phoca Gallery here in The Quilted Story Studio and updating all the cute projects I have made over the last few days, weeks, months...and eeeek...YEARS!  These are the ones that I made "in-between" all the Big Quilts, Major Projects and the Wallets...

Have I mentioned the Wallets?  Yeah...I have a little Etsy Shop too!

Note to self...when I ask again in a couple of weeks "where does the time go"...try to remember about the Wallets you are making!  I love to make them...but they do take time...

YES...more than a minute or two!

Well here I am with these two little adorable Baby Pillows I made for a couple NEW arrivals...two little PINK bundles of Joy!  Little Addie is the most adorable little pumpkin with the biggest eyes...she just makes you smile! She joins her BIG Brother Benji.

The Pillow to the left here was made for Little Leah...she joins her two older sisters Ella and Sarah and is as cute as a button!  I simply love these pretty fabrics...

Addie's was made using a contemporary all over print as her nursery was more modern and the parents tell me it fit perfectly!  I just love the way her name "popped" off the background fabric in a bright teal!

Leah's was made using an adorable print I picked up a while ago and it just screams "little girl"...these little frogs are even cuter in person!  I did her name in a Hot Pink Dot fabric by Moda...called Dot Essentials.

Yes...

I have almost every color way in Moda's Dot Essentials...

Get Real...Who doesn't?

Kathleen

 

 
2013 CHRISTMAS CARD!
Monday, 13 January 2014 09:46

Excuse my tardiness...but I simply could not move on to 2014 and all the projects going on here at The Quilted Story Studio without showing off my Handmade Christmas Cards for 2013!

So...please bear with me and let's back up a bit!

I just LOVE these bright and sparkly little Christmas Cards...they turned out adorable and I made them with my own little hands.

And...my big THUMBS!

I must confess though...if you are thinking..."how did you get all those done with the craziness of the Holiday, plus your Etsy Shop"...

Fear Not...I made these little beauties back in March of 2013 with the anticipation of the crazies here in South Carolina.  I am soooo glad I did!  The first one took me all day to figure out, but then I just wrote down a few notes, cut everything out and sat and put them all together in one whole day. Not to shabby for two days work...hmm?

Lookey Me...accomplishment in 2013!

Kathleen

 
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