While Nancy and I were in Puyallup we visited with Karen K. She is a long time customer and has made many of our wall hangings and when I say many, I mean 19 or 20 of the 2 Fabric Applique Patterns. She had just finished the Giraffe Family and the Elephants after having visited the real thing in Africa a year ago. She shared with us a bundle of fabric she purchased from a 4-H group selling fabric there in Puyallup, all you could see in the bundle were several animal prints. She was very disappointed when she opened it up at home and saw that it was a panel to make a vest. She decided to use them anyway and below is the result. I think it makes the back a little more special. What do you think? She named the Giraffe piece for the name of the reserve where she stayed. Her Elephants are named for the Chobe national Park where they saw a very large heard of elephants crossing the hillside to come to the water where they were sitting in a boat. Sounds like an amazing adventure and now she has a couple beautiful quilts to reminder her of the trip. Below are some photos of her work.
She also shared the following:
"I thought of something else to share with you. As you can tell, I love doing these hand projects that are so very tote-able with no pins poking out and so little equipment to pack. I work them on the plane and on cruises and on motor home trips to visit all 50 states. I have 3 that were worked entirely on cruises and the label on back reflects that. But before we began cruising I had consecutively stitched 5 of these back to back. In those days I was hand quilting them. I know Nancy taught us how to stitch without wearing out our hands but I never could remember her method. Shortly after beginning the hand quilting on my peacock, my wrists were shot. For months, it was treated as tendinitis and I wore stiff wrist supports.
Eventually I had surgery to remove a bone below the thumb on both hands, separately.
It was nearly two years later that I finally could hand sew well but I vowed never to hand quilt again. But I did finish the hand quilting around the peacock that had been started and machine quilted the border 6 years after I had begun.
In just 3 weeks we will be driving to Alaska in our motor home. We have no specific return date. The goal is to come home after we have seen it all! I no longer do handwork in the passenger seat on these trips. I sit with camera in had ready to shoot the wildlife. But, while my husband paddles his kayak, I do my hand applique. For this long trip, I will finish Dog and Daisy then begin Rose Arbor followed by You Are In Our Hearts. I am prepared!" Karen K.
I love these stories from customers. Feel free to share your stories with us.