Saturday, June 2, 2012

Katy's May Blocks for Shauna...a little later

I started working on these blocks for Shauna almost a month ago, when we got together on our local stash night to pick out our block colours, share our greys, and review the 'how to'... and I think I'm the last in the bunch to post!! Just in time for June to roll in.

Shauna and I have been friends since highschool! Our friendship dates back twenty years...gulp. I first met Shauna in choir, and then student council, and through highschool our friendship cemented. We come in and out of our lives but always pick up right where we left off. We are canoe tripping buddies, we had our babies at roughly the same time, we live about 20 minutes apart, but we have had a hard time fitting 'friendship time' in over the years. Until now! The quilting group has been the perfect way to find a bit of time every month to discuss something we both have a big passion for - art, creativity, inspiration, fabric, and treasure hunting. I think of our friendship in the same way I think of sewing or quilting. It absorbs the details of our lives, it is flexible to the changing pressures we have, and it is an outlet and a source of inspiration for me,  mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

May took me over in a whoomp. It was busy, tiring, and a bit all-consuming. So I finally sat down last night after a mostly yucky week to finish these blocks for Shauna. And I was on such a role I made an extra set in green. Shauna, you can pick and choose which ones you want to keep. I really think of you in greens, and I think you think of me in blues, so there are eight instead of four for you this month.

I did take inspiration from Shauna for my background greys. One piece I acquired on our local quilt night, either from Amy or Shauna (??)! It has swirlish whisps of smoky grey on a darker grey background. I always think of Shauna when I see swirls, so it fit right in. The other greys are all from recycled men's dress shirts I found at the Goodwill by my office on a short lunchbreak. I also found an old shirt of my dad's in the back of my closet...I've held on to some of his shirts for sentimental reasons, but what a great way to sew his memory into something new.... he felt close when I was working with the fabric last night...

I love this design so much, I think I'm going to make my own quilt with it! I can't wait to see the final product Shauna! I'll bring them by sometime this weekend.


  1. Katy, Katy, Katy
    Thank you! PERFECT! Your blocks speak volumes as to how well you know me and know what I love. What a gift to open up this site and see these beautiful circles hung outside on a cloths line! Then to read your post. I am in awe of your way with words. I love how you compared our friendship to sewing and quilting, " It absorbs the details of our lives...flexible...outlet...inspiring..." I feel the same way. Katy you are a true friend and I treasure your friendship greatly. I feel honoured to receive blocks made from bits of one of your dads shirts. That his memory and his spirit will be ever present in this collaborative work of art is a true gift. Brings tears to my eyes imaging you sewing last night with your father by your side. I love that that through sewing and quilting we can take something old and make anew. That the circle of life continues in what we create and how we inspire and support each other. Thank you, Thank you Katy - like usual you have gone above and beyond and I am grateful :) Hugs to you my dear friend.
    Shauna xo

  2. Beautiful blocks! Even more beautiful description of true friendship!

  3. I love the greens! I also love your dad is in your squares. I was talking to my grandma about quilting, and we were laughing about how that is how quilting started-using old clothes. The stories they told! I'll be visiting her in Denver in the fall, and hope to have her help me quilt my Love quilt. I will love having her be a part of the quilt along with all of you! Xx

  4. Thanks for sharing your stories Shauna and many special words in your posts and comments. We girls have to stick together! Katy, your circles are beautiful in so many ways!