Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilt Festival

Quilt Festival
(picture is a link)
Recently while looking up some quilting tutorials I found a blog with some very helpful instruction.  On that blog I saw that she joined in the Blogger's Quilt Festival (link).  After looking at the quilts of all different skill levels, and reading some of the stories of why they made their quilt I have decided to enter my little lap quilt in the festival.  

The story of my quilt is this.  My Loving Father recently passed away in Dec of 09.  During his last few months with us Hospice helped care for him in my Mother's home.  I am very thankful and appreciative of that so my husband and I decided to become volunteers with Hospice.  However, I work full time in the Military and attend school full time.  I do not have time to go on visits and do not think I am strong enough for that yet either.  So I decided to do crafts.  I was working on a crochet blanket for my Dad that I did not get finished before he passed so I picked it up again to complete for Hospice, but I don't like crocheting. I am too antsy and do not like the fact of having to chain one long row turn around and do it again.  Ugh.  So, I switched to lap quilts.

I just finished my first lap quilt and was able to turn it in a couple of weeks ago.  It was my first since the 7th grade( I'm 27 now).  I went pretty much off memory, and it shows.  Folks, our memories are great, but sometimes they're not as great as we thought!   I have now found a few tutorials to help me for my next lap quilt that I will start after I finish that crazy crochet and get it out of my house.  The things I would like to improve on are symmetry and binding.  

Here is my first lap quilt!
My Daddy and Me!
Last Christmas together
My wedding, 6 months before he passed.

God has blessed me so much.  I am very thankful for the time I was able to spend with my Father before he passed.  And the strength God has given me since.  I will always be my Daddy's baby girl.



  1. Oh Jodi, I just loved this post. SO SO SO SWEET! I really liked seeing the two pictures of you and your daddy. The Christmas one is really sweet and of course the one of your wedding is so beautiful.

    ~ Marie

  2. What a wonderful tribute to your father.....and your Heavenly Father.

    That's a nice quilt, and I can tell that you're going to get better and better at making them.

  3. Well, Jodi, you got me cryin again. Reading about your Dad just gets me choked up. I love all that you're doing, I don't know how you keep up. I am so inspired by your quilting. I can't wait to hear how the quilt festival entry goes, and what happens with it. Perhaps I will get to see you next week, we could all crochet at Marie's.
    Love you Jodi.

  4. Hi Jodi, It was so good to see your apron you made for me! I will treasure it! Your post is a inspiration to us, as we all love to hear and share our lives. For we are the body of Christ.
    Thanks so much for I truly love my apron.
    Love Roxy

  5. Thank you everyone for your loving words. I enjoy posting now, and sewing.

    Pam, I am so excited to see you soon and crochet with you. Being with you and Marie can make me like anything... we are just missing dear Elizabeth.

    Roxy, I am soooo happy you love your apron! Your sewing is so good and I was worried you would need to fix some stuff on the apron I made. I loved loved loved sewing it for you.

    Marie I am excited for our time together this week!!! Love you too!