Friday, March 7, 2014

Our Star, Feisty Phyllis

Camille and I are happy to be part of the Fat Quarter Shop 2014 Designer Block of the Month.


What a beautiful Quilt!

The fabric is called Snowbird and was designed by the talented 
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket.


We were all asked to design a star block and name it after a star in our lives. It's
 a mystery, so we can't show you our block, but they are all so pretty.
We named our block Feisty Phyllis after my Mom and of course, Camilles' Grandmother.
She is definitely a very bright star in our lives.

 
This year my mom will turn 88. She is one amazing woman! 

It got me thinking about all that she has accomplished in her life. She has been through some pretty tough challenges, but is a great example of someone that truly enjoys life,
 has a great attitude and does everything with such grace.
She raised 10 children, has 42 grandchildren and even more great grandchildren. 
 She is all about her family.
  


  It makes me tired just thinking about it, but I always think "If she can do it, I can do it!
 She is such a saint! One example of her many accomplishments is shown in this picture of her a few years ago at Christmas. 
 
   She pieced and hand quilted, yes hand quilted, 10 quilts all in one year for her ten children. Amazing, simply amazing!

I'm so thankful that she shared her love of quilting with me, and taught me everything I know,

so I could, in turn, pass it on to my 3 wonderful daughters,
and hopefully they will pass it on to theirs. 


I am so grateful for her


and so proud of all that these hands have accomplished in just 88 years.
So there she is, our Feisty Phyllis! 
 We love her so much and are happy to name our block after her.
 

Thank you so much Fat Quarter Shop for giving us this opportunity to participate in the 2014  Designer Mystery Block of the Month and also for allowing us to share a little bit about one of our very favorite stars!
Bonnie 
(and Camille)

52 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your dear mother! Thank you! And can't wait to see what you create!

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  2. That was such a wonderful post about your mother! She is definitely leaving a legacy to her children and grandchildren.

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  3. What a wonderful tribute and what a wonderful post about your mother. Lovely thought to name this block after her. Apparantly we share our name, I can only hope I have a bit of her character too, she sounds marvellous!

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  4. THANKS FOR SHARING A BEAUTIFUL POST!


    Ancobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  5. She sounds like a wonderful lady!

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  6. Amazing woman and inspiration!

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  7. Your mother's hands look so good at 88 even with all they've accomplished! I think hers look better than mine and I'm only 56!!! Hahaha! I absolutely love the picture of you with her and she's touching your cheek.

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  8. What an amazing woman your mother is!!! I miss my momma terribly!

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  9. What a lovely article. your family is huge. Mum's are just amazing aren't they?

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  10. How heart warming this is and what a wonderful accomplishment she did finishing the hand quilting of those quilts. You are truly blessed and can't wait to see your block when it comes. (Oh, I am doing the 2014 Mystery Quilt )

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  11. What a beautiful creative family you have... Gifted mom to have accomplished soooo much, so well!

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  12. What a wonderful tribute to a remarkable woman.

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  13. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Truly an amazing lady!

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  14. What a wonderful legacy to pass on. She is the reason we have such beautiful fabric and patterns from you and Camille today!

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  15. What a talent show! Thank you for sharing. Hopefully the quilting will be passed along.

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  16. what a great tribute to a lovely lady that keeps on giving.

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  17. Wow - your mother must a be a really fast quilter! It takes me quite some time to get a machine-pieced, long arm quilt finished - she is really amazing and so fortunate to be so loved! Looking forward to making this Designer Mystery!

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  18. Piecing and hand quilting 10 quilts in one year is amazing but raising 10 children is more amazing to me. God bless her.

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  19. Such a lovely story! My mother also hand pieced and quilted all her quilts. She would have been 82 this week but passed away in 2012. Those quilts she made for us are cherished even more now.

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  20. I knew there would be a great woman behind the two so-very-talented ladies of Bonnie and Camille. I have signed up to the block and look forward to making Feisty Phyllis.

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  21. What a wonderful tribute to your mom!

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  22. A lovely tribute to an obviously-lovely lady! Thanks for showing us the inspiration behind you, the wind beneath your wings.

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  23. Such an amazing woman! Thank you for sharing her story

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  24. Love your love for your mother! Sounds like you are your mother's daughter and it runs in your family! Happy, Happy, Happy!

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  25. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman...you are indeed blessed to have her:)

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  26. Your Mom sounds like an Amazing Women and this Tribute to her shows she raised an Amazing daughter as well.

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  27. Thank you for this inspirational story.

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  28. Love the name, that was my Grandma's name too, Phyllis!

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  29. Awesome name for a star! I have a Grandmother who used to shine like this, but at 97 we like to shine for her now. We have a quilt for our queen size bed she made for me when I moved out of the house. Thank you for sharing her story and I can't wait to see Phyllis' Star.

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  30. We always learn so much from our mothers and grandmothers - Mother is the best word to express such gentleness and love.

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  31. How did I not know your Mom was named Phyllis? My mom is Phyllis too. And my mother-in-law is a Phyllis as well!

    As a side note...my Dad was a Robert who went by Bob, and my father in law is also a Robert who goes by Bob...

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  32. Oh, 10 kids give her the honor all by itself!

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  33. How very sweet, and so wonderful to have her own star block!

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  34. Such a sweet tribute to such a lovely lady! How amazing to have generations of quilting passed down. I wish that I had someone pass down their quilting skills to me, but I will be starting for my daughters and maybe one day they will be writing stories about me...LOL Thanks for sharing

    Jodi

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  35. Love your story, and your precious Mom is a gem. What a legacy she will leave the whole family by passing this love of quilting on, as well as the quilts. Great Story. Thanks!!

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  36. Thank you for sharing your Mom's story with us. Love your star!

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  37. What a special mom and you are a special daughter to make her feel so loved.

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  38. Your mom has been a staring role model for for quilters. Treasures she has made forever!

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  39. How blest you are to have such a Mom. It is obvious that her family heritage will continue.

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  40. Your mom is much like mine and we also have a very abundant family. I am blessed to be the only one of her daughters to carry on her love of sewing.

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  41. that is a great photo of your family and about your mom - my family is similar - I am one of 12 but not as many grandchildren for my mom as yours has - but a lot of grandchildren too. Big families are great. Love that you learned your love a quilting from your mom.

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  42. What a huge and fantastic family. I loved "meeting" Phyllis and can't wait to see your special block dedicated to her.

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  43. Mom's are the best !!! I miss mine every day. Thanks for sharing yours for a brief moment.

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  44. Thanks for sharing your mom story.Wonderful star!!

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  45. So beautiful lady! I would love to have my Mom here but she was needed by God elsewhere so I will just remember how wonderful she was! Enjoy yours!!

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  46. So a sweet Mom you had! What a blessing! I'll bet those quilts she touched are cherished!

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  47. What a great name for your block. It's amother's dream to be special to their children.

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