Jun 12, 2011

Jacob's quilt

I have to tell you a story first. On Tuesday I was taking a transportation bus.  It's a bus for handicapped folks and so it has a different route each day.  On Tuesday the bus driver, obviously not familiar with the neighborhood, was driving the long way around.  I suspected where he was headed, because buses frequently pick up a certain lady that lives near me.  And sure enough, after a bit of a meander, the bus driver stopped in the street in some confusion.  "Are you lost?" I asked. 
"I'm supposed to go to X Street," he said.
Seeing that he was now two blocks away, I told him, "Well you are doing so good!  It's right over there, just make a left at that stop sign, go one block and turn left again."
The man was so happy that I had told him that he was "doing good."  I know that it made his day.  When we picked up the person he was looking for he told her, "We have the most wonderful lady here on the bus with us today!"  As they say, some positive reinforcement goes a long way.
And here's the quilt top, all assembled.  I get such a feeling of satisfaction when I get something assembled.  Especially when I started this with no really clear idea of what it was going to be.  I was trying for the free-pieced lettering from Tonya Ricucci's book Word Play Quilts, the liberated style from Gwen Marston's book Liberated Quiltmaking II, and at the same time for a simple color scheme and a bit dignified feeling of a quilt for a young man.  Now on to finding a backing and doing the pin basting--

9 comments:

Winona said...

Roz, your quilt is great. I love the wonkiness of it. Hope you are having a good weekend.

True Blue Nana said...

What a great story and what a wonderful way to let him know he was "lost". I feel so strongly that we should support our fellow human beings instead of putting them down. I guess it is my many years in education. Love the quilt, perfect for a young man. I love Gwen's liberated blocks and the colors are great.

beth said...

Yes...you're a wonderful lady! Your quilt is beautiful! Keep up the good work...at the sewing machine and on the bus!! ;)

Lynne said...

I remember once someone saying if you have laways comlained about something (eg your husband's driving) say something positive like "I like the way you took that corner" for a change! It works wonders!

I like the combination of blues and yellows in your quilt.

Laurel H. said...

Cool story, Roz--and nice quilt. :)

Clare said...

Great story Roz.

Love the colours of that quilt.

Tonya Ricucci said...

wonderful quilt - bright and happy. hope it makes J very happy!

Judy S. said...

Great story! When I read your title, I thought Jacob's Ladder, but no an interesting churn dash, isn't it? Nice job!

Quilting Corner said...

Great quilt and wonderful story.
Thanks,
Etty