This first project is from 6th grade. I noticed my mom had a need. She would often take off her rings when baking and didn't have a dedicated place to put them. When pottery days rolled around at school, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for Mom- a ring holder! Now, I have no idea what caused me to think a FACE would make a good ring holder, but I did. Mom was supposed to place her ring over the nose of this masterpiece.
Problem #1- I made the nose too wide for Mom's rings.
Problem #2- I painted the face pink which made Mom think it was a mouth with a tongue sticking out.
Problem #3- It was hideous! Why did I ever think Mom would want to display this in her kitchen? And what is this supposed to be anyway? A face with 2 legs with 3-toed feet. What!?!
Moving on to 8th grade. Same teacher, same pottery technique. Let's see if I improved at all. This time around, I thought Mom needed a cookie jar. My vision was to make a chef jar where the head with big chef hat lifted off of the body and the body was where the cookies would go. Well, I ran out of time and didn't get to make the chef's hat. So I gave Mom this bald man cookie jar that we affectionately call "The Monk." Doesn't it look like one?
Now let's jump ahead almost 20 years and see what I made last week. I promise, I'll stay away from pottery!
Josh's sister, Christina, is pregnant with our 2nd niece. She is due on my birthday! Christina is married to Brady, who is a talented musician that runs a business making custom cases of all sorts. (http://www.bradycases.com/) I knew I would be making a rag quilt for little Eliana (Ellie), but I wasn't happy with any of the fabric I saw in Abilene. So, when we were in NM, we made a quick stop at Joann's. I was trying to match the nursery colors (brown, pink, and green) but was having a hard time. Then Josh sees this fabric and says, "How about guitars?" I said, "For a baby? I don't think so. Wait! Yes! Absolutely for this baby!" It was perfect! The colors, the theme- seriously perfect! So we picked out some coordinating fabrics and went to check out. Mom stopped off to check out the remnant stash and found a cute flannel cupcake piece. It ended up being a better match to the guitar fabric than the one I already had, so I bought it too. I couldn't wait to get started on the quilt.
Here's the finished product:
|Close-up of fabrics|
Bless all of you moms out there who truly treasure your kids' "art."