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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thank you Roberta

While looking for something the other day, I came across this little piece.  Back in 2005 I was lucky enough to take a workshop from Roberta Horton.  What a thrill - I've been a fan of her work for years.  Our assignment was to bring a basket of scraps and do a freehand portrait of ourselves (I took the literary license to be a brunett LOL)!!  I finished this the day of the workshop and then didn't really know how I wanted to finish it - so it's been waiting.

Back in 2010, I made this quilt for Kim's 2nd book.  By this time I had 2 grandchildren and a blog.  My granddaughter had started calling me "Nana Girl", so I used that name for my blog and Kim called this quilt "Flowers for Nana Girl".  For a lot of reasons - this is a very special quilt to me.
These are some of the scraps I had left and I decided to use this palette to finish the quilt.  I had lots of little HST's left over from making the quilt, so I started "playing" to see where it would lead. I had absolutely no plan in mind.  And while this is not as wild as it could have been - I could hear Victoria cheering me on :-)!!  Thanks for your inspiration.
And here is where I ended up!  I am so happy with my little "self portrait" - I've got it pinned and ready to quilt.
I'm going to hang this in my little sitting room where I will see it every day.
Seeing all these little happy triangles and the beautiful fabric is the perfect finish for this. 
Back in 2005 when I took this workshop my granddaughter was only 10 months old - Nana Girl didn't even exist yet. But now Nana Girl is a part of my life that I love - having this blog and hearing my 2 older grandchildren call me Nana Girl. So thank you Roberta, for this wonderful reminder of so many things that make me happy.
Until next time,
Karen

12 comments:

Angie said...

Thank you for sharing a wonderful story & making me smile tonight!

Stephanie said...

I love the story behind your self portrait.

Janet said...

What a wonderful wee quilt. Kudos to you for getting the orphan block out and working on it. I love that your grandchildren call you Nana girl.

Linda said...

I'm so happy for you to be having fun with UFO finishes. You're on a roll! Your self-portrait is darling. Being a brunette is just fine. Personally, I might even have gone so far as to give myself a curvy figure! Visit my blog soon. I've given you the Liebster Blog award.

Karen said...

It does look very much like you except for the square head.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Oh YES!! She is FAB!

I.LIKE.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Go Karen, Go Karen Go Karen! the best things happen when you PLAY!!!!

Terry said...

What a great story! I love what you did with your self portrait block! :0)

Vivian said...

How special to finish a UFO with a personal story and positive memories to go with it. Love the variety of ways you used the HST, you inventive Nana Girl, you.

Allyson said...

Love this post! And your little self portrait turned our just perfect.

Karen Walker said...

love this...too dang cute!

SewCalGal said...

Very special Karen. Now I'll always think of you as Nana Girl.

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