Friday, March 30, 2007

Updates

First off, kindergardener's first art class was this week, and he had a blast! He freaked out at first because it was not his normal routine to stay after school. However, his teacher called me from her cell phone and she and I managed to calm him down. I ran up to the school in case it started again, but the art teacher said things were great, so I went grocery shopping. They made clay animals that they will glaze in a couple of weeks. He is all set to go back. He said he made an elephant and a dinosaur.

What is it with my kids and elephants and dinosaurs? When my oldest was little, we didn't need a membership to the whole zoo, just the elephants. Of course, they don't sell them that way. Newt Gingrich has been known to hang out at the elephant compound at Zoo Atlanta. I try to keep a large distance between us. I have a gorgeous pair of ceramic elephant earrings. I stopped wearing them after someone asked me if it was a political statement. What? Only Republicans like elephants? So now I wear my stegosaurus earrings when I visit the boys' schools.

I have 5 of the 6 strip sets done for the Trip Around the World. My plan is to finish the last one today, do the sub-cutting, and tonight, while I veg in front of the TV, re-open the tubes. Hopefully this weekend I will get the quilt laid out.

Now I have a dilemma about this quilt. I am making it for the Quilts of Valor project, with which I am very excited to be involved. However, the quilt is from a kit, so it is not one of a kind. Is that ok? I feel like I should be doing something unique and wonderful for this young woman who has given a limb, eyesight, uterus, something for our country. I must say, it is haunting me a little.

6 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

I had to give up my "good luck" elephant... (Trunk up = good luck) it was made out of a semi-precious gem stone...

Deb Geyer said...

Jules, the recipient of your quilt will not know, or care, if it was made from a "kit". She will just know that you cared enough to do it for her. And that is the important thing! Just enjoy making it.

Barbara C said...

Hi Jules, I had to laugh at the stegosaurus earrings. Only a mom of boys would have these, right?

I think a kit quilt is unique because you made it. It will have your stamp on it, so if that's your only hesitation, I'd say go ahead and start sewing it up.

Jane Ann said...

Got the same elephant identity crisis in my world. Ella and elephants are a natural, hence the elephant-patterned skort and assorted toys. I too have been asked if she's a Republican. When my mother wears her donkey pin (which IS a political statement) sometimes she's asked if that's a jack*ss she's wearing. Charming. Oh, and soo clever too.

Good heavens, a quilt is a quilt no matter where it was conceived! Sorta like kids. It's a wonderful gift!

Debra Spincic said...

Your quilt top is scrumptious! Don't worry one little minute about it and just enjoy making it!

katelnorth said...

I used to collect elephants when I was younger, but I got really tired of being asked whether it was political, so I know just what you mean. Now that I live outside London instead of outside Washington DC, I could probably start again as it doesn't have quite the same significance over here, but I've kind of lost my passion for that. Now I just collect those little kids toys where you push the bottom up and the figure flops over (seriously. i have several dozen.) Oh, and fabric, of course!