Monday, August 2, 2010
Of Russians and Rain Drops
She is still the yellow beauty she was meant to be. The interesting thing is the siding manufacturer calls this yellow color Cream. The same color we got in trouble for with the color Nazis back in 2002. You can read about that episode here.
Yes, Yuri and his Russian crew are still here fixing her up. How things in the world have changed just in my lifetime. They are a group of really nice guys that understand more English than they let on. After a month I have adopted them all. I just call them my boys. If Joe's dad was still alive he would have a field day with this. Russians in our yard working on our house. For all the years I knew him he pretended he was Italian. I have been researching Joe's family genealogy and on his fathers side, I come to find out, is a grandfather and grandmother who were Russian and Polish. So when I hear my boys talking, I think of how it was when Joe's grandfather, who emigrated here in 1911, didn't speak English and had to work and fit in right away. Just like my boys. Would I be able to do that? And most important, why did Joe's dad always say he was Italian? Interesting, isn't it?
So while my boys have been hammering away I have been making this quilt and thinking.
The first year I went to the Houston Show, I was so blown away. My friend, Dawn, took me that year to expose me to the quilting world. We walked through the silent action where Dawn bid on a stunning Diane Gaudynski whole cloth quilt. No bigger than 12" square. She has it hanging in her beautiful home and I know it cost $$$. So when I was asked to participate in this years auction I stopped everything and made the quilt shown here, Rain Drops. I encrusted it in thread and the back is as pretty as the front, so, if you are going to the IQA Houston show, start the bidding.
That there are even a places for me to show my art is so amazing. I am truly grateful. To think that I can now financially help out my husband, after all these years of being a stay at home mom/artist. To have a funny group of Russians putting badly needed siding on my notorious Yellow House is awesome. It wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the quilting world. THANK YOU!