Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn Acceptance

Autumn for me is a time of beauty and "acceptance". 
 Acceptance that some things will end and others begin.  
The mid-west summer gardens will soon be put to bed and the howling wind of winter will be ripping through the barren landscapes before we know it.   
Soon we will grab those beautiful quilts 
we have made to warm us.

It is acceptance that yet another year 
of memories have been made. 
This year was a milestone year for me, as I turned 60.  
 At first I struggled with what that number means.  
This one jumped in my face and 
waved that mortality flag long and hard.   
Scared the begebbies out of me.

Last week I visited the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.  
In the garden was a bronze statue (above) of a lady sitting in a garden and she was holding a leaf in her hands
that had fallen from the trees.  
It was titled 'Acceptance" (1997, by Retha Walden Gambo).  
It was an ah-ha moment.  Time to"accept" what we cannot change.   
I began to think differently about what 60 means to me.

60 years of wonderful memories, surviving challenges, heartaches, losses.  
Traveling places in the world, some may only dream of, enjoying many happy moments that have molded me into who I am today.
I have danced to my own drum and never feared to try something new.   
I have a lifetime of wonderful friends...
some have come and gone,
 but each have touched my life for a reason and I am blessed to have known them.  

I am one of the lucky ones to have found my soul-mate, 
have a wonderful son, family who cares about me, 
my health is good, my hobbies are plenty, 
and my community volunteer work is rewarding, 
I'm getting close to retirement, 
my  "fabric stash" is plentiful and 
my KWILTY PLEAURES and blessings abound.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kwilting at the Beach

Hi, I am Kathy Gordon and this is my first blog post.  
A big thank you to my son Eric Murphy, for gving me the push I needed to begin.   
I'm visiting him in Mytle Beach this week.
I have walked the beach so much, my feet hurt.  
But the ocean is so calming.

Made my rounds to the 4 LQS
Quilting at the Beach 
(formerly Sewingn the Carolinas) was the first stop
located near 501 and 17 bypass.  

Next stop was  Sew Many Uncommon Threads
a little shop in Conway on Rt 544.  
I wonder how this one manages to stay open. 
Could be the owners, southern hospitality and 
making you feel so at home

  After a couple GPS re-routes I found my way to 
Accent Sewing & Quilting located on Rt 17 Murrel's Inlet.  
They always have a great sale corner and once I found
the place...I made some great purchases.  

My Favorite LQS is 
Quilter's Cottage in Garden City. 
Lots of great fabrics, patterns and good sale corner.
Great FQ sale at the counter. 

On the way  to Myrtle Beach 
I made a stop in Wytheville, VA and 
dropped a bundle in Sew What Batiks.  
IF you ever are ever headed Sounth on I-77  
it's just a stone's throw off the freeway.  

 Well gotta run...I hear the ocean waves calling my name!

KWILT ON!  Kathy