The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Choices ...


"You are never too old to be what you might have been." George Eliot
 

Heartfelt thanks Madame Samm and Jane ...
for choreographing all this inspiration and creativity.
A big thank you to the very generous Debbie, Cyndi, and Madame Samm
for these wonderful patterns -
what would we do without you - you give us sew much!!!

We all love Presencia and Colonial Needle, our
wonderful sponsors.
 


I downloaded all the patterns, printed them ... and then decided.
The three I picked really told a story to me of a different time. 

Being a child of the 50's and 60's
 - what a clean, fun time with really good music -
 there were very few options for females after high school.
Some of my friends got to go to college or as they referred to it,
"A place to find a husband and get away from home."
 

 Others were limited to finding work at the local store or telephone company,
 or to get married and start a family.
We were accepting of being stay-at-home wives and mothers,
and were content with that choice.
In my opinion, they were the greatest and hardest vocations of all.
 
Sad but true, my generation simply did not aspire to be a lot more independent.
Aren't we happy today that our sons, daughters and grandchildren
 have so many options open to them.

Did you see the 2003 movie,  Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts?
  A really great one to rent or buy.

excerpt ... 
"In 1953, a time when women's roles were rigidly defined, free-spirited, novice
art history professor Watson (Roberts) begins teaching at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College - which despite its academic reputation, is an environment where success is measure by "how well" the students marry.  Encouraging these women to strive for a more enlightened future, Professor Watson challenges the administration and inspires her students to look beyond the image of what is, and consider the 
possibilities of what could be - contrary to popular belief." 
from the Yahoo Movie clip  
 
"Professor Watson lived by example
 and compelled us all to see the world through new eyes."
 
My stitchery represents so much more than what is shown -
I have stitched all the dreams, the choices, the acceptance,
 and determination of our generation into this,
while remembering a really happy other time.
 
 
 
I chose the comfortable old chair pattern because 
I love being a wife and mother and to me it represents my home.
The 50's gal (had to add ruffles for Samm) gave me so much comfort and the
styling lady (turned her around) gave me the joy of dreams and what could have been.
 
My professional career came later in life.
In truth, we really do get to choose our destiny.
 
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I decided to do another stitchery as I have a lot of time right now -
a redwork "House in Spring" pillow to add to my collection.
I Love this pillow... and the bunny surely is quite comfortable. 
 

 Jane had the perfect "Spring green" Presencia Finca Perle Cotton,  
  and the red floss is new for me - DMC 115, variegated garnet. 
  Kaaren Johnson told me about this and I really like it.
 
 I used an off-white, tonal background

Please be sure to visit all the blogs and let them know you love their participation
in this wonderful, creative and inspiring hop.
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I leave you with this thought ... because we could start a Bee!!!
"In my Father's house there are many mansions, I hope yours is next to mine." 
 
 Kristin @That Other Blog
Shade Tree Quilting - there you are !!
 
Happy Easter Everyone from Judy C  
Spring has Sprung

58 comments:

Jeanie said...

Love the background story behind your first project! And love the pillow too....the two main color choices are lovely!

Just Quilt It said...

I love your work and your story. Thank you for the final quote on your beautiful pillow. I had not heard it before and would love to use it in my work.

Patty D from NC said...

Beautiful projects. Your work is wonderful. I love that movie!

Britt-Inger said...

I love your story and your stitcheries. Thanks for sharing your lovely projects.

Mara said...

Wonderful story and great job stitching.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

I'm also Judy C. Happy Easter to you.
Very nice job of stitching. I like hand stitching but have so little time for it at the moment.

Pat said...

Such beautiful projects, well done!

Loralynn said...

Your stitching is lovely. I really like that you explained what the quilt means to you. The story and meaning behind it makes it even more special. Thank you for sharing this little part of yourself with us.

vicki said...

Love your story and your projects--They all hit home for me. I really liked your quotes too. Thanks for sharing them. vickise at gmail dot com

Thearica said...

I do love it when we share with each other. Love your stitcheries. Great job!

Linda Coleman said...

I love your stitched sentiments. A great representation. Your cottage is lovely too. Best wishes

Linda J said...

Lovely story behind the first project and what it means to you. I know now why my mother said to me, her oldest child, why I was going not get married right out of high school like she did and we never argued about it. Other things I was mule headed about but not that!

Your cottage block looks lovely in two colors---the leaves and bushes more representational. Well done!

Carrie P. said...

I so enjoyed the story behind your project. The pillow is gorgeous.

Needled Mom said...

You must be from my generation!! Great stitching on your projects.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Such a lovely post and of course gorgeous projects! I think my Mom would completely agree with you and she poured her somewhat unfulfilled dreams into my sister and I. I am so grateful for her love & support and lucky to have had so many options. I've always felt that life is about choices - not just the ones you make but mostly how you deal with twists & turns.

Your stitching is really beautiful - thanks for sharing!

Julia said...

Well said and well done! Beautiful work on your projects.

Patty C. said...

You've been busy !! Lovely work :)

Carol said...

As a child of the 50's, I can relate to your beautifully written post. Your stitching and pieces are amazing and just added to the sweetness of your writings. Thank you for sharing!

Tammy said...

Thank you for shareing your projects with us. I love how you put your heart and sould into them. You are right women had so few choices back them. But sometimes I wonder if it is all good that they have so many freedoms today. I had a career but had to end u giving it up to stay home and take care of my special needs child and when I look around me at so many others my age. I am so glad I can be home and be a real Mom and raise my children and cook and clean and do all the little things that most take for granted. It is great to know I can bake cookies or sew or quilt and garden andbe their to help with everthing the kids need. I see so many women who have careers and it kinda leaves the children raisign themselves and totally out of control. I think that Moms that can stay home with their families are truly blessed.Happy Easte weekend and Thank you for shareing your projects.

krislovesfabric said...

What a fun, thoughtful post...your stitcheries are very beautiful too!

patchouli moon studio said...

Lovely, lovely projects. I think most of us can relate to that era too.

Sharon said...

Thank you so much for both the story and the stitching. When you mix the both you truly get a project that comes from the heart....Happy Easter to you too.

Linda said...

Your projects are all beautiful! I was born in the 50's and know exactly what you're talking about! There were many things I'm sorry we lost from that time, but many others I'm glad we've moved away from.

Debbie M said...

What a beautiful story to with the stitcheries! I really enjoyed reading your blog as well as see what you stitched. And oh my gosh you do wonderful work! I loved everything you did and what a cleaver quilt! The pillow is darling.

Sandy said...

I Love The Colors in Your Chair Design and Love Your House Pillows! I Love the look Stichery combined w/Quilting!

apple blossom said...

love your projects nice job

Brenda said...

Great stitching! Love the cottage with the spring green, I am so waiting for that color of green outside my window. I am sure, if not right by your mansion, I will at least be right down the street! Blessings!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Judy, you did such beautiful work. Love your story and I did see that movie. I am so glad you shared all your projects with us, just wonderful!

Madame Samm said...

Ohhh Judy, I am thrilled to see you stitching again...YOU were another that should have been in our honourable mentions...but I could not get any of your photos off your blog...stopped me again...oh poop..

However your remarkable stitching is just breathtaking....gorgeous every inch of them

Gill said...

Fabulous stitching! and I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments!
Thank you for sharing.

Kathy said...

Love your projects. Thank you for the history behind choosing your patterns. The pillow is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Judy B said...

Love your choice of stitcheries! Thank you for sharing.

Teresa said...

Beautiful work! Love your pillows.

Patty said...

I love all your embroidery projects. And yes, it would be great if our mansions are close together.

Kathy H said...

Great story to go along with your stitching. I love the variegated floss you used on the house too. Haven't seen it yet, will have to look for it.

Beverly said...

I love your stitching. The cottage pillow was gorgeous. I love the George Eliot quote at the beginning of your blog, I loved reading your post and the flowers at the bottom. Extremely nice post!

Beverly said...

I love your stitching. The cottage pillow was gorgeous. I love the George Eliot quote at the beginning of your blog, I loved reading your post and the flowers at the bottom. Extremely nice post!

Pauline said...

Stunning! Great quilt! I love your cushions aswell! Thanks for sharing!

karen k said...

Everything was amazing! Story, quilt and pillows. Like your blog too.

LadyV said...

Your work is just lovely. The sentiments and reflections are quite appropriate for the pieces. Such beautiful work.

Vee

Lou said...

Great stitchery!
I was fortunate to stay home with my kiddos until the last one was in kindergarten and then I went to work. Was home again when they started high school and have had a few little jobs since but am happiest at home:)

Cathy said...

I love that you put your heart into your work. All your projects are outstanding! I`m from the 50`s, 60`s era too. Most of the girls I graduated with married shortly after leaving high school. I moved away before I turned 18 and never could I have imagined the life I had and continue to have. Thank you for sharing.

Robin said...

Wow, great projects and a wonderful post!

Sharon Dawn said...

What an interesting post! I will have to check out that movie. I am glad things seem to be turning and if you want to choose to be a stay-at-home Mom (or Dad) that is encouraged, but if you don't, that is fine too.

Your stitchings are beautiful! I really like how you told a story in your work!

Cathi said...

Your stitcheries are all so wonderful! I love the first one and the reasoning behind making it.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Lovely projects. Also great write up to go with it.

lauraluvsloons said...

what a lovely tribute to all women. I loved your stitcheries too.

Frances said...

What a wonderful story teller you are. I lived your life as I examined the wonderful stitcheries. Very nice.

sandra said...

Love all of your projects ,your stitching is fabulous, thanks for sharing your stories I was a teenager in late 50's and I became a nurse another career for women then.lol

LJ said...

Great stitching. Loved the cottage. Enjoy Spring and Happy Easter.

Jenny said...

Great way to do the projects---I really like the red/green house!

Janet said...

Lovely work and a wonderful post! You put a lot of thought into what you made. How fantastic!

Theresa said...

Loved all your projects and enjoyed reading as well! Still waiting for spring to come here. Happy Easter.

lefuntz said...

I love all of your projects. And your story. We've come a long way baby!

Martina said...

Lovely stitches! And thanks for sharing!

Gwen said...

Your nostalgic trip was very thought-provoking. I love how you tied the designs together in that way. We're fortunate to live in a time when women have so many opportunities. The variegated thread really adds to the house stitchery. All very well done!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

FANTASTIC stitching JudyCinNC !!!!!no dogwoods blooming here...yet!! Happy Easter

Madame Samm said...

HI Judy...I have them all on our board now...sorry for taking soooo long....I have been knee deep in homework and have been out of town on family business....love your stitching over and over again...