World Series Quilt – Post #11

I finished my quilt!

WhenIAmEmpty-01 copy 

I embroidered the (very long) title of the quilt on a patch sewn to the back:

WhenIAmEmpty-02 copy 

It's a happy-looking quilt with an incredibly sad back story. My artist's statement is as follows:

"My father-in-law, Craig Goldsmith, is fading fast. At this point he likes to share stories from his youth. He is sharing the bits of himself that he can still find and it is an honor to hold those memories for him because they, too, will surely fade away."

12 thoughts on “World Series Quilt – Post #11

  1. I sat one day with my FIL and asked about his growing up. It was marvelous. He died a few weeks later. I have always wished we had videotaped that day long conversation. I wish I could recall everything he talked about. Save the memories in a tangible form.

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  2. Take a tape recorder and visit with your FIL. Either that or send your husband or kids. Just sit down, put the recorder somewhere so it won’t bother anyone, and just talk to your FIL about the past, his memories, and maybe a funny story or two. We were able to get 4 hours out of my FIL and everyone cherishes the transcript I made of those conversations.
    If you use a tape recorder, you will be able to have a record of what is said and be able to transcribe the conversation(s) later.

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  3. How can a quilt be lovely and sad at the same time?? Although Alzheimers has not touched my family but knowing it could, it brought tears to my eyes.
    Charmayne

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  4. Your quilt is so beautiful. I wish I could say it brought tears to my eyes but the sobbing just stopped. Your quilt took me back to my Granny and the childhood memories she shared with me. She also loved quilting and would have been amazed by your work.

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  5. What a wonderful tribute to all the wonderful people who suffer from this affliction–I have not personally experienced it in any family members but seems like it would be so painful. I also hear by way of Material Obsession’s blog that you are going to Australia soon–I’m jealous! You will be a good fit for their awesome shop!

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  6. BECKY LOVE ,LOVE THE FINISHED QUILT. FOUND THIS QUOTE TOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT.
    TAKE YOUR NEEDLE,AND WORK AT YOUR PATTERN.
    IT WILL COME OUT A ROSE BY AND BY.
    LIFE IS LIKE THAT, ONE STITCH AT A TIME,
    TAKEN PATIENTLY. OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
    IT IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU,THAT WE MEET IN OUR LIVES THAT MAKE US TRUELY THANKFUL FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE.

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  7. The promos tell you what the program is about and when it will air. Since it was a big network launch I had to create about twenty different promo elements. Because each character from the show would be highlighted and reminiscing about their college days I wanted the promos to feel like the viewer was going through the Hillman college yearbook. The boards below represent the vignette we did for Bonet’s character, Denise Huxtable.

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  8. I love your quilt and the quote you used on the back.
    My father passed this past March from cancer, but he also had Alzheimer’s. His mind was going but with each visit I learned more about him through his stories. He commented that I was always writing and writing I was, notes from his stories that each night I wrote out in my journal. Many were stories I knew but others were ones I had never heard about when he was a boy growing up. I learned about my grandparents and their parents and my father’s time in the Air Force. I will always treasure the stories he shared and plan to put them in a album along with pictures that I have to share with my own grand children one day.

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