Monday, June 10, 2013

Troubled Water Log Cabin Quilt


I pieced this quilt in the spring and left it with my mother for quilting. I was really on the fence about whether it worked or not--it has a very different palette of whites, cool pale blues, grays, and some bits of yellow. I was thinking about a windy lake, with whitecaps, when I chose my fabrics.


I used some blocks of vivid yellow in the border, cut from my precious half-yard of Owl and the Pussycat fabric from Purl Soho. There are tiny boats on them.


My mother backed it with a soft yellow and then went to work quilting it. Then she had a major (but for her, routine) back surgery while we were gone to Germany. For two days her recovery was normal, then her heart and lungs began to shut down. When we landed in the States the message on our phone was that she might not live. For a week she was on a ventilator. Saturday she came off the vent and now she is breathing on her own with just a little supplemental oxygen.


Tomorrow she will get out of surgical ICU, and I hope she'll be recuperating at my house in a week. 

I could never sell this quilt. I've named it Troubled Water, and it's a gift to my oldest sister who flew in from New York when things got bad, and spent the week, along with my stepfather, sitting with my mother in ICU. Terry, IOU.

24 comments:

Nadine said...

Praying for your Mom and family.

Blessings,
Nadine

Lisa said...

Oh, my WORD. May her recovery continue!

Lisateresa

Karen said...

That quilt is beautiful! Sorry to hear about your mother ~ praying for a healthy recovery.

Matushka Anna said...

Prayers for your mother's speedy recovery!

SisterlyLove said...

You and your mom and family are in my prayers. It's a beautiful quilt.

Genevieve

val said...

Oh, just wow. xo, Val

Anonymous said...

You and your mom did a beautiful job on the quilt. Glad to read your mom is doing better.
blessings, jill

Rose said...

Anna I hope your mother makes a good and swift recovery.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I'm glad your mother is doing well now. I hope she continues to get stronger.

kath said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mother! I'll keep her and all of you in my prayers for a speedy recovery.
By the way, the quilt is beautiful, and your sister will be thrilled to receive it

Laura said...

I'm so sorry your mother has gone through this, it must have been very hard to be away. I'm so glad she is recovering and pray her recovery in your home will be a balm for her literal and figurative heart. Bless you!

Eileen said...

Will pray for a quick exit from the hospital and a peaceful recovery at your home.

Janet said...

I pray your mama will be ok. Your quilt is beautiful!

Julian said...

Praying for your mother. And for your family. What a beautiful quilt.
Christina

walkingthecat said...

Gute Besserung for your mother -- and what a suitable gift for your sister!

And lucky you for having such a sibling -- wish I could say the same.

Susan

Just Me said...

I am sorry that your mom had such trouble recuperating! I hope that with time, lots of love and the grace of God she'll get better!

maven said...

Blessings and prayers for all at the Pleasant View Schoolhouse.

Linda said...

Praying for your lovely mother.

Farrah said...

I'm so sorry! As you know, I recently had a back surgery that went bad though not requiring a visit to the ICU. I pray that she heals quickly and that she is able to stay with you for proper treatment. Hugs to you!

The Mayo Family said...

Awe...I am so sorry to her this.
Praying for all of you & her to be able to come to your home and continue recovery!
Hugs~
Blessings~Lori

Anonymous said...

May the Lord continue to bring healing to your dear mother. May your heart rest in knowing your Savior is walking beside her, all the way.

Praying,

Maria Ricci

Rachel said...

Prayers for your mother.

Polly said...

Praying for healing for your mother. What a beautiful gift for your sister...a treasure.

Heather said...

So thankful to hear that your mother will be able to come recover with you again. What a blessing your family is to each other. And may I say I love how you describe your quilt colors and arrangements. I would never think of that myself, but when you talk about whitecaps on the water, I totally can see it! I'm sure your sister will treasure that quilt since it comes from both your hand and your mother's, with love.

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