So as I was standing behind Jerry TRYING to help him, but he always says he doesn't need my help, I was staring at The Birdhardts Quilt (our name is "Bernhardt") that I finished in 2006 when I first got my longarm quilting machine. I was thinking of the day Jerry's daughter walked into the room -- which has happened only ONCE in our 15 years in this house -- and I excitedly showed her the quilt because one block is of HER and two blocks are of HER DAUGHTER -- our granddaughter.
As I was pointing to "her" block and started to explain, she gave it a quick "who the hell cares" look, and walked away. I choked back tears and tried not to cry. I spent weeks on the block I did of her as a teacher bird. She had no idea how much love and time went into every stitch in that quilt, and even though it is not a hobby she is interested in -- and it probably is a stupid quilt -- it is something I am interested in.
I LOVE the way she put CURTAINS in the window of the birdhouse. Turns out, at 16, she is quite an artist. We had no idea.
Those are all the grandkid blocks.
I also made a block for each of our girls. My daughter was in Cancun with her new husband at the time, and he HATED the fact that she had Bibles. I decided she should have one on this quilt. This is Tammy Bird:
And here is Jeree, my step-daughter. If she knew I was posting this picture, she would probably die of embarrassment, so please don't tell her! She has no idea I have a blog, and if she did, she wouldn't read it. Jeree has a degree from Vanderbilt and teaches History and French. Well, she WAS going to be a teacher, but she worked only a few years. She hasn't had to work, so she is a SAHM. She is an amazing Mom, and her kids are wonderful. Just wish they were in our life.
And I really CAN UNDERSTAND why she would look at this and think that I had lost my last marble. You HAVE to know the story behind this "Family Tree", and she didn't care to hear it.
Of course, I had to make a block for Jerry and me. I also made us our own BRICK birdhouse. Whenever I ask Jerry if I can go somewhere or do something, his reply is always, "That's Fine Dear". My sister makes fun of him doing it because he does it so much. He was building his pond in those days, so he was always knocking trees down and moving rocks around.
Here we are:
I spent HOURS digitizing those tennis shoes on my feet. And it is the ONLY time I ever had streaked hair.
I love my purse! And, yes, his nickname is "Bernsides". My Mother, however, calls him "Sideburns". She always has to go against the current.
And as I said, I was just learning how to put a quilt together, and I wasn't well-versed in quilt talk. I decided all these birds needed a SKY to live in, so I just made the entire background blue. If I was doing it today, I would have a lot more tricks up my sleeve.
Here is The Birdhardts Quilt: