Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Tallow and Sky

I took this picture of a tallow tree last week; if you click on it and enlarge it, you can see the lovely little tallow balls- so white against the blue sky. Although tallow trees are trash trees and reproduce at an unbelievable rate, they are beautiful in the fall when the leaves turn, and then after losing the leaves, they are still lovely with just the white balls.

"When someone you love, dies, it's as if they leave you with half shares of your life together. The person you were in their eyes dies with them" (173-74). This quote is from Guppies for Tea by Marika Cobbold and quoted in The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble. I can't think of a truer way to express the sense of loss experienced when a loved one dies.

I received my quilt from the quilt swap, but I'm just now getting around to acknowledging it on my blog. I sent my thanks to Rhonda, but wanted to show all of you "Alice's Restaurant" - which I adore and which cheers me up each time I glance at it!

I'm eager to sort through some of my ideas for Deb Spincic's
Journal Quilts Challenge 2006. I've been reading some of the posts and feel that it will be an excellent way for me to get back into things. Don't know if a theme for a series of quilts or whether experimenting with new techniques will be the way to go. I love themed works, but don't know if I can find one to commit to for 6-12 quilts.

Can it truly be just a few days until Christmas? How did that happen? I'm not ready!


  1. I don't think I've ever seen a tallow tree before. That's really pretty!

  2. Hi Jen,

    Just curious...why the quote by Marika Cobbold?

  3. The numbers are growing on the JQC2006 and I think there are going to be some really interesting pieces. Rian tells me she already has the sketch done for her January one! But, she has a bunch of company between now and the first week of Jan so she's getting a little head start. We'll catch up quickly!

    If you go with a theme just keep it very braod and you should be able to find lots of ideas.

  4. Jen,

    I am so sorry about your mother's passing. I wondered why you hadn't posted in a while. I know this is a difficult time for you, and you are in my thoughts and prayers. She must have been quite a woman to have raised such a thoughtful and articulate daughter.

    I forwarded that artist's link to Kacy, thank you for your kind words.

  5. Jen, what a beautiful quote. I lost my beloved mother in law this year and your quote made me realize why I am still having problems facing this loss. My heart is with you.


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