22 March, 2008

Early Easter

"Easter's early this year". I wish I had a nickel for every time I've heard that in the last couple of weeks. So, how early is Easter? Let's put it into perspective: the last time that Easter was on the 23rd of March was in 1913. This is the last time we'll see it again this early, too; the next time it will be on March 23rd is 2228. In fact, Easter can only ever be one day earlier. When will that be? March 22, 2285! Thanks to Rev. Edwin Troutman for researching this, these facts appeared in our church newsletter this week.

I found this Easter wallhanging, circa 1995, folded neatly in my stash closet. It's sweet; I love the border print, an Alexander Henry fabric. I studied this small quilt this morning and came to a few conclusions: I would never make this quilt today. It's too blah. I go for cleaner, brighter colors now. There's also too much "busy" in the baskets, I wouldn't waste my time for so little contrast today. But, this is still precious to me nonetheless. It represents a time and place in my life. The time? The first year my daughter lived away from us, she was a freshman in college and our family dynamic had changed. The place? Puerto Rico! Not only had our dynamic changed but we had moved, too; to an island! I sewed then for sanity (I also finished projects back then). I also sewed with what I happened to have on hand... and it looks like some early Thimbleberries and this border fabric were chosen as companions and that, was that! If memory serves, I sewed two... one for me and one for my mother. I can recall many feelings from looking at this today, and they're all good. But, oh-- have I changed; and that's OK too!
We're off this morning to the Capital City. Yes, once again! Today we're going to a luncheon and shower in honor of our son and future daughter-in-law at her family's home. I'll post photos next week (we'll squeeze in a visit with our daughter and son-in-law as a bonus, too!). I've been sandwiching in Easter cooking as time has allowed. A cake here, a salad there. It will all get done, no worries. We'll be seven at our Easter table on Sunday. My mother-in-law, Kyle and his bride-to-be, our godson, his wife and my husband and me. Blessings abound, our godson and his wife will welcome a baby son right before our son's wedding! Sadly, their little family be moving to PA this Summer, we've loved having them close by these past three years as our goddaughter-in-law did her Pediatric residency right here in our fair city.

Life is Good! Oh, yes it is... early Easter and all.

12 comments:

Nancy said...

Moving to PA, you say? Be sure to tell them they have a friend Near Philadelphia!

Happy Easter to y'all!

Love,
n, np

Ancestor Collector said...

Well, this post got me all choked up! I've loved that they've had you to be their (god)parents while they've been in NC. I've always felt like they had someone who could immediately be there for them in a crisis. Thankfully, no crises yet!

Thanks for having them to dinner tomorrow. I hope my ears won't be burning too much! ;-) Happy Easter!

Love you!!

Libby said...

My mom's birthday was Mar 22 and I don't recall Easter ever being on her birthday, but ThePrincess' birthday falls on Easter every 11 years. Funny how some come around quickly and some don't *s*

Pam said...

Life sure does take a few turns and changes along the way.

Have a very Happy Easter.

julieQ said...

I love your wall hanging. We all have those projects that we may not do now, but they are like a diary of our tastes and changes. Family twists are sometimes difficult, I have found that things almost always work out for the good, even though I can't see it at the time...

Shelina said...

Happy Easter, Mrs. G. Sounds like some fun plans to meet the other parents.

I like your basket quilt. It makes me wonder what I will say about my quilts years from now.

meggie said...

Blessings to you & your family for Easter Mrs G.

mamaspark said...

Happy Easter to you too! I love the border fabric on this Easter quilt. It's funny how these things provoke such strong feelings.

teodo said...

Happy Easter
and congratulations for the "little boy"
ciao ciao

leigh anna said...

it took me a lot of times of looking at this to figure out (other than the bunnies on the border) why this was an easter quilt....
but now i see them....
there are little easter baskets in the middle!
:)
i feel kind of silly now!

Karen Dianne Lee said...

What a great Share. Its fascinating to look back thru the lens of your talent. Totally fascinating.

Nan said...

I love the story of your wallhanging. Isn't it interesting how we change as quilters over the years? It may not be your favorite anymore, but it certainly holds a lot of memories for you!
It sounds like your Easter was very blessed!