Saturday, December 18, 2010

Enjoying the days

Last night was the official opening of the first ever Patchwork Exhibit in Nicosia. The Mayor Ms Eleni Mavrou was so moved, we might yet make a quilter out of her! She kept commenting about  the colours, and wanting to know about each quilt and saying things like "next year" and 'bigger'...

It was all so last minute, as the hall had become available and we were invited to exhibit our quilts by the City.  We only had about 2 weeks to put it all together. But in the end, it was worth it. We are all so grateful for this honour and opportunity.

This is the first time I show one of my quilts to the public and I was excited and nervous. 
Tineke has been in town and would miss the opening as she was traveling back to Germany. As we arrived at the hall to give her a sneak-peak, I was blown away by seeing kids lining up to enter the exhibit. Tineke was a great support (helping me to stop from fainting...) and encouraged me to talk to them.

So much so, I have been invited to come to their school in the new year. ( me and my very broken greek!)

For the exhibit, I chose my quilt 'Aruba' which is a double sided Batik quilt. It is the only Batik quilt I have made so far. But I wanted to capture the colours of my tropical childhood home. :) 
The reverse side is the colours of the sunsets on Aruba. The front: well, sitting under the palm trees sipping cold drinks...
Something I hope to be doing in a little over a week, as we are planning to spend New Year's with my parents and Family.

In the meantime there is a lot more stitching to be done. I have been binding quilts and having fun with my hexies, enjoying how truly portable they are. More show and tell from exotic locations forthcoming! LOL

it has been a very wonderful december so far: the highlight for me was seeing my boys as the handsomest Joseph and the cutest shepherd boy I have ever seen! 
As you can gather, I have not been around my computer much, and I have missed visiting with you all. But I intend to remedy that sitting under a palm tree sipping Virgin Coladas! So bring along those swimsuits, girls!

Sending you the warmest wishes for a Blessed season. And yes, I finally got to use my winter coat and umbrella!


I will be getting permission to post the rest of the quilts in the Exhibit, and if you are in town, come say hi. The exhibit runs until Christmas eve.

My Patchwork Family Through Adoption

A Bit of Africa and China
Came knocking on our door
And in a home where there was longing
Now empty rooms no more

Like a Quilt of Many Colours
Our Family stitched together into One
God's Love and Grace for us Abundant
In the Miracle of our Sons

Written by Valentina