Kitty was very independent and could be fierce if she thought I was spoiling her. She often told me off for presents I sent and so began the Amaryllis War. Every Christmas I would send her an Amaryllis bulb in a pot, she would open the parcel and then phone to tell me off! I would protest and tell her I would send presents if I wished, feeling rather a stroppy teenager sensation. Then she would phone again to marvel at it's growth and even send a photo...it always sent me into fits of giggles.
|4 blocks of Kitty's quilt|
Her practical demonstration of her faith in God was always there. I never heard her give way to self pity or loneliness. When my daughter moved to Singapore, Kitty was again on the phone, remembering how she coped when her own daughter emigrated to New Zealand fifty years ago. No Skype or e mails then, only letters and parcels which took six weeks to arrive, so I must be brave. Her dignity and strength was a huge inspiration to me, along with her quiet acceptance of life's sometime sadness.
|Kitty's quilt with honeysuckle|
Kitty was a skilled gardener who tended who tended her friends and family as carefully as her plants and I will miss her so much. These are the words of William Lawson that I chose for her:
'Cultivate the garden within. What was Paradise? But a garden, an orchard of trees and herbs, full of pleasure and nothing but delights.'
I hope she has found a sunny spot there with a beautiful quilt to sit on.
|Kitty's quilt in my garden|
This week I have been getting on with the Christmas quilt for Alex. It seems funny to be making snowmen in this heat, 30 degrees here yesterday....
|Snowmen for Alex quilt by Green Star Quilts|
|tree and stars block|
and this will be the sky for Santa to drive his reindeer through....
|Holly and parcels block by Green Star Quilts|
|Christmas quilt star blocks by Green Star Quilts|
This is becoming a mystery quilt for you to watch growing! The top should be finished for the next blog post, so you can see it all put together.
I hope you have a happy week,