December 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Quilting Gallery!!

Michele over at the Quilting Gallery is having a birthday party!  We are helping her celebrate the site's  5th birthday!!  Won't you come along?  There will be over 150 bloggers participating in this hop so be sure and check out Michele's site on December 10th, tomorrow, to find the full list of participants!  Each participant had to agree to host a giveaway to participate so you have a chance of winning several "birthday gifts"!  Isn't that exciting!!


 We have been encouraged by Michele to tell you a little bit about ourselves so here goes...

My name is Thearica, pronounced the same as Theresa. My dad spelled my name this way and I have had many compliments on the spelling all of my life.  I love my name!  It has been pronounced in more ways than I can ever keep count and have laughed at a few people when they tried to say it. What is funny is there are only a small handful of people who actually call me by the correct pronunciation even though they know how to say it correctly.  My mother didn't even use the correct way.. she always called me Teresa Kay. So did my granddaddy.  My hubby can say my name (correctly)  more beautiful than anyone... I love to hear him say it.  :)

I was raised living right beside of my granddaddys farm.  He ran a herd of cattle and had a littler of pigs always. I would walk across the road with him to go slop the pigs, my small hand wrapped safe in his big hand, with my blonde ponytails wagging in the wind. I was happier than a pig in the mud!  Me and my siblings would always fight over who was going to sit on the stool while granny churned butter.  She made us take turns!  That stool lives with me now since they are both gone.  I bought it at the estate sale.  When it came up for bid about 13 bid cards hit the air!  Mine was the last one standing when it was all over with.  I went there determined to bring it home and I did!

I am a die-hard quilter. My granny's both taught me to love quilting and it runs deep in my blood.  I made my first quilt blocks at the age of 8 and hand quilted for the first time at the age of 19 and have never looked back.  I can recall sitting at a treadle machine and sewing quilt blocks when I was in my pre-teens. Granny Ida lived with my Aunt Elloween at that time only about 1/4 mile up the road.  We had some really good times together! Memories I will always cherish.

I made this Auburn quilt for my oldest daughter on her 30th birthday.

In 2006 I bought my first longarm machine after saying that I would never machine quilt anything ever!  I always told people that my granny would turn over in her grave if I machine quilted anything.  Neither of my granny's ever did... they always quilted by hand.  But carpal tunnel had other ideas for me so I had to give in or give up quilting all together, and that was NOT going to happen.  It took me a while to master the machine because it was so daunting but I finally did.  Now I enjoy quilting on the machine and strive to quilt custom designs.

This is a t-shirt quilt I made for my youngest on her 30th birthday. 

I am a Scorpio and as any Scorpio will tell you, we are very curious minded people.  I am always googling things to find out what lies beneath. My sister has told me many times that I missed my calling.  She said I should have been a private detective.  My doctor tells me that I ask more questions than any patient he has ever had.  I told him that I want to know all of the why-for's.  Why do I feel bad.. why should I take that medicine... why, why, why.  I know I drive him crazy. lol

I made this quilt from clothing that belonged to grandparents of a friend of my daughter.

I have 2 beautiful daughters and 3 awesome grandchildren who keep me smiling all the time.  They make my heart sing! My hubby and I are tobacco farmers and wish we could retire.  Our future plans hope to be selling the farm and relocating to Tennessee or Alabama and opening a quilting retreat center.  I hope the real estate market comes back so we can make our dream a reality.

These 5 are my heart and soul! And I am ready to live closer to them once again!

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better.  If there was one closing comment I could make it would have to be that I was a grandpa's girl! I loved my granddaddy so much! and still do even though I cannot reach out and touch him any longer!  I  smiled when he answered the telephone to my calls because he would always say "Well, I'll be John Brown if it isn't my Teresa Kay".  When I went to see him I would always give him a hug and as soon as I grabbed him around the shoulders he would always say, "Don't hurt me now".. because he knew he was going to get a bear hug. lol

I miss this man more than anyone who has already gone on to Heaven.  He went to be with the Lord on a Sunday, no better day than the Lord's day because he was a Christian man in every sense of the word!  He had a stroke on the Friday evening before and could not talk or eat anything.  But right before he died on Sunday he somehow managed to get my aunt to understand that he wanted some singing.  His 2 favorite songs were I'll Fly Away and I'll Live On.  We sang I'll Fly Away for him.  In the last stanza by the grace of God, he managed to sing the words, I'll Fly Away!

  He died shortly thereafter.

I miss you granddaddy and think about you each and every day!

If you have stayed with me this long I would like to tell you about my giveaway. 

 I ordered a copy of Geta Grama's book Shadow Trapunto Quilts. I actually made a mistake and ordered 2 copies so I have an extra one!  Leave me a comment to get your name in the pot for the extra book!  I will ship anywhere, so all of my international friends are more than welcome to enter the giveaway too!  Everyone, just be sure you leave me a way of contacting you should you win!


The giveaway will close on December 15th!

96 comments:

Sandy D said...

What a nice tribute to your Grandfather. I hope my grandkids feel about me as you do your grandfather.My 6 grandkids and 4 daughters are my world too

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

What a heartwarming story...it is good to get to know you a little! Thanks for sharing.

Debbie said...

Beautiful story, Thearica! It's so nice you feel you can share it with us. I love the part about the stool in the auction. So, how much did you pay for it? :)

Quilting Babcia said...

What a beautiful story, and I'm happy that you're still able to quilt! I'm learning free motion machine quilting too, the arthritis in my fingers will probably not allow many more years of hand quilting! All the best to you this Christmas - I hope you get your wish for a quilting retreat!

Judy said...

Lovely story, thanks for sharing!

Gill said...

I enjoyed learning more about you and I loved the story of your Grandpa! Mine died when I was young so I don't really remember them but I had a favourite uncle and I was definitely an uncle's girl!!
Thanks!

Natasha said...

I love Geta's quilting and would love to win her book. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway and letting us know more about you.

Kate said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Heather said...

I also have two girls who are the light of my life. Thanks for sharing with me.

Needled Mom said...

It was wonderful to read more about you. Your Grandpa sounds like he was an amazing man.

Sandra said...

You are fortunate to have spent lots of time with your grandparents that is something that I missed out on.

That book would be awesome to win

Monica said...

I loved my grandpa most of all and he always loved me no matter what.

Crickets Corner said...

Thanks for sharing with us. I love names that aren't spelled or pronounced how they should be. It's always a conversation starter. I never knew my grandfathers as both passed well before I was born. I can tell your grandpa was a good man by your tribute to him.

Shannon said...

What a lovely family! One of my favorite pictures ever is one of me when I was little on my grandpa's tractor with him. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway- I have been dying for this book, you're so sweet to give a copy away!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I was my Grandad's girl too and sadly lost him in 2011. It is heartbreaking. Your obviously have wonderful relationships in your family and it was lovely reading a bit about you :)

Denise Russell said...

I love Geta's work! Can't wait to see the book in my mailbox!

KRubin said...

I love the Auburn Tigers mini-quilt that you made for your daughter! Was that done with the long-arm quilting machine?

Wendy said...

Nice to meet you, you do have a lovely name!

Lil Bean / CraftyHourMom said...

What a sweet description of your life and loves! You are blessed to have had close relationships with your grandparents. My parents immigrated from Holland and we saw both sets of grandparents rarely, plus the language barrier made conversation tricky.

Thanks for the chance!

mary mahoo said...

Great post Thearica! What a lovely tribute to your grandfather!. Thanks for the chance to win.

barbara woods said...

thanks for the chance. i was as born in nov. to and start quilting at age 70 and started blogging

Lis said...

What a beautiful story. Reminds me of my dad on his tractor. I'll fly away was a song that I sang to my oldest daughter many nights when we were up rocking to get back to sleep. It's a good rockin chair song!
Thanks for the giveaway and BTW I know it's been a bad year, but I'm a true blue AUBURN fan! WAR EAGLE!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

mzlizzie said...

Enjoyed your post about your grandpa...I never knew my 2 grandpa's since one passed away the month before I was born & the other lived in Germany & passed when I was only 5 yrs old. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Nancy M. said...

i love your t-shirt quilt. I just made one and I will have to do better next time. thanks for the giveaway.

Sherry said...

I enjoyed reading your story and seeing some of your completed projects andyour lovely family. Thanks for your giveaway.

Katkat said...

My grandparents were ver influential in my life also. Being a grandparent now is my most precious job!!!!!

hueisei said...

Thanks for sharing your story about your grandpa. I miss my grandpa too.

Connie said...

Wonderful post Thearica! I would love to win this book! Thanks!

Julie Fukuda said...

Does being a Scorpio make you curious? Really? It's interesting how quilters half a world away can be connected in many ways. Yes, my granddad was my hero too.

LethargicLass said...

wow... I just loved learning all about you :) I never had a grandfather... I used to ask Santa for one every year... you were very lucky!

Carmen Nuland said...

I've never tried Trapunto before - it looks beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sallie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

Kaynik said...

What a wonderful story about your love for your granddaddy. You are so lucky to have those memories. My grandparents all lived in England and I grew up in Canada. I only saw them a handful of times when I was very young. I wish I could have had the kind of relationship you talk about.

God bless.

Kay
ktreve(at) hotmail (dot) com

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Ótimo post,grande tributo ao seu avô.Deus te abençoe!Este livro está na lista,adoro os trabalhos de Geta,que venha para meu endereço no Brasil.Obrigada.

tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

sherry said...

would love that book

Bossymamma said...

I really enjoyed reading about you, your granddad and other family members - thank you.

Pink Scissors Design said...

Merry Christmas from Australia!

Deborah
pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

Mary said...

Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing and for the give away.

Faith said...

Your give away looks really nice and I have so enjoyed reading your blog Im definetely going to be your new followerx

acrylicss@aol.com

Abbigail said...

I never knew either of my grand dads. They both died when my parents were young.
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

My granny showed me how to sew and how to embroider, and I'm still sewing. My mom taught me how to use a sewing machine, her granny had taught it to her. :-)
These grannies, what were we without them! I hope I'll be such a granny one day, too!
Thanks for offering this wonderful book!

Emily C said...

That was a pretty cool way for your gpa to go. My hubbys gpa died a few years ago and we miss him all the time. awesome book. thanks for the giveaway.

Mary Beth said...

That's a great story.

Maria Wallin said...

What a lovely, heart-warming story <3
Thanks a lot for the chance to win such an awesome book, I've coveted it for a long time =)

Anne-Marie B. said...

Thank you for sharing your grandfather with us! I lived one full year with my maternal grandparents when I was a teenager and my life was positively changed forever! I too miss them so much! Thanks for this giveaway, I have had that book in my wishlist for a while!

rutigt said...

Be happy that you have good memories of your grandpa!
Gun, Sweden
gun@lapp.se

Linda said...

HI! LOVELY GIVEAWAY!
THANKS FOR SHARING!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Susan said...

I have always wanted to try trapunto.

Vivian said...

I miss my grandpa too. Thanks for the giveaway. Vivian

Lisa E said...

It was very interesting to read about your life. Thanks for the chance to win.

Martha said...

Lovely story. Thank you for the opportunity.

Sis-O said...

Sniff..excuse me while I get a tissue. Love the story of your grandpa. Especially the "I'll Fly away". I love that song. I already forgot what you were giving away b/c I got into your story. I am sure it was something nice. Thank you for sharing.

Judy B said...

What a fabulous tribute to your Grandfather! Thank you for sharing your story. Great giveaway!
jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

Mother of four said...

My goodness.... a truly lovely and most definitely the most personable story I have read so far on this Blog Hop. The relationship you have with your Grandaddy is exactly as mine was with my Dad. Whilst my father died of Liver Cancer, He was within hours of dying, and I was called to his bed side (a four hour drive)..
When I went up to see him, he woke up, was alert, even had a drink of tea... we talked for a little while... As I was making his tea Mum said that he hadn't been awake for a few days and definitely didn't want anything to drink....

His Macmillan (cancer charity) nurse came and dad asked for the morphine to be upp'd because of the pain. That was the last coherent moment we had, My twin and I were sat by his side for a while... as we sat there Dad shot up in his bed and shouted.... "get me out of here, I want a fag!" (Fag meaning cigarette). He hadn't smoked for nearly 20 years! LOL Even in dying moments his humour comes through.

I haven't accepted his passing yet, and doubt I really will. My dog Badger died a few months ago, which really tore me apart as Dad paid for the two (badger and sam), I kept Badger, Dad had Sam. The last piece of dad went with my boy.... But his ashes will stay with me until I pass too.

So with tears pouring down my face I bid farewell... but won't be the last we speak, as I now follow you and hope you'll follow me (Mother of four) A day in the life of a creative mind.

Janey x (janey@bagsocharm.co.uk)

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I have wonderful memories of my papa (grand father) too and have enjoyed reading your 'get to know me' here on the blog hop. Be sure to write as many memories of him down as you can - you will thank yourself for doing that in years to come. Thanks for the chance.

Julie said...

Wonderful and touching story. Great giveaway, thanks.

Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing... nice to know more about you!!

LJ said...

I love Geta; she makes amazing trapunto quilts. Thanks for a chance to win.

SewBlinkey.blogspot.com said...

What a lovely story. I never knew my grandparents and I'm trying to make it right for my 4 wonderful grandchildren whom I love more than anything. My grand children all have sewn, 2 girls and 2 boys, the youngest 4 is just sewing lines. My youngest grand daughter just finished her second quilt, this one all of it. It does my heart good. You can see it on my blog. It's nice meeting an empty nester and I will follow you. The book looks wonderful. I have never sewn that way being a newer quilter. Thank you for the giveaway.

Vivian said...

Oh Thearica, you have made me cry.

What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. The two of you certainly had a special bond.

Thank you for the chance in your giveaway.

Nancy Sue said...

Oh, my, what a great story about your Grandpa! May be all be fortunate enough to have loved ones who touch our hearts as much...or inspired to be one of those persons who touches the hearts of others. I'm sure you do with your children and pass on the legacy to theirs.

Anonymous said...

How fortunate you were to live so close to your grandparents. Your story is lovely and I'm glad you shared it. I hope you are able to move closer to your beautiful grandchildren soon. Thanks for the great giveaway. Merry Christmas. Patty
paweis at yahoo dot com

Claire said...

I LOVE trapunto. I would have liked to have had your grannies teach me to quilt. I do think machine quilting has come a long way as we practiced more and as equipment improved. And I was in a quilt history group for a while and learned that our foremothers machine quilted almost as soon as the sewing machine was invented.

Debra Lee said...

It was great getting to know you!

Carla G said...

I love hearing about your grandparents! Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book! :)

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Thanks for sharing about yourself. And thanks for the chance to win the book.
Lynn

Lisa Cox said...

It is so great that you got to spend time and get to know your grandparents.
Thank you for being so generous.

M-R said...

Your grandaddy sounds very special! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Lynn Makrin said...

Love your story. Thanks for sharing.
Can't wait to Traputo with your book giveaway!

Pat S. said...

What a heart warming story! Thank you for brightening my day! Happy holidays and thanks sew much for this chance to win :-)

Maria Kievit said...

Thanks for your story. I used to love going to both my Grandmothers, while they were still alive, and while we were still in Holland. They lived 5 mins away, and with the one it was just walking her arm in arm to church, and the other one always had the teakettle ready with special cups for each on of us. They reside in my china cabinet at the present time. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. Would love to learn that technique.

Kathleen said...

I've so enjoyed reading your post, what a wonderful heartwarming tribute to your Grandparents...
I love your giveaway and thank you for the chance to win :-)

Tammy said...

I enjoed reading your post getting to know your background. Your grandparetns seemed like a major part of who u are today. Your gandfather in particular sounds like he was a wonderful person.Thank you for a chcne to participate in your giveaway.
conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

thepiececorps said...

I love and miss my Grandparents so much, I can only wish I will be half as important to my own ten grandchildren...thanks for sharing and reminding us how important g-parents are! TIA! B-)

Joyce Carter said...

That was such a beautiful story. I really enjoyed reading about your Grandfather and all the times you shared with your grandparents. You have so many wonderful memories of them.Your story brought tears to my eyes.I think I am a little envious because I do not remember mine. Both of my grandmothers passed away before I was born and so did one of my grandfathers. The other grandfather passed away when I was very young. I do remember him sitting on the porch, but that is it. I wish I could have had a lot of time with them.I think it would have been wonderful to know them. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

Sheila said...

Great memories, thanks for sharing. I like Geta Gamma very much, and enjoy when she comes up with a new quilt idea, so I would love to own her book........thanks for the chance to win!

heyitskarla said...

I enjoyed your stories. My gramma used to quilt, but I wasn't interested when I was a younger. Now that she's gone, I regret not spending time with her to learn.

Sheila said...

Your granddaddy sounded like a wonderful man and you were very fortunate to have hi, in your life . Thanks for sharing your story and I hope your dream comes true thanks for the chance .

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a nice and moving post about you, your family and especially your grandfather. Such a strong love, your grandfather lives on in your stories. Thanks for sharing your story.

Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win. I've always wanted to learn Trapunto.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

nicolesender said...

I enjoyed your stories! Merry Christmas!
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sew Simple Life said...

That is so funny! I am also a Scorpio and I Google my fingers right off, I rarely takes meds and often when I go to the doc I'll go with several possible ailments and remedies printed off google... LOL You know... so he can make sure he checks all possibilities. I have also been told I should be a private detective, I'm a good investigator AND excellent at arguing so my husband and I both think I should have been a lawyer.

AlessandraLace said...

lovely story.thank you for this great chance. hugs Alessandra

Judith said...

Families are Forever!

Nanbon44 said...

I love your story and your grand parents were very special people...

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance. I have admired Gretas work for a long time

Lisa said...

I know how you feel talking about your granddaddy mine was a great man too! He has been gone 27 years but I think of him at least once a day. He was the artist in our family along with being an engineer. I know that is where my love of art comes from! The book looks interesting so I would love to win!

TheStylishHome said...

Beautiful :) Thank you for sharing some of you with all of us. We lost my grandmother 2 years ago, but my grandfather is still here. I'm a grampas girl too!

Angela Moore said...

Thearica what a lovely story and tribute to you grandaddy. My dad also died on Sunday and he too was a Christian man. It's only been a little over a year and I still get teary eyed. Love the photo of grandaddy waving.

And if you decide to retire to TN it is a great place with lots of wide open spaces and the mighty Mississippi River. Thanks

vicki said...

I would like to try this quilting method. thanks for the giveaway. vickise@gmail.com

Lyndsey said...

I don't remember my Granddad but my father was always there for me. thank you for telling us more about yourself and about your granddad. The book looks fabulous and I have always fancied trying this method so thank you for the chance to win.

Margaret said...

O i love your colorful site and what a touching story. Love to win

Jill said...

Thank you for sharing such a great story of your Grandfather with us. The book sounds very interesting...I would love to win.

Richard Healey said...

I love how there is a reward for sticking to the end. Loved your story thanks for the giveaway.

VickiT said...

I LOVED reading about your Grandpa and Grandma with her butter churn and stool. I'm sure that stool is at home now and something you were not going to let ANYONE else walk away with that day.

You were so very lucky to live that close to them during your childhood. Some of the things you said reminded me of my own Grandpa who I was not as lucky to live very close to. We lived in IL and my Grandpa was way down in Neosho, MO so I didn't see him as often as I would like. He owned a Ben Franklin dime store my entire childhood and also ran a farm with cattle so it was SO much fun going to visit him. He always took one of us kids with him to work where he'd put us to work in his store. OF course, I always helped the women at the checkout counter since that's where all those huge glass jars of penny candy sat. Back then they were actually a penny too. LOL After work we'd go with him to the farm so he could drive the farm and check the cows and toss hay out to them. Best memories ever just as you have. Thanks so much for the story about your Grandpa.

Thank you also for the wonderful book giveaway. I'd love to have that book myself.

Dolores Fegan said...

Grandparents are always important! thanks for the wonderful giveaway

Karrie S said...

Thanks so much! I love new quilting books ;) Your quilts are beautiful! I love the Tiger one. My daughter's high school mascot are the Tigers. Thanks again ;)