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!