If this is your first visit here to the land of Figs.. welcome! I am Joanna and today is my turn [along with the lovely Anne, Lynne and The Sisters] on the Fat Quarter Shop's 2014 Designer Mystery Blog Tour. Wow, that's kind of mouthful!
Working with Kimberly and the gals [and let's not forget Kevin] over at the Fat Quarter Shop on their BOM's is always so much fun. The best part each time is seeing what all of the other designers come up with for the theme. Believe it or not, its as much a surprise to us as it is to you!
Several of the years they have done the BOM with Fig Tree fabrics…. Do you remember this one from last year? I just love how these are turning out! Even though my block was a basket… I think I might love the house row the most!
Or what about this one from Strawberry Fields from 2011- they were all flower blocks set vertically on stems [this one was a personal favorite of mine]?
Well this time around Kimberly has chosen stars as her theme and the gorgeously classic Snowbird fabric from Edyta at Laundry Basket Quilts. Love the stars and love the blues! Maybe someday I will grow up and work with beautiful classic colors like these :-)!
Not only that but each designer has named their block after a personal "star" in their life. You are going to love some of these stories so if you haven't already, go back to the previous posts and see what they have said about their "stars".
As for my block and my star… I named it Dear Marysia. After my paternal grandmother who I loved beyond words, who was that "special someone" in my life when I was little and who I missed the most when we left Poland when I was 8. Her full name was Maria but Marysia is the Polish nickname for Maria and the name that everyone in the family always used for her. Except for the kids. To us she was always just Babcia.
I never really got over growing up without her after we left. We corresponded for years once I lived in the US and I will never forget being able to see her again when we went back to Poland after 7 long years without being issued a passport [Poland was communist at the time and they were "punishing" us for emmigrating by not allowing us to come back to visit our family]. I was 15 but I felt like I was 8 again the moment I saw her at the airport. She was my anchor.
… me and babcia.
Anyway…. my babcia [grandma in Polish] was a woman of grace and courage and strength. She was an amazing cook, sewer, knitter, gardner and general all around everything! She was a horticulturalist by trade and you would not believe her gardens! She tried to teach me how to knit… let's just say that it is good that I can quilt!
She raised my dad and his two sisters in the midst of WWII, literally in the midst of it, as multiple bombs fell on their home and my grandfather faught against the Nazis in the resistance and the Warsaw Uprising.
She managed to feed and keep the family together then and after. She was a matriarch in the best possible meaning of the word. I could sit at her feet for hours and listen to the stories from the war until she was too tired to tell them anymore.
I was the first and thus the oldest of all the grandchildren and there was something about the bond between the two of us that all the rest of my cousins say they could always feel. I just knew she was my safe place. When I had my first son, we visited them when he was just a few months so they could meet him and participate in his baptism. He was the first great grandchild. Both she and my grandfather died within 4 months of meeting Benjamin. The family lore says that they were waiting to meet him. Perhaps they were. I always wish she had stayed with us a bit longer but I am grateful for every minute we had with her.
Kocham Cie Bardzo Babciu!
… babcia at 12 or so
Oh wait… I guess this is a post about the BOM. Got a little nostalgic over here and had to take a minute or two to pull myself together.
I think Babcia would have loved this quilt. She loved blue. Don't forget to go on over to the Jolly Jabber and comment on today's post to win some fabulous goodies!
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Thanks for following along!
ON ANOTHER NOTE….
As for us, we are a bit crazed this week sending out all the yummy MIRABELLE pre-order kits, some precuts and tons of accompanying patterns. Take a look to see what we have if you haven't gotten a chance to get your hands on some Springtime goodness…. CLICK HERE.
Here are all the oher posts on the FQS Mystery BOM Tour….
3/7/14: Laundry Basket Quilts, Pieces from My Heart, Sweetwater and Bonnie & Camille
3/14/14: Minick & Simpson, V & Co., and Kate Spain
3/21/14: Kansas Troubles Quilters, Bunny Hill Designs, and Me & My Sister Designs, and Fig Tree Quilts