Saturday, March 19, 2011


My son was visiting last night, and we were sitting at the dinner table eating when suddenly he dropped his fork.

"MOM! I -love- what you're doing with that quilt. I think a giant FUN will be just perfect."

I had to turn around to see what he was looking at. "Honey, that's nothing. I just put that piece of pink fabric there because Sweetbean told me FUN should be pink."
We went into the sewing studio after dinner to talk about it. "Mom, look at the way you have the letters arranged. THE RULES are blocky, and they are the shortest words in the quilt. The words get bigger and bigger as you move away from them, both above and below. The YOU MISS gets a bit bigger, then ALL THE gets bigger still. I want THE FUN to take up one-third of the quilt."

I looked at him, not quite sure if I really wanted to make the word FUN sixteen inches tall.

He had a broad grin on his face. "Say it Mom," he teased. "Say it."

This is the kid with the terrific "eye." He had told me he didn't like the cursive F, or the multi colored ALL THEs. His design advice is always on target.

"Say it Mom, you know it, now say it." I kept looking back and forth from the design wall to his shining face. He was right, he knew it, and he wanted me to admit it.

I said it.

"You're right. FUN has to be bigger."

"A lot bigger."

"Ok, a lot bigger."

"REALLY BIGGER," he said, gesturing with his hands, a broad grin on his face.

"REALLY BIGGER, ok!" I gave him a hug. He left for his Karate class (I swear his feet never touched the ground) and I got to work.

Hours later, I knew the kid was absolutely 100% right. The word FUN -did- need to be BIG!

These letters may be too thick, and they won't necessarily be lined up so neatly, but those are easy fixes, and it was approaching midnight.

Woo hoo! Gosh, I love that kid!


Quiltdivajulie said...

WOO HOO - The process finally found its resolution! YES! Go back and look at the earlier quilts ... each time the FUN was "larger" ... LOVE THIS JOURNEY!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Awesome fun ;)

Tonya Ricucci said...

hee hee hee. FUN!

Helen said...

I love it!! The can be so frustrating, ESPECIALLY when they are right and they know it!!! Add to it, they want us to ADMIT they are right!!!

(One of my daughters is incredible when it comes to "color". She (from the time she was little) was/is ALWAYS correct.

pklaw said...

My 4-year-old grandson is quickly becoming my biggest quilt critic and, amazingly, I look forward to his criticisms and praise. He will quickly give his opinion and often he is right! He will say things like "too much white", "that red is wrong"! It fascinates me that he has been born with this wonderful eye for color! I plan to do everything I can to help him keep it!

Vicky F said...

That fun is the funnest!
Vicky F

Judy in Michigan said...


Clare said...

Wonderful FUN!

autumnesf said...


Here I go with the son envy again. LOL.

Helen said...

Such a smart man! It looks great big Lynne. I'm so happy that I have the first of these RULES masterpeices.