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by Andrea Kelter on 01/20/16

Generally, I am a person who accepts that life is made up of comings and goings - and that changes are inevitable.  But the news of the passing of Glenn Frey of the Eagles hit me surprisingly hard.  I think it's because my teenage years were filled with their sound and their music - we saved, and schemed to go to every Eagles concert within reach, we played Hotel California (and many other songs) at our get-togethers and parties - the band was an integral part of our youth. There were other bands, too, but the Eagles were the defining sound of my group and generation in the place I grew up.


I used to share the music I loved with my mom - and she loved it too - we sang and danced at night to records, and later CDs, and I took her to two Eagles concerts with me as well (where she smuggled in our mickeys for us!) 

I loved the Eagles so much, that when the Farewell 1 Tour came to the Bell Centre in Montreal, I drove 14 hours to go.  And, to my delight, the sound and the music WAS EXACTLY THE SAME as in the 70's - and I got to sit in the pot-filled smoke in the upper seats of a sold out arena - and revel in feeling a return to those days surrounded by the Eagles wonderful music.  It was awesome.

Hearing of Mr. Frey's death seems, selfishly, to have brought those memories vividly to life (a wonderful thing) - but, at the same time, filled my heart with a profound recognition of all that is gone.  

I think quite a few people are feeling the same way...but I thought I'd articulate it in my blog.



Godspeed, Mr. Frey.  Thank you for the wonderful music over all the years. You will be greatly missed.

Life being life, along with the loss of a music icon, I did finish a couple of small projects this past week.  One started easily, and turned into an agonizing sea of indecision over fabric choices and colours, quilting design and finishing.  And it was only a small table mat!!!!

I don't do a lot of work with batiks.  I like them (most of them) - but for whatever reason, don't use them much.  But around Christmas, my favourite online Canadian fabric store (Sew Sisters) had some beachy batiks on special - so I bought three packages, in order to make sets of coastal style "All in a Row" QAYG placemats (pattern by Samelia's Mum) for The Painted Whale.  

After making a set, I thought it might be interesting to play with the design by adding a second horizontal row and combining free motion quilting with the straight line quilting. When I pieced it, I loathed it.  I found the gold too gold, not enough faded coastal colour in the other fabrics, the green center panel just wrong - all kinds of things.  I decided right away this would be a single table mat, rather than a set of four placemats, but I kept going.
Finally, I bound it with a very narrow, single-fold binding - and, when I stood back and looked at it, I liked it.  It is currently residing on a side board, and has part of my Newfoundland rock collection and a vase full of twigs and a branch of ivy in it - and it really looks nice (much to my surprise).  Still don't think I'm ever going to be an enormous fan of batiks, though.



My other finish was a set of placemats for my quilting buddy, Ange Torlop, down in Tasmania.  Ange loves blues and purples and ocean colours, and her birthday is coming up, so along with some treats and surprises, I made her a set of three coastal-style placemats - which are winging their way to Australia tonight.





Having finished these little guys - Firefly is back on my machine, and I am working towards getting it done and shipped!  I hope to have some nice photos of firefly next week, and in the meantime, am linking up with Connie over at Freemotion by the River and Lee at Freshly Pieced so see what everyone is working on.  Have a happy, quilty day!

Comments (18)

1. Paige said on 1/20/16 - 10:18AM
Your friend will love these. Beautiful!
2. Lori@ quiltmusings.wordpress.org said on 1/20/16 - 11:41AM
The Eagles are a big part of my musical memories, though I never went to concerts. Thank you for sharing your memories of them. You may not love batiks, but you have certainly done well using them! I have quite a few in my stash. Your placemats are great inspiration.
3. Shasta said on 1/20/16 - 12:25PM
There have been a lot of musicians dying recently, and it is sad to know that our music from my younger days is slowly fading away. Thank goodness it can live on in records and CDs and digitally too of course. Your batik work is beautiful. I really like batiks, but they do require different thinking to work with them.
4. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/20/16 - 12:46PM
Hi Shasta, Thanks so much for stopping by! There has been a spate of sad deaths of musicians that really left their mark on generations growing up in the 70's, 80's and even 90's...and of course, their music will remain around - and we can even see them on videos! Glad you like my batik table goods....much appreciated!
5. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/20/16 - 12:51PM
Hi Lori! So glad to hear from a fellow Eagles fan. I've been singing along to a concert recording evenings when I do dishes...amazing how good I sound (NOT!)...LOL. Glad you like the batik table things...I need to use up batiks, so will be making a lot more for my store...(and then I can go shop for fabrics that inspire me more!!!!) ;o)
6. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/20/16 - 12:54PM
Thank you, Paige!
7. Paula said on 1/20/16 - 01:19PM
What beautiful placemats. Although I have sewn relatively few batiks I do love them and have a small stash that I really should start sewing. I love the idea of making placemats with some of the fabrics. What a lovely way to showcase them!
8. Sharon Keightley said on 1/20/16 - 02:54PM
Loved your post regarding the Eagles and Mr Frey. I also loved and still love their music along with David Bowie. The times are a changin, my son who is a music buff was devastated by the passing of these two great icons. To me that says a lot about the music they created. I hope my quilts leave a legacy behind for my family as these great artists have left behind an amazing legacy.
9. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/20/16 - 03:24PM
Hi Sharon, I love your comment - you are exactly right when you mention how the music of greats like Bowie and the Eagles cut across generation lines and that virtually all the current generations love their music and are very familiar with it. I am sure your quilts will leave an even more cherished legacy for your family, friends and loved ones. Thank you so much for stopping by.
10. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/20/16 - 03:28PM
Thank you, Paula. I do not sew batiks often, either, and am really glad you like the placemats. I'll look forward to seeing yours with your batiks when they are done! So nice of you to stop by!
11. Jen said on 1/20/16 - 05:27PM
Thank you for sharing your lovely memories about The Eagles. I also love what you did with the batiks! What a lucky friend you have!
12. JanineMarie said on 1/20/16 - 05:43PM
Isn't it amazing how the passing of musical icons affects us? There is such a strong connection between the music of our lives and memories, and so often bittersweet. I really like your single mat. It does look like a really nice way to set off a collection of favorite items with the band of FMQ in the middle.
13. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/21/16 - 09:23AM
Thanks, Jen - I hope she really enjoys them. Really appreciate your taking the time to stop by and comment!
14. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/21/16 - 09:26AM
Hi JanineMarie! What is it Shakespeare wrote, "If music be the food of love...play on." I think we all connect specific music to the biggest moments in life...Thanks SO MUCH for your comment on the single mat. I have had a love/hate relationship with it, and hearing from another quilter that they like it means a lot!
15. Sharon said on 1/21/16 - 04:40PM
Very nice placemats. The batiks are perfect for the coastal feel.
16. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/22/16 - 04:58PM
Thanks, Sharon! I love beachy, coastal and shabby chic quilted things!!!
17. France Nadeau said on 2/1/16 - 09:09AM
You always make beautiful placemats. I really like the ones that have gold too gold. They're very elegant, with their thin black lines. :-)
18. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 2/1/16 - 12:40PM
Thanks for stopping by, France, and for your lovely comments! I love making table decor, and am considering investing in an embroidery only machine to take that one step further!


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