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!