Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hobbies -- Turning 65 of Age -- Sense of Worth

This month I will turn 65 years of age! The first Social Security payment will come, although I will not see it! It is part of living the life of a monk. However, I must admit it would be nice to at least know how much it will be. Since I am a lifer and have been in the seminary or monastic life as soon as it was possible, I am told that the check will not amount to much. And although I worked all my life here at the abbey, the institution did not turn much in for my labors. Oh well... as they say: "It is what it is"!

As one grows older though, I have noticed that it is a good thing to have a hobby. Both of my parents and of course their parents did things in old age that keep them thinking and doing things. My mother was a famous quilter.I watched her make many quilts during my life. It was fascinating to me to see the different patterns that took shape from little pieces of scrap material.

So after Mom passed into eternal life, I took up quilting. Ronald Rolhieser says if you want to connect with one in eternal life the even better thing to do than to go visit the grave site in the cemetery, is to do what your beloved did in life. I feel I connect with my Mom when I quilt.

Below are some of the quilts I have made.

This one is not finished yet, but here are the top and the bottom for it. This one is for Mary Ann Maier's next grandchild. Mary Ann does lots of things here at Mount Michael. But running the bookstore is one of the main responsibilities she has.  In case it is a girl, she will be ready. At this point in my career as a quilter, I still tie quilts, rather than do the quilt stitching. I have not mastered that part of it yet. So I wll tie this one with pink yarn. When it is finished I will post a photo of the finished quilt

Below are two photos of a quilt for a baby boy. This one is finished! This one is for Mary Ann Maier as well. Mary Ann wants to be prepared for a boy grandchild as well. Although the photo is not close enough to notice this, there is a little boy in diapers, holding a baseball bat and a baseball glove in the red border all around the quilt.

The 2 photos below are of a quilt that was for Mary Ann's first grandchild who was born last year. I had done the inside piece work of the quilt and then she and her daughter, the mother of the baby, chose the outside colors for the borders and the back of the quilt. I really like their choice of colors in the material.

The one below I just  finished the other day. It is for the child of one of my nephews. He and his wife are having a girl. She will be their first child. I have 28 nephews and nieces and now they are all having children. It is very hard to keep up with all of the growth. My Mom tried to make quilts for all of them if she was feeling ok.

There are 3 photos of this quilt. The first one is before it was tied-- the front piece and the back piece in one photo. Then the next 2 photos of the same quilt is the finished product--front and back.

A few years ago when Br. Mel's brother, Francis passed into eternal life, Br. Mel inherited his brother's belongings and he did not know what to do with all of his western, cowboy shirts. So I told him that I would be happy to take them and make a quilt for his family. So that I did. Below are 2 photos of that quilt.

The quilt below was my mother's.  It is now in my oldest brother's home, which is the original farm home of my family. The bed you see in this photo belong to my grandparents on my Dad's side of the family. This quilt has a little story behind it. As is true of most quilters, they have no quilts of their own. They simple make quilts for others and do not have any of their own. This was true for my Mom. So Marilyn Theis,  (another great quilter and our organist here at the abbey) and I put this quilt together and then I told Mom that I wanted it hand quilted. So she and her group went ahead and quilted it. Then I gave it to her. She was alittle surprised. It is really a very beautiful quilt with a star as the setting block in a log cabin pattern.

Below are 3 photos of a quilt that I put together for the Dohmens-- Paul and Joyce. Paul does lots of work for me in lots of areas-- the garden -- the abbey casket ministry -- the barn for the Famers Market, etc...etc. So some time ago, Joyce asked if I would make her a quilt. She just said make something in black and white. And that I did. She had it machine quilted by a woman in Columbus, Nebraska. It is below.

Over the years I have made a quilt for the monk I am to give a gift for Christmas. I have not kept a record of these quilts, nor have I taken photos of all of them. But I am sure that it is near 15. Below are 2 photos of the one I made for Abbot Theodore last year. The photos are of the front and the back of Abbot Theodore's quilt. This is my version of trip around the world

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