2010 - Mom (Sybil) is working on the finishing touches of Jim and Laura's Iris's for the front hall entrance (to fit into the area in the wall that had an ?inserted opening with a small ledge) but then they sold and moved so it now is in their new large powder room at the new house.
Here are several rugs of the COW theme, a series of 3 and then a few others
Original Design: Mrs Saugeen
Celebrating a Hole in one at Saugeen Golf Course (Port Elgin, Ont)
When: tba (Barb's commentary - Yes it was truly a hole in one by Mom!) Size: about 24" x 18"
Original Design: Mad Cow for Ottawa
When: The year Ottawa was messing up! Sending a "MAD" Cow to Ottawa!
Size: 18"w x24"l
[Barb's Commentary: You have to love a sense of humour - following the MAD COW to Ottawa! How better to depict it than with the Parliament building, a Canadian flag and the uphill climb (for the battle)! That was my take... and I actually found out a little story tied to this. So once upon a time, there was a colourful comment made in a neighborly way to Mom with reference to a Mad Cow in the same sentence... from that came the motivation to design this rug - a Cow, she was Mad eating the flowers on Parliament Hill - submitted to the Quilt Show in Ottawa (and it was around the time of Mad Cow disease too).]
The Ice Cream Series... Three Original designs and variations with the theme of the Cow
Original Design: Irish Cream (Size: aprox. 36" x 24")
Original Design: Strawberry Cream (Size: aprox. 36" x 24")
Original Design: Skim Milk (Size: aprox. 36" x 24")
Two Siamese Cats (with beaded handle - flap purse style with magnetic closure)
Nouveau Art Cat and Two Moon Cats (having a romantic moment looking at the Moon)
Notes: Russian Punch pieces were sewn on as pockets to minimize the bending at the edge and exposing the [white] background.
OK to start with just a few rugs I have hanging or lying around hooked for me (Barb) by Sybil (Mom)...
Original Design - Barb's story to University Graduation... Hooked by Sybil in Barb's favorite theme - Bears! Every square depicts an event or milestone in the journey from baby to University graduation from Trent University. What a treasure...
(When: around 1987 Graduation year! Size is about 4' x 3' each square is 12" x 12")
Another milestone rug... Original Design - In Barb's favorite rose colours, and for our first Home (Bungalow in Richmond Hill on Boisdale Ave)
From our wedding and up until this year, we had this rug as the centre piece in our living room - then the Emily Carr's were hooked and the colour theme changed! The rug is now on our bedroom floor where Cooper has made a few 'catches' in the loops when he jumps on and off the bed. I did not want to hide it away in a chest somewhere and besides it was too big to fold!
(When: 1991 - For 20 years it rested on a living room floor - size is 54" x 78")
Original Design - "Barbara"
Ballerina ready for the concert - posed for a ballet photo at around age 12. Another favorite, I love that the ballet slippers were attached as part of the hooking and ribbon added for the ankle ties... (The original point shoes were attached, I actually added the other pair when I found them in a drawer.) This warms my heart as Mom played piano when I practiced the lessons and drove me to Owen Sound for Sheila Milne Highland Dance and Eleanor Brennan Ballet lessons, we went a LOT and then on to Oakville for some lessons as I got older until 16 when I was a passenger in a snowmobile accident. I went on to teach for a few years before I went off to college.
(When: not sure? - size if 18" x 27")
Original Design - Barb and Bill's Wedding Rug
Now this is a gem! When I walked down the aisle in our back yard on a beautiful day Sept 7, 1991 it was not until I got to the 'alter area' that I looked down and said "Oh Mom" and almost cried... what a beautiful surprise... Bill and I stood on this for our wedding vows, how can you beat that! I believe my dog Sam also joined us there (Barb forgot Bill's ring in the house and a friend, Thanks Joey, ran into the house to get them but dear Sam got out... This hangs in our bedroom; always has, always will.