Getting back home after our vacation, I hit the ground running…or limping quickly anyhow since I have a bad knee. I left to go to Europe in the middle of a major project that I was spearheading or, if the truth were known, it may be more appropriate to say that I was “butterknifeheading” this project.
Seven friends and I had undertaken the challenge to make a clerical stole for our friend Misty-Dawn Shelly who was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister on June 12. We had started the project about a month before I left but with scheduling difficulties it was hard for us to get together often. So when I returned on May 29, push came to shove and it had to get done…
by June 12.
Looking at a clerical stole, you might not think it would be all that hard to put together, but you might be wrong. I have been sewing and quilting for about 25 years and I was mystified as to how to go about it. That’s why it’s nice to have friends – creative friends. We muddled through, came up with a design based on Misty’s reverence for trees and nature and proceeded to put the thing together. Friend Laurel came up with a name for us: LAMSS (Laugh-a-Minute Stole Stitchers) and it stuck with a couple of variations…LAst Minute Stole Stitchers and LaMe Ass Soul Sisters. I liked the last name the best. Thanks, Friend Diane! We worked hard and had lots of laughs. And best of all, the stole turned out all right.
I was honored to present the stole to Misty along with my soul sisters on June 12. Misty seemed to really like it. I think it looks great on her.
My very talented daughter Carrie took the last three photos.
|The Concept: Mary Ann did the drawing. I colored it in. I had the fun part.|
|Rita acted as our official model. Here we're checking the length.|
|Laurel making sure the tree didn't hit in an embarrassing spot. Nancy is behind doing something.|
|Our signature leaves that we added to the back. Rita and Michelle are missing.|
|A slightly slap happy Mary Ann models the "finished" project.|
|My soul sisters & Me: Me, Mary Ann Adams, Rita Schiano, Laurel Burdon, Donna Sullivan, Diane Oliver-Jensen "OJ" and Michelle Clifford. Unfortunately, Nancy Hyde was unable to make it.|
|Rev. Sara Ascher and the new Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelly.|