Purple is the color of the month in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Patterns by Jen. From what I hear from other quilters, it is a color that is loved or a color that is despised. I am a lover of purple... I think it "plays well with others".
You may have figured out that I am a music lover and as I pulled fabric for the block I had a song stuck... yep - an earworm. Follow the link below and join in the song!
Who remembers the Purple People Eater? You know... ♫♬♪the one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater! ♫♬♪ One-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater...Sure looks strange to me...♫♬♪
My Grandma had a pair of sunglasses, that we (my brother and cousins and I) referred to as her Purple People Eaters... I think they were yellow? (Of course, that was her favorite color) And I have no idea why we called them Purple People Eaters! Maybe because they looked strange? Who knows how our childish minds worked.
As state before, I am a lover of purple. It was one of my favorite colors as a child... I remember participating in a 4-H group and we were learning to knit. I was making a stocking cap as one of my projects. I chose purple and I wanted to have a contrasting brim and wanted red. My idea was shot down by my Mom and the knitting teacher. They told me the colors did not go together... they clashed. I had a white brim thanks to them!
And 30 years later the Red Hat groups popped up all over the place... ladies over 50 years of age were wearing purple shirts or dresses and RED hats. I was just ahead of the times... Had they actually let me use purple and red together I could have been a trendsetter!
The color purple also brings to mind my Dad... it was one of his favorite colors. It was after I had married and had our girls that he decided that it was ok for a man to wear purple. Mom made most of his western-style shirts (with snaps... NO buttons) so she used purple fabric to fulfill his request... she sometimes made a matching dress or shirt for herself.
Purple is also the color used for Alzheimer's Awareness. After Dad was moved to the nursing home because of his Alzheimer's our family participated in the Walk to Remember events to help raise funds for research. My mom and I made several quilts and donated them to the event in my Dad's honor...
The first one I called "Jumbled Memories". It seemed appropriate for the situation... the connections just weren't getting made for him to be able to get the words he wanted to say to come out of his mouth. It frustrated him... it made me sad. This quilt was placed on a silent auction at the event.
The next year the quilt below was the quilt that we donated... We called it Patchwork Memories. One friend described it like this...
Memory is like a quilt isn't it? It is kind of a patch work of of overlying events and emotions sewed together somehow in our minds. Memories are experiences, each uniquely remembered, yet always connected and shared by others, as a piece of cloth shares it's borders with other pieces of cloth on this quilt.
This quilt was given to the "honored" family at the event. Art was a gentleman that Dad had made a special connection with as a new resident in the secure unit. Art suffered from early on-set Alzheimer's and had recently passed away in his early 50's, and it was his family that received the quilt...
Sew... there you have it! I am a lover of purple. How about you?
Purple... Do you love it???
Or do you despise it???
Leave a comment and let me know. I love to hear what you think.
Come on now, everyone sing! ♫♬♪One-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater...♫♬♪
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