Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day !!!!


Happy Father's Day to my Dad (aka George). This is one of my favorite pictures of him .... this was taken in the early 1950's when he was home for a visit during his medical school years. (just in case you can't tell by looking at it, this picture is one of those photo transfer pictures on fabric.) My Dad is not only a doctor, he also has LOTS of hobbies .... he likes photography and has always been the photographer at all family events and kids' sports stuff, etc (maybe I should hire him and get rid of that lousy photographer we have here at MBIAJ !). He loves classical music and is one of the best "Air Conductors" you have ever seen!!!!(we should get him a real conductor's baton one of these days.....). He is a Penn Stater through and through (do NOT bother him during Penn State football season ..... he's watching the game and "helping" Joe Paterno coach!). He was in the Airforce (as a doctor, not a pilot) .... but later on he did get his small plane pilot's license and spent many happy years flying in the great blue yonder. He LOVES to garden ..... flowers, veggies , herbs..... you name it, he can grow it!! .....and FISHING .... another one of his hobbies that he has tried to "share" with all of us .... so much so, that I had enough pictures of almost everybody in the family with a fishing pole in their hands to make a photo tranfer quilt for my Dad's birthday a few years ago...well, it was mostly fishing pictures .... I also put in pictures of my Dad as a little kid, and then as a young man (like that medical school picture I just showed you.) Anyway, here's the quilt ....


......well, that's pretty darn blurry..... shoulda had George take the picture!
Anyhow, in the center are pictures of George's parents as newlyweds, and with George when he was "little Georgie"; surrounding the center are signature blocks signed by kids, and grandkids, etc..... then above and below are pictures of George and various family members (many of which he is sharing his love of fishing with.....)


OK, so here's the center panel....

....SHEESH !....another blurry picture! (anyhow, you can click on it to make it bigger and see the pictures better .... but don't look at my lousy quilting .....)..make sure you look at the picture on the bottom in the middle .... don't ya love how George's striped socks blend in with the bricks on the house!!!!

OK, now for the fishing pictures .....


.....he didn't waste any time trying to convert us all to be fishermen .... this is my Mom (aka Nancy) when they were newlyweds ... actually, I think this was taken on their HONEYMOON ..... doesn't she look HAPPY ?!?!?!!!! HA !


.....Ok, so things were looking up for George in the fishing dept when kid #1 was A BOY !!!!! My brother John tolerated fishing .... but his interests leaned more toward AIRPLANES (PHEW ... another one of George's loves!!) ... so brother dear was excused from fishing to get his pilot's license and become an aeronautical engineer (I have no idea how to spell that!)

Next we have .....

......Yours Truly (aka me) ..... lookin' real thrilled to be fishing ....








So.....by the time he got to my sister, Boop......

....he just gave up and bought her an ice cream cone .... (BIG SIGH from George....)







Well, fast forward a few years and things were looking up again for George with the arrival of ........

....GRAND-KIDS !!! (this is my kid, Matt with Pap .... (aka George)....when he caught his first fish .... with cousin Danny helping)
Here's grandson Connor...
....and his brother Danny ...
....and Evan, all proud fishermen!!!












....and... here's an idea for my next "Fisherman's Quilt" ....or maybe a stitchery of some sort ....

...but don't hold your breath to see the finished product anytime soon ..... it took WAY too long to make the first one!!! (just ask anybody in my family!!!)














ANYWAY ...... HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD !! Thanks for taking us fishing !!!!

Be back soon....
Toodles,
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

7 comments:

Tipper said...

What a beautiful tribute to your father. He sounds like an amazing man.

Dandelion Quilts said...

WHAT a nice post this was. I enjoyed the part where you sis was eating her icecream cone. :)

susan said...
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susan said...

i love the drawing for the next fishing quilt...love the boots! i also love george in his "brick" socks. me and my late husband took our boys out all the time, they were six months old and the old style car seat, ya know the kind, just got them to the proper level to be "thrown clear thru the windshield", lashed to the side of the boat and rocked them to sleep. they were under the awning, snapper top so they werent ultra-violated. my grand daughter, victoria loves to go out on the boat too. i miss fishing in the deep blue pacific...i dont eat fish but i sure will...book em' hook 'em and cook 'em....

BusyLittleQuilter said...

How sweet! I love all of the fishing pictures.

I love the fishing quilt you drew. How adorable is that??!! You have to make that one!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

That was an amazing quilt that you made. You are so talented! Susan

Dawn said...

Wow. Wow. WOW! Mary Anne--this quilt is truly amazing--the pics are wonderful and the entire quilt just makes your heart stop. Gorgeous work & gorgeous gift.