Believe it or not, this is a screen door. Not just any old screen door but one that is virtually impossible to break into. Plus, can you see the person beyond the steel reinforced screen?
If you’re lucky, once you get beyond this door she’ll show you some of her wonderful quilt work.
She has an amazing quilting room with, what looked like, thousands of swatches and two industrial strength sewing machines that scared the life out of me because I flunked sewing in Home Econ. If I were to write a story ala Stephen King, it would star a demonically possessed Singer Sewing Machine — complete with evil pedals. And the evil thimbles and spools! My friend keeps the devil from her door by creating soft and cuddly quilts and pillow cases for children in foster care. She’s amazing!
If you can convince her to show you her garden, here is the marvelous mural on her back garden wall.
There is a sad story behind this mural. The lady who painted it had just lost a child and my friend had just lost her mother. But together they worked through their grief and this mural is a testimonial to both of them.
And … I came home with some homegrown tomatoes from her garden. A great day. Check out other doors at Dan Anton’s place.
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What a great way to work through the grief.
Yes, I understand that the artist has gotten back into the swing of painting after grieving for a couple of years. The loss of a child is just devastating.
The worst pain there is.
Nice screen door! I can relate completely to a “demonically possessed Singer Sewing Machine.” Sewing and I do not get along. But, I love what your friend does. Wow, the mural is beautiful and very meaningful. An incredible way to work through their grief but also a way to remember their loved ones. A lovely photo with the flowers to the side. Indeed, a great day, Jan. Thank you for sharing it!
My friend is an incredibly organized lady – her sewing room was just amazing. It was a great day!
Beautiful quilt and mural, more so for the story behind it.
Why are there 2 doorbells? That is what I’m seeing, right?
I’m not sure – one might be a camera.
I love that screen door! The quilts are amazing.
The screen door is exceptional and so are the mural and the quilt.
Gorgeous quilt and mural and I like the design on the screen door a lot. Most are just boring. 🙂
It’s her front door and so she didn’t want boring!
Lovely quilting! I’d likely get stuck in conversation for a Long time on the subject 🙂
I’m sure she’d like that very much!
So many stories in this short post, you are a true storyteller, Jan. The quilt is magnificent. I don’t think I have ever seen such a beautiful quilt. The lighthouse and boats, colors and shapes. And the mural is exquisite. A very sad story behind this artist, but oh how incredibly she worked through her grief with this gentle and inviting mural.
Thanks Jet! I think many of her quilts are works of art but I didn’t think she wanted me there all day long taking pictures!
Hi Jan, a beautiful door. We have doors like this on our home – South Africa is a dangerous place to live as far as crime goes. Ours are also pretty and decorative. The mural is beautiful. Losing a mother or a child is devastating, but I think a child is worse in that you don’t expect to outlive your children. Hugs.
So many places are getting more dangerous to live in. It’s so sad.
The door is fab! However, the quilts are quite special and beautiful.
That mural is lovely. Thank you so much for this post, JT!
Have a great week ahead!
Thank you for stopping by! Hope your week is very special too!
This is a terrific post, JT. I’ve never seen a door like that. So secure and private, but beautiful too. And the quilts, so pretty. Loved your comment about a horror story with sewing machines, haha – my home ec days produced their own horrors! That mural, too, is beautiful and although it came from sadness, I love how the two friends worked through their grief. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! I was happy to hear that after she finished the mural the artist was ready to get back to work again.