A New Year – A Time to Finish and Also New Beginnings

I like Wendy have thought of my unfinished projects and aspirations for  2013.  I have thought about those things I want to complete so that I may go on with new projects. I have beautiful new fabric and I have some used fabrics I have acquired. There are also other aspects of my life that would benefit from “going the extra mile”. Thanks Wendy, for the your gentle guidance.


I haven’t blogged for awhile because I don’t know how I can contribute. I am a little discouraged with my quilting because on the project I am working on, I can not even quilt on my machine and stay in the ditch. I want it to look nice so I am doing a decorative stitch on it and it is still crooked.

Letting Go


I know you feel your not ready for Miss Baby to grow up but as she grows up and matures, you do as well, and you are always ready to meet the next stage of their lives. And if you have more than one, somehow the good Lord gives us the knowledge and strength to raise them all and watch them go through their stages and eventually be able to let them grow and go and be the person they want to be. Thanks for sharing — her photos are very good and she is very beautiful! Love ya, Jo-Anne

Do I Have a Way to Fight Missing My Children and Grandchildren?

In the last year I have seen my son get to know a beautiful little girl from the Philippines using “Skype”. Apparently, they have talked every evening since really getting to know each other. They even got engaged over this mode of communication. AND…In March of this year my son flew to the Philippines to marry her. For a few weeks he spent many hours with her, her family, and her extended family. On 01 April 2013 they were married. They have had a wonderful time. And if all goes well with Immigration, my son will bring his new bride Donna to live with him in Canada. Donna and I have also used “Skype” several times and I could feel her love through this wonderful way of communication. I can hardly wait to put my arms around her, tell her I love her, and welcome to our family and to Canada.

Staying close to your family through”Skype” can open many facets of communication for both senders and receivers. Reading the post about ‘story time’ gave me an idea. This idea was inspired by “Papa, Read Me a Story”

I am away from all of my grandchildren now and I miss them greatly. What a wonderful way to keep in touch with them. “Skype” has opened our world to those we love. Reading is so important, but I believe there are other wonderful things we can share with our grandchildren and those we love so much. I think of quilting — you can even pass on the love of quilting by showing them the quilt blocks you are making for them. Perhaps soon, they would want to come and see Grandma to learn how to quilt. The idea of using “Skype” has opened up some more ideas for me. The children and grandchildren can see how I am spending my time. And I know it would help me to fight loneliness — a battle this Grandma fights everyday.

“National Quilting Day”

Thank you to Wendy from Ivory Spring for reminding me it was “National Quilting Day”. As many of you know, four years ago I was forced into an early retirement from registered nursing, after thirty-four years.
I had seven years to go to retirement and with my childlren not needing me financially anymore, I was ready to work hard and pay my mortgage off. With early retirement came less personal income.
After a couple of years, it was time for me to choose what I could do to really bring me happiness. I enjoyed scrapbookingmsit, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and. I knew I couldn’t do them all, so chose to narrow my list to quilting and scrapbooking – http://www.mycmsite.com/joschindler
Where nursing blessed my life by being able to give paid service to my clients; quilting enabled me to give unpaid service to those I love. AND my quilting community has given me the courage to keep going and keep learning. Thank you to all and “Happy National Quilting Day”.

“Never Be Alone”

"Gracie at Three Years"

"Gabby at Two Years"

Wendy Sheppard (from Ivory Press) told me I would never be alone, because I belong to a "quilting community".  You don't know how thrilled I was when I received a post from Mrs. Webmaster asking me "if I ever made doll quilts for my granddaughters"!  What a wonderful idea, and what a wonderful feeling it was to feel the support from someone I have never met.  I just felt a warm, fuzzy feeling when I read it. I felt a commonality between us because of our blogs.  I now see why my daughter and her good friends love their blogs.

You are so right Wendy!  I am so glad I found you on Annies website.  Your online class in machine quilting is the first one I have purchased (well my husband gave it to me for Christmas--at my suggestion, lol) and I am sure it won't be the last.

And thanks again Mrs. Webmaster for asking me that question again.  I won't have to worry about what I can get these two little granddaughters for Christmas now; and it will work into my budget beautifully.  Don't you agree my two little "Munchkins" will love a blanket for their dolly?

“Have Moved On”

After I realized, I could have all kinds of usernames, passwords, etc. associated with my email and groups I might join online, I would very often include identifying names or words relating to my nursing profession. 

When I was forced to retire due to my health in 2009 I was crushed.  As a toddler of three years old when I saw nurses with their caps and black stripe, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse.  That picture drove me through eighteen years of education with setbacks; but I finally graduated from nursing in 1975.  I then worked 30+ years casually, part time, and fulltime never changing my career.

But now I find my self doing much the same with my quilting.  I am so grateful, I have found something that gives me as much satisfaction as my nursing did for so many years.  I have realized that the satisfaction has come from doing something for someone, else as is nursing.  I have loved making my quilts for my special grandchilldren.  So yes — “I Have Moved On”.

English: Pleiades Star Cluster
English: Pleiades Star Cluster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wendy Sheppard’s enjoyment of piecing stars is very special, and I have added “Stars of Hope” to my pattern collection.  Her creations thrill me, and I feel she has a special gift from our creator.  And she continues to develop this gift each and every day.  Her gift blesses me each time I see what she shares with us.

Stars, to those who have read the Bible, is one of God‘s first creations.   We even teach our little children the little ditty “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.  So from a very young age, most of us have learned to love stars and appreciate their status in our world.  Every fall, I find myself searching the night skies for what I have named my “Christmas Star”.  My husband has informed me what I am looking at is a planet–but to me it is still a star– one of my favourite creations and I hope to do to a project using stars very soon.


Quilting Saves!

 I am going to take off time from my grandchildren’s quilts to work on my machine quilting class by Wendy Sheppard starting in about the middle of February. I am very, very excited to really work on this class.  Quilting has been a life-saver for me, in these, my forced retirement years.  It has gotten me through some times where depression could have really set in; and has saved me from terrible loneliness.

In the months to come, I am sure quilting will save me from these two demons of depression and loneliness even more, as my daughter with her family will be moving away in the next few weeks. 

Changes for My Wedding Reception – Why?

I am stepping out of my mould — love the contemporary look Wendy Sheppard designed for a quilt.  And since I became a Creative Memories consultant almost 13 years ago, I have grown to love the fall colours, and would have even had fall colours for my wedding reception — but that was 37 years ago in May and my colour preferences have changed since then. I just want to thank Wendy for the free download.