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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

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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.

“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”.

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.   

New Grandmas, New Quilters

 I just turned 62 — I have five grown children, and the last will be leaving our home town later this month. I have twelve grandchildren — all smart and progressing nicely. The oldest and the two youngest will leave also with their mother. I am happy for them, but sad for me. But already, my four year old grandson will have the opportunity to take French Immersion when he goes to kindergarten in the fall — an opportunity he could not receive in our small town. And I believe the opportunity that will keep me from being sad, is that I have a goal to make quilts for each of my grandchildren (six quilts which are already done). And then I will proceed with one for each of my children and their spouses. And finish three I have started for my guests rooms and my living room. If there are any grandmas out there that have never quilted, but would like to, do it — it is very rewarding. 

 

I think quilting has been a great blessing to me this past year.  Our money was short, so I made table toppers from fat quarters I already had here.  So I gave a gift I could give with my own hands.  I hope they loved them as much as I loved making them.

Now I have found my last daughter is moving away from our small Alberta, Canada town.  I am very happy for her and her children, but I cried what felt for hours last evening.  I was so glad my friend was here.

But I know my quilting will keep me too busy, to cry anymore. And thank goodness the NHL and their bosses are coming back to work.  I have a TV room in my quilting room and will be able to keep an eye on the games while I sew my quilts.  Merry Christmas to all have a wonderful new year.  

Christmas 2012

Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church...
Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the historic Barelas neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM, Jan 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well Christmas is almost here.  Our funds have been tight this year.  So thinking about this, I knew I had some fat quarter kits.  I decided to make a table topper for each of the ladies in my family. I have five out of eight completed with three that need quilting and binding.  I am sure I can have the other three done in the next  four days.  I have had two of my little grandsons the last few days — David(4 years old) and Zachary (18 months old) so I got behind, especially today. But what a joy to have them with me!

Because of my  arthritic knees, I shouldn’t sit for several hours at a time; and because I need to clean my house as well, today I will quilt for a couple of hours and then clean for an hour or so.  I will have to make a list so that I get the most important things done in my house.  It won’t be all done, but the important things will be done.  It is just after midnight here in Alberta, Canada and I am trying to decide if I should go to bed or quilt a little longer.

Wendy Sheppard has become one of my favourite people.  And I can hardly wait to start my machine quilting course with her after Christmas.  My husband paid for my online course with her (for my Christmas present) and it looks very exciting.  Merry Christmas to all. ( I saw a Christmas card today and I liked the verse — this isn’t the exact quote, but this is what I felt the meaning was:  May the happiness you receive at Christmas time carry you into the new year).  And this is what I wish for Wendy and all my new friends in quilting.