Category Archives: Quilting

To show what quilting has done for me since my disappointing early retirement seven years before I turned sixty-five.

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 –
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”.

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.


If I Can Quilt, You Can Quilt

Somehow I lost my first post, so I thought I would put together what I remember of the first post. I am a sixty-two year old grandmother and a retired registered nurse. I was forced into retirement due to osteoarthritis in my left knee. I had a knee replacement, but my pain was only worse, and very debilitating. So two years after the knee surgery it was determined I would not return to work of any kind.

I had always wanted to quilt but having four children under the age of five, I only managed to make each of my four babies a small baby quilt before they were born. They weren’t fantastic but my children loved them and still love them. I had crocheted around the edges of flannel receiving blankets but I could not see myself doing this the rest of my life. Now was the time for me to perfect the quilting which I loved, but had not the time to do while my children were young.

My good friend Patti helped me with the basics and then we took a couple of courses together. While doing the course, I started the second of my twelve grandchildren’s quilts. By the end of 2012, I had completed six of the twelve; and two more started.

I am now enrolled in two online classes of which I am enjoying very much. In one class, I am learning domestic machine quilting and in the other, I am doing a new pattern each month. Both classes have been very rewarding and have given me much satisfaction. I am now doing something that I love as much as I did my nursing. I felt that maybe I was too old to take on such a creative skill, but I have found my skills developing at a pace I am very happy with. So as I began, ‘if I can quilt, you can quilt.