Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy New Year?


So… where was I when I last posted? Oh yeah, smack dab in the middle of the worst year ever! 2016 brought an unrelenting onslaught of tragedy: natural disasters, shootings, bombings, protests, iconic celebrity passings, and unprecedented political farce. Some of you are also aware of the sadness that befell our family last April, with the tragic death of my brother, Carl. Losing him was heartbreaking, and nine months later, I’m still struggling with grief.

I’m fortunate that friends have weathered the journey with me, holding me close and listening, without judgment, as I rant and blather on and on. They’ve supported me with patience and love and coffee and chocolate, but lately, I've noticed them encouraging me toward more creative pursuits.

Whenever I see my friend, Kathy, she asks if I’ve written a new blog post. Linda’s even given me an ultimatum; "No new quilt photos until you start blogging again." Until now, I haven’t had the energy or focus to muster up more than a few words, but gradually, I’m finding my voice again.

For the past several months, Linda’s been sorting my sewing room, in hopes that something would pique my interest. Something finally did ~ an assortment of plaids, sent to me years ago by Kathie Holland. The 2” and 3.5" squares go together using the  connector squares method, as follows:


Exquisite, 18" x 27"

Wanda Hanson sewed them up for me and added plaids from her own collection to make a generous sized table-topper. Look at the beautiful backing and striped binding Wanda used. My favorite color!


Thank you to all who’ve encouraged and inspired me through this painful year. 



15 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are posting again!

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  2. So glad to see you posting! Your little plaid quilt looks great. (I still have box of those plaids from the mid-90's!)

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  3. So nice to connect with you again, Diane! And I love that quilt too.

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  4. what an exquisite little quilt. Pun intended.
    I heard from Kathy not that long ago and she is not quilting at all- what a shame.
    Loss of a loved one is a wound that heals very slowly. be kind to yourself. I was thrilled to see a post!

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  5. Welcome back! Thoughts are with you still. HUGS... and stitches

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  6. Wonderful to find your post - and so grateful for friends who are with us on our journeys. Lovely, lovely quilt and what a perfect sharing spot for that quotation.

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  7. I love the still life photo with the little quilt. Glad to see you back.

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  8. I am glad you are posting again and feeling better. It is a gorgeous quilt and I am glad it is bringing your light back. Be sure you put it in a prominent place!

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  9. Oh, my goodness....I almost fell out of my chair when I saw a post from you. I am delighted. PLease tell your friends, Thank them for the push..They must really love you. Grief, I understand...I do not stand alone in thqt...I put it all out there for the world to see. Not soon after to drifted off, my poet mother fell out of her wheelchair and broke her neck.. She was still clear minded and on her way to lunch bunch with her friends...She lost her balance in her wheelchair as she stubbornly refused to wait for a caregiver and bent down to retrieve a scarf. She was 93. I happily remember how the two of you shared poetry...hugs

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  10. It was great to see your post and that lovely little quilt,
    Sue ...

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  11. Love your little plaid quilt Diane. Glad to see you are getting back to blogging. :-)

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  12. Such an inspiration to hear your voice. You lift me up, you really do. How great to get this teamwork to finish this too. :). I love it and the backing is perfect.

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  13. Hello! Enjoyed your post today, you have a gift for writing! I love Wandas little quilt, I still have a plaid collection- this inspires me to dig them out and at least "pet" them. :) and what a perfect still life you've created! I think I have the same spatterware bowl, it was my great grandmas. Hope our occasional sunny days help to lift your spirits!

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