Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Family Generation Line Became A Little Shorter

I love the photos we've taken over the years that included a great grandmother, grandmother,
mother, grandchild, and great-great grandchild. That long line ended on Saturday with my
mother-in-law passing away. It was peaceful and family was with her. She's already missed greatly!
It's so sad to see our family generation line become shorter to only four generations. 

My mother-in-law, Joan.
She lived to be 90 years old...quite a lengthy and productive life!

It's been so many years of worrying about her and rushing to her side when she fell or wasn't well. Now we're not sure what to do with ourselves. We're still dealing with funeral arrangements, plus we both keep thinking we need to call her or go see her. It's a crazy feeling and it doesn't feel good at all. 

She smiled right to the last of her days.

As I was moving some things in her closet I came across the tricot quilt I made her years ago. I'd 
forgotten that she was the one I gave it to and I can't believe she still had it! My friend, Brenda, got 
me started making them...thanks, Brenda! We had such fun quilting for hours in the middle of my 
living room using my mom's quilt frames. I drew my own designs on them by crawling around on the
 floor and sketching on the tricot. No way I could crawl around on the floor now or hand quilt for 
hours like I used to. Adding binding to a quilt wasn't something I knew how to do back then, 
so lace went around the edges of the many tricot quilts I hand quilted. It worked just fine!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you who have left me messages of
encouragement and love during the last few months. My blogger friends are the best ever!
I'm not sure what "normal life" is anymore, but I'm sure I'll figure it out in a month or two.

Tater Tot Toddle Is A Toddler Quilt

I felt like I should be singing, "A tooty ta, a tooty ta, a tooty ta, ta!"
when I was typing out the post title, but it's not a "tooty ta" it's a Tater Tot Toddle.
Enough "T's" in there for you? I think I must have heard the Tooty Ta song a 100 times
when my kids were growing up and when they went to girl's camp. It's a crazy song!

Anyway...meet the soft and cuddly
Tater Tot Toddle

His wolf looks might seem a bit scary, but just look at that smile. He's a sweetie!

I made this guy for Therm O Web's blog using their amazing
 Therm O Web HeatnBond Soft Stretch. The applique stays soft and stretchy 
when applied using the Soft Stretch. Check it out over HERE!

You will find the pattern in Just Carol's Pattern Store.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Just Let Me Quilt For More Than A Day Or Two

Lately I am either too tired or don't have the time to sew, but I'm grateful for
 the few days I get to sit down to my beautiful sewing machine and sew.
Blogging has been pretty pathetic around here, too.

When I first started blogging in 2008 I was working full time, caring for a mentally unstable
lady, and enjoying being a grandmother. My first blog was private and was all about my family.

With so much going on, all I wanted to do in my free time was to sew and quilt.
That's why I created a separate quilt blog that I named appropriately, "Just Let Me Quilt."
It was a blog made to keep track of what I was sewing so I wouldn't forget what I'd made.
It is still shocking to me when I see all the things I've sewn over the years.

Then along came Madame Samm who threw my world into fun chaos with blog hops.
She created this logo for me with her version of me...half asleep and answering emails.
It was totally accurate then and is now!

I miss Madame Samm and her pushing me from behind, but she's enjoying her
life away from blogging. She deserves the break after all she did for so many of us.
Samm and her sweet David are doing fine and loving life.
I wish her peace and happiness and am grateful for all I learned from her!

My mother-in-law is hanging in there and we travel back and forth from home to check on her.
She's in a private home with only two patients and a really nice caretaker. He makes sure she eats
 well and he puts up with her occasional grumbling. Her memory is terrible, but she looks great.
Because she needed more care than we could give her at home, finding a safe, clean, and caring
facility was such a blessing! We were terrified of nursing homes after looking around at a few.
 Most of them were terribly understaffed...scary!

I have been doing some sewing but nothing I can show. You know the drill...it's still SECRET.

I'm way, way, way behind on my Solstice project by Pat Sloan but I'm not ready to give up.
The Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM is still rolling along and I'm keeping up with it. Yay!

It felt good to sit down this morning and jabber away on my blog.
Thanks for "listening" in on much ado about nothing.
Now I need to go swim to get my body up and moving.

I hope your day is a good one!