Wednesday, January 16, 2013

3rd Resolve

Do you remember this quilt?  I made it when I participated in a Scrappy Quilt-along.  I loved making these blocks using my scraps one color at a time.  Just before I finished this, a nurse friend of mine who I have known for at least thirty years became ill.  Lucky timing for me, I finished it up real quick and gave it to her in November.  Terry was feeling so badly the day that I took it to her that I just popped it out of the bag and put it on her bed then left.   
Since then my Terry has  apparently barely let the quilt leave her sight.  All of my friends and co-workers who have been to see her have told me how much she loves it.  It's been only 2 months since her diagnosis and Terry is now in a hospice care center.  I spent a few hours visiting her last week.  She is not able to talk but she did smile at me.  Her family raved about the quilt (which was right there on her bed) and how happy it made her.  I'm so glad I was able to brighten some of her days.
As I left the hospice center, I saw this down some stairs in the lobby and had to get a picture. 
So Resolution #3:
I have lots of scraps, more every week it seems.  I am going to make more scrap quilts this year.  I loved working one color at a time so I will certainly do another like that.  I have this book by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I can't wait to try some of the challenges she has in it and use my scraps.  And while I'm at it, I will be able to stash away some gift quilts.
I spent the day yesterday with two friends.  We went to Pennsylvania.  First we went to the Hinkletown Sewing Machine Shop where I dropped off my machine for servicing.  We got a little lunch to fortify us then headed to my favorite fabric shop EVER.  Burkholder's Fabrics is beyond description .  Thousands of bolts of fabric, lots and lots and current design lines, and great prices.  It's a good thing I had a VISA gift card from Christmas, and an even better thing that I had additional funds since I went over budget.  I promise to show you pictures of my loot very soon. 
 This Saturday the Wild Threads are  spending all day sewing.  I need to figure out what to work on.  I will be helping some of my pals with Row 3 of our Evolutionary Row quilt (formerly the Mystery Row quilt).   I promise to take my camera.


  1. Giving a quilt to your friend...I think that that is what quilting is all about!

  2. What a lovely gift for a friend. It looks like a rainbow.

  3. How bitter sweet... so sorry your friend is so sick, but how very touching that you were able to give her such a beautiful gift of continuing comfort.

    And what a small world... so glad you know the goodness of Burkholder's, and Hinkletown is where I go to get my machine serviced, as well. Every time I visit either one, I feel so blessed to live close by!