I finished the dinosaur quilt. Well, that is easy when you get laid off and have no job. Right before the holidays. Yeah. Ugh. Oh please, let me add some more crappy ass news (sorry for that). My favorite uncle died on Thanksgiving day. He was the last bit of my Mom that I had. He had the best sense of humor. He loved to tease my Mom (when she was still here), which us kids found hysterical. He lived in Germany (that is where my other was from). I loved when he called me. He always made me laugh and it reminded me of Mom. I will miss him dearly.
The picture is my Uncle Uwe, my dear sweet sister Kellie and my cousin Holger (who is coming to visit in August. Very excited about that). It is a great photo. Holger and Kellie were about a year apart. He came to live with my parents for a year and went to High School as a teenager with Kellie.
So, while job hunting, I am sewing, which is sort of good. Helps to keep my mind of my super crappy life.
About the Dinosaur quilt (rant over)
It came out cute. I really like it. No fancy quilting, just meandering, which seemed to work fine for this quilt. I pieced the back, which came out pretty good. I find this adds personality to the quilt and takes way less fabrics. I can use up random one yard pieces that I have.
I feel guilty for not reading everyone’s blog, I need to get back to that. it is one of my happy places. I really love to see what everyone is doing.
So These are my jars for the fall quilt along. At least I got something done. I am still one behind. The final one came out this past Tuesday. I am hoping this weekend that I can get the rest of them done…just to get them done. I have embarked on yet a another project to go along with the 15 others. I need to make a dinosaur baby quilt. I have the fabric and have begun some of the cutting. It has a bunch of , so I better get moving.
I had been saving this photo to send to my sister when she felt better. I found it hysterical and very true. I hate that I can never send it to her. I remember sitting in the hospital and showing it to Matt (her husband) and he said “Man, I sure hope you get to send it to her”. I never thought in a million years that I would not have my chance. sigh…..
Love the ones you are with….like there is no tomorrow.
This is my One Monthly Goal Project. I actually finished it. It was completed before my sister died. I think I needed something to do rather than sit around and wait for something to happen. I actually finished the binding on the evening before. I needed something to do with my hands. It is a cute baby quilt, even though my fire fly looks like it has mated with a bee.
For the first time, I pieced a back. Nothing fancy, but I did it. Learned a few things. If you can piece your back, you can save a lot of fabric.
I used my heart-shaped ruler for my quilting. It does not look to bad. I find quilting with shapes and rulers relaxing, which is why I probably got this completed. I needed to do something that was sort of mindless. For some weird reason, the color looks goofy in this photo. Maybe because it is a close up
I hope you don’t mind….for a while I will likely add pictures of my sister Kellie. I think honoring her helps me a bit. It has only been a week and there were many time I said oh I will ask Kellie, burst in to tears when I suddenly realized I could no longer do that.
KELLIE – When, I had issues with my first husband, My sister drove down and picked up Haley for
the weekend so we can try to sort out what we were doing. Unfortunately, that same weekend, my husband Jerry took his own life. Kellie kept Haley for a couple of days so I could make arrangements and then brought her home. She wanted to protect her for as long as she could, from how hard life was. Haley was only 4. I was so thankful that she did that.
When I started my blog a couple of years ago, I was thinking about what I would like to do when I retire. I had no idea that I would wind up creating such awesome friendships with some of the most kindest caring people. I had no idea that would happen, yet it did.
I lost my beautiful little sister on September 19, 2018. It was something unimaginable to me. She was my best friend, pal, travel buddy and confidant. SHe accepted me for who I was and never questioned my judgment, even when she probably should have. She stood by me during a time in my life when no one else did.
So many of my blog friends reached out to me. I was overwhelmed by their kind words, While their kind words brought tears to my eyes, they were not all in sadness. I had made friendships with people I had never met, yet they knew me and wanted to comfort me. I was humbled.
When I received the news that Kellie had left me, I knew I needed to do something that meant something to me and Kellie. I knew Kellie would be cremated and taken to the beach. She was an avid dog lover, like me, but her husband was very allergic to dogs, so she spent a lot of time at my house, “Getting her dog fix” as she used to say. I had a dog quilt. Nanette had sent me the top and I had quilted and finished it. I loved that quilt. I called Nanette, like a blubbering idiot and asked her if she minded I sent that quilt with Kellie. She, of course told me that she was perfectly fine with it. While it may seem odd to cremate a quilt with someone, I found comfort in knowing that a part of me would forever be with her.
I love you all dearly and thank you for your words and kindness throughout this difficult time.
Another block for my under the sea quilt I am getting a reasonable amount of them. Before I know it I will have enough. Hopefully, that will happen before I get bored with making these blocks. Hard to tell with me. I do tend to go from one thing to another. Please visit all these wonderful ladies and look waht they have been making:
I have also managed to finish the quilting on the firefly quit. I am currently working on the binding. Kev’s (man friend) sister is pregnant, so I have designed a baby quilt for her. I am nearly finished with that top. Simple, bit away to showcase some cute fabric
The news is devastating. She now requires surgery as her bowels have quilt working. She can not have the surgery because she would not survive it. The outlook is bad. Her husband texted me yesterday and told me to expect to need to come up later this week or next. My heart is breaking.
This is my beautiful sister Kellie. I call this winter Kellie because she is all snugged up in her winter coat. She is so beautiful.
So, I am going to try and participate in the One Monthly Goal. I have missed two months. I am not sure I am going to be successful in any way. This is the lightning bug block I turned into a baby quilt. Decided that I did not want to make 15 more of these. My goal is to get it quilted. Not sure if I can manage this goal or not, it just depends on what happens. I may need to quilt to keep my mind off of things. I will at least give it shot. I do wonder what color I should use for the quilting. I am thinking maybe a pale yellow, but I am not sure.
Sadly, My sister has taken a turn for the worse. She is currently in a coma and on life
support. I spent 5 days in Cleveland and returned home yesterday. It was a heart wrenching time, sitting, waiting and thinking. The prognosis is not good. I now, just wait for my phone to ring and panic every time it does.
The picture is the day she got married to her wonderful and caring husband Matt. She is walking with my Dad, who I miss terribly, especially now. They are two of my most favorite people in the world. Dad is smiling and Kellie is so beautiful. I don’t want to lose my best friend, yet it is so hard watching her suffer. I want her to have peace, whatever that means. My sister has 2 children, they are 18 and 21. My heart hurts for them. Her husband, Matt, is so wonderful with her. He does not miss a day or a doctor. He keeps everything straight and knows every detail of what is going on. He has had to make some very hard decisions. He is a wonderful man.
July 3rd was the fifth anniversary of my Husband Derrick’s death. That same day, I find that my little sister Kellie has blood clots in her lungs and is in ICU. Two of my absolute favorite people. Damn it. Derrick was the love of my life. I think about him every day. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him, laugh, smile, shed a tear. My little sister, my best friend, keeper of all my secrets. Come on.
I went to Cleveland. Things were bad. They got worse. I wondered at one point if we would lose her. I could not bear the thought. How could someone else I love be taken from me? The list is quite lengthy for someone my age. I stayed for five days. She got better, then worse, then better. She got to leave the ICU the same evening I went home. Here in the next couple of days she will go to a rehab hospital. She does not want it, but knows she needs it. Besides the blood clots, she had pneumonia and was septic. Lots of things to recover from. The picture was from Las Vegas. Derrick was playing in a pool tournament and Kellie and I needed an excuse to go to Las Vegas. It was fun. The best time with two of my favorite people.
This is my fall quilt along block. I was done before I left for Cleveland, but never got to post it. I had issues. It does not look right. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I am convinced the instructions did not match the example. If you look at the top row and then the bottom example, they do not match (or I am crazy. Either is possible) . The one time I attempt to actually follow instruction and look what happens. It is going to stay ugly for the time being.
One of my sewing machines is down. Of course, it is the one in the cabinet that I quilt with. I will try to drop it off this weekend. Broke a needle and it kept making a weird noise. I guess a piece could be stuck somewhere. It needed cleaned anyway. No quilting for me for now. I will just have to work on piecing.
With all my personal craziness, I did not enter anything into the One Monthly Goal. ☹. Next month, maybe things will get back to normal. A girl can hope.