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I’m here, but it’s been way too long since I felt like posting.  It’s a combination of reasons, let me give the condensed version:

When we got back from Massachusetts, I knew my father was not well.  He had been battling cancer and doing treatments that made him quite ill.  I planned to go to Alabama to visit when G left to go back north.  My brother went to see Dad over Thanksgiving and said he was doing pretty well, was able to eat and was up and about somewhat.   That there was no need to dash right out there.  So it was decided I’d go the following weekend and stay a few days.  The day before I was to leave, I got a call saying to get there ASAP, that he wasn’t doing well at all and may not make it through the night.  So I rented a car (remember I hadn’t driven my truck in months and I wasn’t sure of it) and left with my Google map in hand.  I hadn’t even gotten out of town when I got a call saying he had passed.  I turned around and went to be with my brother.

After that, I was just kinda out of it.  I loved my dad, he was an amazing man.  But we weren’t really close, like “called just to say hi” kind of close.  I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years at this point.  So there is a lot of guilt to deal with.  I wanted to write about him and every time I started, I would just cry.  So I didn’t.  And here we are, seven months later, and I still can’t write about him and his impact on my life.  Maybe soon…I want to share what a good man he was, the things he taught me, the way he had of making everything okay, even when you never thought it would be again.

I started working from home in January, taking customer service calls for a major tax software company, then after tax season, a major home improvement store.  It’s a 15 step commute, I love it!  Right now I am between clients, but will be selecting another to train for soon.

Sewing has consisted of a little here and there, it’s hard to sew when you’re on the phone hours at a time.  I did make a couple of quilts, pretty happy about them.  When I get pics, I’ll put them up so you can see.  I’m working slowly on another that I’m quite pleased with.  I’ve let my Etsy and Artfire stores go, but am slowly retaking pictures of items to restock.  In the meantime, I’ve relisted some stuff and actually added a couple of new things.

G came back from Massachusetts in early March and is now working down south, but comes home every weekend, so it’s not too bad.  We get a lot of riding in on the weekends, but it’s so hot, we wait til later in the day of we can’t get out early.  The American Legion Riders Poker Run on May 8th was great, it was for The Wounded Warrior Project and we donated $19,000 to the Project.  We’ve done a couple of other rides for local folks who fell on hard times and attended a benefit last weekend.  It’s great to see how the biker community comes together to help when needs arise.

I’m gonna try to post more regularly, and am still working on the post about my dad.  It’s good to know that some of you still drop by every now and then, hopefully there will be new stuff to see very soon!

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The last week or so I’ve been working on a baby quilt.  It’s for one of my daughter’s friends who is due in December.  The push was because “the girls” are having the shower early so everyone can attend.  “The Girls” have all been friends since middle school and this is the first one to have a child.  It amazes me that they are in their late 20’s and are still as close as ever.  I can’t even remember some of the people I hung around with in middle school, much less keep in touch and maintain a friendship!  So this is special, I’ve know the mom-to-be for quite a while.  It’s far from perfect, but is sure is soft!  I used Snuggle flannel for the patchwork front and dotted Minky for the back.  Rather than quilt it (which I am SO not good at) I tied it with double strands of tapestry yarn.  Here’s the fabrics:

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The tutorial came from happythings, the fabric from Joann’s.  I love the striped one!  Here is the finished quilt:

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I actually finished it a couple of days ago, but the weather hasn’t been nice at all and taking pics in the hotel wasn’t working.  So when the sun came out today, I went down to the patio to take a few.  Here’s a better look at the blocks:

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Pay no attention to the misaligned squares, I don’t think baby Lyla will mind.  She’ll just be enjoying the cuddliness of them!

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Overall, I’m happy with it.  I took it down to the hotel laundry and Carol ran it through a wash and dry cycle for me so I could be sure that the ties were secure and any shrinkage was done.  (I did prewash the fabrics, but not the batting.  It didn’t shrink, even though it was cotton.)

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s about all the quilting ability I have!  And it was made with a lot of love for the mom it’s going to, so maybe that will make up for the not-so-perfect stitching.

DBF was home last weekend so I was able to take some pictures of the quilts.  Looking at them in the pictures, they don’t seem as nice as when I stand across the room.  Maybe it’s because I can see flaws in the pics that I can’t when they’re on the wall.  Overall though, not to bad for first attempts.  Here’s the wall hanging

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And here’s the small quilt

You can see how the blue sills don’t line up perfectly, but it’s not real bad from a distance.  The ribbons are grosgrain that I sewed on after the quilting was finished.

This weekend’s project is to start quilting Megan’s quilt and hopefully finish it.  It was a thought to hand quilt it since it’s a baby quilt, but since Baby Teagan will be here on the 20th (or sooner) I’m thinking machine quilting would be better.  Faster anyway, especially since it has to be sent and will probably take a few days to get there.

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So here it is, more than a week after I decided to start a blog, and finally, another post!  Not much going on really, I’ve been working on a couple of quilts.  I will post pics, as soon as I get one of my cameras back.  (Youngest kid has one and DBF has the other.)

I’ve sewn forever, but never really had much interest in quilting.  Thought it would be too boring, cutting all those little pieces, then sewing them all back together.  But I did a small wall hanging, then a bigger wall quilt and now I have three cut out and one ready to quilt!  Pics soon I hope.

Here’s a pic of the wallhanging from the website:

My colors are a little different, but I am pretty happy with it.  Applique wasn’t too hard, just the ear tips.  Good thing my machine has a “Low” setting or I would have gone way too fast to get them right!

Here’s the pic from the website of wall quilt that I did:

It was pretty easy to do, I did it in a weekend.  Some of the lines aren’t straight, but not too bad.  My quilting skills need some work though-there are puckers and bumps.  But since it’s on the wall, you can’t really tell from a distance!

Can you tell I’m a cat person?

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