Monday, November 24, 2008

One More Time

Finally feeling more like myself again. It's always a relief to come back to the normal levels of energy and enthusiasm. Deep in my being lies the fear that one of these days I won't make it back - perish the thought!

Since my last post my sweet little MIL passed from this world to the next. Alzheimer's has claimed another victim. That makes three from my world during the course of the past month. If you check out my sidebar you'll see a couple of ways you can help contribute to the research efforts. One is to make and donate a little quilt for Ami Simms' Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (or bid on and buy a quilt!), the other is to click on the big purple ribbon. The first click contributes $10 towards Alzheimer's research. After that I'm not sure how much each click earns.

I couldn't attend the funeral for my MIL of course. {sigh} But all the rest of my family were able to be there, which left me with the whole house to myself for the weekend. Did I sew like a mad woman?

No.

I cleaned house.

That shows you just how out of myself I've been. I would rather do almost anything other than cook or clean house. There are still areas that need attention but now that I'm feeling better it's unlikely they will get that attention. ;- )

Instead I have caught a bit of the holiday spirit and pulled out this Christmas round robin quilt top that I last worked on two years ago (almost to the day):


Back then I was trying to make it big enough to fit our double bed. This morning I decided to scrap that plan and just get the thing done so we can have it on the couch during the holiday season. (I reluctantly put the Halloween quilt away while I was cleaning up.) As you can see, Reilly wanted to help too.

I found a holly print in my stash that should be big enough to border the top and bottom edges of this quilt. If I play my cards right I may also be able to use it to bind the quilt. Otherwise I'm thinking I'll bind the two sides with what's left over of the holly print (which has a black background) and then just use a solid black to bind the top and bottom edges. What I need to figure out before I get to that point, however, is how to quilt or tie this puppy. (The quilt, not the dog!)


Duh. I just realized I should have rotated this photo for you since the quilt top is directional. Oh well. Everyone tip your head to the left! (Hopefully you can click on this photo and get the picture in greater detail.)

7 comments:

paulahewitt said...

oh Sue - Im sorry to hear about your MIL, but glad to hear you are better.

i like your christmas quilt. were you standing on a chair to take that photo? i like the way your little dog was looking up at you.

virtualquilter said...

Sue, So sorry to hear about another loss in your family. Will be thinking of you.
The quilt looks good even when I don't tip my head. Now I have to get the kink out of my neck before I look at some one elses blog!
Judy B

Sharon said...

I'm sorry to hear about your MIL. But I'm glad you're starting to feel like yourself again.
Love that Xmas quilt! It'll look good no matter how you finish it! And the puppy is very cute too! Aren't our 'helpers' wonderful?
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family on your MIL's passing... and I hope others hear your plea that more research on Alzheimer's is needed.

Good for you for deciding to 'finish' your lovely Christmas quilt - there must be something about the weather (just made the same kind of decision with one of my long-term UFO's).

Blessed holidays to you and yours.

Clare said...

So sorry to read about your MiL. Sending you hugs. However, pleased to read that you are on the up again.

I love the variety in this quilt. Lots to look at.

Barbara C said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. Finishing your lovely quilt will be very healing.

Jane said...

Dear Sue, So sorry for the loss you're feeling... especially so close to the holidays. For lack of better words... life is a circle and it goes on and on and on...peace be with you