Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sad news

Lisa, my grandchildren's other grandmother, lost her battle with breast cancer Sunday night.  She maintained her joyful, positive attitude to the end.  The last time I saw her was in August at my grandson's birthday party.  Life is so cruel sometimes.  She leaves behind two children in high school and my grandchildren's mother.  I am so thankful that my grand kids were able to know and love her.  

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Getting ready for Christmas

This is a Christmas quilt I made using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Youtube tutorial.    Jenny showed a clever way to make the scrappy four patches with charm squares.  I had an election for which quilt to send to Christopher, and this one lost.  (See previous post.)
I wasn't loving this quilt too much until I finished quilting it.  It looks very different in person.  I wish my picture could capture that.  Good thing I like it now because I am making another one and they are Christmas gifts.  If I hadn't liked them they would probably have gone to the SPCA for the puppies to enjoy.

This is a Christmas table topper I made with a pattern I bought while on vacation.  It didn't turn out quite like I had planned.  I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing while cutting and didn't have enough fabric to cut more.  I wanted the striped fabric to be the large triangle on the outside with the light green dotty print the outside border.  Other than that it was easy and quick to make.  I am hoping to make a few more for presents.  It can be made larger and used for a tree skirt, which is also in the plans.  I didn't have a large 60 degree ruler, and having one of those would have made this even easier.  I quilted it with free hand swirls that went fast also and I like how they turned out.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Christopher's Miracle Journey

I met a young lad on Facebook via links from friends and family.  Christopher is fighting a rare disease that until recently there was no cure for.   Around Christmas this year he will undergo surgery that they hope will cure him.  I was so touched by this young man and his joyful spirit.  He has a brilliant smile on his face even as he endures painful therapy.

They are conducting fund raisers to help raise money to pay the costs of the surgery that are not covered by insurance.  I cannot go to any of the fundraisers since he lives so far from me.  I decided to do what I could. I made him a quilt.  I told them to do whatever they want to do with it-auction it, raffle it or even just keep it. If they use it to raise money I really hope that it brings in a decent amount.

Without further adieu here is the quilt that I made for him.