Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Different Month

This is my Dad - he was 94 1/2 when he passed away this month on October 6, 2016. He lived a long full life, loved the Lord, loved his family and enjoyed being the oldest in his family thus far. He still has two siblings in their eighties coming behind him. In fact, all the children in his family made it well into their eighties or nineties.
He loved to sing as did all his family and began a choir at our church when I was growing up. Many people shared with us their love of music because of what he did to encourage others. He continued to play the piano - by ear - even into his nineties. 
He was proud of me for my abilities to sew. He'd tell people of how I made a suit when I was 14 years old and it looked like it was store-bought. Two days before he died I sat with him most of the day, stitching on a quilt, just being there with him.
My quilting has surely been my therapy these last few months as we had to take him to a memory care center for his dementia and severe aortic stenosis. 
However, as long as I could still stitch some, it soothed my soul and mind and continues to help me through difficult days. 
He is well now, with Jesus, my mother and so many others who have gone before him. I feel blest to have had such a wonderful father and be by his side as he drew his last breath here on earth. I've lived 1 1/2 miles from him for 16 years and shared many days with him. 
Here is some other family that was here during this time.
Fortunately almost all our family was here with us for several days - here my son and his wife and daughter and grands!! 
My husband, Papa, and Jake and Lacey!
After my Dad's funeral, we all stopped at Fresh Air Barbecue in Jackson, GA, where we've been going for 50 years or so. So good!! There's still a lot to process and work to be done but I wanted to share this part of my life not really quilt related, but yet it is. 
When I was 14, my parents bought me a top of the line sewing machine for Christmas - A Singer Touch and Sew - with all the bells and whistles of that day. I had learned to sew at age 12 and truly have been stitching ever since!! How blest I was for this gift from them and the encouragement it gave me! 
And here is where it has taken me!
 I have been working on my Di Ford Mountmellick from 2014.
 Two borders have been completed and there are two more to do.
 My Mountmellick.
Just a close up - I like the little hexagons in the corner.
Another block from my Happy Days Sarah Fielke BOM. Only two more blocks and then the border to do.
 This project is a pineapple Christmas quilt. The papers here are from at least 20 years ago and somehow I continued to save them. I drew up the design I wanted to do in Electric Quilt 7.
I'm using many strips that were already cut from a previous project that went by the wayside - it was a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for Christmas. Somehow, I never got more than step 2 done yet all my fabrics were ready for a project so here it is.. . . . . . eventually. . . . not this Christmas!!
Happy Stitching!!


Nancy said...

Lovely postJudy.
Looking forward to seeing your pineapple Christmas quilt.

LuAnn said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad, but you were so blessed to have him with you for so many years. I'm happy that you are still stitching to keep your mind occupied through the difficult days as well as the days full of happy memories. God Bless You Judith! Your stitching projects are beautiful as always. Take care.

Kaja said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your dad. I can see why he was so proud of you: your stitching is tremendous.