Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Making my way back.....

I suppose everyone handles death differently. I'm not quite sure why this particular death has whacked me so hard. In November, a nephew on my DHs side committed suicide. His Dad, hospitalized with a hip replacement, had a heart attack and died. Maybe this one was overload. Whatever the reasons, I'm making my way back to the place I belong. I've been cutting scraps endlessly, which is a good thing. But, enough now...time to DO something. And I will. *VBS*The pictures today are sections of an rescued Orphan Blocks quilt. It was slowly coming to its end days in an old trunk in an old barn.
I brought it home, soaked it endlessly, washed and dried it and then took it apart. Some sections had been chewed through by mice. Once it was seperated and just "a top", I washed it again.
It lived at my house for many years, I always intended to quilt it. Good intentions are one of my failings. In the summer of 2007, I offered it up to anyone who wanted to email me. Sue, of Magpie Sue was the one person who did. I know of her chemical allergies, but was fairly confident the top was clean enough not to cause her any problems. I sent it off to her,quite sure she would love its oddities. Lots of fabrics in this one from somebodys scrapbag.

10 comments:

scrappy quilter said...

It's so hard when a friend passes away. Just wanting to send you some warm fuzzie hugs. One of my favorite places to spend time when I'm grieving over something is in my sewing room. I love those old quilt. I have a few and I always wonder where they came from, who made them and who they were made for. Awe there is nothing quite like quilting is there. (well maybe fat quarters!!!!)

jovaliquilts said...

Quilting really does seem to help us get through things. It's something to do when you need to do something, but I think it also connects us to things outside ourselves. I hope you feel some healing soon.

MYRA said...

Getting back into your normal activities is the best you can do for yourself after so much loss... Glad you are getting back into your thing... Warm hugs to you Finn... 8-)

What an interesting combination of scraps in that top. Wow! I bet there is a big story with that one! 8-)

Finn, you mentioned/linked in your past post of Jane and Rachel. I am especially interested in Rachel's "formula" but could not find it... If you have time, could you pinpoint it for me? If you click on the heading of a person's post that has something interesting, it will open in a new window. Then you can copy and paste that URL into your post to take a person directly to the article of interest...
Happy stitchings! 8-)

Kim said...

A very shocking time and loss, I'm sorry to hear it. You've been through a rough spot indeed. Takes time to work through grief. Your quilting is a good friend to turn to when nothing else appeals or fills those sad spots of time that pop in to visit. Come visit when you need an ear. I'm over here at Stillmeadow. Hugs! Kim

meggie said...

Death of loved ones affects us all differently, & I have found, at differing times in our life, it seems much harder than others. My consolation is that the person who has gone has no more suffering- either mental or physical.

I love that quilt top, it is so interesting seeing all the different fabrics. So glad you salvaged it!
hugsxx

julieQ said...

I am sorry for your grief, sounds like you are working through it by cutting and cutting. I find that therapeutic for me sometimes. My thoughts are with you. I enjoyed seeing that old quilt top, such pretty blocks and fabrics. Big hugs, Finnie!

em's scrapbag said...

Losing a loved one is hard. I am glad to hear you are working through it. I have found keeping myself busy has helped with the loss of Bell. Though little things trigger memories and I miss her all over again. Sending love your way.

Barbara C said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. Take good care of yourself, I'm sending you a big hug.

Norma said...

I am thinking of you........so sorry that you lost a dear friend.

If ya need to chat, just drop me line, I am here for you.

andsewitis Holly said...

Finn, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Nothing I can say will make it less painful but I know you will get through this in time. I love that orphan quilt you saved. Hugs.