Feeling Blessed!

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Hello Friends. Happy November! Today I’m actually at our new river house steeling a few hours to myself. It has been such a busy, exciting and unbelievable year. So today, while I sit here gazing out over the river, I am truly feeling blessed. First off for our new cottage/river house. It is becoming a place where I feel peace and calmness. Things we all search for in our ever so frantic lives. Next, and much to our joy and surprise, our oldest daughter and son-in-law bought a house just outside the city. Now we can visit more often and enjoy all the things that come with having them closer to home.

October had the family flying to England for our youngest daughter’s wedding. I do believe that this is as close to a fairy tale wedding as I could have imagined. The sun even came out for the afternoon when the festivities began. You will all be proud of me for not “blubbering” during the day as I tried to cry with dignity (“dab under your eyes”, the makeup lady said) as the special moments grabbed at my heart strings.

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Most recently, I have felt the generosity and love from my special quilting friends. I do feel blessed to know, and be part of, such a talented group of people. Recently, I had a few of these friends to the River House for some stitching and catching up. I was so touched when Daintry gave me a miniature of our joint collaboration (a pattern coming out this spring) to hang here at the cottage.

A few weekends ago I popped into our local arts and crafts show. I bought a few tickets on a quilt that they were raffling off. It was made by one of my dear and special quilting friends. Guess what, I won it! When something like that happens to someone like me, everyone asks, “What are you going to do with another quilt?” Answer, Put it on my bed and feel the love!

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Walking through the show I spotted a wall-hanging. All of a sudden it was in my arms and coming home with me. It’s great when your friends do techniques that are not your forte, so Thank you, Fran, I love my landscape and it will look great here at the river. So as the year nears its end I will put 2018 down as one of the busiest, exciting and most eventful in recent history.

Not much action in the studio these past few weeks, but right before I left for England I had just enough time to put my “Mini Citrus” together.

When I decide to play with a new technique and begin construction I’m full of excitement and motivation, driven by the promise of a new creation. But, as soon as the project goes up on my design wall and the daunting task of finishing looms before me I lose interest all my motivation fades and procrastination sets in. The fun part for me is over. What part of quilt construction tries your patience and motivation?

 Stitching at the River House with Friends.

Stitching at the River House with Friends.

Next weekend is my Quarry Workshop. I know the quilters are just itching to get into this new technique that we are going to work on. The Shaded 9-patch unit is so versatile and fun to make. Along with the workshop they will be the first to get my new pattern Quarry. It will be available for purchase right after my workshop so check out the store section of my website or ask for it at your local quilt shop. There will be lots to do in the next few weeks as the Christmas season begins to loom in the horizon. AG! Time to start another list.

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, quilt lots and check out this year’s Christmas fabric.