At the beginning of April, just in time for Caring Hearts Community Quilters’ annual Airing of the Quilts (9 and 10 April), I finished the quilt which had been begun by Older Grandson last September. Tired of sewing strips as he had on his previous visit, he decided to sew squares and the “Road to Whoopi” quilt was born. (“Whoopi” is the nickname given by the locals to the town in which DD and the family live). Of course, once Older Grandson started, Younger Grandson and DD had to get involved.
It didn’t take long for Older Grandson and Younger Grandson to learn that sewing squares required more care than sewing strips and they soon lost interest. But I can’t let a project die because two young children don’t want to work on it any more. I showed you the finished flimsy on my old blog back in November. The top is based on a Road to Oklahoma block but I have rearranged the lights and darks slightly.
Without further ado, here is our scrappy version of a traditional quilt — the Road to Whoopi.
I tried hard to get another quilt finished before the Airing but it just didn’t work out. I showed the finished flimsy on this blog on 2 March so it seemed that I was on track to get it finished in time for the Airing. However, two weeks away from home during March followed by a difficult time with mum after she returned from residential respite put paid to many of my plans.
Finally, in the first week of May, I finished sewing the binding on to a quilt I had started in class last year. It is based on the Attic Windows block but I put it in a different setting to make my “man quilt”: Attic Window Pinwheels.
I have two more finished tops ready for quilting, I just have to make backings. The first quilt you saw back in February; the other is the subject of another post.
Hopefully I’ll have that post up next week!
Linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, which is being hosted this week over at crazydutchbirdquilts. Why not pop over and see what other people have finished this week?
In the meantime, may your stitches bring you much joy.
Hi (if there’s still anyone out there reading my blog) — long time, no post!
Life has been busy and eventful. On March 17, WM took two weeks long service leave — we just needed to get away. We put mum into residential respite for two weeks then went to the state of Victoria for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. We had forgotten just how far it was to Melbourne and how long it would take us to drive the 880 kilometres (550 miles)! Just as well we had allowed two days for the journeys there and back.
We were home for 36 hours, then we caught a train north to spend the Easter weekend with DD and the family.
We picked mum up from respite on 31 March — she was very unhappy and had all sorts of tales of woe to share. Despite having DD and the Grandboys here to visit for ten days from 10 April, she never got any better. It was with a thankful heart that I received the offer of a room in a dementia-specific facility nearby on 13 April. Mum went to live there permanently on 21 April; WM and I have spent the last four weeks getting to know each other again and work out our life as “Darby and Joan“! Mum was with us for a bit over thirteen months; caring for her was one of the hardest things that we have ever had to do!
While mum was still living here and after she left, I continued to sew quilts for the Caring Hearts Community Quilters group; we make quilts that mostly go to the palliative care wards of local hospitals. I will write a separate post about those because I have too much to say here!
Since mum left, I have had time to knit something other than ‘her’ blankets, so I have been making hats for the under-privileged. The opportunity to donate the hats came sooner than I was expecting so I didn’t end up taking photos of any of them! The last collaborative blanket that mum and I made is in her room at the aged care home but sadly she never uses it!
I plan to be back soon with more photos of our trips to Melbourne. I also have at least two posts planned to talk about my quilting.
I leave you with Older Grandson’s first school photo: he looks much older than six (although those baby teeth give it away)! Most schools in Australia have a school uniform — that shirt almost gets lost against the background which makes his face the focal point (as it should be)!
Until my next post, may your stitches bring you much joy.