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Monday Morning Star Count, August 17, 2015

Sometimes life gets a little... life-y.
And all you can do is move forward.  Do what needs to be done.  You cling to the things that you know because there is so much all of the sudden that you don't know.
Last week I got a message from a very dear quilting friend that she was in the hospital.  Cancer.
It was my first time ever getting that call directly.  I was unprepared for my emotional reaction.  There was shock, and a need to be present for her.  So I did what I knew how to do-- I picked up my sewing kit and drove to the hospital..

She'll be in for a while.  Some infections delayed the chemo treatment but finally things got underway and seem to be doing well in the initial stages.  I can't say too much here, to protect her privacy, though she did say I can blog about our hospital room sit and sew sessions.  She even took a pic of me for this blog post..
I'm just plugging away at Travel Quilt #5.  I joined the sections that were left flapping and started  in on more small sashing strips so I can get another chunk of diamonds together.  I'm off to the hospital again tonight for a visit so if the lighting is good, we'll piece some more.  Piece calm.  Piece quiet.  Enjoy each other's company.



  1. A lovely way to support your friend. Sending good wishes xx

  2. Your quilt looks great. I have s question. I am new to EPP. I'm doing placemats. Does it matter if the hexie is flat side up or point up?

  3. Sending hugs your way. Sometimes your presence speaks volumes when no words can...

  4. Thinking of you both and envisioning peaceful piecing........

  5. Praying for your friend. Mehta a comfort your presence must have been.

    1. Grrr on autocorrect. I meant what, not Mehta.

  6. I have stitchery that holds very precious memories of time spent working on it at hospital bedsides and then at home with my dear friend--more of a sister, really. The work and the focus and the busy-ness helped, and gave us something to talk about. Now the memories add to the comfort inherent in handcrafted creations. Wishing you good times with your friend amidst the difficult time she's going through. Strange as it is, they can coexist.

  7. So sorry to read about your friend. I am sure your being there with needle and thread was good for not only her, but you as well. Saying a prayer for her recovery and your strength as a friend. May your times together stitching bring much joy and happy memories for both of you during this hard time.


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