Monday, February 15, 2016

Baby Quilt for my Niece 

The mail is funny!  I sent this quilt to my niece in northern Utah.  I live in the far south of Utah but sent it Priority.  Well, I finally found the receipt with the tracking when she hadn't received it by Saturday.  It had gone to Provo, UT and then back to St George.  Today I got notice it's now on its way.  I hope she receives it tomorrow since today is a holiday.

I tried my hand at swirls after practicing and watching Jamie Wallen videos on you tube.  The pattern comes from Jo's Country Junction and is called "A Star is Born."  I'll never be as good as Jamie, but I did enjoy trying to practice on a piece of quilt rather than drawing the swirls.

HST's aren't my favorite, but I've found them to be very good for just mindless sewing when I need something to return to in order to fill some time.

I sat in the sun the other day and enjoyed the 60 degree weather here. 
A funny coincidence happened when I saw the picture of her nursery, I had found some fabric with elephants in it and used some for some of the HST's.
Here is the nursery, all ready for its star to be born.

I've found my way back into the quilting world.

Much has changed in my life and I'm finding that quilting is again giving me a sense of direction and just some time to think.  I finished this quilt recently and when I was invited to my niece's baby shower I sent this quilt so that she'd have something to open from Auntie Pat.  I'm so excited for her.  She's wanted a baby for so long and finally it's about to make an entrance!

On the personal front I'm finding my way.  Hubby and I are trying a trial separation.  After 50 years I wasn't sure what I wanted, but it seemed like change kept coming into my vocabulary.  It hasn't been easy.  We are keeping communication open and we're not making any decision for at least one year.  I've lost communication with my children over this.  After all these years of me supporting them in their decisions even when I didn't always like them, this seems like a bitter pill to swallow, but here I am just learning to see what life is like on the other side of the fence.  Funny isn't it?