Friday, July 19, 2019

How He Passed

It is with a broken heart that I must tell you that my partner, Felix, passed away very suddenly last night of a cardiac arrest.

We had finished marketing in Concord at the market basket and he helped me bring in and put away all the groceries. We shared a big cold drink of half cranberry juice and half flavored seltzer water. He took a nap and woke refreshed. He was cutting up celery for an imitation crab meat salad and called to me to come and watch Jeopardy with him. I went into the living room and he was talking about the salad he was making and then stopped mid-sentence and said, "Oh, oh." I asked him what he meant and he slumped back into his easy chair and did not answer me, still holding the knife he had been using.

When he did not respond to me I immediately called 911 and an officer responded right away and did CRP. The ambulance crew arrived right after that and continued the CPR with several unsuccessful shocks of the defibrillator and a shot of adrenaline. They took him to Lakes Region General where soon after he was pronounced dead.

Felix did not suffer and he never regained consciousness.

    I told the hospital that I wanted them to allow his body to be used for donations and they contacted the New England Donor service and I talked to them on the phone there at the hospital. Later, at 11:30pm when I was back home, they called me as they had promised to do and conducted a very thorough interview of his health issues. They will be able to use much skin and bone tissue harvests and will be able to use his corneas. I am very grateful that he will be able to help others as his final act.

    This is all so sudden that I'm not really letting it sink into reality. I'm just glad that he died doing what he loved and did not have pain or suffering. It was about 7:45pm when he keeled over.

    I love you all. Please say a small prayer for Felix. Thank you,



July 17th was a  life-changing night for me. My beloved Felix suffered a massive cardiac arrest and was gone right in front of me. His passing has left me bereft. The house is so empty and my life seems like a wasteland without him.

I have not done any sewing. I went for over 24 hours without sleeping, just wandering around the house looking at TV but not really watching it.

Here are some pictures of sewing that was going on before he passed.

These were from Sue at the Alton Senior Center.
Meb's beautiful hand quilting.

It will take me more time and healing to be able to write about my life now. Thank you for your patience with me.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Around Town

June has been blessedly cool and somewhat rainy but my new car is running great! That means that I've been going to breakfasts with my sew club. Here are some pictures of what's been going on.

That was Maureen's very dramatic table runner.
Here's what Beverly was working on.
Bright bits of pink with mint green sashings.

Sue has the patience for curved seams!
Maureen's blocks had a cutting mistake but she had enough fabric to correct it.

Here's the hearty breakfast from the Alton, NH Senior Center.
Sue did a great job on her table runner.

The other Sue did a fine Tee shirt quilt!

Love the labels!

Here's another breakfast!
Faye has been sewing sashings to her scrappy nine patches.

Mary's little house blocks look great!
Meb's oriental floral table runner is all hand quilted in feathers!

Sue has been hand embroidering her black and white quilt blocks.
Hope you are staying cool and sewing on!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Resume to Quilty news!

It has been a cold rainy spring and I've not been very inspired to do much quilting so there's not too much to show you.

but I did buy a more recent vintage SUV, a Ford Explorer XLT that's very reliable. so here are some photos of what's been going on in my sewing groups.

 We love to share our progress.

Mary brought in a stack of fabrics!

We had a ball looking though all of them and then divvying them up among us!

Sarah has been making good work of her found at the Salvation Army blocks. They look terrific!

Meb is making sweet blocks from four patches.
Faye is making nine patches from scraps that look marvelous!
I  visited my sister, Suzanne's, house and I was thrilled to see one of my big log cabin quilts on her bed!

When I dug around in my sewing area, I discovered that I had over 144 tiny pinwheel blocks that are only 6 inches square.
These are all "Bonus Triangle blocks from over the years.

I'm  sewing them into pairs and will then sew pairs together into giant four patch squares. The plan is to get 12 rows of 12 together for a 72 inch square quilt top and then put borders on it for a full sized quilt.

Sue,pictured above, has almost finished tying her blue quilt top for a finish! Way to go,  Sue!

Hope you're  having fun quilting!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

This past Monday we said goodbye to our beloved black Labrador retriever, Miss Emma Lynne, after her extended struggle with liver failure. We miss her terribly but are glad to know that we gave her our very best of care.

I  have not been posting due to car problems that prohibit me from getting around to my sewing groups that give me lots of pictures to post. This spring that should improve but no promises yet.

In the meantime Felix and I have been healthy and on Valentine's Day we are still very much in love!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Miss Emma kept us busy with her face full of porcupine quills. We were able to remove about half of them but the rest were taken out by the vet under general anesthesia. She recovered very slowly due to her failing liver but now seems to be fine and happy.

Here are some pictures of what been going on with my two sewing groups. Here's Mary making fingertip towels to sell at crafts fairs.

Maureen was doing a fun advent project for her granddaughter that uses lots of mini stockings in Christmas fabrics.

She is also making beautiful RWB blocks.

They are sewn with a partial seam and a little tricky.

Sue was working on her quilt as you go project. Looks good!

My project was getting some borders onto a charm pack quilt top.

First was the cutting.

Then was the sewing. I got two sides done and have two to go.

The weather has been just too wintery with about 8 or 9 inches of fresh snow to plow and shovel from last night.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

October is Over!

We really did not have an October this year because the cold rains and wind were more like November. But The Sunshine Club grew by one new member named Faye. Here she is making four patches out of a huge group of random scraps.

How wonderful that she is also a Featherweight fan!

Mary was sewing some fun potholders that looked cute!

And I finally finished sewing together a big bunch of random charm packs in a vintage floral in a red, grey, and buttercream yellow palette.

Happy quilting!
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