Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Moving Forward

Like most of us, I'm not very good at coping with loss. So it is with sadness that I must report that I am grieving the peaceful passing of my dear friend, Frances at 99 years old. She gave me wonderful times spent in her warm and witty companionship. I will miss her.

Frances Hugelman   (1916-2015)
Our nation also suffered an egregious loss. It was in form of the vicious terrorist attack at a San Bernadino Christmas Party. All I could do was to lower the flag to half mast again and pray for the victims' families and for the survivors. God bless all of our brave first responders who were spared the coward's pipe bombs that were laid for them.

Still, for all the sadness in the world, this is a quilting blog. Saturday was a happy day for me as the sun shone and my old (1989 Mercury Marquis) was really running well! I seized the day and took myself out to a favorite quilt shop called, "Footprints" in East Rochester, New Hampshire.

Footprints is a small shop and crammed with goodies and ideas! Just look at those shelves of gorgeous neutrals!

I found a quick $30 bucks worth of those neutrals to take home with me. Maybe I'll even find the strength to cut into them, LOL! Cindy snapped my mug for the camera, thanks, Cindy!

Today, at The Alton, New Hampshire, Pearson Road Community Center, The Sunshine Quilting Club enjoyed a fine continuation of our Log Cabin workshop. Here's Sue, showing some progress. Good job, Sue!

Caroline and Joyce joined us with their marvelous hat looms. Here's Caroline, below.

These circular looms are sold by Walmart in 4 different sizes and take one skein of bulky yarn to make one beautiful hat! Here's Joyce, below, working on hers in the "Women's sized loom.

As for me, below, I enjoyed sewing on "Scottie," my Scotland-made Featherweight twice as much today due to my main machine still being in sick-bay for another week.

My Christmas Stocking is now finished, yippee! I used the Holly Taylor "Winter's Song" for Moda and the instructions for it are on Missouri Star Quilt Company's Youtube videos. Link.

The stocking went together beautifully! I chose to add a stitched up a scrap of the backing fabric to insert a hanging loop into the seam of the cream-on-cream cuff.
When you are stitching it, the loop end goes down towards the toe of the stocking and the two raw edges of the ends of the loop are placed together even with the top edge. Those raw ends should be placed between the cuff and the body of the stocking. After you stitch it, the hanging loop will be in perfect position as soon as you fold the cuff down. I'm so very happy with it!

We are not promised tomorrow. Tell your friends and family that you love them.

Happy quilting!


Annie said...

I am sorry for the loss of Frances, Vic. You were very good friends to one another, each blessed by the shared affection. I will say a prayer for her tonight.

gayle said...

So sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and all who knew her.

Janet O. said...

You and your friend were lucky to have each other. You were very good to her, Vic! I am sorry for the loss you are feeling.
I haven't heard of Footprints shop before--at least not that I recall. : ) Looks like fun.
I love your Christmas Stocking. ALMOST makes me want to make us new stockings. We've had the same ones for over 35 years--made of felt. How sad is that at a quilter's home?

cityquilter grace said...

oh vic so sorry to hear but you definitely made her days brighter... and neutrals? looking good!

swooze said...

My condolences on the loss of your friend.

Melanie Winters said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend.

Feathers in my Nest said...

Oh, God Bless Frances..Big Hugs to you Vic...I Love your Marquis! she's a beauty..wow, another quilt shop, you are surrounded!
I Love Holly Taylor fabrics, always have, cute stocking.

Maureen said...

So sorry about the loss of your friend, Frances. You've spoken highly of her over the years.
Your Christmas stocking is precious and love your t-shirt!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Frances. I know she was a dear friend and she will remain in your heart forever.

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