Sunday, June 22, 2014

More Lost Weeks and a Little Green and Purple

Four weeks ago, my husband's only brother had a seizure.  The next few weeks have seen us bring him home from the hospital, hire sitters, get in home health nurses, call in hospice and plan a funeral. He fought a 6 year battle with prostate cancer.  Both the kids and their families were able to come for the service and spend a few days.  My DH is now the only one left in his immediate family.  Here we are after the service showing the kids where their great grandparents are buried.
The day started with a haircut by dad out on the front porch. :)
Kids have a way of making you smile even on a sad day.
And of course they wanted to climb the monument (hope nobody minded).
A trip for frozen yogurt on Father's Day was fun.
My beautiful girls - they wanted to be matching :).
I did manage to find some spare moments to try and work on this a little.  On one of the days when I didn't have to work, and the whole crew headed to Pensacola Beach, in a quiet house, I was able to finish all the stitch in the ditch and the vine and leaves.
I finally got my nerve and quilted the open spaces in the border.  In the end, I went with a meandering vine/feather free hand design. It's slowly coming together as I finish each section.  I've had to rip out a few times.  I think it's what I want until I do some and look at it and then I know for sure it's not what I wanted at all!!  I hope to finish this in the next few days.  Gotta work tomorrow so maybe Tues.  The grands are gone, my house is empty and quiet and I'm trying to find some sort of normal.  The last few weeks have been exhausting emotionally and physically and it feels so good to sit and sew for a few hours.
Thanks for reading and sharing in our family's loss.


MamaT said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. You're in my prayers.

QuiltSue said...

Karen I am so sorry for your sadness. At least you both had all your family around you.

Mayleen said...

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

OT Quilter said...

What a sad time for you all; but so good that you were able to be together. I hope you were able to find peace and comfort from their presence. Your quilt is looking wonderful. I've done the same thing: quilted and then ripped and requilted. Somehow what's in my head doesn't always make it on to the fabric.

Ruth said...

No wonder you haven't been blogging lately. You and your husband have my deepest sympathy. It is so true that children can brighten any day and they need to climb! They are such a blessing at these times, aren't they? The purple quilt is lovely and I have had to rip out quilting too. You don't know how it will actually look until you do it. I love the colorful leaves!

Karen said...

You did the feathers well!

Carla said...

Please accept my deepest sympathy, Karen. What a time you have had the last 6 months or so. How is your husband doing by now? I'm glad that you have found a little time for the balm of quilting.

FlourishingPalms said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, and especially for your husband. However, how nice to bring family together. It's great that your grandchildren could bring smiles to everyones' faces. They're precious, darling children. It's also good to find therapeutic sewing time, and what you're working on is beautiful. You do lovely quilting.

Marcy R., PQG said...

My condolences, Karen, to your husband and the whole family. Good to temper the sadness and emotional stress with family visiting, and nice to get a chance to work on your purple and green while they were off playing. (They play, you play!)Take care.

Janan said...

Keeping you & your dear hubby in my prayers.
Keep stitching, looks great.