Some things are constant in life:
|'my' lake this week|
Brady, my beloved grandson, no longer has a dad. He died very suddenly and tragically on Father's Day. We spent the past several weeks out in Alberta. How does a child recover from the loss of a parent, especially when both are so young? How can grandparents help? How do parents help their daughter heal?
I don't know.
Be there. Enjoy/treasure ordinary moments.
|Nana was a bit of a MacGyver herself, rigging up a sprinkler of sorts on a hot day; like his Nana, Brady loves to read|
Listen. Do what you can.
How do I get 'back' into my life? Well, I made some more Canadian Women blocks. I was sewing this set the day the phone call came.
Slowly I've sewn six more the past few days. Each one takes me at least an hour, usually more. My impatiens below, once again, do not disappoint, despite being left to their own devices for three weeks. Who knew they'd be such a perfect backdrop to these blocks?
I added the (score!) dry rosé from the Provence region I found at Trader Joe's. Thanks, Dayna, for a much-needed fun morning there, and at the Farmers' Market, and then at a wonderful local place for lunch, Crispelli's, which we picked up, and ate in her serene back yard.
Life does go on, as they say. We will be okay. I know sewing and quilting and yoga will help me. I have the Cows quilt on the frame from before, and I have a new pattern I'm working on for an upcoming issue of Benartex's Modern By the Yard. That link will take you to their blog, with a link on the sidebar to the summer issue, full of free wonderful patterns.
I heard just last week from a reader, Michele, asking about the directions for the Freefall QAL which she had just come across. That warmed my heart, but even more so, because she sent a photo of her first blocks as she works through it on her own! She gave me her permission to use this photo:
|Aren't these truly luscious fabrics?! Cannot wait to see more.|
Just a reminder that Connecting Threads (affiliate link there and below) is having quite the 10th anniversary sale:
- up to 40% off kits and samplers (here's one I really like:
|Move Over quilt kit|
- up to 30% off batting (something I've taken advantage of several times. They carry Hobbs. (I need to do a post on my experience with their battings, all good so far.)
- 25% off thread
Craftsy is also having a summer sale on kits and supplies, up to 50% off. Here is just one I really like:
|Cornerstone Dreamfield quilt kit|
Thank you so much for the support of this blog. I should be back on Instagram later today as well. I have an aunt and her three daughters hip-hopping around the south of England, (and over to Paris--ahh!) and I need to visit their feeds! My aunt sent me some gorgeous shots of hydrangeas...