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Well, i have been away for a very long time!  I seem to have stopped blogging here after i lost my son.  Partly because 2014 was another year of loss.  In October I received a letter from my Sister in Medford that she had terminal cancer.  My son, Geoff, and i went down and spent a couple of weeks with her.  She was failing quite rapidly  and died December 19 - almost a year after we lost my son Greg.

But, God has been so very special in our lives and has given us much comfort.

I have been doing a lot of knitting the past year - meet with friends a couple of times a week - such a fun, lively group.  Love knitting socks!!

But, I have been wanting to get back to some quilting!!  My problem is we live in a very small apartment - and there just is not a convenient spot to have my machine out.  But, I am "scheming"  - will see how that goes.  Right now the machine is on a small desk in my bedroom, the card table is up in the living room for planning and cutting, and the ironing board is up in the kitchen.  I am so glad my son who lives with me is patient and does not mind all my mess.  Last night he said all is ok as long as the hallway is clear so he does not trip over anything!!  

Am just working on some blocks - did some Flying Geese pieces.  That was fun and yesterday did a few Floating 4-Patch blocks.  Will post pictures later.  I do have the book - The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron.  Got it out last night and was truly inspired.

Will be back later with a few pictures.

barb

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Comment by Barb/WI on March 28, 2016 at 2:18pm

You have certainly had way too much heartbreak.  I am glad you have your knitting group, and so happy you seem to be finding you quilting groove again.  Hang in there!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 28, 2016 at 10:36am

Welcome back, Barb.  I'm so sorry about the losses in your family.  It's hard to rejoin the more or less meaningless chitter-chatter on a social blog at such a time.  But I believe creating things, whether knitting or quilting, can help the healing.  It calms the mind.  

It is indeed a challenge to work in small spaces, especially quilting.  Be sure to keep the hall clear for DS! :-}

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 27, 2016 at 7:47pm

It's so good to hear from you again, Barb.  My condolences to you for the loss of your loved ones.  It can really throw us for a loop at times.  I'm glad you are keeping busy with knitting and hopefully the quilting again.  Finding room in a small space is definitely a challenge.  

Comment by Pam/NY on March 27, 2016 at 6:24pm
Losses that you have had can be crippling. I am happy that you can find interest once again in a passion. Quilting will help you move forward and find a new normal. Your other projects are nice that you have friends to share them with.
Comment by LKC on March 27, 2016 at 3:24pm

 I'm sorry about the loss of your sister and son. It does take time to not have feeling every day. Quilting can become a over load problem of taking over the home. Doing small projects and keeping them in cloth storage boxes has helped my mess. I am trying hard not to buy more fabric. When life has changes we do try to look for solutions.

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 27, 2016 at 12:11pm

Welcome back Barb.  I'm so sorry for your loss.  One behind the other.  I'm glad your keeping busy.  I'm sure it helps.  I have been doing some small projects.  I made a couple heart shaped pot holders, a snowman pillow and a small purse.  I posted pictures on my page.

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