In addition to the birding trip in April, I also had my semi-annual quilting retreat. I was the coordinator for this one and there was a learning curve. I think I've about got it figured out now.
Just after our last retreat, we decided that the two ladies in the group who are veterans needed their own Quilt of Valor. The owner of our retreat center, Elizabeth Mathews, is the Alabama coordinator for Quilts of Valor. So, all sneaky like the word went out for blocks. They were collected and put together by two different members of our group and were presented to Sara and Char at our retreat. Boy, did we pull a good one on them.
|Sara's Quilt of Valor|
|Char's Quilt of Valor|
In addition to these two special quilts, another quilt was presented to one of our girls who lost her husband back in February. The call was put out on our online forum (not just our retreat group) and over 80 blocks were hurriedly made and sent to Char who put it together and quilted it. Then she came over to present our gift to Margot.
Aw, heck, I might as well go on and tell it. In addition to Margot losing her husband in February, another local quilty friend Nancy lost her husband on March 20. Then, to top it off, yet another local friend Winnie (who is also a friend of Nancy) lost her husband suddenly on April 12. She was working at the quilt show when he had a massive heart attack. All that would be bad enough, but then I lost one of my favorite aunts on April 26. All those losses together in so short a time just about did me in. I still don't think the loss of my aunt has really sunk in just yet. I know that these events have surely gotten my husband's and my attention.
Here's my Aunt Dean and the king sized quilt I made for her three years ago. These were the colors she wanted (batiks)and she was thrilled when I gave it to her. She used it on her king sized bed all the time.
I guess what I've had reaffirmed for me is that we should never take a day for granted. We should cherish each one of them and cherish our friends and family.
Okay, enough for now.
Y'all take care.