My Sewful Retirement

A Quilting Journey

Life – the good, bad and ugly

Happy Wednesday!

The past two weeks have been very busy and stressful!

I spent Memorial Day with my best girlfriend drinking wine, floating in our swimming pool and talking about the joys of being a grandmother.

Three days later she calls to tell me her 34 year old daughter died un-expectantly. Our lives have been so entwined over the past 40 years I felt like I lost my child also. Parents should never outlive their kids.

Thankfully I’ve had orders to work on to keep me busy and focused before the family gets together to celebrate the life of a loving and inspiring young woman.

Another friend welcomed her first grandchild into the world recently. The parents requested anything with animals so I made a couple of my signature chenille sets.

The absolutely easiest baby quilt for me to make is a “strippie” quilt. I got the idea from another blogger, you can find her instructions here.

I didn’t follow her pattern but came up with a design based on the fabrics I had on hand.

Each quilt was a day project and the best part was using only fabrics in my stash.

I made this Easter Egg table runner for a customer earlier this year. I used the quilt as you technique to make it. My wonderful hubby drew the egg shape for me on freezer paper.

Handmade Easter Table Centerpiece, quilted, Quilt As You Go Table Runner

My customer gifted the runner to her granddaughter, who contacted me after Easter wanting to know if I could make placemats to match. I was happy with the placemats and I even made the matching napkins — I had to pull out my Serger for those !

Handmade quilted placemats for Easter, pastel colors, matching napkins

After finishing the placemats I used the scraps and made a mini quilt for myself. I’m currently using it a cover on my new embroidery machine. I LOVE the backing fabric, another scrap from a previous baby quilt!

I needed more patriotic table runners in the shop.

I’ve done nothing but sew and pray to keep going.

Happy Sewing!

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5 thoughts on “Life – the good, bad and ugly

  1. Susan Nixon on said:

    Your projects are lovely, and I know they help keep the pain at bay a little. I’m so sorry for your loss and your friend’s. My grandmother lost both her sons, one as an 8 year old and one at 60, and she said the same thing … parents should not outlive their children. It isn’t the expected way of life, and we have a lot of difficulty with it. I pray that you will be comforted by our Savior, who has descended below all painful things, and that your friend will find comfort, as well.

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  2. Thank you Susan! I had gotten out of the habit of doing my daily devotional and praying out loud, going forward it’s a habit I don’t want to give up! Prayer has definitely helped me be strong for my friend♥


  3. Oh Karla, I’m so sorry to read about the death of your friend’s daughter. How devastating. I’m sure you bring her much comfort as she goes through the coming days. Hugs to you, and I’ll be praying for you both as you come to mind.


  4. Thank you Wendy! Your prayers are much appreciated ♥


  5. So sorry to hear about your friend’s daughter. How utterly shocking! I hope your sewing continues to give you some comfort.

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