Thursday, November 6, 2014

Getting Ready : :

Janome New!

This past week I haven't had much time to sew. I've been plenty busy playing catch up with the kids and housework since returning from Quilt Market. Although the trip flew by, it was such a long time for me to be away from home! Now this weekend is the memorial for my Dad who passed away in June, so we've all been preparing for that as well, gathering up all our family pictures and getting the house ready for guests. While we all miss him so much, it's been extra difficult to have to wait to have this memorial. I'm sure this weekend will be filled with far more joys than sorrow, as we celebrate his life together.

Dad's Picture

There's family & friends landing each day this week! Today my sister and family are arriving all the way from Hawaii. Her daughter Sylvia is my God daughter and now I have a new baby nephew to meet. I can't wait to see them all! I have a pile of handmade goodness to gift to them, including my recent Autumn Sun Quilt finish for Sebastian. I pieced it during the hours my sister was in labor and delivering him, so it had to be. Plus it matches the Sunset quilt I gave to Sylvia so perfectly!

An Autumn Sun Quilt

Sunset Quilt -- Sparkle

Accompanying Sebastian's quilt are the set of quilted pillows I made in Sweet as Honey fabric with my favorite pillow pattern found in issue 8 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. The bright orange Gentle Breeze print binding really ties both quilts together, and I think these matching pillows will be perfect for them to share. I plan to harass my sister for a cute photo once they're back home!

Pillow Set in Sweet as Honey

I was lucky to catch a quick sale Bonnie had on Instagram a few weeks back for this sweet, super soft, organic knit Doe Pillow to add to the pile, as well. I think Sylvia's going to love it!

Handmade Gifts

If there's time for sewing, I plan to break in the new Janome Skyline I just unboxed yesterday, photo above at the top. My friends at Janome were so kind to sent it to me to review and create a tutorial project with in the next week or two. As much as I'm looking forward to sewing again, I feel so inspired since Quilt Market, this weekend I'm hoping to find comfort in my family and friends most of all, sharing lots of tears and laughter as we share and listen to stories of how my Dad's presence influenced the lives of all who knew him.

♡  Maureen 

25 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Maureen, I am so sorry about your Dad....lots of hugs and I'm sure you will find lots of peace and comfort in those you love.

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  2. I hope the memorial gathering will be a source of comfort. My daughter's fiance just lost his dad yesterday, so I can understand your sadness.

    I love your fabric & quilts and can't wait to hear your tales about sewing with the new machine

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  3. My goodness Maureen, this year has certainly been a roller coaster for you. Hugs!!

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  4. I hope laughter and joy in the shared memories of your father surpass the tears this weekend. It's so hard to lose a parent, but sharing the grief with those you love helps ease the pain. Hugs to you!

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  5. Love all your projects Maureen. The memorial will be bitter sweet, but try to enjoy the happy memories you had with him!

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  6. Sweet, it's amazing how much people influence each other, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised and comforted. Joy and tears bring healing. Hugs! <3

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  7. Oh and as usual everything you made is beautiful!

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  8. Hugs to you this weekend. I hope your reunion will be sweet. Memorials in a way always are.

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  9. Lots of *hugs* and laughter right along with you. Without even knowing him, you have made each of us feel a part of everything that is going on... and in that, I personally feel like I knew him, even if just a little tiny part of him. I hope this weekend brings lots of relief and release of breathe. Can't wait to see your tutorial with the pretty new sewing machine!

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  10. Enjoy your family time, you've earned it!

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  11. I pray that the laughter out-weighs the tears this weekend as you all remember your loving father. Enjoy every minute with those you love and I know they will love your quilty hugs and beautiful pillows for years to come.

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  12. The little ones will brighten the family time. Hugs as you remember your Dad. My dad died in 1968 when I was 14 years old -- and I still miss him.

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  13. I'll be thinking about you and your family this weekend as you remember your dad.

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  14. Hi dear Maureen, a lot of stories and emotions going on right now on your life... I wish you have a great time with your family, enjoy each other and make more good memories with them. They will love all the gorgeous gifts you have made. Looking forward to see your tutorial!

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  15. Your projects are so beautiful, Maureen, and I hope the weekend ahead will be equally so. Enjoy the love of your family!

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  16. I will be praying this joining of your family will bring many more happy tears than sad ones.
    Blessings
    Tonia

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  17. I hope this weekend brings you comfort as you gather with those who loved your Dad. The special gifts you have made will share the love your family has for one another.

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