Two wonderful Women

Here are the latest things I’ve been working on. Not too big or impressive but these last few months have been difficult to focus and get much done.

I really wanted to do some christmassy sewing and after changing my mind a hundred times and with time running short I started cutting out the pieces for a single ‘swoon’ block .


I added a couple of borders and it now measures about 36″ square – a good size for a table topper I think.


Unfortunately Christmas has come and gone and I’ve only got to the basting stage – Oh well, early for next year.

The other bit of sewing I’ve completed is this little pot holder. I watched Jenny Doan’s (Missouri Star Quilt Co.) video. If you haven’t seen it yet you should have a look, it’s really cool. For some reason I can’t recall, I used 8.5″ squares instead of her 10″ squares.



The above is a shot of the back, to quilt it I stitched in the ditch as usual.

As this year draws gradually toward an end I have to say it’s been a tough year and I’m glad to see it close. There have been more than the usual struggles, disappointments and sadness.

Most notably; in early November my mother in law passed away and 29 days later my Mom passed away.


This picture was taken quite sometime ago but I choose it for this space because both of them are in the frame. That’s my Mom and my daughter blowing out the candles and my mother in law watching the fun on the right. They were friends and they had what they referred to as their “mutual admiration society”. They lived hundreds of miles apart but would talk on the phone occasionally, musing about how wonderful my kids – their shared grandchildren are. At my Mom’s funeral my 3 “children” overcame their sorrow and read a tribute they had written to their Grannie. I am so thankful and proud of them.

There is so much more I should/could say about these wonderful women but words just can’t encompass my loss. I will simply quote Kahlil Gibran:

“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight” – Kahlil Gibran


linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracey
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 09:07:25

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Colleen. Hugs to you with the loss of your moms. That’s a no-good part of life. Take care and all the best in ’17.



  2. Kate
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 09:29:40

    Hugs to you for the loss of your moms. Cherish your memories of them.
    I really like your potholder and your table topper.



  3. allisonreidnem
    Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:28:32

    Dear Colleen, So sorry to read of the deaths of two special ladies in your family. It must have been very heartwarming to hear your children giving thanks for the lives of their grandmothers and how lovely that you can remember both ladies enjoying being part of the same family too. I do hope you and your family can continue to comfort one another as you grieve.
    The swoon block looks perfect, your fabric choices bring out the pattern really well. You could probably teach Jenny Doan a thing or two about potholders 😀
    Hope 2017 is gentle on you and your family, best wishes Allison



    • Colleen
      Dec 31, 2016 @ 09:29:47

      Thanks Allison, it wasn’t easy for them to go up and read their tribute but I think it really helped them to remember the good times and share some happy stories. So many people congratulated them after on a job well done. I think the people that heard it also gained some insight into their special relationship with their Grannie.
      Thanks for the potholder comment too, I do enjoy making them !

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