This year started out as many of the recent years started. Quiet, and peaceful with plenty of time in my sewing room. I submitted two original blocks to the Quiltmaker Magazine for one of their publications. While waiting to hear whether or not they had been chosen to be included, a sudden whirlwind blew up and stirred our lives and our spirits.
My dad was diagnosed with kidney failure and given only a few weeks to live. He passed away peacefully 81 years to day of when he began life on this earth. I can only imagine the welcoming he got from his parents, brothers and sister. I am sure there was quite a celebration while we were mourning the loss.
I am certain, also, that Dad would have been proud of me as I worked side by side with Dave. After leaving his career as Gunsmithing Professor all of the hard work of starting a business began. There was construction work that needed to happen so that the shop was only a shop. We built a storage shed for all of the lawn stuff, his motorcycle and the stock blanks that he has acquired. The shop got insulated, dry-walled, painted and a new garage door.
There was plenty of “desk” work to be done as well… acquiring all of the proper licensing, permits, registrations, etc. Not to mention the creation of the logo (Thanks to Chris Nolan!), letterhead, business cards, invoices, repair tags, envelopes, income & expense spreadsheets, web-page, marketing… And the list goes on and on!
About the time that the business was “officially” operating I heard back from Quiltmaker that one of my blocks, Pieces of My Heart, was going to be included in Volume 8. It hit the stands in November.
While Dave is at work in the shop I continue to make our house a home and, of course, spend time sewing. I was commissioned to make several quilts this year which made up for the loss of any babysitting income. I have missed caring for some “babies” but in our new season of life I really didn’t have the time.
Through the “storm” we were blessed with prayers and support of many of you. We have seen and received God’s blessings.
My quilting has been good therapy for me. I think it is somewhat appropriate that the heart block made the publication - as our hearts were broken from the losses that we endured. God has used my quilting to help heal the hurt and piece our lives back together making it complete, but different.
May you have a peaceful (“piece-full”) 2014.