Wednesday, April 12, 2023

To-do List and Thoughts

I have been waiting patiently (mostly) to hear back from the grandson of one of the POWs that had written to my grandparents, Phillip & Katie Schleich.  He has written twice that he needed to process the fact that Gotthart Hauswold had written, but also that there were two other letters on his behalf... He was still processing the idea that the letters had been saved and still exist 76 years later.

I read an Easter devotion that had a fictitious conversation between a few of Jesus' disciples after the resurrection...

I struggle to take this in, but eventually ask, “How is that even possible?”

“I don’t know,” my friend admits. Then she grins. “But isn’t it incredible?!”

I try to process. Silence… thoughtfulness… hope… doubt… fear… hope again… questions… anger… unbelief… hope again…

And belief? Maybe. But definitely lots of questions. 

While the situation with Uwe discovering a connection his grandfather (whom he had only met one time in his life) is completely different from the devotion, he has questions, and perhaps some disbelief that the letters exist... but mostly questions.  And most of those questions are probably not something I can answer... rather they need to be answered by other family members.  For this I pray... that he would find the answers to the questions he has. 

Uwe did send me a couple photos of his family and, as his wife had stated in her original comment, I too see a slight resemblance of his grandfather that has carried through a few more generations.

As I was getting ready to print the Pieces From the Past book, I had made arrangements with a friend to take some photos near where she lived, which was in the small town that the Schleich farm had been and where the POWs would have been transported to when they worked at the farm.  When I shared a few of the edited photos with my grandparents overlaid on the photos with her, she had commented that she saw a family resemblance to Katie.  

I had never really thought that I might look like her.  For most of my life I have been told that I look like my Mom.  My Mom and I disagree and say that I look more like my Dad and in all these years I only heard that one time.  Not that I don't want to look like my Mom... that's not it at all.  It's just that, well, genes are fascinating.

So, as I await further communication with my new pen pal, I will be in the studio...  but first let me tell you what I got in the mail on Saturday!

I received my proof copy of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail book.  It looks as fabulous as I had hoped but will take a few days to read through it one last time to try to catch any corrections that were overlooked before placing an order for 50 copies.  Because I have included both the stories and patterns, I have removed the tab and stories here on the blog, with the exception of the introductory post and a photo of the finished quilt.  To encourage anyone who is interested in more of Marion's life stories and the block patterns to purchase the book, a direct link to make the purchase will be included.  

All of this techy stuff takes time, so the only items on my to-do list week in the quilty realm of things are:

❧ Quilt the slick and slippery customer's quilt (#7/8)

❧ Make this week's mini-quilt challenge (#15/52)

BTW, did you see that I have a birthday coming up???  AND that I'm celebrating by giving away a few giftsTo be entered into the contest, leave a comment on this post, or on the original post (by following the link above) telling me which one of these mug rugs you would select if picked as the winner (sorry, but only US mailing addresses).

Keep Piecing,


Linking with:

Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese 
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Free-Motion Mavericks at Quilting & Learning
Thankful Thursday at Brian's Home
Little Things Thursday at Good Random Fun
Senior Salon Pit Stop at Esma Salon



  1. I ordered your book and got it yesterday,it hits all my hot buttons- quilting and history! I love these stories , these people and the Kansas City Star blocks that came out at the same general time-so cool! Well done!

  2. Thanks for making a purchase! It thrills me when I hear that others get excited about the little details like the patterns and the letters/stories being from the same general time. Kindred spirits!

  3. I have never done this, but love to see the creativity of others.
    Visited you via Little Things Thursday @ Randomosity
    If interested, please hop over and come and share your posts with us at Senior Salon Pit Stop. See my entries: #23+ 24.... and navigate to the bottom of my page for SSPS linkup, we hope to virtually meet you there.

    1. Thank you for linking up to SSPS. Tweeted this

  4. Family history is always interesting to me. I wish I had written down all I was told when I was younger. I love the lavender heart and bird mugrug!

  5. I'm not sure my first comment went through, or it may be anonymous. I think I said family history is always interesting, and I wish I'd have written down things I was told when I was younger. I love the lavender heart mugrug.

  6. That's really something about the POW letters, WOW. I didn't know you were doing a book, good for you and I wish you much success! Hey, I do like that sunshine rug!

  7. Oops, silly me, I forgot to say thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. It's fascinating about the POW letters. Congratulations on your book! The proof copy must be so thrilling. The cover looks beautiful.