The plan was to make a star quilt for a veterans' program. But as the deadline approaches, I realized I did not have the energy or gumption to tackle a bed-size star quilt. So I made this lasagna pattern instead. I tried to use guy colors. When I got it done, my husband liked it! (This is rare.) I'm not crazy about lasagna quilts, but apparently this will work OK for a guy. Maybe the quilting can include some stars. I just feel glad I got this done and can tick it off my long list of to-dos.
I also made this very simple little quilt to hang over my thread rack (to keep the thread from getting dusty and/or light-damaged). I used to just flop it there, and it was always falling off. It's nice to get it done. I put loops on the back so it can hang from two of the little dowel thingies and stay in place, even when I lift it up to access the thread. Small victory. Hooray!
This maybe was a crazy idea, but actually, it is making me feel less frazzled... I gathered up all my UFOs and I organized and counted them. I have a pile that will be for me or for family/friends, a pile that will be for charities, and a pile of random things I plan to make and try to sell at our church boutique next fall. The grand total of all these is 42. I was amazed that I had so many. But I'm already tackling them and trying to get them done. I quilted one last night and will soon finsih the binding. So... progress is good.
In other news, I'm tired of being sad. My under-eyes are sore from so many tears falling. Please pray for my family. I need acceptance and to learn to be a "calm center" (words from my wise pastor as to what my role should be -- I'm working on it). My son needs strength and wisdom to make a tough decision. A little happiness would be nice. Oh, and while you're at it, how about a good job for my son?
Last night I couldn't sleep. at all. I didn't even go to bed. I tried twice and lay there with my eyes wide open. So I thought, why not get up and get something done? I got up and did some dishes, then I worked on machine quilting. It was soothing to have a task that sort of kept my mind focused, and slowed down the jumble of sad thoughts that were crowding my brain. I was glad to realize how much it helped me.
Prayers and good vibes are still requested.
1. helpful and caring friends
2. a 90-year-old mom who is still sharp and spunky and loving
3. as always, my fabulous rock: my husband
4. beautiful blue skies today, with puffy white clouds. So pretty!
5. a nice walk through son's neighborhood, looking for a potential lunch spot (we ended up driving, but the walk was nice)
6. a very nice and delicious lunch with our son
7. scripture at church that spoke to me
8. people who are kind and gentle when I need to cry