a sad goodbye…

Hello there,

It seems like it has been FOREVER since I last blogged (I know it was only last week), but my life has  completely changed this past week, so I think that’s why. Our boys all went back to school this past week…boohooo. We took our oldest boy to college, helped him get settled, and then left him there..all by himself….not close to anyone he knows….I cried, even though I promised myself I wouldn’t.  He  is not even that far away and we will get to see him plenty, but leaving him at college just drove home the fact that he has left the nest and he is not coming back for good ever again. That is a good thing, right? That is the way life is supposed to work. So why is it so darn difficult?

Our youngest two started back to school this week also. That was much easier, because our youngest is only 9 and he still has EONS before he graduates. But middle son is a Junior this year and he will be leaving in just two short years….don’t even want to think about it!

On a positive note, I did get to do a little bit of quilty stuff this past week ( great way to take my mind of other issues!). As you know, I am sewing along with Lori Holt’s Cozy Christmas quilt.IMG_3959It is a free pattern but you do have to buy the templates. Lori does hers using hand applique, but I have plenty of handwork to keep me busy so decided to use fusible web on mine. I have a confession….I had SO much fun making the first block that I just kept on going and going and before long I had completed the applique on all 12 blocks! OOPS! But they still need the details added with embroidery and buttons, plus they all have a pieced surround, so I figure I can do those parts every week! Here is a peek at my appliqued pieces:018Love them! If you would like to make your own, go to Lori’s website where you can find all the information, plus tutorials on how to put the blocks together.

I also finished (yes, I did!) this cute wall hanging that I started a few weeks back. Here is the original ( a free download, by the way!), 101795690_600_0and here is my version:

I decided to add some words at the bottom too!010This now hangs in our entry and it looks very cheery!

Remember how I was working on some redwork from Gail Pan’s newest book Christmas Patchwork Loves Embroidery?

I finished the quilt top for that one just today! I had so much fun embroidering and then choosing reds and greens from my scraps to pull the whole thing together!

And here is the end result:

So sweet, don’t you agree?! This one will definitely be done in time for Christmas! 🙂

Well, that is all I have to share this week….probably should go do some ironing…or housework….or cook up some dinner…..then again, I do have the redwork for this quilt to work on…

hmmmmmm, what to do, what to do….HA!

Until next time!

10 thoughts on “a sad goodbye…

  1. I’m sorry you have had a hard time, I’ve read a few other blogs from the USA with Mum’s loosing their kids to college, its different here, they don’t seem to want to leave. Hope you feel better soon, I love all your work, especially the Gail one. Take care.

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  2. Hi! Oh, yes, it must have been very difficult to leave your oldest son to stay by himself. Your post reminded me of the time I first started going to a college far away from my parent home. I was crying every TV program I watched, even some of them are cartoons! I was just feeling lonely staying alone. But I became totally fine after a week or so. Good luck on you and your son’s new endeavor!

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  3. When my oldest left for college, it was HARD!!! I was depressed for 2 weeks, but then it got better. Of course, now she is married…. I still don’t like it! You get used to it, but it’s not the same. Sigh. That’s life. You’ve done your job well when they are able to leave the nest. Hugs.

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