We all know that wielding a needle and thread is good for the soul, and that is just what I needed this week. One week ago today I lost Tate, my fully trained 5 year old Border Collie. He was my first to train for sheep dog trials, but more importantly, he was my right hand man. He and I took care of our goats and I couldn't have done it without him. (Click on the Tate photo in my side bar if you want to see more).
So in my grieving, I took to stitching. I quilt with a group of ladies from the Baptist church who have a benevolence quilt ministry. Each year they choose a big quilt to hand quilt and then as they (we) stitch we pray for whomever is to receive it. I wasn't able to go every week to quilt, but I assembled the top and then offered to bind it. This quilt is going to an older couple in West, Texas who lost everything in the plant explosion that occurred there this spring. I'm blessed to be part of such a heartfelt ministry. (and who wouldn't just love these stars!!)
Because of spring ranch work and other quilting commitments, I was waaaaaaaaay behind on the Barbara Brackman BOW. So, I'm almost caught up! I'm assembling as I go, and I'm liking it! A couple of my favorite blocks (besides stars of course!! LOL) and the whole view!
I also machine quilted another small quilt that I had completed last year. I quilted it with "free hand" (did not mark it!) Baptist fans. It was fun, and I really liked how it turned out kinda Folk Artsy! That is saying a bunch for me because I'm"Miss symmetrical, straight line, ordered" kind of person! But I'm getting the "hang" of this "FREE" motion thing!!
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it - but found the perfect spot with my vintage apple tins on my side table in the kitchen! So I guess I'll keep it for myself - for now!
Hope this finds each of you well and full of joy!