Monday, April 11, 2016

Made it! But Barely!

So, it's the second Monday and the next installment of Little Wooly Baskets is due today. I really wasn't sure I would get it done but I made it. I don't like to share a ton of personal stuff here on the blog since you guys come here for quilting stuff but a bit of an update is due. I am sooooo behind! I am behind on shipping orders, magazine deadlines, book work, you name it. As you all know my dad became ill in January requiring we care for him at home until his passing. We brought in February with his funeral. We were just getting back to some sort of normal when my mom's cancer took a turn and suddenly I found myself taking her for extra chemo, doctor's appointments and helping with additional errands that were difficult for her to do. Follow that with her needing to go to the hospital, follow that with her developing a sudden and terminal complication. This meant 12 days at the hospital around the clock- real life on hold. I think I slept at home 2 nights. Along with this I have had to juggle her finances, make funeral arrangements and all. Somewhere along the way I just crashed! Grief coupled with physical and mental exhaustion took over. I am now trying to get caught up, one thing at a time. It is a huge list of to-dos along with cleaning out my mom's apartment. So for today I am posting the Little Wooly Baskets, hoping to get several things crossed off the list including shipping ALL orders and I am striving to have a tear free day. We'll just have to see about the tear free thing. But anyway- here's Block 5- Strawberries!
I cut all my stems for both blocks freehand. You do what feels right for you. One of the great things about this BOM is seeing how everyone has made the blocks their own.
Block #6
Free patterns are no longer available. The entire pattern will be available for purchase soon.
I will be back soon with some info on new patterns!
Happy Quilting,
Dawn




37 comments:

  1. I don't know what I may say, so I send You only a big hug!
    Take care of You!

    P.S. The blocks are wonderful!

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  2. Dawn, I'm so sorry to hear of your second loss, take some time for yourself and enjoy your memories of them both with a cup of tea. And some photos. Hold fast to the memories, they will last you a lifetime.

    Many thanks for then new baskets, hope they provided a bit of comfort during this difficult time. Take care of yourself.

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  3. I am new to your blog--drawn in by the sweet basket blocks I have seen on other blogs. Love them--and thank you for them!
    Can't imagine what you have been going through. Would hope you know everyone would understand you taking a break from baskets and other commitments to allow yourself to process through the toughest stages of grief. Be gentle with yourself.

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  4. You are in our prayers. Please feel hugged by this online community who loves you.

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  5. Sending an extra big hug your way. Take some time for "you" . These blocks can wait . Thank you for these.

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  6. Sending a big warm hug to you. Take care of yourself, please.

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  7. With all you've been through I think it's amazing that you found any time at all to give us two new patterns. Please know that your patterns are greatly appreciated. Wishing you comfort now, peace soon and warm memories forever. Take care of yourself.

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  8. With all you have on your plate it is unreal to think you are worried about us. Get some rest and time to rejuvenate your body and soul. So sorry for your loss.

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  9. Thank you for giving us your wonderful little baskets. Sorry for your loss, may your memories ease your pain somewhat. Take care of you.

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  10. Please! Take time for you, to grieve, to reflect, to sleep and then to move forward. Thanks for all you do for us, but doing for you should take priority now.

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  11. Dawn I am so sorry for you loss . I can't imagine how hard it must be to lose both parents. My prayers are with you . Thank you for the beautiful blocks

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  12. Dawn, so sorry for all you've been through. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my dad 3 years ago and still on occasion have teary days....there's nothing wrong with tears..do take care of yourself.

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  13. Dawn, I am fairly new to your blog and am saddened to hear of you losing both your Dad and Mom. Please take time for yourself, we are and will be here for you.

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  14. Oh dear! To lose both parents in such short a time has to be devastating! Please know that prayers are going up for you. You are an amazing lady to think of 'us' at this time - thank you for all you do and please know also that your efforts are greatly appreciated. Take time for YOU!
    Thanks again - the new basket patterns are wonderful!
    Barbara in TN

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  15. So sorry for your loss, Dawn. I hope you can take some time for yourself and that the rest of your year is brighter. Thanks for the great basket designs!

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  16. Dawn, please know that you are so loved and that all this can wait. I am okay with that, and I am sure everyone else is too. Life happens, and it gets in the way.

    I am so sorry you lost both your parents so closely together. They must have still wanted to be together to go so quickly, one after the other. As for you, the grief will come and go. It will sneak up on you when you least expect it. Let it happen and allow yourself to cry and grieve; it's the only way you can release the grief.

    I doubt if everyone on here will object if you set up a new schedule for this, a slower schedule. You need time to catch up on all the other stuff, too. We can wait. I know I am more than willing to wait - you are worth it!

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  17. {{hugs}} to you. Thank you for the wooly basket pattern! My condolences for your loss of your parents. Take some time every day just for you to decompress. I like to go for a walk in the early morning when it's quiet and peaceful or near sunset to enjoy the sky.

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  18. What a terrible chain of events! I am happy to have the next instalment of Wooly Baskets (and I especially love the strawberries!), but please take care of yourself too. Best wishes to you all!

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  19. I am so sorry for your losses. It seems a bit more than one should have to bear in such a short time span. How you ever found the time for the baskets, I'll never know. Thank you for that! Take your time catching up. Everyone understands.

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  20. So sorry for your losses. I think it is an accomplishment to still be standing, tears or no. Take care of yourself first and foremost. The rest will work itself out.

    Thanks so much for the patterns. Amazing you did this while going through such a rough time. Blessings.

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  21. I am so sorry for your loss. Too much, too soon after your dad's passing! My heart goes out to you and your family. Remember that we can wait...please look after yourself and take time for you. Best of wishes!
    P

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  22. I feel your loss in my heart and know a bucket full of tears won`t be enough. But remember the love and laughter through the years that you had with each other. This is how we keep them in our hearts. Thank you for your patterns. Take time for you as well.

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  23. So sorry to learn of your loss...Thank you so kindly for the patten, but most important take care of yourself. Wishing all the best for your Mom's recovery. I can read from the haste in your post...slow down a bit darling, breathe!!!
    All the best.

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  24. I am sorry to read about the loss of your parents. You will need time to grieve but having tasks to do does help us. May your good memories bring you comfort.

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  25. I am so sorry to read of the loss of your parents. This is almost too much for a person to bear. Please don't worry about getting behind on these blocks! I'm sure we all have plenty to keep us busy and will be here when you are ready. The blocks are beautiful. Thank you.

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  26. Hugs to you. What everyone else said. Take care of yourself and your family first. We can wait - we will wait. You and your artwork are worth it.
    Neame

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  27. I'll keep you in my prayers. Take care of yourself and family. Don't worry about us, we'll be here. Thank you for the lovely patterns....

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  28. Dawn, I just read your April 11 post. I live in Columbia & am willing to help you in any way I can during this stressful time. I'm good at organizing things & office work. Please send me a quick note if I may help you to catch up.
    --Catherine Erlanger caeinca@gmail.com

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  29. Dawn, so good of you to think of us at a time like this. My thoughts are with you - give yourself time to recover. We quilty-wooly types will be patient.

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  30. I'm so sorry you've had this double blow, and so close together. Everything else can wait a bit while you catch your breath, and grieve. I will pray peace for you.

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  31. Oh gosh, Dawn. I'm so sorry to hear about all you've been thru in the past few months. Your grief must be overwhelming. The tears you shed are healing, so let them come! You are in my prayers.

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  32. Siento muchisimo su dolor. Espero que los dias vayan dejando paz en su corazon.
    Un beso

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  33. I am so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself, everything else can wait. Hugs.

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