Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WOYWW

You might notice that the Christmas countdown has gone from the top of my page - too much pressure, seeing my life tick away like that!! I'm learning to chill (DD1's fave word!) and just to appreciate each day, and what it brings.

Mum's had several mini strokes which, of themselves, have not been too bad, but she's getting confused and practical things are just more difficult for her than previously. Thankfully, she's in good spirits (a real woman of faith) and that helps keep her going. I'm so glad she's with me for times when she needs lots of help and reassurance. We have a family weekend planned to celebrate her 90th, going away this Friday, so I'm praying that she'll stay strong enough for that, a chance for her four children and families to get together.

On the crafting front, the socks are finished, so that's another pressie ticked off, and I'm back to the hexie quilt for DD1.


There are now 20 (of 30) 'flowers' made, and I'm linking them with white. That will form the flat bit on the bed. The sides will be a strip (or strips) of fabric machined on, rather than hand sewn like the top, as I might well have lost the will to live by that stage!!

I'm happy with the way it's evolving, and it's a good WIP to have on the go, as I sit with Mum. 

I hope I'll get to visit everyone on the WOYWW link over the next day or two. If you don't know about this, click the button on my side bar and come over to join in the fun at Julia's.

Have a great week.

Blessings, Chris xx



38 comments:

  1. I hope your mum has a happy 90th birthday over the weekend Chris . Hope all goes well with the family all being there . It's a worry isn't it when our parents get older. Happy woyww jill #11

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  2. Sorry to hear about your mum's strokes. I'll be wishing her a happy 90th birthday. Love the quilt. #3

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  3. Sorry your Mum has been suffering, but I hope you all enjoy her 90th - that's some achievement! Love the hexagons you're quilting. Helen 4

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  4. Have a real celebration this weekend for your mum's birthday. It is SO important to mark these occasions, isn't it? Trust your mum has a very special time, and that she is well enough to greatly enjoy seeing all her family together
    Sounds like you are marching ahead with your presents - well done.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #18

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  5. ah pray all goes smoothly and happily this Sat for your darling mum and her family how precious they are... and love the hexie quilt cant believe you are hand sewing any of it!!! Happy WOYWW Shaz in oz.x #27

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  6. Wow Chris, you really are a busy bee, that quilt is going to be great!! My goodness 90th birthday is quite a number! Your mom is blessed having such a thoughtful and loving daughter!!
    Thanks for visiting my place earlier and a wet kiss from Luna.
    Cheers
    Gabriele 8

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  7. Really gorgeous patchwork. Good luck getting it finished in time. Hope your mum has a wonderful birthday and is well enough to really enjoy it.
    Hugs,
    Annie x. #12

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  8. Best wishes to your mum! 90 years old! Gee, that's an accomplishment in itself! I like using similar honeycomb patterns in my paper crafting! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #22

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  9. Oh dear..what a worrying week you've had.Strokes are so horrible.Dad had many...I can empathise.
    I linked to my wrong blog..what a twit..only excuse..been ill!!
    xx
    Judy #63

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  10. I'm sorry your mum's not well. I do hope she will be fit and well for her 90th and that she and all the family can enjoy a day together. We celebrated my mum's 90th in June (see my blog in June).
    Your quilt is coming on nicely. Clever you!
    Thank you for letting me peep over your shoulder.
    Lisca#45

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  11. Love the quilting. Sorry to hear of your mum's increasing frailty and confusion - hope she will be well enough for the time away and that it will be a very blessed family time. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a great day and have a lovely crafting week to come. Hazel, WOYWW #69 x

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  12. Yes, the Christmas countdown was rather stressful to see. I don't miss it one bit, ;-)

    Sorry to hear about your mom, but glad you can be there for her.

    You've picked one of the most involved of all quilt patterns to do, and I'm sure it will be lovely once it's done. Keep plugging away!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments. :-)

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #7

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  13. Sorry to hear about your mums little strokes. My mum had several TIAs, but seemed to come right again within a couple of days.

    Hope you all get to enjoy the birthday celebrations.

    I love your quilting.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue 28

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  14. Hi Chris thanks for visiting - the hexagon quilt is certainly coming together ! Hope you & your Mum have a great day on her birthday Ali #10

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  15. I hope you have a great day for your mum. We have to make the most of every day given to us, it's so easy to forget how lucky we are just to be alive.
    Good luck with the quilt, have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 36

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  16. You are doing such a great job, being there for your mum....I hope you all have a wonderful time on her birthday :-)
    Those hexies are looking fab, I wouldn't have the patience to hand sew like that. I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on with that!
    Hugs, LLJ 34 xx

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  17. Really sorry to hear about your mum's mini-strokes, Chris. Mum had one a few months ago and she is now on medication for her atrial fibrillation which puts her at high risk for further episodes. Like you, we are here together with Mum but she is in her own independent annexe where we can keep an eye on her. She's definitely not coping as well as she used to, but she is 93! Unfortunately she is not dealing well with old age and is very difficult, and does not have any faith to fall back on, and I live under more or less constant low-level stress with her under the same roof, but we have been blessed with our wonderful 10 days' break while she stayed with my sister. She enjoyed it very much, which is a relief! I am looking forward to getting my ARTHaven sorted out again, and wading through the chaos and get creating again. My first felt making class tonight went really well.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #35

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  18. Hi Chris happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting my desk. The quilting is looking good and coming along and it is nice to have something to do while sitting. Your mum's a great age and do hope she enjoys the family gathering...hubby's dad turned 90 in Aug. and is living with his sister. Cheers and keep the spirits up, mine fluctuate constantly, hugs RobynO#29

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  19. Hope your mum is well and that you all have a great family-weekend!!! I am jaleous when I see people quilting... but I would probably not have the patience for such a craft so I refused to learn how to do it. And your DD is right: Chill - it's a good word... it's Autumn, don't think about Santa yet! Hope your day is bright, colourful and sunny! Thanks for stopping by my desk yesterday, hug from Holland, Marit #47

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  20. So sweet. I am attacking a few WIPs a well but crochet squares - also great for something to do while my MIL is here :) I'm not one for sitting around and chatting and not doing SOMETHING else.

    Fingers crossed for you that your mom stays strong for her 90th and you all make wonderful lasting memories together.

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (2)

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  21. 90 is a great age Happy Birthday to your mum. I'm not sure I have the patience for doing quilting it's too tedious and I get bored very easily. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for popping over to my blog. Anita #50 WOYWW

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  22. The quilt is looking very pretty so far - I love the subtle summery colours, they will look beautiful with the white. I hope your mum has a wonderful birthday.
    Diana #32

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  23. Sorry to hear your mom has had some issues but a 90th birthday is a fabulous milestone in her life. I'll bet she has some stories to tell ;-) The hexagon quilt is coming along. You are more patient than I am. Always wanted to do a dresden but the pieces are still in their box :-P Creative Blessings! Kelly #66

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  24. I hope your mom gets to feeling better! Our moms are so precious and I miss my mom every single day. (I lost her last December) Your hexie quilt is absolutely adorable, I love those. Thanks for your sweet visit. Have a good week and blessings to your Mom! Sandy Leigh #57

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  25. Hope your Mom is able to enjoy her 90th birthday celebration. Your quilt in progress looks great. Happy WOYWW & thanks for visiting! ~ Laura #80

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  26. Hi Chris, love your patchwork, it looks so pretty and with a vintage feel which I always love - great thing to be working on whilst sitting with your Mum, I used to love doing crafty stuff with my Mum too. Have a great week :o) Annie C #37

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  27. I saw your brilliant socks on the other post, well done you, but I warn you, they're addictive. I've even made a spreadsheet now that tells me what I want to knit, in which month to knit them and what yarns from my stash I'll use! Love your little hexy quilt, never a dull moment when you like to craft. Really hope your mum feels better soon and can enjoy the rest of her birthday celebrations.

    Hugs
    Brenda 54

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  28. Sorry to hear about your Mum, my brother had a stroke last year so I know how it can be. I made some patchwork many moons ago but after chemo I don't think my hands will allow me now. Take care, Karen x #48

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  29. Hi Chris, happy belated WOYWW. Thanks for visiting me. I think your Mum must be soothed by your WIP, and I hope all goes well for the celebrations and that she has no more strokes, Wish her a very happy birthday from me, a total stranger!
    Cazzy x

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  30. Hi Chris, thanks for dropping! I am very late this week! Not enough hours in the day! You inspired me to find the socks I started ages ago. I had to UNknit a few rows for a mistake which luckily I could see. Sort of relaxing, if you're not in a hurry :) Best wishes for your Mum's birthday and outing. Hope she enjoys her special day.

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  31. Hey Chris, thanks for swinging by my blog. Apologies for the late visit. I agree that watching your life ticking away is not ideal. Love the Hexi quilt - I am slightly obsessed by Hexagons. Hope your Mum is feeling a bit better. Cx #65

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  32. Hoping your mother is doing well. I find it so difficult to find the balance between just enough planning and time to get things done and going with the flow lol. Usually I am quite lopsided one way or the other. The quilt looks like it will be quite the treasure. I almost lost my mind when I was in the Emergency room for 8 hours and had no project at all... though it was quite germy there, as the halls were packed with kids with the respiratory virus that's sweeping through, so maybe it's better not to have brought anything with me. Thanks for visiting me earlier. (Touch wood) my hand is back to it's regular self. #6

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  33. Hi Chris, what a lovely quilt. Hope your mums ok & that you have a lovely time with your family, and so glad you thought my messy desk was normal cos it looks like that most of the time !
    Hugs
    Debs xx 26

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  34. Thanks for stopping by my desk and leaving me a comment.

    Love your quilt - something I wish I could do but sewing and me just don't get on!

    Hope your celebration weekend goes well and your Mum keeps on track too.

    Helen x (43)

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  35. My prayer is that your mom gets better really soon. 90 years that is so awesome. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this week. I am so late getting this done. I will try my best to do better. Joynana 55

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  36. Hi Chris,

    I hope the weekend and your mum's 90th birthday celebration went well. Bless her heart; you are lucky to be nearby.
    Congratulations on finishing the sock and now you're working on a quilt! I'm impressed. So glad you got rid of the Christmas countdown - that was making me nervous too! tee hee

    Thanks for visiting me earlier. I can't believe it's Sunday already.
    Happy WOYWW,
    Peace,
    kay (31)

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  37. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, I'm so glad your Mum was well enough to enjoy this special time with everyone. My Mum-in-law will be 90 in a couple of weeks and we have a bit of a reunion planned! Thank you again for your encouragement. God bless, xx

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  38. What a lovely Hexagon quilt! I am not a quilter but I am a big admirer ! I can imagine the Christmas pressure - I have made my first card today - huh 99 to go!!!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!
    Hugs,
    Cardarian

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