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It feels like ages since I've been here. Since my last post several quilts ago, my husband had a couple of strokes. I've transitioned into full-time care-giver, with all the responsibilities of caring for him, our five cats, and our five-acre property. That has left little time for quilting. :-(

It became clear to me though, that I would probably lose my mind if all I did was housework, chores, and taking care of my husband of 40 years. I decided that I needed to find the time to get back to my beloved quilting. So that is what I've done.

My nephew and his wife are expecting their first baby, so that was the perfect excuse for dusting off my sewing machine, treating it to a new needle, unwrapping a new spool of thread to put into it, and plugging that baby in. A baby quilt was the perfect solution to jumping back in.

I found out it wasn't as easy as I thought. I was unfamiliar after two plus years away from it, with those little things that once seemed so second-nature to me. I had to consciously think about where the thread cutter was, for example. Then there was the button that activated the needle threader. And just how did the bobbin fit into the spool again? Once I got into cutting, piecing, and sewing, it really was like riding a bike. In fact, I wrote about just that very thing in my own blog.

I didn't just jump right into quilting. I eased back into it as I could steal away time for it. I always had quilting on my mind, but was unable to satisfy my quilting addiction. I always thought about it though. Eventually, I began watching quilting videos. Then I organized my fabric stash, and cleaned my small sewing area. It was only then that I was able to actually work with fabric again.

The baby quilt turned out great, even though it was a bit of a challenge to start with Lemoyne Star blocks. That was the pattern I liked though, so I jumped in with both feet, challenging myself with matching points and those pesky y-seams. The challenges in quilting are so attractive to me. Despite the 20 years I've been at it, and the many quilts I've made, I still consider myself a newbie. There is always so much to learn. I'm just grateful that I'm able to find some time to do it. Gone are the days when I can sit at my machine for hours on end non-stop, but I resolve to doing what I can. And, I'm loving every minute of it.

Updated 08-11-2017 at 05:59 AM by rural01

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  1. Judith1005's Avatar
    Congratulations on finding a bit of you time in your busy busy life to let your creativity take flight. They baby quilt is beautiful. I will pray for your continued strength, and health to do or take care of whatever you need to. Enjoy your little snatchs of time.
  2. rural01's Avatar
    Thanks Judith, for the most part, life is good!
  3. DianaLynn64's Avatar
    Congrats on being able to get back to quilting. I'm sorry about your husband. I am a stroke survivor. In 1999 I had 3 strokes. It takes a lot to care for a stroke patient. Quilting is a big challenge for me. Especially cutting, since my left side is weak and only assists and sometimes not in a good way. But I loved quilting and refused to give it up completely. Now I'm a caregiver for my 99 year old grandmother who taught me to quilt. Happy Quilting!!!
  4. rural01's Avatar
    DianaLynn, thanks for your comment. It certainly sounds like you are doing well. I'd be thrilled if my husband wanted to quilt or something similar. He has weakness on his right side. You've given me an idea; perhaps I can encourage him to make a quilt. Using scissors would be great therapy. Wow, a 99-yr. old grandmother. You have your hands full. I'm surprised you have time for quilting. I know what you mean though about loving it. Keep up the good work, and thanks.

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