Thursday, May 30

A little celebration!

This past Monday was Memorial Day here in the U.S.  I reached a little milestone that day. It was Memorial Day of 2008 when I first began blogging, just a few weeks after my dad, Melvin, passed away. You've seen photos of him, and of the quilts he bought at farm auctions. Most of them have appeared on my "What's on the line?" feature on Mondays. You've also seen photos of my mother, Mary, and quilts she's made and bought, too. If you follow my blog, you know that she fell and broke her hip in March and has moved to a Care Center. And things have been so busy because of her move and health issues and family stuff that I just haven't blogged regularly at all! So, I've been telling you all that I'm getting back in the swing of things and I am!!  Have made some plans to share some fun stuff this summer including some "Christmas in July" fun, some giveaways, and more photos of quilty projects.........including a "finish" for this quilt made from Jacquelynne's "Happy Town" fabrics.
 
I started it in early March and then, well..........you get the picture.  One of my upcoming giveaways will be some more fabrics from this line, so stayed tuned. Also, "What's on the line?" will return this coming Monday. Slowly, but surely I'm working my way back to regular blogposts!
Oh.........and what about the title of this post? .........A little celebration!  Well, I thought it would be fun to put together a little "grab bag" of quilting goodness..........you know.......a little fabric, a pattern, a quilting magazine, whatever I feel like stuffing in a USPS Flat Rate envelope! Just leave your name and e-mail link for a chance to win the "grab bag" of quilting goodness. I'll have my Random Number Man draw a winner on Sunday evening, June 2nd and will announce the name of the winner in Monday's "What's on the line?" post. Good luck and have a good day!
Sandi 

Monday, May 27

Remembering..........

It's Memorial Day, the day that we remember loved ones who have passed on. The tradition began after the Civil War and was originally called "Decoration Day". That's the name I remember from when I was a kid. And the day was special, always the end of the month of May and not a three day weekend like it is now. Oh, yes, there were picnics and family gatherings but the real meaning of the day seemed.........well, more real. As I think of those that served our country, I think of my dad, Melvin, and I think of the quilts he enjoyed buying later in his life. This is a favorite and is one he bought and then my folks gave to me as a Christmas gift. As you can see, the photo was taken in sunshine which is missing these days. Lots of rain here so I pulled this photo from a couple years ago..........
 
 
And as I think of my dad, it is hard to believe that it has been five years since he passed away. Miss him always but smile just at the thought of him.  :-)  I've shared this photo before but he never minded sharing stories of the time he spent overseas and was very proud to have served in the U.S. Army.
Wishing you all a very lovely day...............
Sandi

Thursday, May 16

I'm still here, it's just a ...........

Busy time........will get back to blogging soon.........
Sandi  :-)
"Peace can be found in the piecing of a quilt."
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