Good morning quilting friends! I’m feeling blessed and excited to share some news with you today. I will be ringing in 2016 by sewing (and blogging) along with Fat Quarter Shop’s Crossroads Quilt Along benefiting the March of Dimes. I will be using the beautiful Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric from Fig Tree & Company. (Yes, I’m over the moon!) I am so anxious to get my hands on this fabric and piece together an heirloom quilt designed by Joanna of Fig Tree & Company.
The program starts in February and ends in September. You can get all the details by visiting the Fat Quarter Shop and the Jolly Jabber Blog (click their link in my left sidebar)! They have kits available in Strawberry Fields Revisited, or you could use fabrics of your choosing and download the PDF pattern free each month starting in February. They ask that you donate $5 to the March of Dimes for each pattern you download.
The kind people at Fat Quarter Shop asked that I share a transforming event in my life, a Crossroadsif you will.Without hesitation I knew what I would share, and those of you who know me well have probably already guessed.
My father has Alzheimer’s disease. He is only 70 years old and was diagnosed about five years ago . . . much too young. It is a sad, tough business to witness. It\’s an awful disease with no hope of improvement. There is only a gradual decline, and then a quicker decline, that is like watching a loved one sink into a deep, dark hole. This spring we moved my dad into a memory care unit. He is receiving great care, and we are thankful for that. My mom visits him daily and has enveloped herself into that family of people, making the best of a bad situation.
I can still point to a day in June when I had an “ah ha” moment . . . my Crossroads moment . . . after visiting my dad. As I walked to my car, I felt the warmth of the early summer sun on my face and smelled the lilacs in bloom. Suddenly I was struck by the beauty of the day and the beauty of the life around me, and I remembered how lucky I am. I am here. I am able. I can pursue my passions and I am thankful for it. The very next day I started my quilting blog, and a new chapter of my life was born. At 46 years old, I finally took a brave step to chase after a dream.
I know my dad would be proud. He was always proud of all of us. When I was young, my dad often said to me, “Run fast, jump high, do good!” Years later, he repeated that mantra to my children. We were and are a sports-minded family, but we all know that Grandpa\’s go-to line meant a lot more. It meant “get after it, pursue your passions, do your best.” When I get tired or cranky or doubts creep in, I remember that and keep plugging away.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you’ll follow our progress and consider joining in the fun! It is a great way to connect with other enthusiastic quilters and donate to a wonderful cause, the March of Dimes. You can share your progress and creations on the Crossroads Facebook group. And be sure to post your own blocks using #crossroadsquiltalong on Instagram! I can\’t wait to see what all of you lovely quilters in the IG community come up with!
Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop people for letting me quilt along!