I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

It has been awhile since I have posted on my blog.  This has been a busy year mostly since last December and now I feel I can breathe and get caught up on life.  My Mom went into the hospital in early December with pneumonia and late stage lung cancer.  She had a lung tumor identified 2 years prior, however with her severe lung disease, it would have been too dangerous to proceed with an invasive lung biopsy and it would have been too hard on her to undergo chemo or radiation.  So we let her live her life in relative comfort.  She was able to live on her own for 2 years with ongoing help of my sister and I, with very little pain or suffering.  She passed away December 28th and is now at peace. 

My sister and I spent the next 3 months going through the house, cleaning, sorting and organizing for Goodwill and auction.  It was an 1 1/2 hour drive each way with every weekend spent with my sister going through everything we needed to.  My parents bought the house in 1953 and my father passed away in 1984.  You can imagine what all there was to go through.  We put the house on the market in March and it sold 2 months later.  Being busy has helped with the greiving process, but it is still hard and I miss her a great deal. 

Needlework has been my sanctuary over the last few months as well.  I have been busy stitching on multiple projects, having Lady Jane's Garden fnished by a lovely lady in VA, and having several pieces framed - some onld and some new. 

I completed the Mystery Sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread - she is now at the framer.  I have been working on a Betsy Morgan (Willing Hands) class that I took last November, but needed to take a break as there are multiple pieces to the Elizabethan Casket Etui and I needed to feel a sense of accomplsihment.

Below are pictures of this WIP

Casket Etui Lid Top
    Casket Etui Lid Sides

Casket Etui Front and Back

Casket Etui Sides

Pin Cube Sides

Pin Cube Top and Bottom

Scissor Fob Back Panel

Some projects I finished while I paused on the Casket Etui Project:

Shepherd's Bush Needle Roll, Scissor Fobs and Pin Cushion

I also finished some Blackbird Designs pieces over the last few month and had them framed.  The first one is Clara Ellen that I showed previously, but had it framed and was able to show to my Mom before she passed away.  It was done in honor of her mother, Lilah Hood:

Other pieces included "Their Songs":

Loose Feathers 2011 - Summer, Autumn, Winter:

I framed a couple of Shepherd's Bush Round Robins that I completed in the mid 1990's with some friends from around the country:


I got "Lady Jane's Garden" back from the finisher:

...and I fnished a sweet pin cushion for my BFF Kate

I think I'm caught up now.  Now off to stitching another project.  I plan to get back to work on the Casket Etui as I have another class with Betsy Morgan next weekend. 

Happy Stitchinhg, Sue


  1. Wow, what beautiful finishes! You really had a lot to share! I'm so sorry on the passing of your mom. May she rest in peace.

  2. gorgeous stitching and finishing and glad you mum got to see your BBD piece too :)
    sorry to hear your sad news but as you said your stitching has been your sanity while you have been sorting things out ....
    take care and hope to see more of your beautiful work soon :)
    love mouse xxxxx

  3. Sue,
    Wow, you have been busy and have had your needle flying too. Your situation reminds me of exactly what happened to our family and my sister and I did the same thing...sorted and sorted, then the auction and goodwill then the sold sign out front. It was good for us in that we did bond but it sure was alot of work and travel. We were happy when the house sold and my sister actually stopped by a year or so later to meet the new owners and to see all they remodeled. It gave her closure. It is hard to lose a parent and we think of them every day. My stitching kept me sane too and is so relaxing at times when I am a little anxious.

    Great projects you have finished and framed! pj

  4. Sue, I loved seeing all of your stitched pieces, especially the BBDs. All are lovely! So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. May you keep your memories close.

    Sharyn :-)