Two weeks ago I went and visited a friend for lunch. I took the boys and we met up at her mums house as her mum hadn't yet met Lachy and basically I love her mum.
Then just last week I received a message from my friend to tell me that her beautiful mum, who has been very, very sick, had received a very special phone call.
A double lung transplant kind of phone call.
According to the surgeons, it has been a "text book case". If you're going to ace something, it mose well be your lung transplant.
It's one of those situations where it's hard to know what to do so I decided to do what I know.
A quilt, of course...
I've quilted it with hearts and loops.
I finally finished the binding this afternoon.
I swear the binding took longer than the rest but you can't beat hand sewing it down.
Now I just need to label it and send it with all my love and healing wishes to this very special lady.
I'm hoping she'll have the snazziest bed in ICU.
On a personal note, I implore you to 'have the conversation' with your families. You do NOT need your organs when you're dead. I have made sure my dad and Mr CP know my wishes. Life is so precious and losing someone at any time, but especially too soon, is hell on earth but honestly, organ donation is one of the few, possibly the only good thing that can come out of death.
My thoughts are with the family that were so thoughtful and giving in the midst of their tragedy.
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It's our one year anniversary today which actually made me realise that I didn't really blog many of the wedding pics. Not surprising considering that I haven't even printed off any photos for our walls.
Must get to that at some stage soon....
A Lachy Bump...
Nothing some sucky-in undies and holding your breath can't fix.
Actually I'm pushing it out, it wasn't that big.
Stop drawing attention to it ladies!!
A few prenuptial shennanigans with my buddies.
Dad making sure to give me away.
Aunty Pam and I spent several hours getting high on hot glue gun fumes to make the bouquets. I love how they turned out.
We chose to have a fairly tight wedding budget and we both think we pulled it off quite well. We had a catered spit and the food was great and plentiful. A week in Noosa helped heal my tired dancing feet. Tired dancing feet is always a sign of a good night.
All I have to do now is sell the first dress that I bought which the Lachy Bump would not fit under and get to printing out those photos.
More important than the wedding, is the marriage and that is going well.
Still true love, lots of learning along the way and lots of laughs to get us through the tricky bits.
A year on....I really want to swan about in my dress again.
Would it look weird if I wore it around the house....?
I haven't been able to ignore the clothes sewing urge.
It's something I have always wanted to do and sewing simple items like pants for the babies has satisfied me for a while but now I want to take it to the next level and move on from slightly oddly shaped pajamas.
The only downside is the same thing I discovered with the knitting lark - where the hell do I squeeze in the new stash???
After reading a whole lot of new-to-me seamstress blogs I decided to buy The Colette Sewing Handbook. I've had a quick read and confirmed that I have a lot to learn but that it will help.
I made this 'wearable muslin' as a first try at making a top.
I'm fairly happy with it. It was the first time that I had done french seams which I quite liked. The top itself is too wide across the back which I didn't realise until after sewing it all together.
Lesson learnt to measure myself properly and to have a better look at the shape/size of the pattern. Using my seamstress expertise....I made a small pleat in the back which is fairly well hidden in the busy fabric. I shortened the length so it sits nicely with jeans and I just have to hem the sleeves and it's done. I'm not overly eagre to make it again but we'll see.
Then I decided to bite the bullet and sew with knit fabric. I think sewing with knits is going to be a bit like free motion quilting - it seems really daunting and you suck at the start but practice and a devil may care attitude will help you get better.
I've worn it several times and it hasn't fallen apart so that's got to be a good sign.
I had a quick break from the tricky stuff and made my souz chef an apron (he calls it his smock). This is the 'I just snaffled a corn chip from the bag, stuffed it in my mouth and am trying to finish chewing before you realise' face. He has a lot to learn before he'll eat my chips without me knowing ;-)
Having gained 'so many skills' making one top I decided that I would make a dress to wear to a wedding. Not one to shy away from a challenge and feeling the need to create some grey hairs I chose a pattern that I could breastfeed in but also happened to have a whole lot of gathering as it was a maternity pattern. I ended up removing all of the gathers with a bit of advice from Jules and Aunty Pam.
I like how it turned out but wussed out of wearing it to the wedding, I felt like it wasn't quite formal enough, probably due to being made of quilting cotton. It looks nicer than in this pic but that's the calibre of photo you get late at night and with an IPhone.
In case you were worried I'd gone seamstress crazy and forgot my quilty roots....
A triangle (and very wrinkly) quilt top for a friends daughter and an oodle of strips to be turned into binding if I get some sewing time tomorrow.