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I Love Fabric!

I am really trying to pull myself together and get with the holiday spirit, but truth be told, I am not feeling very festive. Mia got sick at school today and Steph and Jack were having a nice lunch together and had their cell phones off so I went and picked her up. When Steph came to collect her, I shared that I was feeling a bit depressed and didn’t care whether I decorate my tree or not. I am so concerned about my sister and her immediate family as they care for my BIL. I worry that the weather will be lousy if we need to fly to NY. I worry that the plane tickets will be out of sight. Etc.

She gave me some good advice. There are some things that are out of your control. You cannot change what will happen or how. There are also things that you can do and you need to concentrate on those things. I raised some very wise and intelligent kids.

So this afternoon, I got out of the house and went to the closest fabric store which always makes me happy. I found the perfect purple felt for the coasters that I made a couple of days ago. Love it! They have a lovely supply of  silk organza. I have been thinking that I want to use organza for the next Twelve X Twelve   colorplay theme quilt. The colors are eggplant, wine and emerald green. Look what I found. I love the women who work in the fashion fabric department and they are very curious about what I am doing with this. This is a store where the last 3 Project Runway winners shop.

I forgot to share the fabric that I purchased at the Guild meeting on Wednesday. Bonnie, of Handwerks fabric, had this grouping, titled Petroglyph. Aren’t they gorgeous?

This morning, I managed to fuse some more fabrics for another batch of coasters. This time, I used already fused vintage Japanese kimono fabrics. It is ready to quilt tomorrow when we are due for another monsoon day.

Mr C put the tree up this morning and added the lights this afternoon. The tree is smaller than we usually have, but I love its graceful shape. Mia and I were going to decorate it tomorrow, but that is on hold since she is running a fever with a sore throat and headache.

And here is my lovable Scooter who enjoys giving and getting hugs sooo much. We just took a nice walk in the waning light of the day, and he thinks he should have a cookie.

9 Responses to “I Love Fabric!”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for putting the Handwerk fabrics on your blog with the link! What fabric store is that where the 3 Project Runway winners shop? I’m not much in the holiday spirit either. Since I went to Peru, where it was the beginning of spring, I’m having a hard time remembering that the holidays aren’t already finished! Hope things get back on track for you.

  2. I think you should both have a cookie. Sending you my hugs and prayers for Ray.
    My BIL Rich tried to get back to Pasco Wa. today and we had to go back to LaGuardia to pick him up again when all flights were cancelled through Minneapolis. Hopefully they can get out tomorrow…really hopefully!!
    The emotions of the week have left me frazzled. I’m looking for some peace & quiet.
    Hope the younguns are feeling much better soon.

  3. Francoise says:

    Thinking of you Gerrie.

  4. Janice says:

    Scooter has white hairs. I wonder if he will develope from black to blue. Blue looks like dark charcoal. Love his hair cut, I bet you find it relaxing to run your fingers thru it.

  5. KathieB says:

    You and several other friends with family issues are on my mind and in my heart this Christmas season. I think fabric shopping is an EXCELLENT coping mechanism.

  6. Sherryl says:

    Hugs Gerrie. Life is a roller coaster ride. Sometimes there are ups and sometimes there are downs. The best we can hope for are more ups.

  7. Kristin L says:

    Excellent advice and excellent fabric therapy. I’ve been forcing myself to get in the spirit in small ways and once I get going, I do feel in to it. I don;t have any pressing family concerns though. It does sound like there’s not much you can do for your BIL though, except be available for the rest of his family when the time is best. I wish you safe travels when it’s time to go.

  8. Vicki W says:

    Fabric is such great therapy! I have a great excuse to skip the Christmas decorating this year. We are getting new windows (finally) installed next week. By the time it’s done I think it will be too late to decorate! Yay!

  9. Connie akers says:

    Gerrie, I really understand how you feel this year. It is wonderful when our daughters share the wisdom we taught them. Blessings to you & your family.