Monday, September 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 11, 2017

Today we remember the attack by the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda on the United States of America.  It has been 16 years, and I remember it as if it was yesterday.  Also today, we are hearing about the terrible destruction of the hurricanes, both in Texas and in Florida.  Whenever I am thinking of such destruction, and the terrible loss of life involved with all of these, I am picking up my sewing and soothing myself with simple stitching.

So while we pray for those involved in the hurricanes, and remember the people who died in the terrorist attacks, I am thankful for small things that comfort me.  One act of kindness yesterday:

Our church has a family who sells home grown things at the Saturday farmer's market.  They had some flowers left over from market, that they brought to church on Sunday, to give to anyone that wanted them.  So after church, I took a bouquet of beautiful sunflowers to my sister at the hospital.  God is good.

I've been working on redwork all this week, as my sister was in the hospital, and I sat by her side.  She was able to go home yesterday, so that has been a big relief.  Her health is not great, but now we have more information that we can use to keep her functioning better.  I worked on borders for the redwork quilt.  I have made good progress and here are two pictures of the border I am working on:

Here's a closer look at the work I will do today.  I just use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the cloth:

The weather this summer has been great for the farmers, and it is now apple picking time.  There are all kinds of orchards here on the west coast of Michigan, and now there are loads of apples being gathered.  This picture was on the internet this week:

I love apples, and there are so many varieties here that I feel blessed whenever I buy apples.  Hope this picture puts a smile on your face; it did mine!

Well, what are you working on this week?  I am looking forward to seeing the pictures of your design walls.


Kate said...

Enjoy your slow stitching, it's going to be a lovey finished piece. Hope you sister continues to improve.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Your Redwork is beautiful! Embroidery is so soothing. I'm glad your sister could go home, that has to help to make her feel better. I need to pick up apples, I'm ready to start baking apple dishes.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love apples - which we had a good place around here for them

Anonymous said...

Stitching brings some relief from anxiety.. according to research .. hand work reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension.. although I wonder about making mistakes and having to rip out stitches . Hopefully things will continue to improve with your sister's health.

Tracy said...

I agree, simple stitching, methodical piecing, binding the pieces together, it gets you through the rough patches.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

I am glad you were able to take flowers to your sister - what a nice treat! and the apples - yumm!!

Julie in GA said...

Your redwork embroidery looks gorgeous!

Suze said...

I'm glad that you have some information to help with your sister. Knowledge is priceless. I just had my checkup with my rheumatologist on Friday. We talked more than ever. He told me that my condition, fibromyalgia, still has little known about it in comparison to many debilitating diseases. He said they are just trying to keep us functioning.
Your redwork is beautiful. Your pictures are always inspirational.
I miss the fresh food from the farm where I lived as a child. We had lots of vegetables and both brothers raised strawberries for 4-H projects. We had apple trees in the back yard. My mom's parents brought lots of things we didn't grow such as cherries and peaches. I didn't appreciate the fruit, except strawberries, very much. Now my digestion pays for the fact that I don't care for fruit. The beautiful apples make me think of a great homemade apple pie. I could do that one.
Thanks for sharing.

moosecraft said...

Mmmm...apples! I can almost smell them! :-) Most of the times, it's the simple things that are the happiest things! :-)