Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Heart is Heavy......

I read with heavy heart yesterday about the loss of Mary Lou's 17 year old son. Mary Lou has been a wonderful blogging friend of mine. We found that we both love the same style quilting, both our husband's serving or in my case served military careers so I know deployments very well. Her husband, Jeff just returned from his year long tour in Afghanistan a few weeks ago. My husband's name is Jeff as well. (Imagine that...another Mary and Jeff) I too have a 17 year old son. Mary Lou always writes the most beautiful post and yesterday's was no exception though not something any mom should have to write about. I'm sharing this with you because this is where my head has been at since I read her post yesterday.
The last peek I can share with you from one of the quilts that will be in Cheryl Wall's new book being released by Martingale next June. I did not want to give this one back!

This is a peek of Carol's Schnibble quilt using a new design called Star Spangled Banner for the quilting. Can you see the stars? I love this one and thought I'd share it just in time for Memorial Day and any quilts you have that are patriotic would look wonderful with this design.

Would you believe that this is the back of her quilt? I'd say she has a two-for-one!

Mary's Raggedy Ann quilt is finished and ready to mail back to her. I thought I'd share a few pictures of her quilt. This quilt took me alot longer than I thought it would with plenty of stitching in the ditch and a larger variety of quilting motifs throughout the quilt.

That's it for today. I leave you with this, love the ones your with as life can be way to short and you just never know.


Michelle said...

I was in shock reading Mary Lou's post as well. I also can not stop thinking of their family. So sad.

BTW, your quilting is amazing, as usual!

Sue said...

That is very sad to lose someone so young. I am so sorry to hear this. I don't even know this person and that breaks my heart. My prayers go out to this family.

The quilts are beautiful and the quilt with two sides is really nice. It won't matter what way you wrap up in it or lay it on the bed:)

Sharon said...

So true...we never know what tomorrow will bring.
Beautiful quilts, thanks for sharing with us today!

Rebecca P said...

I follow Mary Lou's blog & was shocked to read of her loss. She will be in my prayers.
Love the quilting Mary, beautiful as ever.

Carla said...

Very sad to lose a child.

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Dear hearts and dear friends who morn with one another - my heart goes out to you and Mary and Jeff.

Chris said...

I also read Mary Lou's post and I am so sad for their loss. I cannot imagine the heartache they are suffering.

onlymehere said...

My heart goes out to your friend on her loss. I pray that she may find peace.

WoolenSails said...

That is so sad and so hard when it is unexpected. It sounds like she had a wonderful son and her faith has lifted her to an understanding of his early departure from this earth.

More beautiful quilts, always love seeing your quilting and wish I had more energy to sit down and do mine;)


PunkiePie (Jen) said...

What a terrible, terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Lou and her family during this most difficult time.

Brenda said...

My thoughts and prayers have been with Mary Lou too since I read her post yesterday. My mother's heart aches for her.

Love your quilting. You always do such an amazing job.

Karen said...

I like the new quilting design you are using. The star one.

Lots of work done on the Raggedy Ann quilt. Kaaren from The Painted Quilt will like seeing it when it is complete.

Stray Stitches said...

I was so saddened to read Mary Lou's posting yesterday about the loss of her son. My heart breaks for her and she has been in my prayers since.

Your quilting is stunning!!

Mad about Craft said...

I've thought about this lady several times today as I've gone about my job - so very sad!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love Mary Lou, and her blog, too and my heart hurts with her. Hard to imagine such a thing but God is surrounding her with His grace and His love I know. blessings, marlene

Linda said...

My heart goes out to your friend. So sad.

Linda said...

So sorry for Mary Lou. I can't even imagine.

Quilting is gorgeous!

Carol said...

I didn't know Mary Lou bug I saw her post on Stash Manicure and Samm's comment about her son, I went to her blog and read her story about her son. Very sad for sure.

I love seeing pictures of what you've quilted. I can see why the Raggedy Ann quilt took a long time, really nice quilting that you did on it.

My Schnibbles State Fair quilt looks awesome, the Star Spangled pattern is so nice, I love it. Looks like I'll be doing some binding this weekend.

Nancy E said...

That is so sad.

Your quilting is beautiful!

Wendy said...

How very sad to loose a child. Your right "love your family everyday"
The quilting is stunning as usual.

Lori said...

3 years ago a friend of ours lost their son this same time of the year due to an unknown heart defect. He was only a week or two from graduating. Now I'll always think of ML's son this time of the year too. It is so sad.

The quilts you are working on our beautiful.

Mary said...

How sad it must be to lose a child. I can't even imagine.

Betty Lou said...

When I read Mary Lou's post, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Prayers to her family. Lovely quilting.

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

How unbelieveably sad. I cannot imagine what she is going through. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone who knew this wonderful young man.

Your quilting is as amazing as ever!!

Joan said...

WHat a very sad post...I can imagine the feelings - How very sad for her and her family!I will visit her blog. Your quilting is lovely.

Carol said...

I'm so sad for Mary Lou...

Needled Mom said...

Oh, Mary, I cannot imagine such a loss. I will be keeping the family in my prayers.

Your quilting is just amazing. I definitely see the stars and love the quilting you did on it. I can't wait to see my quilt in person.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, you have been very busy.
I am not familiar with Mary Lou's blog but it is a very sad thing. Good advice at the end of your post.

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