Love Quilts UK Number Two

I had another email this morning, two in a short space of time, and it was so exciting to receive. If you have read my first post entitled Love Quilts UK you will understand what these quilts are and why they are so extraordinary.

This is the quilt, and each cross stitch square is an work of of art. My square is the red boat at the bottom. I stitched it in 2012 and remember it well, simply because it was supposed to be a harbour scene. As I was stitching, I reaslised I wasn’t enjoying it. Although it looked nice, it was very fiddly and would take forever. So decided to just stitch the boat and send it in as an ‘Any Child Square.‘ We never know when these are going to be used and as time went on I forgot about it.

It’s well worth the wait for it to be put together withrsuch lovely pictures.

To read the full story of the quilt and the child it was made for, click here.

To see al my stitched squares, click here.

 

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Love Quilts UK

It’s been a while since I stitched anything for Love Quilts and when an email dropped into my mail box recently thanking for me my contribution, I was suprised, and delighted. That was when I remembered how much I loved cross stitching fo them.

Love Quilts UK makes quilts for children under the age of nineteen who suffer from life threatening or life long illnesses.

I started stitching for them in 2012 when I applied for one for my sister. Each quilt contains twelve cross stitch squares and the child or parent chooses the theme.

As a stitcher, you would check the website regularly to see if any quilts were opening up and failing that, you can stitch an ‘Any Child’ square. These are usually used to make up emergency quilts, or to fill an incomplete quilt.

So the email I received was an ‘Any Child’ square I had stitched in May 2013. So no wonder I had forgoten! In the email, we usually get a message from the family. and in this one we received the following:

“Thank you so much for the absolutely amazing quilt, we as a family are completely in love with it. The detail and quality is completely incredible.”

It makes it so worthwhile seeing this messages and having been on the receiving end, I really don’t know which is more of a thrill – receiving the quilt or seeing a quilt I have contributed to.

You can see all the squares I’ve stiched here.

All these quilts are simply stunning, don’t you think?

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A Beautiful Death

Tessa Jowell, the British MP died from a brain tumour yesterday. She was 70 years old and only diagnosed a year ago.

Today, I am listening to the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2. They were talking about her ‘beautiful death.’ It was very peaceful and she was surrounded by her family. It was how we all want to go when our time comes. A discussion then ensued and people called in telling about their experiences. Some of them good and some not.

I listened as a lump appeared in my throat and my eyes prickled, because if you have lost someone you immediately think about their deaths. It’s the first time I have almost been moved to tears as I thought about my parents who died almost 8 years ago.

Dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and died within 8 months. On the day he was taken into hospital, Mum collapsed and was also taken in. On September 2nd he died and on the 24th, she joined him. So for me their death have almost become one.

I wasn’t there for Dad’s death, but my brother, and he informed me it was peaceful. I had seen him only the day before and I hugged him, told him I loved him, and his reply was that we had all been wonderful daughters. That was my dad unselfish to the end.

Mum went downhill quickly eventually having a stroke. We were by her bedside to say our final goodbye. She was surrounded by love as she took her last breath.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day in America and so I saw many posts of people honouring their mothers. It doesn’t affect me anymore, not as did in the early days. I think of the memories of parents with a smile, and only occasionally I moved to almost tears.

Love your parents and your grandparents and enjoy every day you have with them, because you never know what it round the corner or when their time will come.

Father’s day is coming soon, and I plan to celebrate dad’s everywhere. If you have a story to tell. I would love to hear from you.

Father’s Day.

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Lonely Bouquets

I’m part of the WI and we have a great website for our federation, which is Wales.

Last year our group took part in the ‘Lonely Bouquet’ and it was nice for all the reasons Heartburn WI have mentioned in their blog post below.

It was fun making them up and then we walked around Trearddur Bay in Anglesey, we put them in prominent places for people to see, pick up, and take home to enjoy. We received messages of thanks too, which was lovely to know how much they appreciated our efforts. It was great seeing people enjoying them. It was also a way of spreading the word about who we are.

Hartburn are a great WI, who I believe are up in the North of England. I enjoy reading about what they do, so if you subscribe to them, you can enjoy it too!

This time last week, we had already popped each of our Lonely Bouquets out into Hartburn and were watching the stories and social media attention roll in with our mouths wide open. We couldn’t quite believe how many people had seen our little project, and one of those people was Alex Cook, a training journalist […]

via Lonely bouquets, kindness and community spirit — Hartburn Village Women’s Institute

60 Glorious Years — Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

I saw this and had to read it because April 23rd was my 60th too.

It’s an interesting story of school girls who have reached the milestone and stayed friends.

I stayed friends with one girl from school whose life hasn’t been as good to her. She married her husband the same year as I did, but unfortunately lost him through illness a few years ago. Prior to that her brother killed in a car accident, and one of her sisters died very suddenly. Last year her neice was murdered by her husband. We celebrated our milestones together with a night in a posh hotel, a spa day and meal.

We never think of ourselves as being 60, afterall, wasn’t that the age of our grandparents? When I look in the mirror, I don’t see a 60 year old, I just see the girl I always was. Although, three years ago when hubby turned 60, I had a giggle telling myself I was married to a 60 year year old! It seemed absurd. Not so much now any more.

The difference is we are both retired now and free to pursue the things that make us happy. We don’t have to face those early morning commutes to work any more. We can do what we want, when we want. That has to count for something, and it does. It’s the price to pay for being 60. I can honestly say I am happier now than at any other time in my life.

That’s my story and this is Stevie Turner’s story. So what it yours, I’d love to know.

This is the year when my old school friends reach their 60th birthdays. I reached mine first a few months’ back, and it’s interesting to see how other friends’ lives who were in our little ‘gang’ at school have panned out as they cope with this great milestone. I have kept in touch with all […]

via 60 Glorious Years — Stevie Turner, Indie Author.