Last week I picked it up again and started on page 4 of 6. Here's my progress at this point.
Besides some stitching on smalls this is as far as I have got on this wonderful piece. I love stitching this one and would stitch the day away on this if possible. However, as I said, April has been a rather busy month around here. For one thing it's a month of family birthdays...... my eldest granddaughter Oceanne, my youngest sister Lana and my niece, Dana.
Sisters and great pals! (at times at least, lol!)
Grandma and the birthday girl
What are these two giggling about?
Kat has jumped in the gift bag, hoping to hide from all the excitement.
I had an awesome time with the girls and missed them as soon as I hit the road again. I really wish we lived closer!
The next two family birthdays are only a day apart. This is my niece Dana and her mom, my youngest sister, Lana. Lana's birthday is first, followed by her daughter's.
April also brought some sadness with it as we learned of the passing of three friends, all on the same day. Two of the funerals were on the same day in different cities so my husband and I split up, each attending one of the services.
The third service was for my husband's thesis advisor from his time spent at university. Bob and John had kept in touch and John was always a strong supporter of Bob's music.
We travelled to the beautiful little town of Goderich, Ontario for his service. Goderich sits along the shores of Lake Huron and is a well-loved summer destination for many. The lake looked rather barren and quiet without all the crowds but it only seemed fitting considering the occasion of our visit.
Despite the solemnity of the occasion, it was a time of friendship renewal as many of John's former students and fellow staff joined together to celebrate his life. For my husband, it was an opportunity to reconnect with many friends he hadn't seen for quite some time.
On our travels home we stopped to visit one of my husband's cousins. She had in her possession something which she thought I might be interested in. It's a quilt from the late 1800's which had been presented to her great great grandfather on the occasion of his leaving the Methodist church in Fraserville, On where he had been the pastor.
As you can see from the pictures the name and location of each parishioner was added to the squares along with the date.
I found it fascinating! The quilt was all hand stitched and is in remarkable shape. What a wonderful heirloom!
Things have quieted down here now so I'm off to spend some time with my needle and thread. See you soon!