I used to think that when a loved one aged and started to accumulate health problems, that the blow of their death would be a little easier to handle…perhaps because you know it’s coming, or because you’re thankful you got to spend so many great years with them, or because its difficult to see their quality of life diminish. I thought all of these factors would make it easier. I was wrong.
On Monday morning, I had to say goodbye to someone with whom I was incredibly close- a presence in my life since the moment I was born, through every milestone, every achievement, every loss, every struggle, every joy….my grandmother, “Lammy.” She was 96 years young, and still feisty as hot sauce and as sweet as honey, all wrapped up in a bundle of unparalleled generosity and kindness. I knew this was coming…she lived a FULL, wonderful life, and although she has been struggling over the past few years with some physical realities that come with living into your 90s, none of that seems to matter to my heart. There’s a huge, gapping hole, and while I know that time will ease this sting, nothing will ever be able to fill it.
This week’s block is dedicated to Lammy. And when I remembered that it’s called “Happy Days”, I knew this was meant to be. All of my days with her were happy days….her smile, her hugs and kisses, the way she brushed her teeth, the sassy wigs she wore after she lost her hair, her flawless handwriting, her drawer of 2,000 nail polishes and every manicure tool known to man, in triplicate….all magic. She was magic, and I am already missing her more than I can even express. This week as I stitch up my block, I’ll be making it with her in my heart. What special someone is your happy day magic? As you stitch this week, think of that person and how they made life sparkle.
This was my original inspiration for this block….the iconic 1970s tv show, Happy Days, and mid-century television sets with rounded corners….old classics, good memories, happy times…
CORRECTION NOTE: You’ll be using Templates E4 and F4 for this block, not Q1 and Q2.
This is our second block so far this year using pieced curves, and I hope you enjoy making them. If you haven’t tried these before, don’t be intimidated- although they’re just a little bit more tedious than straight seamed units, they’re still quite straightforward. Follow the illustration on page 151, or for a more detailed visual, you can watch me demonstrate this technique in a past BOM class HERE (click on Lesson 11).
Thanks for stopping by today to see this week’s new block, and thank you for allowing me to express some of the grief I’m going through. As we all know, quilting or not, life happens. I don’t have a desire to hide that reality amidst pretty blocks, and pretend there aren’t other things going on in my life, and in all of yours. For me, sewing is so many things…it’s a way for me to connect with others, it’s a way to relax and slow down, it’s a way for me to express myself…all things I need this week, and always.
Until next week, friends…