* California Poppy needleturn applique
I feel very pleased with the needleturn applique.
In any case, it's done and is probably going to stay in this form for foreseeable future, as I don't really have any inclination to do anything more with it.
* Continuing with the hexie quilt
So, this project is going to be around for a while. I find this hexie project surprisingly satisfying, mainly, I believe because I'm using HUGE hexies ... they are 3-1/2" from top to bottom, so they fill up a lot of real estate fairly quickly. I might not be so enthused about this project if the hexies were small.
* All That Glitters
I finalized the quilting designs in all the different areas of the quilt, got the batting and the backing, then loaded the whole shebang onto the frame. I even started the quilting (the circular feather shown in the photo on the left in green) and was feeling pretty doggone good about it.
Then .... it was put on hiatus.
He had his 3rd stroke in 2005 and it was really bad. He never really recovered from it. When he realized that he was never going to regain his mobility nor his independence, he just gave up. There was absolutely nothing I could do to cajole, encourage, bribe, nag, or convince him otherwise.
His end had been a long time coming and, ultimately was a relief. He had no quality of life and was really just waiting to die to join my Mom. Other than the standard plethora of pills that he was taking for this, that and the other, he had not been hooked up to any machines nor medications. But his body finally gave up and I'm very, very sure he is now exceedingly happy.
Once a week since 2005, I had driven to his house to visit and then later on, to also pay his bills. It will feel very strange not to make that weekly trip. We had his memorial service and Celebration of Life yesterday. Those events are supposed to provide closure and finality; I'm not entirely certain that it has. I feel I should have done "more" for him but in what way, I have no clue. Rest in peace, Dad. I love both you and Mom.