DAY 15 NAJOWRIMO October 15, 2016


I’ve always known myself to be a Type A-impulsive type of person. Consequently, I tend to overload myself with projects. I already have several things that need to be completed before we go to Arizona for the winter, but I found myself offering to make a lap quilt for a woman I don’t even know. She’s in the hospital in the Philippines, having lost her leg to diabetes. Her daughter posted on one of my Tehachapi sale lists on Facebook that she had homemade egg rolls for sale. As I said yesterday, I jumped at the chance to have fresh egg rolls delivered to my door. They were/are delicious, and in talking to her, I discovered she was making the egg rolls in order to make money so she could fly to the Philippines to visit her mother. My own mother lost her leg in much the same way, but she wasn’t diabetic — she simply had very poor circulation in her legs.

To return to my original point in this story, my inner voice told me to offer to make her mother a lap quilt. So I did — and I am. It’ll be a strip quilt, which is a quick way to make a quilt top. Strange, I had gone through all of my blue scraps just a week ago, sorting them by color intensity and cutting them in 3″ strips. I had gone through all of the light colored blues and was working on the medium blues when I got sidetracked into working on the pillows for the Depot gift shop. I have one pillow completely finished — I stitched the opening closed yesterday, after filling it with fiberfill stuffing. It turned out very nice. And I have all of the material cut and hemmed to make the rest of the pleated ruffle for the remaining three pillows.

The woman who posted on one of my quilting lists that she wanted to find a walker tote bag for a friend’s Christmas present never came back to me, so I’m thinking she’s changed her mind. That being the case, I think I’ll take a second look at those fabrics and see if I can’t put together something nice as a backing for the Philippine woman’s lap quilt. Everything has a purpose in life…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy.Be sure to tell those you love that you love them, and when a small voice inside prompts you to do something for others, listen to it, and act on it.


About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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2 Responses to DAY 15 NAJOWRIMO October 15, 2016

  1. mageb says:

    Just flat out lovely thinking. Too much tho. I am slowly backing out, politely of course, from my commitments. It’s done? I’m done…for a while. I do things for the cancer society 7 days a week, for the other big organization, I’m going to change to once a week. No is a one word sentence for me. I learn that so slowly.

    I did finish one more of the weeds yesterday. only had to rip out two seams. 🙂


    • tehachap says:

      Yes, when we reach overload, we have to re-learn how to say ‘not at this time’ (or words to that effect) politely but firmly. I thought you only worked at the Discovery Shop on Wednesdays… how did you slide into 7 days a week?


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