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The Strangeness of it all

August 27, 2009
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This has been the strangest week, full of ups and downs.

Sadly, mostly downs.

A former work colleague and friend passed away after battling breast cancer.  She wasn’t even 40, and leaves behind a young son and devastated husband.

A good friend has learned that her unborn child will have special needs.

Yet another friend is suffering from osteoporosis that is so severe, she now requires a walker to leave the home.

And I had to say goodbye to my closest friend and companion of 16 years, my beloved cat, Sunny.

Through all of this, I have learned one very important lesson:

Carpe Diem

Seize the Day

Each and Every Day

Spend every day thankful that you have what you have – your health, your family, your job, your home.  Tell your loved ones how much you love them.  Do the things you love to do.  Live each day as though it might be your last.  Because it just might.

In times of great sadness – when a friend is seriously ill, or a loved one is lost – I quilt.  I create something that will envelop those of us that are left behind, that are suffering from the heartache of death or illness.  I create something that surrounds us, that wraps us in love and in caring.

Is it odd to think that a quilt can do all this?  That a quilt can ease the pain and make things better?

I think not.

The love that goes into the creation of a quilt seeps out through the careful selection of fabrics, through each seam, through every stitch done by hand – and soothes us with comfort.

A quilt is a wonderful, warm and loving hug from someone who cares.  Even if you make it for yourself.

Carpe diem ~ Heather

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacqui Van Meppelen-Scheppink permalink
    September 2, 2009 1:10 am

    Hi Heather:

    I was very touched by your post! I do the same thing…quilt when sad things happen. I think it also involves “something we can do” instead of just sitting there thinking about the situation! And a quilt can be wrapped around you (or someone who’s going through hard times). You can feel the love in a quilt :-).

    Sending hugs from Ontario! Looking forward to seeing the magazine!!

    Hugs, Jacqui in Ontario, Canada

  2. northernquilter permalink*
    September 14, 2009 8:28 pm

    Thanks for your hugs Jacqui! It’s so nice to know that even people you’ve never met are thinking of you. I send you hugs back, just because!

  3. renata de toledo permalink
    September 15, 2009 9:52 pm

    Hello, Heather,
    First of all, sorry for my bad english…
    I’m from Brazil, and I had cried with your post. It’s so beautiful and true, and I agree totally! I just only hope you can get the strongest to pass the “downs” of life, and can ever remind your lovely cat – who is seems like mine! – without pain. I have to say that your quilt is wonderful, probabilly because the love you put in this.
    Tank you for the post!

  4. northernquilter permalink*
    September 16, 2009 3:02 pm

    Thank you Renata, for your kind words. Pets are certainly part of the family, and when you lose one, it’s like losing a family member. Time heals though, doesn’t it?

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