Sad Note and Glad Note

I hope your Christmas celebration last week was memorable and that Santa brought you some quilt-y items! Ran and I enjoyed a quiet, unseasonably warm Christmas in North Carolina. You know you’re getting older when, instead of dreaming of a white Christmas, you’re happy to bask in the sunshine of a day in the 70’s!

As the title above hints, I have some sad news followed by some happy news. My father’s health had been declining for the past year, and he passed away on December 20. He was a wonderful, Christian man and will be missed by family and friends. I am glad I traveled to see him this fall to give words of love, thanks, and affirmation that every parent longs to hear. He loved the “Giant Bloomer” honeybee quilt that I gave him. Ran and I will travel to Virginia this week for the funeral. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

On a happier note, I’ll share a picture of Lori Baker and the signature retirement quilt I made her. For several years, Lori was the acquisitions editor for Quilting Daily, so I communicated often with her regarding the design ideas I submitted for publication consideration. Lori retired last spring, and the other editors asked if I would make a quilt to honor her.

One of the editors solicited signature blocks from Lori’s colleagues and friends, from quilt designers, and from fabric company reps. I received the blocks in the mail and designed a quilt to use them effectively. You can hear all about the process and Lori’s reaction on the Quilting Daily podcast number 67 which aired December 22. The quilt is patterned in an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine; I’ll be sure to let you know when it hits newsstands.

13 thoughts on “Sad Note and Glad Note

  1. I’m so sorry Aby. Knowing you I can only imagine what a wonderful man your Dad was. Even though we know he is in the arms of Jesus, it hurts just the same. Keeping you in my prayers.
    Trish Kilduff

  2. So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad, Aby. May your memories and faith carry you through this coming week. Sending you much love.

  3. So sorry for your losses, Aby! I know you told us of Lori’s retirement as “good news” but also know you will miss her in your correspondence. Safe travels, be careful, cautious and protect yourselves from exposures! The Omicron coronavirus is 47 times more infectious and 35 times more common than the original so it’s been spreading like wildfire by people who don’t even know they are sick!! Just be careful about touching things or going without a mask–even vaccinated the infection rates are through the roof and we all want you to come home safely again!

    Thank you for all you do for us, your quilting community. Blessings and prayers go out to you and your family for a hopeful new year!


  4. Dear Aby, I am so sorry for your loss. It is a sad time, I’m sure, for you and yours, even as everyone else seems to be cheerfully enjoying the holidays. May your happy memories sustain you during this difficult time. Marianne

  5. There is never a good time to lose a loved one. At Christmas, it is especially hard. What a wonderful quilt for Lori. Looking forward to the pattern.

  6. I am sad for you that your father has passed but thankful that you have the hope of spending eternity with him. Praying for safe travels and peace in your hearts. Ann

  7. So sorry about your dad passing. I didn’t see your message until this morning when I was trying to catch up on my emails. He was a very nice man and I have nice memories of visiting his home with you.

    Since Scott came home last spring from Afghanistan, things have just been so busy for me. He has two job interviews this week (southwest and united) and hopefully he will be back at work by March.

    He has stayed involved with Afghan refugees – he is still trying to get some people and their families that were left behind and now are in hiding. Getting food to families is also a priority when we can scrap together donation money but it’s tough. Afghanistan is no longer in the news and most people don’t even know how many refugees are still living on military bases waiting for resettlement.

    I had to send my long arm to Utah for a memory board that went out so I won’t be doing any quilting till probably the end of January or first of February.

    Hope we can catch up this spring when we meet in Pennsylvania- it will be here before you know it.

    Take care and say hello to Ran. Hope you both have a happy new year.


    Sent from my iPhone


    • Hi Linda, It was great to hear from you. Good luck to Scott with his interviews. I can tell the people of Afghanistan are still on his heart. Bless you both for doing all you can to rescue the oppressed!

      It must be Longarm maintenance month. I need to take mine to Raleigh for a cleaning. The tech told me she can fix anything mechanical, but if a chip on the motherboard needs replacing, I would have to buy a whole new machine since the old type of chips are no longer made. Praying my machine lasts many more years!

      Judy Bartran has rented a house in the Hampton area for the week of the mid-Atlantic show. She has invited me to join her and guild friends. I think they plan to go to the show on Thursday, so if you are planning to go on that day, we can meet up. I will keep you posted on particulars. I will wait until then to buys Superior threads. I think I can make it with what I have.

      Last year I finished a bunch of UFOs and WIPs, but I find I need to make the same resolution at the beginning of 2022. Why do I start so many projects???

      Hugs to you, Aby

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