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.