I made a quilt for my cousin's daughter this past year. I decided there was enough fabric left over to make a set of blocks so she could have fun while practicing her spelling. I cut the inner fabric to make the actual block and cut the fabric for the outer block. Next, I cut letters using my Cricut and pinned them to the fabric. Over the next few months I worked on the hand stitching to attach the letters to the fabric.
In January, I was still working on the hand stitching of the letters. Eventually, thanks to COVID, I finished this step and everything was stored in a air-tight bin to kill any germs, just in case. Mind you, no one in our house was infected but you can't be too cautious, right? Okay, here's my true confession. The container was covered with "stuff", yeah, we'll call it stuff, not clutter and piles of the "I'll-do-it-later". It became a joke that she'd be in school, or graduating high school before I'd finish the blocks. I was starting to think this was true myself.
I'm happy to tell you, I FINISHED THE BLOCKS! You know what motivated me? I saw my little niece and she was walking, talking, and playing. She had grown up so much since I saw her last. Thank goodness for Facetime and Zoom. There is a difference in knowing our little ones are growing up and then seeing them and the realization, and importance of not putting things off.
I moved the stuff off the bin and got to work, finishing the blocks. To keep with social distancing I didn't deliver the blocks in person but I've received so many pictures of her playing with them that I feel like I'm there with her. This week I'm grateful for finishing the blocks and the joy of family. As much as I'd like to be there with her, I'm happier knowing we honored the social distancing and I can enjoy her enjoyment from a distance. The thing I'm most grateful for...I finished them before she graduated from college, tee hee.
What are you grateful for this week?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323