Sunday, August 15, 2010

Not the Post I was Planning on Today


My beloved Grandma Nan passed away last night in her sleep. She was 79 years young. This first photo is of her and I and my dad (who passed away last Sept.) on her 75th birthday party. The picture with my messed up star quilt is one of my favorite memories of Grandma Nan. She liked to sew and when I lived back in Wisconsin we would often get together to sew. She helped me with this quilt...I laid it out on the living room floor and was to match up what went to what and pin and she would sew at the kitchen table. It was alot of up and down for me and we did alot of rearranging trying to get the pattern right. This was pretty early in my quilting and with no design wall, etc. this really was too difficult for me. Grandma trusted my pinning and such and we caught a few minor disasters and unsewed and resewed, etc. I recall learning how to do inset seams because I found a few turned around pieces and took them out and redid them before sending it off to be quilted. I was so proud when the quilt was done! After it was quilted and hung up and I took photos, well one day weeks later I realized that with all that froggin around we still had screwed up (this the name my messed up star quilt)! Somehow I had completely mixed up two of the colors in the placement and we had carefully pinned and sewed them together with them in the wrong places. You can see the green in the picture does not add to the star idea! Anyways, by then it was too late and I have all these fabulous memories of sewing with Grandma Nan so it doesn't really matter :)


The picture was taken at my graduation party. The last picture was taken a little over a month ago when I was visiting Wisconsin...we went out to eat and I shared that picture back then, but we also stopped by her place for a quick visit and took these pictures. This is my oldest son Coleman with me and Grandma Nan. She is the last of my grandmas. I still have two living grandfathers. I am just sorry to lose her so soon after losing my Dad.

Today I went through pictures for the funeral home and have figured out my ticket for the most part, started packing, called in to work, etc. I am operating in a fog. I am hoping that my sister comes back to Wisconsin with me for the funeral, but if she doesn't Kathy will go. Usually I am the strong one, but today I feel tired of being strong. I will miss you Grandma, hug dad for me til I get there.







8 comments:

The Quilting Pirate said...

I'm sorry for your lost. You and your family are in my prayers.

Dianne said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family during this time.

wackywoman said...

My condolences. It is always hard to lose a loved one. Your Grandma certainly looked to be a lovely lady.

Linda said...

Grandma's are important people in our lives. The pictures of you and your grandma will always be special. Memories will keep her in your life. You are in my prayers.

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

My deepest sympathies, Andee. I wish you a safe trip.

Miss 376 said...

Sorry to hear about your Grandma, you have some wonderful memories of her to treasure and share. Have safe journey

Roslyn said...

So sorry Andee we never have them long enough. You have wonderful memories, & maybe you can make a quilt from some of her things that will comfort you.

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Pat