What a crazy four months it’s been! First of all, I had surgery on November 4th. Silly me, I thought that because I was having surgery on my left foot, I would still be able to sew. Not so much! I had a full cast on my leg, and had to keep it elevated. It was difficult getting around on crutches, and I soon realized that sewing is about more than just sitting at the sewing machine. Needless to say, all my great plans for a winter wardrobe flew out the window. My foot is getting better…still not 100 percent, but better.
Then my sewing buddy, Gayle Saylor, also known as stashpanache on many sewing and knitting sites, passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was a favorite of so many on Stitchers Guild because she cultivated and cherished the friends she made there. She was always a positive presence on the site, and never failed to give an encouraging comment to brighten someone’s day. Gayle and I purchased our dress forms on the same day and had planned on helping one another fit the forms to our bodies. She was waiting for me to get better, so we could make a day of it. Sadly, she passed before we had the chance. Rest in peace, lovely lady.
Finally, my sister had congestive heart failure right after Gayle died. I flew to Savannah, where she was in CCU at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital. She had been on a respirator, but by the time I got there, she was breathing on her own. For a few days, she looked like she might recover. Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse and we transferred her to Hospice Savannah to live out her last week on this earth. She died peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on Friday, February 18th. I love you and miss you, Sis.
I’m going to spend the next few days recovering, then I’ll be ready to sew again. I did make this Marcy Tilton jacket for the Stitcher’s Guild JAM (jacket-a-month):
I’m working on a pair of slim jeans in a brown denim. I’d like to get some things done for the Puyallup Sewing Expo in March, but that date is creeping up on me. We’ll see how it goes.