But my faith is strong, and I am confident that something will come my way. And that's not to say that I haven't had difficult days. It was very humbling to know that so many of my co-workers both in the factories and in the offices were shocked when they heard the news about me. And to know that many cried, really touched my heart. I have lots of friends praying for a new position, and I'm doing my part looking for work. I'm fortunate that Parker is paying my medical insurance, granted my unemployment compensation, and gave me a great severance check. So in the meantime, I've joined the volunteer group at the library in town, am babysitting some of my grandkids, and working on finishing up unfinished quilt projects. Oh, and now I'm a Law and Order CI and SVU junkie!
And I have a new grandson. Masen James was born to Julie and Travis in October. He's a little honey and is the spitting image of his brother Max. The phrase 'double trouble' comes to mind; heaven help us all. lol
Let's talk quilts. My quilt group had our fall retreat in early November. Every year I think Donna and her helpers do a terrific job, and this year was no exception. The door prizes and gifts were outstanding. The retreat was two weeks after I lost my job, and it was excellent medicine for a hurting heart. Here are the baby quilts that we sew and donate to a local home for unwed mothers. My donation is in the upper left -- charm squares set with white strips. Quick and simple. The remaining squares from that charm pack will be used in next year's donation.
Now some of our members have challenged themselves to work through a quilt book and make every quilt. This is one of Donna's, and I can't remember the book she is working from. She is terrific with scrap quilts; I loved this one. And check out the apple box next to the quilt. It was full of her small quilts. Every one was a winner.
And Mary Lou was working through one of Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles books. Each quilt was more beautiful than the one she showed before. And the best part of her project? She donated 10 of her quilts to the nursing home my mom lives in. The ladies in my quilt group have donated approximately 60 wheelchair quilts to the nursing home. I took 19 more quilts collected from last meeting and the retreat to the nursing home this week. The head nurse is also a quilter; and when I arrived with two large bags of quilts, she was thrilled. And it's also nice that while she and I were going through the bags oohing and aahing over the quilts, other staff members stop their work to check out the quilts. She told me that many of the residents have taken to hoarding the quilts in their rooms. It's so precious to see a resident wheeled through the halls with one of our quilts on their lap. Thanks ladies!
And for the past few retreats, we've been challenged to finish up a quilt project using only the materials on hand. This is the quilt I finished up. I machine pieced and appliqued this top and then hand quilted it. My hand quilting skills need a lot of work; and now that I have time on my hands, I'm practicing on the huge stack of tops I have in my sewing room. And I lifted this picture from my cousing Audrey's blog. She has several nice pictures of the quilts from the retreat, so please check out her blog as well.
So there's my update. I hope to be posting more regularly as I have lots of projects I'm working on. And one of these days I know I'll be telling you about the new job I have. God is faithful; He hasn't let me down yet.