Our baby girl arrived at the beginning of June and has made it through the first month of her life. We’re home now after a three week stay in the NICU, surgery, and another short hospital stint after she was discharged. She’s still having a rough time, but we’re hopeful things will start improving again soon. In the meantime, my quilting/sewing is on hold while I spend most of my time caring for her (and my other two kiddos, who don’t get nearly enough time with me).

Over the past several months I have won a number of draws and challenges. Because of the craziness of preparing for a baby with special needs and actually having said baby, I never got a chance to make a big deal out of the generosity of people in the online quilting/sewing community. I figured it is about time I did some proper public thank yous.

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

I won two sets of fabric through the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway in May. Rebecca at Bryan House Quilts sent me two gorgeous jelly roles. I’m hoping to use these as part of a small quilt for a silent auction fundraiser at my kiddos’ daycare this fall (though I’m questioning how realistic it will be to get it done by the fall). Michell at Michell’s Place sent me two lovely mini charm packs, which I would like to use to piece the skirt of a summer dress for our little girl.

Project Quilting

Over the Winter semester, the Project Quilting challenges made a big difference in keeping my world a little more balanced than it otherwise would have been. I enjoyed (and needed!) quilting as a distraction from all the extra stresses. I have also been incredibly lucky with draws through the Project Quilting challenges. Through the draws I have won some very beautiful hand dyed fabrics from Kim at Persimmon Dreams, a stash bag from For Quilts Sake full of lovely pink fabrics and notions (perfect for a baby girl!), and a gift certificate for quilting by Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting (which I may need to pass along to a friend due to exorbitant costs to mail a quilt from Canada). One of my quilts was also voted the favourite for the Grocery Store Challenge, and won a cute set of fabrics with food on them (unfortunately, I can’t currently link back to this one, and can’t remember who sent me these lovely fabrics! I’ll have to update this later). I missed the June challenge, but look forward to getting back into the swing of the challenges later this summer.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

I have also enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that comes from setting a goal each month and following through with it, and A Lovely Year of Finishes has made this much simpler. For completing my May goal I won the draw for some pretty butterfly fabrics from Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies. Butterflies have always been a symbol of perseverance and resilience during hard times, and this came at the most appropriate time for what we’ve been going through lately. I’m not sure what I’ll make with this fabric, but I’m looking forward to working with it. Again, I didn’t manage to complete my June goal, but this wasn’t really surprising. July might be a little more successful (or possibly not).

In sum, THANK YOU to all these generous people who have blessed me not just with fabric, but with small amounts of encouragement to keep balance in my life during an otherwise hectic time.

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