Monday, July 6, 2015


Shirley and I are sisters and best friends, Miss Betts and Doris are our sisters in Christ and also our best friends. We always have a great time when we get together which is at Bible studies and maybe lunch a couple of times a month if we are lucky. Each of us has a full plate with our separate lives with family and activities but we know prayers are always going up for each other. Sometimes when my spirit has been down a card arrives just at the right time with  a note reminding me that one of them is thinking of me and praying for me.

Several weeks ago Shirley joined our ranks of widowhood when her husband, Larry, passed away so that adds another commonality. 

Betty and Doris have had months of health issues [for Betty it has been years] but they are like the Energizer Bunny, they just keep going and going. It seems Doris follows Betty with each issue-the last one being their toe surgeries just a couple of weeks apart-on the same toe. I didn't realize how serious a sore toe could become but Betty was threatened with infection even into the bone and was in pain all the time with it-as was Doris. 

When Betty came out of surgery her son texted that at least now she had a straight toe so she was dubbed-Princess Straight Toe. We visited with her the day after her surgery, Shirley made a fruit salad and we had a little fun at her expense but a few weeks later, after Doris' surgery and they were both kind of mobile, we were getting together at Doris' house for lunch. Shirley and I would bring everything so those two wouldn't have to do anything. 

A couple of days before Shirley and I were planning the lunch and as per usual  the plans just kind of got out of hand and more ridiculous the longer we talked until we were laughing hysterically at what we were planning for the princess and the queen. It just so happened I had bought years ago, [really cheap of course after Halloween] a foot ice mold. Everyone needs one just in case you have a friend who has toe surgery and miracle of miracles I found it in all my mess of moving and not having things organized yet. 

Here is the result of all our hard work:

As you can see, we had a great, great time. It is a blessing to have such good friends.

May God bless and keep you and all of yours
Carolyn Wainscott
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Saturday, July 4, 2015


There are lots of quilting sites on Facebook and I must admit I belong to a few and spend time cruising through them, sometimes too much time but it is like attending a quilt show all the time and I love looking at other people's work or sharing tips or asking opinions on creations and products. One of those sites is "Just Us Quilters". 

One of those "shares" touched my heart since my nephew's wife is losing her sight. They have been to doctor after doctor in several states but there is no cure. Linda's sight has degenerated to just shadows but she has seen her two daughters grow up, Maria get married,  Mandy graduate with a nursing degree and is enjoying her two grandchildren. 


Janice wrote:
My son and his wife are both blind. Their one year old son is sighted. I am sewing French knot braille on this quilt so they can read the letters with their son and do the animal search and find, using their fingers to find the animals pictured in the bottom box on the larger panel n the top.

look at those French knots

Who would have thought of braille on cloth? I contacted Janice privately to ask if I could share her work and she said yes. Since the panel looked kind of hand painted I asked if she had done it but she said when she saw the panel in the store she just fell in love with it and I can see why. But braille-on a quilt?

She just messaged me a bit ago to say she was excited because she was giving the quilt to the baby in a couple of days. I hope she takes lots of photos and lets us see them. This is such a labor of love, of course, all our quilts are labors of love, aren't they?

Lots of kudos to Janice, she may have started a trend that will add a great deal of enjoyment to those who have only been able up to this point of just running their fingers over a nice smooth quilt but now can know its story.

God bless you and Happy Quilting
Carolyn Wainscott

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