Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Status Update!

Alright, this is what I have so far, doesn't it look awesome?!?
As of yesterday (today's mail isn't here yet), I have blocks from Suzanna, Madeline, Marianne, Claudia & Lesly. 
I'm sorry I didn't post when I received each package-- as Lesly mentioned over on flickr (and I posted here on my blog), January has not been a very smooth month for me so far.  Both of my parents are in poor health and in the last 3 weeks my dad (who will be 50 next month) has undergone 3 operations related to a hole in his intestine and resulting infection.  Not fun.  When I booked tix to fly home to see my family after the holidays I thought I would be in for 2 relaxing weeks of letting everybody play with my baby and enjoying some stress free time together.  Needless to say, that's not what happened.  Things are looking better for dad though, but he'll still have a long recovery.  I'm back in NY with mixed feelings-- I know my help is needed in Chicago, but I have a life and a family here that can't be neglected either.  I have a feeling some of you will understand how I feel.  But anyway, when I got home Madeline's package was waiting for me, and Marianne, Claudia, and Lesly's all arrived the next week.  Just what I needed -- some peace and quilting!
I've been working on my 9-patches while George sleeps and my piles are getting bigger slowly.  The blocks you have all made are really amazing.  It's so interesting to see the skills and handiwork of each of you.  I can't wait to get the rest of the blocks.

Thanks for being patient with me as far as communication goes.  Having this bee to lean on may just keep me steady all year.  :)

(p.s. on the weightloss front-- don't ask.  in my frazzled, stressed out state, I ate a lot of oreos and hot chocolate.  but looking forward, i will get on track!)


  1. Wowee! I am so thrilled to see the quilt coming together - that is so spectacular! I am green with jealousy and at the same time so proud to have contributed! What a stunner that's going to be! Thanks for letting us know what you've received. Sending you lots of good wishes for your parents' health and also peace of mind for yourself. It's hard to feel like you want to be in two places at once.

  2. I'm overwhelmed with awe at the nine patches and the blocks you've already received (mine is going out this week). Simply inspired and beautiful and I'm so impressed with all that you've been through and managing to not go crazy! Taking care of the family you've chosen is just as important as the one you were born with! Hang tough, it might not get better or different for a while, but there are moments of sunshine that peek through!


  3. Jessica, best wishes for your family and I'm so glad to hear your father is recovering.

    I see my block!!! It looks great so far.

  4. So sorry for all the stress in your life right now. Thank goodness you have the therapy of looking at/working on your fabulous quilt! One of the moments of sunshine that Dee mentioned above.

  5. jessica--

    my father is not in a great place right now, and it's difficult to ignore the guilt about not saving him out of it. but, as adults, we have our own selves to take care of. you aren't alienating him; you are, however, taking care of your family, which is your primary responsibility in life.

  6. Oh Jessica, I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I went through a lot with my Dad when he "battled" cancer so I think understand the tug you are feeling.


  7. thanks for the support and understanding you guys. :)

  8. So sorry you've been going through such a stressful time. I have been going through a lot with my parents too but they are 87 and 82 so it's a little different.

    I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

    The quilt is looking amazing!

  9. Jessica, I hope your dad recovers more quickly than expected. Remember to continue to look after yourself and your family in NY. I'm sure you'll get to Chicago when you can.

    The quilt is coming along beautifully! I hope it's providing lots of comfort and emotional nourishment.