Family

Gone too soon

A difficult beginning

I haven’t been sewing much lately, just a little bit of hand sewing & have only had the machine out once to work on a snuggly. Didn’t help that half of my house (the half where the machine usually sits, on the dining table) was covered in plaster dust.Our old boxy air conditioner decided the 44 degree day was the right time to stop blowing cold air …….. so we have installed a reverse cycle split system. Wonderful! Yes – but oh my goodness, the dust from removing the old one is beyond words.

We have not had a good start to the year. 2019 started in the saddest way possible, with the death of my friends child. He was only 20. I know that officially he’s a man by then, but no, when you’re my age, he was just a child. I was not close with him, but his Mum is an amazing person, over the years she’s helped my family out on many occasions, she’s helped a lot of people out…….. For a long, long time he was an only child, and he was her world, particularly as she is a single Mum. His memorial service was wonderful. So many faces! He was a caring, cheeky, clever individual, you could see the good he spread in the world in his short time here just by listening to their stories. It seems so unfair! All the dregs out there committing violence are still around, but this sweet young man who had such a bright future is gone, in one silly misjudged moment, just …. gone.

It’s very hard to explain why this has affected me so deeply. I’m not really sure myself, other than I feel so much for his Mum.¬†Every single day now I think of her & the pain she’s living with.

On one hand, I want to keep my children close, but on the other I want them to get out there and really experience life – because that’s what he was doing, and loving it. He did more travelling in his short life than I’ve done in my 54 years. I want my kids to get out there and have fun, explore, enjoy, take risks (not too many), not stay at home & waste their lives. Well, it’s not wasting, but still, it’s kind of like stagnating.

I am trying to get back to ‘normal’ so will be pushing myself to get some stitching done soon, & I’m so thankful I have had some contact with customers lately, lovely people! I helped out briefly at Palm Beach Quilting during the Fabric Frolic too, which was distracting & enjoyable (thanks Maureen).

Sorry if this has been a bit depressing, it’s just where I am right now.

 

Marita

Introduction

Hi I’m Marita. This blog will be about my love of all things quilting; maybe some recipes; probably a bit of a whinge now and then about life in general…..

Favourite things in the main – but I’ll try to keep up with the changing trends in regards to quilty things even if they’re not exactly my flavour. Modern stuff is not really my cup of tea, but I still admire some of it. And I’m lucky to be friends with quilty people who are very talented, some of them do everything under the sun with regards to their stitching.

People amaze me. Some people in particular……I have to say my husband amazes me most of all. He is the most wonderful person I know. Still drives me crazy occasionally, but he puts up with me, so obviously has the patience of a saint.

And today, I have to go add more products to my site to get it live at last. Being offline for 2 days has been a study in stress…..you can expect to see changes over the coming weeks, whilst I figure out different things. I hope you’ll keep coming back to share the journey.

shaggy meadow quilt

Hello world!

This is my first post, on my Brand New Site!

I know that I’m supposed to change that Hello World title to something else, but every time I read that phrase, it makes me smile, so I’m just going to leave it.

I will try to post regularly, I hope you subscribe to either this blog, or my newsletter.

Now that my youngest child is 21, & I’ve been dabbling in a variety of things for a while, I’ve decided I am going to devote my time to building Keep Quilting. Not necessarily bigger, but I want to spread the word about this wonderful quilting world, and help people to find the things they need to make their quilting life easier, more satisfying, and fun!

My other business is MTA Designs. I’m a (very) small web design person. I’m still learning, I admit it. But I am passionate about getting good results, and am not afraid to go back and tweak things when they aren’t quite right – if you’re after the personal touch, I’m there for you. I’ve been so busy working on getting this site going that my MTA site is looking a bit sad – but I’ll head on over to fix that up once I can find the time. It’s just a bit boring…..

Of course, we started this business with the RuleSteady. If you haven’t heard of this amazing tool before, head on over to the store and watch a demo on the main page of my store here. My dearest invented it, and I truly would not have been able to Keep Quilting without it – hence the name of the business!

The RuleSteady was created so you CAN Keep Quilting!

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