I know it’s been almost a month since my last blog. It is not my intention to have such a long gap between my thoughts. September is a difficult month for me and my family, as my daughter passed on September 9, 2014. This year was more difficult because the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention- Out of the Darkness Walk (for our area) fell on the 9th as well. We walk in honor and memory of Brianna. Since we had the largest team, almost 60 people, we were asked to lead the walk.
I believe I mentioned previously, that I had made a butterfly quilt that we raffled to help raise monies in support of suicide prevention. With that raffle, we were able to sell 236 tickets and raised $950. The winner (Kim D.) of that quilt had never won anything before and ironically, happens to be a quilter too! We also did a paint night event and sold “Team Brianna” t-shirts this year. With all of our events, plus word of mouth fundraising our team was able to raise $4094. Myself, my husband and son are extremely grateful for all of our friends/families support. Without all of you/them, we wouldn’t be able to continue to honor Brianna and raise suicide prevention awareness. We know Brianna is proud of all of us.
As you know, Brianna is the reason I started quilting. My first endeavor was her memory quilt. Since my last blog, I finished and delivered two more of her memory quilts. One of those is in Maryland and the other is in Idaho. I also sewed another puppy made completely out of Briannas clothes, with the exception of the bow for one of my nieces. So, even though I haven’t “blogged” in a while, I have remained busy! I find staying focused on ways of honoring Brianna, keeps me from dwelling on the sadness of her loss.
I have also been diligently working on the raffle quilt for next years AFSP-OOTD walk. Today I sewed about 86 blocks, 68 of them are (2.5″ x 2.5″) half square triangles. Anyone that thinks quilting isn’t strenuous work is so wrong. Between the up and down from my chair, bending over to measure and cut, standing over the ironing board and pressing seams open, my neck and back are killing me.
On a good note, I see a massage from my hubby in my near future…thats a plus!