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Journeys

Hospital

Hello lovely friends; boy have I missed you over the last few weeks!  Life has thrown a curve ball over here and my teenage son, Kim, has been in hospital for 3 and a half weeks following a long period of illness.  He’s likely to be there a while longer, but as the weeks have passed things have been gradually settling down and a routine falling into place. The hospital is 65+ miles from home in Plymouth (Devon) so I’ve spent a significant amount of time on the road journeying to and fro. It’s been an anxious time.

Scrappy patchwork cushion detail © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Blocks of joy

Travelling to Plymouth though has been a good opportunity to work on some small hand piecing and quilting projects and keep me focussed on moving ahead with my goal to start a small business designing and writing patchwork and quilting patterns.

Unexpected Views

I needed something positive to focus on: I was feeling swamped by the things going on around me, like everything was slipping out of my hands and out of my control, drifting away on dark clouds. I’ve been utterly exhausted, and either seemed to be travelling, attending health appointments or sleeping, with no time for anything else. But if I’ve learned anything at all recently, it’s that sometimes we just have to slow down and accept things as they are now.  Assess. Regroup.

It’s not enough to just leave your goals and ambitions to chance though, nothing happens if you do.  I’ve found it’s better to sit down and work out what small things you can still do to head towards them: the journey might’ve slowed a bit but it hasn’t stalled or been cancelled. Taking a pragmatic approach has given me back a sense of control. And sometimes it’s good to look around and take in the unexpected views.

Wind turbines from the car

Passing by

Tamar Bridge 2015

Crossing the river into Plymouth

Travel Pillow

Travelling offers the perfect opportunity for some hand piecing or quilting and my needle and thread have been in my bag with me on every trip. I’m making two scrappy pillow covers that will compliment my Norfolk Bricks lap quilt – here’s the other design under way.  I’ve even managed to start writing the patterns, which is probably the greatest feeling of achievement I’ve had in a while.

Quilting in the car

Passing time productively in the car

When I look at these blocks, these simple squares, I remind myself that it’s the foundation stones, the basic building blocks that hold everything up. And then I forget the ‘deep’ thinking and just revel in the joyous, glorious colour sitting in my lap and the simple, sensuous pleasure of a needle pulling through fabric. And I’m happy knowing that even these small stitches are taking me a stitch closer to where I want to be.

Scrappy patchwork cushion with hand quilting in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Still heading in the right direction

What’s the best thing you’ve made on a long or unexpected journey?  Tell all in the comments below!

I hope you’ll hang in there with me while I try and get back on track, I miss you all very much and hope it won’t be so long until I have something to share again.

I’m linking back up with Let’s Bee Social  today – hoping to meet up with some friends and seeing what you’ve been up to 🙂

Happy stitching ’til next time.

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27 replies
  1. MaryAnn Mings
    MaryAnn Mings says:

    Thanks for the message of day to day hopefulness in having a precious child ill and finding ways to support him without feeling crazy with all the emotions. May the Universe send healing positive energy for your son and you. Thanks for your thoughtfulness during this time and managing to keep your sanity through quilting. Bless you.

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  2. Mari
    Mari says:

    I’m so sorry your son is ill! Best wishes for his recovery! I do love the colors in your quilt–quite cheerful! Hang in there!

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  3. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    You and Kim have had a difficult time lately. Congratulations on managing to hold on to and work towards your dream. You’re doing really well.

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  4. Victoria
    Victoria says:

    My heart is with you and your son as you both continue on this challenging journey. Very inspirational post about staying grounded and in the moment, while still holding on to our dreams and goals. xo

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Lovely to hear from you Victoria, thank you for your kind words. I hope you’re well and look forward to popping over to your place soon. x

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  5. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    So glad you’ve had a chance to update – it sounds like you are doing really well in coping with such a difficult time, so hang in there. I love your observations about keeping hold of the small, manageable things, about keeping going even if the steps are tiny – a good lesson for everyone. And your tiny steps are producing some truly beautiful work.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Aww thank you Kaja. It’s lovely to hear from you and I hope to visit you regularly again soon. Kim’s coming home for the weekend for the first time so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow! He’s making gradual progress, but some days are better than others, as is expected. Hopefully it won’t be so long before the good days outnumber the bad 🙂 Hope all’s well with you x

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  6. ellinor allen
    ellinor allen says:

    I pray for your son’s health, also for you. Having been there I know how difficult it is to be the mom of a sick child. Now I do my hand piecing during on our 6hr drives to visit our daughter. Finished a queen, sized 3″tumbler quilt. Grandmothers flower garden is next.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Now that is a long journey! Sewing is the perfect thing to do while travelling I think, things seem to build up without you really noticing at all. A hand pieced tumbler quilt sounds wonderful, it’s not one I’ve had a go at…yet 🙂 I can highly recommend making a GFG though. I’ve finished my top, except for some appliqué borders – and I think you’ve just given me an idea for my next travel project! Thank you!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Deb; it’s been a very difficult time, but there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel at last. A little piecing has definitely kept me going 🙂 x

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  7. Ann
    Ann says:

    Best wishes to Kim for a strong and quick recovery. Handwork is such a helpful way to ease tension and stress, isn’t it. The fabrics you chose are fantastic. Again. You have such a good eye.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Ann. I’m really pleased to say that he’s getting there. I just hope that he’s able to find something that helps him through difficult times as much as hand sewing has helped me, I feel so lucky. And thank you for your compliments Ann, you really know how to make me smile! x

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  8. Ann
    Ann says:

    I’m passing a One Lovely Blog award to you and hope some new readers find your delightful blog. I think of you and Kim daily. Sending you both good wishes that he comes through this tribulation successfully with new insight and acceptance.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Ann I feel truly lucky to have made such kind and wonderful (not to mention talented!) friends like you across the world – and it really does warm my heart to know that you are thinking of us. Thank you so much for your generous words lol x

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