Monday, January 4, 2010

The Loss of a Good Friend

This has been a hard week for me, my daughter and my bee. We have lost one of our founding members. She went in for a surgery that was not supposed to be very serious but there were other complications after the surgery that she could not overcome.

I first met Lois about five years ago when we both joined the bee that was formed by a group who were interested in making blocks. She and I hit it off right away and enjoyed the challenges of making the different types of blocks requested. Of course, she was a much more experienced quilter than I so she really had a head start on me.

We traveled to quilt shows together and became good friends. We co-chaired one of the day groups for our guild and then co-chaired the Program Committee. That was really fun as we enjoyed researching information for speakers and looking for good ones to bring to the guild. We worked on the guild quilt show together last year and we were looking forward to working together on the 2011 show which I am chairing.

Lois was a wonderful friend and I will miss her greatly. Who else can I call at midnight and talk about the seam that isn't working or the missing book? We spent lots of time talking about my grandkids Jenna and Jack whom she adored.

Farewell Lois - I know you are up there teaching Betsy Ross how to use a rotary cutter and mat.

5 comments:

Sue Stroud said...

I loss a friend like Lois 7 yrs ago. She was my next door neighbor and like a second momma to my children. We saw each other every day or else we talked to each other on the phone. I might not agreed with her but we never had a cross word with each other. She cleaned my house once a week and I sewed and made things for her, Today there is a empty place here but the happy memories of her. She died from complications from diabeties at a young age of 56. My prayes goes up for you and for her family. Sue Stroud

sharon said...

I know she will be missed by many. My mother was a big quilter. Now every time I sit down to sew on a quilt I think of mom. She made us so many quilts and I always loved them but didn't relie how much work and time was put into one until I made one. I know you will have fond memories of Lois when you sit down to sew.

jillquilts said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! I am sure that she enjoyed all the time that she spent in the Bee and with you and Jennifer.

CatQuilter said...

There's just something special about quilting friends, bound together by a common love that extends beyond just fibers with time and care. I know you and Jennifer are grieving over the loss of your dear friend. Please accept my best wishes and prayers.If I can help with your bee's efforts to get Lois' UFOs completed, please do not hesitate to ask me for help. I would consider it an honor.

Hugs,
Cathy

Linda B said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.
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