There is an eerie absence of noise in the room next to ours. Blossom is gone.
Only the dust remains.
She brought friends last night to help fetch and carry, take apart and load up; removing all evidence that she lived and slept in the room next door.
She left with fierce hugs, exacting promises I will be round to her new house for a cuppa in the immediate future. There was heaviness of heart on my part, and I saw it on her own face, yet - she has grown out of her child-life and yearns for her adult life.
It was evident by the things she left behind to discard or pass along to her nephews, that childhood days have severed their hold.
Mr E sent us separate texts from the mine, but all with the same message, "Good night everyone. I love you."
And so she begins the next chapter.
Tomorrow I'll do this all again with Sam.
The thing about closing chapters and beginning new ones is that often there is a sticking point that simply won't let you move forward. As silly as it sounds, this has happened to me with the design process of the next 'big' Elefantz quilt design.
It's in my head, and some on paper, yet I have not been able to get any further than that. A huge mental block just sits in my mind ignoring all attempts to upend it.
And then a memory of something Blossom said (on a number of occasions) this year.
"You have to remake 'Shabby Roses' and 'A Christmas Story', mum...you can't just NOT have them here! They are a part of you."
Wise words; and that is why I haven't been able to move on. As you know I've been in the process of remaking Shabby Roses for many, many months, and have now finished all the blocks - done in brighter Tilda fabrics - but I was putting off 'A Christmas Story' because I wanted to do a new Christmas themed quilt in shabby roses before this very Christmas. Ha! Not to be.
My heart and mind, and my Blossom, insist I remake the original first, and so I have begun...
The colours are much softer this time round because I decided to use my very loved scraps of "Aviary". I am just praying I have enough of it to do the whole quilt. For sure there will be exact cutting with barely a thread to spare, but the Lord can multiply and I pray He allows me to get by on this one.
The piecing is now complete on a quilt version of my "Give Thanks" blocks. I've used eight of the mini-quilt designs, and added a new Give Thanks block to the mix.
The fabric line is "Sweet Broderie" - very pretty indeed.
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I have dust to remove, a floor to polish, and a cuppa with Blossom to look forward to.
Have an exceptional day,