Finally just went up to the quilting studio, (I hadn't been up there for 3 days, didn't know if I could climb the stairs, but the golden bears/retrievers were convinced with their help I could do it - their idea of 'helping' is to run up in front of me, stand on the stairs and block my passage until they are petted an unbelievably L - O - N - G time! At least they still have lots of their winter coat left, it's great for grabbing a tuft and having them pull me along...)
While they were outside guarding the door (to make sure I didn't make a secret exit without petting them), and after scrubbing my hands and arms to the elbows from ALL that petting, (I knew I had to have a bathroom in this studio for a very good reason!), I starting rummaging through some of my stash that STILL isn't put away - and YES, I'm using my recent illness as the excuse, and stumbled across a box of patriotic fabrics that had been sent to me by those wonderful ladies at Quilters for Comfort (QFC) and down in the bottom of the box was a bright, sunny yellow peaking out at me - perfect! Along with it came a beautiful blue, Boston Blue - I could not believe my luck and don't EVER remember seeing these fabrics before. I don't think they'll mind too much if I use a few of these scraps for these blocks, especially if I agree to quilt a quilt or two for them in the very near future ;-).
But no time to waste 'cause the wind had picked up - the horrific storms that had hit Oklahoma earlier in the day were headed our way, my thoughts/tears/prayers have been with those unfortunate souls since watching the unbelievable events unfold all afternoon on Monday. I haven't cried that much since the Boston bombing...so much tragedy in our world right now, too much.
I got back to the house just in time before the storm hit - my golden bears huddled next to the back porch door under the cover of the roof and we watched it come in together. We were soooo lucky, lots of wind and some rain, but nothing near what hit earlier in the day at those unfortunate towns and surrounding areas. I don't know that I'll ever be able to get those images out of my head, they play over and over and over.
I decided to stop thinking and start doing. Went back into the house after most of the storm had passed and felt confident the dogs were safe and bedded down for the night, and that we wouldn't lose our power so I could run my machines to finish up this project, and I got busy.
The first of the 4 embroidered Quilts for Boston blocks: