Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters

Three Mennonite Quilting Sisters
Polly, Julia, Barbara

Friday, June 24, 2011

Misty's Quilt

Polly's Posting:

This past week my granddaugter Misty spent some precious days with me.
She brought along a little quilt that we had made together a couple years ago.   I had forgotten to sign it and she wanted me to do that.

This brought back some memories of two years ago when we were working on the quilt.    The string blocks are a great beginners block to make and Misty didn't have any trouble catching on how to do it.

Her little sister Summer jumped right in on the fun!

Later that year I spent a week-end in Mississippi with my sister's Julia and Barbara.
Julia let me dig in her wonderful stash for fabrics to make the butterflies on the front.

Talk about a wonderful closet full of lush beautiful cotton fabrics!  Julia, your closet is a dream.   Thanks for being so generous with it!

Barbara helping with the placement of the butterflies.

Grandma Polly & Misty
with the signed and completed quilt.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Twister Quilt

--Julia Posts--

My niece Autumn was here this weekend. I helped her start making the "Twister" quilt for one of her friends.
I'm looking forward to her return next weekend to continue with the project.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sidewalk Chalk

--Julia Posts--

The little bit of quilting I did today ...l17
... was with sidewalk chalk!l18

Friday, June 10, 2011

Our Father, Oren

Grandle Funeral Home, Inc.

Oren Early Heatwole Oren Early Heatwole
(March 23, 1927 - June 10, 2011)

Oren Early Heatwole, Sr., 84, of Bridgewater, VA, passed away peacefully at his home, Friday, June 10, 2011. Mr. Heatwole was born March 23, 1927 near Dayton and was the son of the late Ralph Frank and Vera Early Heatwole. He was a member of Calvary Mennonite Fellowship near Harrisonburg.
He was married on July 7, 1949, to Margaret Virginia Wenger who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are seven daughters and sons-in-law; June (Jim) Flory of Timberville, Coleen (Glen) Barnhart of Waynesboro, GA, Julia (Paul) Graber of Brooksville, MS, Sheila (Sanford) Helmuth of Bridgewater, Polly (Mark, Jr.) Yoder of Greenwood, DE, Emily (Perry) Hostetler of Weyers Cave, Barbara (Terry) Cline of Bridgewater; and one son and daughter in law, Oren, Jr. (Cheryl) Heatwole of Bridgewater, 43 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers and sisters-in-law; Enos (Glennys) Heatwole of Denmark, SC, Daniel (Betty) Heatwole of Yakima, WA, Willard (Melba) Heatwole of Bridgewater, Byard (Rose Mary) Heatwole of Millen, GA, and six sisters and brothers-in-law; Miriam (Howard) Brubaker of Olar, SC, Ida (James) Goering of Dayton, Twila (Robert) Risser of Waynesboro, PA, Evelyn (Edgar) Strite of Hartwell, GA, Doris (James) Landis of Waynesboro, GA and Vera Rose (Eldwin) Campbell of Dayton, VA.
Mr. Heatwole was preceded in death by a brother; Roy Heatwole, two grandsons; Brian Graber and Justin Flory, and one great-grandson; Logan Powell.
A visitation will be held Saturday, June 11, from 5-8 PM at the Calvary Mennonite Fellowship , 6038 Mt. Clinton Pike.
Pastor Paul Emerson will conduct a funeral service Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM at Calvary Mennonite Fellowship. Burial will follow at the Bank Mennonite Church Cemetery near Dayton by Pastor David Burkholder.
Arrangements are being handling by the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.
There will be no viewing or visitation at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Christian Academy, 6083 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bittersweet Days

Bittersweet Days
This week we are with our family in Virginia.  Father's health is rapidly declining and together we are caring for him.  These are bittersweet days.

When we ask father if he is in pain he usually shakes his head slowly and softly says no.  He sleeps a lot and this is a comfort.
We are having sweet times as we share past memories and there is more laughter in these walls than tears.

Oren Jr. and Mark making breakfast.


Uncle Willard dropped in yesterday and joined us girls shelling peas.

Last night we were treated to lattes by Rebecca.

Emily is excited about practicing her machine quilting on this quilt top that Barbara pieced.
I love the twinkle in the grandchildren's eyes. 

 We have been encouraged a lot by the way Father has responded to and handled these difficult times.  All of us are drawn to him with tenderness as he tries hard to respond well to the pain and misery.   This is a time when we are sharing precious times right along side the diffcult ones.  Though we love our Father, we are asking God to take him home.  We appreciate your prayers for us.