|Leanika by Dena for FreeSpirit Westminster Lovebirds|
|Leanika by Dena for FreeSpirit Westminster Maison|
As is often the case, Gilbert continued to help me with the project, even though he was assigned a job on the other side of the country and was seldom home, he spent the time he was home helping me get ready for the big day. We even cashed in a few of his frequent flier miles to purchase a night in a hotel close to the event so that we could have a mini vacation together. It was oh so wonderful. The first time we had ever left the boys on their own for a night. (My boys are mostly grown, which is actually a little bit not, but they are good fellows and did fine.)
That night I started feeling funny. I couldn't breath and was winded easily. Looking back, I probably should have ditched the Mystery Quilt day and gone home, but I was the one organizing things. As the day wore on I got sicker. By the end of the day I could hardly talk. Between the illness and the organizing I didn't get much work done on my quilt. I finished four blocks, enough to see the larger unit in the quilt, and that was it. For the next month I was sick in bed with pneumonia. Over the next year the quilt lay, neatly stored in it's box, stacked on the UFO shelf, waiting for me to remember it.