Sadly, My dear Aunty Lin passed away in the early hours of Monday morning ..... It's been a very long and very sad week in our household and one I'll never forget. At the all too young age of 59, Aunty Lin was taken from us after enduring her illness for 16 long years and will be sadly missed by her family and all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She was one extremely brave and inspiring woman who I admired greatly.
I'll especially miss the times I spent sewing with Lin.... every time she came to town for a visit I would manage to steal her away from Mum for at least one day where we would spend the whole day either quilting, visiting a nearby quilt shop or internet shopping for quilting supplies! She shared my passion for craft and everything she made was absolutely perfect.... she had the neatest little stitches you've ever seen.
The following photo's are some I've borrowed so that I could share some of her creations with you.... and hopefully I'll be able to dig up some more photos shortly. I'm not sure of all the dates and details either but have noted what I can..... Enjoy!
Aunty Lin's first quilt in 2005 - For Nan for Mother's Day
Christmas 2006 - For her son John & Daughter-in-law Nicole
'Butterfly's Flutter By'
2006 - This one was on Aunty Lin's bed the last time I saw her. Such a pretty quilt.
Christmas 2006 - For her daughter Kathy and Son-in-law Glenn
2006 - For her beautiful friend Sharryn whose love and support was amazing.
December 2006 - For her friend Narelle
'House of Plenty'
I have fond memories of this one as I helped piece it together on one of our sewing days.
January 2007 - Christmas Table Cloth
'Our Country Home'... This quilt is absolutely gorgeous. The photo really doesn't do it justice.
July 2007 - Lin made two of these for her daughter Kathy and her friend Robyn for Christmas that year.
Sewing Machine Cover
Japanese quilt..... pure artwork!
'Ashes of Roses' Quilt... another one that I helped with.
Made for her grand-daughter Tania for her 18th Birthday
Do Not Cry Because I Have Gone
You can shed a tear that I am gone,
Or you can smile because I lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that I will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that I have left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see me
Or you can be full of the love that you shared with me
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember me and only that I am gone
Or you can cherish my memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind,
Be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what I would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Until next time....