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Keeping Mind Occupied

by Diana Wood
(Gateford,East Midlands)

Box of Hexies

Box of Hexies

Hi my name is Diana Wood.

I have been quilting for about 5 years now.

When I'm sitting doing nothing, I occupy my mind and fingers by sewing hexagons. I put them in a bag for storage, till I get enough and think about putting them together.

Well in July 2015, my brother-in-law, Bob, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

My sister, Carrol, is quite poorly herself and looked after him until the army of nurses and careers came to help.

They were fantastic.

Bob went downhill fast. His son came to help his dad and I went to support my sister with her two daughters.

I'm sad to say Bob passed away on the 15th November.

When everything was over my sister was left alone to get on with her life.

Friends and family still visit but she found the evenings hard to cope with.

I suggested she take up sewing she was a machinist in her younger days.

This is where the hexagons come in.

I showed her how to do them.

It was quite difficult for her, as she is left handed and has arthritis in her hands too!
She got on well and has made a small lap quilt, which is not quite finished.

The problem now is; I can’t get her to stop.

Every existing scrap of fabric, she cuts up for hexagons.

I also showed her how to make Suffolk puffs in case she wanted to try something different.

Now her evenings are busy sewing.

Best of all her mind is occupied and coping with her loss.

Diana Wood

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Aug 03, 2016
by: Rebecca

Oh my gosh!

Diana you are awesome!

By the looks of those pictures, you weren't exaggerating.

That's a lot of hexagons!

What a wonderful way to be supportive and help a loved one out!

She's lucky to have a sister like you!

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