Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Grammy Squares Class in Colusa

Hello Everyone,
Thank you all for your comments from my last post about the total destruction of Paradise, my hometown, and my family home. I can feel the heartfelt and sincere outpouring of love from you.  It is greatly appreciated.
Last week, my sister Gail and I drove to Colusa for the two scheduled classes on Friday and Saturday.  As we listened to the radio on the drive, never in our wildest dreams did we anticipate what was to come.
So on a cheerier note, we were surrounded in beauty and love in the classroom on Friday.

The class was held at Friends Around the Block in Colusa.  This quilt shop is located in a former mortuary. 

The girls listened to my lecture, then dug right in and started making blocks for Grammy Squares.  They were all so varied and beautiful!

Kathy brought in two of her quilts that she made from my patterns.  Winter's Warmth was first.

Second was Madrigal.  She designed her own adorable basket for the center.  Both of her quilts were works of art.

Gail and I were housed in this sweet little cottage.


If you are interested in staying here, I can provide you with all of the information.  I can't wait for a return trip.  It is a mere two blocks from the quilt shop!  It has three bedrooms......road trip anyone?  When we walked in the front door, we were instantly "home".

Here is an update on our home in Paradise.  There is a great Geographic Information site where you can locate information about the status of your home called the Camp Fire Structure Status.  It is still a work in progress.  In my past life, I was a Geographic Information Systems Analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  I appreciate the amount of work that it took to create this website in a relatively short period of time.  I entered the address of our home, and this image popped up.  Every home on my street is gone.  We are taking one day at a time.  We aren't allowed to go into the area because of all the hazards.  I would like to remember our home and town as it was, prior to last Thursday.

I'm still formulating plans for what I'm going to do to help our tenant and our childhood friends.  I'll be posting my plan.

Again, thank you all for your outpouring of supportive words.  It is very comforting, and I appreciate YOU.



  1. Heartfelt condolences on this tragic loss to you and yours and the wider community. May those wonderful childhood memories be kept in a soft spot, forever to be cherished.

  2. I am happy that you had such a warm and welcoming distraction from the pain of your loss. Do let us know what we can do for your tenant. I have already sent a few items of comfort to people I do not know and I am happy to do what I can.