June 21, 2013

A New Quilter In Heaven...

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 Yesterday, our Coffee Club and our entire quilt guild received sad news.
Our dear friend and my mentor, Flo Shannon died.
Coffee Club (l-r) Flo, Joni, Nora, Fay, Kathy, me and Brenda
Flo passed on Wednesday evening at her home.
I saw her Tuesday night at our guild meeting and thankfully, I had a chance
to speak with her that night. We've all be concerned for her for some time, as
she seemed to be getting more and more frail, but we never expected this.
Always a good listener/
Flo was one of the charter members of our guild, and she made it her goal to 
welcome all new members, get to know them and help teach them more about 
quilting. I wrote about her in August 2010 when I made my first, sad attempt
 at hand applique'. She told me I needed to redo my work because it wasn't good 
enough. I railed and carped here, but I redid my work and eventually finished 
the block into a lap quilt that received honorable mention at our last quilt show.
Photo courtesy of Linda Spencer
You have seen the applique' projects I've completed since that first try, and I
attribute my enthusiasm to the encouragement and knowledge I received from Flo.
She often told me how proud she was to be my teacher and see the progress I made.
Then, she'd lower her head and smile at me with her twinkling Irish eyes.
I'll never forget this look.

She was a good listener, a great friend, an adventurous and talented woman with a 
colorful  past, and a true educator in the art of quilting. She was never stingy with 
her lessons and couldn't wait to share everything she had every learned or done.

Today will be a sad day at Coffee Club...our first day without our dear Flo.
We will all remember her, share our memories and raise our coffee cups in her honor.
She will be sorely missed.
We love you, Flo.

11 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Faye said...

It's so sad to lose those you love and look up to..... Cherish her memories, and remember the good times..... Faye

creativedawn said...

Hugzzzzzzz...may the good memories sustain you and all who loved Flo ...


Twyla and Lindsey said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of this special lady. Twyla

Beedeebabee said...

You wrote such lovely things about your dear friend Flo. I'm so sorry, Donna. xo

Lany said...

Hola querida,

Lo siento....pero al menos quedaran los buenos momentos en la memoria....


DeeDee said...

sending big hugs.... I know this will be a big dent in your club.. she will be a blanket over you all in heaven..

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Donna, my condolences; it's difficult losing loved ones.

Minimiss said...

So sad to lose a friend and generous teacher. Thoughts, prayers and hugs for you and your guild friends.

Mandy said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. My condolences and sympathy to you and the rest of the group.

Jan M said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend and mentor. Each of your applique projects will now take on even more special meanings. May you continue to feel Flo's spirit and wisdom with each stitch of your needle.

Anonymous said...

Donna I am so sorry for your loss. She has left you with a lifetime of gifts to share with others. You are one lucky lady to have her in your life.


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