Scrappy Trippin’


Gotta little story for ya.  July 21, when our family was in bed, our house caught on fire. We made it out okay, fortunately.


Before we move on, see that window upstairs? That’s where my longarm used to be. Notice that there isn’t a roof right there? Flames. Notice the floor is missing right there? Flames, y’all.  See the plastic sheeting downstairs where the back door used to be? Flames. This fire was a beast, and we were so, so lucky that we all made it out safely.

So things have been tough, but there are so, so many good things– like our support network.  My quilt guild mobilized immediately. They brought diet coke, toiletries, clothes, some cash for anything we needed, and a million other things. One thing I didn’t expect was a tub of fabric.  Beautiful fabric that was just my flavor. And when I saw it, I just crumbled. Who else would know that in times like this, having something to do, to create, would be so imperative to me keeping my sanity.  They knew.  Our guild is 100 members strong, and we love being together. And when we aren’t together, we are texting and calling and hanging out online together.  One of the things we do regularly is have quilt-a-longs.  At that time, we were just starting the Scrappy Trip Along. I had already made one, in May, but decided to join in on the fun anyway.

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Little did I even know that making this quilt would pull me through to the other side of healing. I only did it so that I could connect with my tribe, people who I love so dearly and I know love me the same, but I got so much more from this experience. Soon, I’ll tell you about some other silver linings❤️

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6 Responses to Scrappy Trippin’

  1. You and your family are in my prayers. Such a great group and quilt!

  2. Matthew Martinez says:

    Holy. Crap.  So glad you all made it out okay!  I’m sure you lost a lot, but as long as everyone is still together, it’s going to be okay.  I’ve been thinking about you lately, as I’ve been getting the itch to sew again, but I think I’d rather help you out with anything you can think of that I might be able to provide. Here’s to quick recoveries, and God bless. -Melvis

  3. beth calderon says:

    You need to hang that on the wall once your house is brand-new again! A work of art.

  4. Paula says:

    I’m so glad everyone is safe! This must have been so scary! All the best in getting things rebuilt!

  5. messygoat says:

    Ok, so this post sucked the breath right out of me. I met you Friday afternoon around 4 at Craft South.

    Our house burned in March of 2012. I’m sitting about ten feet from where it started.

    To say that I understand the swirl of emotions… Understatement. Wow. I’m glad to have met you. Clearly we have more conversations in our future.

    Take care–

  6. Not sure my other comment made it through … I never can tell with my phone if comments worked or not… But I met you on Friday at Craft South. Didn’t realize that we had this unfortunate experience in common. I am so, so sorry — I wouldn’t wish a house fire on my worst enemy. Ours was in 2012… …Hugs and prayers for you.

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