Sunday, May 12, 2019

Rough Week

I have been teaching for 23 years and I know teachers aren't supposed to have favorite students, but we do. This week our town lost one of our brightest young men and one of my all time favorite students, Connor Imus, a 17 year old high school junior. Last Sunday, he went missing while walking his dog along a canal. As soon as I heard, I knew the dog had fallen into the canal and Connor would have gone after her. I also knew the location and was certain he would not have survived. I attended Connor's funeral Friday with many of my teacher friends and I have to say, it was one of the most difficult tasks of my career. It is devastating to see such wonderful, young life taken. Rest in peace Connor, you will not be forgotten. My thoughts are with Connor's parents and siblings, (I also taught both of them for three years too) they are an amazing family...
Our lilacs are blooming and they smell so amazing, so we have vases of them all over our house. They are so fresh and lovely!
I just finished my Elephant Parade Baby Quilt. This is a free pattern you can find here:
 My Pfaff's trusty wavy stitch was the perfect horizontal quilting.
 Instead of minky this time, I pieced a backing from my stash because I wanted to include a label. I have not figured out a way of how to include a pieced label on a minky backing.
 I will wash this once I sew down the hanger for Slow Sunday Stitching:
I spent some time with my mom yesterday running errands in Grand Junction. We picked up our new Quilt Sampler magazines.
My daughter is staying at school this summer working as a senior admissions intern before she heads to Singapore for a research project. Hopefully, she will be home in a few weeks for a week long visit. Happy Mother's Day!


  1. Sad to hear that one of your former students has passed away. Peace over the memory!
    I love lilacs and the lovely scent. Your elephant parade quilt is fantastic. I also hope to make time to sew it once.

  2. Such a terrible event... a senseless loss of life.
    Enjoy hand stitching the hanging sleeve today... maybe it bring you some peace as you mourn for your students and finish a quilt to celebrate a new life.

  3. Losing a student has to be one of the hardest parts of being a teacher.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your student - thinking of his family and of you and all his teachers. Your Elephant Parade quilt is so adorable! I know it will be well-loved.

  5. Oh how sad! I know i had favorite teachers and can fully understand how you have favorite students. The Elephant quilt is sooo cute.

  6. So sorry for your loss! So sad to hear of a great young mind of the future leaving this world before we think it is their condolences !! I love the lilacs you have on a happier note though. I love your quilt and hope you get the quilt hanger put on the back side and have it washing! I hope you have a better week this week... enjoy your mag :) Happy mother's day... great photo of your dd too! Kathi

  7. Such a tragic lose for your community, dampening the joyous spirit of the end of the school year. Our lilacs are not quite ready to bloom even though Rochester is celebrating it's annual Lilac Festival. The festival is closed today due to rainy cold weather. Your daughter will love Singapore. MY SIL is from there. Cute elephant quilt.

  8. So sorry for your tragic lose. So sad to hear for this.

  9. what a tragic story. My heart goes out to all who knew him.

  10. Sorry for your towns loss. Your elephant parade is so cute! Lorna does have a lot of great patterns.


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