Monday, December 16, 2013

Tragedy

Those of you who have been following these posts have probably wondered where I have been lately.  The following is a tragedy that is my life right now - very different from the life I had before.

My Husband and I

My husband, Dr. Ronald Hall, is a professor or Religion and Ministry at Northwest University, Kirkland Washington. We moved here in June of 2013. He worked for one month when the following tragedy occurred.

On October 5, 2013 he was swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Laguna Beach, CA with some former ministry students who had moved when we did from PA to Pasedena, CA to attend Fuller Theological Seminary.  He was to meet up with our son and grandson for a beach weekend.



Bristow Family - Ron on the Right
He was only in the water 10 minutes when a powerful wave picked him up from behind and toppled him over, hitting the sandy bottom and breaking his neck and back in 2 places. He was paralyzed immediately and began to call for help under water.



The Accident Occured in Front of the Montage Resort, Laguna Beach

His friend pulled him out of the water and when he laid him on the sand Ron had stopped breathing and turned blue. By the time the helicopter air lifted him to the trauma center, he was considered a drowning victim because he had ingested a large amount of sea water and sand. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA, had surgery to fix the broken bones, and was in a medically induced coma for 4 days.





 Meanwhile I was in the northeast US doing a series of sewing and felting events for Baby Lock when I got the news. I flew to CA immediately and  we spent the next 5 weeks in the Intensive Care Unit in Mission Viejo, CA Hospital.  However, because this accident occurred at Laguna Beach, I had relatives in San Clemente who took me in to live with them and use their car for as long as I needed it. 

Because of the government shut-down at the time, my twins, who are both military Captains, were able to be on leave and stay with us and help us for 10 days.  My youngest son was travelling in the United Kingdom on a music tour and we encouraged him to stay there and finish the tour.





Ron struggled through 2 surgeries to rebuild the bones in his spine and to regain his health until stable enough to be air lifted back to the University of Washington Medical Center Spinal Cord Rehab  in Seattle, WA.  It took an entire day to get an ambulance to the Orange County Airport, to Redding, CA for refuel, to Seattle Airport, to ambulance to the UW hospital.


Ron in the Air Ambulance
 
 
Air Ambulance from Orange County Airport to Seattle Airport
 
 
 It just so happens that this Center is the model for other centers in the country and the best possible place he can be to recover the use of his body again.   M youngest son and his wife, Trevor and Erin Hall from PA came to spend Thanksgiving with us.



My Youngest Son, Trevor and Wife Erin at Thanksgiving

 He has been living in the hospital for 4 weeks now and another 4 weeks to go before he is
ready to live at home again. He is still paralyzed but has feeling and some movement throughout his body and in all his extremities. The doctors think he will walk again someday but it will be a long, slow process.  Each day something new happens that gives us hope that he may be able to fully recover from this tragedy.


Ron Hall Still Smiling Through it All
So my days are spent at the hospital, or running errands to maintain our new lives here in Seattle.  We are living in a faculty duplex on the campus of Northwest University where we thought we would be staying temporarily until we found a house to buy.  We are relieved we didn't buy a house after all and are so close to his work as a professor here on campus.  The University has been our extended family and has poured out their love and support even though we are so new to this area. 

I have taken a leave-of-absense from my job with Baby Lock, who has also been very supportive through this entire ordeal and have agreed to work with me on my sewing tours whenever I see my way clear to go back to those.

If any of you would like to keep up to date with our progress or would like to help us in any way, we have set up a website for him where you can see pictures and get weekly updates.  If you click on the tabs underneath Ron's face you can see the comments left by those who have known him over the years, or click on the update tab to see his progress.  You may be able to press your Ctrl button on your keyboard while you click on the link below to go right to the website.  If that doesn't work, try highlighting, copying and pasting the link into your browser address bar.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/bring-dr-hall-back-to-ministry-/104661/update/89549

Some day I will return to fabric and felting but for now, I am my husband's primary care giver and will work toward his full recovery in the future. 





Saturday, June 29, 2013

Move to Kirkland, WA near Seattle

I’m going into my sixth month of being a travelling Guest Artist for Baby Lock presenting Embellisher classes and Free-Motion Quilting Events in sewing machine dealers all over the country.   I am not able to post as much as I used to but I hope there is enough content on this blog to keep you all informed and busy with your Embellisher projects.

So far I have travelled to:

Lancaster, PA;   New Orleans, LA;  Phoenix, AZ;  Buffalo, NY;  Erie, PA;  Rochester, NY;  Boston, MA;  Santa Rosa, CA;  Denver, CO

But something even more exciting has happened this year.  We moved from Douglassville, PA (Philadelphia area)  to Kirkland, WA and I now live near Seattle.  We moved ourselves with a little help from our friends, driving across the country with a moving truck and 2 cars but we made it in one piece.  We are renting a small place for now but I have a tiny space for working when I am not travelling for Baby Lock.


Here we are in the Badlands of South Dakota on our way to Seattle - bad hair day

Here is where I will be going for the rest of the year:

Grand Rapids & Lansing, MI;  Sanford, ME;  Nashville/Knoxville, TN;  Fresno, CA;  Chautauqua, NY;  Pottstown, PA;  Occoquan, VA;  Manasses, VA;  Richmond, VA  Martinsvill, VA; Frnaklin, NC;  Ashville, NC;  Columbus, OH;  Cleveland, OH;  Rochester, MN;  Beaver Dam, WI;  Buffalo, NY;  Fargo, ND;  Minneapolis, MN;  Chicago, IL;  Lincoln, NB;  Appleton, WI;  and maybe Winston-Salem, NC. 

 If you live anywhere near any of these places and want to take an Embellisher class check out my website Itinerary and the details will be posted there as they become available.  Go to the following link to see what is happening where:  http://www.fabricartbylinda.com/gpage7.html


I don’t get as much creating done as I used to but I have all my ideas in print and online in case I forget. Seeing the students  creativity blossom helps me to feel I am still producing art and love through others.

I had to delete many of the previous comments because they were spam.  I hope to hear from any of you that would care to post but please, no one named anonymous.

And for those of you that landed here and NOT interested in Embellishing, let me introduce you to my grandchildren:


Collin, Simon and Collin - the sons of my identical twin boys (now men)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Linda Hall's Baby Lock Promotional Video

I just put up the video to introduce myself to various people and now you can see what I really look like.  I had a lot of video footage left over from making this movie so it will be good to use it here, now that I know how to make videos.

Here is the link:

Also, you can see my travel Itinerary on my website on the Itinerary tab.  If I am anywhere near you, come and introduce yourself.  I would love to meet you and share wooly stories.

http://youtu.be/oHeBLMSZyRg?t=12m

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guest Artist with Baby Lock

This past year has been a whirlwind of change for me.  I have been a passionate felter with my Baby Lock Embellisher as many of you are also.  I have loved to share my ideas, hopes and fears on this blog and how my understanding of all things felting have developed.  I will probably always be developing new art with wool as it is my passion but I have a new life now.

Hand-Dyed Wool, Silk, Nylon, Cottswold Curls
 
 
I have been accepted into the Tacony Corporation family, creators of the Baby Lock Embellisher Needle Felting Machine, as a Guest Artist, which means I will be travelling the country teaching my felting techniques  and promoting my book, "The Art of Machine Needle Felting" to whomever will have me. I will be presenting Lecture/Demonstrations of my felting techniques as well as a hands-on class for customers to create a felted scarf, like the ones below. Here are some pictures of my Daughter-In-Law, Erin, modelling the scarves for me:
 
 






For more information about this visit my website at:  www.fabricartbylinda.com and click on the Baby Lock tab.  Scroll down until you see the information about the Embellisher Presentations.

But when I am not felting, I am quilting and teaching others quilting techniques.  I have been developing Free-Motion Quilting Classes locally and teaching that subject regionally for several years now, in order to afford my wool binges at the Sheep and Wool Festival.  Tacony wants me to be travelling and teaching those as well.  Here is a sample of my Free-Motion quilting work I will be teaching on several Baby Lock machines, especially with the new technology just out this year to make it all that much easier. 
Introduction to Free-Motion Machine Quilting

Fantastic Feathers
Free-Motion Quilting Class


I am currently part of the design process of a new tool that will make Free-Motion Quilting with a Stitch Regulator much easier and smoother.  This item should be manufactured and on the market this spring.  I will be travelling and teaching this new technology as well. 

So this means I will be incorporating some new kinds of information here on this blog.  It will still be about felting but it will also be about quilting, my travel stories, and new information as I have it.

Here is travel itinerary this year 2013:

March - Southwest - AZ, NM,TX,LA

April - Northeast - PA, NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH

May - West Coast - CA, CO, NV, HI

Mid-South - KS, MO, MS, AL

Northwest - WA, OR, ID, MT, WV, UT, AK

Near West - MI, IL, IN, KY, TN

Southeast -SC, GA, Fl, PR

Mid- Atlantic - OH, WV, MD, VA, NC

Mid-West - ND, SD, MN, IA, WI


The above itinerary does not mean I will be away for the entire month.  It just means that area of the country has me for that  month and will book events close enough together so that I can travel from one to the other without going home in between.   If you want me to come to your area for Embellisher classes, just google your closest Baby Lock Dealer and ask them to book me.  They can call the Tacony Company Headquarters and set up the details with the Regional Representative for their area.

This is all too exciting for words.  The only downside is that I will be homesick for my studio and making cool stuff but I get to share the cool stuff I have already made with those who would be interested.  If that's you, maybe I will get to meet you this year some time.

Stay tuned for Baby Lock adventures, beginning in February in Pennsylvania.