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Monday, September 27, 2010

Good Monday Morning!

Well, I'm in the orthopedic boot and my stitches are out and all is well in my world and I can drive AND I can go to Sit and Sew tomorrow at the LQS!! This is a big deal---I've been gone for almost a month now!!! Having withdrawls!! It will be wonderful to go back and see all my friends and maybe do some stitching---probably do more talkig and looking at fabric than actually stitching!!!! LOL!!!

My hubby is in PT for his muscle pull in his leg and it is helping him a lot--now it's my turn to wait on him----very carefully though---I'm not going to do anything to set myself back!!! Old age isn't for sissies that's for sure!!!

On the quilting side---I'm finished appliquing the sheep and flowers and now need to decide how to quilt it---it doesn't need much, so I may just stitch in the ditch and call it good. Then bind it and sew their eyes on and it will be finished. Maybe I should sew their eyes on now before I quilt so the stitching doesn't show through to the back----bet that is what I supposed to do----if all else fails I should read the directions----right?!!!

It has turned to Fall here temperature wise in the high 70's and low 80's and it is lovely. Hope it will stay like this for awhile. Just makes a person feel good!!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

End of Recovery Period in Sight!

Doctor says no more wheelchair after Saturday---have to wear orthopedic boot and take it easy, but I can manage that, I'm sure! Doing a happy dance ---in my head----ha! ha! Got the stitches out today, too and that always feels good!

Received the fabrics for the quilt barn quilt and hope to be able to stand for long enough to cut a little bit at a time to start on that---have to take it slow pokey for awhile and enjoy the process!

Hubby says that we are the "walking wounded" here at our house because he is in Physical Therapy for a pulled muscle in his thigh that he did when he pushed himself too hard during a bike ride. If it isn't one thing, it's another when you reach a certain age, I guess!!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Redwork and Wool Applique

Still mending here with the wheelchair and unable to put full weight on foot------------I can sure emphasize with anyone in a wheelchair! The back on one hand is black and blue due to ramming it into doors as I try to go through with my wheelchair!!!!

But I have still been able to work on some redwork baskets and wool applique. I have all the sheep done and some of the flowers---I have them basted on with the washable basting glue that somes in a little tiny bottle---I really like that stuff! I'm sewing them down with tiny stitches of matching thread. I couldn't reach my embroidery floss, so am settling for doing it with thread. But I am liking the way it is turning out.

I haven't done all those baskets in this short of a time, but have worked on one basket since I have been laid up----LOL!!!

I'm anxious to get back to my quilting---especially the Project Linus quilts!!!! I ordered fabric yesterday for the Quilt Barns quilt from Eleanor Burns---I'm excited to get to work on that one. I like Eleanor Burns instructions---she is so clear about everything! The book is lovely. I'm going to make the 6" blocks size, that way it should fit on the wall I have picked out for it!!!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Surgery Goes Well!

Got through my surgery in good order and now am in a wheelchair for a couple of weeks. Thanks for everyone thinking of me! I haven't had a lot of pain and I am very thankful for that.

I have also learned that our house is not wheelchair friendly!!!! But I'm making the best of it and coming of with new ideas for moving around!!!!! My dear husband has become chief cook and bottle washer and is doing a splendid job. Our neighbors next door, great neighbors that they are, have brought in a great deal of food and we are happily eating that!!!! Thank you to our dear neighbors. Other friends from Sit and Sew have sent gift cards to restaurants in town---isn't that a nice thing to do--------many thanks to them. I've gotten so many nice cards and phone calls from friends, too. Everything means so much to me-----------thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I've done some handwork---redwork and some wool applique. But mostly have been reading and napping. This morning I tried some time at the sewing machine and sewed together the blocks for a Wicked Easy quilt, but I got awfully tired from just that little bit, so I went back to reading. But it was fun to be at the machine again!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Party Time!

Our second oldest grandson turned 7 this last week-end and had a Pool Party to celebrate! What a great time they all had. And what a bunch of tired kiddos when they finally got out of the water!!! What a great place to have a birthday party!

My surgery went well and now I'm in a wheelchair for who knows how long---the doctor said that it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be so that is good news-----the recovery time will be shorter!!! Hurray! I'm trying to be careful and not run into too many walls!!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Four Ready for Project Linus

These four are the last of the quilt tops that I can easily quilt on my Bernina---there are 2 more for Maynard to do on the Lil Gracie Pro II, but he has been so busy with work that he hasn't felt like quilting lately. So with my pending surgery where I will be non-weight-bearing for 4-6 weeks, I am going to be doing hand work for awhile, I think. Have to get some more redwork traced off and maybe some wool applique, too. Have to be ready for whatever I feel like doing----maybe I'll just feel like napping--------who knows!!!! LOL!!

The quilts are: "Big Bricks," "Butterfly Whirl," "Scraps of Sunshine," and "Zig Zag." The Big Bricks is a free pattern online, the Butterfly Whirl is from Terry Atkinson (she calls it Butterfly Flip), Scraps of Sunshine is in the book "Scrap Basket Surprise" where it is called "Summer Breeze" and Zig Zag is a log cabin setting.

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Three to get Ready for Project Linus

And four to go! I hope to get all caught up by the time I go for surgery on the 7th of September. I have to have surgery to repair a torn tendon in my right foot. So I will be non-weight bearing for a few weeks and on crutches. I'm hoping I will feel good enough to sew, but I just don't know how I will feel. I do know I'm ready to have it over with!!!!!!

These quilts today are all Log Cabins that I did with a layer cake of the Portugal line by April Cornell. The first setting is Pyramids, the seconds is Straight Furrows and the third is Sunshine and Shadows. I've said it before-----------I really like Log Cabins because there are so many ways to set it----------and each one is pretty! I love this line of fabric, too!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!