Friday, July 8, 2016

Still Here

Gee, I just want to say that you all are the greatest.  

It seems like when I'm at my lowest and I haven't posted in a while, so many of you send me an email to ask how I'm doing and hope that I'm okay.  I know I've said it a thousand times before but I want to thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts, prayers and concerns.  I wish I could put into words how much I appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blog and stay in touch.

I have debated whether I should mention anything at all but because of your expressed concern and loyalty, I've decided that you you deserve an explanation as to where I've been and why I've been so quiet lately.

Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I was diagnosed with cancer six months after moving to Nova Scotia back in 2010.  About a year and a half later in August of 2013 and after extensive chemo and radiation, the bones in my left hip fractured as a result.

To make a long story short, I've had two failed hip surgeries on the same hip simply because the bones in that area are too weak making it virtually impossible to attach the necessary apparatus that would keep my hip together. Because of this, the next surgery will involve bone grafting, something that I hope and pray will never happen.

The hip surgeries left me with my left leg being about 1cm shorter than my right leg.  1cm might not seem like a lot but when it comes to the body's physical structure, it's enough to throw one's back and lower spine out of alignment which accounts for the excruciating pain that I've been living with on-and-off for the last 3 years.

The last couple of months have been a nightmare.  I've been housebound for the most part because I can't stand erect for more than 30 seconds at a time, nor can I take 10-15 steps without my legs giving out.  If I didn't have my walker to support me, I wouldn't be able to do even that because I have no feeling in the bottom of my feet.  Sitting doesn't bother me but I have to get up and "walk" around at least once an hour because I'm afraid of blood clots.

I don't know what I'd do without Mr. Painted Quilt.  He's my rock and I rely on him to do virtually 98% of the things I used to do around the house which both he and I now realize was a lot.  My "disabilities" have put a lot of stress on both of us and for this I ask you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

With the help of pain meds, I have managed to get the pain under control which is a huge blessing.  Next, we have to find the cause of the swelling and lack of feeling in my lower legs and feet.  My doctor seems to think I'll be admitted to the hospital some time soon in order for them to do more "work-ups".

Needless to say, there hasn't been too much happening on the quilting or sewing front.  Last week I did manage to make a couple of placemats using fabrics from my "A Vintage Autumn" collection for my couldn't-have-asked-for-better next door neighbors, Charlie and Martha.  Two more wonderful and caring people you'll never meet.



And that's my story.  I'm sorry to have burdened you but as I said above, I think you warrant an explanation.

I'll try to keep you posted as things develop and as I'm able.



Happy stitching!

Monday, June 20, 2016

What's Under My Needle

After completing three quilts in a relatively short period of time, I feel the need to take some time off from the sewing machine and pick up some much missed handwork.

The three quilts that I'm referring to are the school house quilt...



The "Stopped Me in my Tracks" quilt...



And the table topper quilt made from my "A Vintage Autumn" fabric collection.  




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I fell in love with Rita Hodge's 'Daisy Chain Quilt' the first time I laid eyes on it.  



Rita's blog is called Red Pepper Quilts and just click HERE for the link.  Be prepared to spend some time there because she is one of the most prolific and sharing quilters I've come across in a long time.  

Yesterday I went internet shopping for the supplies I'll need to get started on my version of Rita's "Daisy Chain Quilt" and will force myself to wait patiently till they arrive before embarking on the long journey.  I've already made one EPP (English paper piecing) Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and am sooooooo aware of the time and work involved.


  
In the interim, I'll plod on with my Brinton Hall quilt.  



The center medallion is done and it's here where I'll start to divert from the original design and change up a few things.  



And what's under your needle today?

Whatever it may be,


Happy stitching!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"Stopped Me in my Tracks!"

Stitched with L-O-V-E and the fruits of yesterday's labor, my completed...


"Stopped Me in my Tracks" quilt.



I loved it the first time I laid eyes on the original and I love it even more now.


My original inspiration.
For those of you who missed the original posts about my 'love affair' with the quilt that literally 'stopped me in my tracks', click HERE for the link to the blog post which contains the downloadable, printable PDF file and instructions as to how I made this quilt.



Enjoy!


Happy stitching!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another Flimsy!

Another flimsy finished.  Yikes!!!

Not a half an hour ago I sewed the last stitch on the fall table cloth that I told you about in my last post.  McCall's Quilting offered a FREE ebook PDF download and one of the patterns is called Scrappy Dash, similar to the one I just finished.

My favorite block is the churn dash.  I don't know why I just can't leave well enough alone but I decided to add sashing strips and cornerstones to my version and opted out of the 2" border that frames the churn dash blocks.  *sigh*  More work but more to my liking.  

My version finished at 51" x 51" which is a perfect size for our kitchen table.  It doesn't look square but it is.  It's just the angle from which I took the photo. 

I made this using the fabrics from my first fabric collections, A Vintage Autumn and Vintage Blacks.  



The colors are rich and luscious and I can't wait to have this gracing our kitchen table come the fall.  Both versions of the original pattern are definitely fat quarter friendly and if you'd like to purchase a fat quarter bundle of my fabrics, just click on the link to my Etsy shop HERE.

Click on the link HERE for the McCall's FREE patterns.  Hopefully it'll work. I had to join their site before being able to open the document so don't be surprised if you're asked to as well.

Enjoy!

I think I need a vacation!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Next Up?

Whenever I finish a project, I like to take a couple of days...or longer...to unwind, relax and decide what to start on next.  I was going to pick up where I left off on my Brinton Hall quilt which I had set aside when we decided to do the quilt-a-long for "Stopped Me in my Tracks". 

I just LOVE to use quilts as table cloths on our kitchen table and when a cute little churn dash, fat quarter friendly pattern appeared in my McCall's Quilting feed on Facebook this morning, the wheels started to turn.  Finishing at 50" x 50", it'll be a perfect size for our kitchen table.  

It was my intention to make a table cloth from my just released fabric collections so out came a fat quarter bundle of A Vintage Autumn and Vintage Blacks and the cutting began.  



Who knows, I might even start the piecing tonight! 

If you'd like to purchase a fat quarter bundle of my fabrics, just visit my Etsy shop by clicking on the link HERE.


Oh, and did I mention that the pattern was FREE?  

I'll be sure to share the link to the pattern once I've made it.

Happy stitching!