Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I'm making myself crazy!

It's a good thing that I've been procrastinating about starting to cut my Cheddar Broken Dishes quilt because it's driving me crazy.

Have a look at these photos that Margie, one of my readers and friends sent me.

To heck with the sashing, I say...and maybe even the cheddar will have to be put on hold for another project!


I just love this quilt!!!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Little Change

You all know that I L-O-V-E the Cheddar Broken Dishes quilt but as much as I've tried, I find that I'm just not 'loving' the white sashing.  In my mind's eye, the two just contradict one another.

So what I've decided to do is make my sashing out of a medium-to-dark blue Civil War or reproduction print.  I know I'll be more happy with it that way.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Another Sew Along?

I L-O-V-E the October 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!  Not only does it feature an article about Lisa Bongean but it also has a few quilts that have easily been added to my TO DO list.

Well, you know me and anything vintage.  "Cheddar Broken Dishes" is going to be my next quilt.

To quote and paraphrase historian Barbara Brackman, "The maker of this antique quilt incorporated a popular 'four-patch' unit and the name 'broken dishes' came about in the 30's when designer and author Ruby Kim was writing about pattern history.  The pattern of four triangle squares actually dates to the 1780's which is when Americans first started piecing quilts."

I've had this beautiful cheddar yardage that I purchased from Tara Lynn Baisden when she had her online shop several years ago and was just waiting for the P-E-R-F-E-C-T project in which to showcase it.  And if you can believe it, I can make this entire quilt from my stash!  Woo hoo!

This is going to be a very slow one for me because I have to rely on outside help from my friends to help me with the cutting as I still can't stand up without the total aid of my walker.  In addition, my hands still tremble both from the residual effects of the anesthetic from the surgery and not to mention the withdrawal from the heavy duty pain killers I was on for so long.  But things get better every day, including my strength and endurance.

So, are you up for another sew along?  

I'd LOVE your company!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clean again!

Oh happy day!!!

Jenn and Emma are here from Merry Maids.  Our house smells wonderful and is virtually spotless!

Thank you Mr.Painted Quilt for suggesting it.

And they even cleaned, vacuumed and dusted my sewing room!  Bless their hearts!!!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I'm home...finally!!!

At the outset, I would like to say that I haven't been ignoring my blog.

I wrote the following post on August 4th from my hospital bed and was able to unload it to Facebook but for whatever reason, I could not upload it to my blog, nor could I access any of my photos.

The good news is that after six weeks, I was discharged from the hospital at noon today and I'm at home...FINALLY!  I'm still very weak and can't walk very far, even with the aid of my walker, but at least I'm at home.  

I promise to be more diligent with blog posts and will keep you updated on my progress.

I truly have missed you all.

Facebook post...

<<  This might be a long post so if you'd like to hear about it, why don't you grab a cup of what makes you happy, come back, settle in and read on.

In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, July 4th, the pain won and I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and admitted shortly thereafter.  Not only was I in excruciating pain, pain that even the pain meds couldn't conquer, but I couldn't walk.

My left leg had become numb and useless for over a month and I had lost the feeling in my right foot as well, making walking a virtual impossibility without Mr. Painted Quilt's help.

I spent two painful weeks in the first hospital during which time they conducted countless tests.  Then on Monday, July 18th I was whisked away to an acute care hospital in Halifax, about 70 miles away.  

After a brief consult with the head neurosurgeon, I was again immediately admitted and was advised that I would be operated on the very next day.  I found out later that the reason why they acted so quickly was because I had become incontinent on Sunday night.  Not only had my legs become dysfunctional, but I had also lost the sensation and ability to pee on my own.

Tuesday dawned and I spent the morning waiting to be transported to surgery. I later found out that I was on the operating table for 5 hours.  

Over the years, the spinal column in my lower back had narrowed to the point where two nerves had virtually fused together which not only caused the pain but also contributed to the loss of feeling in my left leg and partially in my right leg as well.  All the gory details were explained to me the day after surgery and I remember virtually nothing of that conversation because it took me about 4 days to fully recover from the anesthetic and the accompanying hallucinations. 

The best news is that I'm PAIN FREE for the first time in two years.

So now I am in the third hospital where I've started extensive rehab in order that I may walk again.  I still haven't got all the feeling back in my legs as yet but the doctors and physiotherapists are confident that most or all of the feeling will return over time.  I will probably have to walk with a walker for the rest of my life and if those are the cards I've been dealt, then so be it.  That little fly in the ointment certainly won't prevent me from shopping for more fabric...right?  *wink*  I'll just have to get one of those walkers with a basket!

I don't have a time frame with respect to how long I'll remain here before I can safely return home.  I'm working hard with my rehab team and am hoping to be home before too long.  I now feel strong enough to 'play' on the computer, do the newspaper crossword puzzles daily and I might just pick up some hexies to work on that I had prepped before this ever happened.

So if you've read this far, please accept my humble thanks.  You all know how much your support and caring has meant to me over the course of the last couple of years.   

I am ever so grateful for all my blogging and Facebook friends. My greatest wish would be that someday we could all meet at a quilting retreat and sew, laugh, eat and tell stories to our heart's content.  Who knows, huh?  Sometime wishes do come true.

Please continue with your thoughts and prayers because I know that they have contributed to my recovery.

Be well, sew lots and I'll touch base with you again soon.>>