Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Life has been busy! But I have gotten in some sewing time. Here are a few flimsies, one finish, a start and some eye candy I wanted to share.
Please pardon the poor quality of the pics; I had to take them inside tonight!
This is "One Bad Bear" made from Moda's French General Collection Lumiere de Noel . This is another one of those "I didn't have a plan when I started it" projects. I was going to make traditional bear claw blocks and whn I got the "paws" made I decided to put them on point with the dark border. It is called one bad bear because I didn't notice that one of the paws is not on point until I had the borders on the quilt....
This is a pic of the corners. This is a Christmas Layer Cake with double borders that I expect will be gorgeous when I get around to quilting it!
This little flimsy is mostly Amy Butler sashed with Kona Gray.And, this is the ugly brown quilt, finally quilted and residing on my bed. It looks much better in person, I promise!
Ooohhhh, ooohhh, Origins by Basic Gray! More of this to come!
And, the much anticipated (for me) Moda Bliss by Bonnie and Camille! I love it, love it, love it
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
On June 7th, my Father-in-law passed away after a long battle with Alzhiemer's. Working in Hospice, I see deaths every day, one would think I would be quite able to confort my family as they grieved. It is difficult under any circumstances, but, experiencing death personally only reminds me that when families we take care of at work lose a loved one, it is a once in a lifetime moment for them and I must remain vigilent to comfort them, never letting it become a daily occurance for me. My husband had a difficult time with his father's death- he is doing better day by day.
On top of having a death in the family, our 23 year old daughter decided that house rules didn't apply to her, that she would not be told what to do or when to come home and that she was moving out despite the fact that she was fired from her job of two years. She has broken my heart into. I hope she will be ok. I haven't heard from her in 5 days. Please pray for her. She has always had to work a little harder than her peers to get by and I am not certain she understands the ramifications of what she is doing. She has Mosaic Down Syndrome and has accomplished more than we ever dreamed she would. She graduated from High School and Trade school, drives herself all over the place and has always been a great young lady ( yet, a stubborn one.) I pray that she makes good choices and seeks the Lord in her dealings. I pray that she is successful in her endeavors. I miss her.
Experiencing all of these things while I have been recovering from surgery have been difficult. However, I have has some solice in several different things.
Firstly, I have the promise that Jesus loves me and He loves my daughter. I have my wonderful husband and son. I have a great job that keeps me grounded.
Secondly, I can lose myself in sewing. Each stitch I make, each garment I complete or block I sash together work out the pain and joy of life.
Thirdly, I am an avid gardener. While all of this has been going on, I have canned corn, peas tomatoes, squash and peppers. Put away hundreds of quarts of food for my family, all while tending my beautiful cottage garden full of every flower imaginable.
Nothing makes me feel more womanly or peaceful or successful than creating something from a peice of fabric or putting food away for my family.
I think I will end this long, pictureless, rambling post with a little poem I wrote a few years ago. I am sorry for airing my laundry here, but I felt if I wrote it down, I might somehow feel lighter.
So, Let me prepare a meal for you; it nourishes my spirit.
Let me sew you a quilt; it warms my heart.
Let me tend your garden; it feeds my soul.
Let me comfort you; it heals me.
Glenda Beasley, 2006
Monday, May 24, 2010
I had all of the rows put together but hadn't put the borders on it. My dear friend, Elly, came over and MADE me finish it! I am glad she did, it is a lovely quilt.
The quilt hanging above is my second quilt. The pattern is Turning Twenty and the fabric is randomly selected fat quarters from my favorite quilt shop, Kelley's Pins and Needles. I will try to get pictures of both quilts in my home. These pictures don't do them justice.
I want to thank all of you for the prayers and well wishes and request that you continue to pray for me. I especially want too thank Elly, Dianne, Kelley, Lynnette, Jan and my co-workers for the visits, the food and gifts as well as the love I felt from each of you. You are all the best!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I wanted to also let you all know why I have been away. Two years ago I started having terrible achy pain in my shoulders, forearms, and hands. I went to every doctor one can imagine and was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I started taking the new medication, Savella, and became severely depressed( and it didn't help my pain). I finally stopped taking it, my pain persisted, but I refused to let it get the better of me.
A few months ago, I was working in my yard, and became aware that my shoulder was hurting terribly. I was certain I had torn a rotator cuff, so I visited my FP and he agreed. He thought it was to painful to try and do an MRI on, prescribed me some meds and told me to come back in a few weeks for an MRI. Well...I just couldn't find the time to get back into the doctor( even though my pain was ever-increasing) for about 6 weeks. He was still certain that it was a rotator cuff injury, but I asked him if he thought we should image my neck also, because it seemed to "crunch" when I moved it. He said it wouldn't hurt to look, but to prepare myself for rotator cuff repair.
When my results came back, my shoulder was fine, but, I learned that my neck was a mess! So!!! Tomorrow morning I will be having a 2 level anterior cervical fusion and discectomy. I will be in a collar for about three weeks and hopefully, finally, and thankfully pain free.
I have missed sharing my days with you all and have finished some quilts. I have taken pictures of them and hopefully can share them with you all while I am recuperating from the procedure.
Please pray for me, my surgeon and my family. I will let you all know how I am doing as soon as I can type.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I present to you my very first Dresden plate. Let's call her....uhmmm, Spring Sunrise! Or, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, or (oh, this is so fitting) Rhapsody in Redneck! Ha!And, just in case you didn't "get" the fabulousness of this plate, one more looky!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Future quilters:Below is my new little peasant top and pants, the pattern will be ready next week.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
This baby quilt is for Baby Paislee. God bless this precious baby with health, love and long life. The tumblers were so much fun to make!
This is one of my "creations". I wanted to learn some new techniques, so this is my practice run! I think this is the best binding I have ever done! Helen, yes, it is machine appliqued (I promise I didn't have a clue what I was doing)! This pattern was loosely inspired by a pillow I saw on Cluck Cluck Sew's sight.
I quilted this on my Janome 6500. And yes, Reenie, the quilting was quite intensive. I learned sooo much doing this little wall hanging. My biggest problem when doing machine quilting is that I get in a hurry and don't rest when I get tired, resulting in sloppy work.
Thanks for looking!