Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Well here we are in March!

I feel pretty good compared to the fall. I am back at most things full force which means I'm quilting!
I currently have three quilts I'm working on. One is for our daughter who without her help we couldn't have survived me being sick and out of commission. She just took charge and handled everything. This is the quilt she picked out.
Innovations Third Weekend in October Quilt Pattern
Ooh boy! Paper piecing. Did I mention that I have made exactly ONE paper pieced block before this? And it was an easy little sailboat. By the time this quilt is done I will be a pro at it!
Here's my progress so far.

My other project is one I am working on while youngest son is at his tkd lessons. I spend quite a bit of time waiting each week and instead of surfing on my phone I am quilting. Applique is something I've also not done much with. I saw this in a quilt magazine though and fell in love with it. So I am trying my hand at it.

My first stitches on the stems are awful, but I am leaving them to remind myself of my progress. The petals(yellow), I think look pretty good. I'm thoroughly enjoying my car project and think that I will be hooked on applique now.
And last but not least I always, always, always have a quilt I am handquilting. I LOVE to handquilt! This one will be for my future son-in-law. I love him dearly already. He is  so good to our daughter and treats her like a queen. They just recently moved and bought their first house. I went down to help them unpack (he told me I was NOT allowed to lift anything heavy lol) and she told me he wanted a quilt. I had this one I was working on and did not have anyone in mind for it. So I changed the borders to a color he liked (what a pain to do when the quilt is over halfway quilted!) and its almost done. Here it is while I worked on it at their house.....although I think he may have to fight their dog for it lol!

We also had a little fun while we were helping them move and went to the aquarium. This guy seemed to be smiling at us!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

It has been a crazy Fall/Winter

Shortly after my last post I got sick. Every single time I ate I wound up in the floor in tears. At first I thought it was a food intolerance. I tried eliminating anything it could be. Nothing helped. I tried antacids to no avail. I tried things like Zantac and Prilosec. Nothing. I finally admitted defeat and more pain than I could withstand and went to the doctor. Given my age and where my pain was they of course assumed it was my heart even though I told them it was my stomach. Lots of tests and blood draws began and a trip from urgent care to the emergency room and by midnight I was diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia......one that needed surgery. Now given that I never have good blood pressure readings in a doctor's office you can imagine what that news did to me. And then they decided to take my bp again. Which led to a whole new round of medicine.

I saw a surgeon the next week and he petrified me. He didn't know if it would be better to go in through my abdomen or my chest to fix this.....Oh my! A week later he called to tell me he couldn't do it and was handing me off to another surgeon. At this point I took myself in to see a gp that my daughter works for and got a referral to a hernia specialist and was seen that week. It took 3 more weeks before the first surgeon called to "talk" to me about the referral. Yes there was steam coming out of my ears by then. 

The second surgeon ordered a whole new slew of tests and bloodwork. Some of these I can only describe as torture invented by Satan. It took 8 weeks from diagnosis to get surgery. It would have taken longer had I actually been able to eat anything. They took pity on me and moved it up 4 weeks.

Surgery amazingly was done laprascopically and went well. It was much worse than they thought though and said I was filled with inflammation and scar tissue. They also took my gallbladder out as it was inflamed.

I am now almost 3 months out and doing well. I lost a lost of muscle tissue and strength while down with this so am just slowly getting back into the hang of things.

I am quilting! Here's Pat Sloan's Grandmother's Kitchen that I was working on when all this started. Almost together.
 The Anvil quilt that has been a year long project is together and ready to be sandwiched. This one will be tied.
 And last but not least here is my newest start. This one will be for my dd who was a huge help while I was ill. She took care of grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, and getting her younger brother to his classes. It is paper pieced and I am just getting started on it. I think this one will take at least a year also.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I'm still here!

I've been mia online for most of July. I took on a home remodel project that just got totally out of hand! Phew!

It all started with wanting to paint the den. It's been probably 10 years since we've painted and between kids, pets, and the woodstove my walls and ceiling were in DIRE need of updating.

So I talked to the hubster about it and he came back to me and told me if we were going to do the walls we might as well take care of redoing the hardwood floors that never got finished. Okay....I could do that. Then I told him I wanted that useless window looking out to the addition gone. Yes the quilt covering was pretty but let's get rid of it. The green quilt is covering the window....

All would've been good if I'd left it alone at that point. But have you EVER known me to do that? No!

Old useless window out! See the board behind? That's the addition.

 The new beadboard that went up where the old window was.

So I looked at that window we pulled out and I looked at my very messed up front window and thought since they were the same size it should be no big deal to switch them out. That is what got me in trouble! There's the old window halfway out....that's as far as I got before dh stepped in and said we might as well put a new one in.

Oh what a mess I can make! One of the problems with an old house is the windows now are different sizes. Nowhere we looked had this size window. But we did find a clearance window we liked. Another problem popped up when the hubster found out he was headed out of town for work. Gulp....replacing the window by myself was NOT on my list of skills. So a dear friend stepped in and helped us out. It took three days of HARD work but we took siding down, cut new openings, put in new windows, and got the siding back up.

And now that almost everything is back in place, we have furniture we can sit on, we can walk through the house, and most of the dust is gone I am thrilled with the den......even if it did take most of July and blood, sweat, and tears to accomplish it. Oh and my boys say that if I ever say I want to redo the den again they are moving out!

I'm still working on curtains though......

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July is here!

And canning season has started. Whew! Yesterday was a marathon canning session. Both canners went all day long. I put up TONS of tomatoes and peppers. It seems that some years cayenne peppers do better and other years jalapenos do better. This year is definitely a jalapeno year which is good since my supply of canned ones was very low. The boys and I picked Thursday night and filled the wagon up.
See those monster zucchini? That's the last of the zucchini for the year. Thankfully they shred well to go in soups or spaghetti sauce.

On the quilting front I started on two of Pat Sloan's quilt alongs. It's fun doing a block a week and when I finish I will have two quilts.
Look at this bottom block. It's from her quilt Winter Solstice. This will be my first quilt where all the blocks are not the same size.
The top block is from the new quilt along Grandma's Kitchen. I'm going to do both of them quilt as you go. Grandma's Kitchen on the machine and Winter Solstice by hand.

All quilts and quilt blocks on the premises are inspected for quality as soon as they are made. Standards are high and this one passed with flying colors. I could barely finish quilting it before she took over. She had a bath and then a nice long nap.

And just in case you thought all I do is can and quilt (would be fine with me!) Here's a pic I took Sunday...dh asked me if I would iron a "couple" shirts for him.....

Friday, June 23, 2017

More sewing stuff

I just love this Minnesota machine! It sounds like my Davis but has the vibrating shuttle of my Singer 127. It is a beautiful machine and in a parlor cabinet. Then while on a shop hop yesterday I found this old pie safe. Actually I don't think its that old as it has initials and the numbers 88 carved in the bottom. But it has character! It was super cheap too as it has some water damage on the bottom back but not enough to hurt anything. Doesn't it go perfectly with the treadle? I will use it to keep some basic sewing supplies in the den. Please just don't look at my walls. I desperately need to paint them! That is the project for next month though.

So long since I've updated!

Life has been so busy! There were two graduations in our family in the space of three weeks. To start the ball rolling our youngest daughter graduated from high school. Where did the years go? I can't believe that all my girls are now adults...
Then a week off to recover and plan for the trip to Florida to see daughter #2 graduate from college. To add to the stress dh could only take two days off work. When you're the boss and have a deadline that happens. So we rented a large van, loaded seven of us up, oldest dd went with us, and headed out on Thursday night. We made it to dd's around 5am to sleep. Then that night to her graduation. She graduated with high honors! It took her a while to get her life straight but now she is on a good path and we couldn't be prouder of her!
We got back home early Sunday morning and I crashed. Really I went to bed and stayed all day. Monday we started VBS at church and I had volunteered to help in the kitchen. If you can have jet lag from driving I had it. Also that week was our yearly TreadleOn gathering otherwise known as TOGA. I only got to go to two half days but it was better than nothing. I brought this sweet, sweet machine home with me from TOGA. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

And in the quilting world.....

This is what I'm still working on. I so want to finish it but I keep getting sidetracked! See my design wall? It's made out of thick foam-like posterboard and duct tape from Dollar Tree. It works and it folds out of the way when I need it to. I like that I don't have to pin to it like I do my design curtain...plus its right behind my machine. The quilt on it I'm calling Field of Colors and is something I just came up with.

This is what I've been sidetracked with....the Evil Villain chair as the kids call it. I bought this several years ago at an antique store. I just fell in love with it. The only thing I didn't love was the fabric. It collected every single bit of cat, dog, and people hair that it could. Every single bit. Weekly vacuuming only held it barely at bay.

It took me forever to decide on a fabric though. I picked out a beautiful red floral at a second hand store only to discover I didn't have enough of it. Then I remembered this roll of fabric given to me several years ago and languishing in my closet. I wasn't crazy about it at first and then a friend and I started recovering the chair. It is absolutely perfect! It blends with my couch and I see a beautiful color in it to paint my walls this summer! Now all I need to do is find some teal fabric to redo the footstool and the throw cushions on the couch.
You know you have a true friend when she will come help you tackle a project like this!

Of course I can't leave Miss Calikat out of this post! I got a small package from Amazon last week. She barely fit but she made it into the box. All boxes must be inspected and approved you know.