Thursday, June 10, 2021

two for thursday

 

more serendipity sewing and now there are two butterfly blocks!  also, the little blues and bricks is done except for its borders, a weekend task no doubt.  with june nearly half over, plan to cut up the remaining 49 background squares for the blue basket project.  am determined to get them all basted as my One Monthly Goal!  

all home care providers are done except for PT with 2 more home visits....that may extend to outpatient.  i've 3 days for strengthening the leg, some mundane home chores and a serious tidy.  the dental visit is history but more to come more when i'm fully ambulatory.  today was able to stand long enough to make a batch of turkey meatballs for the freezer and i'm hoping to make some yeast rolls this weekend.  i sure do miss being able to hop in the car and do my own errands.  the transportation and delivery expenses i've had during this injury have seriously dented my budget.  thankful our county has a free ride service for medical appointments and an all-important bookmobile that comes every two weeks. 


Sunday, June 6, 2021

a notable day

it was 77 years ago that D-Day occurred....June of 1944....it was just a month later that my own dear dad arrived on Utah Beach....the war changed him forever; he never really recovered like so many who served, but at least he returned home; weary and ill but back to those he loved and who loved him.  he wasn't my dad then but nevertheless he is revered and honored....my mom's uncle was on a coast guard ship off Omaha Beach picking up the dead....a thoroughly gruesome and heart-wrenching task....

back to sewing news!  one monthly goal progress continues.....there are 49 baskets left to applique, but first background squares have to be cut....


do confess to a bit of a detour.....a friend has been on a layer cake purge, sewing like mad using one after the other on some really cute quilts....one was a butterfly pattern from Quilty Box....i caved and got the pattern before my vacation and a Tula Pink layer cake, aka really bright fabrics!  here is the first one...

still needs some applique.....all 9 that i'm making will be different but a very colorful small quilt nonetheless....

and as if a broken hip weren't enough to occupy me, a chipped tooth necessitated a dental visit and another this coming week....plus the nuisance of stopping my blood thinner, giving myself shots every day, another clinic appointment to make sure my level is back to normal....

regarding the hip, the cane is here and will be tackling ambulation sans walker with the OT this week....it still hurts but pain slowly waning....if i'm back to two legs (3 with cane) and able to drive and moderate exercise by month's end, i'll be a happy camper.  

even though challenges seem to keep coming, am very blessed and grateful....my thoughts and prayers are with those with no voice and no choice....my daughter and i researched the rehab facility where i stayed and found they are chronic offenders of HIPAA regulations....nasty business indeed!



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

and so it begins!

starting June with ONE MONTHLY GOAL, actually 3 of them....not to be an over-achiever but to make up for the past weeks when sewing and even fabric were far from my mind.   my official OMG is this aged UFO.  about 20+ years ago, bought an entire FQ bundle of margo krager's dargate indigo fabrics.  i used some here and there but settled on a massive basket project.  a small quilt was given to my daughter and SIL, leaving me with a gazillion baskets all cut and ready to applique.  June is going to be the month all the baskets get basted onto background squares in readiness for take-along sewing days to come and my fall vacation.  

another June goal is to get this little quilt top finished....bricks and blues.  The blue is leftover from the scrappy DWR partnered with other leftover solid scraps. getting this to the flimsy stage shouldn't be difficult...

lastly, i've a kit from the guild for another charity top.  this will definitely get done as well.  i'll continue to quilt on the New England Sampler but doubt it'll be done by month's end....no problem.  

now that summer temps have arrived, the summer clothes have to be unpacked and the apartment needs a thorough go-thru, being neglected now since late April.  my OT has declared me fit for advancing to the cane at next week's visit.....and finally, back to driving before month's end....hopefully not too ambitious goals!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

new carrot

 

have decided to participate with this online sewing monthly goal group.....though not quite ready to start sewing again, shouldn't be long at all....a few good nights of sleep would help immensely but more difficult to achieve than i'd wish....once i get back to sewing, will have to get organized and get some things done, hence the accountability!  ***  dear daughter called today to say she had unearthed her cane, so i am guessing that is the next milestone.  the home care RN says another two weeks will probably be a huge step forward....on two solid feet!  yesterday did manage to hobble up to laundry room and wash a load, dry on racks and fold.   *** still managing to quilt some altho my shoulders are beginning to balk a bit from the walker....i've been watching old series of SNL on peacock and as roseanne rosannadana says...."it's always something!"

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

back at it....

that would be quilting!  a few days ago finally had enough energy to pick up this hand quilting project again and am trying to spend time each day with it...

hand quilting the cross hatching now and when done, will go back and outline the applique work....

recovery continues at a very slow pace, but progress is made every day.  today had to venture out first time alone with the walker to medical appointments.  dismayed at how tiring it was so no quilting until rested.  good reports but of course i am impatient for getting completely back independently mobile.  another morning appointment tomorrow.  am itching to get back at the machine but simply no oomph at all.  it is four weeks today since the injury, so enough of this nonsense now!!


Saturday, May 22, 2021

hanging in...

with inch-like progress but progress nonetheless.....home therapies in place and a real shower/shampoo rounded out the week.  no sewing yet but have been working away on a small cross-stitch piece...

a little pattern called "quaker pumpkin" that'll make a nifty pin cushion when done....and this chuckle was in my mailbox earlier this week....

dear daughter and son-in-law arrived today for much needed support and brought back my new stash, all washed, dried and folded, patiently waiting for some fun....had forgotten what i had bought!

have just about regained lost ground from rehab, but with situation now stable can hopefully advance a bit faster....thinking another two weeks will make a big difference.  hoping sewing muse returns sooner rather than later....




Friday, May 14, 2021

homecoming stash

whew.....been a very long time (april 18th) since i've slept in my own bed but a 2-hour nap was the perfect way to begin...on my arrival from maine fell in the driveway and fractured left hip, bruised left knee.  off to hospital for open reduction and fixation then a brief but ghoulish stint in rehab.  tops on my prayer list from now on are those in places without any voice or choice of their own.   it is the 21st century version of a vile prison i do believe.  thankfully my regular exercise served me well and due to my cardiac situation that was completely ignored, got sprung quickly with home care and assorted adaptive doo-dads.  in my huge pile of waiting mail was this...

a bright layer cake by tula pink....i seldom buy precuts but a friend made a butterfly quilt with one and it caught my eye and of course, these fabrics will make it wow!  thanks joe....LOL!

while in maine some sewing was done and happy to report that four of my jan patek nativity sections are now done....i didn't have the lamb legs with me or they would have been completed as well...but close enough and good progress.

lastly, dedicate this brief post to all my family....being a single without a close faith community and during the pandemic, they held me up, kept me going and in their prayers....it's been an awful 18 days recovering.  they sent these to me ahead of mother's day...dear daughter and son-in-law were and are my local angels....again and again God blesses me with His favor....





Saturday, April 24, 2021

weekend update

big bird and i arrived in maine a few days ago....chilly of course but packed plenty of warm things....spending time with my family and scarfing down yummy maine seafood...before i left, dropped off a charity top and some charity squares to our guild drop box....


then it was off to the airport arriving in time for supper  (i don't miss many meals...LOL)

this started the week off!  


a bit of the white stuff dusting building and car tops and temps in 30s...not a surprise as it often happens when winter has its last gasp....no deterrent to family fun whatsoever....


bad weather has kept lobstermen in dry dock a lot but still plenty to be had....deelish of course!

then a day trip to the source--ocean--for some wave watching and more seafood....


the always scrumptious fried clams....my yearly treat!  some retail therapy heralded the weekend...



these came from busy thimble, repro shop of my friend cyndi....was in need of restocking shirtings and had a couple of other projects in mind for the other selections....

there is more seafood ahead and a brunch with family before big bird and i cross the mason-dixon line once more....and a week that is flying by all too quickly....



Saturday, April 17, 2021

now there are two!

 

two squares all done in the 'wildest dreams' project....no deadline for this, just whenever the urge strikes....there are 16 blocks in all.....

and there was a finish!  it's the corinne et cecile sew along piece....the theme this year was curves and had always wanted to try orange peel....some jo morton charms on hand resulted in this...

it's about 20" square, just enough to enjoy the process and get finished without stress....no destination for this piece at all....maybe a topper for one of my side tables.....

made 3 blocks for guild block-of-month and also some thank you blocks for outgoing guild officers....plus a pair of wild tropical pj shorts for summer.....just joy has been busy!  now back to quilting 'new england sampler'.....

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

MATO update

that's "midnight at the oasis" update....you are probably bored seeing this by now, but honestly the more i work on this, the more thrilled i get seeing its progress....

all 52 little churn dash blocks are done and attached.....had to do a bit of tweaking on some as acquired a 1/4" foot for just joy....the previous foot only had a 1/4" mark....so the latter ones were a tad larger...but all is calm now....first chance i get to lay it out and finalize the vine, will get that border done before proceeding to the last two.  the next is checkerboard and already have nearly one side all assembled.  ***  and the tote of scraps finally got to me....could no longer tolerate the heap so spent half hour sorting out....

as you can see, there were a lot of nickels in that pile that are now neatly stacked....and a similar stack of scrap pieces....much easier to find suitable pieces....have printed off several little houses to tackle next as can't bear to stop sewing with these bodacious prints!  

someone at guild mentioned ruth mcdowell....pulled this out to ruminate on a possible project from this book....

or might pull out my snapdragons photo and see if i can make a wall quilt using ruth's method....either way i am curious to try my hand....ruth retired before i could take one of her workshops so have to muddle along myself....

as of today, two weeks post second shot so fully immunized...patiently waiting for herd immunity and for group events again......spring marches on but stuck in the low 60s waiting for that elusive 70 to come and stay a while....