Monday, August 11, 2014

So much to be grateful for

These last two months have been a wake up call. A whirlwind of scary activity, and a real reminder of what's important. They say that in tough times you find out who your real friends are, and boy have I had some surprises.

Just before my last post, my husband started to lose the sight in his right eye. this was a huge concern, because in November of last year, he started losing the sight in his left eye- and by January he had no functional vision in the left eye.

As you might imagine, we were all terrified. The original diagnosis was a temporary loss of blood flow to the optic nerve, causing it to be damaged. The suspected cause was sleep apnea, and we were told that as long as he got that under control and faithfully used his CPAP machine, the chance of this happening to the other eye was slim. But now this had started in the other eye. We were terrified.

My husband has been in the hospital twice in the last two months for strong doses of IV steroids., thinking he had some horrible, debilitating disease that would soon attack other parts of his body. Finally, we found a doctor who was willing to think outside the box, and try something even though there was no conclusive diagnosis, to try to save the remaining vision. At that time it was about 50% of the field of vision in one eye. If we could save that, we felt that we could manage. He would never be able to drive a car or ride a bike again, but we could manage.


All quilting activities have stopped, but I was privileged to be able to hand deliver the Quilt of Valor to  its final destination.  This is James Newman, a 93-year old  WWII Veteran who survived the Battle of the Bulge. I delivered this on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and we had a conversation about that. He is a wonderfully spry and sharp man, and it made me realize how fortunate I am to know him!

Fast forward to today- My husband has been on this new treatment, for a suspected auto-immune disease for about 6 weeks now. We are so surprised and grateful that the vision in both eyes is improving. Two doctors -  both very well respected neuro-ophthalmologists told him that was pretty much impossible. Any improvement is a win, and who knows how much more might come back. It just goes to show you that you should never give up. Follow each lead to its conclusion, and keep asking questions.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Finished - my first Quilt of Valor

Linking up to 
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Here she is... and I am so thrilled at the way it turned out.  
This will be delivered next week to its final destination!





And, I have checked off one more item from my Q2 Finish-A-Long list. 
See my original list here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quilt of Valor is quilted!!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 


Sew Fresh Quilts




My Quilt of Valor has returned from the Longarmer, and it looks beautiful! I am excited to get the binding on it, and the label. Now if only I can find those labels.... You can see the whole top here.


Didn't my quilter, Rosemary do a fantastic job? She chose a gold thread that works so nicely with the pale gold flannel I sent her for the backing, and it picks up the few stars in the top that include gold. 


 I love the density of the quilting and the stars in the pattern. Won't it have such a wonderful crinkly texture once it is washed?

Hoping to have it all completed when the weather is better so I can finish up and get some nice outdoor shots of it. I will be happy to check off another project on my Q2 Finish-a-long list!

More to come soon!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Springtime log cabins Pillow Finish

Here it is the middle of April and I am still craving real springtime!! But, I am only 20 days into the second quarter and I have a finish, so that's good news!


The 32 degree morning temps earlier this week certainly made me want to finish up this pillow project which to me looks like the blue skies in spring and the green buds of flowers to come!


This one is listed in my Etsy shop.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finish-a-Long Q2 - my list

This will be linked up to Katy at The Littlest Thistle for my entry into the Q2 Finish a Long.

Many of these things will look familiar, since they are carry overs from the first quarter of 2014. Sigh...

First up, my project for Quilts of Valor. I really, really expected this one to be completed by now, but my longarmer assigned by QOV got very ill and was unable to quilt this one up for me. It was returned and will be off shortly to my newly assigned partner! I am excited to get this done.

QOV Quilt

Second will be my soft springtime log cabin pillow. I have 4 log cabins made so far.

Springtime Log Cabins

Third,  an oldie, but a goodie... My William Morris scrap quilt...

Swartz Creek Scrap Quilt

Fourth,  this rainbow quilt. I have a direction now in my mind, and I am considering trying to enter this one in a contest. Must be completed!
Rainbow postage stamps


Oh yes, and this little improv block needs to be figured out and finished up into something...

Improv

Tops to be quilted and bound:
low volume

Big Print Bonanza

Layer Cake Lemonade

RWB Scrappy trips


And finally, this bag I am making for myself:


And look how quickly I came up with TEN WIPS. Ten. Yikes!

Wish me luck. I am gonna need a lot of it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I am a Pattern Designer!

I have a pattern for sale now in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy!

I decided to do what so many other crafters have done, and publish one of my patterns for sale online. When my nephew was adopted, I wanted to make a quilt for both my niece and my new nephew, and I did not have a ton of time! So, I got to work designing something simple that would highlight some great large-scale kids prints.

This was the quilt I made for my nephew:


After I posted the photo on Flickr, someone asked where they could get the pattern for this quilt!!! I filed that away for the future, and now the time has come that I updated the design, wrote it up into a pattern called "Big Print Bonanza," and posted it for sale on Etsy and Craftsy. 

I made some changes to the design as I went along to make it even easier to assemble. I adjusted the sizes of some of the pieces to make this quilt Charm Pack-friendly. One charm pack, one yard of a large scale print, and 1/3 of a yard of a coordinating solid, and you can complete the quilt top in no time flat. If you want, you can use a single width of fabric for the back - no piecing! Easy as pie.

Here is the second (new and improved) version of the design:


This was a quick and easy one to put together, with no worries about matching points or seams. It ends up at approximately 40 x 48", so it can be quilted on your regular domestic machine. Perfect for a quick donation quilt or gift. I can imagine making this with Patriotic prints and donating it as a lap quilt for a veteran! Make it in all pinks and donate it to a chemo center to be used by patients! Make it manly with stripes and plaids or completely scrappy from your stash -  The options are endless.

I hope you check out my pattern and enjoy making a quick and easy quilt!




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Log Cabins in Springtime

Here we go! My Wednesday WIP...
Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.



These are 9.5" log cabins, finished size 9". I have two more to go and then I will be making them into an 18" pillow to match this one I finished a couple of days ago. I already listed it for sale in my Etsy shop. The Log Cabins pillow will also be listed when it is complete!



Fun on a cold "almost spring" day!

Happy sewing,
Kathy