Saturday, August 29, 2015

"Some" Progress

It has been a good summer. I have tried to do a bit of sewing when I can, but sadly it has remained "a little bit."

I have been really struggling with fatigue this year, and have heard the words "chronic fatigue syndrome" from two doctors now. I am beginning to think that there is no other explanation. We have already ruled out so much, and I think everyone is running out of ideas.  But, as a wife and mother, there is just no choice but to keep moving forward. One small step at a time, doing my best to also respect what it is my body is telling me. Naps are an almost daily necessity, and I fear what will happen when the back to school schedule hits me with the 6:00 am wakeup call. It has been helpful to sleep until 9:00 every morning these summer months.

I have started a hexie project that allows me to "get something done" while I have a minute or two, wherever I am. I am working on these diamonds from scraps, and planning to arrange them in the final quilt in alternating rows of cools with black centers, neutrals with colored centers, warms with black centers, etc. It makes me realize that I but a lot more "cool" colors than anything else!

      This photo was taken as I sat in my car waiting for my son to finish up at the gym. A mini OttLite in my sewing box lets me keep going even as the sun goes down. This is going to be a LONG TERM project!

I did get one of my projects completed for the 2015 Q3 Finish Along hosted by Adrianne of On the Windy Side.
 Q3 Linkup

Yippee! It was a really quick one, but a finish is a finish! And in time for Labor Day too. I can use this as a potholder or trivet since I put a layer of Insul-Brite inside.

That great flag fabric I used for the backing was sent to me during a block swap a couple years ago, and this was a great way to use a bit of it. I think it came out nicely. I put the binding on completely by machine, and it worked out well. I am happy that I have this in my arsenal! I really enjoy hand sewing the binding on, but for a quick finish this is an option too.
 My "new" vintage Singer 15-91 is humming right along, and I am very happy to be using it.

I basted one of my projects, and I think I will give the 15-91 a go at some simple straight line machine quilting... we shall see how it goes! That may be my next finish. A few stitches at a time. One hexie at a time.

I have to slow down and be happy with whatever progress I can make, whenever I can make it. A good life lesson. This is difficult for me!

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2015 Q3 Finish Along link up!

 Q3 Linkup

I am going to link up again with the 2015 Finish Along hosted by Adrianne of On the Windy Side. I am hoping that this will be incentive for me to get moving again after quite a hiatus from any finishes.

Here's my list:
 Top is complete, needs Quilting and Binding

 Top is complete, Needs Quilting and Binding

 Perhaps a pillow cover?

 Top is complete, needs Quilting and Binding

Are you detecting a theme?

 Top is complete, Needs Quilting and Binding

 There are two of these... for my two Eagle Scouts. One is ready to quilt and bind, the other still needs a backing, quilting and binding. 

 A little potholder

 An improv block that needs to become something!

Monday, January 12, 2015

A First Quarter List for the 2015 Finish-Along

I am linking up to the 2015 First Quarter Finish-Along with Adrianne of On the Windy Side.

I am excited to get back to sewing this year and move some projects off my shelves and into use. I am going to start with a shorter list this time around and see if that keeps me focused.

Here goes:

1. Patriotic Scrappy Trip Along - ready to be quilted and bound

2. Low Volume strips with solid squares- ready to be quilted and bound

3. solid stripes pillow project

4. Gray, Green and Aqua Bag

Hopefully those awesome prizes will help me get some of these completed!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

4th Qtr Finish Along - project list

It is time to get back in the saddle...

Linking up to the 4th Qtr 2014 Finish Along at the Littlest Thistle

Quilting has been on my back burner for way too long. I have not sewed a single seam since we started down the very long road of my husband's health problems back at the beginning of May. The quarterly Finish-A-Long is the perfect incentive to get going on some languishing projects.

First up are quilts that need to be quilted:

1. Patriotic Scrappy Trip Along -

2. Low Volume strips with solid squares-

3. Layer Cake Lemonade Farm

4. My Big Print Bonanza-

And then there are these projects, at the piecing stage
long languishing...
5. Improv block

6. William Morris pinwheels - this has looked like this for... ahem... 2 years...

7. Lucky Stars paper piecing
8. solid stripes project

9. Tiny postage stamp Rainbow

I think that about covers it.  Looking forward to getting back to the machine and hopefully to get some finishes!

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 

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!