Post op 15 days….and quilting 

Today I am 15 days post op and doing quite well. The sciatic nerve pain is gone, replaced with short lived surgical incision pain. I have almost weaned off the narcotics, just taking them at bedtime due to hyperactive nerves in my left leg preventing me from falling asleep. Each day there is progress. I continue on several restrictions. No lifting more than weight of gallon of milk, no bending or twisting. I anticipate these to continue for 2-3 months. Also limiting sitting, preferred laying or walking. I am currently up to 1.11 miles divided by 3 walks per day. I have my first post op visit this coming Monday. 

This is what is inside of me along with bone grafts to fuse the vertebrae. That is the reason for the restrictions.


I had prepared several things to do while I have restrictions. Hand bind 3 quilts and sandwiched two quilts ready for hand quilting. I finished the binding of the three quilts and today started hand Quilting one smaller quilt. I plan on doing some more detailed quilting. I have the time and I enjoy the process.


The below are the rows to my 365 challenge quilt. In fact I did get the rows sewn to the main quilt. I just cannot get a picture of the whole thing as I cannot bend. Will pack this up and plan to have this as another project for hand Quilting down in AZ. This quilt will rest on our bed in AZ.


This week I tried to do a little sewing, cutting and piecing. I found that this was extremely tiresome lasting only 30 minutes. I thought that if I did 2 blocks per day that would help build up my tolerance. I do know that this was a big surgery and takes time (months) to recover. Today I actually did 6 blocks. They are a Bonnie Hunter block called sugar blocks. I thought they were cute and easy to do. So I think I have about 20 sets cut to sew. Will make a great top. Again nice project to work on. This will eventually be a charity quilt.

As life brings us many things, young daughter Abigail has choose to change directions yet again. She is in Az working as nanny and trying real estate, which has been harder than she thought. She informed us that she was going to join the Marines. Well in fact this week actually went to the processing center and passed the multiple tests. Looks like she will be sent to boot camp in April. Not many passed to go on but she did. So this will be another change. However she will need to stay with them for 4 years. She seems to understand everything and what to expect. She maybe interested in intel. So we expect a call or visit from the FBI. Nothing like a bit of excitement. Thank goodness the other girls are more stable. So the above detailed quilt will be my so called prayer quilt as I stitch I pray she will be successful and excel serving our country, so we can enjoy the freedoms of this wonderful country.

My thoughts and prayers also go out to people of Houston, Florida and Caribbean for all the devastation of homes and way of life. So sad….

As quilters often do…..we quilt.

Happy Quilting!

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Local fair results 

It has been quite some time since entering a quilt into the fair. This year I decided to enter 5 quilts. Here they are and the results.


The pieces of this table topper were from cut of triangles from a quilt quilt raffle quilt. This is hand pieced and hand quilted. I actually hand pieced this on a return trip from AZ last year. I loved these batiks.



This is my zoo quilt for charity. I loved this simple pattern and the fabrics. I wanted to try this type of machine quilting, not happy with it, but did learn a lot. It stretched quite a bit despite pinning it. I have a small throat on my machine that makes quilting challenging. Perfect size for a child.


This I call my Downton Abby quilt. Material is a jelly roll of Countess Dagner and pattern is the jelly roll race I think #2 by Missouri Quilts. Hand quilted with Baptist Fan.


Next up is my Chinese Coins pattern quilt. Only quilted the border as too thick with folding of fabric in main hanging.




I may have posted these before but here is Cherith’s quilt. It was a contender for grand Champion, was beat out by a quilt guild quilt. I was told the judge was so impressed with this quilt on many levels. 

  • Hand quilted 
  • Variegated thread
  • Scallops
  • So many pieces…size
  • Most important was the different fabrics in a color (scrap) and then when standing back noticing just one color. Had to look at this several times. (Well this is a Bonnie Hunter thing)


So I am working hard on this 365 day Challenge quilt. I have had these blocks done, but needed to sew them into rows. I put this quilt away for a year. This is the second border. Next will be to sew 6 inch light blocks together for the final border. This is hand pieced. 

Now for another update. My sciatica pain has returned. So I was painfree for about 4 weeks allowing me to enjoy summer. After much thought, being unable to once again climb stairs and more pain in evening I will be having lumbar fusion surgery with cyst removal. Repeat MRI last Friday shows that the cyst has returned. Surgery is scheduled for next Wednesday at 2pm. Hospital stay 1-4 days. No bending, twisting of lifting for 2-3 months. Sitting limited. Walking and lying will be my exercise program. Fusion involves a bone graft that needs to set. Once set then restrictions are removed my restrictions are lifted and PT to build up core and back begins. A total of 6-9 months for recovery. Currently trying to get my quilting projects at a point that they can be paused. I have 3 quilts that just need hand binding which I like to do if I need some diversion. Also the above 356 quilt to work on. I am going to sandwich 2 quilts should I want to do hand quilting. I can sew standing up but really would have to watch the twisting aspect. Today plan to pack up my quilting stuff for AZ as my husband could not do that…would be funny him doing it :). I have an excellent neurosurgeon and am very hopeful of an excellent outcome. Thoughts and prayers from you all would be great. I feel physically and mentally I am ready! My faith will also be a great support!

Happy Quilting….will update you all as I am able!

Fimsy finishes…I have been busy

I guess I have been quiet. But I have been quilting. I am currently sewing the binding to my final finished quilt for the fair in a few weeks. Will post that in a few days. 

First up is my Bahama straits quilt. I love the colors and I think I will plan to hand quilt this one. At present I have no hand quilting project. This quilt is based on Bonnie Hunters block – Straits of Mackinac. A very time consuming block with lots of matching. I did 9 blocks…plenty.


I thought the above was a neat pattern I decided to do a charity quilt with bright colors. Today finished the two borders, but thinking about maybe adding some solid borders, but will wait until I return to AZ to raid the quilters stash.


Next up is some fabric, not loved by the AZ quilters so I got it and then picked up some precut 1.25 strips that were flannel at a resale shop and put this together. Again I don’t have much for backing so this also is headed to AZ. This one was kind of fun to do. Made up the pattern as I went along.


Next up is another charity quilt. I ran across a bear quilt with the pillow on top and thought it was so cute. I love doing four patches and loved the bear material and the soft peach color material. This is a made up pattern. Material from AZ quilters stash.  This one I am thinking maybe another side border. Will get packed to travel to AZ.


I have another blue/green baby quilt that is waiting for some secondary blocks to make, just have not decided on the block. I have some additional fabric scraps for something and a lady bug material for a quilt. Not sure if I will get to that. 

Just finished doing match stick quilting on my zoo quilt. NEVER again. Too labor intensive. Nice effect when done. I have about 3-4 quilts to machine quilt. So thinking I will stop composing quilts. I am working on QAL “Rest and Frefreshing” that has about three more blocks to go the all the side blocks. I will try to keep up with that one. This week as I do not have any hand quilting projects, got out my “365 day quilt blocks”, and noticed I am missing 3 6″ dark blocks. So currently sewing the second dark border blocks and then the 6″ light blocks. Maybe I can get this put together prior to travels to AZ and maybe hand quilt that monster. It already is a heavy quilt, I am thinking maybe quilt between the blocks. Might be a good project for AZ nights. I do have my finished Bonnie Hunter quilt mystery from last year down in AZ. But would like to do this one first. Would be a great fair entry if I can get it done for next year.

Another finished project is the quilt mystery for the Sunflower quilters. I finished the quilting and just have to put on the binding. I think I will post this mystery on here as I release it to the quilters. It was fun to do and is not very complicated. Stay tuned!

Health issues…we’ll I am doing ok. Added three more PT visits. I guess I have a weak gluteal muscle that is causing some discomfort. Some exercises made it worse so had to back off. I am also thinking that my cortisone injection has now worn off and maybe I am feeling more arthritis pain, although this seems muscular. Hubby came down with a terrible headcold and chest congestion that has progress to GI symptoms. Well thinking about it more, we are thinking it could be the condo and possible mold issues with all the humidity issues this past spring. We are going to have duct working put in attic and fill current vents with cement this fall while we take a fall trip to Nashville TN. Currently getting bids. Sure had limited his activity in recent weeks and has lost some weight. 

Well this is long enough….Packer Family night is on TV soon, preseason practice with 70,000 people watching at Lambau field. Is the only chance for people to see them live and in the stadium as regular season games are sold out and expensive. 

Happy Quilting!

Welcome to 2017

Always fun to say good bye to the year and welcome a new year! We all have our wishes but for me each day is a blessing and so enjoy my retirement. New Year’s Eve we had my sister-in-law/spouse over to our condo. For over 26 years we have alternated homes. Over the years our child appeared and we celebrated the new year a bit early…9pm and the headed home to watch the ball fall. New Year’s Eve is filled with a meal, catching up and playing games. As our children have all now grown and celebrate the new year their own way, we are back to just us. This year Cherith was present as was spending time here as a break from college. So yes we talked, ate turkey and the trimmings and played 3 games. New Year’s Eve came at 930pm. So toasted the new year and what is to come.


We of course watched our Packer win the division and today watched our Badgers play in the Cotton Bowl. Today we bid farewell to Cherith and our cat “Whiskers” as he left for his mini vacation to Cherith’s apartment while we are in Az. Whiskers is not a car traveling cat. We tried a bit a liquid children’s Benadryl and he proceeded to vomit mostly his morning meal. I think he knew something was up when his food and water dish disappeared. We loaded up her car and off they went. I guess he did ok except on the freeway and sudden turns. He has explored his new temporary home and seems to be ok with new hiding places. Hopefully he will help Cherith with all the stress that comes with school.


Our next project is to take down the Christmas decorations, last cleaning, packing the car and closing up the condo. Looks like the travel weather is good. Leaving here as the temps dip down to zero. 


The of course was the En Provence mystery reveal on New Years Day! Beautiful quilt. So I was able to sew on block and one sashing. Looks great! These blocks are tricky so it will pay to go slow and triple check the layout. I was able to finish sewing Clue 7 blocks today so the are packed along with other clues to work on in AZ. Some people are sewing quarters rather than the whole quilt. This would make quilting easier. I probably will hand quilt this one.

En Provence final reveal
The 365 challenge block quilt is also complete. Great quilt along! Another one starts for 2017. Will bring these blocks if room in car. Not sure I will have time to work on this one.

So a few days of travel until at our winter home. 

Happy Quilting!

Time in-between

                                                                                            

I have been seeing a lot about the week between Christmas and the New Year. Excitement of Christmas is over and now waiting for the new year and what might come about. For us we have had one daughter with us. Sort of her downtime from college and entering her last semester of nursing school. We wait for the day we head down to our winter home in Marana AZ and meet up with friends down there. Of course we are watching weather closely as we drive down there over four days. This year our cat “whiskers” will be staying with this daughter in Milwaukee. He would never make the trip as he gets car sick. This year we will leave behind our condo and have less to worry about back here. Our plan is to stay a little longer but return in time for daughter’s graduation. So weather tells us travel is a go and just in time as a polar vortex is heading here. We have already had two significant snow falls. That is enough for us. I had a cold back around Thanksgiving and now spouse has a good head cold. Two of our other daughters already treated for step this year.

I have participated in the 356 day Challenge quilt and tomorrow is the last block. So I have tons of 3 inch dark blocks and the remaining 6 inch blocks to add. So may just take this with me in case I want to work on it. I have hand seven these blocks. This will be a quilt for our AZ master bed.

                                                                    
En Provence is the current Bonnie Hunter mystery and loving the colors. We have yellow and green to use in this quilt and clue 6 is coming tomorrow. It is possible the reveal will be on New Year’s Day, but one never knows. I hope to be able to do this clue before we leave for AZ. I do have some time as I have most things packed and ready to load into car. I am hoping all my sewing stuff will find a spot. This year taking my sewing machine.

Here are all the clues to the mystery so far.


It is fun looking at all the new 2017 quilting challenges and such. I do need to do some hand quilting but will do some smaller challenges. Our quilting group in AZ always has some great projects as well.

Thanks for stopping by….Happy Quilting!

365 Challenge Blocks progress

It is the middle of December and approaching the last month of this challenge. It sure has been fun. So impressed with the blocks and different arrangements. Not sure I will ever do this again. It will be a challenge to get this one hand quilted. 

Now mind you this has been also a challenge to do this challenge and Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery quilt. The clues so far have been somewhat easy up to this point. I have gotten a little behind in the 365 challenge, but almost caught up today. I am thinking after returning to Arizona in a few weeks I will begin putting the dark border and final border on. However first priority is to finish my daughters quilt. This one is coming along, but she will be visiting us for a few weeks so will have to pack it up and it will wait. That is ok as my tendonitis seems to be getting better.

Thought I would share a few of the recent 6 inch light blocks of 365 quilt as the end is in sight. Cut wait for clue 4 of mystery quilt.

Another quick project I am working on is transferring VHS tape to DVD a great series Winds of War. Just love this movie series back in 1983. I also taped the sequel War and Rememberance.


Happy Quilting

Fabulous fall…

Fabulous fall…

Another great fall week in Wisconsin. We have only a few yellow leaves on our front tree. I’m sure they will be gone by end of week. So wonderful to soak in the fall sunshine outside. Hoping it lasts another week as we have tickets to Badger football game this coming Saturday. Late afternoon into evening. They sure are playing great.

This week we were able to kayak across the lake again,have a burger and a beer. Looks like this coming week we maybe able to do it again. All the piers are out and you can hear gun shots of duck hunting. The lake always has a calming effect on the soul especially with many things on the mind. Most our out of our control.

I have been able to continue keeping up with the 365 Challenge blocks. We now have less than 2 months. I think with this quilt I am going to hand quilt in larger pieces and then join. I have purchased my quilting thread and will need to purchase some wool batting for this one. I may not get to hand quilting it until we return from Arizona this spring.  


I have started my paper piecing Christmas Wreath. Not real crazy about paper piecing, but cute pattern and a great way to use up some Christmas fabric scraps. It will replace my fall leaves wall quilt when complete. I have done 4 of the large blocks and 5 small blocks with 11 more small blocks to complete. This one I plan on machine quilting.


My parents dog daisy is in need of a winter sweater, so I crocheted a larger one from last year. It is pretty bright and I think big enough. We will see her tomorrow for a fitting and a picture. Last time I was at my mom’s I grabbed some yarn. Every so often get the urge to crochet. So with some of the yarn working on some mittens. With the cooler weather I discovered that I cannot find my winter mittens from our move. Actually bought a pair. You know when you do that they then appear. So far no sightings. 


We saw 2 movies this past week. “I am not ashamed” and “Hacksaw Ridge”. Both very good. We especially like theaters with recliners. 

My big purchase of fabric arrived and it looks great. 3 of the fabrics are for Christmas gifts of soup bowl cadies. So cut my 10 inch squares of fabric and wrap n zap batting. I am thinking of making 8 for my sisters in laws, daughters, niece and mom. 


Then there is the Bonnie Hunter Quilt mystery. En Provence. So that material came as well. Like them all. Pulled some of my stash as well. I am thinking I may use only 2 dark purples and 2 light purples and use more for the neutrals, yellows and greens. I guess it may depend on the clues. I don’t know who will get this quilt, it might be mine. I took a few pictures and also black and whites to watch the color tones. I have one yellow that is a bit light so may have to be careful of that fabric. I so enjoy these mysteries and the many color schemes. This one I am going to work on clues during day and finish hand quilting last year’s mystery in evening. 


Some of my light purples looked dark. Also you can see my light yellow. Nice ways to look at fabric values, especially if they end up next to each other.


This seems better. I have even added a few neutrals and two golds from last year’s mystery. That is pretty cool as I liked these gold colors. Not sure my daughter will like them in her red and white quilt, but they are there.

Tomorrow going with my parents to an early turkey dinner at a local church. Will do a little raking of leaves prior to lunch. Hope to be back home to watch our Green Bay Packers. Love football season. Soon we will be doing a little more serious thinking about our drive to Arizonia. We have planned our hotels and made reservations and hope to leave first week in January weather permitting.

Happy Quilting!