Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I am feeling much better, been busy with lots of canning with my friend Maureen.  Quilting and knitting will be back at it soon.

Monday, August 12, 2013

What I am piecing...


Working on making these stars out of scraps.  Kind of fun, easy sewing.  We will see how far I get.  This one was a test block.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Changed my mind

on what quilt to hand quilt next.  I didn't have a piece of backing that would accommodate the Glorified Nine Patch from the last post, so I am working on quilting my Postage Stamp quilt that I was working on before I go sick.

I really was feeling much better until I was told in July that I have Lymphoma in the neck.  So I have been quilting when I feel like, sleeping when I feel like it and taking Chemotherapy and Radiation twice a week.  Such is life. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Just a Quick Post

Hi all, just thought I would post a picture of the next quilting project.  Keeps me inspired to finish the quilt. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I'm Back...

My goodness it has been an awful long time since I have posted anything new on my blog.  Its not that I have been ignoring it, its that I have been busy with life.  Shall I start at the beginning?

Last summer was pretty busy with work and other things, then around August, I started having a slight cough.  I never thought anything about it.  From then on things started to get progressively worse.  The cough turned into not being able to swallow very well.  I was going to the doctors and they were telling me the cough was because I had quit smoking and my body was cleansing itself.  What do I know, I am not a doctor, so I bought this story.  Then in September, I was really coughing badly, and went back to the doctor and was told nothing was wrong.  Since I suffer from allergies, they told that could be the case.  October and November I was really starting to feel lousy.  I would have night sweats, and I couldn't do anything without coughing.  I went back to the doctor and they said things looked normal.

The beginning of November was awful. I was tired, constantly coughing everytime I moved and I got where I could no longer function at work.  I was at home, confined to bed because I just never had the energy to move or to do much of anything.  It got worse.  I went to a doctor out of town and started treatment.  That treatment was for a tumor that was in my throat.  From then on, things really got bad.  I was admitted to ICU in the early part of December with renal faliure and what they thought might be TB.  However, upon on further evaluation from a specialist, I was told I had Pneumocystis Pneumonia.  And because of that pneumonia, it let a virus grow in the bottom of my lungs; I had to have my lungs scraped, which in and of itself is very scary.  Lots of medicines.  I was in the hospital for quite a while, and because of being so weak and bed ridden such a long period of time, I developed neuropathy in both my legs from the knee's down.  While I was released from the hospital after two weeks, I returned home walking with a cane because of balance issues, which I have no idea where those came from, as well as oxygen 24/7.  It was something that I was not used to doing.  Especially depending on others to help my in my situation, from cooking and cleaning, to even helping me walk.

Since January of this years things have gotten much better.  Slowly I have been regaining use of my feet and legs without having to need to use the assistance of a cane.  I also am no longer having to use oxygen to compensate for what my lungs where not producing.  Basically, I am almost back to normal, however, I still tire very easily. I returned to work towards the middle of February after not being at work since November.  It feels good to finally get back into the swing of life and carry one where I left off at.

In the past month, I have finally felt like quilting and knitting.  And reading.  Many of you may remember that I was a reader and whilst ill, I did none of those things.  To be quiet honest, I really don't remember much that did happen.  I just know that I am happy now that things have returned slightly back to normal, well at least as normally as they can be now.  I want many of you to know, especially people that I have meet through my blog and in person, that I did allow my mind to wonder to you all.  No I was not ignoring you or upset with you in anyway.  I was just out of it and had many other things to worry about, like getting well. 

Here is to a better spring, summer and fall than last year! And hopefully more quilt related stuff!

Jay

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Toy

Since I read that Lori got a new toy at an auction for cheap, i.e. a Singer 301, I thought I would let you all see my new toy.  I picked this machine up on FreeCycle, which is an e-mail list people post unwanted items and you can ask to pick it up. 

Its a Singer 185K, in green and cream.  Sews like a charm.  Very quiet, and is a straight stitch only machine.  These machines were made from 1958 to about 1962.  This machine was designed replace the 3/4 size Singer 99.  Brand new this machine could be had for $119.50, or you could pay $12.00 down and $1.25 a week..  Today, that $119.50 is the same as paying $950.00 and $12.00 down would be equal to $95.00, and the $1.25 a week, would be same as paying $10.00 a week.  So you were really paying for a quality machine that was made to last.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Postage Stamp Step 1:

Now that the book club has started, I can post step one.  Which is to sew each of your print squares with a neutral pair.  You should have 600 pairs.

We have also read to page 47 in the book.  Leave a comment on what you think is good about the novel and any questions about the quilt.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Book Club Selection


Its almost time for the next book in our book club! This session we will be featuring the book, No Time On My Hands by Grace McCance Snyder.

Grace McCance Snyder's autobiography, No Time on My Hands, written with her daughter, Nellie Snyder Yost, is the account of her pioneer life from 1885--when Grace is three years old and her family moves to Nebraska from settled Missouri--until 1962, a full 20 years before Grace Snyder died at the age of 100. Compared to other books of life on the prairie and other fictional and non-fictional accounts of pioneering women, No Time on My Handsmakes these accounts even more vivid and awe-inspiring because of the great detail that Grace shares about the work that she and her mother and sisters did at their sod homestead on the plains of Nebraska.
During this session we will be making a postage stamp style quilt, though in much bigger pieces than what Grace used.
Supply List
1. Sewing Machine in good working order; please make sure you know how to use your machine. A quarter inch foot or seam guide is also helpful in making this quilt.
2. Neutral cotton thread
3. Pins
4. Scissors
5. Rotary cutter, small matt, and ruler
6. Fabric: To make this quilt from scraps, you will need a total of 1,200 two inch finished size squares the cut measurement is 2.5 inches. Other options include two Jelly Rolls, fabric yardage, or 600 scrap squares and 600 neutral squares to make a checkerboard type design. The exact yardage is as follows: You will need a total of 7 yards for your quilt top. This needs to be a mixture of textures, small prints, large scale prints, solids, neutrals. This will bring movement to your quilt top. If you choose to make a smaller or larger quilt top, you will need to adjust accordingly on your own.
7. Three strips of muslin each 1.5 inches by 3 inches. This will be used to test seam allowances, it’s very important when working with smaller pieces that you know what your seam allowance is.
Special Notes:
You need to be familiar with the quilting process and know how to use a rotary cutter safely.



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I think its Spring....

when Magnolia's are in bloom......


Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Progress on Monday


Rail Fence made from strings on a foundation, not the smaller size, regular size blocks.  I like the basket weave effect.  This is now a completed top made from 48 blocks.