Tuesday, January 28, 2014

More tops made

Pat and I continue to have Monday sew days.  She put this one together last week, but wasn't able to post it to her blog.  

I put this top together, but didn't realize my border fabric was a more red-red versus the orange-red of the print in the blocks.  I'm sure I'm more critical than the recipients.  Thanks Yetta for the blocks!

This frog quilt is my favorite of the tops I've put together with paper pieced frog blocks from Judy H.  I have the perfect panto for it.  I got the Superman quilt loaded on the longarm, and have all the others paired with appropriate backings ready to go.  It's great to be productive.

Sunrises continue to brighten the morning sky! 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Using blocks

I pulled out blocks that I had been given, since I was all out of tops ready to quilt for Dr. Kaufman.  Pat and I have been having sew days, and it's nice to have a distraction from my daily physical therapy grind.

Kathi Eddy gave me these lovely blocks with batiks.  I've gotten one larger top together above, and now need to audition fabrics for a smaller top with six blocks.

I also took my frustrations out and made a little collage piece about what's on my mind:

The day dawned cloudy and cool, but fortunately we've got some sunshine now which does wonders for my mood, and also heating the house!  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Healing S-L-O-W-L-Y!

I started to write, I can't believe it's been so long since my last blog post...but really I can believe it.  After my last post it was a whirlwind of longarm quilting to get some things done before my total knee surgery on December 5th.

I finished two quilts neither or which I have good pictures of, a king size black and white quilt for Jackie, and a "Christmas" quilt for Lindsay featuring a center medallion embroidery that was done by my mom.  I delivered them both at Thanksgiving.  I also quilted a quilt for Pat which had disastrous bleeding when washed--but her sister still wanted it.  

Then came the surgery with a not so stellar four-day stay at the hospital.  I seemed to be doing okay, until I got my sutures out--and had a cellulitis for which I'm now on the fourth (and hopefully last) ten-day course of antibiotics.  Apparently my right knee was exceptional in its healing, and I should have known better than to expect the same course with the left.  I have sooo much swelling this time, and six weeks post-op I'm still struggling with it.  In spite of that I've made some gains with physical therapy, and my therapist was pleased with my progress at yesterday's visit.  Me, not so much, I expected to be so much farther along.  I guess I still haven't acquired patience! 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Colorado where the grandboys were practicing showing off how old they would be.

Then Christmas here with so much excitement--that only almost three-year-olds can generate.

Not much quilting content--though with Pat's help I'm finishing up a couple of comfort quilts.  My days seem to pass with not much to show, punctuated by pain medication and PT exercises.  I guess I'm the only one that change that!  So here's to a start--at least some blogging.  I have been enjoying sunrises and sunsets--couldn't do justice to the latest full moon with my pictures.  Still need to work on that.  But sunsets don't need much help!