Saturday, December 3, 2016

Beginning






It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I'm beginning to stitch again. 








Three weeks ago I had my right (dominant) hand operated on. It's called a Carpal Tunnel Release. I quite frankly was terrified, because I was afraid that something would happen and I wouldn't be able to stitch or knit again. Thankfully my hand surgeon was able to take care of everything and I will be fine, I think. I'm still sore and stiff, but better every day. The numbness and tingling have almost all gone, so I think this is a success story, and hopefully I never have to talk about it again.








The house is decorated. I've had my quilt group here this past Wednesday, which is always the beginning of Christmas for me. I managed it all last weekend, after a wonderful trip to see our oldest son and his adorable family for Thanksgiving.






In my next post I will show you the blocks that I've completed for the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt, but this one is just to let you all know that I'm back and looking forward to a lot of new knitting and stitching in the weeks and months ahead. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rowdy Flat Library Quilt Block Three and Corner Block




I have finally finished block three. I think I love it, even if it is slightly different than the pattern. Sometimes making a large mistake works out rather well in the long term. I like having more Bees in the corners as they are my favorite design of this pattern. In fact I just ordered fabric for the back of this quilt, which is covered in very cute plump bees. The fabric is "Bumble Bee"  by Tula Pink. It's just perfect, I think. AND its on sale. Even more perfect. I feel like I have accomplished a large hurdle after finishing block three. I think it's the three weeks I had to stop sewing. It just seemed to take forever to finish. 






I've also started on the corner blocks for one of the borders. I love the "Queen Bee" in the center of this block. It's nice to have small blocks for a bit of a breather before I go on to the next two large blocks. At least I learned my lesson, and I'm reading the directions now. Sometimes I just think that I know what I'm doing and get way ahead of myself.  Reading is best...



Lesson learned.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rowdy Flat Library Quilt Block Three





I'm sure that you have all heard of poetic license. Right? Well I have used artistic license on this block. By accident. I'll blame it on pain.



I started this block before I had my elbow and hand surgery. I was trying to get as much stitching as possible finished before my surgery, so I don't think I was as careful as usual in reading the directions for this block. Therefore, a big mistake was made. Usually if I make a mistake in my stitching, I will remove the part that is wrong and start over. However, in this case I was just too far into the block to be able to start over.


I made the outside wreath, (the one with the leaves) too small. If appliqued pieces are removed from the background fabric, in my experience it leaves marks. You can see an example in the above photo. I have been diligently stitching away this week. My hand and my elbow have been screaming at me in the evening, and my surgery was only four weeks ago. So, long story short... I'm making up my own Block Three. Not all of it, and the original concept is still there. My center is very crowded, but I kind of like it. The corners are kind of bare, and I'm adding to them. I'm still using the pattern that was provided by the author of the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt. I'm using her shapes, but putting them in different places.







I think that my Block Three is going to be heavily appliqued, and may be a bit different than the other appliqued squares, so I'm going to use it as my center square. I adore this pattern and just can't wait until I see it completed. It is colorful and fun and a bit of a challenge. I'm all about stitching on quilts that challenge me in some way, and this one is perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I have ordered another large pattern from the same designer. Her name is Susan Smith, and I hope she forgives me for tweaking her pattern.

Oh, and if you are wondering what surgery I had done- All because I spend my life stitching- I had a Carpal Tunnel Release, and a Subcutaneous Ulnar Transposition ( That means they moved the nerve in my elbow to a new, more protected position). AND I think I have to have the same thing done on my other side. I will find out in a week. Fun, right? However, if I didn't get it repaired, there was a high probability that I would have lost the use of my hand.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Getting Better





I'm recovering. Slowly. I still have to use ice in the afternoons, but no more too strong pain killers. Those things are brutal, but needed, for the first week-in this case. I'm still working on healing, and not yet ready for all day sewing sessions. Mostly I'm reading. Catching up on television shows that I've missed, and gathering inspiration for when things are back to normal. Reading blogs that I love. I think it will be at least a few weeks until I can really begin again to pick up a needle and thread. Then I will be planning to have the other arm and hand repaired as well. Oh, the things I do to myself...





Monday, September 5, 2016

Rowdy Flat Library Update ...




..and please think of me. I'm a nervous wreck. I'm having Carpal Tunnel surgery, and Ulnar Nerve Transposition in my elbow. Two surgeries at once. Leave it to me. I'm not afraid to have surgery, as this is far from my first. I am, however, very afraid that I won't be able to applique or hand quilt again. So, if you could say a teeny tiny prayer for me next Monday, I would certainly appreciate it.

Now on to the fun stuff.
These first two photos are of a big mistake. Big and black.




The fabric I bought for my "Bees" is actually gold and black striped, but I didn't notice how much my "Bees" looked like "Flies" until I took a photo of the finished block. Holy Moly, So, I un-sewed them and used cute yellow fabric instead,






I just love applique blocks with ink work on them. A lot. The next photo is of the completed Block one, and then the last two photos show sort of what things may look like together. It isn't the correct placement, as there are still many applique blocks, corners and borders still to be done. Remember that it is a mystery quilt as well, so I don't know what the layout is.








I just ordered another pattern from the same designer, Susan Smith. The name of it is Stoneyfields. I think it will be a year or two before I can even attempt it, as there is now quite a line up of beautiful patterns to work on. Then there is my forced time out. I just hope that it isn't for too long.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Knitting A Sock








I am knitting-a-sock... 
I have been doing this, it seems like weeks, but it hasn't been that long I guess. I've been reading as well.




Mostly, I've been hanging out with my amazing Grandsons. We had a BOYS ONLY weekend (except for Nana, of course). They went out for pizza. They went fishing, and only one of them fell in. They had an amazing water gun fight, with Otter pops after. They went to see a movie, with a ton of candy and slushies. They had a sleepover with one of the dogs, who only ate part of three socks. They had barbecues, with a lot of ketchup. Ice cream sundaes. They got new remote control Hexbugs. Hot dogs for lunch. Star Wars movies and video games. 



One of them told me it was his favorite weekend ever. Better than Disneyland... I did my best buddy.




Okay. Now back to that sock.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Late Summer Heat












The first three photos are from Glacier National Park, and the second three from Yellowstone National Park. We saw two Grizzly bears in each park, herds of Bison and a lot of Elk.

Good morning. I've been home for just over a week. You know the drill. Watering, dusting, re-arranging. Of course, walking off all of the really bad-for-you food eaten while on vacation. We had a great time in Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. We learned how to use all those buttons and things in the new fifth wheel, that we hadn't traveled with. Now we know how to do everything, and how to make reservations in RV parks. We didn't spend as much time as I would have liked hiking, but we still need to gain confidence in leaving the dogs in the RV. With the air conditioning running of course. I think I need a monitor or something.












Since I've been home, I finished the first block of the very bright, Feather and Flower quilt. A lot of stitches went into one block. It measures 38 x 38. One BIG block, and I have three to go. Three. To. Go. I am somehow unable to get the true colors to show up in photos.  It's bright. Maybe too bright, but I'll keep working on it.




I'll keep stitching away for as long as I can. I have been having a lot of pain in my hands and arms, so in June I had and appointment with a hand and arm surgeon. I have numb and tingling fingers and arms. It's very painful. He sent me for nerve conduction tests. The tests showed that I have Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist, and Cubbital Tunnel in my left elbow. All I know is that it hurts. The doctor who did the tests seemed to think that I will need surgery. I have an appointment with the surgeon at the end of the month.




And just to keep myself out of trouble, I have started a new pair of socks for Halloween. Sort of spooky right?