Archive for November, 2009

Dazed and uncomfortable

Poor baby, he’s not feeling very well tonight and he’s still half dazed from the anesthesia but I’m sure he’ll feel better in the next day or two. I appreciate the comments and emails – I am always anxious and upset until he is home.

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On a quilty note, one other task I finished today was the edging on this simple postcard. It’s doing double duty this month — going to my cousin’s daughter for our family exchange and it’s my interpretation of Vicki’s theme for November. I’m thankful for SO many things and certainly this isn’t the most important but Keith and I were just talking this weekend how thankful we are for changing SEASONS. Although this card just depicts fall, having 4 distinct seasons is one of the things we love best about Minnesota.

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Chesty

Chesty’s surgery went well and I spoke to the Vet a little while ago. They were able to do a minimally invasive surgery to get the stones and we’ll be able to pick him up tonight between 7 – 8 PM. Now he’ll just need a couple weeks of good nursing care and he should be back to normal (hopefully).

I’ve got my Aunt’s quilt loaded and have the quilting started. I’m thrilled that I’m able to do a pantograph on this one — Mom wasn’t sure how large the tops would be (there are 2) and I was afraid that it would reach to the edges of my table but I have a few inches to spare.

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Working while I wait

A couple quilts trimmed, a binding made and stitched onto the quilt, a backing pieced, and unlike my usual pace of taking 2-3 days to assemble blocks into a top, I got all the brown centered HeartStrings blocks assembled this morning.

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Now I need to stop stalling and go down and load one of my aunt’s tops on the longarm.

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Now we wait

Thanks again for all the good wished for Chesty. I took him in early this morning and now all I can do is wait.

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Update

I  spoke to the Vet on Friday and it looks like Chesty is probably not a good candidate for Lithotripsy and  most likely they’ll do a *mini* procedure on Monday — kind of like a laparoscopic  type procedure with just a small incision for the cystoscope. Chesty would be embarrassed for me to share this but his small penis is an issue here as well as the number of stones.

At any rate, he goes in Monday morning and they’ll do the least invasive procedure needed to remove the stones.

On a more quilty note, I finished my brown centered HeartStrings blocks and will assemble the top over the next few days.

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Another one of Pat’s tops quilted

This one a RWB HeartStrings and one of my favorites.  After playing in my pantograph box this past week I was ready for some freehand fun so it’s quilted with a swirly version of Dwirling from the Pajama Quilter DVD.

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I’m also still working on my brown centered HeartStrings blocks.

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I lucked out here

Thanks for all the feedback — I’m leaning toward Version A which seems to be the overall favorite although I really think either would look OK.

I’m actually kind of thrilled that they chose this one since I had already pieced the quilt. It will be easy to add borders and then quilt it and I still have lots of time – I’m not a big fan of making large bed quilts. For those of you who don’t remember seeing it — here’s a partial shot of the top — it’s big even without the borders and I didn’t have space to get a full photo of it.

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And for those of you checking up on Chesty — his procedure/surgery is scheduled for Monday. They’ll attempt to remove the stones via lithotripsy but will have a surgical team standing by if needed. I’m hoping for the best.

Finally, it’s funny but Keith and I have a bit of a different perspective on the baby — he tells people that HE’S going to be a grandpa….I tell people that Adam is going to be a Dad. I guess I’m still adjusting to it the idea of my baby becoming a father but Adam is excited and that’s what matters most.

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A wedding quilt AND a baby quilt

Or maybe a baby quilt and THEN a wedding quilt. I’m not quite sure the order I’m going to need these but I’m working on designing borders for the Stars & Pinwheels quilt to bring it up to queen size. So which do you like better?

Version A

brown - pink with pieced border

Version B

brown - pink v2 with borders

And just in case you were wondering, it’s my son Adam and his girlfriend Lindsey who are expecting.

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A quiet afternoon

After getting a haircut, I’m sitting in a quiet corner of the library with my computer and a cup of coffee. It’s a great place to come work when I start going stir crazy from being home too much.

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Diamond strings

Top pieced by Pat and quilted with the pantograph Blowing Leaves by Dave Hudson. Pat participated in our HeartStrings Diamond Strings project – she chose to make fewer blocks and add borders unlike my top that uses more blocks and no borders. Instructions for both can be found at my MaryQuilts.com site.

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A close-up of the quilting on the back.

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And here’s a full view of the pieced back — one of many sent to me by Tish for HeartStrings quilts.

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