Monthly Archives: November 2013

I don’t like blocking

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This little shawl has been finished for over a month and I’ve been procrastinating on the blocking. Since I need it next week for a gift I decided to get it done today.

The pattern is called Calla Shawl and it uses a skein of fingering yarn.


This was my first knit with beads and I love it. I have 2-3 other beading projects waiting but my knitting is usually my travel project and I don’t want to try to beading on the go.



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I don’t usually cook when I’m here by myself but I really wanted some turkey and dressing this year…..add some broccoli casserole and cranberry sauce and it didn’t last long.



When I wasn’t sitting with Chesty or cooking I made a few blocks for my Rail Fence quilt. Heartstrings is having a sew along and I decided to go with Rail Fence blocks from my string bins rather than our usual HeartStrings blocks. Not so pretty at this point … I’m going to think of it as a utility quilt rather than an ugly quilt!


Being Thankful

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When things aren’t going as well as they could it’s easy to focus on the challenges. Keith will tell you I’m a pessimist but I prefer to think of it as being realistic and my way of dealing with stress is to think things through and decide what I’m going to do about the problems I’m facing. As long as I have a plan I know I can get through anything and in spite of recent challenges, I have a lot to be thankful for.

Today, among other things, I’m thankful for the following.

A good night’s sleep

That Keith can spend Thanksgiving with his mother

That Chesty has progressed from pain to itching and that the Benadryl is helping to control that

The Turkey and Dressing I’m going to eat later

A HeartStrings sew along this holiday weekend that gets me back in the sewing room

New carpet and a somewhat decluttered home

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


This and that…

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A more comfortable day for Chesty. Thank you all for your comments, emails, and prayers.

A follow up appointment on my ankle today. I was disappointed that I’ll be wearing this Air Cast until Christmas but there is a little good news… After two more weeks I can slowly decrease the amount of time I wear it for the following two weeks.

I finally pulled out the knitting needles again and did a little more quilting on Mom’s quilt.

HeartStrings is having a sew along starting tomorrow and going through the weekend. I’m hoping to finish my 365 challenge and bind my November UFO if Chesty cooperates!

Katy’s Quilts of Valor

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Remember a few weeks ago when I posted this drawing of a quilt I’m planning to make?


Well it gave Katy some ideas on a QOV she was planning. Follow this link to see her version and a second QOV she recently finished. I don’t get around to making every quilt I draft so it’s always fun to see someone else use the ideas. In this case, I’m still planning a scrappy version of this one if I can get Chesty better.

Swirly curls and feathers

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One of the things I find most challenging with custom quilting is putting a bunch of designs together in a way that looks fairly cohesive. Since I had the swirly curls in small green border and wonky feathers ( which has a curl in it too) In the large border I decided to quilt curls in the green triangle pieces that frame the Lily blocks.


Some simple continuous curves in the flying geese – not something I do often and it kind of shows but again, it’s adequate.


Assuming Chesty allows it, I’ll quilt some more later today. Keith is headed to FL to visit his Mom so I’m on invalid duty alone. I have a HeartStrings sew along planned for the 4 day holiday weekend so I want to make more progress today and tomorrow on this top and while I rarely cook for myself, I do have plans for a mini holiday meal … A turkey breast, some dressing, and a broccoli casserole.

Chesty update

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Chesty saw the vet today for swelling at his incision, pain, and to discuss the new lump I found on Saturday. The pathology report was also back.

The best I can say is that things could be worse.

The swelling is from a seroma and we will watch it and hope it reabsorbs on its own.

A seroma can form at an incision site after surgery. A seroma is a swelling resulting from the accumulation of fluid under the skin. This can become very serious, needing immediate attention by a veterinarian, who may have to drain the fluid. However, most often the body absorbs the fluid and the swelling diminishes.

She gave me more pain meds for him although at the same dose.

The pathology showed a malignant tumor. The good news is that it’s a low grade and usually doesn’t metastasize although I am concerned about the new lump. The bad news is that this is an aggressive local tumor that is likely to reoccur AND looking at the pathology report and doing some online research, the margins may not be adequate and could require another surgery or radiation should we decide to go that route. This vet is unfamiliar with the tumor and implications so I’ve asked for a referral to an oncology vet at the university and we have an appointment for next week.

In the meantime, I’m hoping the incision will heal without further complications and that Chesty’s discomfort level will decrease.

Thank you for all your comments, emails, and concern.

Finding inspiration

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I’d decided to do a plain meander in the appliqué blocks on Mom’s quilt and then I saw this quilt by Terri.

I snapped a photo of the block and drew a little of both


I decided to go with the water like meander similar to Terri’s quilt. Not as well executed but good enough.


Terri is the quilter I’d like to be when I grow up … If you haven’t added her site to your blog feed you definitely should!

This is going to take a while

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I did get Mom’s top loaded and I started the quilting. Not my favorite kind of quilting but hopefully I won’t mess it up. First I pulled my threads. 8 times out of 10 my thread choice is Permacore.


I like this little curl for small borders, it’s very forgiving.


For the large border, an allover wonky feather.


My stamina for standing at the machine is a little low so it’s going to take me a while to finish this one.