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You’d think that I would have plenty of time to do all the creative things I want to do. I don’t work unless you consider my HeartStrings quilting and my volunteering at the library work but along with traveling, they take up a significant amount of my time.
Piecing and quilting my own quilts, knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand quilting, crazy quilting …. All these things pull me but unfortunately I have to make choices.
Knitting has taken priority over crochet in the last few years or more but I really enjoyed completing that little ripple afghan that I found half finished during my decluttering efforts so in 2014, I will knit a little less and choose a couple crochet projects to do.
While it’s really tempting to participate in this Crazy Quilt Challenge, I’m going to pass. I will eventually choose to spend time embroidering a crazy quilt but right now knitting seems to have a stronger pull.
2104 is going to be the year of the 2.5 inch strip for my personal piecing projects. The majority, if not all my piecing, will have elements in them that can be made from 2.5 inch strips. In a lot of cases I will add 4 inch squares or half square triangles too.
I have been wanting to do some big stitch hand quilting for quite a while so I will choose a UFO or piece a small quilt and give it a try in 2014.
I’ll continue with my HeartStrings donation quilting and focusing on finishing one UFO per month but it feels good to have a plan!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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!