Oct 26 2015

Learning New Things

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I went to a quilt show on Saturday and saw some awesome quilts. There are so many talented quilters. I can definitely see a difference in the quality of piecing quilts but it doesn’t matter. As long as someone makes a quilt from their heart, it is quality in my mind. I did get some ideas for some quilting on the longarm. It is always fun to see what comes to each of us and how we decide to quilt a space. I can see several double wedding ring quilts and they can all be quilted in different ways. I quilted a brown double wedding ring quilt a month or so ago but I forgot to take a picture. I am working on a large block of the month quilt that a client put together many years ago but never quilted it. It has been fun to think of things for each block. As always, I hope she likes it!
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Oct 21 2015

Beautiful Fall Day

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I am so sleepy as I sit looking out the window on this beautiful day. The leaves have begun to change to lovely colors of yellow, oranges and reds. The lady bugs are flying around like a plague. They sneak into my house and cover the window sills.

Tonight, we are attending a local church’s sauerkraut supper. It is held once a year and we have gone most years. It tastes so good. We plan to bring our dessert home afterward.

Here are a few more block I have made for the Civil War Love Letters quilt I am making.
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Sep 23 2015


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I am the most klutzy person. I finally decided to start walking, running or riding my bike tonight. I could feel the quads burn! I was doing so great until my foot slipped off the pedal. I ended up with a sprained ankle. So much for exercising.

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Thankfully, it isn’t too bad. I am laying on the couch with an ice bag propped on my ankle. I’m eating left over pizza and waiting to find something decent on television. Enough of the pity party!

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Sep 17 2015

Civil War Replica Blocks

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I did three groups of blocks for the civil war Love Letter Quilt project.
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Many of these blocks have flying geese sections. I had seen a nifty ruler at a quilt shop in Clemons, Missouri but I didn’t buy it. Yes, now I wish I had it. Just like having mid atlantic racks make building your home theater system so much better, specialty tools make getting those perfect blocks so much easier when sewing.

I have tried adding an eighth of an inch to each “goose” and that seems to help make the block come out the correct size. I changed the sewing machine needle to get a sharp poke for accurate stitching. I’m really bad about not wanting to change a needle. I didn’t even realize I had a quarter inch foot that fit my machine. That makes getting a quarter inch seam more accurate. For a person who likes to see a fast and easy put together quilt, this has been a challenge! I think the end result will be worth the extra effort. Only eighty some more blocks to go!

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Sep 13 2015

A New Outlook

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My mother in-law got along so well with her back surgery. The Kyphoplasty surgery went well and she felt great. Unfortunately, she was not feeling well the morning of the surgery. She continued going downhill as nausea took hold and caused her to lose her appetite. We tried everything to get her to eat and asked the doctor to prescribe anti-nausea medicine. She became very frail and fell. She got her first ambulance and helicopter ride.

The past week has been a blur. We have her in a rehabilitation hospital where she is receiving physical therapy. Her Occupational Therapist is optimistic that she will be able to live at home. We will see what her doctor thinks. We are praying for good results.

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Sep 01 2015

Back Pain

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My mother in-law has dealt with osteoporosis for a long time. She has pain and rolls with it. Last Sunday was different. She had excruciating pain and asked us to take her to the emergency room. After an x-ray, it was discovered that she has a large fracture of the spine. She stayed in the hospital, first time except for the births of her two children, and on Monday the hospital did an MRI. The MRI confirmed the fracture. She stayed in the hospital another night. I think the doctor wanted to keep an eye on her since she was in a lot of pain and taking strong medicine.

On Wednesday, tomorrow, I will be taking her to Indianapolis for back surgery. The procedure she will have is called Kyphoplasty.
This is what I found searching the web:
Performing Kyphoplasty Surgery

During kyphoplasty surgery, a small incision is made in the back through which the doctor places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area through the pedicle of the involved vertebrae.
Using X-ray images, the doctor inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, returning the pieces to a more normal position. It also compacts the soft inner bone to create a cavity inside the vertebrae.
The balloon is removed and the doctor uses specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). After being injected, the pasty material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.

Kyphoplasty surgery to treat a fracture from osteoporosis is performed at a hospital under local or general anesthesia.

I will be bringing her home after the surgery. Prayers appreciated.

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Aug 25 2015

Creating an Apron

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My daughter is a chef so when she asked me to make an apron for her, I gladly complied. Here is the reversible apron.  photo 457c2b3c-19b1-4335-8c59-6172880a2a46_zpsthzklabw.jpg
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My daughter picked this pattern because the apron did not tie at the neck. She thought it would be comfortable and handy since it has a pocket on each side. I like the fabric she chose.

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Aug 20 2015

More Civil War Blocks

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I mentioned that I am making quilt blocks from the Civil War Love Letter Quilt book by Rosemary Youngs. These are some of the block I made over the past few weeks. The are difficult blocks to make so I feel very accomplished when I finish each one.
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Aug 15 2015

A Lot of T-Shirts!

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I recently quilted this huge t-shirt quilt for a customer. It measured 90″ x 90″. That is going to be a heavy quilt to lug to a ballgame. It had fleece for the backing and no batting in between.
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Aug 09 2015

Quilting the Quilt

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I just finished quilting this quilt that my mom made. It is from a pattern designed by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilts. Mom and I are taking a class from Lynne next Saturday and mom wants to show her the quilt.
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