Saturday, June 19, 2010

Catching Up On My Sewing

It's been a long while since I have been able to sew. Classes have been taking too much of my time. So now that school is out, I am able to put some things together and finish. Here are a few of my most recent quilts.

Daisy Mae is a fun wallhanging that helped me learn how to applique. I finished making the top last fall, but the poor thang has been sitting in my "to do" pile for a while. The pattern is from my cousin's online quilt store, Quilt Books U.S.A. It is a needleturned applique on a 3" pieced back.

Purple Haze was made from a free redwork pattern from Alex Anderson. I set the flowers on point and found this gorgeous purple batik for the lattice. The center piece is from Alex's Shadow Redwork book.

I also recently made these two quilts to give away to the Children's Relief Nursery, an organization that helps abused children and their parents. They were pretty fun to make. Rag Dolls is needleturned applique. Fairy dust was crayon-colored and then embroidered.

Rag Dolls:

Fairy Dust:

Just a week before, I made this little wallhanging for one of my favorite people who retired this year. One of his students drew a great picture of him, so I embroidered the portrait and framed it with fabric.

On to more sewing! Have a great time doing what you love.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hugs from my Friends

What a surprise to me that the postal carrier handed me a big box Wednesday. When I opened it, I found it stuff-packed with goodies! My friends at the Quilting Bee forum on Delphi decided to shower me with all sorts of pieces of fabric--all polka dots! I LOVE POLKA DOTS! They are so happy and cheerful! These pieces of fabric were of all sizes. Some were fat quarters. Some were nickles. Some were just small 3" scraps. All colors, all dots.

Here's the bounty!

That was a wonderful surprise, the fabrics and the cards and the tea bags and the little prezzies. Notes of encouragement. Silly cards. Lots of love.

And then this morning, the postal carrier knocked on the door again, holding another box! This box was an even greater surprise. I opened the box and gasped, tears falling with love and warmth and happiness. What was in this package? I pulled out a beautiful quilt! My friend Sheryl made this happy quilt full of "Good Vibrations." Her note told me that when I was feeling badly, to wrap it around myself and think of her giving me a hug. I am taking it with me to the hospital in case something happens and I need to stay overnight.

But then nothing can possibly go wrong when my friends are all waiting for me with happy polka dot arms.


A Click a Day

I have been clicking this link for many years now. A click a day will help fund free mammograms for women who can not afford one.

The Breast Cancer Site

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Tumor Central Update

The news is in!

I am having a lumpectomy on June 24. When they do a biopsy on that baby and they find it is actually benign (they are not 100% certain right now because this type of tumor doesn't test well. I have students like that LOL), then we are finished. So basically he is doing a surgical biopsy so he can see better what it is. And because he doesn't really know anything without getting in there to look, he couldn't answer any of my questions. Recovery time is about two weeks. MUCH better than the alternative :)

If they find it is malignant (odds against), we go from there :)

Thanks all for the good thoughts :)