Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Today while piecing the hst's for the border on Depression, I pulled out the scraps from one of the plastic drawers and replaced them with a nice stack of 4" squares of darks and a few 4" square lights. I'm intriqued by the Heartstrings project started by some on the Stashbuster group (I don't have the exact address to link to at the moment, but I think just about everyone has heard about it -- if you haven't, email me and I'll send the link). I don't need another project to start right now, but I'm going to anyway! vbg I'm going to cut some muslin foundations and some 2" red strips and start digging into the scrap bins so I can get my scrap bins more organized and use up some of it at the same time. I figure the string quilts that I make will be good practice for the longarm, too -- which I haven't touched this week at all.
1. Spending the day in the sewing room -- I sorely needed the creative time.
2. I am making progress on cleaning up the quilt mags -- I have two full books of pages of patterns and inspiration and have started on the third. I have tossed hundreds of torn up mags and have another very large stack to take to guild next month.
3. Bill has been feeling better this week.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Bill had a good day, he moved some brush from the woods to the burn pile (he has a large tractor with a loader on it, so he doesn't do all the work). And then he went down to the neighbor's to visit.
I had an excellent day -- quilt shop for our bom, (bought some baby flannel to back my Baby Rails with Attitude quilt -- at 15% off), lunch at our favorite sandwich place - Mary's Market, stopped at the grocery store and just plain had a good old-fashioned gabfest with my quilt buddy, Jackie.
And then I came home and played on the machine. Did a third row of the pantograph -- need lots of practice on that and need to learn to line them up better -- so will wait til the class to do any more. Then I practiced feathers -- I have never been able to do feathers well, so this is an area I am going to practice til I can do them in every direction, up, down and sideways. vbg I'm almost to the end of this practice piece and the bobbin is about to run out, so I quit for the day -- but I feel good about getting the time in. I also cleaned and oiled the machine and still have a few oil drips, so need to use a bit less oil in certain areas! It's all a matter of getting the feel of the machine, I think. Sometimes I feel impatient with myself and want to put a quilt on and have at it, and then other times I just want to practice, practice, practice before I go near a quilt. I think I'll do the latter!
Bill's feeling better and I'm not panicking today.
New soup to try tonight from Harry & David, Garden Vegetable or something like that. I bought some crusty sourdough bread to go with it.
We're going to be getting snowed in this weekend -- the Bears play (and hopefully win), and I'm going to sew and quilt.
Friday, January 19, 2007
I went from terrified at 2:30 am when he was having the episode Wednesday morning, to panic-stricken because they weren't doing anything fast enough for him during the long two days in the hospital, to relief that he's home. And then I woke up at 3 this morning and laid there thinking that I'd have to curtail my activities because I wanted to be with him every moment in case he had another attack and I would have to call 911. I even planned to call DD and ask her to find someone else to babysit next Wednesday, and call my quilt buddy to cancel tomorrow's BOM and lunch date, etc., etc. I was worried about driving to Rockford to pick up prescriptions -- what if something happened while I was gone. And of course, the pharmacy was busy and I had to wait about 40 minutes to get the prescription filled -- isn't that always the way?
And then I had this epiphany (a favorite word of Bonnie Hunter's and mine!) vbg
When did I become so impatient? Always in a hurry? Irritated with other drivers and other people because it's my turn? Why can't the pharmacist hurry and fill the order? Why do all the lightbulbs burn out in the house when you don't have time to replace them? LOL (3 in the past 2 days). Why do the dogs shed all over the house -- it must be to drive me crazy, right? Or maybe it's because it's what dogs do! And what do I think I can do for Bill by following him around and telling him not to do things? He's lived this long because he's very active -- most of the doctors and nurses were amazed he's 80 because he doesn't look it. He knows his own limitations -- we've been "heart healthy" for 20 years. There will come a time that calling 911 is not going to make a difference. I know cpr (the old way), but it may not make a difference either. The fire department is 12-15 minutes away -- that's a fact of life -- the guys are wonderful and I know they're on their way, but at some point it won't matter. We cannot live our lives petrified of living them. We cannot always be there for one person -- my daughter needs me to babysit next week and Bill will be fine on his own for the day. Tomorrow I have a BOM class and a lunch date with my quilting buddy and Bill will be fine on his own for a few hours. On Monday we'll go to the doctor and decide what the next step is for him to take. Maybe just putting him on another blood thinner (besides aspirin) will solve the problem -- or maybe they'll have to run some more tests. Either way, it's time to slow down, take the next step, and get on with our lives -- time to take care of the important things and don't sweat the small stuff - and time to stop making the small stuff more important than it is. Time to brush the dogs and vacuum the floor -- what's the big deal? vbg
I want to thank everyone for the good thoughts and prayers. They really helped.
I did clean the master bathroom and vacuumed the main floor -- the rest can wait til tomorrow -- I did enough to make me feel better and not so much to make myself even crazier than I am. Bill brushed the dogs. I'm going to the quilt store tomorrow with my friend -- quite obviously I'm in desperate need of a mental health day. And then I'm going to come home and play with my new machine -- the one that's gathering dust in the basement -- I'll just blow the dust off and have at it!
And tomorrow I hope to have a picture of something or another to post!
Blogland friends -- you're the best.
Quality time instead of quantity.
Taking time to smell the flowers.
A long conversation with Bill .
Bill's sense of humor -- he's "not planning on checking out any time soon" after I told him not to "stroke out while I was gone".
Bill is home from the hospital -- he passed both the echo and the nuclear stress test -- the problem is not his heart. Bad news is that the cardiologists think it was possibly a stroke.
Reason that wasn't checked out while he was in the hospital is that Rockford has 3 hospitals -- his cardiologist is at one, his family doctor is at another. We thought it was heart related (he's had heart problems for 20 years) - so I told the paramedics to go to that hospital.
To make a long story short (too late ;-), I'll be making an appointment for today with his family doctor and we'll go from there. Good news is, that if it was a stroke (and he's had 4 of these episodes in the past month), it was a small one and there is no noticeable damage. Will probably have to go to the other hospital for the tests to check it out, though.
I am way behind in everything -- the house is the pits, email is backed up, etc. -- but it will all be there when I get to it. I'll try to keep my blog updated.
Thanks for the prayers.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I will be unavailable for awhile. Prayers appreciated. Thanks.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Today I tried two different pantographs. This is the second one called Frisky Feathers from Willow Leaf Studios (that I bought last year). The first one is by Linda V. Taylor and came with the Gammill -- but I really don't like the pattern of it. Anyway -- I have new found respect for those longarmers that do pantos well. It is NOT easy following the laser light and trying to keep it on the line, especially around some of the curves. Some of my curvy lines are a little flat -- but not bad for a first timer. I'm only working about an hour a day on the longarm -- at least until I take the first class. And, I think I'll try to roll the quilt and add another row to the panto I did today -- getting it lined up and all. I may just do panto after panto after panto til I get it down pat. There is just so much to learn and I want to learn everything well. And yet, I'm itching to actually quilt a quilt -- but I think I'll wait til I build a little confidence.
I didn't do any sewing today, but I did get to the bottom of the stack of quilt magazines and papers that were spread all over the floor. I've filled one 3" binder and have started on the second and think I might need to buy more binders and sleeves. I've started on the quilt magazines that are in the closet in magazine holders -- have a large stack waiting by my chair in the living room. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still a ways away!
The kids made it home yesterday for birthdays and back home before the sleet/snow started.
Guild was cancelled tonight because of the weather (quilt buddy and I were not going to try it in the snowstorm, so glad they cancelled and will reschedule the program that we really didn't want to miss).
Leftovers for dinner -- easy to reheat and less mess to clean up.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
There is so much to learn on the longarm that I get overwhelmed and end up playing mostly freehand. I did play with the gam guides a little yesterday. Then I spent 15 minutes in the sewing room putting the Depression blocks together. I have 2½ strips together -- should be able to finish the strips today and maybe put the top together completely.
My plan for the longarm today is taking off the first practice piece and pinning on a new sandwich. And learning to do pantos. This will be covered in the class I'm scheduled to take on Feb 5, but I need to learn things one at a time and practice, practice, practice!
In between all that, I need to vacuum the main floor, bake a cake and run to the bank/store -- the kids will be here tomorrow to do birthdays.
Having the time to learn how to run the longarm.
Having my menus made up ahead of time -- it really is such a timesaver to know ahead of time what to fix for dinner (and actually having the meat thawed - vbg).
We're finally getting winter here -- not that I like cold, sleet, snow, etc -- but it is so nice to sit inside and quilt in the wintertime.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
It'll be fun to see how much information I retained in the morning. Relatively easy to thread and wind the bobbin today, but we'll see tomorrow! vbg
My new baby arrived on time and Greg was wonderful setting her up and getting me started -- showing me everything.
Lots of helpful information in the manual and the dvd.
Easy dinner tonight because I'm tired.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I bought 3 yards of background fabric and 6 plaid FQ's, and a new punchneedle book. Didn't feel the need to go hog wild -- just enjoyed the day.
Today was spent putzing around in the sewing room -- made a few more Depression Blocks, squaring up as I went. I'm trying to get back into the habit of squaring up the blocks and parts of blocks -- I tend to get sloppy and fudge alot when piecing, especially a scrappy quilt, so I'm re-training myself. I also got out an old leader/ender project and am now piecing the parts together as the next step between the Depression Blocks. Hopefully, I'll have a stack of finished blocks when the Depression quilt top is finished.
A quilt buddy that understands stopping for a hot fudge sundae in the middle of the afternoon.
An understanding husband.
The spring-like weather in the middle of winter.
Young guys to come and haul a table out of the basement for us. They just wanted a tour of the house (log home) as payment!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
All 3 of our kids have their birthdays in January, plus our DSIL's is Feb 3 -- so we celebrate all 4 on one day in January. Therefore -- I had to go out and buy 4 gifts today! January is like December around here!
I stopped at JoAnn's and used my 40% off coupon for half a bolt of 90" muslin and ran into a lady that has her own longarm. She gave me some good ideas and some tips -- it was really a nice thing for a stranger to do. Only 9 more days til my Classic Plus arrives!
Answers to questions: Annie -- you can buy the top loading plastic sleeves at any office supply store -- I got a box of 100 at Office Depot for something like $6 -- I bought two boxes -- I have a lot of magazines! LOL
My quilt buddy and I are planning a getaway to a local quilt shop on Friday -- just a little fabric immersion which will be mostly looking and petting, but not buying much. And lunch, of course. We need to get out after the holidays and all!
After initial frustration with DH's cardiology office, I did get to speak to Carla -- and she is one really great cardiac nurse -- she's been around for a good 20 years and she's really wonderful.
The kindness of strangers.
Getting all the kids' gifts in one trip.
Phone calls from friends.