Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free at last!

Well, almost!

Yesterday was my first day out. Now I know what a caged bird feels like when they're set free!




Mr. Painted Quilt took me for a drive in the beautiful sunshine.  I was very apprehensive because trying to maneuver through the snow that is still on the ground is not easy, especially when using a walker.

Today is another beautiful day so out we went again to to meet some friends for breakfast.  What fun!

I have to continually remind myself not to over do it...at least not until after Thursday when I see the orthopaedic surgeon for my post-op examination.  I'm hoping that everything has healed as it should and that I'm given the go ahead to climb the stairs.  If so, you'll know where to find me!


Happy stitching!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For Sale!

Noah & Friends!

It's sold and is going to live in Texas!



As part of our downsizing process, I've decided to sell my Noah & Friends mini or wallhanging quilt.

Our almost 200 year old farmhouse has minimal wall space that is conducive to hang or display pictures or quilts.

The quilt is one of my original designs and measures 28" x 20" and was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.


  
The background is constructed in the "crazy quilt" style from brushed, 100% cotton fabrics and the appliqued elements are made from over dyed, 100% wool and was machine quilted by my friend Lisa Potter.



I have hand appliqued each one using the blanket stitch and Valdani threads.



I only make one of any of my designs so if you'd like this one-of-a-kind treasure, it is for sale for $300 US which includes shipping.



If you'd like to purchase it, please email me and I will send you a Paypal invoice to complete the sale.  The link to my email is on the sidebar of my blog.  Just click on the envelope that is pictured there.


Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Digging Out!

This is certainly been a winter for the record keepers!

On Sunday, a third nor'easter made it's way up the eastern seaboard and blew through the Atlantic provinces dropping 1' - 2' of snow.  In some places the snow turned to rain which was followed by a flash freeze resulting in serious flooding in some areas because of the storm drains being covered with snow. We were "lucky" enough to get a mere 18" of snow.

Because of the storm, I had to cancel my doctor's appointment yesterday because we couldn't get out.  It took almost two days before our road was plowed.  Thank goodness for neighbors with tractors or we might have been housebound until July!



The snowbanks on the side of the road are over 6' high!



And while Frankie and Ollie were chilling by the fire this morning...



I continued to work on the blocks for my version of Leanne Beasley's Down in the Garden quilt.



Only one more to go after this next one.



Then I can start to cut and piece the patchwork blocks...as soon as I'm given the go ahead that I'm able to climb the stairs to my studio.  I can't believe that it's been almost two months since I've been up there and boy do I miss it!  

My "to do" list keeps on growing, probably because I've had so much free time on my hands and as a result, have spent too much time surfing and shopping on the internet!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Still Housebound

It'll be three weeks tomorrow since I came home from the hospital.  

I don't have too much to write about because I really haven't been doing anything too exciting, apart from the odd snatched moments where I've felt like picking up needle and thread.  Surprisingly though, the days just seem to fly by and thankfully, boredom seems to have eluded me.

I'm plugging away on my redrawn Down in the Garden quilt by Leanne Beasley.  



I think I have an additional four blocks to complete after the one I'm working on and hopefully by that time I'll have been given the green light to be able to put full weight on my operated hip/leg so I can once again climb the stairs to my sewing studio and start to cut and assemble the patchwork blocks. It's been about seven weeks since I've been up there and I can just imagine the parties that the dust bunnies have been enjoying!

I think we've had as much snow in the last two weeks as we've had in the four years that we've lived in Nova Scotia!

I'm scheduled to see the orthopaedic surgeon this coming Tuesday which will mark six weeks since my surgery.  Hopefully the roads will be cleared enough by then as we are expecting two more snowstorms, one this Friday and the other on Sunday or Monday.  His offices and the hospital are seventy long miles away.  

I feel like I am getting stronger with each passing day and am sooooo looking forward to being self sufficient once again.

Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and good wishes as I continue down the road to recovery.


Happy stitching!  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

One Day at a Time

The winter nor'easter has landed in southwest Nova Scotia!  

The winds are howling and we're experiencing blizzard like conditions already. It's nice to be on this side of the glass looking out while sitting by the roaring fire!

Recuperation from this surgery is going to be a long one but with each passing day, I can see and feel a little improvement.  The healing pain is totally different from the debilitating kind that I've had to withstand for the past year and a half.   

Although I'm housebound for 6 weeks, my spirits remain high and I finally feel like the time has come to pick up needle and thread again.  I've missed it!


I've had a lot of time to think, ponder and reminisce over the past couple of weeks about what the future holds in store for me and I've come to the decision that I will no longer be designing quilts and related projects to sell as patterns. The current patterns that I have for sale in my ETSY shop will be retired once they've sold out.  

But that doesn't mean that I'll stop designing.  The creative part of my brain never shuts down and I love to come up with new designs.  As a matter of fact, that's what been keeping my mind and hands busy over the last couple of weeks since I've been home.

I'll still be designing projects for Primitive Quilts & Projects magazine.  As a matter of fact, I'm committed to two more designs for future issues.  The line drawings are done and as soon as I can make it up to my sewing studio, they'll be the first projects that I'll be working on.

As time and energy permit, I'll be sharing some of my new designs with you as I did with my First Friday Freebies, but not on a regular timeline.  My dream is for this all to be spontaneous and pressure/stress-free for me.  When ready, they will be made available as free downloads here.  There might even be a free BOM or two!

So on this cold and blustery day, I don't have to tell you where you can find Frankie and Ollie and me...sitting by the fire, toasty and warm.


I want to thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.  You all continue to be the bright spot in my sometime long days...and nights.

Happy stitching!