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Mar 25, 2009 12:57PM
Good afternoon ladies,
Wow, I love this thread. I will try to get some pictures of some of the things I have done. Unfortunately, I don't keep many of the things I make but give them away but I do have the quilt tops. I need to get finished one of them that I will be taking to Alaska the beginning of June when I go to work at the bible camp that has been a family project since 1992. We are usually there in the summer months but took our spring break trip in 2008 to the camp in Fairbanks. Normal people go south, we went north. LOL. It was probably the last time our son will be with us since most 21 year olds aren't usually thrilled to spend a week with their parents, but we had a great time. We went dog mushing, saw the world famous ice statues, went snowmobiling and visited their world famous hot springs. The hardest part of that was the run from the hot springs back to the building! It was so beautiful to be sitting in this huge pool of 100 degree water surrounded by softly falling snow and the snow covered hills. I had been there in the summer but it wasn't the same. It was just a wonderful time to be together as a family. Anyway, where I started with this was that while there the director of the camp asked me if I would like to do a quilt project that she felt she was never going to get to. I got all the pieces cut out and appliqued on the top and now all the edges need to be sewn down before the actual quilting process begins. I would really like to take it with me in June but I'd better buckle down. Does anyone have a favorite stabilizer that they use? I've got to put something on the back before I start to do the edges of the appliques or it will buckle on me. I'll try to post a picture when I finish it. It has "bear paws" walking up the side and each one contains 11 pieces of fabric. It's going to be beautiful when finished. They plan to hang it in the main lodge, if it ever gets there.
Jaz, the wall hanging is beautiful! I really like the methods of adding fabric and quilting it at the same time. Have you heard of the Cotton Theory? It was developed by a quilter named Betty Cotton (yes thats her real name) and it is a method of doing the quilting on the small blocks before they are joined together. You have the ability to do a king sized bed quilt in small sections. It has been fun doing the projects and gives the quilter the ability to use some of the decorative stitches on their machine if they have them. If not, a regular zig-zag stitch works fine too. In the last class I took, we learned how to take some of the orphaned sampler blocks most of us quilters have, and put them together using Cotton Theory. It was really fun and so simple. Course it's just what I need, another project.
Part of the problem is that with this vertebre out of place so far in my back, it becomes very difficult to sit down. It feels like someone is using a paddle bit to drill into my right tush. Then the leg starts to buzz, go numb and hurt. Seems like something shouldn't be allowed to be numb and hurt; should be one or the other. Drs want to put in 4 screws and 2 rods to pull it back into place but so far have not been able to wrap head and heart around any more surgery. I've had 8, which included 2 mast & recons & a total knee, between 3/06 and 12/08. The one on Dec. was the 21st surgery I have had since 1971. I am just DONE but know that this back thing is not going away by itself and potentially could only get worse. I get steroid injections every 8 weeks that help relieve the symtoms but they don't fix the problem. I had one Monday and have to stay down for at least 3 days for optimum relief. Today I woke with a terrific headache and backache that tells me the steroid is kicking in, but will take close to a week for full effect. I really need it to work since we are driving to FL to visit DH's parents for Easter break. 21 hours sitting in the car is not my idea of fun but with the knitting, time goes a little faster. I also make a bed in the back of the minivan and am able to lay down when it gets too bad. Unfortunately, my relationship with mother-in-law has me walking on eggshells the entire time we are together. I have to think about every direction something I say can be taken before saying it because she turns stuff around so badly. I do not enjoy these visits at all but DH has stood by me while I have gone thru so much. I know he misses them altho it does seem like he is really ready to leave when it is time. It's so unfortunate that they have 6 grandchildren that they have isolated themselves from, so the kids do not know them at all. My parents both died before David was born so they didn't know him, but I know they would have never moved 1000 miles away from their family. In the entire time they have lived in Florida, 15 years, they have never asked any of the grandkids down to visit, one on one. They don't come up for holidays and didn't make it to David's or the next two grandkids graduations. Then they wonder why no one stays in touch. I feel sorry for all of them. Thankfully, David has had some close 'elder influences' at church that have sort of filled that grandparent role. I really think kids need that.
Well now that I have totally hijacked the thread from what it is supposed I will stop. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful projects everyone is doing. Looking back at the pictures, it seemed like someone had done a mosaic tabletop. I have been saving old dishes with the idea of smashing them up and covering the top of an old table I have to use on my porch. I know there is a product that is mixed up and poured over the broken pieces. Somehow it all levels out and you end up with a smooth surface. Can anyone tell me how to do this? I would really appreciate it as one of these days, the weather IS going to get nice here in Michigan. I want to be ready when it does.
I'm going to log off now and try to calm this head. Maybe not staring at a computer screen with help. Have a wonderful rest of the day my crafty sisters and thanks for letting me ramble. Hopefully I haven't ticked too many people off. Thanks for any suggestions regarding a good tear-away stabilizer.
5/27/2008, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-