Friday, December 28, 2012

Health Update

Well I am finally half way through my chemo treatments.  I have 3 treatments left to go.  Then a short break then 5 weeks of radiation therapy.  It has been and will be a rough road, but there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Health Update

Get to heal up for the rest of the month.  Get strength back and hopefully most of the motion back in my arm.  Nov 9 is my chemo start date.  6 sessions 3 weeks apart.  Then will have a couple of weeks off then start radiation daily (mon to fri) for 5 weeks.  The next 6 months are going to be real rough.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Health Update

Surgery was at noon Tuesday Oct 2.  They kept me in overnight for observation.  I am home now but don't have full use of my right arm.  So now the real torture has arrived.  I can't do any of my crafts for a few more days then can try some hand work.

Am supposed to start chemo in about a month so will be in and out of touch for awhile still.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Update after seeing surgeon

Saw the surgeon today.  He is one of those people that just exudes calmness; which is a very good thing.  We got a lot of information from him.

They are running another test, results will come in 10 to 14 days.  This will let us know if I have the gene that makes me susceptible to cancer.  These results will determine the severity of the surgery which is tentatively scheduled for Sept 28 but there will be 2 surgeons present so will be changed if the second surgeon isn't free.  I will find out the date for sure next Wednesday.

There are now 2 definite things that will be happening.
1.  I will be having surgery
2.  I will have to have chemotherapy.

Still to be determined.
1.  Severity of surgery
2.  Radiation therapy.  This they will not be known until after surgery.

So now we sit and wait again.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Got a phone call from the radiologist today.  The results were back from the biopsies.  The 2 masses are both malignant.  He didn't say if the biopsy of the lymph node was cancerous or not but he did say that they need to be removed.  I see the surgeon at noon on Monday so will find out the course of treatment that is best for my situation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Health update

Looks like another surgery for me again this year.  Will find out for sure on Monday but 2 radiologists have recommended surgery.

Went in for a double biopsy today both on the right side.  Chances of it not being cancer are so slim with my family history.  My mother and 2 of 3 of her sisters have all had it.  At least now the survival rate is 99%. 
Will keep you posted.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Taking a break

I have been dealing with several issues lately that have had me stressed.  I had open heart surgery just over a year ago and this stress is not good for me.  So.... I have shut down my Etsy Store due to the stress of dealing with some people.  Now I am taking it one step further and will only be posting on this blog sporadically at best.  For those looking for the monthly freebies I don't know if/when I will continue them.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

W.I.P. - August 22 2012

Well... I haven't posted anything for a few weeks.  I am okay just had some stuff to deal with. 

I have fallen behind in a few BoM's but I will eventually get caught back up. 

Projects currently on the go.

1.  Atlantis quilt is partially quilted (haven't touched it in 2 weeks because of health issues).

2.  Local quilt shop BoM July and August blocks are done.  July has been done for over a month but noticed I never posted a picture.

3.  Forget Me Not BoM July block has been done for awhile.  August block fused down but not sewn.

4.  Carol Doak Mystery BoM is a few months behind.

5.  Mimi's Bloomers is July block is done.  Below is a picture of all the blocks to date laid out.

 Within the next month I hope to have some of the Local Quilt Shop BoM Sewn together to people can see what it will look like.

Friday, August 3, 2012

August Freebie has arrived.

Per usual the link will be removed when Septembers goes up.

This month we have

Bible Favorites

Enjoy and have fun.  Make sure you check back next month for a different freebie.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WiP - 7-18

Let's see.

1.  Atlantis quilt is being quilted.  Started that this morning.  Somewhere under that big quilt is a sewing machine.

2.  Forget Me Not Bom by Esther Aliu.  This is my Sweet Pea block.  Still needs to be stitched down.

3.  This is also one of Esther Aliu's designs which is going to be my center medallion for the local Quilt Shop BoM

4.  Mimi's Bloomers July Block is at least started.

6.  Stack n Whack quilt top is pieced together and packed away until I get a few of these things done.

Wonder why I feel buried at times.

Will be linking this to Esther's WiP.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

W.I.P. - 06-11-2012

Per usual I have several projects on the go.

1.  Atlantis quilt still waiting to be sandwiched.  Any tips/tricks for dealing with an oversized queen quilt would be appreciated.

2.  Mimi's Bloomers June Block done for now.

3.  Forget Me Not also done for now will add leaf veins and tail feather lines when quilting.

4.  Purchased some material for Stack n Whack about 2 years ago finally tackled it and it goes together fairly quickly.

5.  Haven't touched Witches in Stitches Boo-tique for quite awhile now.

6.  Started working on my center block for the local quilt shop BoM.  Thank you Ester Aliu for the pattern which is part of the Forget Me Not BoM.  Still have 2 of the petals to sew down will add leaf veins and more delicate tendrils as part of the quilting.

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Freebie

June's freebie has been moved to my Etsy shop and July's is here.

Enjoy and check back next month.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

W.I.P. 6-27

Well let's see.

1.  Atlantis top and pieced back are done.  Will get a picture once it is sandwiched.

2.  Mimi's Bloomers June block is in progress.  The picture shows the pieces glue basted.  Have started hand stitching it down. Will post a picture next week.

3.  Forget Me Not June block - Forget Me Nots is in progress.  Now have everything stitched down but the flowers. 

4.  Still haven't touched Witches in Stitches.

5.  Just started to play around with Stack n Whack.  Been on my to do list for awhile now so figured it was about time.  Nothing sewn together yet though.

So been another busy week for me per usual.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WiP 06-19/20

I know it is only Tuesday afternoon but wanted to post this while I was thinking about it.  Works in progress are as follows.

1.  Witches in Stitches "Boo-tique" - no change haven't touched it in quite awhile.

2.  Atlantis quilt pretty much finished the quilt top, got the main body of the back pieced.  Can't work on any large project at the moment as I have hurt my back again.

3.  Mimi's Bloomers am about half way through Mays block and have Junes printed out.

4.  Forget Me Not - Have Mays block pretty well done for now, June block is printed out but no work done on it yet.

5.  Local quilt shop BoM - got my June block finished this morning.

Am hoping my back heals quickly so I can get Atlantis done.  Already have material etc for a twin size Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt which it next on the list.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Busy week

Well missed WiP Wednesday again.  Doing two shop hops at once right now.  The Wasatch Front and the Beehive.  Approx 35 shops within 4 days.  There is 5 of us this time so a little cramped in the car but we all know each other so no worries. 

For my WiP am almost finished the "Atlantis" quilt top just have about an hour or two left.  Got most of the back done as well (pieced back).  So hop to sandwich it and start quilting it next week.

Am also still working on Mimi's Bloomers May block.

Got my May Forget Me Not block done for now.  Need to do some stitching on it but think I will include that with the quilting.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June Freebie

As usual this will be available for the month of June only.  Then it will be moved to my Etsy store for a nominal fee.

All Year Quilts


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Works In Progress

Haven't been getting much done.  Been tired a lot lately so not much motivation.  We are going away for a couple of days so hopefully will feel better when we get back.

Currently have on the go (in order from oldest to newest).

1.  Witches in Stitches 'Boo-tique' - haven't touched this is about 2 months.

2.  Simply Radiant paper piece quilt.  Am going to pack this one away,  Have just too much on the go.

3.  BoM from local quilt shop.

4.  Been working on my Atlantis Quilt very little but did get one side sewn onto the center.  Will have a picture next week.  Need to get this one done as it is for our bed.

5.  BoM applique Mimi's Bloomers (all glue basted except for the flower centers)

6.  BoM applique Forget Me Not by Esther Aliu all stitched down except for the Lilacs.

7.  BoM paper piece from Carol Doak yahoo group. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

HMQS =- Salt Lake City - Installment 3

Received my prizes

First off I received a pattern that I won from one of the yahoo groups I belong to.

Second I received these lovely fat quarters from these will go great with my reproduction prints that I have been slowly gathering for the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt that I want to make soon.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

HMQS - Salt Lake City - Installment 2

Here are some more pictures for you to drool over.  Again no particular order other than the order that we saw them.  Aren't they just gorgeous.  Will post more tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WiP May 16 2012

I haven't been feeling well again so haven't gotten a lot done.  Currently on the go I have (oldest to newest)

1.  Witches in Stitches "Boo-tique"  Still working on block 6.

2.  Atlantis Quilt.  Got the center done.  First side strip almost done.

3.  Knitted baby outfit.

4.  Forget me Not block 3 - Wild Rose and Lilacs - pattern from Esther Aliu

The flower petals are just laying on the top for taking the picture.  Everything else is just fused down.

HMQS - Salt Lake City May 2012 - 1st Installment

I took several pictures and will post them 5 or 6 at a time.  Here are the first 6 in the order that we viewed them.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monthly Freebie (better late then never)

So sorry I totally spaced it.  If this happens again please someone email me and let me know.

This month's freebie is

As usual this will stay up for the month then be moved to my Etsy account for a nominal fee.

Monday, April 30, 2012

A finish and a WiP all in one.

I finished the main body of my Atlantis Quilt (pattern by Southwind Designs).  However, I want this for my queen bed so am making a pattern for the sides and foot of the bed. 

Here is the main body with inner border attached not attached.

Here is a panel for the inner border.  Top one is peeled back bottom one isn't yet.  Peeling back gives it that lovely curved look.

The above is as far as the pattern takes me (after attaching the inner border that is).

This is my pattern for the sides  There will be 4 panels (the picture shows 2 of them joined) for each side and 3 panels for the foot of the bed.  The corners will be solid blue with possibly an applique on it haven't decided yet.  The side panels have not been peeled back yet.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Huge book sale

C&T publishing is having a Spring Fling sale.  Hurry though sales ends either tomorrow or Sunday.

Spring Fling

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Well I decided to join in on the BINGO fun which starts May 1.  For more info click the BINGO button at the bottom of the page.

Here is my card and master list of what each square means.

B - stocking - elf - gift - tree - candycane
I - nightsky - bunny - snowflake - scales - tulip
N - bell - hat - FREE - boots - pail
G - smoke - ball - rose - sky - dog
O - broom - bat - star - moon - pumpkin

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Works in Progress

Well per usual I have several projects on the go.

1.  Working on block 6 of Witches in Stitches "Boo-tique"

2.  Haven't touched my Simply Radiant Quilt for a few weeks now.  Other things seem to pop up and take priority.

3.  Have been slowly working on more wall hangings from "Be Attitudes"

4.  Primary focus has been the Atlantis Quilt from Southwind Designs.  Got all 12 blocks done and peeled back.  Corner blocks are pieced but not peeled back.  Rest of the border is about half way done.  After I get this all put together will figure out (design) another border to make it fit my queen size bed.  Am thinking of coral done in the same style with a few applique fish.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Finished work from the last week.

Finally got Witches in Stitches Block 5 done

Local quilt shop BoM Block 3

Mimi's Bloomers Block 3

Also got all 12 block for Atlantis quilt compelted and am working on the inner border now.

So a very productive week.