June 28, 2016

Blessings!!

It is always a goooooood Quilted Feeling....like the old song I am
hooked on a feeling......to see a Quilt finished up.
Using the French General fabrics I think this Swoon is unique and
specially made for a dear, close friend.....
In the Process

Now completed, ready for binding
Please enjoy the following video on some trupanto  .  Angela Huffman 
at Quilted Joy is such a blessing to me.



Blessings!!
 

June 12, 2016

Dear Jane Quilt.....Born Again Today...1863 & 2016

Yes, Dear Jane was Born Again....on my DR table....230 pm today...Relief starts the minute you stitch the last stitch into a quilt that has taken your time and love and life for 4 months.  When I started
 Dear Jane  I knew it was a total commitment and had heard and even
Now, how to Quilt Her?!
repeated the phrase, No Pain No Jane.  My body took it literally, when
after I started it February 12th of this year I soon came down with
Sciatica .... I felt like I had the flu....my legs were weak and then I had no stamina in my right leg especially.  Piriformis Syndrome must involved too, according to my night time pain in my hip......not much sleep in 4 months.....



Always Enjoy Music while you Quilt and Play.....Enjoy it below...

Auditioned on our bed.....


  We tried different things ourselves, thinking whatever it was, it would leave soon.  We finished up the kitchen and the new bathroom too and I quilted on Jane Baby.....Finally, as God would lead us,
we found what we needed.

 I tried deep and painful muscle massage first and then acupuncture; along with seeing our holistic MD.....he is getting my blood sugars back into normal ranges too....so now we are at the Chiropractor two times a week.
My sacrum is twisted and my left leg is longer than my right leg....the sciatic nerve runs from your ankles to your brain....I guess this was a NO BRAINER for some, but I have been blessed with good health....no issues, even with heavy hard days and nights as a Nurse...but...it is what it is.

I am just preaching a little as us quilters need more exercises in our life....develop a
NEW PATTERN!!...in your life.....please, never experience what I have....
It may take 4 months to get this conquered.....good news is my xrays showed a
very good spine; slightly swayed inward....but no arthritis.....
So, I am done teaching......I took a few pics with my Iphone of the top on
our bed....over 5200 pieces and 226 fabrics involved....and a Crazy Lady who
lives and loves to Quilt.....
I must add.....my Hub......he is a saint....our vows of for Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer, in Sickness and in Health......46 years......Perfect.  
My Perfect Companion....My Gary.....

Summer Cooling on Sunny's Pond


Cleaned up DR Table......wink!

Reflections on the Pond

Horse Fencing
Our Granddaughter came to stay with us....she is going to go to college here in Aiken.....working at Papa Johns....she loves horses....she is helping her Gramps put in posts for our fencing for boarding horses....her dream.....a small income for her and us....
God's Timing.....there is a Season for Everything Under The Sun.........
Blessings!!!!Quilted, of Course!!

May 30, 2016

Blessings on This Memorail Day

Here is it Memorial Day again.  What are your plans?
I thank God for my Veteran Hub who served in the VietNam War.
Our first child, Leah, was born while he was gone....a long year....and
I am grateful for all Military Soldiers and Sailors.  Our oldest son served
in the Marine Reserve and then active Army for 11 year.  Our oldest
Granddaughter, his daughter, is now serving in the Navy...getting
her training now.
Rejoice in our freedom...our ability to serve God and Man.....and to
get up each morning to decide how to use that day....today I am working on my last block
row of Jane baby....then my triangle border....and my hub and Grandgal that
is staying with us for now are going to start putting in more fence posts to
board self care horses in;  Lord willing.

Blessings to day in whatever you may be doing or where ever you may
be going!!.....Yes, i am still with my sciatica but on a good cream and predisone now....hoping....my hubs heel is still barking.....so it goes!!  we are thankful anyways!!

Enjoy Angela.....I ALWAYS do!!!



Quilted Blessings today!!  Thanks for stopping by!

May 22, 2016

So Easy So Pretty

So easy but so pretty! Found a great tutorial to share  at
We All Sew... 
Just something to enjoy today.  I am thinking about you
All You Quilters.  I am progressing on my Jane Baby.
2 more rows of blocks and then the sides and bottom
Triangles.  I think they are fun...challenging, but fun.
That Quilt has a paper pieced sew along too.

Lots of FUN!!......
Here is my Jane Baby so
far....play with words...since
at one point in nursing
I did do OB...there is NO
Gain without Pain....in birth

so to birth a Dear Jane
I am certainly in sciatica
pain with it...so combine
the two memories and 
wha la....it is Jane Baby
for me.
Yes, I am woking through sciatica with my Jane Blccks.....
 A quilter has to do what a Quilter Has TO DO!!......QUILT!!
My Depression Era Farmer's Wife in a shop in Iowa....



WE HOPE IT sells many Farmer's Wife Books!!


May 18, 2016

Moments in Photos

I wanted to share some photos of the last few months events, including
my Dear Jane progress...I am starting Row K today....I like the letter K.  heehee
Then from January on we completed our kitchen and redid our bathroom.We
are in the process of putting up a greenhouse, funded with a grant.
Getting our sandy soil richer in nutrients through composts.
Quilting as I can stand it.
Seeing our family complete degrees and gradations.
Just rejoice with us in our photos I share....
Love my New shelves at end of snack bar.

Love the New Shower head

Handy Dandy glass shelf too

Our Two Grads in Md in BIG Storm this winter

New Bath with Bead Board....LOVE IT!

Our Son who had a Transplant....Last Day in Grad Prog

Greatest Happiest Selfie EVER!!

New Sailor with Proud Parents

Our Master's Journey with Family

Progress of my Jane BAby

Love the triangle borders on Jane

Progress on Swoon...one last row to quilt yet

Our first Greenhouse....FUN!!

Our roses on Mother's Day

Roses from family on Mom's Day....smelled so good!

Thanks for stopping by!!.....pictures say a MILLION WORDS!!.....blessed Mom's Day Weekend this year........WOW!!.......  Hugs to all and may your stitches be from your heart......

May 17, 2016

Cabin Fever

Posting.....um....I am so sorry, I have been very neglectful.....I have good
reason.....Mainly the past 3 months I have suffered from sciatica....I had
no idea what that meant...NOW I DO....I must encourage you as a quilter, to exercise
regularly.....and stretch those muscles....or they may tighten up as mine has done.
I have sleepless, pain filled nights....I have tried muscle massage with DEEP
massage; yes, painful too.  I am going to a acupuncturist now...and that seems
to be getting some things taken care of....Plus my blood sugars were too high with
the stress I have been under and so with her and my Holistic MD I feel blessed
to see my sugar numbers coming down and with time I will conquer this
affect of the sciatic nerve inflammation.  It travels from your foot up both legs,
and then up the spine....so it is a LONG process and never the same for any person.
I am not quilting as much.
I had started my Dear Jane before this all started...so yes, NO PAIN -NO JANE
I truly did not have to be literal about it.  But I know that God has a purpose in ALL things.
I am on Row K though, so I have done it one square at a time.  Not sitting long, as
that bothers my hip, even with cushions and specially made ones.
I have tried every cream I can find and some help and some don't....My hub has
massaged my hips and thighs and legs and also vibration helps.  Even sitting on
tennis balls is now helping spread open that big piriformis muscle that the sciatic
nerve travels through or under or around....depends on the person too.
COMPLICATED....yes, healing can be....but It is better.  I just have not had sleep
for 3 months and that is taking a toll....so I will share pictures of our family and their
activities.in the next post
...Our son that had a kidney transplant in November of 14 from this old brother; and then he had his pituitary removed  6 months later :graduated from IU with his Masters in Informatics....A HAPPY HAPPY MAN and family.  At the same time he was graduating, our oldest Granddaughter was at the Great Lakes Navy graduation as a Seaman....going to go into Sonar.....very busy happy weekend on Mother's Day weekend,  no less. 
Our oldest Son graduated with his BS in History; completed online over a few years time.  His wife completed her Master's also in Mental Health Counselling with those suffering with addictions
.....can she help Quilters like me?....heehee,  I doubt it.
I will close this post and on the next one I will add the photos of our busy busy family.  We were unable to travel to any graduation since traveling aggravates my condition...so you see,  we have to conquer this Physical set back soon!!!.....
Thanks for stopping by!....God Bless You!!!


January 23, 2016

Catching Up



Farmer's Wife Depression Era Sampler
I am BAAAACK!!



A Friend of a Friend's Quilt


Surprise Grandkids Visit At Christmas



First of all  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW 2016 YEAR!

Not sure where the time has gone since October....it went into my 2nd Farmer's Wife Quilt, this time the Depression Era one. Then 2 children's small quilts....two in fairies and one in swans.A friend of a friend needed a quilt done up that she had spent 12 yeas on....so....sew.....

In Between Times Hub went on a 12 week Contract of ER nursing in NC....so he was gone 3 days a week.....plus our sweet Shiloh 14 yrs old Golden has cancer.(it is contained)...so we were nursing her with dressing changes on a tumor we were nursing.....she is  up walking now.....even almost trotting..she and Sunny are totally pals....
So add that stress into the fall and beginning of winter....

Quite a mix.....as it is up north this weekend....our son lives in DC area....they have dug out their parking areas 2 times today.....worn out!....and still snowing....
Linda's Swooon
Pal's Forever
So.....in Everything giving THANKS!!!......

SO, SEW!!

Since New Years I have made 2 Swoon Quilts, done in French General Noel fabrics.......
very pretty.....
One is on Suziebell now, getting Quilted......and .....you know you have to
have 2 projects going, atleast, so I started a Log Cabin in 1 1/2 inch jelly strips by
Fig Tree.....decided to use red centers from the scraps of Noel......

Right now I have Monopoly Invisible Thread breaking issues......so I ordered
more Kitchen Done!!
Sulky Invisible Thread...it says it does not stretch....so I am hoping!!......

Enjoy my photos....not in any certain order....since it is a Catch Up kind of
SCRAPPY DAY!!........

RENOVATION CONTINUES.....bathroom next.......drama!!!

God Blessings!!  Quilted........