Monday, February 1, 2016

Sunny Monday . . .

Well the sun is shining outside, but it is still cold and there is still a foot of snow on the ground.  That snow has been here for a couple months now so I am getting close to being "over it".  Whatever good that does.

A little work here on an old table runner.  I made it as one of those easy, simple ones with no pattern that you sew and turn inside out.  There was no batting and the end were to be folded down to make pointed ends with buttons added.  So I did that but looked at it before adding the final buttons part.  I loved the fabric combination but not the design. The outside pattern overpowered that inner print which is what I loved.


So I opened up one end and added some batting and loaded it on my quilting machine.  Of course I had to baste on some muslin top, bottom and sides.  That caused me a little design problem when I quilted that I didn't think about until I was taking them off after I was done.  I had quilted right over the edges so when I unhooked the muslin, it also unhooked some of the quilting stitches near the edges.  Not good!


So I just added a fancy stitch all the way around that secured those loose quilting thread ends and I like the way it looks.


Here is how it looks in the dining room.  I hung one of my other quilts on the wall in there a couple weeks ago and I love the colors all together.  


The quilt on the wall is one of the very first quilts I ever made.  It is from a pattern from the designer, Cheryl Wittmayer.  I think it is over 10 years old and once I had it complete, I gave it to my mom. I used the same fabrics that were in the pattern and part of the fun was in finding all of those fabrics.   When Mom passed last January, I kept it.  She loved it and always bragged about it.  So I know she likes that it is on display again.  

I used the leftovers from that project a couple years later in a round robin with an online group and ended up with another similar quilt that I hung a month ago in our family room.  That online group is long gone but I made lots of quilting friends there. Our house is nine sided so there are no square rooms - this wall is at an angle meeting the fireplace so it really looks slanted.  

I quilted this with lots of thread to create gold ginkgo leaves that floated down over the quilt.  I love it almost as much as the other and the memory of the online group is important in my quilting travels. You can see some of the quilting in the pic below although the binding wasn't all sewn down. It is easy to see what colors make my heart sing.  






Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What is happening here . . .

Bob got home late Monday night so yesterday we just caught up with each other.  He had been out in Portland helping our son with a bathroom remodel in a new little house he just purchased.  They had a great time.

I did get some quilting done on this piece of reverse applique that has been waiting for some finishing.  I did some quick machine quilting and will now look at it for a while on my design wall.  I think I want to add some hand embroidery and some beading before I bind it.  And then I am thinking I want to mount it on another quilt from the stripe that I have mounted behind it here.  That stripe is also one of the layers in the reverse applique.  I will just stare at it for a a couple days and move on to a piecing/sewing project while I wait for the next words for direction.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

OK - 2 months later - And now - I am REALLY back.

A quick couple of updates first -

Walker continues with the chemo every month or so.  He is in Denver now with his second session. It is tough on the little guy and it breaks my heart that he has to go through this but he is a tough little guy.  Here is a picture his mom took while in the hospital on Thursday morning getting ready for the day long chemo process.


It hit me about 2 weeks before Christmas that I was needing to prioritize my deep desires to work on my art in my studio instead of lamenting about not having time for art.  Easy to do.  Just get up early and try for a couple hours each morning before the start of the day.  Just like the days when I was a single mom raising my sons and working.  If I wanted time for myself, and I did, I got up at 5 and had a couple hours to myself before the start the busy morning.  Just like that.  

It is working.  I will post some pictures now as I work on various things.  This Thursday, I finished my quilted piece, "Fire Walk".  It is about my feelings - how I feel when I think of the chemo in Walker's little body.  I have shared it with some friends - some saw see trees, some saw women dancing - I saw nothing just felt turmoil and pain as I quilted.  It was great therapy.

Here are some pictures. . . 




Sunday, November 15, 2015

I'm Back . . .

It has been two months since I stopped.

Walker has done well with his cancer treatment.  He finished his 31 radiation treatments last week and he and his parents came home to Bozeman last Thursday.  They were at Children's Hospital until October 1 and then moved over to the nearby Ronald McDonald house where they stayed during the radiation treatments.

Weston had been here with us since the first of September and their mom and dad had been back and forth between here and Denver. Over the weekend they moved into a rental condo for the coming year while they focus on Walker's treatments and recovery. They had planned to live out here while we traveled, but that all changed with this new normal.

Walker has done lots of recovery work from the Posterior Fassa Syndrome that came after the tumor surgery the end of August.  He was unable to move any limbs or his body, walk, see clearly, control his bowels or bladder and for a couple weeks didn't talk.  He is talking fine, no longer needing diapers, has no double vision and he is walking pretty good.  He still has a wheel chair and a walker that he can use, but prefers to walk with some assistance from furniture and a willing hand.  It is kind of hard to watch because it is pretty wabbly walking, but he gets stronger every day.

We had both guys with us Thursday, Friday and Saturday while they moved.  It was so good to have Walker here again.  He really wanted to revisit each and every good memory he had with us - special shopping trips and things we had all done together.  We enjoyed it all.  And the move was complete enough that last night they stayed in their "new" house.




So, Bob and I are "home alone" this morning for the first time in two and a half months.  And it is not too bad.  Especially since we know Walker is doing ok and their family is back together.  We both agree we are really going to miss Weston living here.  Raising a child is hard work and best if one is young, but still a joy no matter how old.  LOL.  The road ahead for all of them is going to be rough, but I am sure they can do it and we are here to help if needed.

We are still thinking of going south - or somewhere - in the motorhome for a couple months after the first of the year, but for now we are just going to enjoy our lives here and help where needed.

Walker will start his 9 chemo sessions on the 10th of December.  They will go each month or 6 weeks to Denver for those treatments.

So, I am going to focus myself back on my fiber art world really hard and put away the need to be a "mother".  I loved having Weston here, but I know why God intends for them to be raised by the young.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Taking time . . .

I am just not up for blogging now.  I am trying to do updates on CaringBridge for Walker each day.   I will be back later.  Nothing seems important enough to say right now.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hard to hear . . .

We found out this afternoon that our 6 year old grandson, Walker, has cancer.  The brain tumor was malignant.  He will go through several weeks of radiation at Children's Hospital in Denver as an inpatient.  Following that will be 10 months of chemo.  If all goes well, they say there is a 90% rate of recovery - whatever that means - maybe remission.  I don't know.

Nothing makes any sense to me right now.  I love that little boy so much and I hate to see him go through what he will have to endure for the next year.

Here he is from our first camping trip to the lake in June this summer.  I am so glad we had these good times with him.  He is a fighter so I hope he knows we will be here to help him fight this cancer.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Feeling all messed up inside . . .

It feels I have been strong for so long now and today I just don't want to be strong any longer.  I want Walker to be ok.  I hate it when a little guy has to go through this posterior fossa syndrome stuff and we don't even know yet the type of tumor so the bad stuff could be yet to come.  I want to scream and scream but I know that won't do any good.  And I hate being here while he is down there.  I feel like I am totally out of the loop and it is even worse today.  I know I need to get through this since this is not about me.  But, damn it, I hate this.  I need to figure out something.

So today the delivery men from Lowes called to tell us they were delivering the new refrigerator we purchased there two weeks ago.  What?  I had forgotton all about it.  It was 7:30 when the call came and they said they would be there in 20 minutes.   I hadn't forgotten I had purchased it as our old one was kind of limping along.  But I had forgotten this was the day for the delivery.  

I was in bed so I jumped up and started emptying out the old refrigerator and got it done.  The guys came, took out the old one, brought in the new one, shoved it in the hole and informed us the cupboards were not right so it would set even.  They then left and said to just wait a while and it might settle in better.

What?  When they left we looked and they had not even brought down the front legs - and they had it sitting crooked.  On one corner nothing was touching the floor.  I am not sure how they managed that but it was certainly what was making it crooked.   So I had to call and get them to return.  First I was informed they would try to get back out at the end of their day if there was time.  No that was not going to work for me.  They needed to do their job correctly the first time as I needed to reload the food.  Finally after a couple more calls up the Lowes food chain, I got them to return about an hour and a half later and they were not happy.  Needless to say, neither was I.

They came in the kitchen and mouthy about what needed to be done.  First they said the cupboards were not correct - wrong!  They were installed by one of the best companies here in Bozeman 3 years ago and the previous fridge was the same size and it fit - snuggly - but it fit.  They finally pulled it out again and did do it right after some very stern words from me.  I had to tell one of them who was really mouthy and rude that he needed to stop or else I would ask him to leave my home.  Not a good experience at all.  Once it was done correctly, the refrigerator is nice and I know we will enjoy it.  It fits the space, is level, and looks good.