A little here, a little there

I’m slowly inching my way back into spending more time in my sewing room. I used to call it ‘my happy place’ and it’s starting to feel like that again – of course it’s still very empty without my trusty companion laying at the door but I can’t change that so I must accept it.

I’ve been keeping up with the โ€œWeight Lossโ€ qal hosted by Kirsten ofย Sew Fabric Love although no weight has been lost at this point – ugh! My goals are to drink at least 64oz water daily and to walk daily. I’m hoping I start seeing some green squares soon!!

I chose a striped fabric in my stash to use for binding the Christmas panel quilt. Now that this is done I’ll pack it up with the remaining completed projects and mail them back to my friend โค

I wanted a canvas print of my baby to hang in my office so I went online last week and ordered it. I had never done this before so I wasn’t sure exactly what size to get, I went with 24×18. I used easycanvasprints.com and they live up to their name! I think I may have zoomed in a bit too much on the original picture because her head in this print is almost as big as mine LOL!!!! I still love it… and when I’m ready I’ll try again ๐Ÿ™‚

A few other odds and ends… I started cutting 2.5″ squares for my next Color Blocks quilt. I’m making the November pattern called Woven Star. Debby Brown has added a new 2022 *free* course for more color block quilt patterns to help us use up our scraps. She issues one pattern a month and even provides suggestions for quilting. It was fun to follow along last year so I signed up again.

Lastly, I finally closed up the fabric ‘trash bag’ I’ve been filling up for over two years (it’s the floral print). I still have the one I closed up a few years ago so now I have two I need to take to the animal shelter.

That’s about all for now… have a great rest of your weekend.

Adjusting

Although it’s only been 7 days since we said goodbye to our sweet little Sammie girl it feels like it’s been a month without her. I just don’t know what to do with myself. From the moment I wake up I’ve always thought about what she needs – go outside, something to eat, clean water, snuggles and love. Now when I wake up I don’t have anyone else to think about ๐Ÿ˜ฆ When we’d leave for any reason I always had a time clock ticking in the back of my mind so I didn’t leave her home alone for too long…now, that doesn’t matter anymore.

I’ve been going for a walk every day to clear my head and get some exercise and honestly just to get out of the house for a little while. She is still everywhere I look, she had so many favorite spots to lay depending on what room I was in – yes, she was my shadow. And she is back in the house now, so to speak. The vet called Thursday to let us know they had her ashes and we picked them up on Friday. She now sits on the table in our entry way. The paw print is a little smudged but that’s definitely hers because she always had so much fur between her pads โค I also plan to get a photo of her printed on canvas to hang in my office.

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As you might imagine, I haven’t been doing much sewing. I walk into my sewing room, look at projects I could work on but then I just lose interest, I’m sure it will come back. I did start a project right before we lost Sammie, a weight loss QAL with Kirsten of Sew Fabric Love. Amazingly I’ve kept up with it so far

That’s about all for now…have a great rest of your weekend.

Not much sewing

It was our 36th Wedding Anniversary this week and as per usual we went out for a nice dinner at Ruth’s Chris…does anyone know the back story to why it’s called ‘Ruth’s’ Chris? Anyway, it was an amazing dinner with an awesome server who made the evening memorable.

Again, no pictures… it appears I’ve hit a slump with pulling out my phone to capture special moments – ugh! We did snap a few shots before we left

I haven’t been in my sewing room all week… I’m procrastinating again! I’ve decided to work on another top from the box of my friend’s mothers UFOs. This one is a finished top that measures 53×93 and I’ve recommended that I remove one of the rows of blocks to make it a bit more proportional. I will then use that row to finish the back. The reason I’m procrastinating is she used an overlock stitch when piecing the top together ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’ve never seen that before! I don’t think it will be difficult to rip it out…but I’m not really sure so…I’ve been putting it off ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Oh I almost forgot… after posting last Sunday I did finish this double oven mitt from that same box. The pocket sections were already completed, I just needed to assemble the precut body with two layers of heat resistant batting, quilt and bind (LOL, it kinda looks like a band-aid in these photos!)

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It was back to the vet for my poor Sammie this week… her left ear just won’t shake an ear infection (not inner ear) so they checked again and it appears she has a polyp growing that is blocking a good portion of the ear canal. This is preventing the fluid from getting out when she shakes her head and just causes festering. Our only options were to have it surgically removed, which means anesthesia and there is no guarantee it won’t return – or – use a solution of cleaner/antibiotic daily for the rest of her life! Good grief! Right now we’re opting for the daily solution ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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That’s about all for now… have a great rest of your weekend

Miscellaneous…

I missed posting last week because I was traveling. I flew to MD to visit with family and celebrate my great-niece’s 4th birthday. I was a little anxious about flying with everything going on in the world these days but my flight up was very uneventful, except for a little bit of a bumpy ride. I stayed with my niece and her family which allowed me to help with getting ready for the party. The weather was very nice the whole time which worked out great because the party was outside.

To my dismay, I did not take one single picture the whole time I was gone ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I met up with a dear friend for dinner Friday, hung out with family Saturday & Sunday then flew back home Monday. I used Southwest for this trip and you may recall that weekend they cancelled thousands of flights – eeek! I was worried my flight home was going to be affected but when I got to the airport to check in they assured me my flight was right on time – yay!!

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My poor Sammie has another flare up of Hot Spot, an allergic reaction that causes a severe rash on the skin. I have no idea what’s causing it but the vet did tell me the first time it happened that it could reappear…ugh! This one is not as large as the first time and luckily I have all the meds still on hand to treat it – including Gabapentin for pain.

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I haven’t been spending a whole lot of time in my ‘happy place’ this past week but I did finish another quilt from the box my friend sent me of her mother’s UFOs. She had finished the top so I pulled this colorful elephant fabric from my stash then used a loopy meander for quilting. I struggled to find something for binding then found this lovely yellow dotted fabric in my stash that matched perfectly!

There are two more completed tops that need backing & quilting along with a half assembled double oven mitt…hopefully I can get those done quickly!

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In other news, I think I’ve finally found a general practitioner that I like. Hubby has gone to see him a couple of times and remarked how much he liked him so I figured I’d give him a shot. My first visit went very well! He spent plenty of time just talking to me, listening to my general concerns and answering my questions – finally! someone who actually listens!

My overall cholesterol number has been inching up the last few years and I really do not want to start taking prescription pills if it’s not absolutely necessary. He offered a few suggestions that I’m going to try and we’ll check my numbers again in Feb. Of course the most obvious suggestion was to lose weight and get some exercise… I already knew that but I’m the kind of person that needs to hear a professional say it for it to sink in!! Silly but true ๐Ÿ˜‰

I bought more fruits and veggies this week and actually cut & prepped them for easy access. Yesterday we went to dinner at a restaurant in Conway on the Riverwalk and took a little stroll after dinner, the setting was so relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ Hard to see it in this picture but the river is just barely visible on the left side!

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I received the Wahl clippersย from Amazon (affiliate link) before my trip and I’ve used them a couple of times to trim some small sections on Sammie. I’m still learning and taking it a little at a time but she’s so good about letting me do it!!

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That’s about all for now… have a great rest of your weekend!!

Double Wedding Ring Completed!

I completely missed posting last week and I had a really nice update on the Double Wedding Ring quilt I was finishing for a friend. As of last Sunday I had finished all the quilting, made the bias binding and machine stitched it the front of the quilt!! Woo hoo!!

The next step was to flip it to the back and machine stitch in the ditch from the front. Well, that was a lot harder than I thought!! I pinned and clipped to ensure I’d catch the edge but after doing about a quarter of one side I looked at the back and there were at least 4 places that were not secured!!! grrrrrr! I needed a plan B.

After debating what to do for several hours: should I keep going and address the missed spots after I was done or should I just hand stitch the binding to the back? I have never hand stitched binding because in my mind it takes too long BUT this quilt was screaming at me to DO IT!! So I listened ๐Ÿ™‚ I pulled up a few videos on YouTube to be sure I knew what to do, I put on an audio book and spent time on & off the rest of the day hand sewing the binding.

I started where the machine stitching stopped and when I got all the way around to that section I removed those stitches as I went along. Surprisingly, it didn’t take as long as I thought it would and my hand only cramped a few times – clearly I was holding the needle too tight! LOL

Oh and thank goodness I had these little things stored away to protect my finger tip. I think I got them a few years ago in a Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop.

After I finished the binding it was time to run the quilt through the rinse cycle to remove the water soluble marker from the flowers. Washing/rinsing a quilt for the first time always makes me nervous, especially so this time because I was not familiar with any of the fabrics used in the top and the backing fabric was a saturated color. I dropped 5 color catchers in with it and I’m happy to report everything came out great ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s the big reveal – in the first one I have it draped across my king size bed and in the second one DH is holding it up outside

I mailed it off to it’s owner on Wed and to my shock and amazement she called me the next day to say it had arrived!!!! Wow, maybe USPS is turning a corner? The package didn’t have to leave the state of SC but I still didn’t think it would arrive in one day!

She’s going to let her mother open the quilt since it was her work of art; I’m anxious to hear what she thinks about the finished product ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wasted no time starting a new project! I had said I wanted to make the August Color Block pattern and I knew I had 2 green color blocks left over from a few months earlier so I started to make more. It was really nice to get back to some cutting & piecing after focusing on all that quilting! Here’s the status so far

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In other news, my poor little Sammie has developed another problem this week, something called HotSpot. I had never heard of it before but I’ve learned it’s an allergic flare up on the skin from any number of possibilities… we’ll probably never know what caused it. Hers is located on her back between her hips, I noticed it Wed night before bed, her hair was matted in that section but I couldn’t see anything so I washed the spot and noticed it felt very warm to the touch. In the morning it was all crusty again and this time it was discolored mucus. I called the vet and they got her in that morning. They shaved the area so they could see what was going on and there it was… all red and inflamed…ugh!!! This little girl cannot catch a break!! They gave me cleansing pads, steriod spray, antibacterial ointment along with antibiotic and pain pills. I have to clean and treat the area 2x/day and she is so uncomfortable when I do it… breaks my heart!!!!! I’ll spare you the pictures ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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That’s about all for now… enjoy the rest of your weekend

Still waiting…

I’m still waiting for my quilting mojo to come back! It appears to have taken a summer hiatus ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I can’t even remember the last time I walked into my sewing room…ugh! I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m just going to let it be and hope it will come back soon!!

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I’m still doing WW, tracking my meals and trying to get out for walks every day. I haven’t gained anything but I haven’t dropped anything either – ha!

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Our little old Mini Schnauzer Sammie is still going strong. She’s still on the meds for the lymphoma and the vets all say she’s doing well. The last two visits we’ve had with different doctors they both have mentioned they’re surprised how well she’s doing especially since it’s been over 1.5 years since we started the chemo meds (Nov 2019). She’s developed a corneal ulcer on her left eye that is just not healing. She’d been on eye drops for almost two months when they finally sent us to a specialist. Her visit was this past Tuesday – they numbed her eye, scraped off the top layer and inserted a protective contact lens to help with healing. They said she’d be uncomfortable for 24-48 hours and sent us home with pain meds. She’s doing much better today, we go for a follow up check on Aug 5th… I sure hope that thing is healed up by then!!!

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No decisions yet on when I will retire but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately! I was mulling over a date of Jan 1 but I’m not sure I want to retire in the middle of winter. Even though I live in Myrtle Beach and winters are not harsh by any means, it’s still cold and there aren’t many outdoor activities I would enjoy. My next thought is Mar 1, winter will be over and Spring will be in the air…I think that would be an amazing time to ‘start over’. I know this will sound awful but I’m still holding out hope my company will magically down-size me and offer me an exit package that would include medical benefits…but I don’t see that happening anytime soon :-/

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That’s all for now… I’m enjoying watching the Olympic events in Tokyo, especially tennis!

May Gemstone quilt

I’ve made more progress on the May pattern from Debby Brown’s Color Blocks QAL. I went shopping last week looking for the perfect background fabric and I found it at my local quilt shop.

I wanted something dark for the background but I also wanted a sparkle effect and this fabric is perfect.

I got started right away adding the corner triangles and then played with the layout until I landed on this setting.

I added the sashing & borders and the top is done!!!

You can see the background reads dark from a distance but it’s got a nice speckled effect to give it a bit more interest.

I also made an addition to my sewing room last week. You may recall I recently purchased another sewing machine, a Singer Patchwork, which I had sitting on my cutting table. Trying to use it standing up was not very practical but I don’t have a lot of space in my sewing room for another big table. I went online searching for a small desk I could put beside my design wall and I found it on Amazon!!!

It fits perfect in this space and gives me all the room I need for piecing blocks. It was incredibly easy to put together and very reasonably priced ๐Ÿ˜‰

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In other news, Sammie got her stitches out last week and is healing up nicely. We got her groomed a couple days after…she really needed it!

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That’s about all for now – enjoy the long holiday weekend!!!

Good news!

My Sammie girl had surgery last Monday to remove an ugly growth on her belly and she came through it with flying colors!! Hallelujah!! Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts โค

The Dr was also able to remove the growth on her back paw that’s been driving her nuts for months – whew! Sammie was on pain meds for the first 5 days and since she wasn’t showing any signs of pain we weaned her off this weekend. She’s eating and moving and sleeping like normal so all-in-all it’s a success! She hasn’t given the stitches on her belly a second thought but she has tried to take off her sock and lick her paw so we’ve got to keep a close eye on her. She goes back on 5/25 to have the stitches removed.

The poor baby is also still suffering with the Corneal Ulcer on her left eye. We’ve been using drops since May 5th and there does seem to be a small improvement, the Dr will check it again when she has her stitches removed.

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In quilting news… I bought another sewing machine!!! I’ve been wanting to get a second machine for a while now so I could work on projects in multiple stages and over Mother’s Day weekend I saw an excellent sale and I jumped on it. I got a Singer Patchwork 7285Q

It came with all kinds of extra feet and even an extension table ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It was a breeze to setup and get started sewing – I’ve got her setup on my cutting table and will use her mostly for piecing.

I used my new Singer to start piecing blocks for the May Color Blocks QAL. I had the green blocks left over from a previous month but all the blue ones were made with my new machine ๐Ÿ™‚

It was great to have a second machine because my main Pfaff was setup for FMQ to work on the April Color Blocks quilt… and I’m happy to say I finished the quilting yesterday.

I made the binding last night and started putting it on this morning… just one more trip around to secure it to the front and I’ll be done!!

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In WW news… I dropped .8lb this week, not bad I guess since I was so stressed about Sammie’s surgery. I haven’t started working out yet even though the weather here has been perfect for walks – ugh!

That’s about all for now… have a great rest of your weekend!!

One step closer

Well I did finally get the April Color Blocks quilt basted but I have not started any quilting on it yet. I can’t decide if I want to use the ‘suggested’ design from Debby Brown or do my own design…so I’m in limbo!

I also finished two more Safelight case sets and I put all 5 in the mail to Carole. She’s already confirmed they have arrived – yay!

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In other news, my fur baby Sammie turned 13 last week and now she’s going to have surgery tomorrow to remove a growth on her belly. She’s been dealing with lymphoma for the past 1.5 years and I’m not sure if this growth is part of that disease or if it’s something else but it has just been getting bigger and a few weeks ago it started bleeding. We hoped it would heal up but it’s gotten progressively worse and of course the worry is it will get infected. So even with her advanced age, surgery is the better option. We drop her off in the morning…this fur mama is a nervous wreck!!

She’s been wearing a male doggie diaper to keep the growth on her belly protected, and she’s also been wearing a sock on her back paw for months because of a small growth. The Dr said if Sammie is tolerating anesthesia well, they will remove the growth on her back paw too. The one on her belly doesn’t seem to bother her but the one on her paw drives her nuts…so hopefully that will be gone!

And as if that wasn’t enough, the poor baby has scratched her left eye and has an Ocular Ulcer… so we’ve been putting drops in her eye for the last 3 days.

Please send out prayers and positive thoughts for my Sammie girl for surgery tomorrow and the recovery process โค

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In WW news, I didn’t drop anything this week… probably due to stress! I’ve been staying within my points budget but I’ve been eating more snacks in the evening :-/ I don’t see my stress dropping over the next week or two with Sammie’s surgery & recovery… oh well, I’ll just have to be more aware!!

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During a drive in the Corvette last weekend, we stopped at a ‘new to us’ place at the beach called Snooky’s. We overheard someone else order a drink and just had to give it a try.

Crown Royal Peach mixed with sweet tea – O.M.G.!! It’s delicious… and dangerous because it doesn’t really taste like a mixed drink – LOL! It’s become Hubby’s favorite drink ๐Ÿ˜‰

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That’s all for now… have a great rest of your weekend!!

Ready for February

I finished piecing and ironing the 30 blocks necessary for the February Color Block challenge! I pulled fabrics from my gray/black scrap bin and just cut a ton of 2.5″ squares with no idea how many I needed to make 30 blocks… Ha, math prep is not my strong suit! As it turns out, I ended up cutting enough to make 31 blocks!! Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ now that’s dumb luck for ya!!!

Once all the blocks were done I started looking through my stash for background options… I pulled these and gave them a trial run

Once again the ‘prep’ bug bit me because I didn’t check the fabric requirements to make sure I had enough before I fell in love with one of them! Argh! The pattern calls for 3 5/8 yards – grrrrr! I only have 3 yards each of the green and orange so I have to either take them out of the running or… alter the pattern or… buy more fabric!!! I’ll let you guess what I’ve decided to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

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ATP & WTA Tennis are gearing up for the Australian Open to begin in about a week. I’ve been keeping up with several players online and many had to endure a rough 14 day quarantine once they arrived in Australia. They’ve finally been released and now they have a little time to really go hard preparing. The warm up tournaments have started so I’ve been watching a few matches late at night as they’re 16 hours ahead of me!!

Other than that I haven’t been doing much… I stopped running for no particular reason. I missed a few days, then the weather turned rainy and cold which made me miss a few more and before I even noticed – it’s been almost a month!!! Ugh!!! I had gotten up to 3 miles doing run/walk intervals – now I’m going to have to start all over ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Damn, that makes me so mad at myself!! There’s just no excuse for it… apathy, laziness, delayed consequences, SMH!

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That’s all for now… here’s a picture I took last week when Sammie was stalking me for another treat… she’s got one very menacing stare!! LOL

Stay safe โค