Sunday, January 22, 2012

So here's why I've not been active here for a while....

This is my Mom, a few years ago when I had just finished this quilt for her bed.  Now, she's 91, has dementia, and is in the nursing home she picked out last April before the dementia had progressed much.  Mom falls every few days, and we're praying she doesn't break a hip. The law forbids using a Posey restraint now, since elderly confused people who don't remember to call for help before getting up have a right to not be restrained, and to break their hips/arms without hindrance. Makes me furious.

I've just not had the heart to visit the blog for a while.

Still waiting to find out whether Bill's chemo was effective--he has an appointment for outpatient surgery on Feb. 17th for biopsies. We're on pins and needles waiting to find out. .

Will be starting PT for my knee tomorrow afternoon, and still dealing with learning that I'm probably never going to be able to carry more than 10 or 15 pounds safely--there goes my hobby of collecting and repairing old sewing machines. Heavy sigh.  The old machines weigh 2 or 3 times that much.

Prayers and positive thoughts for the three of us would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Madeline's quilt

Madeline is my niece Wendy's middle child, and is now going to a college in Memphis, TN.  A few years ago, I made a quilt for each of Wendy's kids.  Maddie likes darker colors, and chose this pattern.  It looks a bit complex, but it's really not.  I made 9 patches, sewed them together with alternating plain blocks into large 9 patches, set them on point, and put them together with alternating plain blocks again.  I like the almost wrought-iron look of the overall lattice.  The green fabric is really darker than it appears in this photo, which was taken in full sunlight.  I had it longarm-quilted, and like the way the design compliments the quilt.

On another note, I'm very pleased to be able to say that my knee is improving.  I will be seeing the ortho doc again on the 16th.  I'm hoping it will heal well without having to have surgery.  I almost think I could do without the walker now, but I don't entirely trust this knee to not crumble under me.