Sunday, June 25, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday Yippee!!!

I can't believe it have been a month since my last post... live has been sooo busy I didn't realize... so sorry my bloggy friends!

Here is a great pic to express my regret for keeping you out of the loop!
From our beach to yours.. happy season change... for us it is Summer... and for Australia I think it is officially winter now!!! This shot shows how empty the beach can be early in the mornings :)

My honey has been in and out of the hospital this last month... here is a pic we took after his most recent hospital stay where we got a diagnosis finally...
When my honey goes into the hospital I go too... and stay nearby having been a cardiac nurse for so many years I navigate the medical world and medical words for him... and this time for me!  He has tracheomalacia or a floppy airway most commonly found in newborns... why he got it we can only conjecture... the cure is unknown and probably just to fix the floppy airway for a stable airway (aka a tracheostomy) but for now we are using a CPAP machine most of the time to assist his breathing and keep that airway open!

That is probably lots of Greek to you too... and that is simplified!  Sorry guys... but your THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS are appreciated as we navigate this path.. I want my honey to stick around a while longer and he wants to stay here too... for him a tracheostomy is NOT something he wants ever... so his natural airway needs to get stronger if possible or the breathing machine needs to be helpful in helping him rest well at nighttime!  So that is what has kept me so busy lately... my honey has had his own personal nurse! lol

Meanwhile... our first night at the hospital in a town over an hour away.. I came home to find carpet torn up and my quilt I have been working on torn partially out of the frame...
 So I finally... almost a month of looking at it later... made time and energy to get it back in the frame properly... and now I am making slow stitching progress once again!!!
I am linking my slow stitching progress to Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday... I have missed you all ... my fave linky so go check it out HERE!!!

While that quilt was in an "unquiltable" state... I had to keep myself occupied with something and reading wasn't gonna do it so I worked on my son James and his new brides' quilt...
Above you can see the new "Strip Stick" I found via a friend's youtube vid and requested more info... they are available in sizes too... I found this size fits my needs for now!  And it fits my pressing surface well... it aids in ironing seams open which is what I was doing as I watched a quilt cam with Bonnie Hunter :D

And I finally have the center finished between doctor and hospital runs with my honey...
Next up is the pieced border that is framed on the inside by a "floating border" and on the outside by a anchoring border and the top will be an official flimsy!!! lol  Getting ahead of myself though... the pieced border will take a bit of thought... review of the pattern I made... a video instruction... and some good old fashioned math...

 And don't forget comedic relief like that my honey provided below! lol  Thanks to our Daisy dog for being the comedy... she is pretending to be a lab in this shot! hahaha :)
While the video tutorial I purchased helped me figure out the basic way to construct the pieced border... it did NOT help me figure the math correctly... for that I am glad math was a subject I "got" in high school and college... So I will not mention the name or where I purchased this video when looking to make this certain style of pieced border but I don't regret the purchase really either...

I plan on leaving feedback once I have a flimsy to share and am complete... here are shots of some of my progress thus far though...
The inner border also called the float border to this pieced border as it will give the custom fit it needs for the quilt... is a bit skinnier on the sides finishing at 1" on each side while the top and bottom finish at 1 3/4" each... This float border is vanilla fabric like the first row of sashings are on the outer edges of the center of the quilt... so should all veg together  :)  I hope so anyway!!!

I have the top and bottom borders complete on the pieced borders now and they fit as they should.. today when I am not slow stitching I will be constructing the side borders.  Once both are together and tested in place I will add the vanilla float border and see how they really fit... maybe have all this done and the flimsy finished by next weekend???  No promises on that... EVERYTHING depends on my honey as his need to be hospitalized again until we have a home plan that is stable for his airway! and his health overall!!!  Here is my pattern again though... how I planned it to be looking! lol

And here are a few pieces I had left over from the center and my triumphant start on the pieced border after watching the video and reviewing my own plan above! lol  This WILL BE HAND QUILTED once it is a flimsy too :)  That was requested by my son's new wife in the early planning stages!!
Here is an updated shot of me I took... it now resides as my facebook profile pic :)  This was the end of May though...
Here is my 301a Gloria who has made my work on this quilt top.. Amethyst Stars... so enjoyable and a great destressor for me :)
And here is a "new" thrifted ironing board... with a cover I made after watching some youtube tutorials.... along with a new iron I got too (my old one had leaked so much the ironing board was all rusted under the cover that was stained and falling off! lol
I have had this fabric for some time ... waiting for the right project for it... now I have this fun cover to look at every day and interact with when ironing needs to be done properly on a board instead of my quilting ironing surface!!!  I love the cradle it has to keep the iron off the ironing board itself... and a new iron does not leak!!! Yippee :D

Well... that is about all I have time for today... Thanks again for your coveted thoughts and prayers for us and the VA medical team my honey has...

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12 comments:

  1. Even tho I have followed the details day by day, this is a great recap. Loved reading!!

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    1. Thanks for figuring out how to comment my bestie!!! <3 I love you and glad you enjoyed the read!

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  2. oh my so sorry to hear about your husbands troubles / I enjoyed the projects recap :)

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  3. I'm glad your honey is doing better with the CPAP and I cannot even imagine the misery he has been in until now. I do remember having a few pediatric patients with tracheomalacia and yes, they were trached. I hope he can continue to do well on the machine. Now about that quilt and carpet issue, what that Miss Daisy? She looks more like a bunny rabbit in her pic with her ears up. Your new quilt for the newlyweds is absolutely stunning. You will have those borders figured out in no time at all! Your ironing board cover is great. I'm glad you are able to blog again. I missed your posts!

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  4. Your being familiar with the medical world has to relieve stress for your husband. Your quilt looks lovely. Hope the border is going well. Blessings!

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  5. Sounds like a busy and worrisome time! I am hoping your husband is feeling better soon! Your sewing projects look great!

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  6. Wow 😳 I just can't imagine how your dear partner must feel ...breathing is very much taken for granted.
    I use a CPAP every time I lay down just in case I fall asleep 😴 as that is when my air way gets less than fully open but I am asleep 😴 so I don't know 🤷‍♀️ it and don't feel it.
    I'd panic if I could not breath while awake poor guy I hope the CPAP works well and keeps him and you comfortable

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  7. Glad you and hubby are hanging in there. Also glad you are finding the time to do some quilting. Sometimes it's the only thing that keeps us sane.

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  8. Amethyst stars is looking so pretty. I hope hubby's health improves.

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  9. Glad hubby home from hospital. Hope all goes well! xx

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  10. Glad that your hubby is home safe. You have so many beautiful projects!

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  11. Kathi, Sorry to hear of your honey's health issues. Hope he finds relief with the CPAP. Good for you facing the disrupted quilt challenge. Stitching is a stress reliever. Appreciate your blog update. Take care, Jill

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