Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Oh boy, time to shower and get out of here. Have a great Wednesday!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I haven't had much time to work on anything big. I've done a little stitching on the flower blocks, but I haven't even finished one. I've done some sewing on the bag I'm trying to construct for the swap.
I'm tired all of a sudden. Actually, I've been sleepy all day, but I had lots to do. Oh shoot! I have to take clothes out of the washer and dryer.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Can anyone guess what this will be when I'm done? It's only a fraction of what it will be. This is the start of my design for a bag swap I've joined. At least, I hope I end up using this pattern/design. I haven't decided which pattern I'll use for the bag. I may end up having to come up with one of my own! lol
I think this will be the last swap I sign up for at least until I get all the baby quilts done. Yes, I said "quiltS" lol I have to make more than one new quilt for my new grandbaby-to-be. And, Dad has been pretty sick lately and my time is definitely not my own. He requires constant supervision, except when he's sleeping. I know Jim thinks I've all but abandoned him, but I can't see any other way around this situation right now. Even he has lent his strength to help Dad and I know Judy is exhausted from work and stress and even the boys are being tested. When a loved one is sick and, at times, very near death, how can we, as a family, not come together to do what is needed? We just take it a day at a time...and keep on praying. I have to thank strangers, who now are caregivers alongside family members and are cheerfully and selflessly giving of their time and experience. Thank you!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Dad had a better day today. The cardiologist was guarded in his excitement about the treatment working. He said that, for the moment, it seemed to be working but it was too soon to tell. So, Dad had another bag of Bumex infused tonight to help take fluid off his heart. This is just something that goes along with his condition and we have to try to stay on top of it. Don't really know how long he'll be there. Please say a prayer for him.
Monday, July 21, 2008
After I got home from Dad's yesterday morning, I made this little pincushion. It's a "thank you" for one of the gals in the online quilt group that played a big part in the retreat. I hope to get it and the square dishrag in the mail to her this week.
On another note...I hope that these posts don't indicate that I am the sole caregiver for my dad. Far from it. Without my husband, my sister and my sons and daughter-in-law (not to mention the caregivers that come in daily) I couldn't do this. I hope I didn't leave anyone out. I think we all feel that we spend an enormous amount of time at Dad's, and we do, but I think that for the most part, we are all contributing in every way we can. There is NO way that any one person can do this. "It takes a village!" LOL With the exception of my retired husband, we all have daily jobs, too. So, kudos to all members of my family! I love you guys and I know Dad is appreciative even though he may be a bit argumentative at times. Can you blame him? If we put ourselves in his place, I think we would not be the most enjoyable people to be around at times, either. He does have his moments and he had us all laughing yesterday.
We're getting ready for another Lubbock trip today. Jim is going with us again and for that, I am most appreciative. They help us a lot in Lubbock, but it gives me peace of mind knowing I have my "muscle" with me. lol Thanks, honey!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I'm off to Dad's again this morning. The night gal leaves around 7:30. I like to be there before Joe leaves for work, although today is Saturday, isn't it? More than likely Joe will sleep late, though, and the day girl won't be in so I need to get over there to fix breakfast. Good thing I took a few days off, huh? lol
Oh, I almost forgot! I took the other quilt apart (the one with the flower faces) and didn't find anything as interesting as the other innards. The inside of this old quilt is an old terry blanket and a terry towel that had been folded in half and sewn to the blanket to make it a little bigger. Kinda strange...lol
Off to the second day of my "Dad Retreat"!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I found it interesting that the fabric inside, or under the yellow centers, did not seem to fade like the rest of the blades that make up the pattern. I also notice that the pattern was sewn together then appliqued to a strip along the side. The back of the quilt was pieced and that fabric seems to have held up very well. I haven't really examined what is inbetween the two layers, but whatever it is, it's very heavy. I think there are several different layers of different fabrics.
I will use the yellow framed kitten blocks to make a baby quilt for "our baby" (I hope Rob and April are ready to hear a lot of that phrase! LOL) In fact, I want to re-work the other, flower block quilt, into a baby quilt, too. A baby can never have enough hug quilts, right?
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So, now it begins...I've already been looking at baby quilt patterns and, of course, I will have to crochet something, be it an afghan, sweater, booties, hat, etc. I may have to do everything in white since April thinks she may not want to know if it's a boy or a girl until the "unveiling".
As she says in her blog, it's still a little unreal. But, once she starts feeling that little thing move around, it'll be real, alright! It will be so wonderful to have a little one around to liven things up. Not that Dad doesn't do that these days! lol
Speaking of Dad, I need to get dressed and ready to get to his place. We've hired someone to stay at night just so Joe can get some much needed rest and sleep. This way Dad (and we) won't have to worry that he has to get up in the night alone if Joe doesn't hear him for some reason. With all of Dad's medical problems right now, it was just the right thing to do. I'm hoping we can get someone in during the day that can be of more assistance to him than the sweet little girl that helps now. She's just too little to help him. I'm there as much as possible and Jim has been the biggest help these days. As it turns out, I will NOT be going to Amarillo this week, but I'm also NOT going to work on Fri. and Sat. I've rearranged all my clients in order to be gone and I will NOT try to get them all scheduled again. It's too hard on all of us. So, I'll be able to stay with Dad on Friday and maybe, just maybe, on Saturday I can have a couple of hours to do what I need to do. Rob and Joe will be there and Judy is there on Saturday, too. I wouldn't enjoy myself or get any rest if I went to Amarillo anyway. I guess I'm a worry wart...
But, my new grandbaby is growing as we speak and I await him/her with much love and excitement!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
We got some exciting news today but I'm going to hold off on saying anything until April posts on her blog.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I had quite a bit of leftover fabric from the mystery quilt so I think I'll make another lapsize quilt with the sunflower fabrics. I'll have to get more of the big sunflowers but I have plenty of the rest. This pattern seems easy enough to do and it might make for a quick quilt.
The trip to Lubbock today was rather uneventful, thank God. Jim went with us and it made it much easier on me. Since Dad is having some trouble getting up and transferring from chair to chair, Jim's presence really came in handy. He's getting stronger, but it just takes time to overcome the antibiotic reactions. His mental status is way better than last week. His leg wounds are improving, too.
Boy, am I tired. I got up at 6 to be at Dad's by 7:30 and I have to do that again in the morning. So, it's almost 10 p.m. and I hear my bed calling. Goodnight.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Barb has asked me to let ya'll know that she is having a giveaway for a free quilt pattern. If you win, you can choose from all 3 of the patterns she has recently designed! All you have to do is post a comment! Click on her name at the beginning of the paragraph and it will take you to her site.
Friday, July 11, 2008
April because she is my sweet daughter-in-law who has fallen in love with quilting and my son, not necessarily in that order. lol
Linda who is my oldest and most loyal blog pal since starting this adventure. Thanks, Linda!
Suzy my petite Southern friend and fellow Quilts on Review sister. She makes some of the most beautiful quilts I've seen.
Barb who's blog I know will have the most gorgeous pictures of the beach! oh, and quilts, too...
Myra my newest blog friend who has a blog-ful of beautiful pictures! (I love blogs with pictures, can you tell?)
QOR is having their annual online retreat and tonight I won Bingo! I had a very slow start, but as the hour wore on and the numbers kept coming, my card kept filling up. These are the buttons I used and what my card looked like all covered. I won a set of Froggie FQs. Yesterday I won a trivia contest and have two FQs headed my way once the retreat is over.
This pile of pieces will be my mystery quilt for this year's retreat. I'm not so sure that I have enough contrast, but I have a feeling that it will look fine and I think I know a few someones that might even like it well enough to take it off my hands! You know who you are!
My brother is here this weekend and he is spending time with Dad. Unfortunately, this has not been the best week Dad has had. He's had a reaction to the antibiotic and is not himself. He seemed better tonight, so I'm praying that it will work it's way out of his system soon. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
this morning! Thanks, Gina! You started my day on a positive note.
I think I am supposed to pass this award on to 5 bloggers I deem worthy. lol If I can beg your patience, I will get to that tonight. I have an early day today and Dad is at the top of the priority list right now. He's having some major side effects from an antibiotic they've given for his leg problems. Please pray that we don't have to hospitalize him.
I had someone ask whether the booties and caps in the previous pictures are knitted or crocheted. They are crocheted.
Thanks again, Gina!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
These bags are for the ladies that deliver Communion to shut-ins on Sunday. The lady that came to see Dad on Sunday saw my flip flop Runaround and voiced that she would really like something like that to carry all her things in. So, I found out there are 5 ladies that would need one and got to work.
These baby booties and caps are addictive. Once you get the pattern going, it's easy to make up a bunch of them. Especially since I spend a lot of time just sitting at Dad's when I'm there in the afternoon.
It's been a long week so far and it's only Wednesday night. Another early day tomorrow, so I think I'll go to bed soon.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
What a busy day at work! Sometimes I wonder if it's worth the misunderstandings that inevitably occur when changing appointments that clients are so used to having. But, everything turned out fine. I am very tired tonight, but when I stepped into my sewing room and remembered I wanted to work on this purse, boom! my energy returned - just like that! (finger snapping!) lol Now that the bag is finished, I'm tired again.
Rob and April took us by their new house, er, the lot the house will be built on. How exciting to be young and so full of future plans! I am simultaneously ecstatic and scared for them. But, with prayers and lots of common sense, I think these two will be just fine.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Here's a pair of preemie booties to take to Gail tomorrow. Now I have a pink pair and a blue pair to give her. These are so fulfilling to make. Knowing a sweet baby will wear them gives me warm fuzzies and, yet, makes me a little sad because some of them won't live to wear a larger size.
It's almost 11:30 so I better get to bed.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
The tissue holders are going to a wedding party. I won't be able to attend this wedding, so I thought I'd send them tissue holders with tissues included. That's something we all need at a wedding, wouldn't you say? The white one is the bride's, of course.
I received my block challenge material in the mail yesterday and am at a total loss as to what to do with it. I was too tired after our Lubbock trip last night to even think about it. Maybe my lightbulb with light up tonight. I still want to do another "quiltlet" to send in for the retreat game. I really need to get in the shower. Have a great day! Oh, little Mattie's home and Rachael is coming out of her coma and seems to be responding. Please keep praying!