Thursday, October 13, 2005

A bit faded, but fun!

Here is a pic of a Halloween Kaleidoscope I made several years ago. I chose the kaleidoscope pattern because just the shape of the pieces reminded me of candy corn! It was made for a guild challenge....there is a blue halloween print in there that has pumpkins and owls and spooky trees and leaves, and the challenge was to use it in a quilt. I love the interplay with kaleidoscope patterns, they just keep your eyes moving back and forth and over the quilt.

The other halloween fabrics inlude candy corn (outer border) witches, brooms, bats, ghosts and haunted houses, black cats, crescent moons with witch sillouettes flying across them, spiders and spider webs! The back is also a halloween print with ghosts, bats, pumpkins, cats and big purple letters that say BOO....with spooky eyes where the holes in the B's and O's are :c)

Jeff's surgery was last friday. Everything went fine, but they did have to open up the hand to pin the bones back in place. He's been a real trooper about it, the funniest thing being the fact that he can't get that arm wet, so I have had to bathe him in my big garden tub! Of course this means that he was taking a bath in his SHORTS because heaven forbid a 15 yr old be seen by his mother, or his father for that matter....

Since getting him home I have been cramming on school work, and trying to get caught up on customer quilts that really seem to pile up this time of the year. Even if I've scheduled them what I thought was far enough apart, never fear, when you are scheduling something several months in advace, it never fails that life is going to take turns that you can in no way expect. The machine can break down, kids get sick or need surgery, you end up having to go out of town, or spend 3 weeks quilting refugee quilts because you feel that is more important than anything. Throw my own school into the mix and it's been a very tough year to keep to a schedule!

One lady who's quilts were a few weeks late told me "I thought you were a professional business woman" when I told her what was going on in my life and that her quilts would be delayed a bit longer. I decided right then to send her quilts back to her so she could find someone else more to her liking. A quilt for her wall (that had already waited over 30 years) didn't seem as important to me as quilts for refugees. And maybe I was wrong in making that decision, but I have to go with my heart. I'm not a machine, and quilting isn't a matter of pushing the button to start the machine, and let it quilt itself while I go do everything else that needs doing down here. I know there are people with Statler Stitchers who do just that....computer program quilting where they can push a button and go do something else until a bobbin runs out, but that's just not how my quilting goes. And I guess I can't please everyone all the time. That is a hard fact of life to face when I try so desparately hard to do that...please everyone all the time.

After today I have only FOUR WEEKS of school left!! Whhhheeeeeehha! But in those 4 weeks are going to be alot of pressure, tension, stress and EXAMS out of my ears as this all wraps up. My Dad and Step Mom are coming to town for my graduation, and being as I haven't seen my Dad in a few years (relationship strain, but working on it) I have that hanging over my head too. Carpets need cleaned desparately!! How do I fit that in? Does anyone have any recommendations besides renting the "rug doctor"?? Anyone have their own machine that would be worth purchasing? Or should I just call Stanley Steamer and pay a fortune but have someone else do it for me??

Fall weather has finally come to SC this past week and it has been AWESOME being able to walk outside without sweating up a storm. I've been able to move my walk/jogging to mid-afternoon which works better for me in my schedule....this is definately my favorite time of the year!


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The next day....more broken finger saga!

Thanks everyone for letting me vent. Sometimes I don't know how to fit it all in, and I really haven't done any sewing of my own for what feels like weeks now. Auuugh. I am literally too tired, and uninspired! How can that be?

Dave took Jeff to the orthopedic doc while I was at school this morning. That orthopedic doc referred him out to another orthopedic surgeon, and Jeff is scheduled for surgery on friday. Right now he is in a plastic brace thing, it hasn't slowed him down at all, go figure. That's why I didn't take him in to the doc on last friday, because he could use all his fingers, he said it didn't hurt, just looked swollen.

They are going to try to do the fixing with wires using flouroscopy (live xray) to see if they can maneuver the bones back in place without having to make incisions. I know they can do really cool things with that, where before you used to just have to "open them up and see what is in there" to fix anything. Hopefully that will work. They are going to just do a local on his arm, he won't have to be fully anesthetized. If the wires and flouroscopy don't work, they will have to go in and open the hand up and pin the metacarpals. Jeff doesn't seem phazed by this at all? I'll be taking him in to the hospital on friday morning, it's an outpatient proceedure, so hopefully we'll be back sometime in the afternoon.

The test went great, inspite of all of this, and Jeff can be IN SCHOOL tomorrow since his surgery isn't until friday, and tomorrow his job is to pick up the assignments from what he missed yesterday and today, and plan for assignments for at least friday and maybe monday. I don't think he understands that although it doesn't hurt NOW, it won't feel so good after the surgery!

On *MY* side, I've got a dentist appt to fix a broken molar that has a hole in the crown, and a cervical exam on monday, one in the morning and one in the afernoon...guess they will be getting both ends of me on the same day! *LOL*


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Day from (*&@#$(*&!!

What a DAY! I had to pick Jeff up this morning from school at 10:30, because his sinuses were turning to sinus infection/bronchitis.

I go in the car to meet Dave at 12:30 at my school (Kind of a half way point between his work and home) so he can give me insurance papers to verify that we have insurance for a doctor's appt I had made for jeff this afternoon.

I come back, pick up Jeff and take him to his doctor at 2:20.

The doctor gives him a prescription for his bronchitis and sinus infection, and takes a look at his hand and says she wants to have xray!!! Last week Jeff got mad and punched a wall at school....

So off we go to drop the prescriptions off at the pharmacy first so they can be getting ready while we go to Xray. Xray tells us to please wait while they call the doctor....I'm not feeling very good by this point!

They tell us that Jeff will need to see an orthopedist, so I know something with his hand is not good. But I am to call the orthopedist in the morning.

Off I go to the pharmacy to pick up medications, (and the insurance works and the bill was so much better than without insurance, so that is the good part!) and while there, the cell phone rings and it is the pediatrician's office saying that we need to see the orthopedist at 8:20 tomorrow morning, and to bring the xrays....

I called Dave....HE will have to take Jeff to the orthopedist because I have a test at school at 8:30 and I can't miss it! He is okay with this......

So I go back and get the xrays to take to the orthopedist in the morning. Oh....I take them out in the car and look and two of his fingers.... his 4th and 5th..the metacarpals inside his hand are very plainly broken! All this because he got mad and punched a wall at school. And I am so happy that insurance began to cover us october 1st! It's like all this stuff has been waiting to hit us as soon as we got insurance coverage!

Looking at the xrays (I used to work in the xray department at the hospital before Jeff was born) I will be VERY suprised if they don't have to put pins in to put the metacarpals back together. :c( But I'm not going to think of that now. Dave can deal with that while I am taking my test. I will check in with him on my breaks, etc, and then we will deal with what we have to do as it happens.

So now that I'm home? I just ordered pizza to be delivered for dinner. It's the end of a very long day and I still didn't get the customer quilt done that is on the machine.....I may have customers screaming at me, but I'm doing all I can, and right now quilts are not a life or death (or surgery) situation, but my family is!


Monday, October 03, 2005

I just got a packet in the mail from a customer, and I couldn't figure out what it might be until I opened it!

A blue rosette ribbon and some pictures of the quilt I quilted for her!

You know what, I think that the times they are a changin' and more and more people are aware of what weight the quilting has as a part of an award winning quilt!

My customer's note says:

"Look what I got for my quilt! A blue ribbon! I talked them out of a duplicate for you. After all, you helped me get it. It's all together fitting and proper. I sent some pictures of the quilt to go with your ribbon. Enjoy your ribbon, I'm going to enjoy mine."

Sometimes, something like this just makes your day! I can just see her demanding a second rosette so she can send one to me..*LOL* Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 30, 2005

This is a pic of my first quilt! I was 20 when I made this in 1982 as a baby quilt for my baby sister when she was born. It's faded over the years of course, but it touched me when Mary sent the pic that showed she still had and treasured this little humble quilt. DH's grandmother showed me how to make cardboard templates, trace them and then cut the pieces. It's a wonder I ever finished this thing at all because I really hated that process, but it got me well on the way to my quilting obsession, and I haven't stopped since! The fabrics came from a children's clothing outlet in Boise, Idaho. They would sell the bags of factory scraps, I had bought two bags, one pink, and one blue floral stripe. I guess I didn't know too much about contrast then! I quilted it in the ditch, not knowing any other way to do it, and learned to do prairie points for the borders. Oh, my quilting thread? Regular sewing thread, a double strand! I'm not sure I buried knots on the back either...Oh how far we have come, and enjoyed the journey!  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Some stars for Finn! I have been participating in a monthly block lotto with a group of online friends. Sharon aka Quilt Granny from Quilt Mavericks is also in this list! This month's lotto fabric is the blue shirting fabric you see common in all the blocks. You use this lotto fabric, along with go-withs from your stash. the first of the next month, the winner is drawn and the blocks are sent to her! Then SHE chooses the next lotto fabric for the next round and sends a fat 1/8th to everyone participating. There should be more blocks coming....this is just what has come in so far! I have no idea how I am going to set them...I just ordered a couple of books on settings from Sharyn Craig, hopefully they will help me come up with something. These are all 9" blocks....a great size...not so big as 12", and not so tiny as 6". Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 19, 2005

My hands, on the news :c)

Yesterday I worked at the school clinic.....as a fundraiser. All money from massages went towards people who have been relocated to Columbia after Hurricane Katrina. Little did I know when I went into the clinic that a news crew would come in! After getting home, I tried as best as I could to stay awake to see the 'film at 11'....but I was too exhausted from the day. I hope someone has taped it!

However I did find the article online!! They didn't mention me by name, but these are my hands...I was the only therapist that they taped :c)

The article reads:

(Columbia) - Thousands have put elbow grease into doing what they can for Hurricane Katrina's victims. One group of students is taking that task literally."I'm getting a massage and relaxing while donating some money to a good cause," said one massage client.

The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy opened it's doors Sunday for a special fund raiser."We're having students come in on their own time and give treatments in a student clinic," said Elan Schacter, the school's anatomy and physiology instructor.For each massage, the students get educational credit and the hurricane victims get a $25 donation.

"We're gonna have money go to specific families that are in need that are in the area, here in Columbia," said Schacter. "And we're hoping to be able to try to help as many people as possible yet without spreading it all too thin."

All 24 time slots were filled for a total donation of at least $600, since some people gave a little extra."It's a terrific idea. You feel doubly good about spending money to help other people and yourself," said a client.

Schacter said this is one way to keep donations coming, "At some point, we've gotta jump back into life, do what it is we do and if we can do it at the same time as donating, that's fantastic." After 50 minutes of relaxation, the school's clients probably agreed.The Southeastern School will have another fundraiser in two weeks. To learn more, call 798-8800.
Ashley Yarchin, Reporter