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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Alas, no photos this time

But a quick update:

I have been working on Gothic Castle a little bit (it's actually called Fantasy Castle as I just noticed last night when looking at the chart - guess I just felt it needed a name change). I also worked on the binding for my quilt a little bit more, and I now have one side completed, just three more to go. Sunday I'll be working on putting the final row of squares together so that the following weekend I can begin actually seaming the rows of my 63 squares afghan.

Tonight, I'm thinking maybe a little more Gothic Castle, some more quilt binding, and thank goodness tomorrow is Friday - I am more than ready for the weekend!

Monday, March 27, 2006

A plethora of pictures

It's like I've been saving them up, hee hee - enjoy!

The Halloween design has been going really fast so far, but I expect it to slow down a little getting to the middle with the pumpkin and the fence. I really love the colors. I actually worked on Fantasy Sampler last week, and was going to scan and paste it together, but decided just to take a photo again instead. The backstitching isn't complete in the center, but I think I got quite a bit done. I also unstitched the lazy daisies in the center border because I did them originally all in one color, and I decided it was just too heavy - I'm going to do them again (as instructed this time).

Here's a closeup of the quilting on my rail fence quilt and the start of the binding - it will take several days to finish attaching the binding to the back of the quilt, and I'm taking it in small doses. But it's not nearly as boring this time around!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Quilts, quilts, quilts!

Yes, I have really had quilts on the mind lately. I managed to swing by the quilt shop last night after work and pick up my Rail Fence quilt, GORGEOUSLY machine-quilted by Linda (last name unknown, but I plan to rectify that shortly). No picture yet, but everyone who has seen it has been duly impressed. I hope to figure out what fabric to use for the binding this weekend, and maybe even get started on that.

While I was there, I dropped off Teresa's quilt (I actually had the correct size batting at home, so I didn't have to pick any up at Joann's or Wal-Mart, yay!) for machine quilting (by Linda again). Here's a picture of the top with all the borders on:

Thank you so much for your support, good wishes and thoughts for my recovery. Unfortunately, I don't think the injection I had is going to help with my pain. I was trying to give it some time, but I haven't noticed any lessening of the pain when I sit. I don't think the procedure was done wrong, and I'm not a physician, but I think that the wrong procedure was prescribed. Once it was explained to me exactly where the injection would be given, I had a few misgivings, but trusted that the doctors knew what they were doing. And they did, as far as that particular prescribed procedure - the doctor and nurses were completely supportive and caring the entire time, constantly asking how I was doing and making adjustments, patting my hand, etc. The problem is that the injection was into a higher area than where I am experiencing the pain. I don't even know if they do injections near the tip of the tailbone (rather than into the caudal area higher up), but I plan to find out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Merrick progress

Okay, so he's still not quite finished yet, but maybe next month? At least now we have a complete manta ray and some jellyfish added to our other little Nemo fishies. :)

C took me to have my caudal block cortisone injection this morning, and though I was nervous, the actual procedure went a lot better and more quickly than I had imagined it would. I'm dealing with quite a bit of pressure right now, because of the amount of cortisone in a space that isn't used to having that, but they assured me that would be temporary, and that I should experience relief in approximately 48 hours. I'm going to rest for one more day before going back to work. My fingers are crossed that this is going to make a major difference in some recovery! Oh, and of course, irony of ironies, Quilter's Attic called today to let me know my quilt is ready to pick up... and I won't be able to do that until at least Thursday afternoon, sigh. But... the wait will be worth it, I just know it will!

Over the weekend, I was able to get the rest of Teresa's Baskets quilt borders sewn on, and I'm hoping to take a photo of the top tomorrow. It is huge! The backing fabric is pieced, and so it's ready to have quilted too. Lots of things getting to 90% means lots of things getting finished very closely together - I love it!! I'm already planning our new flannel quilt, a "big" quilt for my eldest niece, and perhaps a quilt for my mom and dad (shhh!). ;-) Oh, and did I mention that I was a bad girl and started a new cross stitch project? Okay, maybe not SO bad - it's one of my pre-kitted smaller projects, My Favorite Things: Halloween (companion to My Favorite Things: The Snowman). I've only just started stitching the border, while watching American Idol tonight. And now I'm heading to bed for some much needed rest. Good night, sleep tight!

Friday, March 17, 2006

She's got legs!

I can't get the ZZTop song out of my head as I think about Summer Maiden - she's got legs, even if they aren't defined yet. The photo is long, but then she's one tall lady.

Once again, it's the Black Swan Designs Stitch A Long weekend, and Merrick is back in my hands.

On the tailbone front, I finally have a date for the cortisone injection (Tuesday a.m.). I won't go into what I had to go through to get the appointment made, but suffice it to say, if it doesn't help, I'll be searching for another physician. I spent most of the day fuming, and I really hate to do that. I may have red hair, but it usually takes a lot to set me off. I pride myself on the fact that I don't anger easily (I certainly don't live up to the stereotype), but today I wanted to reach through the phone and throttle or punch the person on the other end.

Okay, it's time to relax and stitch!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Spring Green knitted afghan is done!

It's a good thing it's a baby blanket, too, because it is small. I will have to wash it, and probably block it, because it does want to roll up some, even with the sides done in seed stitch. As soon as I get it washed and all, I'll take another picture.

My doctor's visit went so-so today, and that's kind of the way I expected it to go. He does not think the tailbone is broken - they took some more x-rays to compare with the ones taken 6 months ago. I got pretty much the same speech I've been hearing from everyone else (not much you can do), but he suggested cortisone injection(s). I'll be waiting on the call to get those scheduled. He's also looking into orthotic devices for support, and the one I ordered from HSN arrived in the mail today. I'll be testing it out over the next couple of days to see if it helps any (especially in the car). Thanks so much for your support!

I'm still stitching on Summer Maiden, albeit slower than usual. I won't finish her up this round, but maybe next!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Proof of joining squares

I didn't get a picture taken last weekend, but here are two that should make up for it - proof that I'm working on it, I really am! :)

As you can see in the first photo, I have joined 6 of the 9 rows so far (rows 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, and 9), and have 3 stacks of squares left to join into rows (4, 5, and 7). The second photo shows last week's row (1) on top and this week's row (2) on the bottom. Taken in small doses like that, it really does seem more manageable. :)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Two piccies

Unicorn Mystique's latest, and Spring Green knitted afghan progress...

I pulled out my Summer Maiden and put a few stitches into it last night, but wasn't able to get much done because I'm having more issues with my broken tailbone. I've ordered a chair pad designed so as to relieve pressure on the tailbone, and I've set up a consultation with a doctor for next week. I'm ready for some different treatment options (other than acetominophen and standing)! Hopefully this won't keep your faithful doodle-head down... (and thanks for listening - I know that isn't your normal doodle-head update information).

Monday, March 06, 2006

No pictures yet...

But I do have a little update, so here goes...

For the 63 squares afghan, my plan is to spend time on it each Sunday so that I finish joining the squares of 1 row. I already had 4 rows of squares joined, and yesterday I joined all of the squares of row 1. I think if I approach it in small doses, I can finish it up in a couple of months. I don't know WHY I don't enjoy this part of making some afghans (and it doesn't make a lot of sense, because I have to do something similar when joining the rows for mile-a-minute afghans, and I don't dislike doing that nearly as much), but I don't, so there you go. It's pretty much why I vow not to make granny square and afghans out of "blocks" often. But then I'll see another design like that which just really pulls me in, and then I have to go through the 'aggravation' again at the end.

I washed the backing fabric (a pretty, simple, floral flannel) for my Rail Fence quilt, then ironed, cut, and seamed it together. The top, batting, and backing are all ready for a trip to the quilt shop, so I really hope to be able to take it up there this week. I got my top back out and was showing it off to C (it's been packed away for a while now), and just thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the fabrics in it again. The yellow and purple pansies are my favorite, but I really love them all, and I'm glad I made it, even though it has sat unquilted for years. I can look at it and think, I used that fabric in Allison's quilt, that one in C's, that one in Tori's, etc., and it just makes me smile (plus it's nice and colorful). I was able to get most of the scorch mark out of the muslin in the top center, and I'll just leave it like that - one of my lessons learned. :)

I stitched just a tiny bit more on Unicorn Mystique - there's not as much progress as I would have hoped this round, but I think I'm going to move on to the next round of my rotation tonight. Of course, I'm thinking ahead to new quilts to make, but I need to go ahead and get the borders sewn on Teresa's Baskets. Perhaps if I have some time this weekend, I'll get to work on that. Last Saturday morning I woke up at a little after 4 a.m., and could not get back to sleep, so I went in my craft room and was quite productive! If only I could do that on a regular basis, I'd be kickin'! :)

Have a wonderful week, and I promise I'll get some pictures taken SOON!

Friday, March 03, 2006

The quilt is loved

We had dinner last night with the birthday boy and his parents, and I'm happy to report that Gerrick loves his quilt. I received a really sweet note last night from his mom, "...When we got home I spread it out on his bed and he immediately jumped on it, lay down, and said, 'Aaaaahhh.'" She also sent me some photos of how he spent his birthday, and it looks like he had a really fun day (he got to help make his birthday cake!).

I can't thank you enough for all your sweet compliments! It was almost hard to give that quilt away, the colors are so vibrant and fun. But I know it will be loved, and that makes it all worthwhile.

Up next in quilting, I plan to take my rail fence quilt and the batting and backing fabric to Quilter's Attic in Goodlettsville and have it machine-quilted. While that is going on, I get to pull Teresa's Baskets back out of the closet and cut and sew on the borders. This will be a first for me with so many borders, I really want to get them sewn on good and straight. And I get to start thinking about what I want to do next in quilting! (hee, hee hee)

I haven't had much of any free time since I finished Gerrick's quilt, but what time I've had, I've been stitching a little on Unicorn Mystique. Black and green hills on dark blue background - which could be considered one of the more boring areas, but I've actually enjoyed watching it take shape slowly. I really think the difference is my glasses. Going to the eye doctor and getting the glasses (in the correct prescription) was definitely a smart thing to do.

Here and there, I've also knitted on the Spring Green baby afghan. I'll have to take another photo of it - it's about as long as it is wide now.

And, true to my word, I WILL come up with a plan to finish the 63 squares afghan now that my quilt deadline is over. I'll be thinking about it over the weekend. I know it shouldn't take very long to finish up - it's just getting my rear in gear and DOING it. :)

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!