Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
2023 has flown past me, so many changes this year – From my Grandson moving in the us last Dec. My Mothers Passing in March to my heart attack in July. I am so very blessed and grateful to be here every day.
I enjoy my life and my quilting is not only my passion but, in many ways, a lifeline for me. I cherish meeting new people and seeing all the beauty that comes into my home every day. The hardest part of what I do is not to fall in love with every quilt I see. The past month has been a challenge in that area, and I confess I did buy several quilt kits on Etsy – Several Kaffe Fassette and a few Jane Austin. Some new fabrics for my newest Grandson we expect in March 24.
I am still trying to use up much of my old fabric as well. After donating a lot of mom’s fabric’s and combining hers with mine – Oh my so much fabric. 3 full bins of FQ’s and so far, I have made 6 Turning Twenty quilts and 4 smaller quilts to go Charity. And yet I have been Bitten by the quilting Bug to work with newer things so I cannot wait to get to work on that.
My Grandson (20 years old) Just did all the quilting on the quilt I made for him. I was able to teach him to use the machine and he did everything from start to finish – He did a fantastic job. When he is finished doing the binding, I will post a photo on the Website. His goal now is to piece a quilt from choosing the pattern, fabrics, sewing , quilting and binding. Both of my grandkids have been a tremendous help to me over the past several months – Neither one has a great deal of time and yet they make time when I need them to.
2024 plans: I have consulting with the Ortho Dr’s and after a few ex-rays and test it is official I have Carpal Tunnel in both hands of Moderate degree. Since I have already tried all the conservative approaches of drugs and braces, I will be having surgery. The left hand (the worst) will be done Jan 5th. There is a 2-week time frame that I will have to be more careful in what I am doing. Then I am encouraged to just use my hand as normal. 2 months later in March I am set to have the right hand done and repeat the process. I have spoken to many quilters who have had this done and feel confident that it is a fairly easy process. Both patients and the Dr have told me that the tingling goes away right away in most cases. Keep good thoughts for me – I am so ready to have this behind me to get on with my life and build a new normal.
Please feel free to keep the quilts with no real time frames that you need them done by coming! I can use the work both to stay busy and to work my hands but more in my time frame so If I need a break, I can sit and rest without worry of deadlines.
I will post on my blog on the website my progress to keep you updated.
I thank you in advance for all your support and I look forward to a wonderful 2024!