Sunday, April 23, 2017

The O'Quilts clan carries on

Shoulder surgery....4 weeks to cure...NO
7 weeks to cure...NO
Every online link says 6 MONTHS to cure.
Where have I been????
Under a rock, I guess.
This comes as a shock to the impatient one.
 Today's progress... vintage blocks., rows sewn.
First time to sew this size blocks since surgery.
My left arm could not put them on the design wall...so here they stay.
Half way up!!  It is better than not sewing at all.!!
I found that these hand pieced blocks are the dickens to put together.
It will be hard to quilt with one arm....Maybe I will have to cough up the $$
for the very fine Mary Jerz at Seamless Expressions for long arm help.
I do not know...I have so many quilt tops to quilt ...so little time...so little energy ..so little money
...and with one arm.
 A big thanks to Mary Jerz for the quilting...for Mary Coop and Kay Herald for the binding.
My now X DIL's wedding quilt done...but the label...so grateful.

I just have to share...
My mess....now in room number two. Two rooms of mess.
Way to go Mrs. O'Quilts.
At least I can piece now, if not to quilt.

My daughter has just left the French Alps.(without the parrot)
Evidently the Muldoon Alps connection is very fond of red wine as well...
Em has gone to Belgium and Dublin and now is walking the fields in County Cork.
Amazing life she has.

Tomorrow starts a new quilting group...the SSSSSS group.
It is an extension of our Wed nte group..but at Sherry's house.
LOL...last Monday morning of the month for 3 hours and out to lunch.
So excited..Then....
A wonderful few days set  up now for cousin Ann.
Looking forward to another lovely sleep tonight with windows open
listening to the rain...sigh.
Life is good.




Saturday, April 22, 2017

The April World of O'Quilts...

The unbelievable two....Black Belt Graduation of the first degree..
They even have their name on their belts now...
Soooo proud.
Boo and Stitch....loving that I made my bed!!
One am..and the way Dylan sleeps...soundly, I'd say...
Today was the day that my DIL of 13 years married a different man.
A good man....
I passed the baton to the new MIL...
Now my sweet grands have a very nice step-father.
They love him already
Cousins in the wedding.
Dylan...handsome and charming like his daddy...
 That is why he is named.....Dylan Eamon....
In the extended family...at the beach is our Mamacita..
Looking for new adventures, she is now the bird woman....
Two months short of 100 years old...it is a push to find something new.
Love you Mamacita.

And so it goes...but sew it not goes ....so not.
Tonight is the night I will sew.
Whew....this life of ours....
Stephanie came with me to the wedding.
I  still am on the cane and in pain, but...
my brain is clear and my heart is happy.
What else can I ask for..??

OH!!!  Yes...Cousin Ann...coming Tuesday.
My cup runneth over.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Friendship and quilts

Our retreat....friendship and quilts
Cheraw, South Carolina.
Cabins in the state park there.
Evidently Sherman found this town so charming, that he decided not to burn it.
We agreed
The River's Edge Restaurant....Mennonites, quilts for sale and awesome desserts.
I bought a quilt, looks like it is from 1900 to 1920..stellar condition..
. I could not leave it behind.
What is the pattern?
My friends got quilt fever, as well....lol
 Look...a quilty visitor. to our cabins on Saturday.
.Joye with an "e"..is a local. She came to visit, bringing
show and tell...including the cool scissor holder around her neck and
the cool hexie notebook cover

Presents, Joye brought me a much needed adorable pin cushion.
Thank you for all...Joye..I am thrilled to meet  you.

The most important part of the trip was healing.
We are all part of a widow's group here, in Charlotte.  We have known each other for a year.
It was a death anniversary this Easter weekend for some of us.
I lost my love two years ago..
We wanted to celebrate our lives together with the happy,
not the sorrow.
Cabins rented for the weekend, Wonderful times had by all..
(Of course, someone we know...cut her finger with a knife and spent 4  hours at the ER)
Cough...wonder who that was???
Still had a great time..
The next day, a picnic by the Pee Dee river and homemade ice cream.

Outside in the beautiful, soft starry night,
We lit candles.
With hands held, we celebrated the joy and gratitude in life.




Sunday, April 9, 2017

The O'Quilts' Household....an Update

First up...the naughty behavior of Stitch O'Quilts!!!!
New Parsley plant is not to eat!! Neither is the Basil!!
 Pretending it was not you????
 Who went into the laundry room, up onto a shelf and took the duster.
Who then, brought it thru the cat door into the living room to mess??
Just when I am trying to present a somewhat normal home for tomorrow's quilters.

Then....there was Lynsey..who called her grandma a very naughty word when she was mad.
Soooo naughty...
.Off she went into the laundry room for time out where she continued to rant.
Finally, a humble 8 year old emerged with an apology.
Payback time...I told the boys that Lynsey would now do all their morning chores...
Here she is getting the towels out of the dryer, folding them and putting them away.

The good stuff..
Marie's birthday party.
 Marie is from London...I made her a plastic bag holder from UK fabric.
 The best is for last...Drenna and Sherry fix my ice maker and shelving.
Can you believe it???
I ordered the part..Sherry brought her tools and she and Drenna took off the 
door of the freezer, took out the food...and fixed it...OMG
Amn't I lucky to have such awesome friends!!!!!
Gotta prepare for a Queen Bee sit and sew tomorrow am.
A one arm cleaning job...Oh, well...better than nothing.
I hope no one will mind the clutter.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

So Excited

I can make potholders!!!
I can sleep in my own bed and not the recliner!!
I am  doing well in my shoulder recovery!!
When one has not been able to sew for FIVE weeks,
Sewing is unbelievably awesome.

 I am sewing random scraps together to make coasters.


 My siblings and I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona.
My sister just gave me this fabric...

Today we had a great visitation with my son in the park!!
Sooooo Grateful!!
He spends every second he is with his children playing with them.
He plays, "Big Bad Wolf" like his daddy used to play with him.
They played a water squirt game.
They ran and climbed the mountain..
He is still working, He bought them all pizza.

I am able now to prepare patchwork for my Easter retreat with friends.
We are going to Cheraw State Park in South Carolina.
A cabin on the lake with our sewing machines in tow.
Heaven.

Now, about my girl..
Just so you know....I did the best in raising her....Hello!!!
She told me that she has signed up to do yoga with goats in a barn.
She said that she has signed up for a wine tasting in a barn with goats.
Really, I did the best I could...OMG

And so today is the day for very good news....
on...a stunning day with Carolina blue skies.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Humming along....

Spring in Charlotte..
One of the dearest Clematis that come up every year.
Cousin Ann....Thank you so much for the gift cert.
I had a great time finding these gems at Hancock of Paducah

Thursday was:
A sweet rainy day....lovely lunch with friends...and potholder viewing...nothing like a quilter's lunch.
Wednesday night was a wonderful quilty group at my house. Actually I had lunch with a different friend every day this week. Today I spent time alone...grand!!.

Children doing so well..Great school communication...all so wonderful...support system in place and flourishing.

At Charlotte Modern Quilt meeting on Tuesday night some folks wanted to see my sewing room.  I went through my posts and found these two.....old posts.  I know that there are more...but...

http://oquilts.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-cleansing.html
http://oquilts.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-ironing-board-table-tute.html

I want to add the ironing board tute to my  blog page, but I do not know how.
My dear man used to do this for me.  Any help is appreciated.

My shoulder is healing.  My stamina is weak.  My friends are wonderful..My patience is improving.

Today is Saturday.  I am reading pablum...MP says that it does not always have to be literature..That is a good thing, because this is relaxing...as is sitting in my beautiful yard.  Today is a wonderful  day.

The children are spending the night with their mother who is doing very very well.  I can sew again...piece, not quilt...but it brings joy.

It feels so good to be able to share the sun.



Monday, March 27, 2017

The Sun Also Shines...

I live among royalty.
 Stitch is not just the kind of kitty who sits around.
He is heavily involved with the viewing of my pre-cuts.
He knows my stress at not being able to use the rotary cutter.
Stitch says, Do what you can and be happy!!
So Stitch...as much as I love you...I must show them all......
that you are;
Double Jointed!!!
Now..to Wednesday night quilting show and tell...
The disappearing nine patch is so versatile!!!!
Above and below...Sherry's quilts
Below random strips with random white blocks..very effective.
Mary Pat's grasshopper apron gift...totally cute
MP disappearing nine patch...so different than Sherry's
 with a cute panel backing!!!
Guess what?  I am better.
Being so self-absorbed must be part of the grief healing process..
I have turned a corner...for today, I see the sun.
Of course the real sun helps...the arm better helps..
Even though I cannot use my arm for big things..
small things with great love means a bit of piecing.
The books suggested by my friend Karaquilts...helped with the loneliness.
Lunches with friends...better focus.
Encouragement from my blogging friends..
Today, I feel like maybe I have my courage back....Today
I am praying that this is a start to my new kind of life with not so much
W.H.I.N.I.N.G!!!!
And a lot more gratitude...
xxoo


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shoulder Doctor....Duck!!!!

The update from my visit today to the ortho guy!!
See my new plastic and metal shoulder joint with a bar down the arm to stabilize it!!!
No wonder it hurt so much.
Doc  was thrilled at the perfect 3 week progress of my surgery.

Not so much this victim of unrealistic expectations.
My arm is no longer in a sling.
I am no longer on narcotic pain meds.

I can drive with one arm.
I cannot use this arm to lift anything heavier than a teacup.
I cannot turn the arm out..or do this or that.
I cannot quilt and I cannot lift a quilt.
I may possibly be able to piece.
I cannot use the rotary cutter
For six weeks..For six more weeks.
I cannot go to the pool for six more weeks.
I must not fall...

Because I must use the cane for my right hip that has not been replaced yet..
I cannot use it with my left hand...that leaves my purse and cane in my right hand.
Still figuring out how to do grocery shopping, etc.
Still figuring out how to make my purse the weight of a teacup.
I must be aware that I am a fall risk.

There are range of motion exercises for me to do...eg..lift my arm as far as it will go
10 times myself and have someone else do that 10 times once a day.
Doctor does not believe in PT for this kind of surgery
He says it can often be too harsh and displace his good work.

So....here we are...
No quilt pictures...
Surgery success and my attitude is being adjusted!!!..

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Monday, March 20, 2017

In a Fabric Muddle


A post I started without energy to publish.
That day.....
The lovely snowy day with bright sun and Carolina blue skies
The snow that started at 3am...enough for the cousins to get a picture.
By one pm it was totally gone.

My girl left that morning in a white Lyft car in the snow
She met her man in Seattle and headed out for tin whistle sessions. 
They have chosen Portland, Oregon over Seattle for the COL and the charm.
I had some tears but mostly I am empowered by her visit

I have not heard from our Bea in two months
That does not bode well for  her lung cancer diagnosis.
Bea, I so miss chatting with you.

Now a thought on fabric.  My collection spans 50 years,
Why...because I love it so.  I keep it all but what I give to friends.
Looking at it takes me back to where I bought it and when.
It takes me back to wonderful memories...Of my travels and Mae's discount fabric in Miami.
Of my friends I have sewn with over the years, of my grandmother.
I love to pat it, organize it, cut it, sew it and admire it.
Home bound with shoulder recovery, I have had a lot
of time to think about life, about,fabric, about, age and such.

I have not been able to throw myself into sewing. My shoulder forbids. it.
 My beautiful collection just sits to be admired.
Part of the problem is that I still struggle with cutting into my favorites... I have a lot of favorites.
I wonder now at my age how it will all go down.
Will I still have a chance to cut my favorites?
I know that I have enjoyed my stash.
My fabric has been an anchor when all else seemed to be gone.
Quilting is my meditation.
Just thinking now...when I heal, will I look at it with different eyes.?.
Me think I should put it in my will...
. I have enjoyed my fabric soooo much without cutting it...
My daughter and sister and fabric friends should take it and love it too.
 They can cut it all up for quilts to make people happy or,
they too can just admire it!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mrs. O'Quilts Turns a New Leaf!

Guess what?  I sewed tonight, just a little.
I put one border on three potholders in progress.
Joy is in my heart.
Reminding me, of course of when I impatiently called the doctor 3 days after the operation, to complain, ..The message was: " The doc said 3 weeks, not three days"


I am back!  Not all the way....but back.
Almost 3 weeks in recovery...feeling better but so impatient!!!
Progress:
Besides whining in dismay and pain the past 3 weeks, isolated and unable to drive or go out...
I have finished 10 CEU's online toward renewing my license
Learning from my dear man.  I took the tests right away before studying the lecture material.
AND, out of 10 one hour credits.  I passed 8 of them without studying...right off the bat!
Now did that make me feel good...OH, Yeah!!

Did I want to do this?
Did I want  to exercise self-discipline????
Oh, no......
I wanted to go out shopping
I wanted to go out to eat.
I wanted to be pain free.
I wanted to run in the wind.
I wanted to sew.
I wanted to write a blog post.
I wanted to dance with my man.
I wanted to be 40 again.
But, life made me do the self-discipline thing instead.

Thanks to Muggs, I have been reading!!
A great book.
I have partied....Yup...partied...But the parties came to me
Here I am at Margaret's bday party at last Wednesday night quilters.
Birthday parties on Wednesday nights are getting quite  clever.
Look at the apron that Muggs made Margaret!!
Look at the quilt that Drenna is making for Margaret.
Even though the quality of this picture is poor, you can see the bag with the picture of our group on retreat....made at Shutterfly, by Muggs and her mother..below..other Margaret!
Such great ideas!
Here is a card of get well from my Queen Bee group:
I was flattered, but somehow I only wish I was a Tough Cookie.
Then there was St Paddy's Day and my lost love.
I could not celebrate..
The day was dark....the night was light
as 18 of my widow group came to my house to ease my pain
and celebrate the holiday.
Let me tell you....I am one lucky Mrs. O'Quilts.

Tonight I am having a peaceful, easy evening alone
as the darlings are having supervised/unsupervised visitation with both parents.
This was Himself planning the music for the parade in 2011
You do understand, that this was only yesterday.
After all this time recovering...I have missed my blogging friends..
The leaf has started turning. It is a wonderful thing..
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