Better late than……
Thanks to Pam’s reminder, I thought I’d just check back and see when I last put up a blog post here – and to my shame, it was February 2017! How could that much time have passed? I may not have posted, but I check in here regularly and read whatever others post.
In the more than two years since I had a ‘show and tell’ here, I have been keeping very busy. My DH has been diagnosed with dementia, so we have begun that journey, and last Fall, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. DH’s dementia is in its early stages so aside from some short term memory losses, we are managing it quite well. And as for my breast cancer – well, early detection (regular mammograms) meant that it was discovered in the earliest stages, was very small and had not spread and although I opted for a mastectomy, I have been saved the misery of chemo and/or radiation – I will be happily taking Tamoxifen for the next two and half years followed by two and half years of another drug (I never remember what it’s called). The Cancer Clinic has discharged me to my family doctor and now I will go for regular visits (every three months) with her and mammograms on the remaining breast every year. As my surgeon said after my surgery “I think we can consider you ‘cured’”. For those of you who don’t live in Canada – the total cost of all of my care, including the Tamoxifen has been exactly 0 dollars.
Now on to some projects that I’ve been working on. First up: “My Enchanted Garden” by Gretchen Gibbons. The applique is done with cottons (I used my batik stash) and wool felts and embellished with beads which made if definitely not suitable for machine quilting so I challenged myself and decided to hand quilt it. I had to buy a quilting hoop and a really good thimble, and watch a couple of YouTube videos on ‘rocking motion’, but I got the hang of it fairly quickly and it really turned out just fine.
My daughter’s husband has an adult son and he and his wife were expecting their first child so I had the opportunity to make a baby quilt last year. I backed it with Fireside and had quite a bit of it left over. What to do? Why, make a little teddy bear for the baby. Safety eyes and a stitched on fabric nose make this little fellow baby safe. My daughter is now ‘Nana’ to little Reggie!
Our son, his wife, and Sophia (no longer can I call her ‘little’ – she’s nearly 5) came for a visit last summer. I made this bear, with her own little quilt and pink hoodie for Sophia.
And I also made her an ‘I spy’ quilt. I didn’t have a pattern – I just ‘winged’ it, but it was a lot of fun to plan and Sophia was delighted.
I’ve made lots of other items over the past two and half years, but will save them for other blog post on other days. It’s good to be back!