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by Karen on October 21, 2014

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I’m back home and plan to get back to blogging.  Thank you all so much for all of the very nice comments – I had meant to thank you all personally – but you blow me away – too many!!  I tried to start to do a few and then I thought no I’ll just do a general thank you to all.  One sister and brother stopping by tomorrow on their way home driving to Maryland and then I will get back to my normal dull routine of quilting, reading, baking and cooking LOL – I have missed it believe me!! 

The funeral was this morning which was tough getting through of course then we all went to my brother Larry’s house – he has a huge deck and back yard – family friends had set up tables and lunch was waiting for us when we all got back- then the sadness turned to story telling, laughter, going through mom’s old photo albums and dividing up photos – all families getting their photos back – a stack of photos of mom and dad and some of several of us that well need copies made.  Amazing in such a large family there was no fighting about distribution of items!

Mike and I got back home and unpacked – settling back in and relaxing before early to bed for me.

I wanted to share a photo of the work on my Diamonds are Forever hexies that I did while at the hospice house with mom and the family – the border is coming along nicely!!  I need to finish the outer row of white hexies then I will do the opposite side – then the top and bottom turning the curve of hexies – I hope it will look good when done!

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A photo of me and my sisters – as you can see some of us changed into comfy clothes immediately!!  from the left my  sister Mary the #1 child – then me #3 child – Lisa #12 the baby – and Vicki #2.  And yes I tower over my sisters – I take after my dad’s mom and sisters in height and build.

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Didn’t manage to get one of all of us together or all my brothers some had already left by time we started to think about it.

Back to quilting by tomorrow evening I bet!!

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Update

by Karen on October 15, 2014

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We are moving my mom to a hospice house today.  I am at home today “resting” if one can actually rest at times like this.  The doctor said that mom had a massive stroke totally affecting the part of her brain that controls the memory, speech ect.  She will not recover from this and it is only a matter of days now.  We will keep her comfortable and take turns staying with her as we have been since Monday.  The family is all gathering and we have more siblings coming in on Saturday.  Everyone is being supportive of everyone else – and we are all there for mom.  It was mom’s wishes to have comfort care only and no feeding tubes or other things – pain control only of which she doesn’t appear to have any at this time.  She just looks like she is sleeping which is a good thing in my book.

I am home today to pack a bag and will be going back tomorrow.  I will also pack some hand work to take with me – it always helps to keep the hands busy in quite moments – sometimes I can’t even concentrate on that though with so many family members around – a lot of reminiscing going on – with a family of 12 children – 10 surviving -  there is a lot memories and they are not all the same!

Thank you all for the wonderful comments and I really appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers.

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I think I have already become accustomed to hand quilting my new way with the paddle thimble that doesn’t involve my thumb except for – well hard to say – I’m kind of balancing the needle as it comes through the fabric with my thumb nail – no pressure to any joint involved.  I quilted for about an hour and a half on Friday night with a break about every 10 minutes to stretch fingers and I got done with a bit!  The block on the left was already about half way done the previous quilting session.

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I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday and maybe work a little on all my slow going quilts.

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My brace came in the mail yesterday morning and after wearing it for a short while I got the instructions back out – the thumb area was was too tight – it came up to the top knuckle – the instructions said if you didn’t need it that high on the thumb you could cut it lower with a pair of scissors which I did as the top of my thumb had turned numb!  I reinforced the seam a little with the sewing machine – I probably  could have changed the thread to black but I was lazy – what can I say.  So far it seems to be feeling ok – between this and the new way of holding my thimble this might just fix this problem – time will tell.

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All the old floor tiles are now up off the kitchen/old dining room space and ready for Mike to do his stuff – the old floor is uneven in places which resulted in tiles cracking over the years so there is a bit of prep work before the lamented flooring will go in.  We moved the dining room table and chairs into the dining room to get them out of the living room but all will not be nice and neat for awhile – for about a week or less we will have the stove and the refrigerator moved into the dining room as well so we will have room to work on the floor – in other words it will be a mess this coming week!!  Before that mess though we had just the table and chairs in there last night and ate in our new dining room.  We even tried the table out the full extension that will seat 8 and it is still roomy!  How nice for when Jessica and family come for visiting – all 8 of us will be able to sit in comfort for family meals.  It is possible they will be here for Thanksgiving but they are not 100% sure they can make it – a short visit if they do as Shane’s family lives 2.5 hours from us so it will be a couple days here and a couple days there.

What all is everyone up to this weekend?  It is rainy and chilly  here for a change – we have had almost 3 inches of rain this week – more to come Monday.


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Friday was one of those days where I got a bit done peeling old tiles up off the kitchen floor but not much to do with sewing.  I’m helping Mike with our dining room project which includes redoing the kitchen floor to make it look better with the dining room almost done – with the wall down between the two areas now it really needs it.  I should be able to finish it today.  I picked up some paint chips to start to figure out repainting the kitchen but have not come anywhere near making up my mind.

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But I did get a little more quilting done on Thursday night on Dear Jane- not much but a little.

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I got one of the bouquets for the corner of the Love Entwined quilt taped together and drew out 2 sets of 4 hearts that go next to the vase in the corner – I have decided that I well be doing the bouquets my own way – they are not going to be exactly like the pattern – I don’t want to get any flack but – this is just my opinion ok – there is too much stuff going on in the quilt for me – I want a little less applique.  My personal preference – I love the quilt and want to make it – I don’t know how much of it I will make though — but I do know that I want less in it.  Like I say that is just me – the quilts I have seen so far look great it is just more than I want to do.

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More hexies have been added on Diamonds are Forever – I think I got about 10 more white hexies on the border while I watched the news last night.  I was disappointed that I missed the last 10 minutes of Grey’s Anatomy Thursday night due to a storm and didn’t see Scandal at all.  Before we left on our trip in early August we decided that we would be cancelling our Dish Network Package and see if we could make due with our antenna – we are at the limit of what is good receiving for an antenna as the tv stations are a good 65 miles from us – we have only tried going without now for a couple weeks and it is not working well!  We are only getting in ABC and CBS and only if the weather is good – the least amount of rain or wind and forget about it!  We are thinking of trying out Direct TV which we have never used before but have heard good things of.  I can watch most shows on Hulu or Netflix but we will most likely be giving those up if we go back to Satellite TV.

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Many warnings from a lot of you have come my way about the thumb joint problem about taking it easy and not over due.  Even though I am getting done with something’s I really am taking it much easier with my thumb then I used to.  I am watching how I hold my needle, watching how I hold the paddle thimble ect.  I am learning a new way to hold my thimble that doesn’t put any pressure on my thumb which means I am not using my thumb!! – a big switch up for me as I have always quilted away from me a lot at the frame – I am learning to do it the proper way – see the link – this means I am going slower and not getting done with as much but it is better because it is helping me – now I am quilting towards me or from the right –  a little more challenging learning the new proper way to hold the paddle thimble!!  Holding the paddle thimble properly and doing it my own way has caused the problems as I really spent a lot of time quilting the last several years – I have gotten done with a lot of hand quilting and now I’m paying for not taking my time.   Most of the time I do not have terrible pain  – I am trying to nip this in the bud before it gets worse by finding support for the thumb now so I can continue to do my hand work – I hope I haven’t given the impression I am in severe pain – I am not – occasional strong twinges but most of the time other than a dull ache it is ok.  This is not an “all the time” thing.

I got done with this much of Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited done on Wednesday night and it took an hour to do with a lot of little breaks during that time.  The lowest in the photo triangle had already been done.

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Now when I applique I do not notice the pressure on my thumb and I do it the same way but I do wear a support glove on my hand when doing any kind of sewing now until I get the brace I sent for.  I got done with both of these Love Entwined vases yesterday.  I have always been able to applique quickly when I set my mind to it – I use a tiny whip stitch with thread that matches as close as possible instead of a blind stitch that many use.  I am linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today if you wish to run on over and see more quilts that others are working on.

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Also on Wednesday I got more of my hexies done on Diamonds are Forever – this is what I was working on last night also while Gray’s Anatomy and Scandal were on so I’m sure I got done with more.  Little by little the projects will get done – just a little slower Winking smile  BillieBee’s is having the link up this week for hexies –

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Some have asked what kind of brace did I order for my thumb and where did I order from – I think a lot of us hand quilters and others have trouble with our thumb!  The brace is called:  Comfort Cool CMC Restriction Splint  I ordered mine from Amazon.  It should arrive at the end of the week I think.   I know what works for some doesn’t for others but I hope it will work for me.  The other one I used had a piece of hard metal running the length of thumb and it hurt for me to wear it and it made the thumb pain worse.  You could not remove the metal.

Comfort Cool CMC Restriction Splint, Size: Small, Right

Diamonds are Forever – almost the whole row of the chain of color now added – after that will be two rows of white hexies – then I will work the opposite side and then the top and bottom.  My thumb doesn’t bothered me much with hand piecing – it is the quilting that has the added pressure that pains it.  I am linking to Lee at Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts

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I suddenly had the urge to get out my applique patterns for Love Entwined yesterday – I don’t know if you heard – if you are making it you most likely did – but someone finished her Love Entwined quilt recently – I believe she machine appliqued the quilt although I am not positive on that EDITED:  Narelle just left a comment and said she did it by hand!  I am amazed you got it done so quickly – it is a tremendous undertaking.  Here is a link to Esther’s blog where she has had permission to post a photo and talk about it.  Esther is the designer of the replica quilt that was originally made in 1790.

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This is what my Love Entwined looks like – I am not even done with the center medallion!!  I don’t think I have touched it in almost a year.  I don’t know if I will ever make the whole quilt but I do want to finish one round at a time and maybe it will just be a wall hanging – I don’t know.  There is so much applique in it – a huge undertaking.  The next up if I am to finish the center is the corner vases and the flower bouquets springing out of them.  I am needle turn appliqueing this.

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My basket of all kinds of fabric that will go in this quilt including a lot of Japanese Taupe’s that I bought last year for it. (the last of my not on sale fabrics!)

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I hope to start to spread some of this out on the dining room table this week and look it over and choose some fabric for the vases first and then see about how it goes!

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