Life goes on

My mother is suppposed to move to her new facility this week. I’m very disappointed in the place she’s been for the past 2 years. She’s deteriorated; especially since January of last year.

She’s had her physical, and we’re supposed to take her for an assessment before she can be admitted.

On the quilty side of the house, here’s a Quilt of Valor I recently finished. The blocks are signature blocks from the New Jersey State Fair, mostly done by children to thank soldiers for their service. I had the privilege of quilting it. It will be given to a veteran from one of the wars our service men and women have fought in over the decades.

 

Siggie block

17 UFOs in 2017

I haven’t made much progress but I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂 All that’s left is some berries and some cotton leaves. Then I can quilt it!!! I just realized that what I need to do is get some other UFOs out so I see them and work on them. I’m participating in the 17 in 2017 challenge put forth by Meredithe over at  Pomegranate and Chintz 17 UFOs in 2017

 

March ufo

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Glad to be here

Well, Mom’s 98th birthday passed without much incident. I brought her a big cupcake, only to find that the kitchen had brought up a huge  piece of chocolate cake for her! I thought that was so great.

Unfortunately, I received a letter last week from the group that has purchased Mom’s assisted living facility. Apparently, because she has what’s called a “mechanical diet”, meaning that she has to have thickened liquids and chopped food, she can’t stay at Elant. The administrator and case manager sat down with DH Mike and me, and we went over her records. Mom was tested last month to see whether she is starting to suffer from dementia, and how well she can take care of herself. She scored very high on the test, but it’s the diet………… So now we have to tour new facilities in new towns in the area.

On the quilting front, I’ve gotten a few more client quilts done.

Sorry, they’re not in order. The pink backing with the bunnies goes with the pink, white and gray quilt. Then there’s an Oriental style that came out very cool! The Rail Fence is very dramatic with that dark green, don’t you think? Since I only do edge-to-edge quilting, I challenge myself to come up with  patterns that will work with every quilt that I am privileged to quilt.

So, that’s where I’m at right now. Hopefully, Mom will be settled soon in her new home, and we’ll all get used to a new routine.

Siggie block

 

Snow!

Yesterday was spent in preparation for this; today I’m just looking out the windows. We’re up to about 2 feet so far, with another 3 inches possible. DH Mike went in to work this morning to cover for those who couldn’t make it. He’s sleeping there, so our daughter and I are holding down the fort.

Tuesday is when I usually visit Mom, but all of NY is under a state of emergency. No way could I drive over to Goshen. On a good day, it only takes 20 minutes. A lot of the roads have been closed all day.

I’m stitching, but not ready to share just yet. So I’ll sign off for this week, and hope to be able to have something for show and tell.

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A not so great day

I’ve always had a problem with paper piecing. I don’t know why; I’ve been told I think backwards already, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I spent most of last week working on a client’s quilt; I finished the binding on Saturday and she picked it up today. I forgot to take a picture so I asked her to take one when she gifts it to her daughter.

I had to pay a ticket today. I didn’t really do anything wrong, except back up in the wrong place.  😦   So I paid my debt to society. I promise never to do it again. <sigh>

Here’s my work table with my paper piecing mess: paper-piecing-messWish me luck!!

Siggie block

Paper Piecing

Have you ever decided to try a new technique? You know you can do it, but time after time you have to unsew. Well, that’s me and paper piecing. I’ve decided to do the block of the month from The Quilt Show, designed by Sue Garman. Sue recently passed away and for some reason, I feel an obligation to do this one.

I was at a friend’s home yesterday with the ladies from my monthly sewing group. I did the first couple of blocks pretty quickly. On a roll, right? WRONG! Not only did I have to rip out a lot of stitches, but they were dang tiny stitches to boot.

This is how I felt: pulling-hair-out

One of my friends asked me why I was torturing myself. Well, I want to learn how to do this. I’d like to have it in my quilting toolkit. Like Alex Anderson stated in the latest TQS streaming video, “it has its place”. I will conquer this; hopefully I’ll have a block to show you next time.

On a completely different subject, I am working on a challenge-17 UFOs in 2017. I’m going to finish or make progress on 17 projects. And no, doing the BOM shouldn’t take away from that; in fact, maybe it will be # 18!

Have an awesome week! I’m rooting for the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday’s Super Bowl. I just can’t bring myself to cheer for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

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I know I’m late…

I should have been here yesterday. Keri helped our freezer die and we’re getting a new one. Michael and I spent 4 hours going from store to store, and we finally found one that we could agree on.

Today, I was very unproductive. I have no one to blame but myself, and I’ll do better tomorrow. So, I hope to be back tomorrow with a new post and some pics.

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Happy New Year!

Just checked and I haven’t published since 2015!! I am so sorry. I’m going to attempt this again; maybe once a week. If I put it on my calendar, I’ll hold myself more accountable. Ya think?

Here’s a couple of quilts that I finished in 2016. I don’t do custom anymore, just edge to edge. It’s so much easier on the body!

 

We moved Mom into assisted living in May of 2015, and she adjusted pretty well. I’m only about 10 miles away now; instead of 85. Since Mike and I share one car, I get over to see her about once a week. She started out in strictly assisted living, where the caregivers don’t do much-the residents are more or less self sufficient. Last January, we had to move her, upstairs in the same facility, to enhanced assisted living. The aides help a lot more. Mom is fading a bit; she’ll be 98 in March!

What do you think of Tyler? He’s gotten taller, but hasn’t gained much weight. Fine with me; I can still pick him up for a cuddle 🙂 He’s in 2nd grade now and he’s so smart! We still see him every weekend.

I broke my kneecap in August. Since I couldn’t quilt, I lost some clients. I’m so grateful for those that have stuck by me.

I guess that’s it for now. Like I said above, I’m putting this blog on my calendar. I’m making it a priority. Take care and have a great day!

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