Friday, January 22, 2016

Start a little bit at a time!

My hand therapist is going to be thrilled with me! I got some old straggling blocks and decided I would quilt it for a small zipper bag I want to make! I can keep my left hand flat-ish and guide the fabric.  This block is about 12" square. Thus far it has taken me about  7 days to get this far. I can do about 3 lines before my hand needs a rest believe it or not! I don't want to push it and be put back weeks. I have a hard enough time typing - but, my physiotherapist says that I must do things that may be a wee bit uncomfortable! My time is limited as I have to take morphine for the nerve pain - thus operating any machinery would not be a good idea! With my luck I would probably sew my other hand to the block!

I also have an intent supervisor!
"Take it easy," he says!

"I think you've done enough"

"You missed a stitch!"

"OK, time to shut off the machine!"

Happy Quilting Everyone!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Motorcycle Boy's Birthday Quilt!

Happy New Year

Every year always starts out wonderfully in our family. We always ring in the New Year with the celebration of my brothers Birthday. Mr. Motorcycle is a new years baby =D

"It's been a long time coming, but my brother got his "30th birthday" quilt from Mom! She did this before her surgery and kept it under wraps until my brothers birthday on January 1st!

 You can look at my mom's original post May 27, 2013!

Mr. Motorcycle being the gentleman he is offered to do a small photo shoot with his bike prior to starting a day of Ice Racing. The pictures turned out amazing.

The quilt is "motorcycle" proof. Mom wanted a quilt that he would use camping to cover up with around the fire, or if needed in the back of his car/truck. Hopefully he will use it until it's nicely worn in and super soft.

I am jealous that this is my brothers quilt. I love the pops of colour and the history of each patch. I even think there are some fabrics in there from my old projects, probably a couple of my jeans as well ha-ha.

We are always looking at new ways to incorporate quilt tags into our projects. Mom came up with a great way to incorporate it into the quilt without it standing out like a sore thumb.

Update on Mom - she is unfortunately still off work and will hopefully be back soon. Its always hard when the only thing you want is to be back to "normal" but your body lets you down. I can't imagine how frustrating that would be.
My step dad has done an excellent job taking care of her. She's been doing better with her hand and has movement in her thumb but has developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a result of the surgery. Some days are good and some not so good. I got her out for a Mani/Pedi and she had a sleepover at our place when I made the infinity scarves just before Christmas. This was one of the highlights of my Holidays.

Oh and...... another highlight from the Holidays was my engagement.  My love proposed to me just before Christmas. We had to work over the Holidays so we celebrated Christmas on the 19th, he was a sneaky bugger and hide the ring in my stocking. 
I am so blessed to have found such a great man who makes me laugh and smile everyday. I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with him. Now for the wedding planning (stay tuned for updates)

Wishing you all the best for 2016
-The Youngest