Friday, January 16, 2015

Home Sweet Home

There really is "no place like home".

In the wee hours of the morning on January 3rd, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  Without going into too much detail, the doctors confirmed that the hip I had fractured back in August of 2013 had fractured again as a result of it never having healed properly the first time.  After five hours in the OR, they "un-did" the original procedure, replaced it with a "new and improved" hip which hopefully will do the trick this time.  

So after spending 12 days in the hospital, I was finally able to return home yesterday.  Even though the road to recovery will be a long one, I'm in it for the duration.  My fabric and wool stash is just screaming at me to be used and that's exactly what I plan on doing as soon as I'm able.  

Thank goodness I had some hand work prepped before this all happened because at least now I can sit and stitch and sketch.  One of the many restrictions that I have to deal with is that I can't put more than 40 lbs of weight on my operated leg for the next 6 weeks which means that with Mr. Painted Quilt's help, I can travel from the kitchen, to the living room/bedroom and restroom with a walker.  He's the best care giver that a gal could have...not a great cook but he sure can make a mean sandwich!

Although I haven't received my copy yet, one of the surprises that was waiting for me when I got home was to find out that the Spring 2015 issue of Primitive Quilts & Projects is now available and that my "Noah & Friends" is one of the projects in the magazine.  

Thank you Gayle for sending me the photo that she took directly from the magazine so I could see it.  I hope you like it!

Thank you again for your continued support and friendship.  I have one more favor to ask and that is to keep me and Mr. Painted Quilt in your thoughts and prayers.  

Happy stitching!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


2015...I like the sound of it.

I have much to be thankful family, friends, hobbies, a warm house, lots of food in the pantry and for the most part, my health.

Right now I am house bound because of recurring problems with the hip that fractured from the radiation treatments about a year and a half ago.  The pain is such that I cannot go up and down the stairs so we have again moved our bedroom into the living room downstairs.  That's not a problem except for the fact that my sewing room is UPSTAIRS!  Horrors!

With the help of very strong pain killers, I can sit without too much pain so I'm forced left with nothing to do but handwork.  Oh darn, right?  *wink*  

On the bright side of things, I was finally able to finish the heavy socks I had started three years ago while I was away for my cancer treatments.  I had a difficult time getting back to working on them because of the bittersweet memories they conjured up but suffice it to say they're now done and are ready to grace Mr. Painted Quilt's feet.

I have also reworked the line drawings for the last five blocks of Leanne Beasley's Down in the Garden quilt and I'm hoping to get those transferred onto the prepped fabric sometime today.  Then I'll have plenty of handwork to keep me busy!  

Below is a photo of Leanne's finished quilt.  Mine will end up being substantially different.

One of the Facebook wool applique groups that I belong to decided to have a stitch along using one of Norma Whaley's patterns called Winter Wonderland

My pattern arrived on Monday...wouldn't you know it?  

We'll all be starting to work on the first part whenever we can this month.  It is our intention that this will be a non-structured, no pressure kind of sew along and our goal is to finish one designated section per month.  If you'd like to find out more or join in, you must have a Facebook account and look up "Winter Wonderland Stitch-a-Long" and ask to become a member.  

I have tons of wool in my stash but after reading over the pattern, I decided that I needed some homespun yardage and ordered a kit from one of the gals from the group who has a quilt/wool shop in Maine.  Hopefully I'll have this hip thing sorted out by the time the homespun fabric arrives so that I don't fall too far behind!

So while Ollie and Mr. PQ are outdoors bringing in some wood from the barn, Frankie is chilling solo by the fire.  

It won't be too long before Ollie joins him, especially after working so diligently at bringing in the wood.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I hope it is one that is filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

Thank you all for your friendship.

Happy stitching!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours, Mr. Painted Quilt, the boys and I would like to wish you all the Merriest of Christmases ever!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Just a few minutes ago while the boys were snuggling by the fire...

I made these egg-less, flour-less and sugar-less cookies.

Do you know what?  

They're good!...the cookies, I mean.  The boys aren't bad either.  *wink*

Here's the recipe...

3 mashed bananas (ripe)
1/3 C apple sauce 
2 C rolled oats
1/4 C almond milk
1/2 C raisins
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes.

Happy stitching!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Freebie Design!

Who doesn't love cardinals?

They are one of the most beautiful species of birds that frequent our feeders. 

Did you know that cardinals mate for life?  They always come in pairs but take their turn at the feeders.  If you see one then you know that their mate is not too far away, waiting patiently for their turn.

My gift to you this Christmas season are the patterns for these two cardinal ornaments I made last night.

I made mine from wool but you can certainly make them from cotton fabric if you so desire.  Another option would be to make some in shades of blue as well because blue jays have a similar shape and size.

Click HERE for the patterns/line drawings.  


Happy stitching!