Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Finally, At Last, It Is Done!

You know how when you can see the finish line it is all you can do to contain yourself?  You can see how wonderful it will be when you get there, it's just the getting there that is the problem.

Cracked Pots has been a great physical therapy tool for me.  I had smaller, easier blocks to put together.  The excitement of the bright and colorful fabrics kept me going and interested.  Then seeing it all come together was almost overwhelming, because for the first time in a long time I was seeing some progress.  Because for a long time it was all I could do to just sew a few pieces together before my hands were so worn out I'd have to quit.  I'd keep trying, but sometimes it was just easier to quit than to push through.

The lighting was not the best today, but I couldn't wait any longer to share.  As soon as I got that final border on all I wanted to do was get some photos, which doesn't always work after dark and in a rain storm like we had last night.  Today was better, but I was a little late.  I'll have another chance once it is quilted.  To finish something this big, with this many pieces, and so many pieced borders that had better be sewn together well or they wouldn't fit is almost unbelievable that my hands could actually finish.  There is hope for me, I can see it.  This will be one that will be treasured for years to come simply because these hands worked through it.  Thanks so much for letting me share, and thanks Thelma for sewing along with me!!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Person Would Think...

That for as long as it took me to sew these four stars they were super difficult, but they aren't.  It was just a week of physical therapy appointments, doctor appointments, my son's spring sports, and some travel.

And if you can believe this...I actually got in trouble for NOT sewing enough!  After all, it is my "therapy" for my hands, working on my fine motor skills, grasp, pinch, and grip strength.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Houses are Finished!

This is the last house I finished, but I think it has to be my favorite!  :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Building Houses

Its Monday, which means Friday I did not spend sewing, I spent it finishing our taxes.  But I did find time on Sunday to do some piecing.  These houses are time consuming, but so fun to make.  The best idea was to cut everything, label all the pieces, and start chain sewing.

And in no time it seems I had some finished houses.

Friday, March 17, 2017

SO Ready To Be Back!

It has almost been a year since my last posting.  As I sit here and think about all that has happened, I'm sad thinking about all that has been, but so excited to think about what is to come.  I've experienced two surgeries, tests too numerous to even mention, and now I'm dealing with things that are going to take too much time to heal to try to guess when that is going to happen, and others that are just going to be the way they are forever.  I decided along with my physical therapist it is time to start quilting again.  Usually quilting is my way to deal with troubles, this time there was none of that since my hands were the trouble.   It takes me a little longer and I've had to find new ways to do things, but I'm excited to see the progress I'm making.  It is a little like riding a bike, once you get back on and start pedaling, you are just fine!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter and FNSI

I was so happy the FNSI was the whole weekend long, although this time I actually got some major sewing done on Friday night.

The weather is absolutely atrocious here, nothing but wind and rain, so the lighting is poor and there is no hope for it getting better today.  I will hopefully post more photos tomorrow of the entire quilt top (that is if we get some sun!)  Enjoy your Easter Sunday no matter the weather.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We Have a Winner and Please Vote for Me

No, I'm not running for president, and actually this is more fun than voting for that (I don't talk politics period) so that is all that will be said on that matter.

I entered a pillow I made in the Nancy Zieman Pillow Design Challenge and I have to do something I absolutely hate, I have to ask for votes.  So, if you would like to check out all the fun entries and vote, you can find the link here.

My pillow is April Tulips, number 107, almost the last entry.  I decided to use blues, purples, and green.  I'm sure if there isn't a real blue tulip yet, there will be soon. All you need to do to vote is click the heart in the upper right hand corner.  It will turn red when your vote is counted...and you can vote for up to five, so you could make five people's day!  :)  No cheesy promises, no big speeches, just thank you from the bottom of my heart if you do vote for my pillow.

And now for the winner of the batiks fat quarter pack, it is Debra N!  I've sent her an email.  Thank you to everyone who left a comment, I read them all.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen