Sunday, July 17, 2016

June 2016 card class projects

Here are the card projects for june 2016 class.

Going to work backwards on cards.

It been a busy time as caregiver for mama and then I fell
and broke my wrist in March 2016.  Long time to heal.

B

Monday, July 13, 2015

Some fabric pieces I've done.

I had every intention of posting since my last post but it just didn't happen.  Will try to stay on top of it.  Here are quilt projects from past 6 months.   Tracking down the cards we've made since Jan. and I'll post.

  My life stopped last summer when Mama got sick with a very bad UTI.  I stopped my stamp classes and I stopped sewing.  Life began again Jan. 2015.    I'm happy to say she is well, going on 93 in Sept. and enjoying her apt. and life at Creekside Terrace Independent Living.    She has good meals, friends, activities.    I think she is happy.

Forgive me if I'm repeating some pics  I've listed before.

     Here is a fabric panel I had that I decided to quilt and frame for a wall hanging.  Port Anywhere
gives you that relaxing feeling.



















This is the last preemie quilt I've just finished.
























Sadly I had already booked a day trip to AQS quilt show in Charlotte, July, 2014.  Mama is not doing well in rehab.  Just not trynig.  Just hate to leave her even for a day.  At urging, I went to the show.  This is a pattern I bought at the show, after my sister called to say they had put Mama on oxygen.  It would be Jan. 2014 before I would work on this.  I did this at the scrapbooking retreat as well.  Zoom in to see Gentle Moments top and bottom.  Pattern was just the boot/flowers but so skinny that I added the border and then it looked to plain so I added the thread sketching.                    







Trying some free motion and my friends                                                                                      method of binding as you go.  














Went to a scrapbooking retreat in January with friends who don't care if I sew.  I made the bowls.







This was a watercolor challenge from my Beecassos Quilt Group where we used crayons, colored pencils, chalks, etc.    I drew out my flower and then did a stitch around my design.  Then I filled the spaces with color.  I used water color pencils and a bit too much water as you can see it blead out.    Then I decided to add more thread sketching.  Quilted it at the retreat.    Also the yarn challenge.





I needed to cover my chair pillow and found a great fabric at ACMoore.    Also got this beige fabric with green to cover pillow on porch sofa.  Probably going to wish I had made it a slip cover.  Other pillow was too rough for hubby's head.






Mama had some winter pillows on her sofa.  We swapped out her quilts for a summer look.  I made these slip covers for the pillows.  My sister had made the quilt on the sofa and I thought the twist and turn flowers on white would be fresh.  This is way more time consuming than it looks.  I think each pillow took me about 5 hours.








My first jelly roll quilt.  Started it last spring before Mama got sick.  Finished it this year.  Next time I'll measure as it's a throw that came out more square then rectangle, per hubby.





Mama said she wanted a pillow for Nana's rocker but the pillows kept sliding down.  I had made this small piece
with buttons.  So cute.  Decided to add the red and turn into a pillow with ties for her chair.






Wasn't sure what this would be.  Was playing around with scraps that turned into pot holders.  Wasn't thinking because didn't put in a heat proof later so they are not good for things from the oven but pots are ok.    Actually the two scrappy ones are front and back.  The greens are front and back.




I was given this fabric and I wanted to try just making blocks and joining.   Not great but I still liked it.  Preemie for hospital.




I obsess over small scraps and decided to make some mug rugs.  Bigger than a pot holder.  Like a big coaster for a beverage and small plate of snacks.    

 Then I advanced to try applique and free motion.















Wow, I discovered  the 1/4" stitch on my sewing machine.   DUH.  My jelly roll Preemie quilt matched up so much better.  Back was so boring I decided to add the applique daisy.    Had fun making the front as well as the back.  Hard to know where to put the label.                                  

 
   Southwestern Preemie quilt.    I thought this was fun to make.






















Not a cat lover but the panels were just too cute to pass up.   Not sure if I have listed this one before.  Actually made this Spring of 2014.






Friday, January 30, 2015

I'm back. 2015 I think will be a good year

October, 2014.
Surprise, I'm not dead.  I had some moments of wanting to give up as life felt a bit stressful since my last post.   I've just completed 6 weeks of a caregivers workshop to discover that caregivers have to take care of themselves.

First let me catch you up on Mama and life in general.  Someone at Caregivers saw my blog and said it was time to update it.  I had to take some time off as being a caregiver and POA is more involved than I thought.

It's felt like such a long journey since this all started 6/30/14.    Her doctor ignored her symptons for 3 weeks.  We ended up at Prime Care who later sent us to the hospital.    Yep they admitted her 7/19.  From there she went to rehab for several weeks.  Who knew that a UTI in your 90's could be so major and cause so many issues and personality changes.    She was confused, disoriented, refused to eat or drink fluids.  Wouldn't take her meds.   She had good moments and some hard to deal with moments.    Mama had never been sick and so independent and all of a sudden we were going along and fell in a big hole.  Felt like we would never climb out but we did.   In rehab she got broncitis and once again was hard to deal with.  For over a week, she forgot how to answer a phone, button a blouse, hold a spoon, do normal things.     She begged to die and wanted to go to Hospice.  

There is life ahead.  Mama turned the corner and August 20, 2014 she was headed to a new home.   We made a quick decision to move her to Creekside Terrace Independent Living.  Medical and Therapy did not feel she could go home alone and prepare meals, etc.  5706 Creekside Terrace Winston-Salem NC main

 She is no longer in "Failure to Thrive" but rather she is thriving in a new environment that is lovely and her studio apt. is the talk of the staff.

Mama celebrated her 92nd. b'day there, 9/21/2014.  It was celebrated with a cake and balloons.  She's having fun I think.    They do  lot of singing, hanging out, chatting and meeting people who knew someone she knew.  She has lovely meals prepared by the chef with nice choices and she just has to show up to enjoy them.  Someone cleans her apt. weekly and changes the linens that they provide.

Recently she painted a pumpkin, yep my mama being crafty.

It's now 11/3/14.  Mama has been in her new home about 2.5 months and is adjusting and loving her new life.   
 I must say she adjusted even within the first month better than her daughter did.  I felt so darn guilty for not taking her back home but on the advice of everyone, it was best to go from rehab to the new place.    Looking back, it must have been meant to be that the remainder of her life should be in a pretty place with lots of new friends.  
It's now Jan, 2015 and Mama seems very happy.  She said it's about time she had some fun.  We are so happy for her and hope she has more birthdays ahead.

Mama has lived in her little house, built in 1928,  since she arrived in 1946 from Cuba and now it's for sale.  So much cutier in the spring and with more furniture and hanging baskets.    Anyone need a little 5 room house, 1 bath?
  It was tough to see her move but she has much more to smile about now.  She's done a lot more in a few months than past years.     Spring will soon be here and she'll be rocking on the front porch at Creekside Terrace or sitting on her back patio.   Here's to a great year ahead, Mama.

Later I'll tell you what I've been up to while I've tried to get back to my life.     That's for checking on me and for hanging around.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time away from the blog

For anyone who follows my blog, I've been away for a bit plus a bit longer.

 Mama is 91.5 and up until now very healthy, driving, independent and in her home since 1946 when she came to this country from Cuba.

   6/30/14 she had diarrhea which upset her and she continued to have it daily for over a week and then off an on for next 2 weeks.  During those three weeks I contacted her family doctor of 40 years because she was also not eating, drinking, confused, wobbly, sleepy, anxious, aggitated, moody and the list goes on.    At one point her doctor said he was not worried about the diarrhea.  Then I was concerned that she might be dehydrated and he said he was not concerned.    With all the mood swings and she was having trouble getting meds down, he chose to put her on Prozac in addition to her Ativan which I was adjusting due to how she was reacting.

Finally due to some breathing problems, the cardiologist suggested we go to Prime Care (urgent care) to be sure her lungs were clear.  They discovered UTI 2 days after her doctor had done lab work.      Prime Care sent us home with meds for the UTI which he said can be so dangerous in an older adult.    The next day they called to check on her and suggested we go to hospital to be sure not in her blood stream as they could not do blood cultures in their office.

  7/19/14 they admitted Mama and said her sodium level was very low and we never heard about the blood culture.

7/23/14 the hospital was going to release Mama to our care to go home after which time they had not let her get on the potty chair alone and she had not walked.    I explained to the social worker that she lives alone and how would we handle all of this and could they please send her to rehab for a bit.    She said we would just have to deal with it.    Thank goodness for friends.  My friend Lora said that she felt sure the insurance would pay for rehab.  I called back and left a message for the social worker that I heard Ins. would help cover that and let me know what's next.  The next morning she came in with 3 choices, go look at them and let me know which one and she walked out.    Needless to say I had a moment of undue stress due to that gal.

7/24/14 they moved Mama to Rehab behind the hospital, The Oaks.    She was good and getting better but after about 5 days, she got a cough and I got nervous.  Yep, turned into Broncitis and she was put on oxygen for about 5 days.    She can get sick very easily.

I've been under such stress that I've been living in the bathroom and losing weight.  The guilt over not doing something in those first 3 weeks will always haunt me.

In addition to all that Mama was experiencing at home it just got worse at rehab.  She could not hold a fork, answer a phone, dial a phone number, write her name , not eating or drinking again and she prayed to die for about 4 days and was asking for hospice.   She was giving up and I did go talk to Hospice to help me prepare.    I did find out they have grief counseling that I so need as you do not need to wait til that day to avail of their services.

8/14/14, Mama has turned the corner and a new person.   Who would have thought such a change could happen.       Going home still seemed not the best idea due to the fact that she would still need a bit of assistance as she is almost back to normal but tired and needs help with meals, bathing, etc.    We have opted for Independent Living which will resolve the meals and give her some people to be around.  We think that will help her depression, give us some peace of mind.  We'll go over and help with baths til she gets stronger.    She's sad over leaving her house and neighborhood.  She has outlived everyone and she likes her new neighbors but it's time for a change and some fun.

I've been just as sick over this decision as well due to tight finances, the move, change, etc.    I'm also tired from hardly sleeping myself, living in the bathroom and my own set of nerves.

The new beginning starts at Independent Living next week.   Mama very nervous over it all.  Wanted to let her go home first, after she had seen the new place but  we've been told by everyone that is not a good idea.  Best to move her from rehab.

She has a 3 month lease to decide.  I think while it will be a squeeze, her quality of life will be really better as she had 0 to do at home and if she gives up driving, she's trapped.    Wish my one sister was on board with all of this and try to see a better future for her.

Now Don might be getting sick.  He has RA and now needs a hip replacement.

At my age, I've discovered I can only work on one problem at a time and I've been going non stop since 6/30/14 so forgive me if my blog activities are on hold for a bit.    Keep you posted when I'm back to stamping and sewing.

Please keep us in your thoughts.  For those who have sent Mama a card, I thank you very much.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quilting: Preemie Quilts for 2014, so far

Well for those who have been to my house and craft rooms, you know I have a lot of "Stuff" as my husband calls it.  I have bunches of fabric and I have this fear that I'll die and he will just toss it all out not realizing how much I have invested.  So goal has been to make some preemies for Brenners Children's hospital to use some of it up.  Of course along the way I've had to buy some fabrics to go with what I have.  Are you laughing because you understand.

My goal was also to practice my free motion skills.  It's a learning process.


    Sadly the purple one was to be a preemie but it had some issues so it made it's way to the nursing home as a lap blanket.  










 The rest are preemies for the hospital.  Here's what I've gotten done so far this year, 2014.  My goal has been to do 12 a year.








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