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.
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.
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.
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I retired from Bali Bras, Sara Lee Intimates. Married a very long time. I love meeting new people so hope you'll drop me a line.
I've been doing crafts of all kinds since I was a kid. I loved making things and especially things that are recycled. I had never stamped until 2001 when I went to a stamp class while on vacation. We went to a local store to buy the stamps we had used. OUCH. When we got home I saw a Stampin Up catalog and realized how much money I could save with their stamps and best part as they are sets that go together which makes for easy card making. After doing some thinking I decided I should sign up as a demo and see what happens. I didn't know the first thing about stamping and still learning. Retired from Sara Lee Intimates in '01. I was in sales after many years, since age 18, as an office person, secretary, office assistant, etc.
I teach Stamp Classes in my stamp room and would love to meet you.
Casey's 18th b'day money I made this IPOD from money wrapped around foam core for my niece's 18th b'day. The ear pieces are from buttons and reinstones. It slides down into the green case. I always come up with creative ways to give her money equal to her age. Keep in mind I had never seen an IPOD.
May 08 class
Winter Welcome '07 class
We made 4 cards. Busy class
Submitted by Angie Nifong
Happy Blessings, World Card Day
Happy Blessings: Scarecrow
Happy Blessings pumpkins World Card day 10/4/08
Happy Blessings – Pumpkins. Nice fall card. Love that crimping.
World Card Making Day class, 10/4/08
I used the tree from Lovely as a Tree. This was a fun project to make. Little time consuming. The tree is actually onside on the card and you are looking thru a window.
Pocket Silhouettes in lilac.... World Card Making Day 10/4/08
Just a nice simple card
Convention board of ideas 1
Pocket Silhouettes World Card Making day 10/4/08
Heartfelt Thanks.... World Card Making Day class, 10/4/08
Heartfelt Thanks (reg catalog)
Home for Christmas.... World Card Making Day class, Oct 4, 08
Home for Christmas (holiday mini) Front door stamped in stazon on
World Card Making Day class, Oct 4, 08
World Card Making Class, Oct 4, 2008
Just another simple card using Heartfelt Thanks
Live Like you Mean It......World Card Making Day class, Oct 4, 08
"Live like you mean it" hostess set 8/08 catalog.
Upsy Daisy....World Card Making Day class, Oct 4, 2008
. “Upsy Daisy” stamp set (from reg. catalog)
Lovely as a Tree....World Card Making Day class, October 4, 2008
#2 Snow in Trees Using: Lovely as a Tree….. Night of Navy; White for trees: 5 ¼ x 4; White for snow 5 ¼ x 4 ¼, tear and cut strips; White for inside card: 5 ¼ x 4
Eastern Blooms World card Making day class, Oct 4, 08
. “Eastern Blooms” Tangerine Tango card (in color); Apricot Appeal 2 x 2”; Stamp flower on 2 x 2 white Background white 2 3/8 x 3 ¾What nice colors and a simple card
Scandinavian Season....October 4, 08 World Card Making Day class
3. Scandinavian Season (Holiday Mini)
Oct '08 monthly class: Season of Friendship
Tree loses leaves. "Season of Friendship" (tree w/leaves in holiday mini); Vanilla 3 x 4 1/8; Really Rust 3 ¼ x 5; Always Artichoke 3 ¼ x 1”; Card is Creamy Caramel; only half a tree on inside of the card.
Leaves: October 08 Monthly class
Falling leaves was part of this class, you could use any leave stamps. This was rock and roll technique. 11. I used a retired set of leaves . With Gratitude would work (reg catalog) Used this card for Reg. Oct. class also.