Even Larger Blessings....

Well, I've been away from this site for quite some time.  Shortly after my last visit, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, have since undergone a bilateral mastectomy, gone through several months of chemotherapy, had reconstruction surgery.  It was a rough year, but I am DELIGHTED to say I've recovered wonderfully.  Of course, I'll continue to be closely monitored and on medications for some time, but I've been given a fabulous prognosis and have no reason to think I won't live to be an old lady quilter!!

One of the side effects of chemotherapy for me was neuropathy in my hands and feet, so I pretty much was away from my sewing machine, or any other stitch-work, for the past year.  I just completed my first post-treatment quilt -- a baby quilt for a newborn neighbor.  I'm happy to report that it's just like riding a bike!!  I can't wait to get working on my next project.

So happy quilting to everyone....and a reminder to get your mammograms regularly!! 



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Small blessings...

So I had surgery on my left foot last October and after months of stumbling around, wrapping, elevating, sporting the oh-so-attractive orthopedic shoe, etc. I was finally on the home stretch of recovery -- even able to walk the dog painlessly and, equally as important (maybe more but don't tell the dog), sit at the machine and sew.  I had a 4 month quilting hiatus for lack of use of my pedal foot....but I was back!!!! 

And then, I stepped off a stair step in a wonky way and ended up fracturing my foot in two places.  Seriously????  Yes.  Seriously.  So now I'm back in the ugly ortho shoe but elevating doesn't seem to be crucial so at least I can sew (too bad for Daphne, the dog, though because I can't do the marathon walks she's so dependent on).

We have a wedding to attend in a couple weeks and I'm trying to find a dress that looks good with my orthopedic shoe.  Hmmmm.  Don't guess that's going to happen!  Oh well, if enough champagne flows, nobody (including me) will care.  I'm married to my designated driver so all is well.

Happy Quilting!


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Oregon Retreat

I'd like more information about the Oregon retreat, too, and am unable to find a section under "Groups" for "Retreats".  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!


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Pajaro Valley Quilt Show

So I went to the show yesterday in Watsonville.  It's a fairly small show but very nice.  Naturally I was inspired!  My downfall is the "Flea Market" room where you can buy fabric by the pound.  I tried really hard to resist but....well, I ended up with just 4 lbs of fabric.  The real treasure was finding a plastic bag with a quilt already cut out -- beautiful Thimbleberries fabrics.  No idea what the pattern is, but I'll figure something out!   I also picked up some patterns (25 cents each!) and a beautiful book of stars.  I LOVE stars!  More projects...more happiness!  Happy Quilting.


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Pajaro Valley Quilt Assn. Show

I'm going to the PVQA show in Watsonville, CA  this weekend (most likely on Saturday).  Anyone in the club planning to attend?

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Scraps Scraps & Scraps

I love making scrappy quilts.  Because I do some paper piecing,  I tend to keep even the smallest leftovers.  Not being able to close the drawers on my scraps, I went through them all and cut up everything that was less than a 1/4 yard into 2 1/2" squares.  First up is a quilt called Film at Five that uses hundreds of those little squares.  It feels so good to whittle down the scrap drawers and end up with something lovely!  I'm excited about this one...will post a picture when it's completed!


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