Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catching Up!

I have been reminded that I have not posted in a while. I have been meaning to but....

1. It has been really hot here. Highs in the upper 90's with heat index in the 100's and I found myself spending extra time in the pool. Lazy, right?

2. Our garden has been going crazy so I have had a ton of canning to do along with normal house stuff. Canning is a huge time suck. I will be happy this winter though when I can go to the pantry for peaches and tomatoes, jams and relish.

3. I spent a couple of days in Cape Girardeau with the River Heritage Quilt Guild. I did a trunk show and two workshops. Visiting guilds is one of my favorite parts of this job.  I felt like a member of the guild as soon as I walked in the door. What a friendly and welcoming group! I hope to see this group again for sure.

4. See the photo above. The airbags in my car malfunctioned last Wednesday morning. I bumped- just barely bumped a car at a stop sign. Didn't even leave a scratch on my car and the airbags deployed! Blew out the windshield and did about $5000 worth of damage- all from the airbags. It also burned my hand very badly.
Now- a week later it is looking better but is very painful to use. Which makes quilting hard to do.

5. Which leads to me my biggest task- getting ready for Market. I have been working around the clock and am not sure I will get everything done that I wanted to. I have two big quilts that are all applique and that I plan to hand quilt. Along with the other things for Market. I should have one ready for binding today. The other I still have about 1/4 of the applique to finish before the quilting starts. I have another quilt all quilted and bound and two small projects finished.  I always underestimate how long things will take. I am doing big stitch which is soooo much faster. But the hand slows things way down.

This is a peek at Rhapsody.I am quilting a 2" grid over this entire quilt. It measures 74" x 78" and is all folk art applique. The center block measures 32" x 36" and I can't wait to show you. I really love this one. I hope you will too.

Soooo now you know what has been going on with me. I will have some photos soon. As we get closer to Market I will have more to share. It's kind of hard to post when I can't show what I am working on.

Now I better get going. I have to finish the quilting with my slow hand and then I have to go car shopping!
Happy Quilting,


  1. Ouch! It looks terribly painful and so thankful you didn't get it in the face or more injuries. Your quilt looks so pretty.

  2. That is horrible, makes me worry more about the air bags. I hope your hand feels better, it looks like you are working on some beautiful projects.


  3. Hope your hand heals quickly! Looks so painful. These things always seem to happen when we have too much to do! I look forward to seeing your quilt. Looks great from the sneak peek.

  4. Hi Dawn!
    As a nurse practitioner, I have to give some advice....
    If your hand is telling you it hurts, IT HURTS!
    The more you use it, the more it hurts, the worse your scaring. I hope you are applying at least some polysprin ointment or cream, under a dressing, to minimize the scabbing, which leads to scaring. If you happen to have a crafter's glove, like for carpel tunnel, it will give support and constant pressure to help keep the skin smooth for healing. If a project doesn't get done, you have your wrist to explain. If the project is a must or causes any discomfort or pain, is there someone who will help to get it done? There is always someone to help us....
    All the best, take it slow...

  5. oh, your hand look horrible. I didn't know an air bag could harm a person that way. I like your quilt so far.

  6. Que tengas un rapida recuperacion ;)


  7. So sorry for your troubles! Hope you feel better soon!

  8. As another nurse I so agree with Leslie you really need to give that hand a rest or it will always be a problem and nothing is worth that. Just ease up for a week or get some help. Love your quilts. Sandra

  9. looks very painful, when healed use Tissue oil to get rid of the scars

  10. Thanks to all for the concern and wonderful advice! It is much better now. I am truly on the mend and stitching like crazy to make up for lost time!