Cleaning house physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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And I’m Back!

Don’t know where the time has gone, but it has been almost 2 years since I have posted here. Let’s see if I can remember what has been going on in the past 2 years.

My knee surgery in June 2016 did not solve my right knee issues, so I had a total knee replacement in April 2017. Whereas the bone-on-bone pain is gone, my muscle strength has just not come back and I have issues with that. Yes, I have done physical therapy and that gets me only so far. I even had ASTYM therapy which breaks down tissue through manual manipulation in an effort to allow regeneration of healthy tissue. As you can see in the photo, I had a lot of bruising.

I have excellent range of motion, just no muscle strength. Heavy sigh.

Recovering from knee replacement surgery kept me quite busy for much of 2017. I also got back into quilting and finished several quilts. Here’s one I finished and I will show more in future posts.

My pets have taken over my life which keeps me busy. I currently have 1 dog and 3 cats! More on those guys in a later post too, but here is a photo of the 3 cats. Miracle that I could get them all in the same shot.

I will post more later as I attempt to get up-to-date.

Mystery Quilt – Part 1

It is official; I am back to quilting. I have several quilt project that are 80% done and I plan to work on those while I am also starting a new project.

Why don’t I just finish the unfinished ones you ask. One reason is that the quilting work requires some skill. And I need to get back to that skill level in order to proceed. Another quilt only needs hand work done. I plan to do that while I watch a DVD.

This mystery quilt I am starting from scratch. It is a mystery because although I know the blocks I will be making, it remains a mystery how they all go together.

Here are the fabrics for the mystery quilt. The light gray print (bottom left) is the background. The big multicolor print (bottom center) will be in the quilt and also a wide border.
I like cutting out all the block pieces at the same time because I do it on the kitchen island. It’s just the right size for my cutting mat and the perfect height for cutting.
To stay organized, I put all the fabric pieces for a single block type in a plastic bag. That way I can keep track of what I have completed and what remains to be sewn. Here are a couple of the block bags.
It’s a mystery, so stay tuned for further progress.

DIY – Mini Ironing Table

I am finally getting back into quilting after several years of just not sewing at all.

To get on track, I have to do several things first. My task list includes cleaning the sewing room (check), getting maintenance on the sewing machine (check), finding the necessary tools and doodads needed for quilting (working on that).

One requirement was to have the ironing board and iron ready. I press every seam I sew right after I sew it. I have always hated the up/down to get to the ironing board. And then I spotted a little Pinterest item to convert a tray table to a mini ironing table.

A few years ago I bought several tray tables at a yard sale. So I had an extra one laying around. Here’s the before tray table, just leaning against the wall, bored with life. Miko approved the selection.
This project was an excellent excuse to try out my new staple gun. I cheated a bit and started out using an old ironing board cover. I stapled that down. Then I grabbed a small piece of canvas that I had purchased a while ago for this very project. It took a bit of canvassing the sewing room before I found it (very bad pun). I proceeded to staple the living daylights out of that.

And voila — my mini ironing table, just right for the sew-press routine. Miko helped, as always.
Next task, cut the fabric. Stay tuned.