Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Belated Thank You

I need to say a very belated thank you to V of Bumble Beans for organizing this quilt, sent to give me hugs during my recovery from surgery. I don't know what the whole process was or what everyone did, but I got this wonderful two-sided quilt made by some blogger friends (all of whom are listed in my sidebar).

There are blocks on the top from Sarah of House of Krom, Threadlines Kathie B, Quilt Diva Julie, Comicbooklady, Kristin of Knit One Quilt Two and Siobhan of Scraps and Threadtales as well as V.

The other side of the quilt is all about love and kitties. Lynne of Patcherie Menagerie made the Purring 4 You block and Roz of Counterpane signed her heart in embroidery.

Cheri of Jovaliquilts made blocks which got lost in the mail (argh) and Brenda of Scraps and Strings sent some too--pictured here-- but they didn't get to V in time. (I've got them now and will do something fun with them.) Nonetheless, V included their names along with everyone else's in the quilting.

I wanted to include a picture of me using the quilt, but I looked horrible in every one. So instead you get Pokey rolling very appropriately by the kitty emoticon):

And Lily on the back of the recliner - love the kitty fabric she's posed on:

[That's an older pic by the way. I've felt well enough to do some sewing, so I've progressed on this Hope quilt.]

Speaking of gifts in the mail, Clare of Dordogne Quilter sent me this little charmer:

Thank you all so very much and I apologize for taking so long to acknowledge the lovely presents.

Also arriving in the mail, a package of Bell Bottoms from the Fabric Square Shop. I love the red and white fabric in particular, but look at all the bright colors and bold patterns.

I had my final visit to the doctor who did the surgery - everything was a-okay in my belly. Clean bill of health is a woohoo, but it's gonna take another couple of weeks to finally be over the fatigue. I've been having hot flashes like crazy - stupid menopause. So I'm now on a low dose of estrogen which please, please, please will help with that and maybe the fatigue too.

34 comments:

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Wonderful gifts! Take care of yourself and rest.

Rita

Michele said...

What a fun get well gift! I'm so glad you're doing well. Take that stupid menopause with a grain of salt. Hot flashes = sweating = exercise.

rondiquilts said...

How nice to have such kind and caring friends. You are well taken care of.
Blessings to you in your recouperation.

Rondi

jovaliquilts said...

I feel so bad about the lost in the mail stuff! I'll email you a photo. I'm just glad you're feeling better and hope the fatigue goes away soon.

Kristin L said...

I'm a bad bloggy friend and didn't send you anything, but I do wish you many hugs and a continued good recovery. I love that pieces kitty emoticon!!

Millie said...

I'm really glad you love your quilt. It was a really quick thing.. I think we had about a week. I was on vacation, so I had time. Thanks for posting pictures.

Good luck with the estrogen, it should help you sleep. Hot flashes are a bitch!

AnnieO said...

Blogging friends are great--how nice your gifts are, so fitting. Hope you continue to return to your normal self over the next couple of months so you are full strength at Christmas :)

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

I'm so glad the quilt arrived safely. It was such a great project because it was so fast. Thanks again to V for organizing! I love the kitties on the kitty. So appropriate. I hope you can take care of those hot flashes. They are a real bummer and I can't take the estrogen so I'm stuck with them.

Clare said...

V asked me to do something, but I know I wouldn't have been able to get it to her in time. So you got your little house instead. Even if I say so myself, I love the sky fabric.

The main quilt is so gorgeous - full of colour.

Stupid menopause!!

Notjustnat said...

Lovely quilt you've received. A lot of people missed you, I missed you and glad that you are well again. Looking forward to see more activities on here soon - Hugs Natima

American Made Quilting said...

What a great get well soon gift. You have some super friends. Glad you are doing well. Happy Quilting
Natalie

jude said...

oh, i guess i got left out of this one.....it sure turned out great! love the back.
glad to hear you are healing. don't even mention hot flashes. i have had them for 7 years!

Brenda said...

I think my squares got held up in customs, but I'm glad they finally got there. The quilt looks great, and I hope you are having lots of nice naps under it. good luck with dealing with the menopause symptoms.

Kim said...

Oh darn, how fun it would have been to be part of the quilt...my thoughts and prayers have been with you regardless ( like the force only better :0)!
Glad you are feeling better......yeah well hot flashes...I feel your burn! I just wish I could sleep again....let us know if the hormone treatment works.
I'm moving towards 60 and still having "power surges".

Happy Sewing

Siren said...

I have just visited your blog for the first time, and I must say I like your colorfull quilts.

belinda said...

What a wonderful quilt...made with fun and loving hands!!! I so love their blocks and the whole design!!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

My hugs block was conceived and frantically stitched during the "off" shifts when DH and I were staying with MIL 24/7 during her final hospital stay.

Solids? That was a REAL challenge for me which required a flying visit to my LQS that carries pretty much zero in solids... anyhow, it all got wonkily done, we're SO HAPPY you like it, and mostly we're ELATED that you're feeling better (in time the fatigue will ease, the hot flashes will too - in the big picture they're mighty annoying but not terribly life threatening).

Here's to YOU!! WOO HOO!!

p.s. and you'd be proud - I've used the leftover strip set segments (the greens, teals, yellow, and blues) to create a small lap quilt that I am HAND quilting with your freehand fans!

Bent Needles and Tangled Threads said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful get-well gift! I am glad you are feeling better. I started reading your blog back in October. Your quilts are so creative and the colors…Wow! Beautiful! I recently joined the world of quilt bloggers. The warmth, the bonding, and the connection that goes around the world have blown me away. ~Sandy

Rene' said...

What lovely get well gifts. Hope they make you feel better soon. I was browsing through your blog....love all the HOPE letters and quilts. Take care of yourself.

comicbooklady said...

Glad you are feeling better, take care of yourself! It's great to see how well the quilt turned out from so many different contributors!

Tanya said...

What a great quilt! I love the Purring 4 You block on the back!

KathieB said...

the quilt looks fabulous! So glad to have been a part of this fun project. Thanks to Ms. Bumble Beans for pulling it and all of us together. Yay for the healing effects of quilting.

MelissaS said...

Take care! Glad to see Pokey doing well.

I'm sure your Doc has already checked these, but have your thyroid, b12, and ferritin levels checked. I've recently been battling fatigue as well and lo and behold all were out of whack.

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a lovely, thoughtful gift. Such dear folks every one. Quilting bloggers are the best. Do feel better soon!

jmbmommy said...

What a beautiful quilt!! I am so glad that you are feeling better.

jacquie said...

this quilty community is the best. glad you got the clean bill of health! take care.

KateKwiltz said...

That's great news! Hope you continue to get better.

Lynda said...

What a lovely present! Just remember, what goes around, comes around, and generous people get what they deserve!

McIrish Annie said...

Take your time getting back in gear! I've had similar surgery and it's a B&*ch! and Yes, estrogen can be your friend. I've been using a super low dose for three years and nary a hot flash!

Cher said...

fabulous quilt-glad to see your post and know that you are on the mend-I am sure your doctor will help sort out the hot flash situation-keep taking good care of yourself-lots of healing hugs...

Poppy Q said...

What lovely quilts, and we are glad that you got a good news result from the surgeon.

Have a swift recovery.

Poppy and Julie Q

Amy said...

So glad you are feeling better. And love the love your blogging buds made you! (I had that kitty fabric too and made my sister a quilt out of it. It'a an Alexander Henry by Philip de Leon from 2002. Love that designer...)

blanket said...

Nice that you got the quilt...amazing look...soft and cozy.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

hugs to you!!
glad your feeling better and you enjoyed our little quilt!
;-)

V