Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you know how I feel about you all:

I had to show this quilt specifically for Kim, who sent me some cute red and white cupid fabric and seemed to think I'd never done a more traditional kind of love quilt. That one above is about as traditional as I get. (And if I were doing it now, boy, would there be more contrast - good to know I've learned a few things along the way).  Have to admit though, this is more my style than the monochrome:

It's awfully good to have my sweetie home for Valentine's. Not that we celebrate or do anything in particular. I don't even have these quilts up on the wall - I haven't gotten Christmas put away yet.

Meanwhile this is what is on my design wall:

Hee hee hee. Love it. The most recent batch of blocks added some more color to the mix, including  yellow and a whee hint of purple. Looking amazing, isn't it?

Monday, February 07, 2011

Bah to Surgery!

I present Bah Humbug! so far:

I know I said I wasn't going to show the blocks for the Bah Humbug! group quilt here in this blog, but realized I'd better so that anyone who still has blocks to do can get a feel for the colors and sizes. For instance, some red background would be awesome. And I just have to beg for some smaller blocks - that will help, guys! I know I've got more coming in the mail! wheeee! Thanks, everyone!

Carol E included an UnRuly letter for a future student letter quilt (yay, now I have three) and a couple of fun crumb blocks. And wheee, she finished a wonderful free-pieced name quilt she started many years ago.

Clare sent me a block too, but I forgot to take a photo, so I'll send you over for a visit.

So my husband arrived safely home last week and managed to have one good night of sleep before my surgery the next afternoon. The surgeon vacuumed out the evil in my left knee and took care of arthritis stuff in both of them. Turns out I don't have PVNS in my right knee too. woohoo for that.

If you ever decide to have surgery on BOTH knees at once, even if it's arthroscopic, make sure you have a big strong guy to help out at home or demand a hospital stay that first night. aiyee, there is a reason you're not supposed to do them both at once. Husband has been marvelous and taken great care of me.

I've been using this Game Ready system the doctor recommended. It does ice and compression for 30 mins at a time and is great. I was tethered to it constantly for the first three days (ugh, hated that) even at night but now I'm down to a minimum of 5 times a day. I do it a bit more cuz I don't want to waste all that ice and it feels pretty good. Anyway, this is what it looks like from my point of view:

Thank goodness for laptop. Ya'all take care.