Thursday, August 25, 2016

Morris Hexathon - Block 2, Block 4 and Block 5

Here are a few more blocks for the Morris Hexathon. Slowly catching up.

Block 2 - Crystal Palace

Block 4 - Box Hill

Block 5 - Upton

I think the battery in my camera needs to be recharged:)

Take care.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Morris Hexathon - Block 15 Kelmscott Tile

This was one complicated block. There are 48 tiny diamonds. Each is about 1 5/8 inches long and about 1 inch wide.


I persevered and finished it.....:)

I have 13 more to do so I can catch up....eeeek.

Take care:)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Adventures in EPP....

I have one more radiation treatment to go!!!!!!

In the meantime I have been doing my Mollie Johnson EPP project that I'll reveal when it's finished. There are two more embroidery patterns to come from Mollie before I can put everything together.

I had also seen several mentions lately about a Morris Hexathon. I investigated and found Barbara Brackman's Material Culture blog. 

Barbara is a quilt historian and if you're interested there is quite a lot of interesting reading to be had on her blog. She is the source of the Morris Hexathon. There are to be 26 hexagons and so far 15 templates have been posted.

I'm a total newbie to quilting and English Paper Piecing but I figure you have to start somewhere...right?

Here is the post that introduces the Morris To find the rest of the discussions you can look at the page I created on my menu bar across the top. I called it Morris Hexathon. 

I found 10 fat quarters that are sort of William Morris-ish in my stash. The fabric design is called All About Autumn #2362 by Laurie Godin for Northcott.

Fist off an admission. I should have read the tutorials but as usual I sailed off on my own...sigh. When will I ever learn?

I tried two of the Hexagons...Westminster and Camelot Star.

I totally screwed up on the little end triangles that finish Westminster as you can see. I don't think I should have all that stuff hanging down. It should be much neater. I will unpick those pieces and try again.

Camelot Star looks a bit more like what I think it should turn out to be in the end.

I will now go and read the tutorials ...:)

Take care. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Crochet a String of Hearts...........

A friend sent me this link to crochet a string of hearts. She thought it might be used for a crazy quilting seam treatment. The video is in Russian but I think it's easy enough to follow.

There is supposedly an English version on their website but I wasn't able to find it but did find some other interesting things:)

She-Ru Knitting and Crochet

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My First Issue With English Paper Piecing........

I started doing the sewing for the EPP project that I mentioned in my last post and I came across my first problem.

I was doing EPP diamond shapes and when I got to the pointy end I wondered what the heck do I do with the excess fabric.

I Googled and found these instructions.

English Paper Piecing Instructions For Using Diamonds

I'm sure there are other ways of handling the problem but this seemed the easiest.

I'm quite liking the whole EPP process. It could become addictive.

Take care:) 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sewing Club.....

I've joined Mollie Johanson's latest sewing club called "Around The House". I did one of her sewing clubs about three years ago and I really enjoyed it.

Her projects are small but you get a sweet big return. Right now I need something to do that I can break into small steps and that's portable if need be. This seemed perfect.

It has embroidery and hand sewing which I love to do.

What appeals to me is her cute embroidery patterns and this time I was interested to see that it involved English Paper Piecing which is something I've always wanted to try.

Here's more info about the club on her blog Wild Olive. The club is normally $8 but Mollie is offering an early bird pricing of only $5 :)

Take care:)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!

I heard my results from my doctor today with regard to my second surgery. The cancer hasn't spread to my lymph nodes....thank goodness.

I will have to have some kind of followup treatment along with the radiation but that's okay. I will be monitored on an ongoing basis regarding when to get future mammograms and so on which is fine by me.

Thank you everyone who sent words of support. You are the best.

Now to  get on with stuff. I feel like I've been holding my breath. It's been a dreadful time waiting to hear. 

Take care:)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


So my news last week wasn't as good as I expected but it wasn't as bad as it might have been. I have what is known as DCIS.

Explanation of DCIS.

My cancer is "in situ" again rather than invasive. 

I was back in the hospital today for more out patient surgery. More poking about and a look at my lymph node thingies.

They injected me with fluid containing radiation to do some tracking. I was quite disappointed to find out that I wouldn't glow in the dark. They then took pictures of my breast with a huge camera that was similiar to an MRI. They lowered it down until it almost touched my nose. I won't say I'm claustrophobic...okay maybe a wee bit... but I was definitely getting uncomfortable after about 10 minutes of that.

I will be having further radiation treatment for five weeks so the glowing bit might come true yet....LOL

I am totally zonked. I had to get up at 5:30 a.m. to get to the hospital for 7 a.m. I only live about 20 minutes away but it takes that long to jump start me in the mornings. I'm definitely not a morning person and with no coffee to help out...eeek.

I'm trying to stay awake right now so I'll sleep through the night. Otherwise it'll be me staring at the ceiling at 3:00 am. 

The saga continues I guess. No worries.

Take care :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hello I'm still here with a long story and a happy ending...hopefully:)

I don't normally post about personal stuff because it isn't really my thing but something a family member just said to me and her reaction made me think.

Last July for various and sundry reasons I had a hysterectomy and my ovaries removed....not to worry all is well. While it was first stage cancer it was insitu as they say.

Sadly my own family doctor passed away very suddenly within days of my surgery so I was left high and dry. Now I had to look for a new family doctor which is not really that fun to do.

I had no real immediate health issues but I do have medication that I need to take. I figured since I had a few months worth left finding a doctor wasn't such a pressing issue.

Then...horror of horrors. Within a few months of my hysterectomy surgery some lumps I had in my right breast seemed to be getting bigger. I've had these lumps for quite a few years and I had never done anything about them. What's that word?.....oh ya...... procrastination...or it can't happen to me syndrome. I was beginning to think that maybe I was loosing it and that I was imagining that they were getting rather large....eeek.

Now the issue to get a new doctor was pressing...I did... and he's very thorough...sent me for tons of tests..... and of course he sent me for a mammogram.

Lucky me. My imagination wasn't playing games with my head. I had two lumps. I was called back for an ultra sound. They were still there :)

I was then sent to the Breast Cancer Clinic at North York General Hospital for referral. Yet another ultra sound.  I then met with this very me anyway LOL.... General Surgeon and Oncologist to give me his opinion.

He wanted to do a needle biopsy and because I was his last patient for the day he decided to do the procedure then and there rather that have me come back again. I was given a needle injection for local pain. I was told the freezing would last for ten minutes and that I might have some pain from the procedure.

The needle biopsy was probably the strangest test I have ever had done. The sound and sensation was a bit off putting. Think about someone banging down on the back of a stapler to make it work....Jeez Louise.  The doctor was impressed at my calmness but I figure why freak out when it's something that has to be done.

I might add that despite the fact that they said there would be pain it was nothing. I had an ice bag and it only hurt for about five or ten minutes. The bruise though was gigantic and very very colourful,

So my results came back and I had what is known as Atypical Papillary Lesions. Not so bad. They could stay as they weren't cancerous. But.... he wanted to take them out and of course do a second more thorough biopsy.

So yesterday I went into hospital at 7:00 a.m. and after sitting around for what seemed like endless hours I had a Lumpectomy and finally after 2 1/2 hours of recovery arrived home about 5:15 totally shattered.

The aftermath has been relativity painless. I took an extra strength Tylenol before bed and today nothing.  The only lasting annoyance is a sore throat from the breathing tube they insert during surgery.

So the bottom line of this very long recitation is the moral of the story I guess.

I will never put off until tomorrow what I should do today regarding my health or something along those lines. I'm sure I'll thing of something more pithy but whatever.

My whole attitude was rather stupid. I'm relatively healthy for may age and I figured nothing serious would happen to me regarding the big C. Well that was wrong.

Be proactive about your own health care. Go and get a Pap Smear done and, go and get a Mammogram done. 

I've had some near misses and have been very lucky. So now I wait to see what the final biopsy will find. Fingers and toes crossed.

Take care:) 


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