The Long Road Ahead

Greetings from South Texas where Mother Nature is again confused – Where is my nice wet and cold winter?  Unless the Ground Hog sees his shadow tomorrow, I am toast for the year.

On the quilting side.  I finally made a decision (after 3 months) and ordered the Stonefields quilt pattern by Susan Smith.  Susan is a very easy person to deal with and she answered all my questions before ordering the pattern.  I purchased the entire pattern and Susan emails pictures (.jpeg format) of her blocks.  Yesterday I downloaded them on my PC and my Apple computer and will back up my external Seagate Hard Drive.  I follow Jane’s Threads and Treasures and Happy Appliquer Blogs as they are also working on Stonefields and their work is very pretty .  If you like Reproduction fabrics and fussy cutting techniques this is the pattern for you.   Stonefields and  Dear Jane are great projects for me this year.  Great way to use my Reproduction fabrics stash that I purchased this year.   Happy Scrappy is patiently waiting on the table for me to get with the program and make the block borders for the sides.  I am going to try to get them cut out and move along with this project.

Now for the difficult news.  Due to health issues in my family, I may not be able to do a lot of Blogs in the next month or so.  My Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction has been giving me fits for the last 2 months.  Barely walking (and barely quilting) and being a daily 1.5 mile a day walker for the last 35 plus years, I have not been a happy camper since I am not a “sit around the house” person. There is a procedure where they can go in and carterize the sciatica nerves with Radio Frequency treatment and tomorrow morning they will do Phase 1 – which is considered a diagnostic procedure to make sure they are going to kill the right nerves –  I have had 4 back surgeries since 1985 and am praying that this stops my pain.  I am not going to have another back surgery!   Bombshell number 2 happened on Wednesday when we were advised that my husband will have to have neck surgery. Most of the discs in his neck have problems, but one disc is pressing on his spinal cord.  We are grateful to the Neurologist who immediately ordered the MRI and diagnosed his problem very quickly.   Clay is a retired from the SA Fire Department which was a highly physical and mental job for 26 years. On his off time for most of his life Clay built things – like remodeling our home and his other homes, and in the last 2 years he has added a porch on our Studio and our back porch – we were blessed that he did not hurt himself during those projects.  Clay’s son Darryl is in the last stages of terminal lung cancer, so as you can see we have our hands full and bucket over flowing.  I am constantly reminded that God never gives us more than we can handle.  I am praying that if more is coming that it comes next year and no more this year.  But who knows?  In my lifetime, positive and negative things come in 3’s and we have our 3 thank you very much.

I will have time to prepare hand projects and will post things as I finish things.  Hopefully 2016 will start of a little more positive.  Clay and I have been blessed for the 19 years we have been married.  It is just our turn in the barrel and that is OK.  Until next time, stay healthy and quilt, quilt, quilt!