Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cupcake Quilt Update

Hi Friends.  This is what I have been doing to keep my sanity while I have to keep my foot propped up.  I don't really have to KEEP it propped, but it's the most comfortable way to sit until it heals a little more. (It's ugly, black and blue and still swelled a bit.)

  This is Laurie's cupcake quilt.  I am stab stitching a cupcake on each block.  So far I only have a few blocks done.  It took me about 2-1/2 weeks after surgery to gather any creative energy to work on it.  I had a couple of false starts on the stitching.  I wanted the threads to be kind of prominent so I "tested" a couple of different weights.  Robbie Porter suggested #5 perle cotton and it was perfect.

One thing I miss a real lot during this recovery is playing with my dogs.  I'm pretty sure they are missing it to.  The weather here has be unseasonably warm, like a lot of the country which makes it hard not to be outside checking out the pond.  But it has thawed and I can see the fish through the window.  I always hold my breath until the ice melts to see if they survived the winter.  Blue Birds and Sparrows are vying for the bird houses. Means an early Spring to me!!  So that's what I have been up to.   How's the weather where you are?

Thankful:  I am so thankful that the winter was mild and my fish survived it.  A couple of years ago we had a harsh winter and lost them all.  The fish we have now are the ones that we bought to replace them.  Funny how even a fish can become special to you.  My favorite is a big blue calico Shebunkin.  By the time my foot is healed I'll be looking for my frogs.

Be well.  Love life.

22 comments:

  1. Oh yes - Spring is definitely on the way here. I'm more than ready having had a not-so-very-good Winter. We had rain last night and there are daffodils and crocus' blooming. If things go as they usually do, we'll have one more spate of bad weather in March. I'm learning to treasure each day, no matter the weather, however sometimes when its very, very cold I need to turn the fire on for warmth.

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  2. Hi Carol...so glad you are coming along! Your cupcake is perfect! My granddaughter would love it especially. Good for you(!) for being creative while recovering. I love Perle cotton, and the thicker the better for highlighting an image. You are getting there!

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  3. Good morning, that looks like a fun quilt to make-so sorry about your foot no fun at all. we have had no winter at all here which means we are already in drought situtaion as we have had no rain either-we continue with the 40 degree swing changes-not bad though high 70s and low 80s in Feburary lol hope your foot heals fast

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  4. Hope you continue to heal and can be up and about again soon. I am sure the dogs are missing your interacting with them too. The stitching on the quilt looks great. It has been unusually warm so glad your fish survived. We are off Sunday night to Columbia for JET to go in early Monday morning for the cardiac cath to see if they can unblock him again. Here's hoping they can.

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  5. Hello Carol, hope you won't be laid up too much longer. The weather here is also unseasonably warm, been breaking records! It's going to be fun seeing how you progress on the cupcake quilt. I have to get back into my sewing, have taken too long a break!

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  6. I don't know why I have not emailed you...been wondering how things were going. Was glad to see this post.

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  7. I give you so much credit for being as 'calm' as you are! And I can see why it took a few weeks to get inspiration to do some work...I need surgery on both wrists and I'm not looking forward to that downtime! or how I am going to dry/wash my hair! HA Can you walk at all or always have to keep the foot up?? Warm weather at least is giving you opportunity to see your fish!!! Yea!

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  8. Lovely progress on your quilt Carol. Hope the foot continues to improve...that bruising seems to take a while to go away.

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  9. Glad you are feeling up to stitching!

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  10. Good to hear your progressing nicely. Cute cupcake stitching. I'm ready for spring too. Hope we both miss the storm that is bing predicted for Fri night.
    Do you feed the fish this early?

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  11. The quilt is looking really nice-I love your color choices too. Our blue birds have been calling and we have the red wing black birds and grackles back now. It's about 65 here today. It's such a nice break from the long winter-even though we will get cold and more snow-it's wonderful to be outside again. I do hope you will progress in the healing process quickly!!!

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  12. Hey Carol I keep your healing in my prayers. Yes your dogs are missing your attention. I do love the quilt. I am not a quilter, only made one in my life and swore I would not make another. I admire this art and you do it so well. Hugs N.

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  13. Two days since you wrote this post - I hope your foot is a little more better now. Lovely quilt. Keep creating...I think you can start working on an "I am grateful " quilt :)

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  14. Sorry I haven't by for a visit lately. Glad to here you are on the mend. And I too, am happy that warmer weather is on the way!!

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  15. Glad your fish survived the winter! I'm sure the puppies miss your attention but I firmly believe they understand and know that you're not up to it. Take care of you! As for me, I'm grateful for ongoing monthly lunches with friends.

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  16. Glad that you have managed to keep a positive attitude. I'm sure working on the quilt blocks helps. Hope you and the dogs will be able to play together soon!

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  17. Hi Carol good to see you on the mend,the quilt is gorgeous,love the colours,we are heading into Autumn.

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  18. Glad your fish survived! Here I was so thrilled that we came in like a lamb and it snowed all morning...lol But happily most of it has melted. Kit

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  19. Hi Carol,
    Sorry to read about your SIL's troubles, and I hope your foot is healing well!
    The cupcake stitching looks great! I just love stitching with Perlé threads, they give such a great finish! And I do hope you've had a chance to do some more stitching since this post.
    Have your frogs turned up yet? Ours have been busy, and we have a pond full of frogspawn ..... and what noisy frogs they are too!
    I'm thankful we are able to walk in the countryside, bird spotting, where yesterday we saw a Tree Creeper and a Gold Crest ..... a couple we don't normally see in our garden! And on a lake we saw Canadian Geese, Moorhens, Ducks, and a Cormorant!
    Barbara x

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  20. Hope your foot is healing well. The quilting on the cupcake quilt is looking good. We have had a mild winter as well and our birdhouses are full of birds building nests in them. We have some lovely blue birds this year that are so tiny and lovely. Of course I have wrens on the porch that build like crazy every spring.

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  21. The cupcake stitching is lovely, such pretty colours. Hope the foot is getting better.

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