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The quilt in the header is made from a Sarah Sporer pattern called "Pond Racing".

Friday, January 23, 2009

QUILT LADDER



Greetings from cool but warming up Florida. We should get into the high 60's today and into the lower 70's by tomorrow. Feels good after the very cold weather we just experienced. I didn't see any but there was frost on cars early yesterday morning. We slept in, so we were not up early enough to see it. I suppose the plants will need trimming back after the cold snap got to them.
I don't have a finished quilt or wall hanging to show today. I do want to share two things with you, though. The first is a vintage sewing machine that is a favorite of mine. It is a New Home hand crank machine. I think it is refered to as a New Home Midget because of its size. I can't find the little booklet that came with it but know it is here somewhere. It says something about being convenient for apartment dwellers or young women away from home at school. I don't know if it came in a case when new. Maybe one of you bloggers know more about it. I have had it for quite a while. Found it in an antique shop here in Florida and paid more than I wanted to but I fell in love with it and parted with the money.
The second photo is my new quilt ladder. I know some of you bloggers have ladders to display your quilts on. Just recently, I saw where you could order a quilt ladder from Nancy's Notions. I think it was $79.00 plus shipping. I showed the picture to my husband and asked if he could make one. He isn't the most proficient at carpentry but this looked fairly easy and he said he could do it. He went shopping that evening for the supplies and started on it the next day. I just moved it to the front entry way and pulled out some quilts to display on it. I am going to enjoy changing quilts as the mood hits. There is one more rung on the ladder down lower. I have not put anything on it and am not sure I will. Maybe a shorter quilt.
My latest new is that I am having back surgery on the 28th. For those that follow my blog, you probably remember that I have been having a lot of discomfort. I have tried physical therapy and treatments from pain management doctors. Nothing has helped. I can sit pretty good but standing and walking can be very painful. I am opting for surgery and hope that it helps enough that I can get back to being able to walk around the neighborhood, take nature walks, go shopping, clean the house, etc. I will be in the hospital probably four days and then have a 6 to 8 week recovery time. I will probably post one more time before the surgery.
No other news to report. I am heading to the sewing room in a few minutes to put the binding on a quilt. Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

37 comments:

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

The quilt ladder is sure a good way to display quilts! Hope your surgery goes well. I know it is miserable to be in pain. My DH had surgery on his neck Dec 29 due to such severe pain from a bulging disc and is still recuperating. He is feeling better & hopefully will be back to normal soon.

gwen said...

I wish you all the best for your surgery and a fast recover.
Could you send your husband over here?! I miss a quilt ladder just like yours! Take care.

Pat said...

Take care and good luck.  I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Quilt Hollow said...

Your hubby is a wonderful guy to run out that evening and get supplies for your lovely ladder. I bet he was glad you asked and gave him a craft to tinker with for a change. Love that little hand crank machine. I have a small singer one that I purchased at a market in Belgium several years ago that I display on a shelf in my quilt studio....love it!

Best wishes on your back surgery...I'm sure you'll have another post or two before then to show us more of your wonderful finishes. But just in case....wishing you all the best during and after surgery. Will be thinking of you.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

The quilt ladder looks great and what a fantastic find, that little antique machine!

I wish you the best with your surgery and that you are up and around fast!

Darlene said...

The quilt ladder is wonderful - tell hubby he did a fabulous job.

I have a similar hand crank machine - I'll have to pull it out and take a closer look at it. Like you I paid way too much money for it but I just couldn't leave it behind. It was love at first sight. LOL

I was hoping it wouldn't come to surgery but if it'll improve your quality of life then that's the way to go. You'll do well, I just know it. ((HUGS))

Stina said...

First of all I want to wish you good luck on your surgery...hope it will take away your pain...
and second... the ladder is great... and so are your quilts hanging on display...this is such a nice way to show your quilts... Your DH have done a wonderful job!! :o)

Amanda said...

What a clever husband you have, I can't imagine mine being able to make such a lovely thing. Lots of luck with your surgery. Back pain is so debilitating. I've had a bad back ever since I fell off a horse when I was 15, but regular chiropractic seems to keep it in order.

Julia said...

The quilt ladder is lovely, a good way to display quilts! Hope your surgery goes well.
Love that little antique machine..
Take care.. Julia ♥

Judy said...

Good luck on the back surgery...I know how bad back pain feels and I wish you all the luck. Hope you get a lot of relief from it. Do you have some handwork ready for when you can stitch? Might be a good idea.

Carrie P. said...

Karen, I pray your surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love my quilt ladders which are all in storage at the moment. Your hubby did a great job on yours.
Good luck to you with your surgery, we'll be thinking about you.

Carol said...

Sending good, good thoughts for you...hope this surgery does the trick...love your little sewing machine...it's so fun to think of who sewed on it and what they sewed...probably got a lot more done than I do...LOL! Your quilt ladder is wonderful...love all the quilts hanging. Good job Hubby!

Cara said...

I love your quilt ladder! Your husband did a good job! Sorry to hear about your back- I hope the surgery will have you back at it in no time!

MARCIE said...

Love that little sewing machine, and your quilt ladder is so cool! I would love to have one. I hope your surgery goes well and gives you the relief you need.

Libby said...

I'll be thinking all good thoughts for you, your surgery and recovery *s*
Love your new ladder - they are fun to play with and decorate, that's for sure. I've been watching out for a little sewing machine. I think it would be fun to have one in the house.

kcenya1950 said...

Your quilt ladder is great. I love the one on the bottom. Best wishes for successful surgery.

black bear cabin said...

The quilt ladder is great...kudos to the hubby for a nice job! How fabulous you can both display your talents together :)
Glad to hear you will be starting the new year addressing that darn back problem, and i hope the surgery goes well, and you recovery is quick!
Im sending positive vibes your way!
hugs~

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

I love the little sewing maching. SO CUTE! The quilt ladder is beautiful with your quilts displayed on it. So pretty :)

Good luck with your surgery - I hope that it helps you feel better. I'm sure the next few weeks of recovery will be no fun, but hopefully it will be all worth it. We want you back and posting your beautiful quilts soon! :) Get well first though!

dudefromtherock said...

That sewing machine is just GORGEOUS!! I treated myself to two antique machines last year. I found a 1907 hand crank Singer, and my 1943 (I think) Singer Featherweight that I sew on all the time and just LOVE!!!

I love your quilt ladder too!! It is definetely a nice way to display your quilts!

Best wishes on a speedy recovery

Quiltingly Yours
Andrea

Betweens said...

Karen..you are so loved!! your husband did a wonderful job on your quilt ladder!! and the quilts displayed on it!! are so exquisite. Your honey loves to see them too!!
I am sorry that you are in such distress that you need surgery. I hope it is successful and that your goals are met at the end of this journey.. all the best

Takako said...

Thank you for sharing your treasures! The sewing machine looks so nice and the quilt ladder is just like "craftsmanship" work!! Beautiful!

Hope your surgery will help you cure your back pain and take good care!!

Juliann in WA said...

I will be praying for your surgery. My husband has been through this and it has really helped him. Take care of yourself.

Kim said...

Sure do wish you the best with that back surgery and recovery. If you need someone to chat with while recovering just shoot me an email.

Really like your new machine and the quilt ladder. The machine is supposed to be very nice for piecing...nice to simply admire too. :D

StitchinByTheLake said...

First Karen I wish you a speedy recovery from your surgery and will pray for a good outcome. Second I love the ladder! I've wanted one for a long time but my husband, who is so good at most things, is definitely not a carpenter and he would be the first to tell you that. A ladder will not be in my future unless I can find a really cheap one at Goodwill! blessings, marlene

Lorraine said...

The quilt ladder looks great Karen....hubby did a great job...will be thinking of you on the 28th and hope the surgery helps with your mobility...and eases the pain.

janet said...

Good luck for the success of the surgery. That little machine is a sweetheart and your husband did a very good job on the ladder. My Dh made me two some time ago.

Catherine said...

All the best with your surgery Karen!! Cathy

Julie in the Barn said...

The ladder looks great. I wonder if my Honey could make one for me. Hope the surgery goes well and frees you from pain. We'll all be thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery.

Wendy K said...

love your quilt ladder...what a good hubby you have! Good luck with the surgery, hoping all goes well for a speedy recovery, take care of yourself!

Robin C said...

Karen,

I just wanted to tell you good luck with your surgery. I've had 2fusions in my neck and know that the most important thing you can do is take it easy, don't do anything unless the doctor tells you that you can and remember the house stuff will be there waiting for when you can get to it and if it stays that way for a while, who cares. Your health is number 1.

Love the quilts on the ladder. Very nice.

Robin in Virginia

Ginger Patches said...

Your hubby did a great job on the ladder:) I hope your surgery does the trick and has you back to normal soon! I'll keep you in my prayers :)

call me crazy said...

Great ladder! I have one on my hubby's list too! ;-) Does the crank machine work? it is really cute! I love older machines and discovering their history. Sending best wishes for your surgery!!

Wendy said...

I wish you all the best with your surgery and I hope you'll have a speedy recovery.

I love the quilt ladder your hubby made, it really looks good with all your quilts. Great purchase on the sewing machine.

Quilts And Pieces said...

I am TOTALLY jealous of your toy sewing machine and your quilt ladder! I've wanted a quilt ladder for so long! I love it!

Dorothy said...

Best wishes for your surgery Karen.
I hope your recuperation is speedy and you have relief from pain soon.

Rose Marie said...

Love your ladder and that punched tin cabinet is to die for! Good luck with your surgery.