This is the May sheep blanket from a pattern by Buttermilk Basin.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Hello friends! I can't express how much I have appreciated all your well wishes & encouragement. I am slowly getting better. I had a doctor visit yesterday. The x-rays showed that all is going well with the lower spine. I got the staples out. The incision area is still very tender. I no longer need to use the walker. I have graduated to a cane but only if needed. I have been sleeping very poorly. I now have a muscle relaxer that should help with that. I still slept poorly last night until I took a second dose. I then slept from about 5 am to 10 pm. After wearing real clothes yesterday to the doctor, I decided I could handle being dressed again today. Makes me feel like things are getting better.

Seeing the x-rays yesterday made me realize while things hurt so much in the repair area of the spine. I sa
w the screws that went into the spine & the titanium bars bracing the fusion. those aren't tiny screws!

I have a quilt finish to show you. I probably showed the finished quilt top some time last year. I quilted the top before my surgery. I had sewn the machine part of attaching binding on this and another quilt so I would have some mindless hand sewing to do when I was well enough to do it. I know the photo is not in the right place. Sorry about that. I can't sit at the computer much longer and have tried moving it to the correct position with not good success. It just has to go where it is.

Back to the quilt. It is from a set of thirteen patterns by Joined at the Hip. I already gave away the patterns quite some time ago without writing down the name of the patterm. They are no longer on the Joined at the Hip website. My friend, Jeanne, thinks the pattern name is "Baskets & Blooms".

I have started the binding on the second quilt. It is larger and will take longer but time is what I have right now.

I had a pleasant surprise from Judy (Quilting with Ragdolls). She sent me a very nice get well card and a fancy bookmark. I forgot to photograph it. I have to get my husband's help right now for downloading the photos and he is busy. So no photograph. The bookmark has my initial "K" and is bejeweled! Certainly a big step up from a folded piece of paper I have been using lately! Thank you, Judy!

Our weather is beautiful right now. There are French doors a couple feet from the computer. I have them open and the fresh, warm air feels so good. I am afraid to look outside right now. My honey bunny is repairing the screen enclosure over the pool. He is replacing some screen way up high. I told him that he better not fall because I couldn't pick him up or help him. Guess I would have to get a neighbor or call 911. Hope he keeps his balance okay.

Stop by again. I so enjoy hearing from all of you.



  1. So glad to hear you are getting better. The basket quilt is lovely. Take it easy! Have a happy Valentine's Day!

  2. I love that basket quilt ;O) It is beautiful! And I am glad to hear you are making progress. I hope sleep will come easier now. You will feel so much better if you get some good rest. And it is AMAZING what they put into a human body when they do orthopedic surgery!

    Take good care!

  3. You know your feeling better when you feel like picking up a needle and thread. Soon you'll be kicking up your heels and stitching circles around us! It was good to see a posting from you today. Oh....naturally I have to comment on the great quilt too! I have a feeling your house is similiar to mine!

  4. Cane and your own clothes and some mindless sewing...this sounds good in my ears... Just dont overdo it ...
    And the quilt... amazing as always...
    Love it!!
    Rest a lot and take care... :o)

  5. Oh Karen,
    You take the time to heal properly..don't rush it.
    My Dh has had back fusion just like that with plates and screws, so I know what you went through..
    I have seen his x-rays of the 'hardware'..
    each day you will feel better and rested..
    hugs julia ♥

  6. It's such good news to hear that you feel up to taking a few stitches . . . . clever girl to have a few things prepped ahead of time *s* Keep taking it easy - it will be worth it when the recuperation is done *s*

  7. Hi Karen,
    Good to hear from you and that you are getting better. The warmer weather should help you feel better too. The quilt is lovely. Take it slow and one day at a time. Praying for a speedy recovery.

  8. I love your quilt. It is good to hear that you are doing better.  When you get your proper rest it is amazing how much better you feel.  Happy Heart Day.

  9. I love that quilt! I almost bought the patterns for it a bit ago. Glad you are feeling better!

  10. happy to hear your up and moving around a bit.
    isn't it funny how getting dressed every day makes us feel better?
    Love this quilt. I collect baskets and love flowers...so great combination in mho!
    hope you slept well last night
    keep taking it easy

  11. Glad to hear you are getting better. The quilt is really pretty!

  12. Great finish!!. I always look forward to your posts. You have such an eye for patterns. Our tastes are simliar. I just love every completion you make.

  13. Karen,
    Sooooooo glad you are starting to feel better....Your quilt is neat.Take good care of yourself and Happy Vaalentines Day! Amy

  14. Your Baskets and Blooms quilt is just wonderful...it's great to hear that you were able to get some binding done. Take it nice and slow...you take care!

  15. Sounds like you had the same surgery that my son had. Best of luck with your recovery!

  16. How good you are improving!!! I love the finished basket quilt.....I have that pattern somewhere....maybe I need to find it .....you are inspiring me!!

  17. Hi Karen, so glad you are home, my sister went through a similar operation and my Mom suffers from back problems, so know how sore it can be after surgery, just stick it out, my Sister is sooo much better after her surgery - she is even exercising now!! Love your basket quilt, Take Care of Yourself,
    Hugs, Mary

  18. You WOW me every time you post a finish!! Beautiful! Hope your visit with friends was nice yesterday. ;)

  19. Beautiful basket quilt! The story about your hubby is making me nervous...tell him he must stay safe until you are all recovered lol!!! I am so glad that you are slowly feeling better, I hope you sleep better soon :)

  20. Oh I am so glad your are doing ok. And your basket quilt is wonderful!

  21. Keep working to get better! You are more than welcome...adds a little sparkle to your reading!

  22. Hi, Karen, so glad to hear that your recuperation is going well and that you finally got some sleep.

  23. Sounds like you are well on your way with mending... Sorry to hear you are not sleeping well... A good nights sleep is half the battle with healing.
    Your quilt looks great! Love it! Good thinking to have the bindings attached before your surgery! I look forward to seeing the next one. 8-)
    Happy stitchings and take it easy...

  24. I'm glad to hear you are mending very well. The quilt is wonderful, I love the baskets.

  25. So glad you are on the mend Karen!! Your Basket quilt is beautiful!! Take Care, Cathy

  26. Hi Karen! So good to hear you are on the mend! You'll be stitching that binding down before you know it! : ) BTW, beautiful quilt!