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Liberty Houses is shown in the header picture. It is a Jan Patek pattern in her book "Liberty Garden".

Monday, December 7, 2009

THE BIG "S"

The Big "S" is tomorrow. I am having knee replacement surgery. I had my left knee done three years ago. At that time, I was desperate. The knee was so bad that I was on crutches the last couple weeks before surgery. This time I have decided to have the right knee done before it gets to that point. I hope that it makes recuperating go easier and faster. I was going to have the surgery in January but for insurance purposes, doing it this year is a better option. The surgeon is using some new pain relief procedures that he has been having good luck with. He said that he thinks I will be pleasantly surprised at the reduced pain this time and that I should recuperate faster. That remains to be seen. I was off work three months with the first knee. This time I am retired so I don't have work to think about going back to. I spent two weeks at a rehab center having physical therapy with the first surgery. More than likely I will be coming home this time.

I have run out of time to do any more preparations for Christmas. The shopping is done but no baking. I will miss the nut roll I make every year but I can make some later on. I have most of the Christmas quilts out on display. I bought a set of three of those skinny prim style looking trees and that will be about the extent of decorating.

I will not be able to quilt my new Christmas quilt or make any more gifts for friends. But there is always next year.

I am showing pictures of four quilts that are on display. If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you have seen them before.
The prim style manger scene was completed last year. The pattern name is "Nativity" and is from the Red Wagon book called "Christmas or Not".
There are two quilts on the ladder rack that I like to display at Christmas time though they could easily be out any time. The lower one uses a block called "Prairie Queen". The angels are fussy cut from a Brannock & Patek fabric. I made it several years ago. The top quilt is called "Lone Cabin" and you can see the full quilt & read about it here. The pattern is by Gerry Kimmel from a Red Wagon book.
The wide angel quilt with the partridges on a vine is also from a Red Wagon design. This one would be hard to hang on a wall but does well on the back of the sofa.

I was looking back at posts from last December and it reminds me of a couple more quilts that I should put out. Think I will do that in a few minutes.

I don't know when I will be able to post again. When I had the first knee surgery, I could not sit without pain for a few weeks. My leg was like one gigantic pulled muscle. Sitting made the pain worse. I am so hoping that doesn't happen this time. If I can sit long enough to compose a post, I will be back next week. If not, you know I will do it when I can.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Karen

59 comments:

  1. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Will miss you while you are gone. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    I love your primitive quilts!

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  2. Good luck Karen... hope it will be as the surgeon says...!! Anyway... I wll be thinking of you... lots of hugs and I hope for a quick recovery...:o)
    Oh.. how I love your quilts.. they are the best!! :o)

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  3. I hope the surgery goes well tomorrow
    and that you have a speedy and uncomplicated recovery! Love your Christmas quilts and I'm glad you're enjoying them now during the holidays.

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  4. Oh, knee replacement surgery does not sound fun...here's to hoping the surgeon is right and your recovery will be quick and with less pain! Get well soon!

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  5. GOOD LUCK and wishing you a very speedy recovery and a wonderful holiday
    Kris

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  6. Very best of luck to you for a good recuperation. Do you have to lie prone for a while first? Let us know when you can how you're doing.

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  7. Wishing you lots of good luck for a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
    ((HUGS))

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  8. Take care of yourself and I also wish you a speedy recovery. I will miss you! We will all still be here, so don't try to do too much too soon. Take your time. Thanks again for my beautiful gift! I will be blogging about it today :o)

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  9. I have a friend who recently had her second knee surgery. It went very well and the recuperation time has been much shorter than the 1st time. I'll be thinking of you. Merry Christmas!

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  10. I'm sure hoping and praying for a speedy recovery!!
    Love your Christmas quilts.

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  11. Good luck with your surgery - best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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  12. Hope it all goes well and wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Your quilts are gorgeous and I hope you are home to enjoy them and not in rehab.

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  13. Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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  14. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a very merry Christmas. I've enjoyed your blog and look forward to more of your quilting in the new year!

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  15. I thought you were going to say SNOW! we had our first snow Saturday and its so pretty but then I thought wait she is in Florida!
    OH I am sending you good thoughts and hope all goes well. Medicine is amazing they are always coming up with new and better treatments...
    keep us posted when you can
    take care
    and DON"t worry about decorating cooking presents...
    all that stuff take it easy!
    Kathie

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  16. I hope the surgery goes smoothly and you have a swift and complete recovery.

    I love the angel and partridge quilt.

    Take care

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  17. I just looked at the close up of your Prairie Queen quilt, your hand quilting it beautiful, I love seeing hand quilting!

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  18. Hi Karen, I wishing you good luck with your surgery !

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  19. I hope the surgery goes well and that the recovery period is better than last time....wishing you and your family a fab holiday season....your quilts are lovely!

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  20. Good luck with the knee surgery - I hope you recover quickly and can get back to your sewing soon:0)

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  21. Gosh darn before the holidays?! But then I guess no time is a good time really. Good luck with your knee surgery and also wishing you a very fast recovery! We will miss seeing you here!!

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  22. Praying your recovery is speedy and as pain-free as possible. I love your quilts....they are so "country" and that really appeals to me! I think your recovery will be less stressful since you don't have to worry about being out of work this time.

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  23. Wishing you the best! Sending lots of good thoughts your way. I'm thinking positively...you'll do as well as Andy did! I just know it!

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  24. Good luck with your surgery my friend. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your recovery is a speedy one and know that you will be missed. ((hugs))

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  25. Hope all goes well with your surgery and you are back to better quickly.

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  26. My wish for you is a speedy recovery! Take good care of yourself. Nancy in WI

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  27. Karen I'm saying a prayer for you - I hope you recover quickly and that it's much easier this time! I LOVE your quilts.

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  28. Hoping everything goes as planned with the surgery Karen, and that you have a speedy recovery time this time... Take care! God bless! 8-)

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  29. Good luck on your surgery and hoping for a speedy recovery.

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  30. Merry Christmas and I hope you have a very speedy recovery

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  31. Good luck with your surgery! I hope that your dr. is right about the new pain med. Thanks for the quilt pictures, I always love your quilts. Merry Christmas!

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  32. You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow Karen!! Don't worry about blogging, just take it easy and we will wait patiently for your return.

    Crispy

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  33. Wishing you a super speedy recovery so that you can enjoy the holiday season. Sounds like this go around should be a bit easier on you. Thanks for the pics of your adorable quilts.

    Take care and look forward to seeing you back here.

    Hugs - Karen

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  34. My word, girl, it seems you have so many bases covered, when all you really need to concern youself is covering YOU! Get well soon, take care of YOURSELF during the days ahead. We'll all be watching for your successful surgery and your return.

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  35. I love all of your quilts...especially the very last angel one! So pretty!

    You are right, there will always be next year for Christmas sewing, and sometimes I am even in the mood to do Christmas sewing through new years. Maybe you will be too? You can wrap them up and store them away in an attic or closet for next year.

    I hope that surgery went well today - rest up and get well soon so you can inspire us all some more with your quilted beauties! ;)

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  36. Good luck with your surgery. Hope all goes well. Maybe it will go better then you think and you will still be able to make that nut roll! :)

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  37. I hope the surgery goes well and you're back to normal much faster than you anticipate!

    Your Christmas quilts are gorgeous!

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  38. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you a fast recovery this time.

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  39. Karen, I am sorry you are having to go through this surgery. Every prayer and thought is with you, and I hope you just sail right through the surgery.

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  40. Dear Karen, I wish you a speedy recovery for your knee....I had a knee op a couple of years ago and sympathise.....there is always next year....sometimes you need to know when to let go....loved seeing your quilts...take care...Warm Regards Lyn

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  41. I'm praying that your surgery goes well for you and that your recovery is fast. Hope you will be able to do lots of hand work during your recuperation.

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  42. Karen my daughter is having back surgery tomorrow so I'll be praying for you as I pray for her! I love your quilts but especially the angels. blessings, marlene

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  43. Good luck Karen! You will be in my thoughts & prayers today, and everyday with wishes for a speedy recovery!

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  44. Prayers for a successful surgery, Karen. I hope the recovery is swift and speedy. Take care.

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  45. Bless your heart having surgery is never fun and right before Christmas. hugs...Take care of yourself and take it easy...Wishing you all the best for a fast recovery.

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  46. Good Luck-- You'll be in our prayers... You'll be mounted staircases before you know it.....

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  47. Good Luck! Speedy recovery!
    I love the angel quilt - the partridge vine is so cute!
    thanks for posting such lovely photos.
    barb

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  48. Hoping for a speedy recovery and when you are ready and able to post again, we will all be here.

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  49. Hoping that by now you're over the worst and feeling better!

    Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday!

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  50. How did your knee surgery go? I hope you are doing well...

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  51. I hope that your surgery goes well! The quilts are gorgeous!
    God bless!
    Micki

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  52. You would be in recovery by now so I hope it went as well as expected. When you get home, I hope you get plenty of TLC

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  53. Many hugs and blessings coming your way for a speedy recovery.

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  54. Hoping for a speedy recovery and hope you have a beautiful Christmas too.

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  55. I am hoping the surgery went well and that what the doc says about being pleasantly surprised is exactly what will happen. I will be thinking of you and hope you will be well and back to blogland soon. I will miss seeing your great prim work!

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  56. Hi Karen, Just a note to say I hope you are recovering and having a good week. You have sure been thru it with your surgeries. Take your time and relax. Christmas Blessings to you and your family!
    Love, Marcie

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  57. Oh Karen I will be praying for you!! Good Luck and as always love the quilts you have made! Lots of Hugs, Mary

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  58. Hoping for a speedy recovery and when you are ready and able to post again, we will all be here.

    Work from home India

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  59. I just love going thru your old posts - I'm glad to find someone that loves Red Wagon stuff as much as I do. I did a Snowbound quilt in 1992, that totally changed my direction in quilting. I will take pictures and share some of my early stuff. I want to do a runner of the Joy angels some day. It is wonderful.

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