QUILT INFO

The quilt shown in the header is from a pattern by Ginger Cookie Company caled "Basket of Sunflowers".

Sunday, January 2, 2011

THE BIG "S" AGAIN AND WORKS IN PROGRESS

This will be my last post before the Big "S".  I am having a second lower back surgery and will be out of action for a bit.  Not something to look forward to but necessary.  As soon as I can sit at the computer, I will do a short post but probably will not be able to answer e-mails right away.  I can tell you that I am not looking forward to surgery one little bit.

I thought I would leave you with pictures of works in progress.  I am putting them away for a short while and will probably do just hand stitching as soon as I can sit comfortably in the chair.

Whoops!  This is not a work in progress.  I put out the January stitchery this morning.  I need to get the duster out and get rid of the cobweb.  It is hard for me to lean over as low as this contraption sits and I can't see the cobweb except in the picture.  LOL!

I finished part three of the Raggedy Ann & Andy stitchery project.  I am behind as part six came out a few days ago.  But I have the next three parts traced and ready to do the embroidery on.

I am just beginning to add the wool applique to "Soot & Ashes".  This project was on Cheri's blog in the fall.  There are two vines with leaves & flowers to add and some other border things.  All will need hand stitching.  This is a smaller size quilt.  I used Civil War reproduction fabrics for the blocks.

I know these are snowmen heads but don't know if you can tell that.  I have embroidery to do around the inner border about "Let It Snow" and buttons and snaps to add for the eyes & mouths of the snowmen.  The carrot noses are wool and will need hand stitching.  I used the "Fruit Cake" line of fabric.  I am not big on using Christmas prints but these have a "grunge" look to them.  In fact, the somewhat solid looking fabrics in the line are called "grunge".  I don't have many winter quilts so this will be a good addition.

Even though Christmas is over, I am still working on Christmas quilts.  This is a work in progress from a Nativity pattern by Cheri.  Her quilt used wools for the applique but I used cottons instead.  The pieces are fused on and will need machine stitching around the edges.  I have another Christmas quilt that I will be doing hand applique.  I don't have time to hand applique every quilt I want to make, so this being prim style, I used a quicker method.  I have the words traced on that will need hand embroidery.  The quilt will get a pieced border after the stitching is all done.

I changed my header photo to the Snowbound quilt.  I have shown it on my blog more than once but it is my favorite winter quilt.  I put it out today for display.  I need winter quilts and want to concentrate on adding more to the mix.

Our December was the coldest on record for Florida.  Now we are above average in temperature.  It was 80 degrees when we were out earlier this afternoon.  Hope all of you are staying warm and toasty and those in the Southern Hemisphere not too warm!  I'll be back with you as soon as I can.

Karen

75 comments:

  1. Karen,

    What a treat to see what you have in the works. Thanks for sharing with us before you have your surgery. Much healing to you my friend, much healing. Your friend and neighbor, *karendianne.

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  2. I send you prayers for a speedy recovery!! We will miss your inspiring posts. Take care!

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  3. I'm so sorry you will have to have surgery again. Hopefully you will have a quick recovery. BTW, a little spider web won't hurt anyone!

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  4. Love your quilts!! Thanks for sharing them. I pray for quick healing and nothing but success with your surgery!!!

    BTW --- I loved the cobweb! Made me feel at home! ;)

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  5. Thanks for sharing your quilts with us. Many hugs and well wishes going your way for your upcoming surgery. Prayers will be going your way for a speedy recovery.

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  6. I do not know how you manage to accomplish so much when you are having back problems! Hope your surgery goes well, and that the recovery is quick.

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  7. Good luck with your surgery Karen.. I may have to follow your foot steps soon...Friends who have had the surgery say it is way easier to handle than the back pain. I will keep you in my prayers and I look forward to hearing from you following your surgery!
    Hugs...

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  8. Speedy recovery to you! Your quilts are wonderful finished or not. I didn't see any cob web!

    Marie in Oregon

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  9. Wishing you success with your surgery and a quick recovery!

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  10. I love all of your quilts and so sorry you will be out of commission for a little while. Take care and I hope you feel better very soon!

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  11. Good Luck with your Surgery Karen, my thougths will be with you and wish you a speedy recovery...Warm regards, Lyn

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  12. Always enjoy seeing your work. Love your header quilt as well. Please take care and I look forward to hearing seeing you back in action here soon.

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  13. Thinking of you as you head to surgery. I know from experience that back problems are NOT fun. Look forward to seeing you return to blogging and stitching real soon. Many blessings for a successful surgery!
    Diane

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  14. Prayers for your surgery and a quick recovery! I really like the snowman quilt - love that idea!
    Get well quick after your surgery, always look forward to seeing your projects! :o)

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  15. I hope you have a successful surgery and an easy recovery. Looks like you have plenty of hand stitching to keep you busy after the surgery! I always enjoy seeing your projects.

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  16. Love your banner quilt! I have made the very same quilt...Snowbound is also one of my favorite winter quilts. It is hanging on my dining room wall...we have a lot of the same tastes in quilts and fabric!
    Hope all goes well with your surgery and pray for a speedy recovery!

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  17. Love your banner quilt. I was a beginning quilter when that first came out; I did one block of that quilt and was so proud of myself lol. Hope your surgery goes beautifully with a short recovery period.

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  18. Here's hoping your surgery goes well and your recovery is short and easy. We'll be anxious to hear from you when you are feeling better. Thanks for the little quilt show. I love the quilt in your banner!

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  19. Good luck with your surgery. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way. I love your quilts.

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  20. You are going to be in my thoughts all day tomorrow; you know that right? ALSO....I'm wishing you a Happy Birthday now since I know you won't be at the computer.

    I do love that Fruitcake snowman quilt! I have four charm packs...would that be enough for me to make one?

    I'll be waiting for your return here in blogland.

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  21. you have my prayers and good wishes for successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

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  22. Good luck with your surgery and recovery, Karen. We'll be here waiting for you when you feel up to it. It was nice to see the recap of all your WIPs.

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  23. Sending well wishes, speedy recovery. Look forward to seeing your handwork when you are up to it. Take care.

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  24. Karen, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful works in progress. Once again, I think the new Nativity is my favorite though it is truly hard to pick just one. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to your return. In the mean time, just concentrate on getting well. Hugs...

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  25. Heal quickly Karen! I know you will hate to be away from your quilting.
    We're enjoying your above average FL weather! Hope it last for all of January while we're here!
    Love your new header and the quilt of course!

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  26. Praying for your complete and quick recovery after your surgery. We are heading to spend about 10 days in FL soon and are hoping the temps stay above normal while we are there. LOVE that snowman face quilt in progress!

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  27. Good luck with your surgery. And here's to a speedy recovery!

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  28. Hi Karen--best wishes and my prayers for a safe operation and a speedy recovery!! Love all your projects--just keep thinking about them and you will soon be back to good health!!
    Hugs, Di

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  29. Best of luck with the Big S! Hope all goes smoothly and you are back soon! {{hugs}} Love all your projects! :-)

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  30. Sorry you have to have surgery. No fun!! I love all of your quilts like usual. I need to finish up my Soots and Ashes, the blocks are all made, but that's as far as I got. I've always wanted to make the nativity quilt, too, but haven't gotten around to that one yet. I love all of the stripe fabrics you used. Here's prayers for your speedy recovery! Happy New Year!!

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  31. Oh Karen I am so sorry to hear that you will be having surgery again. I hope that it all goes well and you will have a speedy recovery.

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  32. Thanks for sharing your works in progress Karen - take care and all the very best for your recovery once the surgery is done. will be thinking of you! Enjoying a mild summer so far here in South Aus....I am sure there will be heat to come (we have had a couple of hot days to let us know it is summer)but for now I am enjoying the sunshine in the mid 20sC. Looking forward to hearing from you once you are able to sit at the computer...Hugs!

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  33. Your small month stitcheries are soooo cute. I look forward to when you post a photo of a new month. May I ask wherefrom the pattern is.

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  34. Best of luck to you Karen on your surgery. I hope your up and ate me soon.
    Hugs

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  35. Wishing you the very best as you face your surgery.

    Love all your projects. I'm working one like one you've posted. teehee!

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  36. I hope you have a healthy and speedy recovery, Karen!!!!! I'll be keeping you in my thoughts! Love all your works in progress! Take care.

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  37. hope your recovery is speedy...love seeing your stitching...

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  38. Hope you have a quick recovery from your surgery. Thanks for sharing all your pics, you have lots of nice quilts to show. Relax and don't overdo things while recovering.

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  39. Beat of luck with your surgery, and I hope you have a speedy recovery. Your quilts in progress are just adorable- as always!

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  40. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Karen. I just love the projects you're working on and remember, they'll still be waiting for you when you're able to get back to them.

    Hugs to you my friend.

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  41. Hi Karen, I'm praying for a successful surgery and a quick recovery for you - not something to look forward to but I'm sure you'll be glad when it's over. Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row for recuperating! Love the quilt in your header and all the ones you're working on - that nativity is wonderful!

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  42. You've got some lovely quilts in progress. I really love your new header too.

    Hope the surgery goes well, I'll be thinking of you and hope you can get back to quilting soon.

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  43. Good luck for the surgery, Karen. I pray the surgeon has skillful hands and you make a swift recovery.

    I love all your WIPs. The nativity is my favourite.

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  44. Karen, good luck with your surgery and have a speedy recovery. All your projects are lovely, thank you for sharing them with us.

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  45. You'll be in our prayers. take care of yourself so you can get back to quilting. You inspire so many of us.

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  46. I will miss you while you're "out" hope the S goes well. Thanks for all the eye candy, especially Snowbound. That quilt has a most special place in my heart. Hurry back soon.

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  47. I really hope that your surgery will go well and that recovery is quick for you. Never fun to have to have surgery.

    Take good care of yourself

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  48. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through your surgery and recovery. Hopefully, this will be the last of these!!

    So many lovely projects!! I hope you have a nice stack of books and quilting magazines to read while your healing :0)

    Crispy

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  49. Second surgery, oh boy, hope you will have a quick recovery!! Quilters are people with lots of patience when it comes to their projects, unfortunately not when it comes to slowing down for healing hey? Wishing you a Healthy New Year with lots of happy sewing! XXXD

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  50. Karen, I wish all the best for you during and after your surgery. I had no idea you had a previous surgery.

    Love your new header, that quilt is just beautiful!

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  51. Good luck with the surgery. I hope it helps and that you have a speedy recovery. Thank you for the show of your WIPs. They are lovely.

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  52. Best wishes for a quick recovery Karen!

    Love all your works in progress-you are such an inspiration:)

    Take care,
    Shazy x

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  53. All of your quilting projects are wonderful! Thanks for Sharing all the pictures.

    Sending you Prayers & Well Wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

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  54. Hi Karen,

    Thoughts and prayers for you and hope you are back to things real soon.

    Jackie

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  55. Hi Karen,
    Will definitely be holding you up in prayer. Appreciate all you information you have shared with me.
    Desi

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  56. Hi Karen,
    I have been thinking of you all day...hoping that your surgery went well! Let's also hope for a speedy recovery so that you get back to doing those back flips in between stitching those lovely quilts! You take care and let hubby wait on you hand and foot!
    Paulettexo

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  57. My goodness you've been working hard! Best wishes on the surgery. I know you're dreading it - I would be as well. But the hope of being better afterwards will make it easier. blessings, marlene

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  58. I always love to see what you have going on!! Is your surgery in a different spot?? You are in my prayers...I did this back surgery gig too!

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  59. Will sure miss you, Karen! Take care and hope you are back with us soon. Hope for fast healing so you can get back to your projects!

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  60. Hi Karen! I will certainly miss your posts and inspirational projects. Take good care, and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery.
    ...Karen

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  61. I wish you a speedy recovery. Looks like you have enough hand work to keep you busy. Take it easy, we'll be thinking about you.

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  62. Thoughts and prayers to you for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.
    Your quilts as always are wonderful!

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  63. Good luck with your back surgery. Hope you are up and feelin' like your old self quickly. In the meantime let all those close to you do a little pampering. I will send healing thoughts and prayers your way.

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  64. I so love that prim style!!! So very pretty to me...hope you are doing great!

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  65. All your projects are looking great! Best of luck with the surgery. There are lots of people rooting for you.
    Sheila

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  66. Love your natavity - just wonderful.
    speedy recovery to you!!

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  67. Happy New Year Karen! I hope all goes well with your surgery and you are up and running in no time.

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  68. I'm new to your blog but I wish you a speedy recovery and will joing with everyone else in sending your good thoughts for a successful and comfortable surgery.

    Gail :)

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  69. Hi Karen...
    Great WIPs!!! You will be back at them, in what will seem no time at all!!!
    Blessing to you with regards to your "big S"! I hope all goes as planned, and works out the way it should...
    Take care lady... 8-)

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  70. PS: I absolutely love your Christmas quilt in the previous post!!! Wonderful! 8-)

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  71. Karen, you were in my thoughts much yesterday and today so I just wanted to stop in and say I hope you are recovering quickly and staying as comfortable as possible. Hugs

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  72. Hello my friend...
    Have been catching up on your blog now.. and so many wonderful things you have made.. impressive Karen..
    Sending quick recovery hugsto you and hope that this surgery went just well.. you just take care!! Will be thinking of you!!

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  73. Nice projects you are doing!
    Enjoy them all!
    Micki

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  74. My prayers are with you for a speey recovery

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  75. Oh my goodness, it has been a while since I have visited your blog and you have had back surgery.
    I am so glad that all went well and you are on your way to recovery. You have been working on some beautiful blocks.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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