Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Hand sewing and bird nests...smile

The nature experience continues with a daily update. Finally the little bird flew away from my front porch fern and I wa s able to hold my camera high and sneak a picture with the flash on. It looks like we are expecting 2 little babies.
I've still not watered the plant, but, will attempt to do so tomorrow. We spend about 16 days a month for 7 months total in the hospital. My DD #1 Jennifer has Ewings Sarcoma in her right jaw. She gets chemo and on those overnight stays in the hospital and I stay with her. So, needless to say there's lots of down time for me. The good news is we are half way through, 7 out of 14 and so far all the scans indicate that the cancer is local and not spread.
I've found the perfect hand sewing project for me. It's the old grandmother's flower garden or also known, in earlier years as the mosaic pattern. There's no room for an olfa cutting board and I don't think it would be an easy pattern to cut, all the five sides of a one and one half inch hexagon. Karen Witt used a stamp for the Align Center Align Right
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hex's and I thought that would be perfect, and it was. Stamp, cut sew, that all there is to it. Then after attending Elenore Burns' Show and Tell at Paducah, I got this lovely clear project bag, in which I can put my fabric and supplies. It really goes surprisingly fast. I've made about 15 blocks and depending how large I make the quilt, I have a king size bed, so it could be large. I think I'll work on it until Jeni is out of the treatments and that's how big it is. At this rate, it might be a really large quilt!


Feeling Simply Quilty said...

don't know exactly what happened on that post, but, you get the jist...smile

jovaliquilts said...

Love the stamping idea! I've never seen that before.

Glad you found such a perfect take-along project. Hexagons are a favorite of mine.

The Calico Cat said...

I hope that the treatments continue to go well - your project too...

Chelsea E said...


so cute!

Libby said...

Glad to hear the good news for your daughter *s*

I, too, became addicted to hexagons when my dad was ill. My first project used the stamp - but I used it to mark papers for English paper piecing. Didn't think to stamp right on the fabrics.


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