Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Let the wrapping of presents begin ...
Posted by Nellie's Needles at 11:48 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thursday, November 08, 2012
I couldn't resist playing with the line-up ...
I wonder how these will end up being displayed.
... and a close-up of the beach grass in the foreground ...
It was free-motion machine quilted with this variegated thread...
Next up is a presentation of the final eight that will be the Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild's entry to the Guild Challenge in next summer's AQS show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I had made this art piece in my early years of quilting. At that time my thoughts and intent were design oriented. I loved the whole process of creating it.
Technique: Hand-quilted, hand applique, hand embroidery and needle lace, machine pieced.
Materials: silk fabric; hand-dyed, upholstery & commercial cotton fabrics; acrylic paint; beads; mono-filament, metallic, and cotton thread; polyester batting
Posted by Nellie's Needles at 9:09 PM
Monday, October 15, 2012
These are my contributions to Melanie Testa's "Breast Pocket Project"
My cyber friend, Gail, has honored me by making 2 pockets with my name on them. Go to her blog, Expression Studio, to see them and read her wonderful post. The pocket I made for her is the one in the lower left corner of the photo above of all the pockets.
Monday, October 08, 2012
This is the quilt for which the set up in my previous post was rigged ...
It was a matter of finding time ... and inclination to get it all together.
Here's the backside ...
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
The quilt for which all this was set up is one of my scrap block ones.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Posted by Nellie's Needles at 3:47 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This photo was taken last evening as we watched the sun set over Lake Michigan...
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
This photo very much represents my life at this time ...
On August 9th, I had a meeting with a multi-specialty team of four doctors and a genetic counselor, plus a mental health counselor to determine a course of action to deal with cancer cells that lay beyond the area that was excised by my recent lumpectomy. Several options were offered. Most of them involved more surgery, but only one would guarantee that I wouldn't be back for additional surgery within a few years ... that missed cancer cells wouldn't migrate to other areas to cause major problems.
I sensed a relief from my surgeon when I chose the one solution that would most likely get me free of cancer ... a double mastectomy. Fortunately my lymph nodes are free of cancer cells, so a "simple" rather than "radical" operation took place this past Wednesday, August 15th. Having this surgery also means that I will NOT have chemotherapy nor radiation treatments. Also, since I've opted NOT to have reconstructive procedures the healing time is faster.
My post-0p meeting before we left for Colorado had freaked me out more than a little. I'm grateful to have had the 5 weeks to think about and consider my options ... in particular living breast free.
I'm back at the cottage being well cared for by Lee, Terra, and Alicia. Other family members will be here over the next few weeks to tend to everyday tasks, too. I feel loved and well cared for by them. The good thoughts, prayers, and encouragement coming my way are very much appreciated. I'm in good hands and good spirits, and am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things soon.