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Community Quilt from Cheryl

I got a very nice note and update from Cheryl today.  I know many of you have been thinking of Cheryl on her cancer journey and I want to update you to say, she got a pass from having to go to the doctor until December.  As someone with cancer myself, I know the joy that comes in getting a pass!!  Congrats Cheryl!!

Now onto the post.  Cheryl writes:
This batik top arrived at Jo’s house in a box with lots of additional fabrics.  Jo, you forwarded this top and some batiks from Jan and her friend in Wisconsin.  I love it when gals clean out their stash and forward goodies to others who will finish their tops.  Spreading the quilts and love around!

I spread this top out in the living room (I have a Quilt Floor — very efficient except when the puppies want to help) to determine how to trim it.  Do you like my technique of securing everything with painter’s tape?


Then I used a measuring tape to line up the wonky side.


After a bit of trimming and in no time at all… Continue reading

Izzy Update

Izzy is a great dog.  I’m so happy with her.  Kalissa is teasing me that I am going to be a foster fail the first time out.  HA!  Who knows, I might be.

She is great in the kennel and has slept in there overnight without a single sound from her.  I put her in at about 10:30 pm and let her out at 7 am and no accidents or whining.  She doesn’t voluntarily go in the kennel when I say kennel up but she doesn’t fight it either.  I’m taking that all as a win from a dog who has spent its entire life outside.

I have a few pictures from the day I picked Izzy up and thought I’d share them with you.

This is Izzy getting a bath.  Even after her bath she still has a horse barn scent to her but that will all be better after grooming and if not, I’ll give her another bath then.  I don’t want to dry out her skin with too many baths.

These are the other pups that came with Izzy.  The other black gal is smaller and her name is Cookie.  The mixed-color merle is named Porter.  Both of them were very mellow at intake.

I’m guessing that Porter and Izzy were from the same litter. They are similar in size and looks but just not coloring.  He’s slightly bigger but being a male, he just might be.  Oh, I would love to know their lives before they got here…(well maybe not).  They are supposed to be Aussie Doodles but under their circumstances, no one knows for sure.  Cookie we’re thinking is much younger.

You can see Porter has two different colored eyes.  At this point, he hadn’t had a bath.  I love his coloring.

Here is Izzy after her bath and I combed her out.  She still looked pretty rough.

Izzy has a groomer appointment tomorrow.  I’ve never had a dog that has needed to be groomed so it’s a learning experience for me just like it is for Izzy.  Thankfully she is super quiet in the car and not anxious like Rosie is.

We went on a walk last night.  I’m trying really hard to train her and treat her exactly like I would my own dog.  I want to make sure the family who gets her has her started on training.

One of the things I could do for her was to leash train her.  Kalissa had called and asked what I was doing.  I said I was going out the door and was going to walk Izzy.  She said, “We’ll go with.” I told her I thought that was a bad idea as I wasn’t sure Izzy would make it down the block.  My other attempts to take her outside to go potty were on a leash and Izzy didn’t think much of that.  I was sure we’d only likely make it down the block….but Continue reading

Community Quilts from Karin

Oh, my word.  Our gal Karin has been busy, busy.  You might remember Karin broke her hip not long ago but already, she’s back to community quilting bringing her own special flair to the quilt tops she works on.

I’m adding in an extra Community Quilts post as this is coming from Karin and she is hoping these quilts will be used by people dealing with the aftermath of the Florida hurricane.

Karin writes:
Gooooood morning Jo! Remember I told you that a big box had come whilst I was hospitalized?  From Terri McE, in Johnson City, TX.  Well, you’ve already seen a couple of quilts finished from that box, and today, I have five (5!!!) more to share! And, NO, I have not reached the bottom of the box yet!! Lol. There is another one on the frame today, and I believe there are two more to go after that!  She has truly blessed us with her generosity!!

First up we have American Daisies.  The tag read “red, white and blue charms on point.”  Yep, that’s exactly right. And EVERY POINT MATCHED PERFECTLY.

I couldn’t do that to save my life. Can you see that one red square with clothespins? Man, I do love that one!! The daisies inspired the quilting, and the colors inspired the gold top thread.  This is the only top in the box that didn’t come with its own backing (but the binding was there!!), but luckily, Linda W, of Williamstown, NY saved the day, with more of her red and white circus tent stripes.  I calculated it would be just shy of enough, so I kept digging in the box and came up with a long scrap of blue, red, and white fabric, with, say it with me, daisies and on-point lattice work!

The ladies must have collaborated!!! It was juuuust enough to add a row at the top and bottom.  However, you know my math isn’t great, ah, who am I kidding, it’s not even good.  Truth be told, my math skills are about non-existent, soooo, you will note, there is no matching row along the bottom photo.  Yeah, about that.  The top didn’t extend to the bottom, so I got to trim that section off, and I’ll save it for another project.  I was going to say, save it for a rainy day, but with Ian’s rapid approach (think turtle speed), today IS a rainy day. Anyway, on with the show!  Oh yeah,  this stunner finished up at 56×56.

This cutie from… Continue reading

Health News from Kayla

A guest post from Kayla…

It’s my turn to share health news. I’m ok. I’m at the start of a long journey, but honestly, I feel good in a lot of ways. This is going to be a long post. And if it feels really twisty and turny, it’s feeling about right.


I always have been described as a little delicate. Not sickly, necessarily, but always overly sensitive and a little uncomfortable. It’s hard to pinpoint when I progressed from being delicate to being sick. It’s been a rough few years. Losing Dad, and his illness before, was awful. That time overlapped with my husband and I trying to conceive. In fact, I had surgery for endometriosis on the same day Dad had his lung surgery. From there we lost my dear friend-cousin Jody. I had my son in January 2020.

I eventually noticed that I never got better after we started trying to conceive back in 2018. I never quit feeling tired after my first trimester of pregnancy. The carpal tunnel that started in pregnancy lingered on and was joined by joint pain and unrelenting fatigue. I suddenly couldn’t remember the last time I exercised or watched a TV series with Spencer or cooked a great meal.

This all came to a head earlier this month, but I didn’t know it at the time. I noticed a “bug bite” and mentioned to Spencer how strange it was that I had them on both arms and that they were in clusters. They were gone by the next morning.

The next day my leg blew up with what I now understand were hives. I was in such pain and so concerned that I considered going to the emergency room. My sisters told me to try Benadryl first and the welts suddenly disappeared.

From there I had hives every day. They started small and through the day became completely painful. I would hold off on Benadryl until I made it through my work day, then take Benadryl, and they’d disappear.

Meanwhile, every allergy I ever… Continue reading