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Cross Stitch Update

I’m so glad that I started doing regular cross-stitch updates.  It’s made me do some crazy things…like this week.  I actually fully finished TWO things!!!

Check out my two little pillows…no matter that they aren’t in season.  I’m just thorough happy that they are finished.


A crazy thing happens to me.  When I know I have to make a cross-stitch post on Fridays and I know I don’t stitch anything very quickly, I know I need to come up with something that will make the blog post a little more interesting…so, I finished these as my “a little bit more interesting” item this week.

Normally I would have let these sit for a long time and probably would have even forgotten about them.  Not this time.  I just tackled them.


I put it off because I want it to be perfect and I know I’m not one who can do it perfectly.  So things sit.  Last week I watched a floss tube of The Proper Stitcher.  She was saying finished is better than perfect.  Me, my philosophy has always been it’s better in the drawer so I don’t have to fret over how not perfect it is…

I decided to take her advice and just finished the two pieces.

These were both stitched in DMC floss which is supposed to be colorfast.  I looked a the bottom of my iron. It looked clean so…
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Ask Jo: USE UP THOSE STRIPS!!! and more…

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days… I’m telling you about some quilting plans and answering a comment about Facebook.  Here goes…

Judy said:
I am sad. Your blog posts are not showing upon my Facebook feed. Is anyone else having this problem?
I have to remember to Google your blog.”

I talked to Kayla and something was amiss that wasn’t updating my blog posts to Facebook.  That is fixed now.  Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

I have had this question asked before and everything was working correctly.  I thought I would remind everyone a bit how Facebook works.

If you are a person who comes to the blog because you see a blog post listed in your Facebook newsfeed, I want to encourage you to periodically “like” the post…or leave a comment on the post.

Facebook only shows you what they think you want to see.  If you don’t like things or comment on things you see, Facebook assumes you are no longer interested and quit showing you that.

I follow an antique shop that is south of me.  They are a great shop and Kramer and I often sold stuff to them.  I like every one of their posts even if it isn’t a particular antique piece that I love because I want to keep getting their posts in my Facebook feed.

So…like or comment on posts from Jo’s Country Junction that you see on Facebook if you want us to stay in your feed.  If for some reason that doesn’t work, you can always try following and not following.

I got a question from Laurie and that launched me into a HUGE plan that I think I was moving towards…but didn’t know it until she asked the question.

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The Doctor Visit that Wasn’t

Remember back in June, I had a doctor’s appointment.  It had sounded like everything was okay but my bloodwork wasn’t back yet.  The doctor had sent me on my way with the plan for me to come back in 6 months.  Then on the way home, she called me and said my bloodwork thyroglobulin tumor marker had gone up higher than expected so she wanted me back in three months and wanted me to have a PET scan.

For those of you who are new here.  I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2016.  I had surgery to have my thyroid removed and underwent Radioactive Iodine treatment.  The hope was that would be well…but it isn’t.

I was good for a year but gradually my blood test numbers have been slowly creeping up.  I hate to complain or even talk about it because what I am going through is NOTHING compared to what other cancer patients go through.  At this point, there has been no chemo.  No radiation.  Even if things do go bad there is a high chance that I’ll never have either of them.  Still, it’s annoying.

The thought is that the cancer has moved to my lungs.  It supposedly is slow-growing or at least is supposed to be slow-growing.  Who knows…and that is what was supposed to take me back to the doctor yesterday.

That didn’t happen.  I have had the appointments for a couple of months.  Then Friday I was called and told insurance wasn’t approving my PET scan.  After numerous calls to my insurance and to the doctor plans changed and at 5 pm on Friday when scheduling closed, they decided they would go with a chest CT and abdominal CT scan vs the PET scan.  But, they had to be approved by insurance.

That wasn’t helpful to me.  No appointments were scheduled.  I had already taken Monday off…now I couldn’t schedule the appointments.  No one had any idea if they would be able to get the appointments scheduled on Monday.  UGH.

I was supposed to be at Mayo Clinic (two hours away) at 8 am for a blood test.  I’d have to leave at 6 am to get there in time.  There was no way to schedule appointments at that time…so everything had to be canceled.

I talked with my childcare parents and ended up doing childcare today.  Of course, Mayo Clinic called at 8 am on Monday telling me they could schedule appointments as insurance did approve the CT scans…she said she could have likely gotten me in for them that day.  Well, it was too late.  I was two hours away and now had childcare kiddos.

On top of all of my own cancer stuff,  yesterday was also the anniversary of my niece’s death.  She died two years ago from breast cancer.  There is nothing like the anniversary of a death from cancer to make a person realize that I could be going down the same road.

I can’t tell you how many times Jody and I would call each other on the way to appointments.  We always called each other right away with results.  We shared something that few others in the family and friends understood as we both understood with our cancer diagnosis.  It was so good to talk to someone else who understood the lingo of cancer.

Monday, with my problems with insurance and appointments, was a day I would have for sure been calling or texting.  She understood the frustration of all of that.  She was someone who I could vent to and she’d love me just the same.

Going through all the appointment/insurance junk yesterday on the day she died was one moment like, she’s with me and cheering me on and the next like cancer can kill and she’s proof.  I did everything I could to try to be on the “she’s with me” train of thought.

My niece sent a couple of pictures that did me some good.  I hadn’t seen these pictures.  Here is Jody meeting Georgia.  It was a good day even though Jody was sick and in the hospital.  Jody had a great smile even sick.

Jody and Kelli both dealt with infertility.  They bonded greatly over it and Jody completely understood the trouble Kelli and Jason went through.  She was just thrilled for Kelli to have Georgia.

Sadly Jody died on the birthday of her triplets which was two years ago yesterday.

My appointments are all moved to September 23rd, I’ll tell you what I learn.  At least at this point, I know insurance has approved the appointments so that is one frustration I won’t have then.

I’m trying really hard to remember and see the good and not think about insurance/appointments/cancer.  Yesterday wasn’t the best day.

I’ve learned on those not-so-good days to give myself a break.  Sewing, stitching, and get lost in an audiobook is just what I needed…and just what I did.

Today will be better.

 

Community Quilt Auction Day!!

Some of these items were donated.  Some were bought by me.

All money from the sale will go into the charity quilt fund for use in the charity quilt project.

With the charity quilt project, I have a lot of expenses.

I started doing the postage auctions as a way to support the charity quilting that happens here through the blog.  Needs have expanded so that now finishers are sometimes in need of batting or backing fabrics.  I have used some of the auction money to buy batting for finishers as well.

A huge thanks to everyone for being so good and bidding in the past.  It was so sweet of you to help out this good cause.

PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE YOU BID.

Here are the guidelines:
Bids must be entered in the comment section.  PLEASE  WRITE THE NAME OF THE ITEM, THE ITEM NUMBER, AND THEN THE AMOUNT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY.  If you are the winner of the bid, the postage amount will be added to your ending bid price.  You can pay via Paypal.  I will also accept a personal check but the check will have to clear before merchandise is sent.  Bidding will close at 5 pm Central Time on Monday.  I will send a confirmation email to the winning bidder later in the day on Monday or on Tuesday. Then hopefully bids can be paid and I can package the items up and get them in the mail ASAP.  If you do bid, please watch your email so we can take care of the correspondence efficiently.  I make a guess on postage.  If I’m off it’s not a big deal.  U.S. postage calculations.  If you are international, you are welcome to bid but you will pay actual postage.

On to the bidding…

Item #1:   Lot of Quilting Themed Fabric + $7 postage

This is a lot of quilting-themed fabric.  I have collected it from donations thinking it would be something one of you might love.  The notes on each of the pieces tell how many yards are in each cut.  The is a total of nine yards of fabric.  Perfect for making bags, machine covers, or quilt backings.

Item #2:   Moose Applique + $4 postage

The hard part of this part of this project is completely finished.  The backing fabric and binding fabric are included.  This was done in fusible applique. The wall hanging is 25″ x 31″.


Item #3:  Paint Box Jelly Roll  + $5 postage

This is a jelly roll from Laundry Basket Quilts.  The line is Paint Box.

These are the pretty fabrics included.

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Item #4:  Meadow Jelly Roll + $5 postage

This is a jelly roll from Blackbird Designs.  The line is Meadow.

Here are the pretty colors.

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Item #5:  Eagle Panels + $4 postage

Included in this lot are two beautiful eagle panels.  The top one is 43″ x 36″.  The bottom is 43″ x 29″.  They could easily be used together in one quilt or separately.  Perfect for a bird lover.


Item #6:  Deco Darling Quilt Kit + $10 postage

This is a complete quilt kit to make the Deco Darlings Quilt.  The quilt finishes at 41 1/2″ x 41 1/2″.

The cute little blocks are panel blocks.  Check this one out with the super cute girl and kitty.  Just precious.

Here is a closer look.

Item #7:   Sleep Baby Quilt Kit + $7 postage

All of the fabrics are here for this quilt kit along with the pattern.  It would make a super cute baby quilt.  I love the farm animals!!   I looked through it all but can’t find an exact size.  If you look at the photo below, you can see the yardage that is included.  The small paper tells the exact amounts incase you didn’t like this pattern and simply wanted to buy it for the fabrics only.

Item #8:  Vintage Double Dutch Blocks + $7 postage

This is a lot of 28 Double Dutch blocks.  They are hand sewn.  There are 28 10 1/2″ blocks.  I LOVE the colors on these.

Item #9:   Vintage 8 1/2″ blocks + $7 postage

These blocks are super funky.  The colors are phscodelic.  They are hand sewn.  There are a total of 44 blocks that are 8 1/2″.  There is a star in the middle of them…it’s just kind of hard to make that out.  FUN!

Item #10:  Grandma’s Garden + $7 postage

These are bigger hexies…about 3 1/2″ across…so cute with the yellow centers.  There is what you sewn together and 11 extra blocks.  It is hand sewn and measures 55″ x 62″.

Item #11:   Fan Quilt + $7 postage

Of everything on the sale…I love this most.  It is a fan quilt set in a very unique setting.  For a vintage top, it is in very good shape.  I would love to recreate this one!  It is handstitches and is 72″ x 86″.


Here is a close up picture.

Item #12:   + $7 postage

This is a vintage embroidered ABC quilt.  Someone did add tabs for a hanger on top but they can easily be removed.  The piece is 33″ x 54″.


There is discoloring at the bottom.  See the picture below.  I did not try to remove the spot.


It’s so cute!

Item #13:   Homegrown Happy Embroidery Quilt  + $7 postage

This is a quilt kit.  Pattern and fabric are included.

The pattern requires the embroidery of the blocks you see with jars of flowers.
Here is a closer picture of some of the jars.  It finishes at 57″ x 78″.
The colors are great on this.

Item #14:   Vintage blocks + $5 postage

There are hand sewn vintage blocks.  I really like these.  I am tempted to remake them.  There are 20 blocks in the bunch and they finish at 9 1/2″.


Item #15:  Vintage Flower Quilt Top + $7 postage

This top is really neat but a little wonky notice the seams don’t match up exactly.  The back ground fabric is thin and would likely need something else behind it if you were to finish the quilt top.


I took a close up pictures so you can see the black stitching around the flowers.  In person it looks good with the quilt.  It is 68″ x 84″.

Item #16:   Quilter’s Dozen Plus Monthly Kit + $10 postage

This is an entire kit of fabric to make these monthly quilts.  Each month has a prepackaged kit that can be used to make the mini quilts you see.


OR you can make this large quilt…


OR…you can make the center quilt in the picture below and swap out the months by snapping them in place.


The quilt book also has a pattern for another quilt in it.  Some of the monthly kits have prices on them.  They ranged from $30 per month to $15 per month.  All 12 months are included.

Item #17:  5 feed sack prints + $6 postage

Here is a lot of five feed sack print fabrics.  All have a white background.

Item #18:   Lot of feed sack fabrics + $6 postage

This is a lot of light colored feed sack fabrics.  The two blue are full feed sacks.  There are a total of 15 smaller pieces that are about 12″ x 12″ in size.  Great for mending a vintage quilt.


Item #19:   Lot of 5 feed sack fabrics + $6 postage

This is a lot of five feed sack prints.  All have a white background.

Item #20:   12 feed sack prints + $7 postage

Check out these patriotic colored feed sack prints.  I don’t think the blue picnic table cloth print is a feed sack but I’m not sure.  I’m new to feed sacks.

Item #21:  Lot of 5 feed sack prints  + $6 postage

This is a lot of five feed sack prints.  There is a variety of prints.


Item #21:  Lot of Prairie Schooler Cross Stitch Charts  + $6 postage

Blog reader Cherie contacted me and said she had these Prairie Schooler Santa Cross Stitch charts that she’d like to donate.  She said that she will hold them and ship them to you once the winning bidder is decided.

The years are 1984, 1986-1992, 1996-1998, and 2001.

These charts are super popular with cross stitchers.  Many stitch them and have a tree designated only to these Santa ornaments.

I have LOTS more that needs to be put on an auction but seriously, 20 is about that max that can be managed in a single auction.  PLEASE watch the comments and I will try to periodically put an update there listing all of the items and the current price they are going for to help you find the current bid more easily.  I have a blog reader that has often helped with that as well.

Again, here are the guidelines:
Bids must be entered in the comment section.  PLEASE  WRITE THE NAME OF THE ITEM, THE ITEM NUMBER, AND THEN THE AMOUNT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY.  If you are the winner of the bid, the postage amount will be added to your ending bid price.  You can pay via Paypal- Venmo too.  I will also accept a personal check but the check will have to clear before merchandise is sent.  Bidding will close at 5 pm Central Time on Monday.  I will send a confirmation email to the winning bidder later in the day on Monday or on Tuesday. Then hopefully bids can be paid and I can package the items up and get them in the mail ASAP.  If you do bid, please watch your email so we can take care of the correspondence efficiently.  I make a guess on postage.  If I’m off it’s not a big deal.  U.S. postage calculations.  If you are international, you are welcome to bid but you will pay actual postage.

Let the bidding begin!!