Sunday, February 5, 2012

Q & A

Q:  Are you swooning?
Why yes I am.
I decided to join Katy's Swoon-along, but have had a slow start.  
I changed my mind about colors/fabrics, but finally chose these.

I could hardly wait to start my block so I could use my beautiful new smart iron.
It's amazing!

Perhaps it was my haste, or perhaps it was the still poor lighting in my work-in-progress sewing studio, but I made an unusual (for me) cutting error.

I cut out background squares in Kona White (on the right) instead of Snow (on the left) and had to start all over.   On the bright side, I now have white background squares for the red and white Christmas quilt I keep thinking about.

 Sammy didn't lose a wink of sleep over my problem.

 Q: How is the progress on your sewing studio?
I can't stress enough that this will be an all year project. 

Recent activity includes folding fabrics to reorganize.

 But Sammy kept walking through the piles.

 Most of my fabrics are now temporarily stuffed into drawers since my neck and back got tired from all the folding.  

Q:  How is your recovery from surgery going? 
Today was my first day neck brace free.  It's about a week early, but this morning I just couldn't face putting it on any more.  The cervical fusions will still be growing/fusing till November 2012 and my spinal cord may not be completely "back to normal" until May 2013.  
So basically I still have pain and other symptoms in my neck and left arm and leg; however, less than before surgery, AND
I am getting better every day.  
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!!  They are much appreciated!!

 In other news, I'm taking a wonderful class with a special friend, 
and -- oh yeah -- I finished that first Swoon block (24" square).

Of course, some people have already finished their entire quilt tops.
I may not be fast,
but I'm slow :D.

With wishes, true and kind -- Joan


  1. Love your first swoon block and it's good to know that you are on the mend. Look after yourself and don't overdo things.

  2. Good to hear you are improving healthwise but don't overdo it.
    Your first swoon block is great. It is interesting seeing everyones interpretation of the block. I have made one block just to give it a go and love it so more are in the planning.

  3. Your block is gorgeous! Enjoy the process!

  4. I just love your colors and your fussy cut on your swoon. Praying for your continued healing. Wish I could come help out with all the folding so you could have it done, without pain.

  5. It is good to know you are working your way out of your brace, and sewing! Your swoon block is gorgeous. Look at all that sun, isn't it so nice??? I am loving it!

  6. Your kitty is so pretty!! She looks like a cuddler.

    I recognize that Systematic Theology book. It's on my wish list for the next time I buy books. Have you started reading it? Do you like it?

    Glad you're feeling better! :)

  7. I only have a stack of fabric to show for Swoon--I haven't even started cutting yet! Your block is beautiful. Keep taking care of yourself.

  8. Glad you are steadily improving. I have some Swoon blocks done, still working on them! Love your block.

  9. Ooh, I love that fussy-cut center square! I will eventually Swoon. But I have a lot of other things on my plate, first!

  10. Good to hear the healing is coming along. It is a long process isn't it?

    Congrats on your new Oliso. I splurged in December and got one too. I think it is fabulous. I love the noise it makes when it raises up. I call it my "Jetson iron". It seems so futuristic. LOL

  11. Joan, somehow I have not been getting your posts in my Reader! I was excited to see you pop up again and to read back over the last posts to catch up about your surgery, fabrics,projects, sewing studio, travels, recovery etc. I'm so happy to hear from you again and wish you complete recovery.

  12. Joan, I enjoyed your question and answer session! Your first swoon block is brilliant! Love your fabric choices. I admire your patience in fabric folding. That seems to be one area I skip over each time I "makeover" my sewing area. Best wishes as you continue your recovery.

  13. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your swoon block!