Saturday, April 25, 2015

At Long Last--Sewing Again!


 I haven't sewn a stitch since I had to abruptly leave quilt camp over two weeks ago due to the gallstone in my bile duct.  When Becky brought my stuff back it got dumped all over the place in my quilting studio....so today after Jump Pilates I spent close to two hours cleaning and this space was included!

 Then the fun started and I laid out Orange Crush.  My floor just wasn't big enough and I couldn't figure out the middle.  I suck at these diagonal layouts!
 

 Becky came over to sew (and we ate healthy meatloaf, potatoes and corn on the cob for dinner).  She was working on her string spider web.  That is still on my list!  After she left I finally got to the middle and realized somehow I was two star blocks short...luckily I had plenty of four patches left so I made up the hst's and then the blocks.



 And viola!  The top is a flimsy.  I did get the borders sewn too, but wasn't up to the math involved in making all the borders fit.
 
Tomorrow we are planning to go hiking and then to my brother's house for a going away party for Coleman.  He is moving back to Wisconsin to be with his girlfriend Chelsea.  I am a bit worried about this since Coleman really requires lots of supervision and assistance, (with both his diabetes and his autism, etc.) but he is 28 and so I am letting him try it and crossing my fingers he is more capable than we believe.  While we are looking forward to the break;  I have always thought he would live with me forever so this is an interesting endeavor.
On the weight front--I have really not lost anything in the last six weeks.  The week of my surgery I gained 5.6 and the following week I lost 11 pounds.  Since that time, I am up one pound despite really getting back to the exercise (10 days later) and eating right.  They have adjusted some meds and I am hoping that will help and I am not giving up but seriously I am doing Pilates twice a week, jump Pilates once a week, hiking twice a week and now I have added back in the elliptical and bike several times a week.  I am at 87 pounds down at this point so trying to look at the bright side..but really frustrating that I have plateaued again!  :)

7 comments:

Kathy S. said...

87 pounds down! You rock! Prayers for Coleman and his move. I too think our son will always live with us. Amazing that you were able to raise him to be the independent guy that he is. Your orange crush looks great! Woot woot! It's a flimsy! Happy sewing. Glad you are recovering nicely.

Julierose said...

Wow great job on 87 lbs down! i am stuck also--down 10 but stopped for some reason. Most likely not enough exercising. Ugh!! I really like your Orange Crush--it is lovely. good luck with your health issues...hugs, Julierose

Messy Karen said...

so glad that you are back home and feeling better. you seem well prepared to get back to achieving your goals. now let's talk about all that time it takes to keep our sewing areas in order. that drives me crazy!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Hooray! for quilting friends and completed quilt tops!!! Glad to hear that you are feeling better.

Kathy's A Quilter said...

Congrats on all those accomplishments: letting Coleman fly away, losing 87 pounds GONE, and another flimsy! You Rock! and I am so glad that you have quilting friend to sew with and that you are feeling so much better.

SandyPA said...

I echo Kathy. Congrats on the Orange Crush progress. Regarding Coleman, you will always be his safety net, but he should have this chance to try independence. You are such a loving person to allow him this chance. Keep working out, and the weight loss will continue. Right now you are back to toning. Maybe work in some weight training rather than focusing on cardio. You still have me beat on the exercise front.

Deb A said...

You rock girl! 87 gone is wonderful. Glad you are feeling better and getting back to the things you love. Good luck to Coleman - you are a great Mom to let him try out his wings.