Well, I've been home a week and a half and have accomplished little to nothing.
My second day back at work I developed a horrible toothache. Got in to see the dentist immediately. He sent me to the endodontist immediately. I'm going to need a root canal - that couldn't be done until the 20th. The 20th. That was like almost three weeks away. The good news is that the crown won't have to be removed; they can go through it. The bad news is it's another blasted root canal. I told the dentists that I was sure every tooth in my mouth had been root canaled at least twice!
But both doctors assured me that the antibiotics and Prednisone would make it feel much better very quickly. It didn't. Not until today. A week later.
So I haven't felt like doing diddly since I've been home. The box with the clamshell project that I shipped back here to CA is sitting unopened. I finally got clothes in the laundry yesterday as I was down to the last decent pair of underwear. And you know what all moms probably say about decent underwear!
And the Saints lost!
But I digress ...
I think things will go better from here on out. I plan on making headway on something in the sewing room next weekend. I think I'll make clamshells 50 at a time, and then put them aside for a few days and do it again. I did get the bed measured that this quilt will go on and made the header that the first row of clams will be attached to. I did that on my last day in Louisiana. It's just a matter now of making the rest of the clams and attaching the rows. I will have to machine applique them, and I'm not looking forward to shoving around that much quilt top through the machine. This quilt will be beautiful but it's going to be a slow process. I want it done this year, so I'll keep plugging away at it.
Another thing I want to get back to is my Short List. That totally went by the wayside in 2013 because of the health issues. The two quilts left on the list will be easy enough to finish up. One needs a final border and backing pieced. The other needs to have the backing re-pieced because I made it too small. Then I'll make a new Short List. I already know one that will go on that list, or maybe two. Five is the max on the short list!
Since a couple of folks emailed me to see if I had fallen off the face of the earth, I thought I'd best post something.
Here are some Christmas quilts that I shipped back to Louisiana. The one in front was made not very long after I started quilting. It was a "hard" quilt for me at that time. The pattern was a free Moda pattern (which I wish I could find), and the fabric was Robyn Pandolph's Folk Art Christmas I and II - in the good old days when she was with Moda. It will probably always be one of my favorites!
So I'm all caught up now on news - which wasn't very much. But I managed to make a long post out of no news!
EDIT: I found Moda's Folk Art Christmas Stars pattern! It was Item #PS11, and was made using the I and II collections. I don't have the great color copy, but just a photocopied cutting sheet. All of my newbie notes all over it crack me up! I really wish Moda would re-release some of those old free patterns using the new lines. I found several that I had printed off and they are great! They were all in an overflowing binder on the bottom shelf of a bookcase. I was so diligent back then about keeping it all organized! I even found the info on the first two beginner classes I took in September of 2001!
I really examined this quilt over Christmas. Considering I was a brand-spanking new quilter, I did a wonderful job on it. All of the points were there and it was square and flat! LOL. I will definitely make this one again!