I have been very quiet on my blog lately, because it is time for SECRET PROJECTS!! I am writing this on Thanksgiving morning (Nov 22, 2018) in the USA, but will schedule it to post for “after dinner”. Thanksgiving Day feasting will take place at my daughter’s home and we have a bit of a drive to get there today. My SECRET PROJECTS are being delivered there today, which is why the delay in the post going live. I like to gift before I show them on the blog!
I’ve been playing with my embroidery machine a lot lately. It seems that I can manage the embroidery machine and changing threads pretty well, 6 weeks post-op. My fingers are still pretty stiff, but moveable, and the surgery site is now healed nicely.
I have done some sewing, webbing together the quilt top for the My Carolina Home Hurricane Quilt Drive. Now I need to clean up the embroidery supplies, pack away the box of stabilizers and make room at my sewing machine to get the rows on that webbed top stitched. My motivation will be delivering it with the backing fabric and the batting at my Queen Bees gathering on Tuesday!
Before I show you my SECRET PROJECTS, I want to share another story.
We have 3 cats, one outside and 2 inside. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know about my cat Mittens….of the pet mosaic quilt.
Sweet face Mittens
That sweet innocent face inspired the quilt below –
(If you do a search on my blog you will find many posts about that project. Here is just one – Pet Mosaic piecing complete )
Mittens has chosen my husband to be “his person”, while Smokey has chosen me to be “his person”. Our outdoor cat is their mother, and she has chosen us both. She really like my husband “better” than me.
Anyway, here is the story. Hubby does floor exercises daily for his back, and Mittens likes to help him. While he is on the floor stretching, Mittens loves to chase his shadow, get petted etc.
Well, one day a little over 2 weeks ago, hubby stopped petting Mittens while he stretched, and had his head turned away. Mittens decided he wanted more attention and pounced, as cats will do. Along with the pounce came a “love bite”…only this time, it was a BITE that broke the skin and punctured into his hand, 4 canines! Got the hubby’s attention, got Mittens some negative attention as a result! Hubby washed it off, and didn’t think much about it until 72 hours later when his hand got swollen, and red marks appeared.
A trip to the doctor was already on the calendar, so he showed it to the doc at the appointment and was immediately put on antibiotics, and scheduled to return the following day. By the next day, the swelling was worse, a red streak up the arm and the doctor took one look at it and sent him to the Emergency room for IV antibiotics. Long story short, he spent 3 nights in the hospital, with IV antibiotics, the surgeon checking periodically to see if he might have to do his bit to clean out the hand etc. The hospital stay was followed by another 15 days of antibiotics. Fortunately, he did not need the surgeon, and is on the mend!
Moral of the story according to our family doctor – a cat bite is the WORST bite you can get. He told us that we must come in to see him if it ever happens again, and get on antibiotics immediately! Turns out, cats have bacteria on their teeth that gets “sealed in under the skin” when the teeth retract from the bite. The wound is considered a puncture wound, and no amount of washing & application of antibacterial cream will reach the bacteria. Web MD has some really good information. I read that before the visit to the doctor the first time, so I knew what was coming.
So between recovery from my own surgery and dealing with hospitals for hubby, I have been able to spend time in my sewing room. I do feel like I have given the embroidery machine a good workout. Some secret projects will wait for after Christmas for the reveal, but others, you can see now.
I am enjoying what they call “in the hoop” projects. With my little Brother PE500 and it’s maximum 4″x 4″ design space, I have found countless designs to stitch! I love these little Gingerbread boys and girls –
I stitched them out on vinyl that I picked up on Sunday. I also stitched out some on craft felt and I like them too! They were so much fun to stitch, and I thought they would be fun Christmas ornaments for this year for each of the grandkids.
I also had some fun stitching out other ornaments on white vinyl –
This is a first working with vinyl on the embroidery machine, and each time I played a bit with the stabilizers, toppers etc. Overall, I had fun and I am pleased with the outcome.
I also thought I would take the Thanksgiving host a few dishtowels.
These terry towels I picked up last winter, and have been “waiting” for the right time. I have now run through about half of my supply, but have a few left waiting to be used for other projects.
Thanks for taking the time to read my posts and for taking the time to comment.
I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend!