Friday, March 27, 2015

MY WEEK...STILL DRAGGING, BUT A LITTLE PRODUCTIVE ANYWAY.

Well it's Friday, and I am 2 weeks and 2 days into this thing called Shingles, and NO I am not better...sigh.  I am doing better I think though in the respect that I am at least "pretending" I am, lol. To tell you the truth it kind of comes in waves of BAD to NOT SO BAD.  When I am in a NOT SO BAD faze, I do what I can so as to not spend hours upon hours just sitting somewhere (pretty much my worse nightmare!).  Sometimes the pain is VERY VERY bearable and I can go 6 hours between Tylenol doses and be OK.  And other times the pain is SOO bad it wakes me up or I am counting the minutes until it's been at least 4 hours and I can take it again. Which truthfully does seem a little weird.  You would think once the pain lessons up, then it should just keep getting better and better. But it definitely has not been the case for me. The rash is almost (not completely!) gone.  You would think that is a good sign too right?  But I guess not.  It can still itch even though there is not much there.  I still run a low grade fever some days, but then not others.  Some days I still feel just generally "sick" and other days I feel pretty good (minus the pain of course which is pretty much always there to one degree or another!).  Sooo how is that for a report?  I guess I have NO idea how much longer this will hang on, and honestly it feels like 2 months rather then 2 weeks.  Goodness, I don't do pain well.  I NEED to be better so I can make that LONG car drive in about 3 weeks though. Melody has reached the magic number of 34 weeks today, which is the one her doc has told her most complications of a pre-term birth become much easier.  Soo I am soo grateful for that.  However, I do pray she stays put for at least 3 more weeks which gives this grandma more time to heal, and she will reach full term.  When I have been in my "not so bad" fazes this week I have done some sewing.  One day I even drug myself out to Joanne's and then to Michael's looking for eyes for the stuffed cat.  I was REALLY dragging when I got back so I don't think I was ready for that as I thought, lol. Hopefully soon.  I've read reports and talked to others who have had this and there is a very long range of what's common and such, and I am soo hoping I fall into the 2 - 4 week range but who knows.  I need to just put it in the Lord's hands and stop fretting about it, but it is easier said then done.  Especially with the birth of that baby so near.

So enough about that...Let me show you what I have managed to sew this week.  Starting with the cat.  Now the first picture is her without a mouth and whiskers.  I put her in front of the pillow so you can see how she matches...lol

I LOVED DOING THIS UP FOR A GIRL WITH HER BOW AND FANCY COLLAR.  BUT AS YOU CAN SEE SHE REALLY NEEDS SOME KIND OF A MOUTH AND WHISKERS



NOW HERE SHE IS WITH HER MOUTH AND WHISKERS DRAWN ON WITH MY PEN THAT WILL ERASE WHEN TOUCHED WITH AN IRON.  I MIGHT MESS WITH THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE BEFORE TRACING OVER THIS WITH A PERMANENT BLACK MARKER,  I AM KIND OF AFRAID OF DOING THIS AS I DON'T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE AND RUIN HER, LOL.  
And then I finished up the pj top for Luke using some plain black knit for the front and back of the top.  This was the fabric that was gone and I couldn't get any more of.  I also made a pair of plain black pj bottoms for Sam.  Then, I decided to drag out the embroidery attachment and made a couple of embroidered onesies for the baby.  Let me show you all this...

LUKE'S PJ'S   I HAD ENOUGH FABRIC TO MAKE AT LEAST THE SLEEVES OUT OF THE ORIGINAL FABRIC.  BUT THERE WAS NONE OF THIS LEFT TO MAKE ANYTHING FOR SAM

I LOVE LOVE THIS!  LOL  I AM GOING TO GET SAM AND LUKE PLAIN GREY T-SHIRTS AND EMBROIDER ON THE FRONT OF THEM BIG BRO 1 AND BIG BRO 2...SOO CUTE.  BUT HAVEN'T FELT WELL ENOUGH YET TO GO AND GET THE SHIRTS SO HAVEN'T DONE IT YET, BUT HOPEFULLY BY NEXT WEEK.  I WANT TO FIND SOME FABRIC AND MAKE HER A MATCHING PAIR OF LEGGINGS FOR THIS, OR MAYBE SOME BLOOMERS...WE WILL SEE.

THOUGHT THIS DESIGN WAS TOO CUTE TO PASS UP...
I KIND OF BUILT THE WHOLE OUTFIT AROUND THIS FABRIC THAT I ALREADY HAD.  I HAVEN'T TOTALLY DECIDED IF THIS WILL BE MADE INTO LEGGINGS OR BLOOMERS.  I HAD ALREADY MADE HER THE BLACK SPARKLING HEAD BAND TOO WHICH GOES WITH THIS PERFECTLY...

And then yesterday I made both the boys another pair of matching PJ's out of this darling fox fabric. Sam is really into the movie the Fox and the Hound right now, so he will no doubt be "Todd" when sporting these PJ's, lol

I THOUGHT THIS FABRIC WAS SOO CUTE!  AND THESE PJ'S ARE SOO QUICK AND EASY TO MAKE.  I CAN COMPLETELY CUT OUT AND MAKE UP BOTH PAIRS IN ABOUT AN HOUR AND HALF!  which was about all I was good for yesterday!
So there you have it.  I have kept up with the laundry, and made our bed and cooked dinner a couple of nights as well, so I guess it's WAY better then last week. I was considering getting my hands and feet done this afternoon but I have ruled it out.  Tomorrow is the birthday party for little Weston.  I have my gifts all ready.  But truthfully if I feel tomorrow the way I do today I think I will have to pass on that too...sigh.  I know I am impatient, and probably sound like such a whiner, but this whole thing has just been the pits.  I just want to be better, lol.  We will probably just spend the week-end hanging out which will be made more bearable as at least hubby will be here to keep me company. Hope all of you are enjoying some nice spring weather, and have relaxing enjoyable week-ends. Blessings to you all!  Debbie




 

Monday, March 23, 2015

AN UPDATE...


I'd love to be on here to report that I am better, but sadly it is just not the case.  I guess I "might" be better then I was in that I no longer seem to have any problem sleeping, the slight fever I had is gone, I am not feeling weak or really all that sick, and the pain does at least lessen at times now giving me hope it's on the way out.  But it seems just as soon as I start to think I might be on a wrap, the pain raises it's very ugly head, worsens, and I am not...sigh.  The rash I had has been very mild (and is already beginning to almost disappear ~ though not completely!) which might make you think the attack is mild, but honestly if anyone has had worse pain then I have had with this, then they have my very deep sympathies.  I have been told MANY times over the years that my pain threshold is high.  I take pain meds VERY VERY seldom and try not to stay on them long even when forced. (after surgery etc) My orthopedic doc seemed very amazed that I can treat my arthritis with Tylenol. However, this has knocked me down and I have been almost overwhelmed at times.  My doc prescribed a nerve pain med that is most often used for epilepsy and honestly after reading the side effects I was afraid to even try it.  He prescribed me then another more standard pain pill and truthfully I have not taken it yet either.  I am SOO sensitive to drugs and honestly in the past the side effects have ended up being worse then what I was dealing with.   The rash was discovered several days before I knew it was shingles, so the antiviral medication would not have done me much good either.  So I am treating the whole thing with extra strength Tylenol and lots of prayer.  Oh, and hubby has given me some super good massages, and rubs ice on my shoulder and arm a couple of times a day.  I have also began taking an immune booster supplement, in addition to all the other supplements I take, in the hope to build up my immune system better.  Here is the truly scary part today.  I think I am beginning to feel the pain in almost the exact same area on the other side.  It is NOT suppose to effect both sides of your body at the same time, but of course there is exceptions to every rule.  I am praying that is not the case as this might be more then I could bear and I'd be forced to take the pain meds.  Now I have not even really had this for two full weeks yet, and I have read to expect 2 - 4.  I as always am impatient and feel like SURELY I will get over this NOW.  But I just don't think it is to be the case.  I am also concerned as that grand baby of mine is only a few weeks away if all goes well, and sooner if not.  I can't bear to miss ANY of that either.  I did decide to sit and do a VERY little bit of sewing today and see how it went.  It actually went OK.  I made up the stuffed cat this morning.  She came out pretty cute, but I need some eyes and a nose to finish her off and that would mean a trip to the store so I am going to wait on that.   I also did a couple of loads of laundry and watered all the pots out front.  So maybe I am feeling a little better then I think.  I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon napping and watching another movie.  Thank goodness for netflix, as I have watched MANY in the last few days.  I have of course read horror stories on the internet of people who have suffered with MANY attacks of this, and have had the pain linger for years, and they are enough to make me kind of paranoid.  (and it doesn't take much unfornately to make me paranoid!) so I am going to stop reading about it.  I get it....it's NOT good!  lol.  Soo, guess that's it for now.  I am hoping to be feeling WAY WAY better by the end of this week, and in the meantime I guess it is the old it is what it is.  I have a new empathy for those poor people who live their lives in chronic pain.  Soo hard.  Hope all of you are enjoying these spring days, and wishing you all God's best blessings!  Debbie

I LOVE THAT LITTLE 3 YEAR OLD SAM TAKES HIS JOB OF GATHERING THE EGGS SOO SERIOUSLY.  SUCH A BIG BOY!
MELODY POSTED THIS PIC TODAY ON INSTAGRAM...SHE SAID SHE HEARS ALMOST CONSTANTLY "YOU SURE HAVE YOUR HANDS FULL" AND OF COURSE SHE DOES.  BUT THEN SHE GOES ON TO SAY, THAT SHE DOES DREAM OF THE DAY THEY ARE A LITTLE MORE INDEPENDENT.  BUT WHEN THAT DAY COMES LUKE WON'T PRONOUNCE TRACTOR "TRAC TREE" OR GIVE KISSES QUITE SO FREELY, AND SAM WON'T WEAR A PEN CLIPPED TO HIS SHIRT TO BE LIKE DADDY OR TELL THE CLERK AT THE STAND ABOUT HOW HE HAS A SCRAPPED KNEE BUT IT'S ALL BETTER BECAUSE HE'S TOUGH!  AND OH HOW VERY TRUE!  I LOVE THAT SHE IS SMART ENOUGH TO CHERISH THESE DAYS THAT WILL BE GONE IN A BLINK OF AN EYE.  SEEMED I WAS ALWAYS IN A HURRY.  LOOKING BACK I WISH I HAD DONE A LITTLE MORE CHERISHING.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

THE DIAGNOSIS

Well it's been determined.  It is shingles.  Sigh.  The doc has given me something for pain but honestly I think I have been through the worst of it without it.  At least I hope so.  The last couple of days (since the rash broke out) has not been nearly as bad.  I was sooo bad over the weekend. I just am hoping I will only need the pain pills at night to sleep.  Seems soo weird it is worse laying down.  This has not been good I won't lie and I wouldn't wish it on anyone...ever.  I have heard it can drag on and on for some people and I am praying desperately that I won't be one of them.  I am only mildly pleased that the pain wasn't coming from over use or all my sewing.  I really am careful about breaks and not sewing if my neck is tired etc. plus I just couldn't bear to give it up.  Now I just have to get over this and hopefully in a couple of weeks I can be back at my normal activities.  Never even occurred to me it could be something like shingles.  But I have had muscle strain before and honestly it wasn't even close to this.  Guess that's it for now.  Hope you all have a good weekend, and sure am hoping mine is better as well.  Blessings to you all!   Debbie

WHAT SHOULD I DO? UPDATE!

Good morning!  I wish I was coming on here to tell you all that I am MUCH better and the end of this problem was in sight, but it just wouldn't be true.  Now if I had written this yesterday morning, it might have been true.  I went to the Chiropractor on Tuesday afternoon.  I haven't been to one in years...Mainly I guess for a few reasons.  1.  My insurance does NOT cover this, and it is costly. 2.  I just don't know what I think of these, lol.  I don't mean to step on anyone's toes and if you think it is good and wonderful and helpful then I am all for it.  My problem is that Chiropractors are sure everything that is ever wrong with you comes from your spine not being in alignment.  And while I can see some logic in this, I just don't feel it is always the case.  3.  I just don't like the idea of someone snapping my neck into place, lol.  But I was soo desperate I decided to go ahead and give it a whirl.  And I guess my conclusion is I am as confused as ever.  They did NO x-rays and yet he began to "treat" or "adjustment" me anyway.  Now granted I walked in there and could move around etc so I doubt he had any doubt something was broken or whatever, it just seemed weird to me. Without even really hearing what was wrong he was convinced it was because my spine was twisted. And maybe it is, I certainly couldn't say.  He was very nice, seemed good, but had a very unconventional way of doing his "adjusting".  He kind of whipped me around like a rag doll and kept acting like I was suppose to be feeling instant relief, and I don't know if I was or not he was going so fast.  It was all really kind of comical, though I am not doing a very good job of describing it. Anyway, he finished up the session with doing some electric ultrasound treatment on the area with a ice pack.  Truthfully I left there somewhat sore, dizzy and disoriented and swearing I'd never return. By the way, this was not just some random Chiropractor but one my hubby has used in the past and thought was excellent.  However, (now here is where the confusing part comes in) that night as we were getting ready for bed I remember when I had taken my daughter to a physical therapist years ago for a strained elbow from pitching.  They had us ice the area with ice directly applied to the area for 10 minutes 3 or 4 times a day.  Sooo I had my hubby give me a nice message (he is pretty good at this!) and then ice the area with ice for close to 10 minutes.  I was hollering soo loud because it was sooo cold that I am surprised that no neighbors called 911.  Oh my goodness it was cold...But it soon became numb.  I climbed in the bed and slept WONDERFULLY for the first time in several nights, and woke up yesterday feeling MUCH MUCH better.  Now, was it from hubby's treatment, or the Chiropractor's, I honestly didn't know.  I went with hubby's.  Sooo yesterday morning I had him repeat this before he left for work, and I iced the area myself a couple more times with an ice pack during the day.  I was doing pretty good, convinced I had found the "cure".  Well, then about 4 it started in aching again and I quickly popped some extra strength Tylenol and whipped out my ice pack.  When hubby got home he did his message and icing routine, and when I went numb I jumped into bed and prayed I'd go right to sleep.  Nope, the pain was back.  I did sleep last night but was aware of the pain nonetheless.  This morning?  Pain.  Oh, I forgot to tell you I took the anti-inflammatory on Monday night and Tuesday morning and ended up having such a strange reaction to it that my doc told me to discontinue it immediately.  I never have been able to take anti-inflammatory's without my b/p going way up and feeling odd.  But this time my hands and feet were tingling, and my head felt pressure..like it might explode and blow around the room or something. Sooo now of course I am wondering did I get the relief I did from the Chiropractor after all?  He wanted to see me he said 3 or 4 more times in a week, and then felt like I'd be fine.   And here I am. Oh, and my doc got back my x-ray results.  Everything looked normal with the exception of some arthritis in that shoulder.  Not surprising really.  I've got arthritis pretty much everywhere.  She told me she'd order an MRI if I wanted to continue investigating, or send me to an orthopedic, or I could do some physical therapy.  So my dilemma this morning is what do I do?  Go back to the Chiropractor and see if I don't get some relief again?  Or try the physical therapist?  Both?  Make an appointment with an orthopedic? (though who knows how quickly I could get the referral and then get in there?) Or just expect that this is going to take some time to heal and just sit tight?  Oh, and of course I have had conflicting information.  My doc said to use ice or heat...whatever soothes.  The Chiropractor said NEVER use heat, use ONLY ice.  I have discontinued the heat as it didn't seem to be doing any good anyway.   Now there is a fresh new dilemma.  My hubby was icing the area last night and said there seemed to be a pimply rash he had noticed in the morning and was now a little worse.  We thought it was from the icing?  Though that seemed weird. I couldn't see it of course. Then this morning (just now) when he was icing again he said that they appear to be scabbing over now.  He took pic so I could see.  Don't know why this didn't occur to us last night, lol.  Anyway, I was kind of horrified.  It looks like chicken pox to me.  Maybe this whole thing is shingles?  I can't imagine ice did that, but then what do I know.  I texted my reg doc who is also a personal family friend (I try hard not to do that!) to show him pic so he can see what he thinks.  I have been seeing the physician assistant who I love.  I can rarely get into him.  Anyway, guess I will wait and see.  So that is the end of this story for now.  Not sure why I am writing all this other then like I said sitting and doing nothing is driving me nuts, so I guess you all luck out, haha.  I have done some reading. Watched some TV.  Talked on phone.  But the time is dragging.  Guess that's it for now....I am sure your all on the tips of your seats, lol  Hope your week is going well!   Blessings to you all, Debbie

Update....Just heard back from my doc and he said it sounds and looks like Shingles...I have now developed low grade fever too.  Just feel generally crummy.  He is phoning in meds to help with nerve pain so hopefully I can sleep.  Said the fact that the rash is already scabbing up is good sign.  Personally I looked at the pics online for Shingles and my rash does not look like any of those.  And I have no idea if there were ever any blisters....sigh.  My rash is pretty mild.  But the pain is not.  I do appreciate prayer.  Oh, and I cancelled my Chiropractor appointment though he talked to me on the phone for almost 20 minutes.  Very nice man.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A FORCED SLOW DOWN...

Well it's Tues morning and I am hoping for a better day...I had a ROUGH week-end I just can't lie.  My back was just a mess.  So much so that I headed into the docs yesterday afternoon to see what should be done.  I am not one for going to the doctors.  Not that I don't think they are necessary and at times CRITICAL of course, but just that some things I feel like what are they going to do but prescribe some drugs etc., and I avoid medication as much as I possibly can.  I am soo sensitive to drugs, and the side effects can sometimes be worse then the problem.  Anyway....she basically told me it is my shoulder muscles that are involved and that is MOST likely from over use and strain. Between all the sewing, my computer, and texting that right arm and shoulder are used a lot I guess so it did make sense.  Soo she ordered x-rays (which I ran and did right away) and some blood work, and prescribed an anti-inflammatory to take for a while.   If that doesn't help I guess some physical therapy might be next.  I usually avoid anti-inflammatory's as they bother my already extremely touchy stomach (even Advil and Motrin) and eventually raise my already questionable blood pressure.  But my blood pressure was good yesterday (even in pain which seemed like a miracle! lol) and so she said it would be perfectly fine to take it for a while.  We will see.  It will probably really help my arthritis too which will be a little side bonus.  All 3 of my sisters suffer from autoimmune diseases and so she is pretty certain that it could be some of what is going on with me too. I have IBS and apparently that too is considered an autoimmune disease too....sigh    I have a tendency to just "press on" and not give into things when I am not feeling my best, and have always been told my pain tolerance is extremely high, but I think I may have to take it easy for a while.  I will go ahead and admit (in case you haven't figured it out) I am NOT a very patient person, and I do NOT like to be idle.  Soo this should all be interesting.   Hopefully I am not in for a long spell of this.  Meanwhile the heat wave is SUPPOSED to be over today, and we should have a REALLY nice day today.  My windows are wide open right now and a wonderously cool breeze is blowing in.  We did manage to get our air conditioner fixed early on Sat morning, and I honestly don't know if you can imagine how grateful I was.  Especially considering I am dragging my heating pad where ever I am as it does bring some relief.  Which is kind of funny because usually ice works for me, but it seemed to just be making things worse in this case.  The doc said either was fine and to just do what soothes. Even in the midst of my pain yesterday I was struck with gratitude that I do as well as I do when I saw all the poor people at the x-ray office yesterday.  Especially some of the elderly.  Oh my goodness, one poor woman could hardly stand there as they tried to get her information; she was soo weak and ill.  And then of course there were soo many in wheel chairs or using walkers or canes.  Made me remember some of those times with my mom when I'd take her to the docs and for her tests and how hard it was on her.  I just sat there and prayed for each person one by one even though I didn't know why they were even there.  God did and that's all that matters. Welp, guess that's it for now.  Haven't got much else.  I will get around to visit when I can.  I am going to try and not stay on here for very long as I am going to do my best to be good.  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie




Friday, March 13, 2015

HURTING BACK AND HOT WEATHER BLUES....


This will hopefully be quick as it has been kind of a tough week over here.  My back started acting up on Wednesday and has done nothing but gather speed.  In kind of a weird spot.  It is hurting right around the shoulder blade on the right side.  I had this YEARS ago on the other side, and I remember it took a long time for it to go away.  I am trying everything I know to baby it along, but sleeping has been somewhat of a nightmare, in that I can barely sleep.  Pretty weird for me.  This is the gal that usually nods off at the drop of the hat....sigh.   And to finish it off making me somewhat frustrated today is that it is 94 here and our air is NOT working.  These homes are sooo poorly insulated that it is 88 in our house right now making it somewhat unbearable to do anything but sit directly in front of a fan.  Oh, and to taunt me I can hear several of our neighbors air conditioners whirring away, lol. My hubby thinks he has our air conditioner guy able to come out here tonight so I am keeping my fingers crossed as it is supposed to be EVEN HOTTER the next couple of days.  I am not going to lie.  It makes me nervous when it's this warm and it is only March.  We need to replace our air conditioner all together as it has been on wobbly legs for at least 3 years now, but biting off what it will cost to replace the whole thing makes us even more nervous.  Sooo, that's my whine story this afternoon...sigh.

Other then that, I did get some sewing done this week.  (I know...SHOCKER!) I finished up ALL of the bedding for the nursery.  Which is basically the quilt, 3 crib sheets, the bedskirt, the pillow and 2 changing pad covers.  The only thing I have left in that area is a couple of stuffed animals out of the left over fabric.  I am thinking maybe a cat and an elephant.  These are really pretty quick and fun to do so no big deal there.  And then I finished up the gifts for Weston.  I had already made him the legging pants and shirt, but I had some black leather left over and I wanted to try and make him a pair of baby mocs.  As it turned out I didn't have quite enough.  But I changed a couple of things and made it work.  I don't think anyone else would ever notice.  And hey, if they don't work the leather was just going to waste anyway.  And then, I made him a pair of pj's as this is what she said he could really use.  I find some super cute fabric and they went together really fast.  Now it seems like I have gotten him a lot for his birthday, but a first one IS special, and honestly it cost me VERY little.  Then, I want to bring a couple of new things for Melody's boys when we go when the baby is born.  And what better then a couple of pairs of summer jammies.  I had some fabric so I tried to make it work for both boys but didn't quite pull it off.  I did get Lukes's completely made, and Sam's top, but I will need to buy a little more fabric to make his short bottoms.  And then I had some fabric left over from Weston's PJ's and it is sooo cute I decided to make the boys some out of that too.  I got the bottoms cut out for Luke, and both of the sleeves for both of the boys, and the front of Luke's top.  So I will have to buy very little to finish these up.  All of these jammies were made from a pattern I found on etsy, and I am REALLY happy with it.  It goes from 6 months to size 8 so I think I will get a lot out of use out of it.  Let me show you this weeks work....

SORRY, THIS IS REALLY BLURRY....THESE ARE LUKE'S PJ'S AND SAM'S PJ TOP.  CAN'T SEE IT WELL BUT IT IS A DARK MUSTARD COLOR WITH BLACK HORSES AND BLACK RIBBING AT THE NECK.

THE BABY MOCS...I HOPE THEY AT LEAST FIT HIM!

PJ'S FOR WESTON

CLOSER LOOK AT THE CUTE FABRIC!
TAKEN THIS MORNING AT 32 WEEKS!
Soo other then that I don't have much else.  Hubby has a memorial service he is helping his old college room mate do for his older brother on Sun and he has been quite involved in that.  I will probably just hang around here,  I would go but I don't know ANY of these people and the place will be packed and hubby will be busy as he is kind of in charge.  My son is going to do the service, but obviously he will be busy too.  On top of that it is kind of hard to get around at this place and between my knees and now my back it just sounds like I might be more of a hindrance then anything else.  We will see.  Melody has reached 32 weeks!  YAY!!  Her doc told her from the beginning if she could just get to week 34 he would be a happy man.  So only 2 more to go.  And she carried both Luke and Sam to week 37 so she might just do this again, or who knows even all the way to week 40. Though the doc did say that was unlikely.  She had an ultra sound yesterday and everything looks great though so I am very grateful.  Melody has felt fantastic through this whole pregnancy (well minus the morning sickness I guess!) and really has not had a single problem so to speak, so you honestly can't ask for much else.  God is good.  Hope you all have a GOOD week-end!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie





Monday, March 9, 2015

NEW PILLOW AND WEEK-END WRAP UP


Good morning!  Don't have much this morning so hopefully this will be quick!  I spent Friday putting together a decorative pillow for the nursery.  I was using left over fabric from the quilt and bedding and honestly didn't have much of anything in mind.  I think originally I thought I would embroider her name on the pillow, but since they have not settled on a name, obviously that is not happening, lol.  I have to say I usually really enjoy doing pillows.  It's a quick way to do a little quilting without the time and trouble of a big quilt, and I can just sort of play around with it and do what I want.  The BIGGEST problem I continue to have with any quilting is the math!  sigh...just not my best thing. And when you are not following a pattern and therefore no one is telling you what size to cut things, I feel particularly challenged.  I knew I wanted some pinwheels, and I knew I had some left over hour glass blocks from the quilt, so I started there.  After playing around with it for a while, I put together some pinwheels from some scraps, and cut the hour glass blocks down to match.  I debated about doing some sashing, but that would have meant cutting all the blocks down even more.  So I settled on some borders around the blocks.  Then, I used a basting spray and fused together the pillow front on some warm and natural batting and began my debate on "how" to quilt it.  I have NOT had much time to practice my free motion quilting, so I ended up marking lines on the pillow with my pen that erases when ironed, and picked out a pretty decorative stitch and adjusted the stitch length to a good one, and just did it that way.  I used a different decorative stitch in the borders and put those lines a little closer together.  I REALLY liked the way it came out.  I guess you could do an entire quilt this way, but goodness it would take forever I think, and might be harder then I am imagining.  Maybe some day.  I put an envelope backing on the pillow so she can easily remove it and wash it if necessary.  I finished off the pillow with binding, just the way you would finish a quilt.  I didn't honestly know how that would work out since I have never seen one done that way, but I am certain people have.  It worked SOOO well I will never do one another way again.  I wanted to use the same fabric I had used on the quilt, but I didn't have enough of it left.  And it was part of the fabric I had bought from the store that closed down, so I couldn't buy any more of it either.  Sooo, I decided to make a "scrappy" type binding out of it with another fabric I had left over and it came out really well. Looks like I planned it this way, but like I said NOTHING about this pillow was planned, lol  Now, the pillow is done and I do like it but it is a little bigger then I intended it to be, lol.  (remember, math is NOT my thing!).  The finished size was 17 by 17 and yesterday I bought a 18 x 18 pillow form at Joannes (they are 50 percent off right now if anyone is interested) and it fit just perfectly!  Sooo let me show you this pillow I have yacked on about WAY longer then I intended to,


LIGHTING ISN'T THE BEST HERE, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA

THE COLOR HERE IS REALLY NOT GOOD, BUT THIS IS THE ENVELOPE BACKING



CLOSE UP ON THE DECORATIVE STITCHING I USED ON THE BLOCKS

AND THE ONE ON THE BORDERS..I OVERLAPPED THEM ON THE CORNERS FOR A KIND OF GRATED LOOK..YOU CAN SEE THE SCRAPPY BINDING HERE A LITTLE CLOSER TOO.

HERE IT IS BY THE QUILT
Sat. hubby and I spent mainly cleaning house....sigh....never fun but has to be done.  I am loving it today.  We also grocery shopped and ran a few errands.  Sunday we went to church but decided not to hang around afterwards as I wanted to run by Joannes and find that pillow form.  We got home by 4 and with the time change still had plenty of light left on the front porch to cut hubby's hair.  I am getting that down better all the time but what I REALLY need is some better clippers and some thinning shears, lol.  And for some decent money I could get some I am sure but I can never bear to spend it.

This week I hope to finish up one last sheet, one more changing pad, and decide on what stuffed animals I want to make with still MORE left over scraps from the bedding.  Some of it is gone now (most of the coral) so my choices are getting slimmer unless I want to buy more.  Don't know if I want to bring in new fabrics though...we will see.  I also have some more gifts I am making, some decorative pillows for the boys new bedding, and some fun summer jammies for them too.  I still have a couple of embroidery designs for onesis I want to get to, and on and on the list goes.  Guess I'd better get cracking.  Hope you are all enjoying the beginnings of spring.  It is SOOO gorgeous here today.  Honestly, it just couldn't get any better.  I am sitting on my porch as I type this (I don't do this a lot as I always end up visiting with people passing by and then I never finish, lol) as it's too pretty today to resist.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie